Shadowboxing (2005 film)
Shadowboxing is a 2005 Russian 4-episode sports drama movie. The film stars Denis Nikiforov, Yelena Panova, Andrey Panin, it was directed by Aleksey Sidorov; the title track from the music score was performed by Finnish cello rock band Apocalyptica. The film's sequel, Shadowboxing 2: Revenge, was released in Russia in 2007. Artyom Kolchin, the story's protagonist, is a boxer, who has become a contender for the world boxing championship; the whole country wants him to win. In the beginning of the film, while they are both waiting at a crosswalk for the light to change, Sasha Belov asks for his autograph for his son Ivan, in England and is learning boxing. Artyom likes his car and Sasha says he will give it to Artyom if he wins the fight. Valiyev, a man well known in both the criminal and business worlds, takes care of Artyom and refuses to accept the fights scenario presented by the opponent's manager, according to which Artyom should lose the first fight, win a return-match. However, Artyom can not fight.
The doctor does not want to grant him permission to fight, but he asks her pitifully, unable to endure the begging, she gives him the permit. During the fight in the ring, Aryom receives his vision becomes worse and worse. Soon, he can only guess where his opponent is, after a short attack exchange, he loses consciousness. Artem ends up in a hospital. At the moment, it is possible to save his sight, she says. If it is not cured in three days, it will never be curable; the operation costs $30,000. Artyom does not have this much money, neither does the doctor. Artyom had been like a son to his benefactor, who has several million dollars, but Artyom has disappointed him, so he refuses to pay for the operation; the only thing Artyom can do is to violate the law to save his own sight and his new love, the doctor Victoria. She becomes a witness to a murder of her ex-boyfriend, a drug dealer and to whom she came to borrow money, so someone is after her in order to arrest her, kill her, register her death as an accident.
A hired killer is hunting her. She, her teenage communist brother Konstantin, Artyom hide; the police are told to hunt Artyom but they are given no instructions and the policemen do not know why they must watch him. Artyom, with Kostya's help, prepares to rob a bank belonging to Valiyev, they put it into a beer can. Kostya gets stopped, he is told. Konstantin throws the can into a trash bin and walks away to hide at a corner. Artyom goes into the bank, pulls a debit card from his pocket and feigns trying to get cash from the ATM. A guard helps him. At that moment, cash messengers arrive. Kostya detonates the firecracker, Artyom attacks the guards and the cashiers; when nearly everyone is knocked down, one cashier pulls out his gun. Artyom knocks down this cashier too. One of Artyom's fans arranges for Artyom to have an illegal operation. After the procedure, Artyom's eyes are bandaged. Valiyev's people get him, they bring him to Valiyev's house and discover his eyes. Valiyev says: "You're not in a hospital."
They are going to torture Artyom to learn where the money is, continue to torture him until he dies. But Artyom's feigned helplessness stills their suspicions, they leave the room, leaving only two men there. Artyom asks them to fetch some water for him. One man goes for water. Artyom calls another man and tells him that he stole more than 2 million dollars, he will not return the money to Valiyev so he wants to tell him where the money is; the guard bends down over his bed, Artyom knocks him down. He leaves the house. During an open air play of Richard III, a hired killer finds Vika. Artyom gave her a gun before being taken to the operation, so she pulls it out and points it at the killer, but her hands are trembling and she is not able to pull the trigger. Grinning, the killer takes the gun and points it at Vika just as Artyom appears behind his back and hits him. A bit Valiyev finds Artyom and shoots him. Artyom is badly wounded and taken to a hospital. Next day the FSB arrests Valiyev. After some years have passed, Artyom's term of imprisonment is over.
He is met by Vika and their mutual friends. Someone calls one of his friends and asks in English to call Artyom. Artyom answers; the camera pans from the prison's walls to Las Vegas. The caller is his opponent in the fight during which he lost ability to see, he asks him if he wants a rematch. Artem is silent. Larry repeats his question, "I said, how'bout a rematch?". The camera pans back and shows wild snowy field and far forest. Artyom looks at the field and lowers the phone and the film ends without showing the answer. Denis Nikiforov as Artyom Kolchin Yelena Panova as Vika Ivan Makarevich as Kostya Dmitryi Shevchenko as Nechayev Andrey Panin as Vagit Valiyev Gas Redwood as Larry Palmer John Amos as Hill Alexander Kuznetsov as "Snake" Pavel Derevyanko as Timokha Irina Dymchenko as Vika's mother Sergey Bezrukov as Sasha Beliy Shadowboxing on IMDb Official website Kino-teatr.ru Trailer and Screenshots
Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 2.8 million. It encompasses one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United Kingdom and comprises ten metropolitan boroughs: Bolton, Oldham, Stockport, Trafford and the cities of Manchester and Salford. Greater Manchester was created on 1 April 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972. Greater Manchester spans 493 square miles, which covers the territory of the Greater Manchester Built-up Area, the second most populous urban area in the UK, it is landlocked and borders Cheshire, West Yorkshire and Merseyside. There is a mix of high-density urban areas, semi-rural and rural locations in Greater Manchester, but land use is urban—the product of concentric urbanisation and industrialisation which occurred during the 19th century when the region flourished as the global centre of the cotton industry, it has a focused central business district, formed by Manchester city centre and the adjoining parts of Salford and Trafford, but Greater Manchester is a polycentric county with ten metropolitan districts, each of which has at least one major town centre and outlying suburbs.
Greater Manchester is governed by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, which consists of political leaders from each of the ten metropolitan borough councils, plus a directly elected mayor, with responsibility for economic development and transport. Andy Burnham is the inaugural Mayor of Greater Manchester, elected in 2017. For the 12 years following 1974 the county had a two-tier system of local government; the county council was abolished in 1986, so its districts became unitary authority areas. However, the metropolitan county continued to exist in law and as a geographic frame of reference, as a ceremonial county, with a Lord Lieutenant and a High Sheriff. Several county-wide services were co-ordinated through the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities between 1985 and 2011. Before the creation of the metropolitan county, the name SELNEC was used for the area, from the initials of "South East Lancashire North East Cheshire". Greater Manchester is an amalgamation of 70 former local government districts from the former administrative counties of Lancashire, the West Riding of Yorkshire and eight independent county boroughs.
Since deindustrialisation in the mid-20th century, Greater Manchester has emerged as an exporter of media and digital content and dance music, association football. Although the modern county of Greater Manchester was not created until 1974, the history of its constituent settlements goes back centuries. There is evidence of Iron Age habitation at Mellor, Celtic activity in a settlement named Chochion, believed to have been an area of Wigan settled by the Brigantes. Stretford was part of the land believed to have been occupied by the Celtic Brigantes tribe, lay on their border with the Cornovii on the southern side of the River Mersey; the remains of 1st-century forts at Castlefield in Manchester, Castleshaw Roman fort in Saddleworth, are evidence of Roman occupation. Much of the region was omitted from the Domesday Book of 1086. During the Middle Ages, much of what became Greater Manchester lay within the hundred of Salfordshire – an ancient division of the county of Lancashire. Salfordshire encompassed several parishes and townships, some of which, like Rochdale, were important market towns and centres of England's woollen trade.
The development of what became Greater Manchester is attributed to a shared tradition of domestic flannel and fustian cloth production, which encouraged a system of cross-regional trade. In the late-18th century, the Industrial Revolution transformed the local domestic system. Infrastructure such as rows of terraced housing and roads were constructed to house labour, transport goods, produce cotton goods on an industrial scale for a global market; the townships in and around Manchester began expanding "at an astonishing rate" around the turn of the 19th century as part of a process of unplanned urbanisation brought on by a boom in industrial textile production and processing. This population increase resulted in the "vigorous concentric growth" of a conurbation between Manchester and an arc of surrounding mill towns, formed from a steady accretion of houses and transport infrastructure. Places such as Bury and Bolton played a central economic role nationally, by the end of the 19th century had become some of the most important and productive cotton-producing towns in the world.
However, it was Manchester, the most populous settlement, a major city, the world's largest marketplace for cotton goods, the natural centre of its region. By 1835 "Manchester was without challenge the first and greatest industrial city in the world". In the 1910s, local government reforms to administer this conurbation as a single entity were proposed. In the 18th century, German traders had coined the name Manchesterthum to cover the region in and around Manchester. However, the English term "Greater Mancheste
Starz TV is a digital satellite TV music channel, owned by TRACE Group. Fizz TV launched on 24 January 2005 on Sky channel 468; the output of the station is music videos from a range of genres that are popular in the charts. The channel has a heavy interactive texting element, through the viewers being able to send in text messages and pictures to show on screen; the channel moved to Sky channel 361 on 28 February 2006 as part of an expanded reshuffle of the EPG, in this case in the music section, to make more room in the Sports section, on 4 August 2008, moved again to Sky channel 371, to free space for Sky Movies' HD channels. It moved again to Sky channel 369 on 1 May 2018; the parent company of Channel U and Fizz TV, Video Interactive Television, went into voluntary liquidation at the beginning of February 2009, before being purchased by Mushroom TV. When purchasing the two channels, Mushroom TV agreed that Channel Fizz TV should be rebranded; the two channels were rebranded as Channel AKA and Starz TV on 16 March 2009.
On 22 June 2012, Mushroom TV entered liquidation. Ofcom's television broadcast licensing update for May 2012, indicates that Starz TV was sold to Cloud Television One Limited. From 2014 to 2018, it was owned by Sony Pictures Television, before being acquired by TRACE Group on 13 December 2018 along with its three sister music channels. On 15 April 2014, Starz TV launched on Freesat, replacing BuzMuzik, which closed 12 days earlier, on channel 505. On 2 May 2015, it moved to channel 504, in a reshuffle of the Music section to fit Viva into the section, after its entertainment programmes had been removed due to the launch of Spike on 15 April, it was removed from there along with Chart Show TV, Scuzz and Tiny Pop +1 on July 31, 2018. Huge Hits & Fresh Videos! - This program features all the latest hits. Non-Stop Hits - This program features all the latest has a format to start the weekend. Official website StarzTV Twitter
Futuresport is a television film directed by Ernest Dickerson, starring Dean Cain, Vanessa Williams, Wesley Snipes. It aired on ABC in October 1998, released on VHS and DVD in March 1999; the film is set in 2025, centers on a sport called "Futuresport" created as a non-lethal way to reduce gang warfare. Tre must save the world from Hawaiian Liberation Organization terrorists by winning in the game of futuresport. National Basketball Association Points shaving State-sponsored terrorism False flag Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii Oceania Futuresport on IMDb Futuresport at AllMovie
Exit the Dragon, Enter the Tiger
Exit the Dragon, Enter the Tiger released as Bruce Lee: The Star of Stars, is a 1976 Bruceploitation film starring Bruce Li. The title is a play on the Bruce Lee film Enter the Dragon and is one of the most well-known films in the Bruceploitation genre; the film tells the story of Tiger, a student of Bruce Lee, who comes to Hong Kong in search of answers regarding the mysterious death of his master. The character Suzy Yung represents Betty Ting Pei, she and Tiger team up and take on the Hong Kong Mafia in search for the truth regarding the death of the martial arts legend. Bruce Li as David Lee/Bruce Lee Chang Yi as The Baron Lung Fei as Lung Fei Shan Mao as Sam Kam Kong as Wa The film's music was composed by Fu Liang Chou under the name of Chow Fook-Leung. Similar to other film scores by Fu Liang Chou, excerpts from popular music of that time can be heard interpolated in the score; these excerpts include pieces of John Barry's 1974 score to The Man with the Golden Gun, Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", Isaac Hayes' theme to Three Tough Guys, among others.
In 1978 a sequel was released titled Return of the Tiger. Li returned as a different character and the film co-starred Angela Mao Exit the Dragon, Enter the Tiger on IMDb. Exit the Dragon, Enter the Tiger at the Hong Kong Movie DataBase
Trancers is a 1984 American science fiction film directed by Charles Band and starring Tim Thomerson, Helen Hunt, Art LaFleur. It is the first film in the Trancers series; the film revolves around Jack Deth, a Philip Marlowe-esque police detective from the 23rd century who travels to the 1980s in order to bring his old nemesis to justice. The film portrays a unique method of time travel: People can travel back in time by injecting themselves with a drug that allows them to take over the body of an ancestor. Jack Deth is a police trooper in the year 2247, hunting down Martin Whistler, a criminal mastermind who uses psychic powers to turn people into mindless "trancers" and carry out his orders. Deth can identify a tranced individual by scanning them with a special bracelet. All trancers appear as normal humans at first, but once triggered, they become savage killers with twisted features. Before he can be caught, Whistler escapes back in time using a drug-induced time-traveling technique. Whistler's consciousness leaves his body in 2247 and travels down his ancestral bloodline arriving in 1985 and taking over the body of an ancestor, a Los Angeles police detective named Weisling.
Once Deth discovers what Whistler has done, he destroys Whistler's body—effectively leaving him trapped in the past with no vessel to return to—and chases after him through time the same way. Deth ends up in the body of one of his ancestors: a journalist named Phil Dethton. With the help of Phil's girlfriend—a punk rock girl named Leena —Deth goes after Whistler, who has begun to "trance" other victims. Whistler plots to eliminate the future governing council members of Angel City, who are being systematically wiped out of existence by Whistler's murder spree of their own ancestors. Deth arrives too late to prevent most of the murders and can only safeguard Hap Ashby, a washed-up former pro baseball player, the ancestor of the last surviving council member, Chairman Ashe. Deth is given some high-tech equipment, sent to him in the past: his sidearm, a "long-second" wristwatch, which temporarily slows time, stretching one second to ten; the watch has only enough power for one use, but he receives another watch to pull the same trick again.
During the end fight with Whistler, one of the drug vials in Jack's gun breaks, leaving only one vial to get home. Jack is forced to make a choice: kill the innocent Weisling, or use the vial to send Whistler back to 2247, which would strand Jack in the present. Jack chooses to inject Weisling with the vial, saving the lieutenant's life but condemning Whistler to an eternity without a body to return to. Jack decides to remain with Leena in 1985, although observing him from the shadows is McNulty, his boss from the future, who has traveled down his own ancestral line, ending up in the body of a young girl. Tim Thomerson as Trooper Jack Deth/Phil Dethton Helen Hunt as Leena Michael Stefani as Martin Whistler/Police Detective Weisling Art LaFleur as McNulty Alyson Croft as "Baby" McNulty Telma Hopkins as Engineer Ruth "Ruthie" Raines Richard Herd as Chairman Spencer Anne Seymour as Chairman Margaret Ashe Peter Schrum as Santa Clause Barbara Perry as Mrs. Santa Claus Biff Manard as Hap Ashby Richard Erdman as Drunken Wise Man Wiley Harker as Dapper Old Man Miguel Fernandes as Officer Lopez Trancers on IMDb Trancers at AllMovie Trancers at Rotten Tomatoes
Republic of Ireland
Ireland known as the Republic of Ireland, is a country in north-western Europe occupying 26 of 32 counties of the island of Ireland. The capital and largest city is Dublin, located on the eastern part of the island, whose metropolitan area is home to around a third of the country's over 4.8 million inhabitants. The sovereign state shares its only land border with a part of the United Kingdom, it is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the Celtic Sea to the south, St George's Channel to the south-east, the Irish Sea to the east. It is a parliamentary republic; the legislature, the Oireachtas, consists of a lower house, Dáil Éireann, an upper house, Seanad Éireann, an elected President who serves as the ceremonial head of state, but with some important powers and duties. The head of government is the Taoiseach, elected by the Dáil and appointed by the President; the state was created as the Irish Free State in 1922 as a result of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. It had the status of Dominion until 1937 when a new constitution was adopted, in which the state was named "Ireland" and became a republic, with an elected non-executive president as head of state.
It was declared a republic in 1949, following the Republic of Ireland Act 1948. Ireland became a member of the United Nations in December 1955, it joined the European Economic Community, the predecessor of the European Union, in 1973. The state had no formal relations with Northern Ireland for most of the twentieth century, but during the 1980s and 1990s the British and Irish governments worked with the Northern Ireland parties towards a resolution to "the Troubles". Since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, the Irish government and Northern Ireland Executive have co-operated on a number of policy areas under the North-South Ministerial Council created by the Agreement. Ireland ranks among the top twenty-five wealthiest countries in the world in terms of GDP per capita, as the tenth most prosperous country in the world according to The Legatum Prosperity Index 2015. After joining the EEC, Ireland enacted a series of liberal economic policies that resulted in rapid economic growth.
The country achieved considerable prosperity between the years of 1995 and 2007, which became known as the Celtic Tiger period. This was halted by an unprecedented financial crisis that began in 2008, in conjunction with the concurrent global economic crash. However, as the Irish economy was the fastest growing in the EU in 2015, Ireland is again ascending league tables comparing wealth and prosperity internationally. For example, in 2015, Ireland was ranked as the joint sixth most developed country in the world by the United Nations Human Development Index, it performs well in several national performance metrics, including freedom of the press, economic freedom and civil liberties. Ireland is a member of the European Union and is a founding member of the Council of Europe and the OECD; the Irish government has followed a policy of military neutrality through non-alignment since prior to World War II and the country is not a member of NATO, although it is a member of Partnership for Peace. The 1922 state, comprising 26 of the 32 counties of Ireland, was "styled and known as the Irish Free State".
The Constitution of Ireland, adopted in 1937, provides that "the name of the State is Éire, or, in the English language, Ireland". Section 2 of the Republic of Ireland Act 1948 states, "It is hereby declared that the description of the State shall be the Republic of Ireland." The 1948 Act does not name the state as "Republic of Ireland", because to have done so would have put it in conflict with the Constitution. The government of the United Kingdom used the name "Eire" and, from 1949, "Republic of Ireland", for the state; as well as "Ireland", "Éire" or "the Republic of Ireland", the state is referred to as "the Republic", "Southern Ireland" or "the South". In an Irish republican context it is referred to as "the Free State" or "the 26 Counties". From the Act of Union on 1 January 1801, until 6 December 1922, the island of Ireland was part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. During the Great Famine, from 1845 to 1849, the island's population of over 8 million fell by 30%. One million Irish died of starvation and/or disease and another 1.5 million emigrated to the United States.
This set the pattern of emigration for the century to come, resulting in constant population decline up to the 1960s. From 1874, under Charles Stewart Parnell from 1880, the Irish Parliamentary Party gained prominence; this was firstly through widespread agrarian agitation via the Irish Land League, that won land reforms for tenants in the form of the Irish Land Acts, secondly through its attempts to achieve Home Rule, via two unsuccessful bills which would have granted Ireland limited national autonomy. These led to "grass-roots" control of national affairs, under the Local Government Act 1898, in the hands of landlord-dominated grand juries of the Protestant Ascendancy. Home Rule seemed certain when the Parliament Act 1911 abolished the veto of the House of Lords, John Redmond secured the Third Home Rule Act in 1914. However, the Unionist movement had been growing since 1886 among Irish Protestants after the introduction of the first home rule bill, fearing discrimination and loss of economic and social privileges if Irish Catholics achieved real political power