January 10, 2010

Top Stories –
Rod the Mod becomes a pensioner –
Rocker Rod Stewart celebrates his 65th birthday after being in the music industry for over 40 years and selling over 100 million records worldwide.

Get your skates on –
Parts of Amsterdam’s historic canal system freeze over for the first time in over a decade, with skaters taking to the ice.

Top Video –

“Fixed” 2010 from Jeffrey M. Thompson on Vimeo.

Top List –

Top 100 films of the Noughties (2000-2009)
List from Daily Telegraph By David Gritten, Tim Robey and Sukhdev Sandhu
Part 2 – 90-81

  • 90 Bend It Like Beckham

Gurinder Chadha, 2002: A surprise British global hit, blending football with teen-girl comedy and cultural diversity issues. The launch pad for Keira Knightley, one of the decade’s biggest stars.

  • 89 Munich

Steven Spielberg, 2005: Dark, pensive thriller about Mossad agents bent on killing Palestinian terrorists who massacred Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics. A complex, unsentimental one-off.

  • 88 The Pianist

Roman Polanski, 2002: Polanski won an Oscar for this comeback of unexpected acuity, with Adrien Brody bringing haunted charisma to the lead role.

  • 87 The Child

Dardenne brothers, 2005: Europe’s finest purveyors of social humanist cinema outdid themselves with this Bresson-like portrait of a feckless young father who sells his infant son.

  • 86 Let the Right One In

Tomas Alfredson, 2008, £12.72: Vampire movies have been 10-a-penny this decade. None was remotely as affecting as this snow-capped charmer about alienated Swedish teenagers.

  • 85 Erin Brockovich

Steven Soderbergh, 2000: Julia Roberts got the role of her life – and a slam-dunk Oscar – in Soderbergh’s legal?crusader drama.

  • 84 Sin City

Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, 2005: Fanboys salivated over the noir fidelity of this super-stylised comic book transfer, with 300 and Watchmen to come.

  • 83 Good Bye Lenin!

Wolfgang Becker, 2003: A young man tries to shield his frail mother from the news that Communism is over in this charming exercise in “Ostalgia”.

  • 82 Monsoon Wedding

Mira Nair, 2001: The changing face of middle-class, urban India was brought to warts-and-all life in this freewheeling, thought-provoking drama.

  • 81 Milk

Gus Van Sant, 2008: Sean Penn wasn’t an obvious choice to play gay rights activist, Harvey Milk. His funny and seething Oscar-winning performance proved sceptics wrong.

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