January 9, 2010

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I’ll be back… with the bill –
The governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, reveals deep spending cuts to contain the state’s $20bn (£12.5bn) budget deficit. Spending on health, welfare, transport and the environment is to be reduced.
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Forget eating an apple, wear eye-shadow –
A French study, published in the journal Analytical Chemistry, suggests the heavy eye make-up worn by ancient Egyptians such as Cleopatra may have had medical as well as aesthetic benefits.

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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 1 – 100-91

  • 100 Avatar

James Cameron, 2009: On the basis of a sneak 15-minute show reel, it’s not premature to predict that this ground-breaking 3D sci-fi epic will change the way we look at movies.

  • 99 Together

Lukas Moodysson, 2000: Astutely observed and delightfully delicate comic drama about a Swedish hippie commune in the Seventies.

  • 98 Crash

Paul Haggis, 2005: Oscar voters loved this multi-stranded depiction of contemporary LA’s combustible race politics.

  • 97 Tropical Malady

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004: Thrill-seeking audiences rejoiced (while scratching their heads) at this mesmerising gay love story featuring soldiers adrift in Thai forests.

  • 96 Shrek

Andrew Adamson, 2001: Charming, witty computer-generated animation fairy tale about a princess and an ogre. Hugely promising, but its sequels have fallen far short.

  • 95 Michael Clayton

Tony Gilroy, 2007: In this intelligent, literate thriller, George Clooney, as a disillusioned fixer at a New York law firm, did his best acting work to date, proving that he’s a movie star for the ages.

  • 94 The Brown Bunny

Vincent Gallo, 2003: Heckled at Cannes, the decade’s most reviled film is now destined to become a future lost classic.

  • 93 Grizzly Man

Werner Herzog, 2005: Still fierce, still idiosyncratic, the German director’s superb documentary about two slain bear enthusiasts was riveting from first to last.

  • 92 The Wrestler

Darren Aronofsky, 2008: Comeback of the decade from Mickey Rourke, in a lacerating saga of steroid overkill and trailer-trash redemption.

  • 91 Atanarjuat: the Fast Runner

Zacharias Kunuk, 2001: This Inuit epic with extraordinary snow chases, based on a tale 2,000 years old, was a unique achievement that lingers.

 

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