Review

Review: Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake”

By Councillor Michael O’Brien The vicious harassment of the sick and unemployed by the Tory government in Britain provoked legendary director Ken Loach, now 80 years of age, to come out of retirement to make one more film. And what a film! ‘I, Daniel Blake’ tells the story of the eponymous character, a carpenter in his late fifties in Newcastle ...

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Film review: Russell Brand’s ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’

Helen Pattison reviews The Emperor’s New Clothes, the latest film starring Russell Brand and directed by Michael Winterbottom. “I’m not going to tell you anything you don’t already know”. That is comedian Russell Brand’s opening gambit in The Emperor’s New Clothes. You might not know these examples, he says, but you know the story of tax evasion and huge bonuses ...

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Review: “No Place To Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the US Surveillance State” by Glenn Greenwald

This powerful, gripping and incisive book was first published on 13 May 2014. Glenn Greenwald and, of course, his star whistleblower, Edward Snowden, have done a tremendous service in revealing the unimaginable scale of surveillance and repression being perpetrated in the USA, Britain and other countries. My regret is not reading this work when it was first published. Greenwald details ...

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Review: Jimmy’s Hall directed by Ken Loach

How dangerous could a parish hall with dance nights, boxing, singing lessons, poetry and art classes be? Ken Loaches new film “Jimmy’s Hall” shows how dangerous the Catholic Church considered one they didn’t control. The film is based on the true story of Jimmy Gralton, a socialist activist in Leitrim and the only person ever to be deported by the Irish Free State.

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Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

Great art doesn’t have to be anti-capitalist, but you’d have to be living in a cave not to know that in the intervening years since the days of Belfort’s scams, the entire world economy was tipped overboard by the government deregulation of even riskier financial behavior.

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