Month: September 2013

Margaret Rutherford in riding gear in Murder at the Gallop

Murder at the Gallop

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     15 September     Birth of Agatha Christie, 1890   On this day in 1890, one of the greatest writers of detective fiction was born. Agatha Christie’s two most famous creations are fastidious Belgian detective

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The cast of Fast and Furious 6

16 September 2013-09-16

Out in the UK this week   Fast & Furious 6 (Universal, cert 12, Blu-ray/DVD) Having started as a “hot cars, even hotter girls” kind of affair, the F&F franchise is morphing as it goes into something more like an Oceans 11 heist series, with Vin Diesel and the still-pointless

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The lake scene from Dirty Dancing, with Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze

Dirty Dancing

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     14 September     Patrick Swayze dies, 2009   On this day in 2009, Patrick Swayze shimmied off to the great dance studio in the sky. 1991’s “sexiest man alive” (according to People magazine) had

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Ami Ayalon, former head of Shin Bet

The Gatekeepers

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     13 September     Rabin shakes hands with Arafat at the White House, 1993   On this day in 1993, Itzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel, and Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation,

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Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line

Walk the Line

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     12 September     Johnny Cash dies, 2003   On this day in 2003, Johnny Cash died, aged 71. A star from the mid-50s, after discharge from the army, until his death, the baritone Cash

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"Say hello to my little friend": Al Pacino in Scarface

Scarface

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     11 September     Brian De Palma born, 1940   On this day in 1940, Brian De Palma was born. De Palma is one of the key figures in the New Hollywood group that stormed

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John Turturro, Hank Azaria and Ralph Fiennes in Quiz Show

Quiz Show

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     10 September     The “Coughing” Major, 2001   On this day in 2001, Charles Ingram, a former major in the British army, won £1,000,000 in the UK TV gameshow Who Wants to Be a

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Danny Huston in Ivansxtc

Ivansxtc

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     09 September     Leo Tolstoy born, 1828   On this day in 1828, Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was born. A gambler, womaniser, brawler and university dropout in his youth, he took a turn to the

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Srdjan Todorovic in A Serbian Film

A Serbian Film

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     08 September     Stephen Dusan declares himself King of Serbia, 1331   On this day in 1331, after a brief war with his father, Stephen Dusan, aged 23, tall, handsome, intelligent and of “kingly

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Inside Job

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     07 September     US government takes over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, 2008   On this day in 2008, the US government placed two national organisations, the Federal National Mortgage Association (aka Fannie Mae)

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