Submitted by Tom Jennings on Dec 1 2013 10:13
Rather than glamourising, demonising or stereotyping ghetto criminals, this carefully crafted ensemble drama projects anti-social labelling back onto those with power and wealth
Submitted by Tom Jennings on Nov 13 2013 09:29
This bewitching imaginary of symbolic expression and obscene realism has far more depth than your average TV police drama.
Submitted by Tom Jennings on Oct 21 2013 20:39
A rare cinema fiction tackling radical environmentalism ties itself in knots trying to offer a 'balanced' argument
Submitted by Tom Jennings on Aug 24 2013 10:54
This elegy to the gains for ordinary people made in the UK after 1945 – now largely clawed back – fails to inspire due to its lack of analysis of what went wrong.
Submitted by Tom Jennings on Jul 21 2013 13:18
Exemplary engaged film-making and an award-winning account of faltering attempts to turn around apparently implacable inner-city negativity.
Submitted by Tom Jennings on Jun 24 2013 10:07
Despite wilful ignorance, gross error and prejudicial omission, this 'full-blooded' film entertainment speaks volumes about the hurt and rage of injuries past and present as well as the yearning for renewal.
Submitted by Tom Jennings on May 14 2013 12:04
Tom Jennings considers the new softcore torture porn entertaining justifications of crimes against humanity in the name of its greater good.
Submitted by Tom Jennings on Oct 24 2012 20:28
Official 'truth' being more dishonest as well as stranger than fiction, Tom Jennings looks instead at feral youth fairytales screened since last August's riots.
Submitted by Tom Jennings on Sep 27 2012 15:52
A welcome and invaluable critical analysis of some of the effects of the genre on its viewers.
Submitted by Tom Jennings on May 3 2012 16:48
Two decades-worth of British poverty porn reveals more than might be thought.
Submitted by Tom Jennings on Mar 1 2012 13:38
“Rhyming for a reason, we ain’t here for the hell of it: Fuck ya deficit!” (Efeks, ‘Mass Production’)
Submitted by Tom Jennings on Feb 2 2012 20:13
Never mind the prissy costume drama bollocks. This raw punk historicism is a landmark, in several senses, of British cinema.
Submitted by Tom Jennings on Dec 1 2011 15:22
Yet another teenage gang tall story glimpses beyond the moral panics and tired miserabilism of most poverty porn.
Submitted by Tom Jennings on Oct 29 2011 10:39
An apparently refreshing take on underclass alienation soon sours into the same old rancid reaction
Submitted by Tom Jennings on Oct 4 2011 12:23
A naff cultural-historical hip-hop gospel packaged according to MTV aesthetics ...
Submitted by Tom Jennings on Aug 19 2011 18:54
Adam Curtis’ challenge to domination by computer systems asks questions the mainstream media – and the Left – typically avoid.
Submitted by Tom Jennings on Aug 1 2011 16:23
A disappointingly missed opporunity to explore recent developments in the military-industrial complex.
Submitted by Tom Jennings on Jun 30 2011 14:01
A rare example of television fiction doing some outrageous justice to the modern work/life (im)balance
Submitted by Tom Jennings on Jun 17 2011 12:30
This tale of disaffected youth trades in traditional rhetorical flourishes but succeeds in avoiding easy answers.
Submitted by Tom Jennings on May 22 2011 20:53
An unusually lucid, lurid costume drama goes straight for Victorian hypocrisy’s jugular ... Too straight, perhaps?