Month: January 2014

The Wall

Martina Gedeck in The Wall

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     1 February     Alexander Selkirk rescued, 1709 On this day in 1709, a Scottish sailor named either Alexander Selkirk or Selcraig was rescued from an island in the South Pacific. But the model for Daniel Defoe’s 1719 novel Robinson …

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3 February 2014-02-03

Roxane Mesquida grabs lunch in Kiss of the Damned

Out in the UK This Week       Kiss of the Damned (Eureka, cert 18, Blu-ray/DVD) There’s a scene early on in Xan (daughter of John) Cassavetes’s vampire film in which a man (Milo Ventimiglia) with the hots for a woman he’s just met (Joséphine de la Baume) is pawing at her passionately through …

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Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd in Frida

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     31 January     Leon Trotsky exiled, 1929 On this day in 1929, Lev Davidovich Bronshtein, aka Leon Trotsky, was exiled from the country he had helped create. A member of the victorious Bolsheviks in the revolution of 1917 (having …

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Witchfinder General

Vincent Prices as Matthew Hopkins in Witchfinder General

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     30 January     Oliver Cromwell executed two years after death, 1661 On this day in 1661, Oliver Cromwell was posthumously executed. A member of parliament who had entered the civil war against the king, Cromwell had risen quickly to …

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Magic Trip

The original magic bus, whose name was Further

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     29 January     Mantra Rock Dance, 1967 On this day in 1967 one of the key events of the era of psychedelic rock, and the hippie era generally, took place. It was organised by the International Society for Krishna …

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First Orbit

Yuri Gagarin

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     27 January     The Outer Space Treaty signed, 1967 On this day in 1967 the USA, USSR and UK jointly signed the Outer Space Treaty, more formally known as the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in …

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27 January 2014-01-27

Ted Levine and Katia Winter in The Banshee Chapter

Out in the UK this week       Rush (StudioCanal, cert 15, Blu-ray/DVD/VOD) Recognising a good thing when he sees it, director Ron Howard sticks with Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan for this entirely satisfying, largely factual re-run of the rivalry between 1970s Formula 1 stars Niki Lauda and James Hunt. There’s tons to like …

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Wag the Dog

Robert De Niro, Anne Heche and Dustin Hoffman in Wag the Dog

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     26 January     President Clinton denies “sexual relations” with Monica Lewinsky, 1998 On this day in 1998, a serving president of the United States responded to allegations that he had had sex with a woman other than his wife. …

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How to Start a Revolution

Gene Sharp and his book, From Dictatorship to Democracy in How to Start a Revolution

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     25 January     Police Day, Egypt Today is Police Day in Egypt. It is held annually to commemorate the day when 50 police officers were killed, more wounded, after a spat between local Egyptian policemen and the colonial ruler, …

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