January 16, 2010

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Gale force wins –
BBC weather man Tomasz Schafernaker poses in shorts on the front cover of Attitude magazine showing of his warm front.
Image from Daily Mail

I’ve Bin Photoshopped –
The US government withdraws an age-enhanced image of Osama Bin Laden after admitting it was partly based on a photo of a Spanish politician found on Google.

Top List –
Top 100 films of the Noughties (2000-2009)
List from Daily Telegraph By David Gritten, Tim Robey and Sukhdev Sandhu
Part 8 – 30-21

  • 30 Downfall

Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2004: Bruno Ganz gives the best ever portrayal of Hitler on film in this intense account of the desperate madness of the Führer’s final days.

  • 29 In the Mood for Love

Wong Kar Wai, 2000: Exquisitely gorgeous romance set in Sixties Hong Kong confirmed Tony Leung’s film-idol status and made its director internationally famous.

  • 28 The Queen

Stephen Frears, 2006: Helen Mirren’s astonishing portrayal of Elizabeth II in the week after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales helped make screenwriter Peter Morgan a name to reckon with.

  • 27 Star Trek

JJ Abrams, 2009: Who would have guessed that this wheezy old franchise could be freshened up by a cast of unknowns?

  • 26 Être et Avoir

Nicolas Philibert, 2002: A documentary about a devoted schoolteacher in rural France was heart-warming in both its subject matter and its word-of-mouth success.

  • 25 Up

Pete docter, 2009: This wondrous animated Pixar fable about an old man who ties balloons to his house and drifts off to South America had more emotional truth and depth than almost any film this year.

  • 24 The Gleaners and I

AgnÈs Varda, 2000: Funny, melancholic and deeply political, Varda’s digital cine-essay about social outsiders scouring the French countryside for food has been quietly influencing young filmmakers all decade.

  • 23 Shaun of the Dead

Edgar Wright, 2004: There were lots of zombie films this decade, but only this super-smart, suburban updating of a once-tired genre featured gags about Eighties electro.

  • 22 City of God

Fernando Meirelles, 2002: Flashy Guy Ritchie visuals meshed with Ken Loach-style politics in this kinetic and stylised dispatch from the favelas of Rio.

  • 21 The Bourne Supremacy

Paul Greengrass, 2004: Greengrass took the wheel and the influential amnesiac-assassin franchise leapt into hyperdrive in this barnstorming sequel.


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