Month: January 2014

Martina Gedeck in The Wall

The Wall

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     1 February     Alexander Selkirk rescued, 1709 On this day in 1709, a Scottish sailor named either Alexander Selkirk or Selcraig was rescued from an island in the South Pacific. But the model for

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Roxane Mesquida grabs lunch in Kiss of the Damned

3 February 2014-02-03

Out in the UK This Week       Kiss of the Damned (Eureka, cert 18, Blu-ray/DVD) There’s a scene early on in Xan (daughter of John) Cassavetes’s vampire film in which a man (Milo Ventimiglia) with the hots for a woman he’s just met (Joséphine de la Baume) is

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Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd in Frida

Frida

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     31 January     Leon Trotsky exiled, 1929 On this day in 1929, Lev Davidovich Bronshtein, aka Leon Trotsky, was exiled from the country he had helped create. A member of the victorious Bolsheviks in

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Vincent Price

Witchfinder General

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     30 January     Oliver Cromwell executed two years after death, 1661 On this day in 1661, Oliver Cromwell was posthumously executed. A member of parliament who had entered the civil war against the king,

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The original magic bus, whose name was Further

Magic Trip

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     29 January     Mantra Rock Dance, 1967 On this day in 1967 one of the key events of the era of psychedelic rock, and the hippie era generally, took place. It was organised by

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Darths Maul and Vader face off in Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out

Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     28 January     Lego patents its brick design, 1958 On this day in 1958 the Lego company patented the brick design it had been working on for five years. Originally a company created by

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Yuri Gagarin

First Orbit

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     27 January     The Outer Space Treaty signed, 1967 On this day in 1967 the USA, USSR and UK jointly signed the Outer Space Treaty, more formally known as the Treaty on Principles Governing

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Ted Levine and Katia Winter in The Banshee Chapter

27 January 2014-01-27

Out in the UK this week       Rush (StudioCanal, cert 15, Blu-ray/DVD/VOD) Recognising a good thing when he sees it, director Ron Howard sticks with Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan for this entirely satisfying, largely factual re-run of the rivalry between 1970s Formula 1 stars Niki Lauda and James

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Robert De Niro, Anne Heche and Dustin Hoffman in Wag the Dog

Wag the Dog

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     26 January     President Clinton denies “sexual relations” with Monica Lewinsky, 1998 On this day in 1998, a serving president of the United States responded to allegations that he had had sex with a

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Gene Sharp and his book, From Dictatorship to Democracy in How to Start a Revolution

How to Start a Revolution

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     25 January     Police Day, Egypt Today is Police Day in Egypt. It is held annually to commemorate the day when 50 police officers were killed, more wounded, after a spat between local Egyptian

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