Jun 21, 2005 · 1 minute read
Quick spoiler-free review of Batman Begins: not too bad, but still a fair way short of the Animated Series’ Mask of The Phantasm. Still, worth seeing for Gary Oldman’s fantastic portrayal of Jim Gordon; he should have been in it more (at the expense of Katie Holmes. No harm to her, but her character was superfluous to the film).
Anyway, off to Germany tonight. Not sure if I’ll have an Internet connection, so I might be gone a few days. Talk amongst yourselves!
Jun 20, 2005 · 1 minute read
The Dini-Timm animated Batman is just perfect. Off to see Batman Begins…
Jun 19, 2005 · 1 minute read
…where we can all laugh at the US Grand Prix.
And Gavin, my opinion of Martin Brundle has improved a little…
Jun 18, 2005 · 1 minute read
Well, if nothing else, watching the BBC’s retrospective has got me interested in an Annabel Giles/Bob Geldof cagematch. For the heart of Ure! To the death!
Jun 18, 2005 · 2 minute read
But…I think we should start a campaign here and now to prevent RTD from writing the second parts of any more episodes.
Okay, first ten minutes: AWESOME. The Emperor Dalek (thus dredging up old continuity but yet avoiding fun Davros scenes), "DO-NOT-BLAS-PHEME!", and so on. But as soon as the Doctor sent Rose back through time, the episode fell apart, flicking between present-day Earth and Captain Jack's team in the future, while the Doctor…fiddles with some wires for half-an-hour.
(anybody else think it amusing that the best special effect this series has had was a small child with a gas mask?)
Then there was the resolution, which, if you're kind, stole considerably from The Phoenix Saga
, and if you're being cruelly honest, rewrote some portions of Buffy's dialogue in Season 4's Primeval
episode and stuck it on-screen. And yes, completely wrong about Bad Wolf, although as soon as the Emperor said it wasn't him, I knew it was Rose. Perhaps next time, she could send herself something less oblique, like "Stick a recovery lorry on the TARDIS! And get some jellybabies!" Plus, given the choice between killing everybody left on Earth and destroying the Dalek fleet, or dying and letting the Daleks harvest Earth for a new army to conquer the universe, I would hope that he would have set the Delta-wave in motion (as Bonnie and I are at pains to point out - the Seventh Doctor would have done it in a heartbeat; or more accurately, make the Daleks think that it would be a great weapon for themselves to set off). I guess that we're supposed to think that he's already killed his own race to stop them once before, and that didn't work.
Okay, I think all my problems with the episode can be summed up in one sentence: The Doctor did not save the day.
Also, hopefully, with the amount of technobabble in tonight's episode, the writers/producers will stop being all superior towards the previous incarnations next year as well.
Ehh. After spending the week looking forward to it, the episode was something of a let down. But I did like the Ninth Doctor's final words:
Rose, before I go, I just want to tell you, you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And do you know what? So was I.
The Christmas Invasion! Any bets on seeing the Paul McGann-Eccleston regeneration?
Jun 17, 2005 · 1 minute read
Firstly: a prize to Lush for naming their new shower gel Sonic Death Monkey. I don’t know, or care what it is, all I know is that I need some Sonic Death Monkey shower gel in my life…
Secondly: people who are complaining about the harmonies in the new Saint Etienne album: You. Are. Wrong.
Thirdly, fun stuff with After Effects!
Jun 16, 2005 · 1 minute read
A slight change to the index page. Yes, it’s a home page — party like it’s 1997!
Jun 14, 2005 · 1 minute read
I’m sorry, Bob, but if you’re going to hold a lottery for a big event like Live 8, then you should expect this sort of thing to happen. And I can’t see the problem, really. Live 8 has got the money for the tickets, it’s not supposed to be a fund-raiser anyway, and eBay has promised to give any profit to charity. As far as I can see, nobody loses out, except the person who pays £1,000 to see a Sting / Madonna duet…
(although, one thing: eBay say it’s not illegal to resell charity tickets. Doesn’t this also apply to normal concert tickets? In which case, why does eBay seek out and remove Glastonbury tickets, hmm?)