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Friday, 21 April 2017 08:51

Kong: Skull Island: Film Review

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Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer; various tv series) and starring Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager (tv series); High-Rise; Thor: The Dark World; Midnight in Paris), Brie Larson (Room; Trainwreck; 21 Jump Street; Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction; Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children; The Legend of Tarzan; The Hateful Eight; Kingsman: The Secret Service; Django Unchained), John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane; Patriots Day; Transformers: Age of Extinction; The Monuments Men; Inside Llewyn Davis; Trouble with the Curve) and John C. Reilly (Chicago; The Aviator; The Lobster; Guardians of the Galaxy).

Action drama, 118 mins, 12+

Following on from the original 1933 classic film starring Fay Wray, and the original remake in 2005 starring Naomi Watts and Jack Black, one question is at the tips of many tongues: why another remake? Simply put, Kong: Skull Island is a great adventure film that stands alone, with the backdrop of a giant gorilla, Kong.

Set in the 1970s, James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) is a monster hunter who convinces the US Government to finance an expedition to an unexplored island in the South Pacific. With a team travelling under the guise of geological research, they travel to "Skull Island" and come across a number of enormous creatures, including dinosaurs and, of course, Kong. Their arrival and interference upsets the delicate balance of nature that exists on the island and, yes, Kong is smitten by the gorgeous Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) - but certainly not in the the same way or extent as in the previous Kong films. The pretext in this film is almost credible.

In among the stunning scenery and the deadly creatures, this action adventure does not fail to deliver, and does so in leaps and bounds, with a fact-paced storyline helped by the characters of Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly), Bill Randa (John Goodman) and Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson). Mayhem ensues with some making it out alive...

This blockbuster is helpedworth the ticket price and should not be missed.

Friday, 21 April 2017 08:22

Beauty and the Beast: Film Review

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Directed by Bill Condon (Chicago; Mr. Holmes; The Fifth Estate; The Twilight Saga) and starring Emma Watson (Harry Potter...; The Colony; Noah; The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Luke Evans (The Girl on the Train; High-Rise; The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies; Fast & Furious 6), Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings; The Hobbit; Mr. Holmes; X-Men: Days of Future Past; The Golden Compass; The Da Vinci Code), Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility; The Remains of the Day; Love Actually, Nanny McPhee), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey (tv series); Night at the Museum 3; The Fifth Estate), Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting; Star Wars; Our Kind of Traitor; Salmon Fishing in the Yemen; Angels & Demons; The Island), Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda; The Pink Panther; Cry Freedom; Fierce Creatures) and Josh Gad (Frozen; The Angry Birds Movie; The Internship).

Family fantasy adventure, 129 mins, 6+

Set in a small town in France, Belle (Emma Watson) lives with her father, Maurice (Kevin Kline) and is an intelligent, carefree yet fearless character who loves reading and has a loving personality. Of course there is the villian / ruffian in the village who wants Bella for himself, but she wants noting to do with Gaston (Luke Evans), a soldier, and his side-kick LeFou (Josh Gad). One day her father does not return from the market and she goes out in search for him, discovering a castle hidden from the world and hiding a dark secret.

A live-action remake of the 1991 animated classic, this Disney production has divied the critics, with many panning the close-up CGI in particular. Nevertheless, this film is a wonderful escape into fantasy in which the musical score carries the audience, both young and old alike, on a journey for which there can really be only one, inevitable outcome, one of the "happily ever after" variety. Along the way, however, the audience is treated to a myriad of characters, both in the village and in the castle itself, not to mention the primary characters themselves. Straight from the opening scene involving high-tempo singing anf dancing, it is the colour of the village and villagers which create a platform from which the story evolves.

The fairy tale continues with Belle finding her father and meeting the Beast (Dan Stevens) and discovering the numerous characters who inhabit the crumbling castle, including Lumière (Ewan McGregor), Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson) and many others besides. While they know the background to their current state - humans trapped in this fantasy world - they know deep down that they cannot let Belle know that the prince had been cursed and monstrously deformed and cannot nbe released from the spell until someone loves him.

Belle initially resists the Beast's aggression and demands, and discovers the castle's massive library of books, a love for which they both share. By reading they come closer. Yet she manages to escape the castle and his clutches, but is trapped by the wolves which live deep in the forest; The Beast comes to her rescue and then she has to care for him when he is wounded, and so on...

This is certainly a film for all the family, featuring a young heroine and a typical underlying message about love not being superficial

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On Thursday 8 June 2017 from 18:00 - 21:00, BUROS in Strassen (3 rue Thomas Edison) will host the 2017 Business Development Workshop which is being organised by AliaVita Engineering and Morpheus Marketing.

How is your business developing? Does your support software actually meet your business needs? Is your business viable on professional networks?

Frits Steketee will demonstrate how custom software will save you time and money as well as improve your business productivity and efficiency.

Phil Taylor will show you how your business can become a place of reference on LinkedIn for your industry and so bring you more leads from beyond your company page.

AliaVita Engineering provides Custom Software Development to small and medium sized business clients whose business strategies and requirements are not adequately met by packaged software.

Morpheus Marketing specialises in Internet marketing and in particular helps people in business take advantage of social media to grow and develop their customer base. LinkedIn Your Business - beyond the company page is the next stage for many growing businesses.

Registration is from 17:45 and the event begins at 18:00.

Free to attend. To attend, register at http://bit.ly/2omcLWK

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 16:18

Business Breakthrough Workshop Announced

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Results Rules OK has announced that it is organising The 2017 Luxembourg Business Breakthrough Workshop on Friday 2 June 2017 from 09:00 to 16:00 at the premises of BUROS in Strassen (3 rue Thomas Edison, L-1445 Strassen).

The event is designed for anyone who is ambitious and inquisitive and wants to learn the Success Strategies used by top performers all over the world - this workshop will enable attendees to come away with clarity of vision for one's business and a plan of how to achieve it. Based on the principles adopted by top businesses and entrepreneurs around the world, and the lessons, challenges and achievements of our international clients - attendees are re guaranteed a high energy day that will set them up for the rest of 2017 and beyond.

The workshop will cover:

- Ultimate Goal Setting for you and your business...
- Planning for success...
- Developing a Strategy...
- Choosing the best Tactics...
- Team Motivation and Leadership...
- Overcoming the Hurdles...
- Managing Change...

Attendees will each receive a copy of the 2017 revised version of one of david Holland's bestselling books "The Four Keys - to Doubling your Business".

The cost to attend is €195 htva, with a second person at €95 htva. To register to attend and for further details, see www.resultsrulesok.com/business-breakthrough-workshop-lux.php

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In their second game of the Group B in the division III World Championships of ice hockey being played in Sofia, Bulgaria, this week, Luxembourg were up against a fancied Georgia side.

The first period ended level at 1-1, with Benny WELTER openign the scoring for the Luxembourg Lions on 13:29, before being begged back just 20 seconds before the period ended on minutes. Luxembourg upped the ante in the second period, with Marcus ERIKSSON scoring just 31 seconds after the re-start and then Robert BERAN five minutes later, before Colm CANNON scored on 36:39. However, just as at the end of the first period, Luxembourg conceded a goal to the Georgians with just 25 seconds left on the clock, to leave the score 4-2 going into the third and final period.

With just over 2 minutes gone in the third period, Georgia narrowed the score and got another goal to be just one behind Luxembourg, with everything to play for. Benny WELTER scored for Luxembourg with just three minutes remaining to open up a two-goal cushion. However, Georgia still had fight left and narrowed the gap to one goal just one minute later.

With 51 seconds left on the clock, Marcus ERIKSSON got his second goal of the match to leave the final score at Luxembourg 6, Georgia 4, but not before Georgia had three players binned for roughing, boarding and unsportsmanlike conduct, all with just 19 seconds left on the clock.

Having defeated the United Arab Emirates on Monday, Luxembourg have played two and won two, with the next match scheduled for Thursday against South Africa.

Thursday, 09 March 2017 14:20

The Team With No Name Wins BLC Table Quiz

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On Saturday evening, the British Ladies Club of Luxembourg (BLC) held their annual table quiz at the Double Tree by Hilton in Luxembourg-Dommeldange, with The Team With No Name emerging victorius with a total of 63 points.

With ten rounds of eight questions on topics ranging from general knowledge and current affairs to The Animal World and Food and Drink, with various standard rounds from Arts and entertainment, Literature, Science and Sport, quizmaster Geoff Thompson ensured there was something for everyone.

Questions ranged from asking the collective name for a group of eagles (convocation) - a "squadron of eagles" was one of the amusign answers revealed at the end of the evening - to asking why Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan were in the news recently (the Oscars best picture envelope fiasco), the price of a stamp to post a letter within Luxembourg (70 cents), the name of Ed Sheeran's latest album (Divide) and Dry ice is the frozen form of which gas? (carbon dioxide).

The enjoyable evening had attracted interest from both members of long standing as well as some who were new to the BLC and this type of social event, and included a 3-course meal served mid-way through the question rounds.

At the end, The Team With No Name pipped Les Quizerables (59 points) and The Next Big Thing (51 points) to top place.

Photo: The Team With No Name with BLC co-chairs Philippa Wilson and Becky Gollackner

Friday, 03 March 2017 09:14

Denial: Film Review

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Directed by Mick Jackson (L.A. Story; The Bodyguard) and starring Stars: Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener; The Deep Blue Sea; The Mummy; The Lobster; The Bourne Legacy), Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; The King's Speech; The Damned United; Alice in Wonderland), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol; The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Andrew Scott (Price; Saving Private Ryan; Swallows and Amazons; Spectre; Locke; Sherlock (tv series)).

Drama; 109 mins; 12+

A powerful drama that recalls the true story of the libel action British historian David Irving (Timothy Spall) took against American author Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) and her publishers, in which he discredited her book which addressed those who denied claimed that the Holocaust happened as there was no evidence to support claims that it did. She claims that he is purposefully manipulating historical fact to support his own anti-Semitic views

The publishers engaged a team of high-flying solicitors and barristers for Deborah Lipstadt, led by Anthony Julius (Andrew Scott) and Richard Rampton (Tom Wilkinson). while they did not have any massive falling out, there was tension in the air as she found it difficult to accept that they would not put her on the stand, nor would survivors of the Holocaust be called upon to give evidence. The argument the legal team put forward was that that was what David Irving wanted was to confront and debate with her and the survivors; they also put forward the argument to her for having the case heard by a single judge instead of by a jury.

The storyline also featured a trip to Auschwitz itself, where they researched the case, with the audience not necessarily understandign the significance of many small issues at the time, but which all came together to fit into the overall jigsaw towards the end of the film as the case culminated with the verdict being read out.

Rarely do a collective group of actors all portray their characters so convincingly, but in Denial they managed this, with Tom Wilkinson leading the charge as the lead barrister in the courtroom where much of the action happened. But this was not a courtroom drama, it was much more about understanding the intricasies of the law, including the differences in how the British and American legal systems operate, and if someone states something which they strongly believe to be true, but not be, does lack of intent mean that this is a lie, or not.

A very clever and compelling drama that was treated very delicately by the director, giving the topic and those affected by it the utmost respect.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 08:33

Fences: Film Review

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Directed by Denzel Washington (Antwone Fisher; The Great Debaters) and starring Denzel Washington (Training Day; Glory; Cry Freedom; Malcolm X; The Book of Eli; The Manchurian Candidate), Viola Davis (The Help; Prisoners; Ender's Game; The Architect), Stephen Henderson (Manchester by the Sea; Lincoln), Jovan Adepo (in his first feature film) and Mykelti Williamson (Forrest Gump; Lucky Number Slevin; Con Air).

 

Drama, 139 mins, 6+

 

Based on the stage play by August Wilson, who also wrote the screenplay, Fences tells the story of Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) and his family, growing up in a Californian town. He appears to be hard-working with traditional values but, as the storyline evolves, his background is revealed bit by bit.

 

While the story starts off with Troy and his friend Jim Bono (Stephen Henderson) working on the city's garbage trucks, it is set mainly in the back yard of Troy's house, where he is slowly erecting a fence - one of the characters' lines during the film is to ask if the fence is to keep people in or to keep people out.

 

Strong on narrative, the film drills deep into the personalities of the characters, primarily the family patriarch Troy Maxson, with his wife Rose (Viola Davis) and sons Cory (Jovan Adepo) and Gabriel (Mykelti Williamson). Gabriel has left home and is a musician, but drops round to his father on payday to borrow some money, while Cory is still in school and wants to be a professional football player. The audience starts to learn that all may not be what it seems, with Troy trying to give his children the best in life, based on what he never had as a child, not unlike many parents.

 

Set in the mid 20th century, the film explores the values of the working class at that time and develops the characters, the main strength of the film. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis work incredibly well as a team, both delivering strong and gritty performances.

Monday, 06 February 2017 09:08

Man Dies in Differdange Fire

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On Sunday, a 51 year-old man lest his life in a fire in a house in Differdange.
 
The fire started shortly before 02:00 in the living room of the house on the rue Hussigny in the town in the south-west of the Grand Duchy. The man had been in the living room at the time while his wife had been upstairs; she became aware of smoke in the house and raised the alarm having managed to get out of the house.
 
The emergency fire services arrived at the scene and extinguished the blaze before it could spread to neighbouring buildings. A forensics examination was carried out to determine the cause of the fire.
Photo by Police Grand Ducale
 
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On the morning of Thursday 26 January 2017, a robbery took place of a car-park of a bank on Route d'Esch in Luxembourg city; the perpetrators fled in a grey Audi S3 which was later found burnt out in a forest between Strassen and Bridel.
 
The police have appealed to the public if they have seen the car (registration SE 4043, with tinted windows) in the hours or days leading up to the robbery, to contact them on tel: 113.
 
Photo for illustration purposes: an Audi S3, silver colour
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