Reviews

“You Have To Be A Killer”: Deadly capitalism in Succession’s world and ours

By Grace Fors, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) This review contains spoilers. In an era of unfathomable inequality and global crisis giving way to rising class consciousness and unrest, it’s no surprise that shows like The White Lotus, Squid Game, and Succession are exploding in popularity.HBO’s Succession centers on Waystar Royco, a fictional multimedia conglomerate spanning four continents and 50 countries with ...

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Review: Don’t Look Up directed by Adam McKay

By Manus Lenihan A comet is about to wipe out all life on Earth – this was the basic idea of not one but two Hollywood movies released in 1998. Deep Impact was considered more ‘realistic’ than Armageddon, but both were fantasies of the 1990s, back when more people trusted the political establishment and academics had proclaimed the ‘end of ...

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Review: Dopesick – a look into the psychopathy of capitalism

By Fiona Ryan Dopesick hit streaming platforms in November and has shocked audiences with its broadly factual take on the machinery behind OxyContin and the wide scale misery caused by addiction to the drug.  Dopesick chronicles the rise of the so-called “miracle drug”, from its trail launch in rural mining towns in the U.S., to the extensive marketing campaign, to ...

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Review: Elsewhere directed by Michael Gallen

By Finn McKenna Elsewhere, the opera by Michael Gallen based around the Monaghan Soviet which ran in the Abbey Theatre (15-20 November), was somehow both unique and familiar. It was also surreal, absurd and a performance that this reviewer has no yardstick to compare it with, it being my first time at an opera (or libretto). In any case, it ...

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Why is everyone talking about Squid Game?

By Finn McKenna *Spoiler alert throughout* Squid Game has the entire world talking. The series based in South Korea is the most watched show on Netflix of all time; 110 million Netflix viewers have streamed the show. Considering the series was only released on 17 September, this ascent is monumental. The question is: Why?  It is a commentary on our ...

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Review: The Care Crisis by Emma Dowing

Reviewed by Caitriona Ní Chatháin In her book The Care Crisis: What Caused It and How Can We End It, Emma Dowling explores the multifaceted world of care, and its degradation under decades of neoliberalism, and capitalism today. With a special focus on the situation in Britain, Dowling examines not only what we mean by ‘care’ and ‘care work’ but ...

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Review: Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Reviewed by Harper Cleves Sally Rooney’s third novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You, was one of the most anticipated and hyped-up book releases in recent memory. For about two months in advance all of Dublin seemed to be waiting with bated breath for the 7 September release date advertised in every bookshop window — and a few fanatics could even ...

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“Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” review

By Eljeer Hawkins, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) Black Caucus in commemoration of Black August Harlem, New York – In the summer of 1969, two historic musical festivals took place that would have epic proportions for the course of musical history and define one of the most politically turbulent times in U.S. history. The 1960s were a ...

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Review: The Mauritian directed by Kevin Macdonald

By Robert Ruane This is the harrowing, inspirational and true story of a prisoner who spent 14 years in Guantánamo Bay without a single charge against him and while experiencing extremely inhuman treatment. The director Kevin Macdonald splits the film into three different journeys; Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s fight for his life (played by Tahar Rahim), Slahi’s defense lawyer Nancy Hollander ...

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Review: Inside by Bo Burnham

By Chris Stewart  In late May, comedian and musician Bo Burnham released his new special Inside on Netflix. Created entirely during the coronavirus lockdown, Burnham wrote, directed, performed, and edited the special himself from his home.  Sat alone at his keyboard, similar to the videos which rocketed him to early YouTube fame back in 2006, Burnham gives us an hour ...

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