Tuesday, 10 July 2012


A Short History of Everything Else
1x04 Episode 4
Why does anyone ever book Roisin Conaty? She's not funny and seems to be quite incredibly dense.
[Watch it (again) on 4oD.]

1x01 Auditions
1x02 Superstar Island Auditions
Andrew Lloyd Webber tries to find his own personal Jesus, as it were.
[Watch episodes one and two (again) on ITV Player.]


Batman Returns (1992)
[4th or so watch]

Tim Burton's first Batman film is great, no doubt, but Returns is a much better film in so many ways. The direction, writing, acting, action and effects are all slicker. They spent over twice as much money on it and it really shows. Plus they have exactly the same running time (to the very minute), but Batman feels surprisingly small scale and Returns feels epic.

Watched today, Batman feels Old now, whereas Returns… it's from '92, of course it doesn't feel New -- but it feels more like newer films, in a good way. Easily the franchise's best effort until at least Begins, possibly until Dark Knight, perhaps even of all (I've not seen Nolan's two for a long time, so we'll see when I get to them).

Passchendaele (2008)
[#55 in 100 Films in a Year 2012]