Why Today’s Movies Are So Bad

Originally posted on SciTech Culture:

And why this isn’t a good thing for our culture – By Ben Warner.

The cultural impact of cinema has been waning for years. There was a time when films generated thought and discussion in their audience. Now, films are consumed and forgotten, while making billions in the process (and thus encouraging film studios to make more of these forgettable blockbusters). It’s an endless cycle, and unfortunately, there is no end in sight.

The Hobbit The Battle Of The Five ArmiesA case in point is the recent release The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. I went to see this yesterday, not out of any sense of excitement, but to dutifully finish off the trilogy. Peter Jackson had done such a spectacular job with The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, and I wanted to see how he was going to end this new slate of films based on Tolkien’s universe, even though the previous two…

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Angelina Jolie involved in a car accident

Originally posted on drobinz's Blog:

Ok,I think they all should be careful now,first it was david beckham and his soin brooklyn,now it’s Angelina Jolie

The wife of Brad Pitt was being chauffeured in a black SUV on Sunday evening, November 30, 2014, when the driver lost control and the motor slid on a wet road and smashed into a kerb causing two of the tyres to burst.
An eyewitness told website X17 Online:‘The car slammed into the kerb at a significant speed. Angelina must have wondered if they hit another car.
‘It was pretty bad – the tyre exploded and it’s amazing nothing worse happened to the car. I wouldn’t be surprised if she has whiplash.’
The incident occurred as Angelina was being driven in Los Angeles following a screening of her movie,Unbroken at the Writers’ Guild Theatre in Beverly Hills, but she is thought to have escaped serious injury as she was later seen…

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Apprenticeships have risen by 73% since 2009

Originally posted on Spotlight:

What the Papers Say (The Guardian)

Hundreds of thousands of people aged 25 or over are entering apprentice schemes – which can pay as little as £2.73 an hour – prompting fears the schemes have become a subsidised “numbers game”.

Apprenticeship programmes have become a policy for all three major political parties as a solution to youth unemployment. But figures from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) show that more than 350,000 of the UK’s 851,000 apprentices were over 25, with more than 50,000 aged over 50.

The statistics have stoked concerns that apprenticeships are losing their focus on young people entering the workforce, instead becoming a numbers game, and even a way for businesses to get government subsidies for work training which would already be undertaken.

The number of UK apprentices has risen from 491,300 in 2009 to 851,500 today – an increase of 73%.

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