Month: January 2014

Alexandra Holden, Lake Bell and Fred Melamed in In a World

20 January 2014-01-20

   In A World (Sony, cert 15, DVD) Writer/director/producer/star Lake Bell’s debut takes a real life event – the death of voiceover king Don La Fontaine (the guy whose every trailer started “In a world…”) – and builds an almost Woody Allen-ish comedic story around it, about the pretenders jostling

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Matt Damon and Franka Potente in The Bourne Identity

The Bourne Identity

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     15 January     The Pentagon dedicated, 1943 On this day in 1943 in Arlington Virginia the Pentagon was dedicated. At the time it was the largest building in the world. The home of the

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Wilfrid Hyde White and Audrey Hepburn, plus hat.

My Fair Lady

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     14 January     Cecil Beaton born, 1904 On this day in 1904, Cecil Hardy Beaton was born, in Hampstead, London. This son of a timber merchant was only interested in art from a very

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Stephen McHattie in Pontypool

Pontypool

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     13 January     First public radio broadcast, 1910 On this day in 1910, the first public radio broadcast was … heard is probably the wrong word, since almost no one had a radio set

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Palaeolithic drawings of horses in the Chauvet caves, in Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     12 January     Caves of Nerja discovered, 1959 On this day in 1959, the Caves of Nerja were discovered. Or rediscovered. Stretching for about 5 kilometres close to the town of Nerja, Malaga, Spain,

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Terence Stamp and Julie Christie in Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     11 January     Thomas Hardy dies, 1928 On this day in 1928, the novelist and poet Thomas Hardy died. He was 87 and this Victorian writer had survived into and almost through the age

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Toni Servillo in The Great Beauty

13 January 2014-01-13

Out in the UK This Week     The Great Beauty (Artificial Eye, cert 15, Blu-ray/DVD) You don’t need to have seen Fellini’s La Dolce Vita to appreciate The Great Beauty, but it might make for a more rewarding experience if you have. The 1963 film told the story of

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Franka Potente, Creep

Creep

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     10 January     London Underground opens, 1863 On this day in 1863, the world’s first underground railway opened in London, UK. It was called the Metropolitan Railway and it ran between several significant mainline

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Original art for the poster of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     9 January     Lee Van Cleef born, 1925 On this day in 1925, Clarence Leroy Van Cleef Jr was born, in New Jersey, USA. Best known for his portrayal of baddies, Van Cleef served

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James Stewart and Grace Kelly in Rear Window

Rear Window

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     8 January     François Grimaldi takes Monaco, 1297 On this day in 1297, dressed as a monk, François Grimaldi (more properly Francesco, since he was Italian) was admitted to the castle at Monaco. Known

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