Saturday, 19 September 2009


Later... with Jools Holland
35x01 (18/9/09 edition)
See here for my comments on Tuesday's live version of this edition.
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

2x01 The Curse of Cornelius Sigan
Saturday night's second best family drama returns for a new run, with a rather by-the-numbers episode unfortunately. Nothing wrong with it, but it was more mid-season filler than big comeback, sadly. The rest-of-series trailer at the end looked quite good though.
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Mock the Week
7x11 (17/9/09 edition)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

The Tudors
3x07 Protestant Anne of Cleves
Cromwell's downfall looms -- hooray! But Joss Stone seems miscast as the appallingly ugly Anne of Cleeves; not because she can't act, but because she's hardly ugly.
[Watch Episode 7 (or, as the BBC insists, '5') (again) on iPlayer.]


Video screens hit paper magazines
(from BBC News)
On the one hand, "ooh cool". On the other, it's far from perfect -- read the full article to see all the various flaws with this particular form of video-in-print.

new review at 100 Films

The Right Stuff (1983)
Kaufman leaves the technical aspect of proceedings alone. The various test flights and rocket launches we do see are undoubtedly important set pieces, but they’re not a thorough catalogue of events. Attention is only lavished on the scientific and engineering challenges when it has some direct impact on the characters, and just as often Kaufman is concerned with the family — specifically, the wife — behind the astronaut.

Read the full review at 100 Films.

There are currently 15 films in the review pipeline at 100 Films. As ever, updates here as and when they're posted.