Sunday, 8 January 2012


2x02 The Hounds of Baskerville
Shame about the dodgy CG doggy turning up at the end. That aside, I enjoyed this, a solid modernising of a familiar story with nice nods to the original. The revelation about the morse code was a particularly amusing twist -- hound, dogging, hehehe, etc.
[Watch it (again) in HD on iPlayer.]

TV's 50 Greatest Magic Tricks
Regular readers will know I love a bit of magic, and so what better piece of entertainment than this, Channel 5's three-hour countdown of the best tricks TV has ever offered. And it was brilliant too, though there were quite a few tricks I wish they could've found the time to show in full. And, of course, I wish we were told how they were all done.
[Watch it (again) on Demand 5.]


Top Hat (1935)
[2nd watch]


J.J. Abrams Talks Star Trek 2; Says Filming Begins Thursday and 3D Tests on First Star Trek Convinced Him to Post-Convert Sequel
by Christina Radish (from
He also says that the 3D "was something that the studio wanted to do, and I didn’t want to do it." Ah. He goes on:
And then, when I saw the first movie converted in sections, I thought that it actually looked really cool. So, I was okay with their doing it, as long as I could shoot the movie the way I wanted to, in anamorphic film, and then let them convert it. So, those who want to see it in 3D, which looked pretty cool, can do it, and those that want to see it in 2D can do that too
So 2D is his preferred format, I'd say. He also talks about the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch and other bits and bobs like that.

this week on 100 Films

No new reviews on 100 Films in a Year this week, but I have posted my two looks back at the previous year:

  • The Full List, which lists every film I saw in viewing order, plus a stack of fascinating statistics (now with graphs!)

  • and

  • In Retrospect, in which I list my five worst and ten best films of the year, as well as fifty I missed.

  • And that's 2011 done with... apart from the pile of reviews I still have to post. More of them next Sunday.