The media

Big screen blues: What's wrong with movies?


If most films made in the West today are bad, it's becuase they are made to a formula. The formula is simple - big name stars, exotic locations, a hit song to promote the film, simple stories, directors who have clocked up a number of hits, and massive advertising campaigns. These days the stories don't even have to be new, we're in the age of sequelitis...

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Scummy Standard

Daniel Randall

The Evening Standard (which, since it became a free-sheet, is read daily by countless London commuters) has been on a crusade recently to consistently outdo itself by publishing ever more vitriolic condemnation of any group of workers who have the temerity to object to cuts.

No Shelter Here

Joe Flynn

Reading the lyrics of the rock band, Rage against the Machine, was probably my first real exposure to radical ideas. My 13 year old self would doubtless have viewed the victory of the band’s ‘Killing in the Name’ in a chart race for Christmas number one against manufactured karaoke drivel like the X Factor as a triumphant prelude to the imminent revolutionary destruction of capitalism. Assuming there still are some 13 year olds somewhere in Britain who feel the same today, I am happy for them.