Wednesday, 29 September 2010


Story of England
Part 1 Romans to Normans
Or Michael Wood's Story of England, as everywhere except the programme itself calls it. It's an interesting idea -- the whole of English history presented via the microcosm of one (well, three, technically) village -- but I'm not yet convinced of how well it works as a format for genuinely looking at history.
[Watch it (again) in HD on iPlayer.]


The Hurt Locker (2009)
[#100 in 100 Films in a Year 2010]

Yep, 100! Hurrah!

Now, my previous best was 129...


The Social Network: Five Track Sampler by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Being (a sampler of) the soundtrack to David Fincher's new film. I liked it, though not sure if I liked it enough to buy the whole thing. Though having it in 5.1 on Blu-ray is appealing...
You can download the sampler, or pre-order from a choice of four formats, here. Not sure if the ordering bit is available outside the US, but the sampler is.


Hearing Voices by Clayton Hickman & Benjamin Cook
(from Doctor Who Magazine #426, p.18-24)
A surprisingly candid interview with Nick Briggs, voice of the Daleks, Cybermen, Judoon and so on in the revived Doctor Who. It seems to suggest that the super-lovely-dovely behind-the-scenes world of nuWho that we're usually presented with isn't quite the truth -- as many have suspected, I'm sure.
As time rolls on we're sure to see more interviews that reveal more of the nasty (or, at lease, less-perfect) truth about what it was like to work on the show -- it certainly happened with the classic series. Personally, I'm quite looking forward to those.

Remembering 7 Quintessential Clips From the Quentin Tarantino/Sally Menke Canon by S.T. Vanairsdale
(from Movie|Line)
Following the sad news of Sally Menke's death, this is the most appropriate way to pay tribute: a selection of the excellent sequences that she should be best remembered for.