Reviews & Letters

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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Film review: ‘NO’ – an exercise in rewriting history

Film review: ‘NO’ – an exercise in rewriting history

Reviews & Letters August 15, 2013 at 10:59 am

Unfortunately Pablo Larrain’s film ’No’ tells nothing about the background to Chile’s 1988 plebiscite and the struggle against the regime Tony Saunois, CWI (Committee for a Workers International) It is 1988, Santiago, Chile, and 15 years into the vicious Pinochet dictatorship. The military regime has been compelled to call a [...]

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Book Review: The New Capitalist Elite

Book Review: The New Capitalist Elite

Reviews & Letters July 9, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Plutocrats: The rise of the new global super-rich and the fall of everyone else By Chrystia Freeland Published by Allen Lane, 2012 Reviewed by Lynn Walsh The immensely rich industrialists and bankers of America’s late 19th century ‘gilded age’ were known as ‘robber barons’. The ‘plutocrats’, the subject of Chrystia [...]

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Book review: Drone Warfare

Book review: Drone Warfare

Reviews & Letters July 9, 2013 at 11:55 am

The super-villain in a secret hideout, while his invulnerable robots pick off his enemies, is a science fiction standard. But in the world of drone wars, the ‘villain’ is Barack Obama and his ‘hideout’ an air force base in Nevada. Reviewed by Geoff Jones, Socialist Party In ‘Drone Warfare’, American [...]

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Film Review: Zero Dark Thirty

Film Review: Zero Dark Thirty

Reviews & Letters March 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal, sets out to depict – but according to Bigelow not necessarily endorse – the “greatest manhunt in history”, the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Despite Bigelow’s claims of artistic neutrality, her film is a grotesque and blatant propaganda [...]

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