Yesterday's Pop Screen saw Graham and I take a Eastwood squinty eyed look at Alex Cox's punkish spaghetti western Straight to Hell. Today, as a companion piece, the patreon edition looks at Crock of Gold, Julien Temple's typically inventive documentary focusing on one of the film's stars, the inimitable, nay indestructible, Shane MacGowan. Listen to it here
Is it a cult movie or just a curio? A spaghetti western homage or an expensive holiday home movie featuring a host of drunken rock stars and some actual actors? Is it even any good?
These are just some of the questions m'colleague Graham Williamson and I attempted to resolve as we explore Alex Cox's Straight to Hell on this week's Pop Screen podcast. Needless to say, we soon got sidetracked by a variety of other barely relevant issues including…
Started off quite well this, but soon became little more than a Coen Brothers wannabe with an amnesiac Jamie Dornan in the Outback realising he is mixed up in all sorts of nefarious and grisly violent business. Danielle Macdonald once again proves how talented she is as a likeable rookie cop. Enjoyed the Morricone Spaghetti Western style score.
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,…
3 lines of dialogue.
No structure, seemingly.
No rhyme or reason, seemingly.
Just the elephant in the room.
A brutal uncompromising look at Sectarian assassination that dramatises genuine events and forces you to consider the Troubles in a way that acres of news coverage cannot. Just what is your gut reaction at the end of it? Does the endless cadence of footfall and gunfire go some way to desensitise you or does it make you realise…