Films

Sunshine

Some amount of time in the sun can make us feel better, apart from higher temperatures which help us feel more relaxed, the sun’s rays can be helpful.

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The same ultraviolet rays which can be skin-damaging also affect us in positive ways by triggering some of the brain’s chemicals and hormones. Natural sunlight helps the release of endorphins in part of the brain that controls mood, appetite, sleep and can affect how you feel.

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Endorphins relieve pain, produce euphoria and can give you sudden bursts of energy and general feelings of pleasure. These endorphins lead to the production of serotonin and melatonin in the brain. Serotonin, a feel good hormone, helps maintain a happy outlook while melatonin regulates our sleep patterns.

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Our bodies produce vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, which is vital for bones since it regulates calcium and phosphorous levels in the blood. Only moderate amounts of sun exposure stimulate the process but it’s better than taking supplements.

The sun is by far the biggest object in the solar system and contains almost the entire mass of the system. It’s mass continually changes, since it converts hydrogen into helium at it’s core, the rest is made up of metals.

Sunshine (2007) directed by Danny Boyle, adapted from a screenplay (Alex Garland, author of The Beach) shows the crew of a spaceship in 2057 traveling towards the sun, on a do-or-die mission to save the star. It’s an interesting idea since they plan to take a nuclear bomb with them and set it off. It is an edgy film with an interesting story and a good soundtrack.

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Oblivion (2013) is set in a post-apocalyptic world where Tom Cruise is living in a spaceship, making frequent trips to earth, extracting last resources.

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More than one Tom Cruise appears on the extraction team, which represents a cloning programme gone awry. References to older sci-fi films are made often which makes it an appealing watch .. the music and the storyline could have been better !

 

 

 

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Interstellar

 

Interstellar is an incredible film that starts thoughtfully and slowly, it gradually builds velocity until your mind cannot relax any more. It provokes ideas and possibilities that challenge our intelligence as it looks out to a universe that surrounds us each day.

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A story of Interstellar travel and family love. The rings of Saturn are the most extensive planetary ring system of any planet in the Solar System. They consist of countless small particles, ranging from μm to m in size, that orbit around Saturn. The ring particles are made almost entirely of water ice with a trace component of rocky material.

 

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Contradistinctive: he appears. He shows vehement expertise in the art of amusement and a well-honed style of telling stories. Boisterous inventivity in each episode.. carefully introduced, often leading up to disastrous consequences: calamitous tales from beyond the bedcloth.


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You must see his show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival or at another UK wide venue, which makes everything clear and easy to follow.

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