Month: January 2014

Shane Carruth and Amy Seimetz in Upstream Color

6 January 2014-01-06

Out in the UK This Week       Upstream Colour (Metrodome, cert 18, Blu-ray/DVD) Shane Carruth’s belated follow-up to his brilliant 2004 film Primer is a weird mix of body-horror and love story, the story of a woman (a rather good Amy Seimetz) infected by some parasitic worm who

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Obligatory slo-mo explosion shot with an unconcerned Nicolas Cage in Drive Angry

Drive Angry

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     7 January     Nicolas Cage born, 1964 On this day in 1964, Nicolas Coppola was born. The son of a literature professor and a choreographer, Cage is the grandson of Carmine Coppola, another of

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James Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle Dandy

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     6 January     FD Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech, 1941 On this day in 1941, the president of the USA, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, delivered what has become known as the Four Freedoms Speech. Addressing the

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Claudio Brook's Simon is tempted by Silvia Pinal's Satan in Simon of the Desert

Simon of the Desert

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     5 January     Feast of Simeon Stylites Today is the feast day of the Christian ascetic saint Simeon Stylites. Unless you are an adherent of the Eastern Orthodox Church, in which case his feast

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Colin Beavan aka No Impact Man

No Impact Man: The Documentary

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     4 January     Thomas Edison electrocutes Topsy the elephant, 1903 On this day in 1903, the American inventor genius Thomas Edison electrocuted a live elephant to death with electricity. And filmed the whole event.

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Compay Segundo on stage with the Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     3 January     US severs diplomatic ties with Cuba, 1961 On this day in 1961, the United States formally cut diplomatic ties with Cuba. It had been building its position within the island since

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Pete Postlethwaite, Stephen Baldwin and Gabriel Byrne in The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     2 January     Pete Postlethwaite dies, 2011 On this day in 2011, aged 64, the actor Pete Postlethwaite died of pancreatic cancer. It had been diagnosed in March 2009. Postlethwaite had already survived cancer

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