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Movie of the week – L’ordre et la morale

I’ve been fortunate with my documentary choices lately. L’ordre et la morale (Rebellion), a drama based on actual events, is another one worth recommending.

A man struggles to defuse an explosive situation with tragic results in this drama based on actual events. After a band of Kanak separatists under the leadership of Alphonse Dianou seize a police station on Ouvea Island, part of the French colony of New Caledonia, twenty-six officers are taken hostage and three are killed. Mitterand assigns counter-terrorism expert Capt. Philippe Legorjus to deal with the situation, but while Legorjus and his associates attempt to negotiate for the freedom on the policemen, Chirac makes headlines by demanding that military force be used to take back the hostages.

Rebellion

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Movie of the week – Tomboy

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“What does it mean to be a girl, now? How do mothers and fathers sort out their responsibilities in shaping a gendered child? How is a ten-year-old girl like or different from her six-year-old sister? How do your friends assess you as a girl or a boy and why does it matter that you are one or the other? How does kissing or flirting or fighting shape how you feel about yourself or how someone else feels about you? And how do your feelings intersect with anyone else’s? Why does it matter that you assume and act out a single gender, when you’re ten? It’s a terrific set of questions. And Tomboy lets you imagine your own answers.”

Tomboy

 
 

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Arsenal Vs Aston Villa 1-3

There is a misconception amongst the Arsenal fans. That the club doesn’t spend money on transfers.

In the season 2012/13 Arsenal spent around STG48.7 million on 4 players (Cazorla, Giroud, Podoslki and Monreal) and in the season 2011/12 around STG50,5 million on  8 players (Arteta, Mertesacker, Santos, Chamberlain, Jenkinson, Gervinho, Park, Cambell).

“We are there to spend money,”…….. “People say: ‘Buy players, buy players, buy players … ‘ But who?”

Arsene Wenger

A fan holds a protest banner as Arsène Wenger watches Arsenal's 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2013 in Football

 

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Movie of the week – Robot & Frank

This is one of those movies where my appreciation of it lies at the higher end of the ratings/reviews it received from critics. I’m not quite sure why.

Curmudgeonly old Frank lives by himself. His routine involves daily visits to his local library, where he has a twinkle in his eye for the librarian. His grown children are concerned about their father’s well-being and buy him a caretaker robot. Initially resistant to the idea, Frank soon appreciates the benefits of robotic support – like nutritious meals and a clean house – and eventually begins to treat his robot like a true companion. With his robot’s assistance, Frank’s passion for his old, unlawful profession is reignited, for better or worse.

Robot & Frank

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2013 in Movies, TV & Documentaries

 

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Video games – PC

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PC is where the most interesting games are right now for me. I’m not talking about the so-called AAA, blockbuster video games.

I’m talking about games like Papers, Please. Even after so many years and disappointments games can still excite me and surprise me.

What we have here is the literal opposite of the usual power fantasy. You don’t play as anyone special, just a downtrodden citizen of the ominous Soviet-styled nation of Arstotzka in the dying months of 1982. Assigned by a labour lottery to work for the Ministry of Admission, you spend your day stuck in a dank booth at a border checkpoint, responsible for deciding who gets to enter the country and who gets turned away – or worse.

You also need to process enough people and earn money to support your family. Only it’s not that simple.

A truly unique and fantastic game. Eurogamer has an excellent review which does a better job of selling the game than i ever will.

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2013 in Video games

 

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Movie of the week – MUD

Magic Mike, Killer Joe and now this. I did not believe i’d say this but Matthew McConaughey is turning out to be a very good actor. His best performance yet in an excellent film, despite being spoiled slightly at the end. Full marks to the two teen actors as well.

A drama centered on two teenage boys who encounter a fugitive and pact to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi.

Mud

 
 

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Estonia Vs Cyprus

Estonian geeks developed the code behind Skype and Kazaa (an early file-sharing network). In 2007 it became the first country to allow online voting in a general election. It has among the world’s zippiest broadband speeds and holds the record for start-ups per person. Its 1.3m citizens pay for parking spaces with their mobile phones and have their health records stored in the digital cloud. Filing an annual tax return online, as 95% of Estonians do, takes about five minutes. How did the smallest Baltic state develop such a strong tech culture?

The Economist – read more

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2013 in Recommended articles

 

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