Mark Cunliffe

Mark Cunliffe

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Letterboxd’s resident Ken Loach/Mike Leigh expert. Reviewer at The Geek Show & essayist of several Arrow Films DVD/Blu-ray titles. Currently contributing to Scarred For Life: Vol II, a book…

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  • Bloodstone

    Bloodstone

    Just a heads up/plug to say that the first pressing of the new Blu-Ray from Arrow Films of this '80s action adventure is released on 20th July, 2020 with a booklet featuring a new critical essay of the film written by yours truly.

  • A Taste of Honey

    A Taste of Honey

    ★★★★

    Made in 1961, A Taste of Honey tells the story of a working class Salford schoolgirl who meets, falls in love with, and falls pregnant to, a black British sailor. When he later leaves her, she plans to raise the child with her gay best friend. This was rightly called 'kitchen sink realism' at the time.

    If made today in 2020, sneering half-witted cunts would call it 'woke'.

    And they call it progress? You can keep it. Shelagh, take a bow.

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  • Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of Earth

    Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of Earth

    ★★★½

    You can only imagine the impact this story had on audiences in 1964. The production team knew that they were onto a winner with the Daleks and so decided not only to bring them back, but to place them in the very heart of London. The resonance that viewers, not so remote from the experience of WWII and the threat of Nazi invasion, must have felt, was arguably this serial's biggest selling point and continued/progressed the show's theme that the…

  • The Real Des: The Dennis Nilsen Story

    The Real Des: The Dennis Nilsen Story

    ★★★½

    This documentary is a solid accompaniment to the ITV dramatisation of the case and is narrated by the star of that show, David Tennant. I have to say though that earlier in the week Channel 5 stole a march on them by repeating an edition of Born to Kill which featured on Nilsen and was blessed by the involvement of the lead detective who brought him to justice, Peter Jay, who has sadly died in the years between these documentaries.…

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  • I, Daniel Blake

    I, Daniel Blake

    ★★★★★

    St Helens Disability Advice and Welfare Network, St Helens Jobcentre, Ashton-In-Makerfield Jobcentre, Huyton Jobcentre, Apex Charitable Trust, Shaw Trust St Helens, Starting Point St Helens.

    Just some of the places I've worked at that involve helping people into work, getting people 'job ready' or dealing with people's benefit claims.

    Jobseekers allowance, Incapacity benefit, Employment and Support allowance, Carers allowance.

    Just some of the benefits I've claimed since (and between) those jobs.

    I've ran jobclubs, CV making courses and jobmatch programmes,…

  • Peterloo

    Peterloo

    ★★★★★

    I find it amusing that people are trying to suggest that, because he followed Mr Turner up with this, Mike Leigh is currently on a historical trend. If you think that Peterloo is something that belongs to the past, then you're living in cloud cuckoo land.

    The Peterloo Massacre of 16th August, 1819, may have occurred almost two hundred years ago now, but the event itself is still fresh in the memory. Why? Because we've seen it so many times…