Why I am proud to be a lefty

As you probably know from one of my previous blogs, I have long supported the left-spectrum of politics. My early admiration to politics harks back to my childhood; one of the films me and my brother watched at early ages was the Disney version of Robin Hood. This was one of the reasons why I became a ‘left-winger’. It demonstrated what I consider the important logic to economics; fair pay, economic equality, and that I believe it’s fair that in reality, the rich should contribute to paying taxes as well as the poor. Of course, there were other ‘childhood’ films we watched that I consider left-wing, such as Mary Poppins and The Flintstones movie. Some of my favorite films of all time include To Kill A Mockingbird and Schindler’s List and they’re liberal. This doesn’t mean that I hate all the conservative movies, but I never really liked the Conservative party. The reason is because when Margaret Thatcher was in power, there was a recession going on and she did very little to help the less fortunate. Her economy most certainly killed those miners (not literally if you know what I mean), and I don’t blame them for going on strike.

With David Cameron now in position for the prime minister, the situation is just as bad as it was in the 1980s. I was only 7 months old when Thatcher resigned, but my parents experienced the crisis. So I know some of it from them. How can I tell the situation’s bad? It started, during the late-2000s, when a group of careless bankers gambled a lot of money in storage away. Labour were in power at the time, but when Cameron was elected, the situation did not improve. The conservatives were helping the bankers rather than us. The poor have been taxed, but not the rich. This is very poor logic, because the rich obtain a lot of money compared to the poor. If the government wants the poor to chip in a huge amount of money, why not the rich? This is one of the reasons why I side with the left side of the political spectrum. It makes no sense that the poor should pay more than they earn and the rich do not help. This relates to the time when Robin Hood rebelled against Prince John and his unfair taxes. The rich had plenty of money to be fed and they didn’t need more. Plus, the working class paying more and more taxes could lead to homelessness.

In regards to immigration, I personally don’t care how many immigrants are residing in Britain or any other countries. I don’t see anything wrong with that. It’s called getting to know each other’s cultures. I’m glad to have foreigners residing in Britain. They have made a valid contribution to civilization; foreign restaurants, such as Antibos and the Tiffin, film-makers, artists, interpreters, modern language school-teachers,… I obtain a C in French GCSE (that’s General Certificate of Secondary Education) and I’m proud of it. If certain Brits hate immigrants so much, then perhaps you could explain the fact that certain Brits have emigrated to certain countries. Some of my mother’s relatives moved to Australia. What harm could that possibly do? Those who oppose immigration are just hypocrites.

I support the Labour party. It may sound controversial, but for most of their life, the part has sided with the left; Harold Wilson, to name a few. It was only for a few years when there was one prime minister who introduced the ‘New Labour’ and appeared more ‘conservative’ compared to the previous leaders of the party; sending people to a pointless and illegal war, I ask you. I know Saddam Hussain ruined people’s lives, but you can’t just assume that a certain dictator owns the weapons of mass destruction. They could be anywhere. However, it doesn’t mean that the ‘New Labour’ is resuming. Ed Milliband, who is in charge at the moment, is not abiding to that. He is a trusting person and seems very enthusiastic about getting the economy back on track and creating more job opportunities for the unemployed. I’ve seen his videos, I believe he can improve the situations. I have faith in Ed. Despite the bank incident, I believe that if Labour win the next general election, they could put things right. It’s a matter of observing.

So this is why I am a left-winger. I believe in the simple three things; dignity, equality and the rights to be what one wants to be. I’m proud to know various different people. I am aware that certain conservatives tolerate different races, but there’s still the paranoia regarding the immigration among certain others and I don’t understand what the fuss is. As a lefty, I say getting to know people, no matter what their culture is and without assuming that they’re bad, is the way forward. Seeing the outside world is the way forward. I have a freedom of speech and I will use it!

The Worst-to-Best Movies directed by Danny Boyle

Since I reviewed the works of many American directors and production companies, I decided for a change to review a British director. Another reason being is that I too am British. Now I’ve looked through as many British directors as I could. I thought to myself; “Alfred Hitchcock and Ridley Scott are both British, but some of their films are American” and I wanted to analyse somebody whose film CV was mostly British. So I have decided to analyse what I consider the worst and the best features directed by Danny Boyle;

6. Millions

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I saw Millions during a college lecture. A couple of my friends hated it. Personally I don’t, but I don’t really blame them. Millions ain’t terrible, but it certainly ain’t Danny Boyle’s strongest movie. I understand Damian’s desire to give the money to the poor and his belief that the money was sent by God. Yeah, sent by God, imagine that. I also understand his brother and father’s desperation to get rid of the cash in case of fugitivity. But it drags at times. This is a film only for those who understand religion. I ain’t among that audience. I’m totally dumb on the subject. And the dialogue so needs tweaking. Seriously, if Danny aimed this for families, why is the “f” word included?

5. Shallow Grave

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Somehow, I think one of my lecturers from that film-making college course really admires Danny Boyle (that’s a compliment by the way). Shallow Grave is another film we saw during a lecture. Script, fine. Story, fine. But I’ve seen this film twice and I don’t remember much about it. The characters aren’t really as memorable as, say, Spud or Renton or even that guy who got his arm trapped in a revine – mind you, he’s a factual guy, but that’s beside the point. I think Danny Boyle improved better for his next movies.

4. Slumdog Millionaire

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Some of you may hate me for positioning the Academy Award-winning Slumdog Millionaire so low on this list. I admire the film for the liberal message it gets across and the story of a young lad who’s finances are low and who ends up on the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. The working class, i.e. myself, can relate to that, because we often wish for something that can pay us through life easily (I dunno how else to put it) and its every kid’s dream to be wealthy. The problem with the film is… (audience boos), here me out. I realise some of the film is foreign and English subtitles are provided to help us understand, but the subtitles are way too small to read and there’s too much yellow lighting included simultaneously, which increases the reading difficulty. From a media observer’s point-of-view, it’s not a great experience for those who are color-blind.

Personally, I ain’t keen on the music either and didn’t feel it fitted in with the mood, but each to their own. I couldn’t really care if the lead actor was also in some popular British teen programme, because I don’t watch Skins. Still I’m glad I watched the film when I had the chance. Definitely give Slumdog Millionaire at least one viewing.

3. 28 Days Later

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Woooooooooooooooooo!

(sighs) Yes, 28 Days Later is a zombie film. Zombie films have been made to death and there ain’t much difference between them, except Shaun Of The Dead of course; anyway, it’s a spoof of the genre, so we can let that off.

Actually, 28 Days Later is also an original example. If you don’t believe me, observe how the zombies are… edited. Are they CGIed? I’ll never know, but the graphics are outstanding. The zombies are more like werewolves. Even the location of trashed London is distinguishable. There was a sequel labeled 28 Weeks Later, but it ain’t as memorable as this one.

2. 127 Hours

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Some of you may have heard about a guy who had his arm trapped in the Blue John Canyon and was trapped for nearly a week. 127 Hours is his story. This is easily Danny Boyle’s best of his most recent material. It demonstrates all the attempts Aron made to free his arm before he had to make the ultimate sacrifice. But there is one film that really, really, really made Danny’s career…

1. Trainspotting

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B-I-N-G-O and Bingo was his name, o! Trainspotting, in my opinion, is the one and only! I ain’t kidding man. It’s everything you want to observe about Danny Boyle. It is like an introduction to the films he would direct later on. Well, technically, Shallow Grave was his first one, but Trainspotting is an improvement. It explores a wide variety of social issues, such as child neglection and drug addiction. There are totally unforgettable scenes included, like when Renton loses his constipation, uses a filthy lavatory and climbs into it after losing a couple of pills that fell out of his butt. There’s quite a foul scene where Spud passes out unaware that he has used the bed as a lavatory. Also, there’s a really dark scene where Renton suffers a nightmare; a baby he neglected comes back to haunt him! Spooky!

So that’s all the films I have seen that Danny Boyle directed. He chose life, he chose a job (film-making that is), he chose films, he chose synopsises, he chose his target audiences, he chose props, he chose a … big career, receiving an Oscar, and other awards. He chose, … various other things.