Friday, 20 November 2009


Children in Need 2009
Highlight of the night is unquestionably the Doctor Who clip from The End of Time, Part One -- can't wait for that.
More CiN tomorrow, of course.
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Derren Brown Presents The 3D Magic Spectacular
Read my thoughts on this programme here.
[Watch it (again) on 4oD.]

Harper's Island
1x12 Gasp
Having finally got my hands on both of the final episodes in HD, I can finally finish watching this (it's six weeks since I watched ep11).
So, good twist at the end of this episode... though I guessed it about halfway through the series, but that was mainly because I thought it'd be a good twist.


The 10 Worst SF & Fantasy TV Shows Of The Decade by Dave Golder
(from SFX)
I'm sure there've been worse shows than some of these... But then, everything has its fans, so...

[Doctor Who Christmas Special] Title Revealed!
(from Doctor Who official site)

Review of The Twilight Saga: New Moon by Roger Ebert
Ebert lays into the latest bit of drivel to disgrace our cinema screens.

Royal flush: five of the best play Queen in new film by Tim Lusher
But there were only four people in the band.
Oh, wait, that Queen...

Webby Awards name top 10 Internet moments of the decade
(from Yahoo! Tech)
Interesting and generally correct, I think, though the inclusion of Craigslist shows something of a US bias -- the rest are global (even the US election, as that sadly effects all of us), but Craigslist has only really taken off in the US.

Collection Count

We're into the fifth week of Collection Count now, which tracks my DVD/Blu-ray collection via a number of statistics.

I've made the wholly arbitrary decision that, once a month, the Statistic of the Week will be the same -- namely, the running time of the collection -- thereby providing a sporadic look at one of the more interesting things (relatively speaking, of course) I actually have to share in these posts. ("Once a month" in this case means "every four entries".)

Number of titles in collection: 1,084 [up 6]
Of which DVDs: 1,047 [up 4]
Of which Blu-rays: 37 [up 2]

Number of discs in collection: 2,660 [up 11]
Number of films in collection: 1,125 [up 4]
Number of TV episodes in collection: 3,716 [up 20]

Statistic of the week:

Total running time of collection (approx.):
183 days, 2 hours, and 50 minutes.
(Up 3 days, 9 hours, and 57 minutes from last month.)

See you next week, faithful reader.

new review at 100 Films

Ripley's Game (2002)
Roger Ebert saw fit to include it in his Great Movies list, though other critics are less favourable (the Radio Times, for one handy example, rate it just three out of five). While Ebert is in my opinion overselling the film by including it in a list of the best films ever made ever, it’s certainly an above average, consummately made and constantly entertaining Euro-thriller.

Read the full review at 100 Films.

There are currently 17 feature films and one short in the review pipeline at 100 Films. As ever, updates here as and when they're posted.

Channel 4's 3D Week - initial impressions

Having finally got hold of some appropriate 3D specs, I can finally begin to watch the bits of Channel 4's 3D week that I've been recording. This up first: Derren Brown Presents The 3D Magic Spectacular, a selection of (quelle surprise) magic tricks and illusions. Some are presented in 3D for good reason, others... well, just cos. Most are spectacular in one way or another, others impressive in themselves but rather obscured by the weak 3D effect (in particular, the man-escaping-from-a-sky-diving-cage one). As for a pair of 'play along at home' tricks (a pair of genuine ones, that is -- Derren's doesn't count), one thoroughly failed on me. Ho hum.

As for the 3D system chosen by C4... well, it's an anaglyph one, so of course it's far from perfect, but I also feel I've seen better examples -- I've watched a bit of Coraline in 3D on Blu-ray, for example, which uses a different system, and it seemed superior. The glasses I've got are also rather dark (they're not ones issued by C4 via Sainsbury's, though they are of the right type (ColorCode 3D), so their own might be better... but I wouldn't bet on it); luckily, I can whack up the backlight on my TV to compensate a bit.

Anyway -- this just goes to prove why anaglyph-based 3D films and TV have never really taken off. It remains to be seen if the new wave of supposedly-more-effective 3D that's on the way over the next few years (and already all over cinemas, of course) finally has any staying power.