Wednesday, 14 April 2010

I'm away for the summer!

Well, actually that's a lie.

However my internet presence is moving from the blog for a little while, maybe longer.

The best place to find me is now but you will still be able to view posts just like those on this blog if you go to

Today's movie recommendations

2200 The Bourne Identity (ITV2)
2300 The Bourne Identity (ITV2+1)
0020 Miami Vice (ITV2)
0120 Miami Vice (ITV2+1)

Sky Movies
0700 I Am Legend (Sky Action/Adventure)
0750 Jurassic Park (Sky Modern Greats)
0955 Juno (Sky Comedy)
1000 Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (Sky Modern Greats)
1015 Revolutionary Road (Sky Drama/Romance)
1030 No Country For Old Men (Sky Indie)
1145 Juno (Sky Comedy)
1250 The Firm (Sky Crime/Thriller)
1550 Iron Man (Sky Showcase)
1700 I Am Legend (Sky Action/Adventure)
1750 Jurassic Park (Sky Modern Greats)
1820 Being John Malkovich (Sky Indie)
2000 Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (Sky Modern Greats)
2145 Revolutionary Road (Sky Drama/Romance)
2315 The Firm (Sky Crime/Thriller)
2325 The Baader Meinhof Complex (Sky Indie)
2340 Iron Man (Sky Showcase)
0220 Dead Man Walking (Sky Modern Greats)

Watched yesterday

Countdown: 13th April
Claudia Tyson - 83
Dan Brusca - 71
Peter Zyss - 69

CSI Miami: Dispo Day - 4/5

FlashForward: Queen Sacrifice - 4/5

Mad Men: The Grown-Ups - 3/5

The Good Wife: Painkiller - 3/5

Breaston sunset

Today's random photo is a view from my bedroom window in Breaston, Derbyshire, in January 2005.

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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Today's movie recommendations

2100 Collateral (Film4)
2315 You, The Living (Film4)

1930 X2 (Syfy)
2030 X2 (Syfy+1)
2200 Collateral (Film4+1)
0015 You, The Living (Film4+1)

Sky Movies
0900 Gone Baby Gone (Sky Crime/Thriller)
1240 The Dark Knight (Sky Action/Adventure)
1705 Gone Baby Gone (Sky Crime/Thriller)
1735 There Will Be Blood (Sky Indie)
2100 The Dark Knight (Sky Action/Adventure)
2340 Born On The Fourth Of July (Sky Modern Greats)
0005 Rambo (Sky Showcase)
0215 The Cottage (Sky Sci-Fi/Horror)
0335 The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (Sky Indie)

Watched yesterday

Countdown: 12th April
Dan Brusca - 83
Peter Zyss - 76
Ned Walker - 65

House: Private Lives - 4/5

Doctor Who: The Beast Below - 4/5

Law & Order Special Victims Unit: Wanderlust - 2/5

Fringe: Peter - 2/5

In Treatment: Sophie, Week 8 - 4/5

London Eye

Today's random photo is of a rainy day at the top of the London Eye in December 2006.

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Monday, 12 April 2010

Today's movie recommendations

2300 Straw Dogs (Five)

2100 Enemy At The Gates (Film4)
2200 Payback (Five USA)
2300 Children Of Men (ITV4)

2200 Enemy At The Gates (Film4+1)
2300 Payback (Five USA+1)
0000 Children Of Men (ITV4+1)

Sky Movies
1005 Air Force One (Sky Showcase)
1205 Alien 3 (Sky Modern Greats)
1300 RocknRolla (Sky Crime/Thriller)
1315 Cloverfield (Sky Sci-Fi/Horror)
1335 Once (Sky Indie)
1420 The Rock (Sky Action/Adventure)
1620 The Last Of The Mohicans (Sky Modern Greats)
1640 Batman Forever (Sky Action/Adventure)
1845 Executive Decision (Sky Action/Adventure)
2100 The Rock (Sky Action/Adventure)
2100 Cloverfield (Sky Sci-Fi/Horror)
2100 RocknRolla (Sky Crime/Thriller)
2200 Alien 3 (Sky Modern Greats)
0000 The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (Sky Drama/Romance)
0005 Con Air (Sky Modern Greats)
0350 The Hunt For Red October (Sky Showcase)

Watched yesterday

Film 2338
Kick-Ass - 4/5
A most entertaining, original and fresh-feeling film, though not quite as amazing as critical opinion suggests.

Lost: The Package - 3/5

Law & Order: Indifference - 2/5

The Sarah Silverman Program: Humanitarian Of The Year - 3/5

24: Day 8, 5am-6am - 3/5

You've Been Framed! - 4/5

Snow dog

Today's random photo is of my dog, Zac, in the snow near Breaston in Derbyshire, February 2007.

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Sunday, 11 April 2010

Today's movie recommendations

1820 The Mask Of Zorro (Five)
2100 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Five)
0130 Ju-On: The Grudge (Channel 4)

1530 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (ITV2)
1630 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (ITV2+1)
2100 The Devil Wears Prada (Film4)
0230 Ju-On: The Grudge (Channel 4+1)

2100 The Matrix (Watch)
2200 The Matrix (Watch+1)
2200 Blown Away (Sci Fi)
2200 The Devil Wears Prada (Film4+1)
2300 Blown Away (Sci Fi+1)

Sky Movies
1005 Jaws (Sky Modern Greats)
1200 Pretty Woman (Sky Drama/Romance)
1415 Gone Baby Gone (Sky Crime/Thriller)
1550 Being John Malkovich (Sky Indie)
1750 Jaws (Sky Modern Greats)
1830 Das Boot (Sky Indie)
2100 Watchmen (Sky Sci-Fi/Horror)
2100 Hannibal (Sky Crime/Thriller)
2200 Wall Street (Sky Modern Greats)
0100 Cape Fear (Sky Crime/Thriller)
0135 The Usual Suspects (Sky Indie)
0215 Dead Man Walking (Sky Modern Greats)
0225 In Bruges (Sky Comedy)
0250 The Silence Of The Lambs (Sky Sci-Fi/Horror)
0310 Hannibal (Sky Crime/Thriller)

I'd also like to make a special mention for Irma Vep on Sky Arts 2 at 10pm. The film's a 3/5 but Maggie Cheung is stunning!

Watched yesterday

Peep Show: Local Zero - 4/5

Look Around You: Module 2: Water - 4/5

Criminal Minds: The Boogeyman - 3/5

Heat - 5/5
One of my favourite films and one I have seen many, many times though not for several years. Looking at it now, it's just as good as ever. So many iconic scenes and how's this for a cast? - Rober De Niro, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd, Mykelti Williamson, Wes Studi, Ted Levine, Dennis Haysbert, William Fichtner, Natalie Portman, Hank Azaria, Danny Trejo, Henry Rollins, Tone Loc and Xander Berkeley!

Santa Monica

Today's random photo is of the beach at Santa Monica, as seen from the pier, on 21st October 2010.

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Saturday, 10 April 2010

Today's movie recommendations

1720 The Aviator (BBC Two)
0105 Solaris (Channel 4)

1230 The Poseidon Adventure (More4)
2100 Control (Film4)
0205 Solaris (Channel 4+1)

1330 The Poseidon Adventure (More4+1)
2100 Apocalypse Now (TCM)
2150 The Matrix (Watch)
2200 Control (Film4+1)
2250 The Matrix (Watch+1)

Sky Movies
1000 Jurassic Park (Sky Modern Greats)
1015 Iron Man (Sky Action/Adventure)
1045 Valkyrie (Sky Crime/Thriller)
1150 AI: Artificial Intelligence (Sky Sci-Fi-Horror)
1230 No Country For Old Men (Sky Indie)
1250 Changeling (Sky Crime/Thriller)
1415 The Dark Knight (Sky Action/Adventure)
1430 Twilight (Sky Showcase)
1440 Juno (Sky Indie)
1640 Unbreakable (Sky Sci-Fi/Horror)
1650 Air Force One (Sky Action/Adventure)
1750 Jurassic Park (Sky Modern Greats)
2000 Cast Away (Sky Drama/Romance)
2000 Twilight (Sky Showcase)
2100 Iron Man (Sky Action/Adventure)
2100 Valkyrie (Sky Crime/Thriller)
2200 The Baader Meinhof Complex (Sky Indie)
2305 Changeling (Sky Crime/Thriller)
0030 No Country For Old Men (Sky Indie)
0155 Lenny (Sky Modern Greats)
0315 Killer: A Journal Of Murder (Sky Crime/Thriller)

Watched yesterday

Countdown: 8th April
Peter Zyss - 65
Brian Kuhl - 60
Dan Brusca - 37
A woeful performance, only scoring in five of the fifteen rounds, my word-points coming from SEXUAL, COMPOSED, PANTIES and MOVIES.

Countdown: 9th April
Peter Zyss - 55
Dan Brusca - 49
Andrew Pullan - 38

Friday Night Lights: Who's Your Daddy? - 4/5

In Treatment: Alex, Week 8 - 4/5

Hung: A Dick And A Dream or Fight The Honey - 4/5

Sons Of Anarchy: The Sleep Of Babies - 4/5

Outtake TV - 4/5

The Good Wife: Infamy - 4/5

In Regent's Park

Today's random photo was taken in Regent's Park, London, in June 2007.

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Why the Tories' tax break for married couples is wrong

The Conservatives have revealed a proposal to give a tax break of £150 per annum to the lowest-earning third of married couples. I can understand why a government might want to make a statement about the importance of marriage (and civil partnerships), but this proposal is a daft way of doing it.

First off, at £150 it's not exactly much of a statement, is it? It's like recognising the importance of your wedding anniversary by buying your wife a bunch of flowers from a garage.

But let's look deeper. When people talk about recognising the importance of marriage, isn't what they really mean the importance of creating stable environments in which to raise children?

If that's true, then why not target help more directly by increasing child benefit and extending it to expectant mothers, giving further help in paying for childcare and so on? After all, there's no reason at all to give a tax break to childless couples or couples whose children have grown up and left home. As Alex Barker in the FT points out, a third of the beneficiaries of this proposal are pensioners.

As a non-married taxpayer, I could support that because I see the value to society of raising children. I fail to see why I should help subsidise couples simply because they're married and for no other reason.

Friday, 9 April 2010

E-2 Hawkeye

Today's random photo is of an E-2 Hawkeye aboard the USS Midway, San Diego, 8th October 2009.

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Thursday, 8 April 2010

Watched yesterday

Countdown: 7th April
Peter Zyss - 87
Daniel Stevanato - 79
Dan Brusca - 74

In Treatment: Laura, Week 8 - 4/5

Shameless: The Gypsy & The Hobo - 4/5

Submarine gubbins

Today's random photo is of various gubbins aboard the former Soviet submarine B-39, San Diego, 8th October 2009.

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