Month: March 2014

Our Idiot Brother

Janet Montgomery and Paul Rudd in Our Idiot Brother

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     1 April   April Fool’s Day In many countries, today is April Fool’s Day. It’s unclear where this day – nowadays often dedicated to the playing of practical jokes – has its origin, though there was a medieval Feast of …

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This Film Is Not Yet Rated

MPAA Not Rated Card

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     31 March   Motion Picture Code introduced, 1930 On this day in 1930, the Hollywood studios introduced a new code which laid out what was and was not acceptable in movies. It was a system of self-regulation which a scared …

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Parkland

Zac Efron about to pronounce the president dead in Parkland

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     30 March   Ronald Reagan shot, 1981 On this day in 1981, after just over two months in office, President Ronald Reagan was shot outside the Washington Hilton. His would-be assassin was John Hinckley Jr, whose attempt on the president’s …

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James Bond’s Testicles

Daniel Craig and Mads Mikkelsen in Casino Royale

    Have you ever noticed how James Bond is always getting his balls interfered with? The world’s most virile spy is so replete with testosterone that women want to get their hands on them and can’t help but fall into bed with him. Men, on the other hand, feel so threatened they want to …

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31 March 2014-03-31

Donald Pleasence does the scary in Wake in Fright

Out in the UK this week   Klown (Arrow, cert 18, DVD) Spun off from a taboo-baiting Danish TV series of the same name, this comedy sends a couple of mismatched buddies on a road trip, bromance style, with a 12 year old boy in tow. What this dim bulb and his raging egomaniac friend …

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Mulberry St

Mulberry Street zombie

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     27 March   Typhoid Mary quarantined, 1915 On this day in 1915, Mary Mallon was quarantined for the second and final time. A carrier of typhoid who remained healthy herself, Mallon’s career as an itinerant cook meant she was perfectly …

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Die Another Day

Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     26 March   AE Housman born, 1859 On this day in 1859, Alfred Edward Housman was born, in Bromsgrove, UK. Most famous for his poetry cycle The Shropshire Lad, Housman was the son of a solicitor. His mother died when …

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Don’t Look Now

Julie Christie in Don't Look Now

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     25 March   The founding of Venice, AD421 On this day in the year AD421, Venice was founded. Sited on 118 islands in a lagoon between the mouths of the rivers Po and Piave, Venice derives its name from the …

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