100 Interesting Facts About Life

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Here are some of the interesting Facts about Life which have been taken from various sources from the internet to entertain people about interesting facts about our every day life:

1. If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on your right side. Awesome! If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side

2. If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. For when a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

3. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying. Interesting!!

4. Your tongue is germ free only if it is pink. If it is white there is a thin film of bacteria on it.

5. The Mercedes-Benz motto is ‘Das Beste oder Nichts’ meaning ‘the best or nothing’. Cool!!

6. The Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal. Amazing

7. The pupil of the eye expands as much as 45 percent when a person looks at something pleasing. Interesting!!

8. The average person who stops smoking requires one hour less sleep a night.

9. Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day.

Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.

10. Frank Perdue’s chicken slogan, “It takes a strong man to make a tender chicken” was translated into Spanish as “it takes an aroused man to make a chicken affectionate. Awesome!”

11. Dalmatians are born without spots. Interesting!!!!

12. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave. Awesome!

13. The ‘v’ in the name of a court case does not stand for ‘versus’, but for ‘and’ (in civil proceedings. Interesting!!!! or ‘against’ (in criminal proceedings. Interesting!!!!

14. Men’s shirts have the buttons on the right, but women’s shirts have the buttons on the left

15. The owl is the only bird to drop its upper eyelid to wink. All other birds raise their lower eyelids

16. The reason honey is so easy to digest is that it’s already been digested by a bee

17. Roosters cannot crow if they cannot extend their necks

18. The color blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones

19. Every time you sneeze some of your brain cells die

20. Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart

21. The verb “cleave” is the only English word with two synonymswhich are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate

22. When you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red

23. When Hippos are upset, their sweat turns red

24. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle was built in 1903, and used a tomato can for a carburetor

25. The lion that roars in the MGM logo is named Volney

26. Google is actually the common name for a number with a million zeros

27. Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying jagof Flapan, instead of flag of Japan

28. It cost 7 million dollars to build the Titanic and 200 million to make a film about it

29. The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples

30. There are 1,792 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower

31. The sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting

32. Human hair and fingernails continue to grow after death

33. It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body

34. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets

35. Most soccer players run 7 miles in a game

36. The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. Awesome! It takes in oxygen directly from the air

37. Every day 200 million couples make love, 400,000 babies are born, and 140,000 people die

38. In most watch advertisements the time displayed on the watch is

10:10 because then the arms frame the brand of the watch (and make it look like it is smiling. Interesting!!)

39. Colgate faced big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanishspeaking countries. Interesting!!!! Colgate translates into the command “go hang yourself.”

40. The only 2 animals that can see behind it without turning its head are the rabbit and the parrot

41. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

42. The average person laughs 13 times a day

43. Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are: Mizaru(See no evil), Mikazaru(Hear no evil), and Mazaru(Speak no evil)

44. Women blink nearly twice as much as men

45. German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog

46. Large kangaroos cover more than 30 feet with each jump

47. Whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound

48. Two animal rights protesters were protesting at the cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn. Suddenly the pigs, all two thousand of them, escaped through a broken fence andstampeded, trampling the two hapless protesters to death

49. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle;if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural cause. Awesome!

50. The human heart creates enough pressure while pumping to squirt blood 30 feet!!

51. Relatives don’t always know better.

52. Skeletons in family closets will always be there to haunt you.

53. Standing in your truth means respecting the right of others to theirs. Interesting!!!!

54. You cannot hear anyone if you are talking. Interesting!!

55. You don’t have to live life with the hand you were dealt you can always shuffle the deck.

56. Potatoes won’t grow out of your ears if you fail to wash them.

57. Adult eyes have a tendency to make the world small, yet are always looking for the big things, child eyes make the world big and yet are fascinated by the small things. Interesting!!!!

58. We should try to see not how people with disadvantages are different from us but how they are the same. Awesome!

59. It is easy to be a big fish when you live in a small pond.

60. Adults should not let children take responsibility for their life choices. Interesting!!!!

61. No matter how shitty a job your parents did eventually you have to take responsibility for your own choices. Interesting!!!!

62. Those who seek enlightenment will never find it.

63. If you need to say it say it now if you need to do it do it now.

64. The biggest regret of those whose time is cut short is all the things they never said and all the things they never did.

65. We only have the moment we are in.

66. You don’t need an inner critic you need to be your own best friend.

67. Change requires action.

68. Misery likes company.

69. We have to be careful that helping doesn’t turn into enabling. Interesting!!

70. Not everyone is going to like you and you are not going to like everyone. Awesome!

71. Stuff happens that’s just life. Awesome!

72. Everyone should grow fairy wings and splash in the puddles occasionally.

73. If you keep doing for people they will never learn to do it for themselves. Interesting!!!!

74. Please and thank you are highly underrated.

75. Nothing is more contagious than a smile. Awesome!

76. The best gift you give anyone is your time and patience. Awesome!

77. Patience is the ability to understand it is not always about you.

78. There are many rivers which lead to the same ocean you just have to be willing to look for them.

79. True beauty is not determined by a look but by a thought and a deed.

80. Times stands still for those who are in the moment not rushing by it.

81. Having knowledge does not make you wise this requires a knowing as well. Amazing

82. Meditation does not require whale music and contortions just the ability to go to your happy place. Awesome!

83. You are not going to see the bigger picture until you have all of the pieces. Interesting!!!!

84. No matter which way you plate tofu turkey is not turkey.

85. It is wise to take a moment before you take a step that way you get a chance to see where your feet are going to land.

86. You may have a seed of greatness within you but you still have to nurture it.

87. Everyone has to find their own pathway.

88. You are not limited to one act of greatness in your lifetime. Awesome!

89. The only way to stop an argument is to find a solution.

90. Every thing you do or say will come back to you eventually it just may not be in a form you are expecting. Interesting!!

91. Asking for help means you are smart enough to get the things you need to create the life you want.

92. Just because one chapter in your life is closed doesn’t mean you cannot write another one. Awesome!

93. People are not perfect and we all need a break every now and then.

94. Never leave unsaid words in a room.

95. Nothing is ever about what is we think it is about.

96. Boundaries are the things adults use to make sure no one colors outside of the lines. Interesting!!!!

97. Every one is more than they believe themselves to be. Awesome!

98. Every footprint counts no matter who made it.

99. Love will always be the way.

100. Lists fall under the category it seemed like a good idea at the time!

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15 Reasons I Think You Should Blog

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” —William Wordsworth

Over the course of my life, I’ve embraced a number of different hobbies: baseball cards, video games, tennis, art, just to name a few. But none of them have changed my life or brought me as much satisfaction as blogging. In almost too many ways to count, it has changed me and the way I live my life.

In fact, so much so, it has become a hobby I regularly recommend to others. I started blogging as a personal tool to journal the changes we were making as we began minimizing our possessions. But somewhere along the line, it became less about me writing the story and more about the story changing me.

And while there are many articles written about why you should blog to grow your business or become an expert or make a whole bunch of money—the best recommendations are still found in the personal realization that blogging changes you, the writer.

15 Thoughts on How Blogging Impacts Life

1. You’ll become a better writer. At its core, writing is communication. It is about recording thoughts on paper and compelling others to agree with them. To that end, writing (just like every other form of communication that has ever existed) improves with practice. Blogging will not force you to become a better writer, it’ll just happen as you do it. And becoming a better writer holds important benefits for the rest of your life—whether you are creating a book, a presentation, a résumé, or an anniversary card for your spouse.

2. You’ll become a better thinker. Because the process of writing includes recording thoughts on paper, the blogging process encourages you to stop and think deeper. You will delve deeper into the matters of your life and the worldview that shapes them. Unfortunately, at this point, many will choose not to blog (or write at all) based on the faulty reasoning that they “have nothing to say.” But to that line of thinking I always respond the same way, maybe you just haven’t discovered yet what you have to say.

3. You’ll live a more intentional life. Once you start writing about your life and the thoughts that shape it, you’ll begin thinking more intentionally about who you are, who you are becoming, and whether you like what you see or not. And that just may be reason enough to get started.

4. You’ll develop an eye for meaningful things. By necessity, blogging requires a filter. It’s simply not possible to write about every event, every thought, and every happening in your life. Instead, blogging is a never-ending process of choosing to articulate the most meaningful events and the most important thoughts. This process of choice helps you develop an eye for meaningful things. And remember that sometimes the most meaningful things appear in the most mundane—but you’ll see what I mean once you get started.

5. It’ll lead to healthier life habits. Blogging requires time, devotion, commitment, and discipline. And just to be clear, those are all good things to embrace – they will help you get the most out of your days and life. Since beginning to blog, I have become an early riser, a runner, and can now properly identify my favorite drink at Starbuck’s (Caramel Macchiato). And even if those three habits don’t personally appeal to you, blogging will provide opportunity for new life habits to emerge in yours.

6. You’ll meet new people. Whether it be through comments, e-mails, or social media, you may be surprised at how quickly you meet people on-line. And by meet people, I mean legitimately form relationships that seek to serve one another. The blogging community is friendly, encouraging, and genuinely cheering for you to succeed—the only thing missing is you.

7. You’ll make some money. You don’t need to make money to enjoy blogging. In fact, sometimes making money from your blog can actually start to distract you from the joy that you found in the first place. That being said, whether you make $20/year or $20,000/year, it’s still pretty nice to have a hobby that actually pays you back.

8. You’ll inspire others. Blogging not only changes your life, it also changes the life of the reader. And because blogs are free for the audience and open to the public, on many levels, it is an act of giving. It is a selfless act of service to invest your time, energy, and worldview into a piece of writing and then offer it free to anybody who wants to read it. Others will find inspiration in your writing… and that’s a wonderful feeling.

9. You’ll become more well-rounded in your mindset. After all, blogging is an exercise in give-and-take. One of the greatest differences between blogging and traditional publishing is the opportunity for readers to offer input. As the blog’s writer, you introduce a topic that you feel is significant and meaningful. You take time to lay out a subject in the minds of your readers and offer your thoughts on the topic. Then, the readers get to respond. And often times, their responses in the comment section challenge us to take a new, fresh look at the very topic we thought was so important in the first place.

10. It’s free. Your blog can begin today without spending a single penny now (or ever). I use WordPress and highly recommend it. With an initial investment of $0, why not give it a shot? Or for just a few dollars/month, you can use your very own domain name. I use and recommend Bluehost.

11. You’ll become more comfortable being known. Blogging introduces yourself to the world. It causes you to articulate the life you live and the worldview behind the decisions that you make. Whether you have 1 reader or 10,000, the blogging process opens up your life to those on the outside. It is a good exercise in human-existence to be known by others. Over time, you’ll reveal more and more of yourself to the outside world… and you’ll be excited to find a world that relates to you and enjoys hearing your story.

12. It’ll serve as a personal journal. Blogging serves many of the same roles as a personal journal. It trains us to be observant and gives weight to the personal growth that we are experiencing. It trains our minds to track life and articulate the changes we are experiencing. Your blog becomes a digital record of your life that is saved “in the cloud.” As a result, it can never be lost, stolen, or destroyed in a fire.

13. You’ll become more confident. Blogging will help you discover more confidence in your life. You will quickly realize that you do live an important life with a unique view and have something to offer others.

14. You’ll find a platform to recommend. We all love to recommend something we have found enjoyable or beneficial—whether it be a nice restaurant, a good book, or a new outlook on life. The fullness of joy is not experienced until we have shared that joy with others. A blog provides an opportunity to do that very thing. It provides a platform to share the joy we have experienced and recommend good things we have discovered to others.

15. It’s quite a rush with every positive comment. There’s a certain little rush that accompanies the immediate positive feedback that you receive every time a reader posts a comment, shares your writing on Facebook, or tweets it out to their Twitter followers. While walking the fine line between finding encouragement in that feedback and obsessing over it may take some time to get used to, it’s far better to find that line than to never seek it out in the first place.

Remember, you don’t need to blog as a means to get rich or as a means to gather a huge following. You don’t even need to blog as a means to change the Internet… the change that a blog will cause in your life is reason enough.

Top 5 Countries To Visit Before You Die

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Most of us spend our lives wishing, rather than taking any action; and this fact can’t be any truer than in the case of travel. With almost every social networking site and magazine page we turn instructing us about some magical place in a faraway land, it’s hard not to make any plans or drift away in dreams thinking about the travel. But if we look back and count the number of times we have actually made strides with such plans, the number might be a bit too disappointing.

But enough is enough! We have waited way too long, sitting in our cubicles, looking at pictures of beautiful places and dreaming about traveling to them. With even the farthest reaches of the world just a 2 day flight ride away, we would be insane not to travel. So come on, let’s dig up that passport, dust those travel bags and get ready to travel. But wait, where are we going to head to? Well here is a starter’s list of the top ten countries that one would want to consider visiting at least before dying. So come on, let’s explore the places, and plan to get to them.

1.Italy

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The home of the Romans, the seat of power for the Catholics and a living example of Renaissance Era architecture – Italy is a country like no other. Filled with beautiful terrains, scenic hills, and a never ending trail of cultural history, any place you land in Italy is assured to give you an everlasting memory. And best of all, you are assured to be treated with the best food in the world even if you end up visiting the rural areas of Italy. Some of the places you should have in mind to visit are Venice, Florence, Tuscany and of course Rome. Start off your travel exploring Rome and her endless streets filled architectural and cultural treasures. Then head down to Florence and experience Renaissance at its best, and take a road trip through the snow peaked terrain of Tuscany to experience the best food in the world. Finally settle down on the shores of Venice and admire the Mediterranean like royalty.

2.Spain

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Unharmed by the major wars of the 20th century and influence by almost every popular civilization to have existed in the world, Spain is one of those rare countries that still retain its medieval charm. From the plains of Andalusia to the mountain ranges of the Pyrenees, Spain has a geographical variety like no other in Europe. And with the Mediterranean winds gently bringing continuous warmth to the plains, Spain is truly an all-weather holiday country. Travelling throughout Spain is an undertaking that will exhaust even the most experience of travelers, so it’s advisable to follow what other fellow travelers do and head to the most popular attractions of the country like Barcelona, Cordoba, Madrid and the like. It’s both inexpensive and truly worth the time.

3.France

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A trip to France will ruin your normal life in a number of ways. For instance every other language will sound harsh after just spending a few days listening to French; all other foods will become tasteless after experiencing true French cuisine, and especially the cafes will never be the same again once your have experienced the grandeur of France’s street cafes. But nevertheless, a trip to France should definitely be on everyone’s ‘to do before dying’ list. Though the capital Paris attracts most of the attention in France, the country has lot more to offer beyond the walls of its romantic city. Visit the vineyards of Champagne and Boudreaux to experience French wine and countryside in its true glory. Or head down to the French Riviera to witness the true glitz and glamor of celebrities. Or just visit the hundreds of historical towns and cities in France to get a taste of the Old World culture, so perfectly preserved by these places. But no matter where you visit, you’re assured to be pleased to your senses.

4. Portugal

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Shadowed by the other major European travel destinations, Portugal largely remains untouched by the gawking tourists who usually spoil almost any kind of scenic setting. Filled brilliant beaches, a vibrant landscape, forgotten castles, and cobblestone paved medieval charm villages; Portugal is the true European country that lives up an adventurer’s expectations. Start off from Lisbon, the capital and the architectural hub of Portugal, and work your way through the coastal cities enjoying good wine, great food and never ending parties. Head in Porto to experience some of the best wine the country has to offer, and explore you way through Coimbra and Evora to see the world through the eyes of the New World explorers.

5. USA

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The urban setting of USA may not attract even the most adventurous of travelers, but the natural treasures the country can surely have a lasting impact on any visitor. Right from the Grand Canyon to the numerous national parks that dot the terrain, the list of natural wonders alone are enough to put the country on the center stage. A trip exploring just national parks including Yellowstone and Yosemite will be quite breathtaking and can change the entire perspective on the country. Some of the other regions that are definitely worth the visit are the Hawaiian Islands, the Great Smoky Mountains, the beaches of California, and of course the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe.

I hope you enjoy it.

Top 5 ps4 games!!!

Sony kicked off 2015 with impressive PS4 games like The Order: 1886 and Bloodborne. We already played a variety of must have titles, and the rest of 2015 looks even better.

If you don’t own a PlayStation 4 (or Xbox One) by the end of 2015, you’ll have missed out on quite a few epic adventures. With that in mind, here’s a look at what PlayStation 4 owners can look forward to. In fact, some of these games are already available!

1.Star Wars Battlefront

Perhaps the biggest console game of the year, just in time for the theatrical release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The 20 versus 20 Walker Assault Mode pits the Rebels against the Empire on Hoth and other locations, while Survival Mode is for solo players who need to practice their shooting skills against Stormtroopers and other enemies. With the ability to pilot TIE Fighters and X-Wings, then fight alongside Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker, we expect Battlefront to sell incredibly well this holiday season

2.Until Dawn

Hayden Panettiere stars in this survival horror adventure, where players control eight characters as they attempt to outwit a mask-wearing killer. Every decision impacts the outcome of Until Dawn, and gamers won’t know if they accidentally doomed one of the hapless vacation goers until it’s too late.

3.God of War 3 Remastered 

Kratos makes his PS4 debut in a reboot of the popular PlayStation 3 adventure. Even if you played God of War 3, the fact that the PS4 version runs at 1080p and 60 frames per second warrant another look. If you need a bit more than that, the Photo Mode lets you snap pictures of the most gruesome scenes, then share the carnage with the world.

3.Fallout 4

Explore post apocalyptic Boston in Bethesda’s brilliant-looking open world adventure. Leave Vault 111 and embark upon a grand journey through the Wasteland with your canine companion. Use the VATS feature to target enemy body parts, create your own base and interact with a variety of non-player characters.

4.Journey

The beloved PS3 adventure finally arrived on PlayStation 4, and anonymous gamers the world over now have a chance to team up and explore a mysterious world while listening to a beautiful soundtrack. Despite being a port, Journey is one of those titles everyone should experience, so definitely make a point to carve your own path through the sand.

5.Rocket League

Soccer is already a fun sport. Add cars to the mix and you have Rocket League, the game that took the PlayStation community by storm. Instead of controlling players on the field, you steer a variety of cars around the pitch, crashing into adversaries and sending the oversized ball into the goal.

About me

Well i don’t know exactly why i create this blog but i think it will be fun. It was a beautiful rainy day… When i create this blog and now i am going to tell you a little from me..

My name is Rodrigo de Almeida, i am 15 years old. I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. When i was born i lived in Portugal for 2 years and then i moved back to Venezuela. I studied in a school, I learned to speak and write english and spanish perfectly. 12 years later i moved to Lisbon, Portugal. Now i am living Lisbon and now i am learning to speak portuguese and french in school.

I moved to portugal because of the situation in Venezuela like for example when you go to the market there is no food and when there is food the prices are extremely high, you can’t go to the street and walk because is not safe and a dictatorial government

Another reason is because of my father job because the government is not letting my father company work.

Top 25 Movies of 2015

  1. Birdman

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Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Starring: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts
Certificate: 15
Running time: 119 mins

We said: Michael Keaton plays the one-time star of a Hollywood superhero franchise seeking to redeem himself on the Broadway stage. Keaton, a one-time Batman himself, “gives the performance of his career” in this “hilarious, beautiful, film-defying film”.

  1. Selma

David Oyelowo (centre) as Martin Luther King Jr in Ava DuVernay’s Selma, flanked by Tessa Thompson (Diane Nash), Omar Dorsey (James Orange), Colman Domingo (Ralph Abernathy), André Holland (Andrew Young), Corey Reynolds (Rev CT Vivian) and Lorraine Toussaint (Amelia Boynton)
David Oyelowo (centre) as Martin Luther King Jr in Ava DuVernay’s Selma
Credit: Atsushi Nishijima
Director: Ava DuVernay
Starring: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi, Tim Roth
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 128 mins

We said: British actor David Oyelowo is “electrifying” as Martin Luther King in Ava DuVernay’s “scorching, full-bodied, flat-out great film” about the events that took place in Selma, Alabama, as members of the civil rights movement fought for the right for black Americans to vote.

  1. Inherent Vice

Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix in Inherent Vice
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short
Certificate: 15
Running time: 149 mins

We said: Paul Thomas Anderson’s surreally funny Thomas Pynchon adaptation, which stars a “quietly dazzling” Joaquin Phoenix as a dishevelled LA private eye, is like no noir you’ve ever seen.

  1. Foxcatcher

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Credit: Scott Garfield
Director: Bennett Miller
Starring: Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall, Vanessa Redgrave
Certificate: 15
Running time: 134 mins

We said: The true story of Olympic wrestler brothers Dave and Mark Schultz, and their fatal dealings with eccentric millionaire John Eleuthère du Pont (played by a near-unrecognisable Steve Carell), becomes a “smoke-black parable of modern America”, with a screenplay as tense and tuned as piano strings.

  1. Whiplash

Miles Teller and JK Simmons in ‘Whiplash’
Miles Teller and JK Simmons in ‘Whiplash’
Credit: Daniel McFadden
Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Miles Teller, JK Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser
Certificate: 15
Running time: 106 mins

We said: Superb performances from Miles Teller as a young jazz drummer and JK Simmons as his martinet of a mentor are at the heart of this “dazzling, exhilarating drama”.

  1. The Duke of Burgundy

Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara D’ Anna in Peter Strickland’s drama ‘The Duke of Burgundy’
Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara D’ Anna in Peter Strickland’s drama ‘The Duke of Burgundy’
Credit: Artificial Eye
Director: Peter Strickland
Starring: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Monica Swinn, Chiara D’Anna, Eugenia Caruso, Kata Bartsch, Fatma Mohamed, Eszter Tompa, Zita Kraszkó
Certificate: 18
Running time: 104 mins

We said: Two women who live in a grand old house in the middle of a moss-draped forest play out an elaborate sex game in this “uniquely sexy and strange film, built on two tremendous central performances and a bone-deep understanding of cinema’s magic and mechanisms.\

  1. It Follows

Maika Monroe in David Robert Mitchell’s psychological-horror ‘It Follows’
Maika Monroe in David Robert Mitchell’s psychological horror ‘It Follows’
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Starring: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Jake Weary, Daniel Zovatto
Certificate: 15
Running time: 94 mins

We said: With its marvellously suggestive title and thought-provoking exploration of sex, this indie chiller is a contemporary horror fan’s dream come true.

  1. Still Alice

Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin in Richard Glatzer’s and Wash Westmoreland’s drama ‘Still Alice’
Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin in Richard Glatzer’s and Wash Westmoreland’s drama ‘Still Alice’
Director: Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer
Starring: Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parish, Alec Baldwin
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 101 mins

We said: Julianne Moore gives one of her greatest ever performances playing a professor with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in this “gorgeous, piercing” drama.

  1. The Tale of Princess Kaguya

The Tale of Princess Kaguya
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Director: Isao Takahata
Starring: Aki Asakura, Yukiji Asaoka, Takeo Chii, Isa Hashizume, Hikaru Ijûin, Takaya Kamikawa
Certificate: U
Running time: 137 mins

We said: Studio Ghibli’s lovingly crafted film, based on a 10th-century Japanese legend about a reluctant princess trying to get back to the forests and hillsides of her childhood, is a work of “supreme artistry”, and a fitting swansong for director Isao Takahata.

  1. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

A Pigeon Sat On a Branch Reflecting On Existence
A Pigeon Sat On a Branch Reflecting On Existence
Director: Roy Andersson
Starring: Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Viktor Gyllenberg, Lotti Törnros, Jonas Gerholm, Ola Stensson
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 100 mins

We said: Roy Andersson’s hyperreal series of comic sketches may be “untranslatable” cinema, but his film about doom and death and the ineffable weirdness of human experience willl make you laugh until you weep.

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road
Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment/Jasin Boland
Director: George Miller
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Certificate: 15
Running time: 120 mins

We said: George Miller’s return to the apocalyptic world of Mad Max is “nothing less than a Krakatoan eruption of craziness”; Tom Hardy is “totally commanding” stepping into Mel Gibson’s shoes, and Charlize Theron is “superb” as the film’s real alpha male, the rogue soldier Imperator Furiosa.

  1. Inside Out

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Inside Out
Credit: Disney-Pixar
Director: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen
Starring: Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Diane Lane, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith (voices)
Certificate: PG
Running time: 102 mins

We said: Pixar’s “searingly beautiful” new film is set inside the head of an 11-year-old girl, with Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger jostling for position. “The first tear was rolling down my cheek within 30 seconds,” wrote Robbie Collin.

  1. Listen Up Philip

Jonathan Pryce and Jason Schwartzman in ‘Listen Up Philip’
Jonathan Pryce and Jason Schwartzman in ‘Listen Up Philip’
Credit: Everett/REX Shutterstock
Director: Alex Ross Perry
Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, Krysten Ritter, Joséphine de La Baume, Jess Weixler
Certificate: 15
Running time: 109 mins

We said: Alex Ross Perry’s wince-inducing black comedy about two repellent literary blowhards – a young misanthropic egomaniac (Jason Schwartzman) and a subtle, Philip Roth-like grotesque (Jonathan Pryce) – marks the arrival of a major new directorial talent.

  1. Slow West

Slow West
Director: John Maclean
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn, Caren Pistorius
Cerificate: 15
Running time: 84 mins

We said: There’s everything here from John Ford mythmaking to Coen brothers mischief-making, plus the sinewy sparseness of Sergio Leone – and even a little of the pride-puncturing slapstick the genre has occasionally attracted in films like Laurel and Hardy’s Way Out West and Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles.

  1. Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar this year
Song of the Sea was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar this year
Credit: Studiocanal
Director: Tomm Moore
Starring: David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Lisa Hannigan, Fionnula Flanagan, Lucy O’Connell
Certificate: U
Running time: 93 mins

We said: Though it’s preoccupied with loss, Song of the Sea is a film that can barely stop itself from giving, and every scene shines with imaginative flourishes that could only possible in two-dimensional, hand-drawn animation. It’s alive to the world in a way that challenges, and sometimes even defies, adult understanding. The only way to describe it is childlike. See it and feel four years old again.

  1. The Wonders

Monica Bellucci in Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders
Monica Bellucci in Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders
Credit: Soda Pictures
Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Starring: Maria Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louwyck, Alba Rohrwacher, Sabine Timoteo, Monica Bellucci
Certificate: 15
Running time: 110 mins

We said: Alice Rohrwacher, the 31-year-old Italian film-maker, has conjured up a mesmerising coming-of-age tale: small and sweet in every good way, but alive with a power that seems to surge up from deep beneath its sun-roughened landscape.

  1. Hard to Be a God

A scene from Aleksei German’s ‘Hard to be a God’
A scene from Aleksei German’s ‘Hard to be a God’
Director: Aleksei German
Starring: Leonid Yarmolnik, Yuriy Tsurilo, Natalya Moteva, Aleksandr Chutko, Evgeniy Gerchakov
Certificate: 18
Running time: 177 mins

We said: An astronaut visits a mirror planet to Earth, stuck in an eternal Dark Ages, and witnesses scenes of grotesque barbarity. “Imagine Monty Python and the Holy Grail directed by Bruegel and you’re some way towards grasping director Aleksei German’s vision”, says Robbie Collin.

  1. 45 Years

Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling in Andrew Haigh’s film 45 Years
Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling in Andrew Haigh’s film 45 Years
Director: Andrew Haigh
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James, Dolly Wells
Certificate: 15
Running time: 93 mins

We said: A couple (Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay) struggles to cope when the husband learns that the perfectly preserved body of his ex-girlfriend has been discovered, 50 years after she slipped into an Alpine crevasse. Rampling “rarely been better” than she is in this “shattering, shivery marital drama”.

  1. The Walk

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit in ‘The Walk’
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit in ‘The Walk’
Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale
Certificate: PG
Running time: 123 mins

We said: Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis glimmeringly recreates Frenchman Philippe Petit’s tightrope walk between the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center, previously told in the documentary Man on Wire. Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes a thoroughly charming lead, despite his “prononced Franch acksong”, and once we get to the main event, “the camerawork is subtle and meticulous, the 3D head-spinningly well-applied.”

  1. Macbeth

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Credit: Studio Canal/GenEditorial72
Director: Justin Kurzel
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Sean Harris, David Thewlis, Paddy Considine, Jack Reynor, Elizabeth Debicki
Certificate: 15
Running time: 113 mins

We said: This is already “one of the great Shakespearean movies,” says Robbie Collin, “built around a pair of cosmically powerful performances from Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.” The text is pared back and key scenes have been ingeniously re-interpreted. “Everything here is so perfectly in tune with itself that you might expect the film to feel a little too neatly self-contained and vacuum-packed, like Game of Thrones with an arts degree. In fact it’s the opposite: raw, visceral and contagious.”

  1. SPECTRE

Putting the money on screen: the budget gets bigger for every film
Credit: 2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/ Columbia/Jonathan Olley
Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 148 mins

We said: The 24th Bond film’s Day of the Dead-themed opening is “a swaggering show of confidence from returning director Sam Mendes,” writes Robbie Collin. “The film’s colour palette is so full of mouth-watering chocolates, coffees and creams that when the story moves to Rome, the city looks like a $300-million-dollar, fascist tiramisu.” SPECTRE is relentlessly modern, yet “writers John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth rub sly references to the Bond canon, and craft moments of pure flamboyance that belong there: a secret base inside a crater, a spot-lit meteor as an interior design feature, a wrestling match in a pilotless helicopter, two leonine sports cars roaring through the Roman night.”

  1. Tangerine

Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez in ‘Tangerine’
Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez in ‘Tangerine’
Director: Sean Baker
Starring: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O’Hagan, James Ransone
Certificate: 15
Running time: 86 mins

We said: Shot entirely on an iPhone, this “heart-spinning” movie about two transgender prostitutes on a rampage of revenge on Christmas Eve is more than just a novelty. “In spite of its explicit sex and livid orange skies, Tangerine is, at heart, a proper Christmas movie about family and friendship,” says Robbie Collin, “perhaps the best since Elf in 2003, in fact, although you probably wouldn’t bring the kids.”

  1. Carol

Cate Blanchett as the eponymous heroine of ‘Carol’
Cate Blanchett as the eponymous heroine of ‘Carol’
Credit: Wilson Webb
Director: Todd Haynes
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson, Cory Michael Smith, Jake Lacy
Certificate: 15
Running time: 118 mins

We said: Todd Haynes has turned Patricia Highsmith’s novel of lesbian lovers in Fifties New York into an exceptionally beautiful film, with a career-best performance from Cate Blanchett. According to Tim Robey, the film is “gorgeous, gently groundbreaking, and might be the saddest thing you’ll ever see.”

  1. The Forbidden Room

Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room
Director: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson
Starring: Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin
Certificate: 12
Running time: 130 mins

We said: The most bonkers film of the year features vampire bananas and a volcano that has to be fed tapioca, in a bizarre compendium of interlocking stories. “As with a particularly Byzantine dream, you could sit down afterwards and analyse the whys, connect the thematic dots,” says Tim Robey. “But the main point is to experience it intensely – the bigger the screen, the better – and to get as close as possible to the joyfully irrational state of mind that produced it.”

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Director: JJ Abrams
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 136 mins

We said: It’s a pleasure to report that this is the sequel Star Wars fans have been looking for. Han, Leia and Luke all return – with Harrison Ford a particular delight – alongside a new cast of characters who are “brightly drawn, occasionally surprising, and an endless pleasure to spend time with”. The young British actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyega acquit themselves brilliantly, and Adam Driver makes an astonishing, and genuinely scary, Kylo Ren, following in the bootprints of Darth Vader.

Best Photos of 2015

 

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Not strictly from America but – a US special forces paratrooper salutes fellow soldiers as he leaps from a plane 17,000ft above Germany during a training mission
Photograph: US Army

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The United States women’s soccer team celebrates after winning the World Cup final against Japan
Photograph: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

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Rime ice extends several feet horizontally from a sign marking the summit of 5,774ft Mount Adams in New Hampshire in November
Photograph: Robert F Bukaty/AP

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Rainbow-coloured lights illuminate the White House to celebrate the US supreme court ruling in favour of same-sex marriage in June
Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

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Wildfires ravaged California as it suffered its worst drought on record. Firefighters set a controlled burn in the Sequoia National Park to protect the trees
Photograph: Max Whittaker/Reuters

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Cecil the lion, killed by the Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, is projected on to the Empire State Building in New York in August as part of a campaign to raise awareness of endangered species
Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

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Tommy Caldwell, one of two free climbers who scaled El Capitan’s Dawn Wall at Yosemite National Park in January
Photograph: Corey Rich/Aurora Photos

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