Archive for December, 2017

My review of “Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi”

December 17th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The trouble with reviewing the latest episode of a galatic franchise like “Star Wars” is that expectations are so hign. Ever since I saw the first movie almost four decades ago as a 30 year old who had fairly recently become a father, I have approached each new chapter – usually with my son – […]

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Word of the year: youthquake

December 15th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

“Youthquake”, defined as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people”, has been selected by Oxford Dictionaries as the 2017 word of the year. I like young people. I used to be one once. You can see a fuller explanation of the choice, and the shortlist of […]

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And the mega rich just become richer and richer

December 15th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The richest 1% of the global population took 27% of the world’s wealth growth between 1980 and 2016, while the richest of the rich increased their wealth by even more. The top 0.1% gained 13% of the world’s wealth, and the top 0.001% – about 76,000 people – collected 4% of all the new wealth […]

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What images come to mind when you think of the Holocaust?

December 14th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

In this short article, my good friend Art Shostak writes: “For more than 70 years, [the] narrative has been flawed by overreliance on the horror story of the Shoah, a painful focus on atrocious acts perpetrators committed against victims. At the same time, little or no attention has been paid to its inseparable counterpart, what I […]

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A review of the Japanese film “Blade Of The Immortal”

December 13th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Apparently Japanese director Takashi Miikwe now has a hundred movies to his credit but I’ve only previously seen one of them: “13 Assassins”. Like “13 Assassins”, “Blade Of The Immortal” is a stylish bloodfest – if that’s not an oxymoron – set in the Edo period of Japanese history (1603-1868), but this film tells a […]

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Some good news from the United States for a change

December 13th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Doug Jones has become the first Democrat to win any statewide office in the state of Alabama in decades after Republican candidate Roy Moore’s campaign for the Senate was marred by sexual assault claims. More news here.

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Peter Bradshaw’s top ten films of 2017

December 12th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I have previously done a blog posting on the top 20 films of 2017 as chosen by “Empire” magazine. Now I offer you the top 10 movies of the past year as chosen by the “Guardian” film critic Peter Bradshaw. I’ve seen five of the 10.

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20 of the best films of 2017

December 10th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I’m a big movie fan and see quite a lot of films, but I find it hard to select a set of best works for a list. However, the latest issue of “Empire” magazine – to which I subscribe – has offered this list of the top 20 of 2017 (I’ve seen 13): “Get Out” […]

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The centenary of the largest man-made non-nuclear explosion

December 6th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The Halifax Explosion was a maritime disaster in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on the morning of 6 December 1917. SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship laden with high explosives, collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo in the Narrows, a strait connecting the upper Halifax Harbour to Bedford Basin. A fire on board the French […]

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A remarkable story about an amazing young woman

December 5th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I recently attended a conference held at the BT Centre and organised by the Good Things Foundation (on whose board I have sat for six years – I step down tomorrow). The event was all about the power of the Internet to change lives for the better. The most inspirational address came from a young […]

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