Monday, 22 October 2018

This month´s film

The Wife

After nearly forty years of marriage, JOAN and JOE CASTLEMAN (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe’s literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950’s. THE WIFE interweaves the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later—a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love.



Monday, 8 October 2018


  • BLUE is a film about how the oceans are broken, and what can be done to fix them. Half of all marine life has been lost in the last 40 years. And by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. Featuring passionate advocates for ocean preservation, the film tackles themes of habitat destruction, species loss and pollution. Filmed in the seas surrounding Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and the USA, BLUE looks at how the very nature of the ocean is being altered.

  Watch the video trailer     click HERE

  • ONLY THE DEAD is the story of what happens when an ordinary Australian journalist is transplanted into the Middle East by the reverberations of 9/11 and embarks on a journey that courses through the deepest recesses of the Iraq war. The invasion of Iraq has ended, and the Americans are celebrating victory in 2003. All the while however, alone and in secret, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most vicious Al Qaeda leader the world has ever seen, is planning the real war. He lays out his plan in a letter to Osama Bin Laden: the suicide truck bombings; the bloody horrors of the civil war; the televised beheadings. He carries out his grand design to perfection, bringing the country to its knees… and he does it all on camera. And then, when he’s finally ready to “go public” as he foretold Bin Laden, what does Zarqawi do with the film that will shock the world & change the war forever? He gives it to Michael Ware. Of all people. A hard-drinking, hard-running, maverick Australian reporting for American news outlets. The tape Zarqawi gives him, sets our correspondent off on an epic voyage seeking the truth. 
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  • THE ANIMAL CONDITION chronicles three and a half years of recent Australian history, when animal welfare grew from a fringe issue to a national focus. Four young people take an investigative road trip around Australia. Unafraid to ask questions they speak to all sides, from politicians to activists, farmers, Indigenous Australians, philosophers, scientists and immigrant-workers. Views on the subject change with each new encounter, leading to questions about society that go beyond the treatment of animals.
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  • SHERPA. In 2013, the world's media reported on a shocking mountain-high brawl as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas. Director Jennifer Peedom and her team set out to uncover the cause of this altercation, intending to film the 2014 climbing season from the Sherpas' point of view. Instead, they captured Everest's greatest tragedy, when a huge block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route, killing 16 Sherpas. For the Himalayan workers repeatedly traversing the mountain carrying supplies, the risk of this hazardous endeavor is multiplied. This stunning documentary, shot by high-altitude cinematographer Renan Ozturk, explores the unequal relationship between cashed-up foreign expeditions and their guides. It is also a story of family and tradition, as exemplified by Phurba Tashi Sherpa, an experienced climber at the heart of this commanding film.

                                    Watch the video  trailer        click HERE

  • WINSTON CHURCHILL, WALKING WITH DESTINY. When the Swastika flew over continental Europe only England, under Winston Churchill and with her back to the wall, remained defiant. Walking With Destiny highlights Churchill's years in the political wilderness; his early opposition to Adolf Hitler and Nazism; and his support for Jews under threat by the Nazi regime. As historian John Lukacs explains, Churchill may not have won the War in 1940 but without him the War most certainly would have been lost.
    Focusing on the years 1940 and 1941, the film examines why Winston Churchill's legacy continues to be relevant in the 21st Century and explores why his leadership remains inspirational to current day political leaders and diplomats.
    Narrated by Academy Award® winner Sir Ben Kingsley.
Watch the video  trailer            click HERE 


Sunday, 30 September 2018

Music and the inner self 
James Rhodes   TEDxMadrid

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British concert pianist James Rhodes explains why he calls Madrid and not the UK home

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Thursday, 27 September 2018


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Lyrics             Click HERE

Simon & Garfunkel Central Park videoclip
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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Videos, videos...!

(with English subtitles)

Defensive Design

UK Residents Put Spikes in Trees


Fahrenheit use in USA

Cracking one´s knuckles


Twitter harassment

Black jaywalkers

USA gun violence

An open conflict with North Korea?

What humans will look like in 1,000 years

Our brain on terrorism

The Middle East's cold war

The collapse of Venezuela

Inside Rio’s favelas

Barcelona is taking city streets back from cars

Tiny island in New York City

Vending machines in Japan

10 Most Heavily Guarded Homes On Earth

Why knights fought snails in medieval art

How did pink become a girly color?

Would you use time travel to kill baby Hitler?

The 116 images NASA wants aliens to see

 The origin of the '80s aesthetic

Red means Republican and blue means Democrat

How America became a superpower

Haiti & Dominican Republic: island divided

Who owns the Arctic

Spanish weird borders

A brief history of America and Cuba

Internet´s underwater cables

Cities should plant more trees

The world is poorly designed but copying nature helps

Solving Rubik's Cube in 5.25 seconds

Public Transportation Sucks in the US

Best Train Driver Announcement

India's Geography Problem

Why people keep watching the worst movie ever made

America’s creepy clown craze

How Southern socialites rewrote Civil War history

NASA's plan to save Earth from a giant asteroid

Phones are designed to be addicting

Harry Potter and the translator's nightmare

How the Mona Lisa became so overrated 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017



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Sunday, 5 November 2017



Billy Elliot is a 2000 British dance drama film about a boy becoming a professional ballet dancer, set in north-eastern England during the 1984–85 coal miners' strike. It was directed by Stephen Daldry.

The film stars Jamie Bell as 11-year-old Billy, an aspiring dancer dealing with the negative stereotype of the male ballet dancer, Gary Lewis as his coal miner father, Jamie Draven as Billy's bullying older brother, and Julie Walters as his ballet teacher. The story was adapted for the West End stage as Billy Elliot the Musical in 2005

In 1984, Billy Elliot, an 11-year-old from the fictional Everington in County Durham, England, loves to dance and has hopes of becoming a professional ballet dancer. Billy lives with his widowed father, Jackie, and older brother, Tony, both coal miners out on strike, and also his maternal grandmother, who has Alzheimer's disease and once aspired to be a professional dancer...


"I, DANIEL BLAKE" (2016)

Daniel Blake, 59, who has worked as a joiner most of his life in the North East of England needs help from the State for the first time ever following an illness.

He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one roomed homeless hostel in London is to accept a flat some 300 miles away.

Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy now played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern day Britain.


More links

"I, Daniel Blake" reviewed by Mark Kermode

Kermode Uncut: My Top five Ken Loach Films

Ken Loach: life in austerity Britain is 'consciously cruel'

Ken Loach´s life and career