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Freelance Journalist and Presenter, BBC Front Row and NewsWatch — BBC
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Presenter BBC Front Row&Newswatch.Freelance Journo,Visiting Prof Kingston Uni.Spiritual Berliner,ex-LosAngeleno,movie connoisseur,especially Westerns&SF.

Age of Ultron’ review by Samira Ahmed • Letterboxd — Sometimes more isn't more. Or rather it's just more. This film is the cinematic equivalent of China spewing out climate-changing heavy industrial pollution with no sense of the overload on the environment.

The girlification of character's hair — Long girly hair is a feminist issue and we need to talk about it. Putting your long hair up or styling it short has long been a shorthand for sophistication. It's not about being old, so much as it's about embracing maturity; a girl turning into a woman.

Samira Ahmed: When is it acceptable to exploit murder for entertainment? — It was late, I was tired and I needed cheering up, and I found this great comedy on TV that I'd never seen before which did just the job. Burke and Hare (pictured), directed by John Landis in 2010 and starring Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis, is a rollicking love song to Edinburgh's architecture, its gothic medical pioneering past, its lowlife and its ghosts.

Branagh: From Shakespeare to Cinderella — If you know the films of Sir Kenneth Branagh there is something familiar about Cinderella's ballroom dance scene, when the Prince swirls her round in a glow of colour and light, all captured in bold, sweeping camera movements. Branagh used a similar visual style in his big-budget 1994 film Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, in which he also starred as the overambitious scientist.

‎‘Chappie’ review by Samira Ahmed • Letterboxd — Sigourney Weaver says she'd seen District 9 three times before being asked to be in Chappie. And she nails it when she says the power of Blomkamp's sf dystopias are that they take place "10 minutes from now". Be aware she's barely in it. Much of our interview is about their Alien plans, not surprisingly.

Samira Ahmed: A useless female lead is nothing to celebrate — I have been a brooding outcast in my castle. Reduced to throwing icy blasts from my fingertips at the telly and the computer where slebs and men - especially men - say that I'm the freak, that I'm weird. That film I loathe is actually a feminist masterpiece.

Issue 1142 | Big Issue — In this week's Big Issue... Sean Penn - the double Oscar-winner who likes to jet around the world fixing things in trouble spots. Adrian Lobb talks to him about conscience politics, the Liam Neeson-driven vogue for older action heroes, some de rigueur rhapsodising about Mark Rylance and where the "enemies" are coming from.

Are the rich winning a cultural class war? — That Britain's cultural class war is complicated is perhaps most apparent in the fact that Labour's new culture spokesman, Chris Bryant, was educated at private Cheltenham College while the Conservative Culture Secretary Sajid Javid is a bus driver's son from a comprehensive school.

Samira Ahmed: Finance and fashion are Hong Kong's heartbeat. But will they be enough? — I'm standing on the high peak of the Dragon's Back trail, under a warm blue sky, looking back at a strange outcrop of tiny towers in the distance. They are the skyscrapers of Hong Kong island just a bus ride away. Hong Kong in winter is a bit magic that way.

Samira Ahmed: A disturbing trend in how we consume truth — I have a little BBC News app on my mobile phone. It sends an alert when something big has happened. It doesn't ping me all day. But if I've been asleep or in a meeting or watching a film with my family, when I choose to look I am reliably told if something big has happened or resolved: a massacre, a hostage crisis, a political resignation or a major criminal conviction or charge.
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May 28, 2015

"Rockstar"French mathematician Cedric Villani's HayOnWye signing.Listen to @bbcfrontrow debating the bk biz tomorrow.

May 28, 2015

"It's fascinating but it's damned difficult." Rockstar mathematician Cedric Villani on what he does.

May 28, 2015

@BookJo @LoveYourLido Thankyou! Have driven by it so many times & even watched that bbc documentary yrs ago. Crazy that I've never been.

May 28, 2015

I already miss the DowagerDuchess of Reading who praised football hooligans &called her dogs Horrid,Toilet, Pardon & Viagra (Obit Times p53)

May 28, 2015

@tobytram @johne326 I once forced my brother to let my Action Girl have a wedding with one of his Action Men. Maybe it was a shotgun one?

May 28, 2015

Action Man the "basic figure".This perfect story contains enough 70s/80s nostalgia to power Concorde & a hovercraft.

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