Ledger made one film for which he will undeniably be remembered. When the news of his death was reported on the airwaves, commentators unanimously described him as the groundbreaking young Aussie who played the "gay cowboy" in Brokeback Mountain. This captures the press at its most lavishly cretinous. Brokeback Mountain is no more about gay cowboys than Hamlet is about indecisive, twenty-something Danes. It is about two people who are madly in love but whose lives are destroyed because they cannot be together. They are separated not only by social mores, by marriage, by distance, but by class: Jake Gyllenhaal, buoyed with the emancipation from financial worry he has achieved by marrying into a wealthy family, can do whatever he damn well pleases, whereas Ledger, a cash-strapped day labourer, does not have the money or the social mobility to go where he wants, whenever he wants. Gyllenhaal, a talented actor, does a very nice job in Brokeback Mountain, but Ledger gives a performance that … [Read more...] about ‘It’s not fair. It’s not right’
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Based on the award-winning book by Katherine Applegate, The One and Only Ivan tells the story of Ivan, a silverback gorilla who learns that life isn't defined by place and circumstance but by the power of friendship and the courage to make change happen. The One and Only Ivan is streaming only on Disney+ on August 14 and stars Angelina Jolie as Stella, Bryan Cranston as Mack, and Sam Rockwell as the voice of Ivan. … [Read more...] about What’s streaming in August 2020: New films and series on Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, Netflix and Hayu this month
When Mr Frazer made her comments last year, the Prison Service confirmed they would be going ahead and closing Dartmoor in 2023 and handing back 67,000 acres of land around it to the duchy, which will then have the headache of deciding what to do with a building which has been used as a prison for 200 years. … [Read more...] about What Will Happen to Britain’s Oldest Prisons, Some of Which Were Built During Napoleonic Wars?
Traditional planets come into existence when dust eddies moving around a star bond together to form a disc, which is what led astronomers at Kagoshim University in Japan to speculate there are planets around massive black holes – they have material swirling around in a circular formation, according to Science Alert. … [Read more...] about Thousands of giant planets or ‘blanets’ surround black holes, made up from the void’s whirling dust, say scientists
Plot details on the final instalment are thin on the ground , but judging by its self-explanatory title it shouldn't come as too much of a shock. All three movies will contain a continuity through Monarch, the organisation introduced in 2014's Godzilla, and at some point iconic Godzilla figures Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah are expected to make an appearance. … [Read more...] about King Kong and Godzilla will clash in new trilogy
"The small individuals are also fully grown, and that was surprising," said Torsten Scheyer, research associate at the University of Zurich and one of Rieppel's co-authors. "It's like the growth rings of a tree -- from this you can basically reconstruct the history of these animals." Lead study author Stephan Spiekman, an expert in Triassic reptile evolution at the University of Zurich, also explained that "the small species likely fed on small shelled animals, like shrimp, in contrast to the fish and squid the large species ate", Science Alert notes. … [Read more...] about Researchers Learn What ‘Prehistoric Crocodile Crossed With a Giraffe’ Was Like – Report
So the movie’s not perfect. But that sort of adds to its deep, personal weirdness. A movie where a child gymnast bravely fells a dinosaur feels like a cliché of a Spielbergian cliché, and its presence here, amid all the ghastly nocturnal carnage, sticks out like a sore thumb — a vestige, perhaps, of the old Spielberg. Its very awkwardness reveals how much he’s changed. In many ways, it makes sense that The Lost World would betray the precision and wholesomeness of Jurassic Park. I suspect Spielberg was in the process of rediscovering who he was as a filmmaker — and maybe even as a person. The films that came out of this period (which continued through the late 1990s and early 2000s) are some of the more conflicted works of his career. And The Lost World will always stand out to me as among the most conflicted and most beautiful. … [Read more...] about Is Steven Spielberg’s Nastiest Film, and I Love It