Month: April 2014

Eva Green and Ewan McGregor in Perfect Sense

Perfect Sense

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     1 May   England and Scotland become the United Kingdom, 1707 On this day in 1707, the countries of England and Scotland officially became united in “one kingdom by the name of Great Britain” (according

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Saskia Rosendahl as Lore

Lore

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     30 April   Adolf Hitler kills himself, 1945 On this day in 1945, Adolf Hitler, the Führer and Reich Chancellor of Germany, also the Reichsstatthalter of Prussia, killed himself. On 22 April 1945, Hitler had

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Yuri Mgoyan in Ashik Kerib

Ashik Kerib

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     29 April   Tariq ibn-Ziyad invades Iberian peninsula, 711AD On this day in 711AD, the Muslim general Tariq ibn-Ziyad launched an attack on Spain – which was then operating under its Roman name of Hispania.

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Clark Gable and Charles Laughton in Mutiny on the Bounty

Mutiny on the Bounty

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     28 April   The Mutiny on the Bounty, 1789 On this day in 1789, the year of revolution in France, some sailors on board the British ship HMS Bounty mutinied against their captain, William Bligh,

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Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela and Gys de Villiers as FW De Klerk in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one 27 April     Freedom Day, South Africa Today is Freedom Day in South Africa. It marks the day in 1994 when South Africa went to the polls in the first national elections open to all races.

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Robert Redford in All Is Lost

28 April 2014-04-28

Out in the UK This Week     All Is Lost (Universal, cert 12, Blu-ray/DVD) JC Chandor’s Margin Call was a brilliant debut, a great piece of storytelling which turned the complexities of the financial crash into a gripping human interest drama. Now he’s made All Is Lost, also a

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Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     26 April   Anita Loos born, 1889 On this day in 1889, or possibly 1888, Corinne Anita Loos was born. Always cagey about her true age, Anita became best known for her comic novel Gentlemen

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The Road poster

The Road: A Story of Life & Death

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     25 April   Red Hat Day Today is Red Hat Day. It is celebrated by members of the Red Hat Society, membership of which is open to any woman aged 50 or over. It was

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Brad Pitt as Achilles in Troy

Troy

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     24 April   The fall of Troy, 1184BC On this day in 1184BC, the city of Troy fell after the most famous battle of antiquity. The Trojan War had started after a Trojan, Paris, absconded

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Gene Hackman and the cast of The Poseidon Adventure

The Poseidon Adventure

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     23 April   Ronald Neame born, 1911 On this day in 1911, a remarkable figure in cinema was born. Ronald Elwin Neame lived until 2010 and in his time was a cinematographer, a producer, writer

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