Reviews & Letters

Film Review: The Rover

Film Review: The Rover

Reviews & Letters July 18, 2014 at 11:45 am

Australian director David Michôd’s second film, The Rover, is a bold take on the brutal realities of capitalism. By Chris Dite, Socialist Party Set in a future Australia that has suffered a devastating economic collapse, the film follows a man – previously a farmer – as he tries to get [...]

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Anti-tunnel fundraiser gig

Anti-tunnel fundraiser gig

Reviews & Letters July 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm

The Tote Hotel in Collingwood was packed out on June 13 for a gig raising funds for the No East-West Tunnel campaign. Over 10 bands played raising around $1400 for the cause. By Corey Snoek, Socialist Party Teenage Libido and Wet Lips kicked off the night tearing the crowd apart [...]

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Thomas Picketty: The new Marx?

Thomas Picketty: The new Marx?

Reviews & Letters June 26, 2014 at 9:44 am

Review: ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ The poorest fifth of Britain’s households are among the most economically deprived in Western Europe with living standards on a par with Slovenia and the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, the richest 1% in the UK is among the richest in the world, taking about one [...]

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Film review: The Lego Movie

Film review: The Lego Movie

Reviews & Letters May 1, 2014 at 2:42 pm

The Rupert Murdoch-owned, Fox News said the Lego Movie’s ‘anti-capitalist’ message is ‘pushing an anti-business message to our kids’. By Socialist Party reporters The film is set in a world where one large business holds a monopoly, and controls the state, suppressing opposition. The workers in the film receive daily [...]

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Film review: The Wolf of Wall Street

Film review: The Wolf of Wall Street

Reviews & Letters March 14, 2014 at 1:47 pm

“Fuck the clients. … Move the money from your client’s pocket into your pocket. … Nobody knows if a stock is gonna go up, down, sideways, or in fucking circles, least of all stockbrokers. It’s all a fugazi… We don’t create shit. We don’t build anything. So if this client [...]

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Pete Seeger: Sound of US protest movement

Pete Seeger: Sound of US protest movement

Reviews & Letters February 14, 2014 at 9:39 am

The death of American folk singer Pete Seeger will be keenly felt by those who lived through the social and political convulsions of the 1960s. By Roger Bannister, Socialist Party This was the era of the American civil rights movement, the international campaign against the Vietnam War, and the general [...]

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Film review: 12 Years a Slave

Film review: 12 Years a Slave

Reviews & Letters January 17, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Reviewed by Eljeer Hawkins, New York “There may be humane masters, as there certainly are inhuman ones – there may be slaves well-clothed, well-fed, and happy, as there surely are those half-clad, half-starved and miserable; nevertheless, the institution that tolerates such wrong and inhumanity as I have witnessed, is a [...]

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Book review: How to make trouble and influence people

Book review: How to make trouble and influence people

Reviews & Letters November 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Book by Iain McIntyre Reviewed by Meredith Jacka, Socialist Party ‘How to make trouble and influence people – Pranks, protests, graffiti and political mischief making’ provides a brief yet diverse historical account of Australian radical politics over the last 225 years. But unlike many other history books, this one is [...]

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TV Review: Brand new revolution?

TV Review: Brand new revolution?

Reviews & Letters November 1, 2013 at 11:34 am

Russell Brand has not covered himself in glory throughout his career so far: from the extreme womanising and sexist attitudes, the presenting of rubbish TV shows to the just plain annoying. So when I saw the Russell Brand v Paxman interview (BBC Newsnight) doing the rounds on various social media [...]

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Film review: Elysium

Film review: Elysium

Reviews & Letters September 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Film by Neill Blomkamp Reviewed by Kat Galea The problem with most dystopian films is that the audience generally leaves the film thinking how lucky they are to live in today’s society. Despite director Neil Blomkamp’s comments that Elysium is an allegory for wealth inequality today, it seems that this [...]

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