Sunday 2 March 2014


The Culture Show
Forget the Oscars, Here Are the Kermodes [2014]
[Watch it (again) in HD on iPlayer.]

Oscar 2014 Nominations Special

Oscar 2014: Red Carpet Live
As last year was Sky's ninth with the Oscars, that must make this year the tenth. Nice round number, back to terrestrial next year, yeah?

3x01 Episode 1
Has it really been over 18 months since the last series?! No wonder I struggled to remember the on-going plot threads.
[Watch it (again) in HD on iPlayer.]

Top Gear
21x03 (16/2/14 edition)
[Watch it (again) in HD on iPlayer.]


Gravity (2013)
[#13 in 100 Films in a Year 2014]

Loved it. Will definitely be backing it at the Oscars tonight.

this week on 100 Films

Three things to report from 100 Films in a Year this week...

Firstly, it's now March, so there's the February update. It wasn't a great month, but that doesn't mean there isn't something to read about.

Secondly, one shiny new review:

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
The goal is clearly to present an objective, fact-driven account of how the CIA eventually found their most-wanted target, but how successfully it does that has been called in to question multiple times: there were those who felt it justified the use of torture, and those who claimed its facts were all wrong. On both these facts, any one viewer’s mileage might vary.
Read more here.

And finally, one re-posted archive review:

Throne of Blood (1957)
Kurosawa moves Macbeth from Scotland to 16th Century Japan in this retelling of Shakespeare’s infamous Scottish Play... It works well in the new setting, with some of the themes — honour, respect, betrayal — perhaps becoming more understandable when placed in samurai culture.
Read more here.

More next Sunday.