January 15, 2010

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Anybody bring a torch? –
A solar eclipse plunges parts of Africa and Asia into semi-darkness. According to NASA this was the longest annular eclipse of the third Millennium.
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Swooner –
Author Jackie Collins has revealed that screen legend Marlon Brando had sex with her at a party when she was only 15, days after she had been expelled from a school in England.
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Top List –
Top 100 films of the Noughties (2000-2009)
List from Daily Telegraph By David Gritten, Tim Robey and Sukhdev Sandhu
Part 7 – 40-31

  • 40 Moulin Rouge!

Baz Luhrmann, 2001: Wildly ambitious attempt to reinvigorate movie musicals. Nicole Kidman’s singing dis-appoints, the plot falters, but its visual flair set the bar high.

  • 39 Casino Royale

Martin Campbell, 2006: Daniel Craig sizzled opposite Eva Green and proved the sceptics wrong in this muscular and intense reworking of the first Bond novel.

  • 38 Pan’s Labyrinth

Guillermo del Toro, 2006: The Spanish Civil War re-imagined as a child’s supernatural dream. Del Toro became the third Mexican director of the decade to receive global plaudits.

  • 37 Billy Elliot

Stephen Daldry, 2000: A Durham miner’s young son dreams of dancing ballet. This hit feel-good tear-jerker launched Jamie Bell and his debutant director.

  • 36 An Inconvenient Truth

Davis Guggenheim, 2006: Essentially a well-delivered PowerPoint lecture, Al Gore’s wake-up call to Americans about impending eco-catastrophe helped win him a Nobel prize.

  • 35 Knocked Up

Judd Apatow, 2007: Foul-mouthed frat-boy humour retooled for the sensitive Noughties is Apatow’s forte; this made Seth Rogen an unlikely star.

  • 34 Moolaadé

Ousmane Sembene, 2004: The Senegalese director, a giant of African cinema, capped a glorious career with this stirring drama about a woman who revolts against ritualised brutality.

  • 33 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Ang Lee, 2000 Lee married his trademark fascination for the complexities of family life with classic Chinese swordplay to visually bewitching,emotionally penetrating effect.

  • 32 Oldboy

Park Chan-wook, 2003 Korean cinema exploded after Park Chan-Wook’s visceral vendetta flick, like Titus Andronicus with octopus-chomping.

  • 31 Pirates of the Caribbean

Gore Verbinski, 2003: Relentless high-seas action-adventure that made Johnny Depp big box-office. So successful that its sequels essentially repeated its incoherent plot.

 

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