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Antiviral

Caleb Landry Jones in Antiviral

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     29 February     Rare Disease Day This day every leap year is Rare Disease Day. Initially chosen because the day itself is rare, and to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Orphan Drug Act in the USA (which makes …

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The Host

Bae Doo-na, Byun Hee-bong and Song Kang-ho in The Host

  In Memories of Murder, the South Korean director Bong Joon-ho made an interesting point about the police procedural – that no matter how “tortured” the cop/protagonist, no matter how broken his background, how fractured his family life, how severe his problem with drink, he always remains a hero. Not in Memories of Murder he …

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The Tunnel

Bel Deliá and a dead person in The Tunnel

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     2 August   Tower Subway opens, 1870 On this day in 1870, the Tower Subway opened in London, UK. Running under the River Thames between Tower Hill on the north bank and Tooley Street on the south, it is a …

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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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The Human Centipede

Dieter Laser in The Human Centipede

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     21 June   Josef Mengele’s remains identified, 1985 On this day in 1985 it was finally ascertained that remains exhumed from a grave in Brazil were those of Josef Mengele. Later DNA testing in 1992 confirmed this original identification from …

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Splice

Come to mummy: Sarah Polley and offspring in Splice

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     16 June   Lord Byron and house guests read Fantasmagoriana, 1816 While on holiday in Switzerland in 1816, Lord Byron and his house guests grew sick of the weather of the “year without a summer”, as 1816 came to be …

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Alien

Sigourney Weaver and cat in Alien

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     6 June   Alexis St Martin shot in the stomach, 1822 On this day in the 1822, a 20-year-old Canadian called Alexis Bidagan St Martin was shot in the stomach at close range at a fur trading post on Mackinac …

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Teeth

Bad idea: Jess Weixler and Josh Pais in Teeth

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     3 June   Valerie Solanas tries to kill Andy Warhol, 1968 On this day in the 1968, the feminist writer Valerie Solanas went to the Factory, artist Andy Warhol’s studio in New York, and fired three shots at him from …

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Black Death

Eddie Redmayne and Sean Bean in Black Death

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     27 May   Bubonic plague breaks out in California, 1907 On this day in 1907, bubonic plague broke out in California, USA. The disease had ravaged the known world twice before, first in the 6th century, the so-called Justinian plague. …

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Theatre of Blood

Vincent Price and Diana Rigg in Theatre of Blood

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     21 May   Sam Jaffe born, 1901 On this day in 1901, one of the great characters of Hollywood was born, in Harlem, New York. Sam Jaffe, not to be confused with the actor of the same name, dropped out …

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