Sunday 11 December 2011


Have I Got News For You
42x07 (2/12/11 edition; extended repeat)

How I Met Your Mother
7x06 Mystery vs. History
[Watch it (again) on 4oD.]


Two Doctor Who episodes recovered! by Chuck Foster
(from Doctor Who News)
Headline says the salient point, really, though there's plenty more detail in the article. Indeed, there's an even more thorough article at the Radio Times.
This is obviously fantastic news -- I never expected any more episodes to be found, as the last discovery was back in 2004. Still 106 to go though...

A daily dose of sci-fi - Day 28

A great sci-fi B-movie

I haven't seen many B-movies, those cheap '40s/'50s/etc films knocked out during the studio era to fill out cinema schedules, notorious for their so-bad-they're-good-ness. I feel I should've seen more. But when there are so many good films to watch...

Anyway, this is a complete and utter cheat, but tough.

It's a tribute to the B-movie rather than a B-movie in its own right, but that's the best I can do.

It's wonderful for all sorts of reasons, but as this is meant to be about B-movies I'll mention some of those elements, because it's littered with them right from the start. I mean, if you were in any doubt, the opening song highlights it: Science Fiction Double Feature. It's there in the name, never mind the lyrics.

Then there's the Ordinary American Small-Town Couple who Get Lost In The Woods At Night, going to the Big Mysterious Mansion for help, where they find it's Full Of Weirdos who are conducting A Crazy Scientific Experiment, and it all goes loopy and Changes Them Forever, and there's a climax with Ray Guns and Aliens Who Look Like Humans, and no doubt all kinds of other things where I could capitalise every first letter and make it look like a widely-acknowledged trend. (I can't be bothered to surf through all of tv tropes for the real ones, but I bet all of these -- and more -- are on there.)

So no, it's not a B-movie. But it's the best homage to them there is. And if you've never even seen a proper B-movie, it's still rollicking good fun.

Read about a daily dose of sci-fi, with links to the rest of the series, here.

this week on 100 Films

Just 1 new review was posted to 100 Films in a Year this week...

That Touch of Mink (1962)
a sex comedy… but being a film produced in ’60s America, no one comes close to using such language. But it’s unquestionably all about that. However, despite being all about a lewder side of life, tonally and visually it’s very light, fluffy and funny. It’s also briskly paced and constantly amusing

More (hopefully several more) next Sunday.