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  • The Parole Officer

    The Parole Officer

    ★★★★

    "Never mess with an office worker"

    This was Steve Coogan's first film vehicle, much hyped at the time though the star doesn't have much time for it now. In his autobiography, Easily Distracted, he criticises his own performance as demonstrative, argues that the script he co-wrote with Henry Normal should have been edgier and more substantial, and claims that the execution was too broad. He wanted to create a 'fun little caper' but concluded that he failed. Elsewhere, he cited…

  • Nowhere Boy

    Nowhere Boy

    ★★½

    I've only seen this once before, when it first came out. Although I found it be hardly a masterpiece, I seem to recall liking it a little more back then. On this rewatch however, the only thing that really stood out for me Anne-Marie Duff's strong performance as Lennon's mother, Julia. The sad truth is this is just a classier, more polished version of one of the many 'True Entertainment' cheapo Beatles biopics we've been subjected to over the years.

    Number 57 in my 52 films by Women in 2018 challenge.

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  • Berberian Sound Studio

    Berberian Sound Studio

    ★★★★½

    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…

  • 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,…