It has dimmed with time but the first time I saw Gladiator with Russell Crowe, I was moved to a degree that film had never moved me to before. Generally I like fantasy and magic.
I can't say anything here without asking if the Acadamy panel has any idea of the strength of feeling against Margaret Thatcher in many of the communities she left to die when she dismantled the coal mining industry in the UK? I personally think no film of her made now while she is still alive and much of what took place during her reign is still classified and therefore secret should have been made. Meryl Streep has proven herself to be a wonderful actress many times but to commend her for a sympathetic portrayal of one of the most unsympathetic humans that has ever lived would be a personal insult to me and many thousands of other like me who have watched their communities die since the 1980s.View Thread
I don't know about the tax breaks and I am in the UK but I think what I have say is relevant. Single people like myself are certainly discrinated against, particularly if they, like myself have no children. I am a bit shocke at myself for feeling this way these days but at the age of 53 I became too ill to continue working having worked and paid tax from age 13. I've often earned very good salaries and have paid my income tax, not to mention all the indirect tax like sales tax (VAT here). I was shocked at how little financial/medical/practical help was available to me and now feel quite bitter that I havecontributed to funding other people's children through the state education system, their health care, their social housing etc. But now there is very little for me in my time of need. Furthermore I have no children who will call round to make sure I have what I need. I have fears of being found dead months after the event like you read about! I have always loved children and intended to have some but didn't meet the right man so chose not to be a burden to the state and become a single parent. It's sad that I've developed this bitterness because I have neve felt like this before but I really do feel that I haven't had a fair deal from the tax/public services balance!View Thread