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  • Geri

    Geri

    ★★★★

    What's the difference between the Union Jack flag and Blair's New Labour of the 90s and the Union Jack flag and Keith's disastrous new New Labour of today?

    The 90s was about wanting to shag the girl wearing the Union Jack. Now it's about just wanting to shag the flag itself.

    Which is my 'little bit of politics' topical gag roundabout way of saying that a new Patreon exclusive edition of Pop Screen is available to listen to now and…

  • Secrets & Lies

    Secrets & Lies

    ★★★★★

    Awight sweet'arts? Today marks the release of the Criterion Blu-ray of this 1996 movie from Mike Leigh and m'colleagues at The Geek Show were kind - or foolish - enough to let me, uber Leigh fan that I am, write about it.

    In my review I try to claim that, in Leigh's own quiet way, Secrets and Lies was just as much a part of the 90s zeitgeist as Trainspotting;

    "...Trainspotting may have got the buzz, it may have gained…

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  • Birthday Girl

    Birthday Girl

    ★★★½

    In which Game On's Matthew pretends to be Game On's Martin.

    It gets such a bad rep this film, unlikeable/unsympathetic characters etc, but the point is that they are broken/flawed characters. The montage with Chaplin and Kidman getting to know each other is so sweet - irrespective of where you stand on mail order brides, it's clear that something is happening here - that, when the 'cousin' and his 'friend' show up, your heart just drops. It's beautifully pitched in that respect and the cast are perfect.

    Previous review here

  • I Went Down

    I Went Down

    ★★★★

    "What kind of horrible ugly desperate bitch is he gonna end up with? He'd be lucky if some Arab let's him finger his dog's arse for a fiver"

    After watching the utterly shit Pixie a few days back I vowed to revisit I Went Down, arguably the film that started the whole blackly comic crime tradition of Irish cinema.

    Honestly, Tarantino trunk shots aside, this is a really original film. I don't think anyone had attempted this kind of peppy,…

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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,…

  • Elephant

    Elephant

    ★★★★

    40 minutes.

    18 killings.

    3 lines of dialogue.

    No structure, seemingly.

    No rhyme or reason, seemingly.

    Just the elephant in the room.

    A brutal uncompromising look at Sectarian assassination that dramatises genuine events and forces you to consider the Troubles in a way that acres of news coverage cannot. Just what is your gut reaction at the end of it? Does the endless cadence of footfall and gunfire go some way to desensitise you or does it make you realise…