Month: January 2014

Malcolm McDowell and Mirella D'Angelo cavort in Caligula

Caligula

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     24 January     Caligula assassinated, AD41 On this day in AD41, or 41BCE, the Roman emperor Caligula was assassinated. His name was in fact Gaius Augustus Germanicus and Caligula was his nickname – meaning

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Tom Hughes and Ophelia Lovibond in 8 Minutes Idle

8 Minutes Idle

  Anyone who has ever worked in a dead end job – data mining, stacking shelves, whatever – will get the fierce “we’re all in this together” loyalty on display in 8 Minutes Idle, a refreshingly raunchy and frequently very funny look at life at the bottom of the jobs

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Naomi Watts and Tom Holland in The Impossible

The Impossible

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     23 January     Shaanxi earthquake, 1556 On this day in 1556, the world experienced the deadliest earthquake on record. At 8.0 (possibly 7.9) on the magnitude scale (the successor to the Richter scale) it

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Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur in Beyond the Hills

Beyond the Hills

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     22 January     Father Arthur Tooth imprisoned for ritualism, 1877 On this day in 1877, a British minister of the Church of England was sent to prison for the lighting of candles, burning of

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Michael Caine and Noel Coward in The Italian Job

The Italian Job

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     21 January     Benny Hill born, 1924 On this day in 1924, Alfred Hawthorn Hill was born in Southampton, UK. One of those children who “always wanted to be in showbusiness”, Alfred had managed

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Kenneth Branagh as Reinhard Heydrich and Stanley Tucci as Adolf Eichmann in Conspiracy

Conspiracy

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     20 January     The Wannsee Conference, 1942 On this day in 1942 a short meeting was held at 56-58 Am Großen Wannsee, in the suburbs of Berlin. It was called by Reinhard Heydrich, boss

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Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes and Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner in The Aviator

The Aviator

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     19 January     Howard Hughes sets transcontinental air record, 1937 On this day in 1937 Howard Hughes set a new world record for flying across the continent of America. Flying a H-Racer with extra

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Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     18 January     AA Milne born, 1882 On this day in 1882, Alan Alexander Milne was born in Hampstead, London, UK. The son of a Scottish teacher, he was educated at his father’s small

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Natasza Urbanska and Borys Szyc in Battle of Warsaw

Battle of Warsaw

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     17 January     Soviet forces liberate/capture Warsaw, 1945 On this day in 1945, the Poles swapped one overlord for another as the Germans were finally flushed out of Warsaw by the Soviet Red Army,

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John Bishop in Route Irish

Route Irish

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     16 January     Operation Desert Storm starts, 1991 On this day in 1991, in what is now known as the First Gulf War, the troop and weapons mobilisation operation known as Operation Desert Shield

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