Where Eagles Dare is more than a war film, though. I’m not about to claim it’s a meditation on the human condition, because it plainly isn’t, but it skips across genres with a kind of abandon. At various times it is a heist movie (get into impregnable target, get goods, get out), an odd-couple movie (Burton and Eastwood are clearly a very odd couple, even if they don’t ever argue), a suspense movie (will the evil Gestapo major figure out that Mary Ure is One of Ours? Will she give the game away by mistake?) – and it has the brilliant and bonkers central sequence in which Burton bamboozles everyone by swapping sides again and again as he both explains and unravels the plot. That section has more in common with Sleuth than it does The Dirty Dozen. … [Read more...] about My favourite film aged 12: Where Eagles Dare
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As for Burton, was he ever better than in Eagles? It's a masterly display of how to boss people around. Do this, do that! Everyone else – Mary Ure, the German agents, even Eastwood – they're all just Burton's bitches. Like all bossy people, Burton ultimately resorts to "I'd better do it myself" mode. So when the German agents kick Eastwood unconscious and escape by cable car, it's the ageing, alcoholic Welshman who jumps on the roof and settles their hash – big time! One gets an ice-axe in the arm, the other falls into the valley after clinging so desperately to one of Burton's legs that it must have ended up a foot longer. Naturally, it's Burton who drives the bus at the end – and even then he's still barking out orders: "Take out the control tower!" … [Read more...] about Geoff Dyer on Where Eagles Dare
Just like mercury in the ocean, these rat poisons have seeped into ecosystems far and wide. A 2018 study from the California department of pesticide regulation found detectable levels of second-generation anticoagulants in roughly 85% of mountain lions, bobcats and Pacific fishers that were examined. Birds of prey, including eagles, are especially at risk for these types of “non-target animal” exposures. Maureen Murray of the Cummings school of veterinary medicine at Tufts University analyzed 94 birds of prey from New England and found traces of these poisons in a stunning 96% of them. “We can say confidently that there’s widespread exposure,” Murray says. “But how that translates into mortality or deaths is still very much an unanswered question.” … [Read more...] about The wondrous life and mysterious death of Golden Eagle 1703
Cameron is so interested in the idea that in a speech last month he mentioned Thaler, his co-author Cass Sunstein and even the fact they had a new book out, Nudge. He then summed up their argument: "One of the most important influences on people's behaviour is what other people do ... with the right prompting we'll change our behaviour to fit in with what we see around us." It was surely the best plug two Chicago academics with a book about the obscure discipline of behavioural economics could hope for. … [Read more...] about From Obama to Cameron, why do so many politicians want a piece of Richard Thaler?
Marathon: Russell Westbrook, a star for the NBA's Houston Rockets, also tweeted out a photo of Hussle, with the tribute, 'Hussle Day!! R.I.P. to the legend NH NIP!! We miss you bro,' with the hashtag #TheMarathonContinues … [Read more...] about Lauren London mourns late partner Nipsey Hussle on one-year anniversary of rapper’s death: ‘I’d give anything to see you again’