Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Fighter, a review

The Fighter is a drama based on the true story of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward’s unlikely rise through the ranks to the WBU (World Boxing Union) light welterweight title. Micky’s story would be a conventional sports film if not for … Continue reading

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Black Swan… a review

Darren Arronofsky, the director of The Wrestler, takes us once again to the dark side of culture. In The Wrestler, he explored the underbelly of low-brow culture, confirming preconceptions about the cheap theatrics of professional wrestling while deliveringinsight into the … Continue reading

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Leonardo was a genius, let’s leave it at that …

Leonardo was a genius, let’s leave it at that BY STEPHEN BAYLEY The Vancouver Sun 18 Dec 2010 What defines great art? The ability to attract cranks, charlatans, amateur “ sleuths”, fantasists, purple poseurs, whack-job theorizers and disappointed, pensioned-off scholars. … Continue reading

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Ahoy, earthling!

This morning’s paper has an item on Voyager, launched in 1977. In the first Star Trek movie, Voyager — called V’Ger — has moved so far from earth that it is adopted by a race of machines in a remote … Continue reading

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Strength training helps cognition…

Seniors’ strength training helps cognition, Vancouver study finds BY PAMELA FAYERMAN The Vancouver Sun 15 Dec 2010 A new study by Vancouverarea health professionals suggests that seniors who take part in strength-building exercise regimes can reap cognitive and other health … Continue reading

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Ten holiday movies …

No Christmas movies are being released this year … It’s just as well. Some of the Christmas releases have been awful in recent years. The Jim Carrey 3-D Scrooge was CGI gimmicky in the extreme but okay, and it’s not … Continue reading

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The Pleasantville Code of Conduct …

I have seen Pleasantville again. This makes at least 20 viewings of this film since it was released in the Nineties. The film has surfaces and layers that only reveal themselves in subsequent viewings. Its plot twists and turns through each … Continue reading

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It is time that we abandon the language of war …

It is time that we abandon the language of war DAN GARDNER The Vancouver Sun 11 Dec 2010 On Sept. 12, 2001, George W. Bush said something he had avoided saying the day before. “ The deliberate and deadly attacks … Continue reading

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Legalized polygamy would be an attack on hard- won rights (The Vancouver Sun, 11 Dec 2010, Page A2)

Legalized polygamy would be an attack on hard- won rights DAPHNE BRAMHAM dbramham@ vancouversun. com The Vancouver Sun 11 Dec 2010 Imagine a fight between Indiana Jones and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. That’s how lopsided the battle is, … Continue reading

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A Literary bucket list …

Have you read more than six of the books on this list compiled by the BBC? The British Broadcasting Corporation notes that most people read only six of the 100 books on this list. Instructions: Copy this list. Bold those … Continue reading

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