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  • The Prisoner

    The Prisoner

    ★★★½

    Just a heads up/plug to say that the first pressing of the new Blu-Ray from Arrow Films of this is released on 11th February, 2019 with a booklet featuring a new critical essay of the film written by yours truly.

  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    ★★★★★

    Just a heads up/plug to say that the first pressing of the new Blu-Ray from Arrow Films of this is released on 12th November, 2018 with a booklet featuring a new critical essay of the film written by yours truly.

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  • The Hallow

    The Hallow

    ★½

    There should be a special kind of punishment reserved for filmmakers who don't utilise Michael Smiley effectively.

    To be fair though, The Hallow has such weak characterisation that it could be argued it uses no one's acting talents effectively. Joseph Mawle is saddled with a dull and irritating central character whom we are supposed to empathise with, simply because he's our lead, whilst Bojana Novakovic is lumbered with a role that offers no personality beyond her being Mawle's wife and…

  • Whistle and I'll Come to You

    Whistle and I'll Come to You

    ★★★½

    When is an adaptation not an adaptation?

    Written by Neil Cross of Luther fame, this 2010 retelling of M.R. James' classic ghost story Whistle and I'll Come To You, certainly dances to its own tune. It takes the bare bones, motifs and imagery of James' tale and hangs upon it an intriguing story about the isolation a man feels from a specific kind of bereavement; the loss a husband feels when his wife succumbs to Alzheimer's disease. This is a…

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  • I, Daniel Blake

    I, Daniel Blake

    ★★★★★

    St Helens Disability Advice and Welfare Network, St Helens Jobcentre, Ashton-In-Makerfield Jobcentre, Huyton Jobcentre, Apex Charitable Trust, Shaw Trust St Helens, Starting Point St Helens.

    Just some of the places I've worked at that involve helping people into work, getting people 'job ready' or dealing with people's benefit claims.

    Jobseekers allowance, Incapacity benefit, Employment and Support allowance, Carers allowance.

    Just some of the benefits I've claimed since (and between) those jobs.

    I've ran jobclubs, CV making courses and jobmatch programmes,…

  • High-Rise

    High-Rise

    ★★★★★

    It's quite ironic that Elizabeth Moss understands High-Rise enough to take a role in it, yet fails to see the comparison with the 'faith' she belongs to; Scientology. Think about it, the fantastical vision of one prejudiced, difficult man that capitalises on the ambitions, aspirations and elitist yearnings of the public who immerse themselves so deeply into his dream that they fail to see how much the rot has set in. Genuinely, think about it, because she clearly didn't.

    Anyway....…