Hey Yvonne (and everybody else),
You'd have to ask Naas the specifics, but I'm pretty sure the domain fell out of use just before Brian started his trek of Asia during the start of the first(!) global financial collapse back in '08. Or perhaps being inside the Great Firewall prevented me from accessing the page--God only knows why a HK/pan-Asia movie review site would be blocked by the Chinese government, though. I do periodic checks for BRNS and this is the first time in a long while that I've been able to access it (BTW, I've not been in China for the past two years.) This and the Ng Man-tat page are two of the sites I periodically look out for.
(To everybody): The site's real charm was all the high quality uploads of lobby cards, tabloid pictorials, and boxed set ephemera that Brian would scan and host for fellow fans. I know of no other fan bloggers who currently do this to the extent that Brian did back in the day--and dennis lee's HKMDB Daily News
gets his pictures mostly from Chinese-language web sources (which is a real service for those who don't read or type Chinese, BTW.) With the exception of HK Cinemagic's extensive head shot galleries that link film credits to faces, few fansites were so graphically rich in their heyday. Maybe "Durian" dave wells' two (now defunct) retro sites on Connie Chan
and vintage Chinese entertainment
? They're all on my shortlist for English-language bright spots out there in the ether.
Perhaps I'm just a really superficial bloke but I like pictures, graphs, maps, and illustrations in my reading material and Brian's site was one of the best providing glossy images that no one else was putting up. That and his reviews--along with guest reviewers like Yvonne--were pretty funny to this Chinatown kid.