film of the day

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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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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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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Star Wars

Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     23 March   President Reagan proposes the Strategic Defense Initiative, On this day in 1983, President Reagan announced a change in the country’s defence policy. Hitherto relying on a launch-on-warning (aka fail-deadly) response to attack – Mutual Assured Destruction – …

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Man on Wire

Philippe Petit 417 metres up between the towers of the World Trade Center

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     22 March   Karl Wallenda dies, 1978 On this day in 1978, Karl Wallenda, founder of The Flying Wallendas, a daredevil circus act, died aged 73. Born into a family of circus people in Germany, Karl had begun performing aged …

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The Infidel

Richard Schiff and Omid Djalili

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     21 March   New Year’s Day, Bahá’í calendar If you’re a member of the Bahá’í faith, today is the first day of the new year. A religion that believes in one god, one spiritual source for all religions – Jewish, …

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21 Jump Street

Channing Tatum bullies Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     20 March   Lee Scratch Perry born, 1936 Today in 1936, Rainford Hugh Perry was born in Kendal, Jamaica. Often dubbed “Little Perry” in his early days in the music business in the 1950s, on account of his 4ft 11in …

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I’m Not There

Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     19 March   Bob Dylan releases first album, 1962 Today in 1962, having dropped out of the University of Minnesota and relocated to New York City to visit the dying Woody Guthrie and break into performing, Bob Dylan released his …

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Beauty Shop

Mena Suvari and Queen Latifah in Beauty Shop

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     18 March   Queen Latifah born, 1970 Today in 1970, Queen Latifah was born, as Dana Elaine Owens, in Newark, New Jersey. An outgoing girl with an interest in sport and acting, she sang in a baptist choir as a …

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