Twentieth Anniversary of Shakespeare in Love

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That’s right: today is the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of Oscar-winning Elizabethan comedy Shakespeare in Love!

Here is a HQ trailer that was made a while after the film came out:

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Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein by Jennifer Roy

Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein by Jennifer Roy

Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein

Video game villains and real-life dictators dominate daily life for eleven-year-old Ali

Ali Fadhil has very simple likes and dislikes. It is 1991 in Iraq and all Ali wants to do is read his comics and play football and video games. But President Saddam Hussein has other plans. After he invades neighbouring Kuwait, the U.S. and their allies launch Operation Desert Storm to force him out. Over the next forty-three days, Ali and his family would survive bombings, food shortages and constant fear.

Cinematic and timely, this is the story of how war changed one boy’s destiny forever and would one day bring him face to face with Saddam himself at the UN trial.

Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein by Jennifer Roy

Based on the childhood of Ali Fadhil, who went on to become an interpreter during the trial of dictator Saddam Hussein, this book shows what life was like for the people of Basra, Iraq during the beginning of the war in 1991.

While this is definitely a book geared towards children, who – of course – were not even born when these events took place (in fact, they weren’t even born when Hussein was executed), it is an interesting read for anyone who remembers the events of the 1990s and early 2000s.

A side note: I had no idea what “Atari” was, and had to look it up. I feel like it’s something I should have known!

 

Review copy provided by NetGalley.

20th Anniversary of Ever After

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Tomorrow is the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of Cinderella movie Ever After. Even though it’s from 1998, it’s still loved by many for its mix of pseudo-history, adventure, and a strong heroine. I was in college at the time, and still remember going to the cinema to see it.

Here’s the trailer:

And now you have an excuse to watch it again!

A Buffy Remake?

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When I first saw the news they are talking about remaking Buffy the Vampire Slayer, my first reaction was: can we please not?!

My second reaction: how about we come up with some new shows instead of ruining the old cult hits?!

It’s nothing new for Hollywood to recycle everything, but recently it seems they’ve gone mad on it. I mentioned Roswell before, but it’s not the only one. I mean… they’ve even remade silly MacGyver, with a man who looks like a child playing the lead. And then you have the possibly misguided reunion of the Downton Abbey crowd…

They’re giving Charmed the same remake treatment, too. Despite everyone’s crazy claims it was a feminist show, anything where the lead women make sexist “blonde jokes” every second episode is nothing of the sort, so I don’t care about that one.

But Buffy…? It was one of the best-scripted shows I’ve ever seen. In fact, we had to study it in our scriptwriting units at university.

Buffy was of its era. It was an important show that defined the 1990s. It also came at a time just before television started getting so sleek and high-tech that it started losing its humanity. I don’t want to see a fancier, updated Buffy.

Unfortunately now the show’s tainted with the discovery of exactly what a dickhead its creator, Joss Whedon, is. He’s not only not a feminist, but he spent years cheating on his wife – including with some Buffy cast members.

I just think that… leave Buffy alone! Come up with something different!

The Week: 16th – 22nd July

What a week for the world! Everyone is insane. Huge pride for Pussy Riot, for being almost the only people at the entire World Cup willing to protest instead of pretending everything was wonderful. We need more people like them.

R.I.P. Denis Ten

My review of Then Comes Seduction (Huxtable Quintet #2) by Mary Balogh

Then Comes Seduction (Huxtable Quintet #2) by Mary Balogh

Am I the only one who thinks this might not be a good idea?

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Four Years

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Twenty Years

Couple ready to cope with dreaded Y2K bug

You’ve got to love the timing of Dictionary.com!

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Marvel’s Black Widow finally lands a director – and she’s a Canberran

Canberra woman Cate Shortland is set to smash records and become Marvel's first solo female director.

 

Twenty Years

Couple ready to cope with dreaded Y2K bug

Remember Y2K? The Millennium Bug?

I was randomly researching something, and came across this article that was published twenty years ago today. I remember both that a lot of people lost their minds at the end of the 1990s and prepared for the end of the world, and that some people went into hiding for years before emerging to discover they’d been wrong about everything.

This makes for a funny read (read the whole article at the link), but some days now the world does seem like it’s falling apart:

Getting Prepared

Couple ready to cope with dreaded Y2K bug

BUNCH — It’s hard enough getting to the Kirkwoods’ hideaway. The country roads that lead here burrow into the wilds of Adair County. The dirt road at the end climbs into the forested hills where the former computer salesman and nurse from suburban Dallas make their home.

They would have looked even deeper into the woods for a place, but if TEOTWAWKI happens, they want to be sure their children and grandchildren still living in cities can reach this sanctuary in time.

“TEOTWAWKI” is an acronym heard among an increasing number of people who worry about the Millennium Bug and what chaos will come if the switch to the Year 2000 disrupts computer networks worldwide.

They’re talking about “The End Of The World As We Know It,” and it’s catching on.

Fearing an apocalypse over the Millennium Bug requires some of the same lack of faith in government as with other survivalists’ concerns. It carries a fear that the masses in the cities won’t hang together but instead will reveal their worst if things really do get desperate. The new survivalists are people who don’t want to take that gamble when spokespeople for public utilities, banks or other entities try to assuage concerns about the Millennium Bug with the calm words, “We’re working on it.”

They’d rather take their chances in finding a nice piece of land “with constantly running water or artesian wells and good hardwood cover in rolling hills where you could put a house 300 yards off the road and not see it,” McMillan said.

“The interest (in rural property) grows daily,” he said. And some of the inquiries, he added, have come from people in government and from computer programmers, which he said should tell you something.

“If the pilot of the plane puts on a parachute, wouldn’t you get nervous?”

A Roswell Remake?

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In the late-1990s and early 2000s, there was a cult television show about teens in Roswell, New Mexico, USA – the home of the alleged UFO crash in 1947. (Episode One is HERE.)

The show – based on a series of young adult books – was about a group of high schoolers, half of them regular teens, and half aliens from the crash, masquerading as teens to stay safe.

The basic plotline of the first Twilight book was taken from Roswell. In both stories the hero uses his powers to save the heroine’s life, therefore revealing his true identity to her. In both stories hero and heroine are biology lab partners and she has to cover up the fact he isn’t human. Etc. Only, this heroine is SO much stronger, and this hero is NOT a creepy stalker.

Now? They’re remaking Roswell, due out in 2019. You can see the new cast HERE.

I’m not sure I want to see this remake. Recently Hollywood hasn’t met an old show they don’t want to do a remake of. I wish they’d let cult shows be cult shows, and come up with something new!

A side note: I used to take ballet classes with one of the stars of the original Roswell TV series, so I feel a little protective of it!