Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Saw Shane Meadow's THIS IS ENGLAND last night. Great film only slightly marred by woman at the end who loudly proclaimed to boyfriend "That was rubbish. I told you it would be crap. Two hours of crap. What a waste of time". Obviously she is far too used to CGI fantasy and when a harsh bit of reality is put in front of her she can't cope.

From an affectionate portrayal of growing up in the 80s, being it a gang etc. the film quickly progresses to a stark portrayal of hate and racism. Not a feel-good movie for sure but well worth watching. Some great ska and mod sounds too. Forgotten how good Toots and the Maytals' version of Louie Louie is. And normally a cover version of any Smiths song sends me reaching for a sick bag but Clayhill do a good job on "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" over the end credits too.

Toots and the Maytals
This is England Soundtrack [buy]

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