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The Thing set on survival — Antarctica, 1982. The first week of winter. Two Norwegians in a helicopter are chasing a sled dog, which flees through the snow to a United States science station, where the 12 occupants emerge to see what's happening. One of the Norwegians accidentally blows himself up, the other is shooting wildly, and is himself shot dead.

Why restyle Great Women of History as cockamamie feminist role models? — I have no intention of going to see The Iron Lady. This is not for political reasons (though there is that) but because it's by the same director as Mamma Mia!, which was like a drunken Club Med hoedown shot through a sock.

An education that is very British — Blame it on too much early exposure to comics like Bunty, but I'm excited about seeing An Education, because parts of it are set in a girls' school that sounds an awful lot like the one I went to, except we played hockey instead of lacrosse.

Helen Mirren tribute — You don't get to be a National Treasure without putting in a lot of legwork. Helen Mirren might be a junior member in today's triumvirate of Great British Dames - she was born a decade after Maggie Smith and Judi Dench - but like them her current fame is only the tip of a very large iceberg.

film's annus mirabilis — In 1982, the mood in the United Kingdom was one of brash optimism. Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan were the best of friends. Before the year was out, Britain would boot Argentina out of the Falklands, Princess Diana would give birth to an heir to the throne, and Henry VIII's flagship, The Mary Rose, would be dredged up from the Solent.

Why We Have All Fallen For Eva Green — March 11th, 2015   G 300: Rise of an Empire, Article, Camelot, Casino Royale, Cracks, Review, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Perfect Sense, The Salvation, White Bird in a Blizzard, Womb   No Comments By Anne Billson There are few experiences in modern cinema quite as intoxicating as watching Eva Green behaving badly.

Dark side of Eva Green — There are few experiences in modern cinema quite as intoxicating as watching Eva Green behaving badly. Whether she's an American housewife on the verge of a nervous breakdown in White Bird in a Blizzard, or fixing those deep turquoise eyes on her oppressors in the revenge western The Salvation, or wrestling demons in the TV series Penny Dreadful, it's impossible to tear your gaze away.

Kristen Stewart best movies — Last month, Kristen Stewart made history by being the first American actress to win a César, the French equivalent of an Oscar. This will have no doubt come as a surprise to her many detractors, who regularly flock to Facebook, YouTube and Goodreads threads to endorse proclamations such as: "I can't believe why anyone keeps hiring her", and: "Kristen Stewart can't act".

The frightful rise of low-budget horror films — Filmgoers have been falling over themselves to complain about Fifty Shades of Grey, but I wonder how many of them will put their money where their mouths are by going to see another, more intriguing film about sexual domination that has just opened.

Rogue Trader, review: 'a criminal waste of a brilliant story' — Every week there seems to be at least one new British film to remind us of Franois Truffaut's observation that "There's something about England that's anti-cinematic." Even seemingly foolproof material gets the silk-purse-into-sow's-ear treatment.
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Jul 01, 2015

@SebastianNebel But have you heard them neighing somewhere in the distance?

Jul 01, 2015

The horses in Young Frankenstein react violently to Frau Blücher's name because it means 'glue' in German? FALSE.…

Jul 01, 2015

"You'll have to agree not to talk about the heat". Kathleen Turner makes her entance in BODY HEAT (1981)

Jul 01, 2015

I concur. HEATWAVE! by Ella Fitzgerald (I would have posted Monroe singing this, but quality of clips was lousy)

Jul 01, 2015

I concur. TOO DARN HOT! Ann Miller giving it her customary magnificent welly (and with a book!) in Kiss Me Kate.

Jun 30, 2015

@iambags @bookworm1979 @rickburin @E_Film_Blog I think that Kahn headgear is pretty much my favourite turban in all of cinema.

Jun 30, 2015

@catvincent @ephemeragrrl How come you can't? It's just drag and drop. Are you using a strange app that stops you?

Jun 30, 2015

@himwiththecyst sorry! She IS the best flustered nun EVER, though, isn't she.

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