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  • Bradford Riots

    ★★ Watched 20 Apr, 2014

    Prior to the riots of 2011, the rioting that occurred in the Manningham district of Bradford on the night of July 7th, 2001 was probably the largest the UK had seen since the 1980s.

    It was the powder keg ignited by the spark of weeks of threats and activities from the NF and BNP culminating in confrontation between them and the Anti-Nazi League. Taking individual stories, principally that of Karim (Sacha Dhawan) a young student home on leave from University…

  • Margaret 2009

    ★★★★ Rewatched 20 Apr, 2014 2

    Forget Meryl Streep's Iron Lady, for me this is the best biographical drama concerning the rise and fall of Margaret Thatcher.

    Of course it helps that I really admire Lindsay Duncan as an actress. Admittedly she's too beautiful and in real life is mercifully way to the left of Thatcher's politics, but she's an extremely capable actress who manages to make Thatcher a believable and three dimensional person rather than a caricature or impersonation. In both her hectoring and her…

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  • We Need to Talk About Kevin 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Apr, 2014

    A truly stunning and impressive adaptation by Lynne Ramsey of Lionel Shriver's seemingly unfilmable novel about a high school massacre orchestrated by an evil teenage boy.

    What made him do this atrocious act?

    The film explores Kevin's fate through the eyes of the relationship between him and his mother Eva, played brilliantly by Tilda Swinton - a true masterclass in performing. The jigsaw like pieces of the tale are scattered, not necessarily in the right order, to dazzling effect with…

  • Berberian Sound Studio 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Jan, 2013 10

    My word.

    What an amazing film.

    Firstly if you're a nerd for the aesthetics of film, you'll love it. The 70s setting, the Giallo references are all perfect that you don't think of it as a present day film set in the 70s, this could be a lost forgotten 70s film.

    Secondly, if you're a nerd for the mechanics of film, the technology, you'll REALLY love it.

    I belong in the former camp really but this film has really given…