Month: July 2014

Moonrise Kingdom

Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton and Bruce Willis in Moonrise Kingdom

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     1 August   First Scout camp, Brownsea Island, 1907 On this day in 1907, a camp organised by British national hero Lieutenant-General Baden-Powell to test the ideas he’d laid out in his book, Scouting for Boys, opened on Brownsea Island, …

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Ivana Karbanová and Jitka Cerhová in Daisies

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     30 July   The first defenestration of Prague, 1419 Along with the Diet of Worms, the Defenestration of Prague is one of those events that make history students giggle. And as with exsanguination, which dresses up the base act of …

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Morvern Callar

Samantha Morton and dead boyfriend in Morvern Callar

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     29 July   Mama Cass dies, 1974 On this day in 1974, Mama Cass Elliot, the large-size singer with the Mamas and the Papas, died from eating a ham sandwich. Except she didn’t. Die from eating a ham sandwich, I …

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28 July 2014-07-28

Russell Crowe in Noah

    Out in the UK This Week     Noah (Paramount, cert 12, Blu-ray/DVD) Director Darren Aronofsky, having temporarily revived the career of Mickey Rourke with The Wrestler and then an entire genre – the tween ballet thriller – with Black Swan, goes for another challenge, the biblical epic. The story: a big flood. The man: …

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Life during Wartime

Paul Reubens and Shirley Henderson in Life during Wartime

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     28 July   Earl Tupper born, 1907 Who is Earl Tupper? He invented Tupperware, and was born on this day in 1907, in Berlin, New Hampshire, USA. After studying at Bryant and Stratton University, he went into business for himself, …

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The Killing Room

Chlea Duvall in The Killing Room

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     26 July   CIA created, 1947 On this day in 1947, the National Security Act was enacted by the US Congress. Among other things, it created the Central Intelligence Agency, the successor agency to the Office of Strategic Services, which …

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The Machine Girl

Asami and Minase Yashiro in The Machine Girl

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     25 July   Gavrilo Princip born, 1894 On this day in 1894, the man who started the First World War was born, in Obljaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to a family of serf farmers, Serbian Orthodox Christians. Princip didn’t go to …

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Andrew Buckley and Will Adamsdale in Skeletons

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     24 July   Last Tsar of Bulgaria becomes prime minister, 2001 On this day in 2001, having been elected in a free and fair vote, the last Tsar of Bulgaria, Tsar Simeon II, aka Simeon Borisov Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, became prime minister …

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