Friday, 1 October 2010


8 Out of 10 Cats
10x05 (24/9/10 edition)
I suppose it's not that good a sign when you watch a comedy show and are surprised by how funny it is. But yes, good edition this (well, last) week, chaps.
[Watch it (again) on 4oD.]

Cheetah Kingdom
1x03 Episode 3
[Watch it (again) on ITV Player.]

How I Met Your Mother
5x19 Zoo or False
[Watch it (again) on 4oD.]

Law & Order: UK
3x04 Confession
L&O has more than its fair share of clich├ęd dialogue and general predictability
[Watch it (again) on ITV Player.]

Mock the Week
9x10 (30/9/10 edition)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]


Tales of the Black Freighter (2009)
[#100a in 100 Films in a Year 2010]
Watchmen's comic-within-a-comic becomes a... cartoon-within-a-film... Yeah, I bet it doesn't work as well as the original in context. Standalone, it's OK.


Bon anniversaire! 25 facts about Les Mis by Tim Masters
(from BBC News)
To mark the Silver Jubilee, here are 25 facts about the world's longest-running musical

Start at the top and work your way down by Roger Ebert
(from Roger Ebert's Journal)
The introduction to Ebert's new book (available on his blog; the introduction, that is, though I'm sure you can order the book there too). He's always worth a read, particularly when he's being evangelical about the wonders of film, but one bit in particular caught my attention -- because it's all truth:
I ruffled some feathers after Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was released... It was so stupid it was almost criminal. Noting that some of its fans considered it one of the greatest films ever made, I suggested perhaps they were not "sufficiently evolved." Oh, did that make people angry. What snobbery! Who did I think I was?

I was indeed a snob, if you agree with this definition: "A person who believes that their tastes in a particular area are superior to those of other people." I do believe that. Not superior to all other people, but to some, most probably including those who think Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a great film. That is not simply ego on my part. It is a faith that after writing and teaching about films for more than 40 years, my tastes are more evolved than those of a fanboy... to argue I am a snob for not liking T2RF as much as "everybody does" devalues thought and experience.
Have to agree with Ebert on this one: 'T2RF' was an unentertaining mess (and, note, I really enjoyed the first live-action Transformers film). Personally, I think it's perfectly correct to wonder if those who truly think the second is a great film are sufficiently evolved.

Moore’s Law: Apple, 2000—2010

Collection Count

Collection Count tracks my DVD/Blu-ray collection via a number of statistics every week.

Absolutely nothing new this week. Which is a shame, because I have several releases out on Monday on pre-order and they're usually here by today. Ho hum.

Number of titles in collection: 1,220 [no change]
Of which DVDs: 1,105 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 115 [no change]

Number of discs in collection: 2,979 [no change]
Number of films in collection: 1,283 [no change]
Number of TV episodes in collection: 4,195 [no change]

Statistic of the week:

Number of titles rated PG:
(17.95% of the total)

It's been a little while since I've done a stat on classifications -- the previous ones were Us, 15s, 18s and unrated titles -- so it's as good a time as any to continue. PGs are currently my second-largest group, behind 15s (by quite some way, actually).

See you next week, faithful reader.