Month: June 2014

The Bomber

Ekaterina Astakhova and Nikita Efremov on the set of The Bomber

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     1 July   SOS adopted, 1908 On this day in 1908, the second International Radiotelegraphic Convention became effective. It made standard the Morse code distress signal of three dits, three dahs, three dits, which had first been adopted by the …

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30 June 2014-06-30

Liam Neeson in Non-Stop

Out in the UK This Week     Non-Stop (StudioCanal, cert 15, Blu-ray/DVD/digital) Though there are pretenders, Liam Neeson is the king of the geri-action stars, a modern Charles Bronson whose attitude to violence is, to paraphrase the mild-mannered Dr Banner, “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.” This time Neeson starts out angry and …

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Inside Llewyn Davis

Oscar Isaac and cat in Inside Llewyn Davis

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     30 June   Dave Van Ronk born, 1936 On this day in 1936, one of the great nearly men of popular music was born, in Brooklyn, New York, USA, into a Catholic family who identified as Irish. Dave Van Ronk …

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Oldboy

Josh Brolin in Oldboy

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     29 June   iPhone launched, 2007 On this day in 2007, Apple launched the first version of the iPhone. Until then, mobile or cell phones had been phones first, with a range of other capabilities – camera, email, mp3 player, …

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The Fighter

Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale in The Fighter

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     28 June   Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield’s ear, 1997 On this day in 1997, during a boxing match for the WBA Heavyweight Championship title, one of the fighters, “Iron” Mike Tyson, bit off a chunk of the ear of …

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O’Horten

Bård Owe in O'Horten

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     27 June   Stratford Martyrs burned, 1556 On this day in 1556, one group of Christians burned another group of Christians at the stake, for being Protestants, in London, England. Eleven of them were men, two women (one of them …

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Hitman

Timothy Olyphant in Hitman

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     26 June   First barcode scanned, 1974 On this day in 1974, a packet of Wrigley’s chewing gum became the first product to be scanned by a barcode reader for commercial purposes. The so-called Universal Product Code had been in …

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Defamation

Abraham Foxman, of the Anti-Defamation League

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     25 June   Anne Frank’s Diary published, 1947 On this day in 1947, a book originally called Het Achterhuis. Dagboekbrieven 14 Juni 1942 – 1 Augustus 1944 (The Annex: Diary Notes 14 June 1942 – 1 August 1944) was published …

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Chinatown

Jack Nicholson bears the scars of combat in Chinatown

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     24 June   The Aqua Traiana inaugurated, 109 On this day in 109, the aqueduct the Aqua Traiana was put into service. Built on the orders of the emperor Trajan, it supplied Rome with fresh water. Rome’s appetite for water …

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A Gang Story

Gérard Lanvin (centre) in A Gang Story

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     23 June   John Gotti jailed for life, 1992 On this day in John Gotti, boss of the Gambino crime family in New York City was jailed for life. Look him up on Google images and you’ll probably find his …

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