North Korea, the most evil dictatorship in the world - a film list

Last week marked 60 years since the Korean war (1950-1953) broke out. As Al Jazeera aptly points out, it has largely been forgotten in the West despite the huge destruction and death toll it caused. Around 4mln people died in the three years in which the fighting ensued, around half of them civilians. Apparently, the [...]

Google stops censoring the internet in China!

Thursday, 25 March 2010, 14:33 | Category : Computer Stuff, Crumbs
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Even though I’ve not posted anykind of news about anything on this blog for ages, I felt this news was so big that I just had to share it :)
This move means the Chinese government may ban Google’s services entirely. Google seems to expect as much as they’ve set up a website showing which Google [...]

“Terrifying kisses” in a Bollywood film

Wednesday, 13 January 2010, 14:04 | Category : Bollywood & the Indian film industry, Slices
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Haven’t done any short, random sort of posts for ages, should get back to that :]
Anyway, Bollywood is still changing very dynamically. The borders of what is accepted in terms of violence, sex and language are constantly being pushed and there’s more experimentation with genres that have been absent in Bollywood before now. One of [...]

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?

The Venezuelan media and Hugo Chavez

I thought this was a rather interesting report. It says that Hugo Chavez is not a dictator as the international media suggests. The main argument here is that if he were a dictator then he would not allow media opposition as strong as what there is in Venezuela now. They even say that in the [...]

Akshay Kumar arrested for obscenity

Tuesday, 26 May 2009, 16:30 | Category : Bollywood & the Indian film industry, Crumbs
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This is a case I’ve been following for a while and it just gets weirder and weirder.
Akshay Kumar, who is one of Bollywood’s biggest stars at the Indian box office, was invited to walk the catwalk during the Lakhme India Fashion Week. While on the catwalk he approached his wife, Twinkle Khanna (another Bollywood actress [...]

Google Earth controversy

I felt this was quite a strange, but fascinating story. Google has included some historical Japanese maps in their Google Earth service and there are calls for these maps to be taken down:
The maps date back to the country’s feudal era, when shoguns ruled and a strict caste system was in place. At the bottom [...]

A gay romance that is making American distributors nervous (I love you Phillip Morris spotted)

{FILM SPOTTING}
I Love You Phillip Morris (USA, 2009)
Runtime: 102′
Director: Glenn Ficara, John Requa
Cast: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor
Production House: Europa Corp., Mad Chance
Plot: The real story of Steven Russell - a conman, who eventually ends up in jail where he finds his one true love… his cellmate.
Trailer

The sceptical part of me thinks that…
The reviews are [...]

Thirst poster banned in Korea

Saturday, 21 March 2009, 18:12 | Category : Crumbs, Other film industries
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The teaser poster of Thirst, Park Chan-Wook’s latest film, features a priest in “sexual context” and has therefore been banned in Korea. You can see it here. I think it’s quite beautiful and only a little bit sexual, but whatever :]