Bands need to move on or else become dinosaurs. Too many recent promising bands just bang out the same old stuff after a stellar first album. The ones who innovate are the ones who will survive and be called true greats - Blur, Pulp, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Bowie and a good few others, recent and old. Arctic Monkeys can now begin to consider themselves in this bracket. Where 'Whatever People Say...' was raw indie-rock with a unique new Sheffield sound, 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' evolved the theme, including anthemic tunes, but also showed a glimpse of how they would evolve. Alex Turner's side-project The Last Shadow Puppets proved that he can turn his hand to a variety of styles and this… Read more
This Is England is a coming of age movie, using Thatcherite Britain as its backdrop and portraying the bigotry of the right-wing elements of its society, whilst also showing the sensitivity and close bonds or pure friendship. From beginning to brutal end, this movie grips you throughout.
Dead Man's Shoes is a classic suspenseful thriller that keeps you guessing to the end. Paddy Considine is truly outstanding as the chilling avenging angel.
A Room For Romeo Brass is much more sedate. Another coming of age movie, Meadows perfectly captures the mood of a Midlands council estate and the problems of youthful… Read more
Unfortunately, The Football Factory has a lot to live up to. The Firm was outstanding and Green Street is a solid 4 stars (even if the acting is patchy in places).
If this film is supposed to shock, it just doesn't. Green Street goes much further in terms of the violence and raw aggression and also brings in the emotional side of how it affects the family home life, as does The Firm in a shocking scene where Gary Oldman's character's toddler daughter cuts her mouth open with his hoolie Stanley knife.
NIck Love always fails to go the distance - Goodbye Charlie Bright is the same - nothing on Shane Meadows or Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast).