Cinema

Altered Carbon

The series takes place over 360 years in the future, with most episodes set in the year 2384, in a futuristic metropolis known as Bay City. In the future, a person’s memories and consciousness can be decanted in a disk-shaped device called a cortical stack, which is implanted in the vertebrae at the back of the neck. These storage devices are of alien design and have been reverse engineered and mass-produced. Physical human or synthetic bodies are called “sleeves” and stacks can be transferred to new bodies after death, but a person can still be killed if their stack is destroyed. While this theoretically means anyone can live forever, only the wealthiest, known as “Meths” in reference to Methuselah, have the means to do so through clones and remote storage of their consciousness in satellites.

Takeshi Kovacs, a political operative with mercenary skills, is the sole surviving soldier of the Envoys, a rebel group defeated in an uprising against the new world order. In the first season, set 250 years after the Envoys are destroyed, his stack is pulled out of prison by 300-year-old Meth Laurens Bancroft, one of the wealthiest men in the settled worlds. Bancroft offers him the chance to solve a murder—Bancroft’s own—to get a new shot at life. In the second season, set 30 years later, Kovacs, now in a new sleeve, continues to search for his lost love and Envoy leader Quellcrist Falconer.

Top Boy

The series follows the plight of Ra’Nell as he navigates the pitfalls of living on the crime-filled Summerhouse estate after his mother, Lisa, is admitted to a mental hospital. Ra’Nell, who has gained a reputation around the estate for his volatile behaviour after stabbing his abusive father, is quiet and closed-off. While his mother is in hospital, he is cared for by her close friend, Leon, who was once a respected enforcer of the estate, but has since put his past behind him. Meanwhile, Lisa’s friend Heather enlists Ra’Nell’s help to grow a Cannabis crop so she can earn enough money to move out of the estate and raise her unborn child somewhere safer.

Meanwhile, his best friend, Gem, finds himself in over his head when he begins to work as a drug dealer for Summerhouse kingpins, Dushane and Sully. Gem is easily coerced and finds himself at the mercy of their trusted enforcer, Dris, who is ruthless and violent.

Dushane and Sully run the estate together with relative ease, but when Kamale, a rival drug dealer from London Fields steals a large amount of their supply, they are forced to hunt down the thief before their supplier, Bobby Raikes, takes action. The urgency of the chase puts Dushane and Sully’s partnership in jeopardy.

Cambridge Spies

Four-part BBC television drama, broadcast on BBC2 in May 2003, concerning the lives of the best-known quartet of the Cambridge Five Soviet spies, from 1934 to the 1951 defection of Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean to the Soviet Union.

This is England

Installments
This Is England – Feature film released on 6 February 2007
This Is England ’86 – Four episodes broadcast between 7 and 28 September 2010
This Is England ’88 – Three episodes broadcast between 13 and 15 December 2011
This Is England ’90 – Four episodes broadcast between 13 September and 4 October 2015

The story centres on young skinheads in England in 1983, which illustrates how their subculture, which has its roots in 1960s West Indies culture, especially ska, soul, and reggae music, became adopted by the far-right, especially white nationalists and white supremacists, which led to divisions within the skinhead scene. The title is a direct reference to a scene where the character Combo explains his nationalist views using the phrase “this is England” during his speech.

Roots

Roots is a 2016 American miniseries and a remake of the 1977 miniseries with the same name, based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

It is a prequel to the 1982 Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal that explores the world of Thra created for the original film. As the Gelfling race on the planet Thra becomes aware of the fact that their customarily worshiped overlords, the Skeksis, are exploitative, taxing essence-suckers who are destroying their world, three Gelflings—Rian, Brea and Deet—inspire a rebellion after discovering a horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power that threatens their entire planet.

Parasite 2019

A 2019 South Korean black comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho.

The Kim family – father Ki-taek, mother Chung-sook, daughter Ki-jung and son Ki-woo – live in a small semi-basement apartment (banjiha),[10] have low-paying temporary jobs as pizza box folders, and struggle to make ends meet.[11] University student Min-hyuk, a friend of Ki-woo’s, gives the family a scholar’s rock meant to promise wealth. Leaving to study abroad, he suggests that Ki-woo take over his job as an English tutor. Ki-woo poses as a university student and is hired by the wealthy Park family.

The Kim family infiltrates the lives of the Parks by recommending each other’s services, posing as unrelated workers. Ki-woo tutors and begins a romance with the Parks’ daughter, Da-hye. Ki-jung poses as “Jessica”, an art therapist to the Parks’ young son, Da-song. Ki-jung frames Mr Park’s chauffeur as having had sex in the car, and Ki-taek is hired to replace him. Finally, Chung-sook takes over as the Parks’ housekeeper after the Kims exploit the severe peach allergy of the long-time housekeeper, Moon-gwang, and convince Mrs Park that she has tuberculosis.

Sorry to Bother You 2018

A 2018 American dark comedy film written and directed by Boots Riley. The film follows a young black telemarketer who adopts a white accent to succeed at his job. Swept into a corporate conspiracy, he must choose between profit and joining his activist friends to organize labor.

[I’ll add pics & descriptions to the rest when I get chance, if you interpret any of these as on the whole reactionary pieces of media, please get in touch, I haven’t analysed them exhaustively, some are included based on a single viewing many years ago…]

99 Homes [2014]

A Huey P. Newton Story (2001) Spike Lee

A Screaming Man [2010] Mahamat Saleh Haroun

An Inspector Calls [2015]

Billion Dollar Brain [1967]

Black Book [2006] Paul Verhoeven

Burn! (1969)

Carla’s Song (1994) Ken Loach

Catch A Fire [2006] Philip Noyce

Chakravyuh [2012]

Children of Men (2006) Alfonso Cuaron

Come and See (1985) Elem Klimov

Defence Of The Realm [1985]

District 9 (2009) Neill Blomkamp

Elysium [2013] Neill Blomkamp

Even the Rain [2010] Iciar Bollain

Frida Kahlo [2002]

Funeral in Berlin [1966]

Half of a Yellow Sun [2013]

Hidden Agenda (1990)

If… (Lindsay Anderson, 1968)

Ivan’s Childhood [1962] Andrei Tarkovsky

Kafka (1991) Steven Soderbergh

Kes [1969] Ken Loach

Kill The Messenger (2014)

Looking For Eric [2009] Ken Loach

Lumumba (2000) Raoul Peck

Machuca (2004)

Malcolm X (1992) Spike Lee

Metro Manila [2013] Sean Ellis

Monsters [2010] Gareth Edwards

Moon (2009) Duncan Jones

My Name is Joe (1998) Ken Loach

Neds (2011) Peter Mullan

No Way Out (1987)

O Lucky Man (1973) Lindsay Anderson

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Milos Forman

Panther (1995) Mario Van Peebles

Pixote (1981, Hector Babenco)

Rabbit-Proof Fence [2002] Philip Noyce

Red Riding – In the Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009) Julian Jarrold

Red Riding – In the Year of Our Lord 1980 (2009) James Marsh

Red Riding – In the Year of Our Lord 1983 (2009) Anand Tucker

Reds (1981) Warren Beatty Diane Keaton

Riff-Raff [1991] Ken Loach

Robocop (1987) Paul Verhoeven

Robocop 3 (1993)

Romero (1989) John Duigan

Room at the Top (1959) Jack Clayton

Running on Empty [1988] Sidney Lumet

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning [1960] Karel Reisz

Silkwood (1983) Mike Nichols

Sky Blue (2003)

Sleep Dealer [2008]

Small Faces (1996) MacKinnon

Snowpiercer (2013)

Society (1992) Brian Yuzna

Steal this Movie! (2000) Robert Greenwald

Susana (1951) Luis Bunuel

Sweet Sixteen (2002)

The Battle of Algiers (1966) Gillo Pontecorvo

The Dancer Upstairs (2002) John Malkovich

The Forgotten (1950) Luis Bunuel

The Human Factor (1979)

The Hunt (1966) Carlos Saura

The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner (1962) Tony Richardson

The Molly Maguires (1970) Martin Ritt

The Riot Club (2014)

The Russia House (1990) Fred Schepisi

The Spook who Sat by the Door (1972)

The Tracker (2002) Rolf de Heer

The Wind that Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach, 2006)

The Amateur [1981]

The East [2013] Zal Batmanglij

The Ipcress File [1965] Sidney Furie

The Motorcycle Diaries [2004] Walter Salles

The Runner [2015]

The Second Mother [2015]

The Whistleblower [2011] Larysa Kondracki

The_Hill (1965) Sidney Lumet

They Live (1981) John Carpenter

Tongue of the Butterflies (1999) Jose Luis Cuerda

Vexille [2007]

Walkout [2006]

Yesterday [2004] Darrell Roodt

Z (1969) Costa-Gavras

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