Sunday, 7 November 2010


Ask Rhod Gilbert
1x06 Episode 6
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

1x07 Lord, Didn't It Rain

Dave's One Night Stand
1x04 Sarah Millican
One of the more successful editions of this series, I thought; certainly more so than the preceding episode.
There's one more episode of One Night Stand (tonight's, in fact), but as it stars the unfunny Russell Kane and two others I'm never sure about, I just can't be bothered -- the Johnny Vegas one was bad enough.
[Watch it (again) on Dave's website.]

Downton Abbey
1x07 Episode Seven [season finale]
A satisfying finale: packed with drama, but enough happy resolutions and/or desired turnouts to keep it enjoyable without slipping too far into implausible audience-wish-fulfillment. Looking forward to seeing where they go with it in the second series -- covering the years of the First World War, as it seems to imply, or perhaps a Surprising Four Year Jump Forward? Either way, it's eagerly awaited.
[Watch it (again) on ITV Player.]

9x07 Episode 7
One of the better episodes this year, even if it did feel like one huge infodump in places. Ruth's subplot was excellent, however.
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

this week on 100 Films

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

The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
Somehow, it holds a decent score on both viewer-rated IMDb and critic-rated Rotten Tomatoes. This surprised me for two reasons: one, I thought it had gone down badly; and two, it deserved to go down badly. No pleasant surprises here — it's as weak and irritating as the title.

Hercules (1997)
the tale is told with surprising faithfulness. There’s still a healthy dose of anachronistic content to liven up the humour though. In fact, the sequences with Hercules’ adoring fans and merchandising empire ring even more true in this Twilight-obsessed world than they did 13 years ago.

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Rambo becomes a superhuman killing machine — running round a jungle topless, muscles shiny and bulging, taking out more-or-less an army single-handed. It’s cartoonish and ludicrous, which can be fun in its own way... but only for action movie fans, losing any crossover appeal the first film had.

And as we passed into November last Monday, there's also the October summary to check out.

More next Sunday.