January 11, 2010

Top Stories –
Tragedy in Haiti –
A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hits Haiti in the north Atlantic sea. Early estimates are that the death doll is between 45,000 – 50,000 [Note: final Haiti government estimates were a death toll of 316,000]

Fallen idol –
Simon Cowell dramatically announces he is quitting American Idol the day before the series starts to air. The big question seems to be who will replace him? [Answer Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler]

Palin to significance –
Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin signs up to be a contributor on the Fox News Channel, 2 years after she gained fame as the presidential running mate of Republican John McCain.
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Timefreeze Worx | 2009 from Real Creations 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 3 – 80-71

  • 80 The Return

Andrei Zvyagintsev, 2003: This emotionally subtle drama about two brothers dealing with the return of their missing father signalled a new dawn in Russian cinema.

  • 79 Spider-Man

Sam Raimi, 2002: The first hit for an amiable comic-book franchise set the tone with humour, a warm romance and Tobey Maguire’s likeable hero.

  • 78 The Hurt Locker

Kathryn Bigelow, 2008: The one Iraq drama that mattered, shaking us with the street-level view of America’s perilous occupation.

  • 77 Children of Men

Alfonso Cuar”n, 2006: This apocalyptic vision of a world in which man can no longer procreate gnawed at the imagination.

  • 76 Antichrist

Lars von Trier, 2009: Instant notoriety was the name of the game in von Trier’s lavish, rusty-scissored attack on bourgeois sensibilities.

  • 75 The School of Rock

Richard Linklater, 2003: The chameleonic Linklater teamed up with Jack Black to create a hugely endearing take on the rags-to-riches rock movie template.

  • 74 Los Angeles Plays Itself

Thom Anderson, 2003: Copyright issues mean it will likely never be commercially released, but this archive-essay

exploring cinematic depictions of LA was an underground smash.

  • 73 Master and Commander

Peter Weir, 2003: A magisterial seafaring epic from Weir, serenely adapting Patrick O’Brian and putting a brave focus on the quotidian.

  • 72 Uzak

Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2002: One of the great revelations of the decade was this Turkish auteur whose portraits of broody masculinity seduced art house audiences.

  • 71 A History of Violence

David Cronenberg, 2005: Cronenberg switched tack with a bruising study of dormant criminality, anchored by the ever-improving Viggo Mortensen.


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