Month: December 2013

Dick Van Dyke, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber and Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     13 December     Dick Van Dyke born, 1925 On this day in 1925, Richard Wayne Van Dyke was born. As Dick Van Dyke he has been entertaining people since the Second World War, when

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Jessica Walter gets busy in Play Misty for Me

Play Misty for Me

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     12 December     Marconi receives the first transatlantic message, 1901 On this day in 1901, Guglielmo Marconi, one of the pioneers of long-distance radio transmission, finally proved that radio waves could travel really long

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Bruce Dern in Nebraska

Nebraska

  Staggering along under a weight of folksiness, much like its old-guy hero is staggering along on his beat up legs, Alexander Payne’s latest movie is sweet and wry but let’s not all get too excited. The film certainly doesn’t. Bruce Dern is the old guy, an amnesiac oldster with

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Gretchen Mol as Bettie Page in The Notorious Bettie Page

The Notorious Bettie Page

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     11 December     Bettie Page dies, 2008 On this day in 2008, a woman who had devoted the bulk of her life to Christian causes died, aged 85. But for a while in her

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Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland and Matthew McConaughey in Mud

Mud

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     10 December     Huckleberry Finn published, 1884 On this day in 1884, Mark Twain published Huckleberry Finn. It was the second book to feature the vagabond child of a vagrant drunkard father, The Adventures

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Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (left) in The Deep

The Deep (aka Djúpið)

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     9 December     Clarence Birdseye born, 1886 On this day in 1886, one of the greats of the modern food industry was born. The man who could be considered to be the real Captain

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See what I mean about mood? James Wan's The Conjuring

9 December 2013-12-09

Out in the UK This Week     The Conjuring (Warner, cert 15, Blu-ray/DVD) A family living out in the boonies is terrorised by a demon spirit in this moody horror film directed by James Wan and written by twin brothers Chad and Carey Hayes. The Hayes brothers are in

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Aaron Taylor and Anne-Marie Duff in Nowhere Boy

Nowhere Boy

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     8 December     John Lennon murdered, 1980 On this day in 1980, John Lennon was murdered by Mark Chapman outside the south entrance of the Dakota building, where Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono,

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Napster founders Shawn Fanning and Shaun Parker with Alex Winter

Downloaded

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     7 December     Record Industry Association of America files lawsuit against Napster, 1999 This is the day in 1999 that the self-styled “music industry” started its fightback. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

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Knut Osa Greger as Santa Claus in Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Rare Exports

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     6 December     Saint Nicholas dies, 343AD On this day in 343AD (or CE if you prefer), Nikolaos of Myra died. Born in 270AD, in Patara, Greece, to rich parents, Nikolaos was a devout

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