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Tuesday 16 June 2009
Millvina Dean had the double distinction of being both the youngest passenger on the Titanic and the last of the survivors of its sinking in the Atlantic in 1912. Her life almost ended at the age of nine weeks when the liner sank after its collision with an iceberg. But instead of a tragically short life she had a particularly long one, reaching the age of 97.
Friday 08 May 2009
There are any number of reasons why the SS Titanic ended its maiden voyage imbedded in the ocean floor in the early hours of 15 April 1912 – poor visibility, a negligent captain, a big hunk of ice. To this list the film-maker James Cameron adds one more contributing factor to lessen the burden of responsibility on that iceberg: a pair of bored officers distracted from their vigil at the warning bell by the sight of a couple canoodling on the deck. This is actually one of the more plausible details in the thoroughly loopy Titanic, if only because it obeys the cardinal rule of the disaster movie, which decrees that any and all catastrophes shall occur in exact correlation to the effrontery of the characters involved. You play with fire and you get burnt. Or drowned. The voyeuristic sailors aren't to blame for the corpses littering the ocean. It's the fault of those young lovers – Rose (Kate Winslet), who is poised to marry into obscene wealth but chooses instead to desert her fiance in favour of Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio), a scruffy ragamuffin from the Wrong Side of the Tracks. The naivety of the characterisation is almost charming.
Sunday 26 April 2009
Wednesday 08 April 2009
Zac Efron is the latest pin-up boy from Hollywood. But do you honestly think he has what it really takes to be the next Leonardo DiCaprio? The next film up for discussion in The Independent Film Forum is 17 Again. Is 17 Again a step-up or a step-down for director Burr Steers, whose last film was the indy hit, Igby Goes Down in 2002?
Sunday 08 February 2009
Sunday 01 February 2009
Friday 30 January 2009
Tuesday 20 January 2009
Thursday 08 January 2009
Friday 21 November 2008
Ridley Scott's latest is a very different kind of war movie. Where Waltz With Bashir is honourably self-questioning, Body of Lies is dimly self-important.
Thursday 08 May 2008
Male Artist of the Year: Sir Colin Davis
Friday 21 March 2008
If I were rating films on good intentions alone, this eco agitprop would earn five stars: but pretty pictures of nature in all its majesty, punctuated by decontextualised talking heads and earnest monologues from Leonardo DiCaprio, are not going to change anybody's mind about climate change.
Thursday 28 February 2008
Friday 03 November 2006
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
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- 2 Is this bridge haunted by the ghost of nu rave?
- 3 Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
- 4 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 5 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories