Monday, 5 December 2011


Charley Boorman's Extreme Frontiers
Episode 1 (of 4)
After going to the far-flung corners of Africa and the Far East in Long Way Round, Long Way Down, By Any Means and By Any Means: Sydney to Tokyo, Charley Boorman now takes on the formidable challenge of… a jolly around Canada. OK, he does extreme-sports-y things there, but… it's Canada. Looks like a lovely place, mind.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks
25x09 Episode 9
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

4x03 (16/3/11 edition)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]


Diner (1982)
[#93 in 100 Films in a Year 2011]

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Extended Trailer
The semi-mythical 8½-minute trailer for David Fincher's adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel has now been released. (Above link should be for the UK; US is here). It's worth checking out, because 8½ minutes is a long time and you get a great idea of the film from it. Looks like it could well be something special.


The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: 8-Minute Trailer Streaming, 6 Tracks of Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross’ Score Available for FREE by Germain Lussier
(from /Film)
I've mentioned the trailer in today's Films post, but this is worth noting for the free sampler. After the massive success (both artistically and critically) of Reznor & Ross' score for The Social Network, this is a definite pre-order for me.

A daily dose of sci-fi - Day 22

Coolest alien race

So what does "coolest" mean, eh? There are loads of possibilities for a category like this. I don't think it means "alien race most like Samuel L. Jackson", for instance.

I love the Cybermen. They're better than the Daleks. They prefigure the Borg.

When done right they can be properly scary, because they take us humans and strip away all that makes us human. They have no emotion -- they can't be reasoned with or bargained with or persuaded. And they stomp about and shoot stuff and blow stuff up and all that too.

And, in the right designs, they can look rather cool.

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