Reviews

Film review: Rocks

By Shane Finnan Sarah Gavron’s Rocks is a modern coming-of-age film, focused on the life and struggles of the main character, Olushola “Rocks” Omotoso. The film is set in pre-Covid London, and follows Rocks’ and her group of teenage girl schoolmates in their day-to-day life in multicultural, working-class London. The main plotline revolves around Rocks responding to and coping with ...

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Review: Unquiet Graves

Unquiet Graves opens with a harrowing re-enactment of the murder of two young men, Colm McCartney and Sean Farmer, in 1975. Returning from a Gaelic football game in Dublin, the two were stopped at a ‘British Army’ checkpoint near the village of Newtownhamilton in County Armagh and shot dead. Throughout the documentary families of victims detail the horrific experiences suffered ...

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Review: The Return of Nature

The Return of Nature By John Bellamy Foster  Monthly Review Press, 2020 Reviewed by Keishia Taylor John Bellamy Foster’s ground-breaking Marx’s Ecology in 2000 demonstrated that Marxism, from the beginning, dealt with ecological questions. Its long-awaited sequel, The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology, developed these ideas from the deaths of Marx and Darwin to the 1960s, tracing a continuous ...

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Review: Les Misérables directed by Ladj Ly

SRAB Films, Rectangle Productions, 2019 Reviewed by Róise McCann Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables (2019) borrows its name from Victor Hugo’s historic novel written in 1862 but is most relevant in 2020. The film is set in the district of Montfermeil, where Ly grew up and where the events of Hugo’s original were written to have taken place. “It hasn’t changed ...

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Review: The Social Dilemma directed by Jeff Orlowski

By Brandon Byrne The Social Dilemma provides an insightful new look at the impact major social media platforms have had on society and how by design they foster addiction.  Director Jeff Orlowski presents these insights through a series of talking head interviews with tech industry insiders whose work has brought them close enough to see the critically flawed design at ...

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Review: The Jakarta Method by Vincent Bevins

Reviewed by Manus Lenihan The beautiful Indonesian island of Bali attracts visitors from all over the world. But most holidaymakers have no idea that just over fifty years ago the Indonesian military and police killed 80,000 unarmed civilians on that island. The beaches of Seminyak boast gourmet restaurants, five-star hotels and cocktail bars; in 1965-66, the same beaches were the ...

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Review: A Hero’s Death by Fontaines D.C.

By Shane Finnan On the 31 July, Fontaines D.C. released their widely anticipated sophomore album A Hero’s Death. The second album is a milestone achievement in the flowering evolution of the band. While Dogrel was grittier and affiliated with the recent post-punk wave, A Hero’s Death has experimented with softer melodies and at times vocal harmonies that are reminiscent of ...

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Book Review: White Fragility by Robin Diangelo

By Rebecca Green, Socialist Alternative USA After the brutal murder of George Floyd, Robin Diangelo’s 2018 book White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism became Amazon’s #1 best seller. Already, 1.6 million copies have been sold. An article Diangelo published on the same topic in 2011 caught steam before Michael Brown was killed in 2014, and ...

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Review: Planet of the Humans

By Michael Barker, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland) Planet of the Humans demands our attention and most of all it demands our action. This widely-watched documentary, directed by Jeff Gibbs and produced by Michael Moore, presents a dystopian overview of the destruction that capitalism has wrought on our planet. Importantly the film castigates the ongoing ...

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Review: One Man’s Terrorist

Reviewed by Seán Burns This year marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Provisional IRA. This new book, One Man’s Terrorist: A political history of the IRA, is therefore a timely study of this movement. Seán Burns looks at the book and the lessons that can be learned for today. Napoleon once said, “History is a fable agreed upon”. In ...

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