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Computer Chess movie – a wonderful story of nerds

The definition of geek has changed considerably over time, and there is no longer a definitive meaning.  The difference between nerd and geek is “geeks get it done”.  Usually, “a bright young man turned inward, poorly socialized, who felt so little kinship with his own planet that he routinely travelled to the ones invented by his favourite authors”. “Or who thought of that secret, dreamy place his computer took him to – somewhere exciting, a place more real than his own life, a land he could conquer, not a drab teenager’s room in his parents’ house.” Other definitions include: A derogatory reference to a person obsessed with intellectual pursuits for their own sake, who is also deficient in most other human attributes so as to impair the person’s smooth operation within society. A person who relates academic subjects to the real world outside of academia; for example, using multivariate calculus to determine how they should correctly optimize the dimensions of a pan to bake a cake A more recent school of thought sees nerd as being a derogatory …

‘Papa’ New Hemingway Biopic Shot and premiered in Cuba

FNND is a longtime fan of  Ernest Hemigway – the prolific writer and hard living man loved and lived in Cuba from 1939 to 1960 – until he heard that Fidel Castro’s new revolutionary government could be taking all American property. The cult of Hemingway has since become entangled with that of the island. Now, a team have completed a major Hemingway biopic called ‘Papa’. It is the first major Hollywood film to actually use Cuba as a site to film in for over half a century. So it makes sense that last month saw the international premiere as part of Havana, Cuba’s 37th International Festival of New Latin Cinema. The movies focus is on the story of the friendship between Hemingway and a  journalist. The movie and its producers worked very hard for the cooperation from the Cuban authorities to allow filming there. Bob Yari – The films director had insisted that filming anywhere else was not an option, despite hiccups including lack of internet access and last-minute cancellations of consent for filming in a boat. “It was an absolute …

DIFF’s Free outdoor Screenings Return To The Beach

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) have announced that the outdoor screenings return to THE BEACH this December. Film Fans will be treated to an exciting selection of screenings in a complimentary event beneath the stars for eight nights.   In a celebration of all things cinematic, the films this year will be showing at the Beach. It is a new addition to the retail and F&B landscape in JBR. The Beach is another one of Dubai’s developments catering to both local residents and tourists. Set against a scenic backdrop of the Arabian Sea, the destination provides an ensemble of options for community engagement including a host of outdoor activities, fitness facilities, retail stores, Cinema, restaurants, ‘The Market’, as well as ‘Splash Pad’, a play-area for kids – plentiful choices for a good day out.   On the opening night of the DIFF, film fans will be able to watch all the action live as it unfolds from the red carpet before nestling into your giant beanbag and enjoying a highly anticipated film curated by …

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. Things learnt and unlearnt

Fans of Nirvana can probably recall the time when Kurt Cobain was found dead in his home of Seattle in 1994. Those fans can probably also cite the blaming of Courtney Love by followers of Nirvana. They can maybe remember Courtney Love hiring a private detective that provided evidence for the possibility of murder. This just fuelled the raging fire that was the media circus of theories to Kurt Cobain’s death – and life. Theories have been analysed and questioned by television shows, films, and books. Authors and filmmakers have also attempted to explain what might have happened during Kurt Cobain’s final days, and what might have led him to commit suicide. So do we need to see yet another documentary charting Kurt Cobain’s rapid rise to stardom and tragic life that preceeded it? … Well apparently yes. Let me introduce to you ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.’ A documentary film about Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Made with the approval of his family, Montage of Heck moves through his life chronologically from birth, drawing …

Dubai International Film Festival presents Open-Air Screenings for 2014

OUTDOOR SCREENINGS AT THE BEACH, OPPOSITE JBR PROMISE TO DRAW DUBAI’S CINEMA LOVERS The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will once again host its free public film screenings, with a series of screenings at THE BEACH, opposite JBR between December 10th and December 16th starting at 7:30 pm each evening. On Wednesday, December 10th, guests at THE BEACH, opposite JBR will be able to enjoy the glamour and excitement of DIFF’s opening night red carpet, which will be broadcast live from the Madinat Arena at Madinat Jumeirah. Click HERE to download the schedule   SCREENINGS ARE AS FOLLOWS: Wednesday, December 10th: ‘St. Vincent’ directed by Theodore Melfi Theodore Melfi brings his much anticipated, heart-warming comedy ‘St Vincent’ to DIFF. ‘St Vincent’ stars Bill Murray as the cantankerous Vincent, a man set in his anti-social ways who is suddenly plagued by the presence of his young neighbor Oliver. Oliver’s mother Maggie, played by Melissa McCarthy, is forced to leave her son with Vincent for a few hours and soon an unusual friendship blossoms that changes both …