Well I Never Knew That #8

You can’t not love Terry Gilliam‘s films and it’s been ages since I watched The Fisher King but I was spontaneously reminded of Mercedes Ruehl and her excellent, raw-nerved, realistic performance in it, something which grounds and contextualises the plot’s fantastical elements (and helps blot out the memory of naked Robin Williams). Her accent does…

I Done Boughts Me Some Stüffe Online

Not a new series! I promise! In fact I think we did this a few times back in the blog’s earliest days, coincidentally also around February and implicitly powered by that whole post-Christmas Granny’s-given-ya-a-book-voucha. In any regard, here’s a bunch of things I’ve ordered mostly off Amazon (an internet retailer found online) recently, minus a…

DYRTFT #2: Human Behaviour

The first time I heard a Bjork song I was watching The Chart Show on ITV, hoping it was a week when their rotating genre countdown was Rock, on the off chance I’d get some post-Bruce Iron Maiden, post-Freddie Queen or post-Young Ones Cliff Richard. That’s how I first saw the excellently-odd, teddy-bearing, Bubble-Bobbling, TellyTubby-anticipating…

A Different Kind Of SlumberPunk

Since the post title is shamelessly ambiguous, I should say that an experiential rather than critical review of Black Mirror S4x01 is incoming. Will try to maintain minor spoilers only. Shields up, Motherbloggers! In fact, we’ll begin with that taxonomical descriptor. My first responses upon seeing that the notional protagonist’s apartment number was 402 were,…

Oranges Are Not The Only Black [NSFW]

Late to the party, but I’m here to officially endorse the much praised/promoted Orange Is The New Black as Something Worth Watching. For reasons of my own (partly spoiler-minimisation, partly guilt-for-not-blogging-sooner) I will target the first season exclusively. I’d added OITNB to my NetFlix queue somewhere along the way probably as testament to the marketing,…

Wild China

Just wanted to recommend this BBC documentary that is currently being shown on BBC Four and also available iPlayer. It’s fairly old (originally aired in 2008) but the scenery and the wildlife on display are captivating, helped by a wonderful musical score and good narration by Bernard Hill. China is such a vast and beautiful…

Murray Walker Is 94 And Still Going!

The incomparable motorsports broadcaster and WW2 tank commander [Graeme] Murray Walker was 94 years old earlier this week. As the literal voice of Formula One on British TV for decades he’s tied utterly and rightfully to the many greats of the sport, since its inception in the middle of last century. If a Fangio, Moss,…

WIBIL #23: Toast Of London S1E7

Narrowly avoided starting a Best Episodes Ever/Watch Only One blog series for this. I went back and rewatched the Toast Of London series one finale “Bonus Ball” on a whim, mostly because I remembered it as “the Michael Ball episode”. It’s easy to take Matt Berry (staple of The I.T. Crowd, House Of Fools and…

Doctor (Howt) Who Theme

Happened across this excellent Open University-style piece explaining how Peter Howell created the second-best version of the Doctor Who theme back at the start of the ’80s for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The straightforward/naive explanations of the then fairly-novel synth tech are what really sell it. This amazing fat-synth, electro-dub version with the too-bright guitar…

MWLITF: Yo! Shinji get in the robot

Was trying not to start more series, but I loves me a punny reference. Hence our inaugural Memes We Lost In The Fire which is this super tongue-in-cheek Nerdcore-style rap take on the theme from Neon Genesis Evangelion. Totally missed this when it was current. The cake is a lie!

Mini Movie Reviews August 2017

I used to rate out of 10. Now I keep it simple with this 5 star rating system: bad or severly flawed average, alright good, enjoyable great, involving a classic Check out my letterboxd profile for all my movie ratings and my watchlist. Pandemic ★ – this had a 5 star rating on NowTV, which…

Mortal Kombat (1995)

Don’t expect every reader to have read every post let alone every comment on the blog, but following the conversation about the Mortal Kombat OST acidbearboy punted me his secondhand DVD of the film itself. I’ve only just got round to watching it and have a few quick things to say. Firstly, it must be…