Winning the Peace Prize: The EU and the Ignoble Institution

October 13, 2012 by

One wonders whether having a peace prize makes an assumption about redundancy and diminishment in advance. Ever year, the arguments seem to mount. This year, the choice of the European Union being the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize struck many as daft, dangerous and redolent with black humour. In a more distinct sense, it suggested that Alfred Nobel would turn in his grave.

Review: Tai Chi Zero

October 13, 2012 by

Yang Luchan (in real-life, China’s Jayden Yuan) is the butt of his village’s jokes. Seemingly not very bright, he is also bullied unmercifully because of the strange horn like growth on his shaven forehead, which turns colors when it’s whacked. It turns first red, then purple, and then the deadly black which he is told will signify that he is dying.