It’s an effing film – “Egypt bans ‘inaccurate’ Exodus film”

The Film Exodus: Gods and Kings is a nothing film. It’s a lot of noise based on a book and only benefits the people who wish to grade themselves. There is no wow 3D moment or spectacular camera angles. Even the crocodiles were wooden characters.

Considering exiled Moses stands next to the Sphynx; does look rather ridiculous. But then accuracy has never been the forte of occupiers.

Egypt bans ‘inaccurate’ Exodus film

says the BBC or The Telegraph or even The Scotsman


Here is rottentomatoes take on it

Exodus: Gods and Kings


Critics Consensus: While sporadically stirring, and suitably epic in its ambitions, Exodus: Gods and Kings can’t quite live up to its classic source material.



#edcmooc Review film Thursday. Wk1 Utopias – Dystopias

What message is the film presenting about technology? What losses and gains are described? Who or what has ‘agency? in this film   (AGENCY In sociology and philosophy, agency is the capacity of an agent (a person or other entity, human or any living being in general, or soulconsciousness in religion) to act in a world. The capacity to act does not at first imply a specific moral dimension to the ability to make the choice to act, and moral agency is therefore a distinct concept. In sociology, an agent is an individual engaging with the social structure. Notably, though, the primacy of social structure vs. individual capacity with regard to persons’ actions is debated within sociology. This debate concerns, at least partly, the level of reflexivity an agent may possess) Source: Wikipedia (not recommended, but useful shortcut)

One imagines “Free as a bird” as having “real” agency, but the film is merely a subjective slant of portrayal with an imaginary utopian world where the bird has no predators.  Yet the human sphere is portrayed as regular, ritualistic routine to evoke dystopian feelings for environment and persona.

The main message is one of monotony, via technology.

As for losses and gains; Nature is an intrusion e.g. sunlight and blind, bird breaking a cable to build it’s nest and bird flying into the window.

Is the lift scene an intimate moment or boredom?

#edcmooc Thursday Sleeping or intimate

“Apostrophes are a muslimist plot” #Satire

Apostrophe error means UKIP hoodie has opposite message than the one intended

What patriotic UKIP supporter WOULDN’T want hoodie with the phrase “we’re number 1” over a British flag?

Er… that doesn’t say we’re… it says *were*


We’re not making this shit up – it’s on Amazon.

Update: When we linked this, this had no reviews on Amazon, now it has loads. Well done gang!

Via UsvsThem and

Pistorious – A movie in the making

Money can buy the best legal & PR team in South Africa, but buying blood thirsty and fame driven criminals is another matter.  Might be best to talk to “The General” of the Numbers Gang.

Watch Ross Kemp

Or the story in the Metro

One of the most dangerous prisoners in South Africa has vowed to ‘take out’ Oscar Pistorius is he is sent to prison.

‘The General’, who is the leader of the notorious Numbers gang, said the paralympian must pay for ‘what he has done’.

Despite being a convicted murderer himself, the General, whose real name is John Mongrel, said he wished to make an example of wealthy South African prisoners who can buy protection.

Speaking to South African paper The Citizen, he said: ‘Anyone who thinks they can come here and live like a king, will have a hit on their head.

‘If he thinks he is going to come here and buy his way to get computers and cellphones and a lavish lifestyle, he must know that will never happen for as long as I am around.’

Think it’s only the ignorant are #racist? Here’s Prof Spurr an example of supremacism

Prof Spurr racism
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A university lecturer was suspended today after he sent a string of highly-derogatory emails attacking other cultures, sexes and religions over more than two years. 

Professor Barry Spurr, from University of Sydney, describes Aboriginal people as “human rubbish tips” and “Abos” while complaining against the inclusion of their culture in education and politics.

The poetry expert, who advises the Australian government on reforming the English literature curriculum, attacked people of different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds by using offensive terms such as “Mussies”, “Chinky-Poos”, “bogans” and “fatsoes”.

He calls Nelson Mandela a “darkie” and Desmond Tutu a “witch doctor”; describes women as “whores”; and shockingly stated that a victim of a sexual attack needs more than just “penis” put in her mouth, before it’s “stitched up”.

British people were also described as “the scum of the earth” in emails sent from September 2012 to date, to around 12 people including senior academics and officials at the university.

A rally yesterday saw students protest on the campus for the immediate sacking of Professor Spurr.

He yesterday defended his choice of words, telling New Matilda they were intended to mock the “very extreme language” used.

He said: “The comments that you refer to are largely to one recipient with whom I have had a whimsical linguistic game for many years of trying to outdo one another in extreme statements.

“These statements are not reflections of my views or his.”

The Students’ Representative Council’s education officer, Ridah Hassan, said the emails had been met with outrage from students.

She said: “Such vile, bigotry belongs back in the 1950s and it has no place at Sydney University.”

The professor argued that the curriculum should focus more on western civilisation and Judeo-Christian culture in a government report that was strongly supported by Christopher Pyne, the Minister for Education.

He also tells university colleagues and friends that 95 per cent of Australian students should not be studying in higher education, and bemoans that that view could be “derided as elitist, fascist, misogynist – the usual litany”.

His contribution to the curriculum review also suggested that Aboriginal writers’ presence in Australia’s literary tradition is “minimal”, despite him petitioning against their inclusion.

A spokesperson for Education Minister Christopher Pyne denied the government had anything to do with the appointment of Professor Spurr.

They said: “The appointment was not made by the Government. The Minister and his office had no input into the selection of any subject expert.”

“The Minister utterly rejects and finds repugnant the denigration of any minority on the basis of their sex, race, sexual orientation or beliefs,” he added.


SOURCE: Independent

Not a movie for a 1st date. Review – Gone Girl

Melodrama, Marital dichotomy, Murder mystery or Thriller?

But whatever it is;  I strongly suggest that it is not a good idea to go and watch this on a first date.

I saw ” Gone Girl” the second day it opened in UK and for an 17:40 weekday show, it was unusually packed.  At least 70% of the audience were girls either in groups but mainly in two’s.  I guess “girl” in the title means and suggests it might be, a chick flick.  But what a surprise.


“Gone Girl” is art and entertainment, a thriller and an issue, and an eerily assured audience picture. It is also a film that shifts emphasis and perspective so many times that you may feel as though you’re watching five short movies strung together, each morphing into the next.

Director of Photography
Original Music Composer

Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Rated R for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language

149 minutes

Source: rogerebert

Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, a struggling New York writer who finds more success with party pick-up lines than he does with getting his works published. His charming banter quickly tractor beams in the alluring Amy (Rosamund Pike, delivering career-best work), the daughter of a successful author who made millions writing books based on his little girl, albeit the more ideal and “likable” version of her. (“Daddy issues” are just one of many emotional scabs Amy can’t stop picking.)

Their relationship and eventual marriage — the good and especially the bad — unfolds parallel to Amy’s disappearance, all while Amy narrates the tale using entries from her diary which conveniently frames Nick as her potential murderer.

Local PD and national media are put in a frenzy, as Nick’s near-perfect husband persona gradually unravels once his infidelity becomes the stuff of Nancy Grace-like TV specials. Soon, the evidence points to foul play, and Nick becomes his own ticking clock — he must find out what happened to his wife before the media and the police put him in prison, which, as the movie unfolds, seems like a vacation spot compared to the marriage he has been trapped in.

Source: Comic Book Resource

Nick is the sap in this story: the slightly dim midwesterner with laid-back “B” personality who may or may not be a murderer. We are told that his idea of culture is “watching a reality-TV marathon with one hand down his boxers.” When Amy goes missing, he is the natural suspect…….. Amy, who loves mind games and treasure hunts, leaves clues for her dim-witted husband to try to decipher. Fincher (David Fincher’) enjoys doing something similar. From the incriminating pair of knickers discovered in Nick’s office to Amy’s gushing, overwritten diary entries, this is a missing person case which constantly teeters on the edge of absurdity.

Source: Independent

The 13 Biggest Differences Between the Gone Girl Movie and the Book


Gender based violence #femicide. Protector and perpetrator – A male preserve

Reeva SteenkampLet REEVA STEENKAMP’S name never be forgotten, because she was a stalwart spokesperson for Women’s rights and VAW (Violence Against Women)

Femicide is the ultimate form of violence against women and girls and takes multiple forms. Its many causes are rooted in the historically unequal power relations between men and women and in systemic gender – based discrimination.  For a case to be considered femicide there must be an implied intention to carry out the murder and a demonstrated connection between the crime and the female gender of the victim.

So far, data on femicide have been highly unreliable and the estimated numbers of women who have been victims of femicides vary accordingly.
Femicides take place in every country of the world. The greatest concern related to femicide is that these murders continue to be accepted, tolerated or justified – with impunity as the norm. To end femicide we need to end impunity, bring perpetrators to justice, and every individual has to change his/her attitude towards women [SOURCE is a long PDF but #mustread]


Gender-based violence against women is a global phenomenon with appalling incidence everywhere. In 2013 WHO, along with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Medical Research Council, analysed existing data from 80 countries and found that an alarming 35% of women experienced gender-based violence. 30% of women experienced physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of their partner and 38% of murders of women were committed by intimate partners. These statistics do not take account of unreported incidence, nor of the damaging non-physical or non-sexual violence which many women experience [SOURCE]


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