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Wednesday 05 August 2009
Friday 19 June 2009
Tuesday 02 June 2009
Ellen Ripley, Sigourney Weaver's character from the Alien film series, has been named the number one Sci-Fi Woman Of All Time by leading genre website Totalscifionline.com.
Friday 16 January 2009
Secret Cinema shouldn't really be a secret, despite the society's website warning attendees to "tell no one". It's the best night out at the movies in Britain, especially now that going to the local multiplex has become a celebration of bland and brand, the same overpriced confectionery and an overdose of adverts and trailers.
Friday 05 December 2008
There's a prissy self-congratulation about early parts of David Auburn's family-bereavement drama, though it got to me eventually. Sigourney Weaver plays a mother who has never recovered from the abduction, now 16 years ago, of her three-year-old daughter. She invites a young drifter (Kate Bosworth) to stay, wondering if she might be her long-lost child, then hoping she is. Unfortunately, the film's practical and psychological implausibilities never disappear.
Sunday 20 July 2008
It was only a bikini. But it had the power to set tongues wagging and pulses racing around the globe. Pictures of Dame Helen Mirren luxuriating on the beach at Puglia in southern Italy last Tuesday sent media commentators into a frenzy. Some have applauded the 62-year-old for her figure, while others blanched at the prospect of myriad wrinkly copycats trying to emulate her this summer.
Sunday 23 March 2008
Monday 03 March 2008
Be Kind Rewind is the latest offering from the French director Michel Gondry, best known for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and his innovative promos for bands such as the White Stripes, whom he animated with the clever use of Lego.
Friday 18 January 2008
The modish shortening – for Aliens vs Predator Requiem – is a hopeful attempt to align the franchise with the likes of T2 and MI:2, but it's nothing more than a tawdry cash-in. We are assured that the directors, Colin and Greg Strause, know the original movies inside out, "know the AVP comics and play the AVP videogames". Whether this qualifies them to make anything of the smallest originality is severely in doubt.
Saturday 17 February 2007
Tuesday 02 January 2007
What had threatened to turn into an embarrassing start to the new year for Rafael Benitez evolved instead as a satisfyingly emphatic victory for the Liverpool manager over an opponent with whom he has developed something of a fixation.
Thursday 12 October 2006
It may sound like an impertinent question: does your loo paper really need to be quite so bright and fluffy? But it's serious, according to the green pressure group WWF, which says that too much virgin fibre from the world's forests is being used in lavatory tissue, when recycled fibre would be just as good.
Monday 09 October 2006
Anna Politkovskaya's intelligent bespectacled face stared back from a small portrait pinned up outside her Moscow apartment block yesterday. Russia's most famous and controversial crusading investigative journalist was dead, cut down by two shots from a hitman's pistol.
Sunday 04 September 2005
Friday 11 February 2005
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
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- 5 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death