Double Down News: George Monbiot: The complete shitshow that is political journalism

The Conversation: Andrew Russell: Slow cinema

I’m not sure I agree with Mr Russell that “people are searching for ways to escape the fast pace of the modern world” and choosing slow cinema as a way to achieve this. Slow cinema is all about tension and release. Filmmakers build tension by making the audience wait. I suspect its popularity these days may have more to do with peoples habit of bingeing through ten hours of serialised drama. Audiences have more tolerance than ever for stories building over time.

Rebel for life

I hope I am as active and committed as this gentleman when I am his age. Hero’s walk among us.

Watched Everybody Knows (2018)

Watched Calibre (2018)

Watched The Festival (2018)

The Guardian: Jamie Doward: Industrial collapse of Thatcher years led to crime rise, study finds

Those people currently wringing their hands over the rise in knife crime might want to look at this study. “Research quantifies link between offending and economic factors” says it all.

Watched Down a Dark Hall (2018)

Really wanted this to be good. Majority female cast. Uma Thurman. It went for classic style Val Luton scares, got closer to rent-a-ghost. If I were 12 and on my own in a house I’d be looking at the shadows but I’m not, and I didn’t.

The Guardian: Daniel Boffey: Dark web blamed for rise in drugs sent by post from Netherlands


The Guardian: George Monbiot: Dare to declare capitalism dead – before it takes us all down with it