The French in Algeria

Friday, 28 August 2009, 13:49 | Category : Crumbs, Politics, Human Rights & Other Serious Stuff
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Algeria is still a country I’d like to understand a whole lot better, but this is a very good (albeit long) video report to start with - it really explains a lot.

The Taliban targets voters after the polls

Sometimes, when I read about the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, I cannot help but think it is some weird Monty Python kind of reality, even if what I’m reading is very gruesome. Some of the rules and customs are just that absurd.
This is the first time I’ve had that feeling when watching a video, even [...]

Ballet Shoes - Emma Watson ventures outside of Potter

I am finally up to date with my film diary *grin* Which means I haven’t watched any films in over 2 weeks - my BA project is really taking too much of my time *sigh* No wonder I have withdrawal symptoms from not watching enough films…
{FILM DIARY}
Ballet Shoes (UK, 2007)
Seen: Tuesday, 11th August 2009 (DVD)
Runtime: [...]

Public Enemies - one of the few Johnny Depp films I don’t like

{FILM DIARY}
Public Enemies (USA, 2009)
Seen: Saturday, 8th August 2009
Runtime: 140′
Director: Michael Mann
Cast: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard
Production House: Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Forward Pass, Misher Films, Tribeca Productions, Appian Way
Plot: (from imdb)
The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming [...]

The best way to become a big shot Hollywood producer

Tuesday, 25 August 2009, 10:49 | Category : Crumbs, Hollywood & the American film industry
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Below is an interview with Andre Morgan, nowadays a big Hollywood producer. He basically introduced martial arts into Hollywood in the 1970s. It’s the most hilarious “how to break into Hollywood” story I’ve ever heard lol

The 20th anniversary of the Baltic Way

Monday, 24 August 2009, 12:16 | Category : Crumbs, Politics, Human Rights & Other Serious Stuff
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20 years ago, 20 million Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians joined hands to form an almost unbroken 650 kilometre long human chain. This was meant as a symbolic protest against their occupation by Soviet Russia.

Japanese film banned by the BBFC

Monday, 24 August 2009, 1:07 | Category : Crumbs, J-drama & the Japanese film industry
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The BBFC very rarely outright rejects films nowadays, but it’s made an exception for Grotesque - a Japanese horror movie:
BBFC director David Cooke has stated: ‘‘Unlike other recent ‘torture’-themed horror works, such as the Saw and Hostel series, Grotesque features minimal narrative or character development and presents the audience with little more than an unrelenting [...]

The bias against Islam in Western media

Two Muslim women murdered. One killed when protesting against the regime in Iran, the other stabbed in a German courtroom for being Muslim. Which one receives a lot of coverage and which one receives hardly any at all?

Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem

Monday, 24 August 2009, 0:21 | Category : Crumbs, Politics, Human Rights & Other Serious Stuff
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This report made me think how odd it is that I know about women having to have their hair covered and all that in certain Muslim communities and yet I never realized the same was true for some Jewish communities…

Malaysian woman to be caned for drinking beer

Sunday, 23 August 2009, 23:05 | Category : Crumbs, Politics, Human Rights & Other Serious Stuff
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The law forbidding alcohol has been around for some time in Malaysia, but this is the first time someone’s been prosecuted.