Grizzlies are sweet and cuddly killing machines

Scrolling through YouTube, I note the bizarre and mesmerising effect that Grizzlies have on the  human psych – we are fascinated with bears, and the scarier the better. You read comments  –  bears are ‘timid’, bears are ‘shy’. Bears shy away from humans, they don’t like groups.  All a bear wants is to be left in …

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 5/9-5/13

­Every week, we recommend 5 publishing articles/blog posts that supplement the major news for the week. Whether data or industry commentary, we hope these 5 links will be a simple way to keep you in the know. Who is burning out in the publishing industry? Where is the rare book trade heading? How should an…Continue …

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Veteran actor Fred Ward, star of The Right Stuff and Tremors, dies aged 79

lizziesnoopes.com The character actor was part of the ensemble casts of Robert Altman’s films Short Cuts and The Player, and had a career in film and television that spanned five decades The veteran character actor Fred Ward, best known for appearances in The Right Stuff, Tremors and Short Cuts, has died aged 79. A statement …

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Blonde: will a shocking new film shatter the myth of Marilyn Monroe?

lizziesnoopes.com From Cannes to the Met Gala, the screen icon’s lucrative legacy lives on. But how will a new film affect the way the world sees her? Nearly 60 years after her death, the entertainment industry’s attempts to resurrect Marilyn Monroe continue apace. Earlier this week, Andy Warhol’s 1964 silk-screen portrait of the actor was …

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Top Gun: Maverick review – Tom Cruise is still speedy, less needy in a rock’n’roll sequel

lCruise presides over some surprising differences from his first outing as the navy pilot hotshot in a film that’s missing the homoerotic tensions of the 80s original In the first Top Gun in 1986 – that anti-Strangelove cold war classic – the US Navy’s fighter pilot Lt Pete “Maverick” Mitchell gets accused of letting his …

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‘I fell in love with it in a profound way’: how The Quiet Girl’s fostering story captured its director’s heart

lizziesnoopes.com First-time director Colm Bairéad on turning the novella Foster by Claire Keegan into the tear-jerking tour de force that swept the Irish Film and TV awards Colm Bairéad resigned himself to walking away empty-handed from the Irish Film and TV awards in March. His tiny-budget Irish language drama The Quiet Girl was up against …

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Everything Everywhere All at Once review – nothing nowhere over a long period of time

lizziesnoopes.com Despite some smart gags, this broadly buzzed-about comedy turns out to be an oddly mediocre misfire This hipster hypefest is an adventure in alternative existences and multiverse realities from writer-directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert – the “Daniels” – who in 2016 gave us the Jonzeian comedy Swiss Army Man. Everything Everywhere All at …

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Dobermann review – Vincent Cassel’s brutal pulp thriller still bites

lizziesnoopes.com This 1997 policier, directed by Jan Kounen, pulses with violent energy, although its pop-video aesthetic looks dated Very over the top, extremely brutal and as French as a Johnny Hallyday calendar – here’s a rerelease for the gonzo crime thriller from 1997, directed by Jan Kounen and adapted from the pulp policier series by …

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This Much I Know to Be True review – Nick Cave on music, art and healing

lizziesnoopes.com The musician holds the spotlight again in Andrew Dominik’s followup documentary, with star-quality input from Warren Ellis and Marianne Faithfull There’s a sweet moment in this mostly music documentary about rock star Nick Cave, in which he talks about having always defined himself in the past as a musician or a performer, but now …

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 5/2-5/6

­Every week, we recommend 5 publishing articles/blog posts that supplement the major news for the week. Whether data or industry commentary, we hope these 5 links will be a simple way to keep you in the know. How is one influencer raising the profile of Black books and authors? When (and how) are in-person events…Continue …

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Men review – Alex Garland unleashes multiple Rory Kinnears in wacky folk-horror

lizziesnoopes.com Garland’s latest is like a scary-movie remake of Dick Emery, with excellent performances from Kinnear, in a number of different roles, and Jessie Buckley The grim accusation about men – the one about them being all alike – might occur to you during this film, along perhaps with the shrill defensive hashtag #notallmen. It …

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Millie monologue

Millie Mead had an air of significant superiority about her. Sat before her was a woman of middle years, a tourist to the village of Fekenham Swarberry, who had ventured forth from Tadworth, Surrey seeking the rustic tranquillity that graced the oft-overlooked Dorset quietude. Millie’s joy at having a captive audience, one with whom she could …

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Lady Day

Lady Day

Lady Day spent her final hours in a rundown Harlem Hospital. Billie was 44 years old, she was in need of painkillers. The New York police had looted her room and found heroin in her pocketbook. The doctor didn’t bother much, the mindset being, ‘why treat this lady if she’s still flying?’ Three cops were stationed …

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The Glasgow Curse

The opening sets the tone for Lobban’s life as heir to one of the more ‘successful’ crime families of the 60’s and 70’s. William’s uncle, hardman Robert Manson, (described by Lobban as a “real Glaswegian gangster of a long gone era”) was an underworld force until his murder in April 1983. With the loss of …

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