Sunday, 10 October 2010


3x08 (5/10/10 edition)

Downton Abbey
1x03 Episode Three
[Watch it (again) on ITV Player.]

8x04 Humans (extended repeat)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]


It's Official: Doctor Who To Film in the U.S. For The First Time!
(from Anglophenia at BBC America)
As a (very) geeky fan, I'm not particularly interested that they're (properly) filming in the US for the first time ever, or that the story's set in '60s America, or that River Song is back (again)... No, what interests me is that it's a two-part season opener! They've not done that before!
Also, if you're going all the way to a properly-alien-looking environment (i.e. one that isn't a Welsh quarry, which they've wound up using several times now), surely it'd make sense to use it as the basis for an alien planet? Just sayin'...

this week on 100 Films

3 new reviews were posted to 100 Films in a Year this week, and they were...

Daylight (1996)
a fireball rips through the tunnel. It seems to destroy most cars and kill most people, except for about a dozen survivors. How are they not killed by the fireball? Well, it seems to be by the good fortune of Because We Need Some Characters. Should you ever get stuck in an exploding tunnel, pray you find yourself in a disaster movie and had been doing something mundane yet passably interesting earlier on, and you might get to survive.

Road to Rio (1947)
If you’ve seen one Road to film then you’ve a fair idea what to expect from any other: lots of comedy, a few songs, a bit of romance, as well as some general hijinks. The differences, in all of these aspects, lie in the specifics

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)
Faces Death leaves behind the proto-Bond WW2 spying of the last three films (”it can almost be viewed as the starting point of a completely new Holmes series” asserts one review I’ve read) to involve Holmes in a genuine detective mystery. The story is packed with proper deduction, which is excellent, and to top it off Watson isn’t as bumbling as he could be

More next Sunday.