Month: September 2013

Downfall

Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler in Downfall

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     1 October     Nazi leaders sentenced at the Nuremberg Trials, 1946 On the afternoon of this day in 1946, the individual sentences were read out at the conclusion of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. The defendants were all …

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The Lodger

Ivor Novello in The Lodger

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     30 September     Jack the Ripper Kills Twice, 1888 On this day in 1888, the London serial killer known as Jack the Ripper killed two women, Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes. Stride had had her throat cut; Eddowes had …

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La Dolce Vita

Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     29 September     Anita Ekberg born, 1931 On this day in 1931, Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg was born, in Malmö, Sweden. A model in her teens, Ekberg was Miss Sweden by the age of 19 and had a contract …

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Klown aka Klovn: The Movie

  A lanky speccy guy is lying in bed reading when his wife crawls in beside him. “Would you like some yummy yummy?” she asks. Looking expectant, he immediately pulls back the duvet, to reveal white vest tucked into white underpants. He looks ridiculous. We laugh. And then he learns that when she said “yummy …

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Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     28 September     Death of Miles Davis, 1991 On this day in 1991, Miles Davis died. By his own estimation the Juilliard educated trumpeter, band leader and composer changed music “five or six times”. Whether that is true or …

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26 September 2013-09-23

Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias and Nick Robinson in The Kings of Summer

Out in the UK This Week   The Kings of Summer (StudioCanal, cert 15, Blu-ray/DVD) An immensely smart coming of age film pitched somewhere between Stand By Me and Superbad (ie dark undertow, with jokes). And it’s entirely on the side of the kids, whose decision to go off and live in the woods, leaving …

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Trainspotting

Ewan McGregor in The Worst Toilet in Scotland

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     27 September     Irvine Welsh born, 1958 On this day in 1958, in Leith, Edinburgh, Irvine Welsh was born. Or was he? After a police arrest in 1996, just after fame had hit him like a heroin rush, the …

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Manhattan

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in silhouette in Manhattan

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     26 September     George Gershwin born, 1898 On this day in 1898, the writer of Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, Someone to Watch over Me, Rhapsody in Blue and Porgy and Bess was born in Brooklyn, New York. …

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Valhalla Rising

Mads Mikkelsen (centre) in Valhalla Rising

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     25 September     The Battle of Stamford Bridge, 1066 On this day in 1066, an Anglo Saxon army led by King Harold Godwinson went into battle against a Norwegian army led by Harald Hardrada. The English (ie Anglo Saxon) …

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The Shop Around the Corner

Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart in a publicity shot for The Shop Around the Corner

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     24 September     CompuServe launches first consumer internet service, 1979 On this day in 1979, after ten years of supplying dial-up computer timesharing to businesses, CompuServe (originally Compu-Serve) started to offer something similar to the great unwashed. The service …

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