Month: March 2014

Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     24 March   Robert Koch announces discovery of the cause of TB, 1882 On this day in 1882, Robert Koch announced that he had worked out what was causing tuberculosis, a disease so devastating that

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Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi

Star Wars

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     23 March   President Reagan proposes the Strategic Defense Initiative, On this day in 1983, President Reagan announced a change in the country’s defence policy. Hitherto relying on a launch-on-warning (aka fail-deadly) response to attack

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Philippe Petit 417 metres up between the towers of the World Trade Center

Man on Wire

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     22 March   Karl Wallenda dies, 1978 On this day in 1978, Karl Wallenda, founder of The Flying Wallendas, a daredevil circus act, died aged 73. Born into a family of circus people in Germany,

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Marine Vacth in Jeune et Jolie

24 March 2014-03-24

Out in the UK this week     Jeune et Jolie (Lionsgate, cert 18, Blu-ray/DVD) Being hot is like a weapon. That’s what director/writer François Ozon’s drama about a French schoolgirl’s double life as a hooker seems to be saying. Ozon casts beautiful Marine Vacth as Isabelle, his teenage temptress,

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Richard Schiff and Omid Djalili

The Infidel

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     21 March   New Year’s Day, Bahá’í calendar If you’re a member of the Bahá’í faith, today is the first day of the new year. A religion that believes in one god, one spiritual source

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Maggie Gyllenhall, Michael Fassbender (possibly) and Domhnall Gleeson in Frank


  Frank Sidebottom was the stage name of musician Chris Sievey, whose Frank was a cult novelty act that toured students unions etc in the UK in the 1980s and 1990s, singing chaotically shambolic versions of well known tunes (it could be Kylie, it could be the Sex Pistols) in

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Channing Tatum bullies Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     20 March   Lee Scratch Perry born, 1936 Today in 1936, Rainford Hugh Perry was born in Kendal, Jamaica. Often dubbed “Little Perry” in his early days in the music business in the 1950s, on

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Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke


  Steven Knight’s movie track record so far: when he only writes (Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises) very good; when he also directs (Hummingbird), not so good. For his latest film, Locke, he directs, and the results are enough to make you forgive Hummingbird, the misguided attempt to inject soul

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Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan

I’m Not There

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     19 March   Bob Dylan releases first album, 1962 Today in 1962, having dropped out of the University of Minnesota and relocated to New York City to visit the dying Woody Guthrie and break into

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Mena Suvari and Queen Latifah in Beauty Shop

Beauty Shop

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     18 March   Queen Latifah born, 1970 Today in 1970, Queen Latifah was born, as Dana Elaine Owens, in Newark, New Jersey. An outgoing girl with an interest in sport and acting, she sang in

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