Monday, 13 January 2020

So It Goes...Is Going

Yes, after exactly eight years and one week, I have decided to part company with Blogger. So It Goes will be no more. 




I have spent almost a month now trying to raise an issue with Blogger about the inability to add tags to my posts and the fact that I am not receiving notifications from some blogs that I follow, but these issues repeatedly fall on deaf ears and lay unresolved. If they can't be arsed rectifying these things, then why should I be arsed to write on here?

Truthfully I've been struggling to muster up much enthusiasm to use this blog for some time now too. When I started it back in January 2012, I was a very different person to the one I am now and the blog has become quite a schizophrenic beast over the years. Where it is at right now, advertising my film critiques and reviews, writing about popular culture and discussing politics and social history is a good reflection of who I am now and what interests me. 

And so here we are, the start of a new decade and my first year in my 40s. It's time for a change. It's time to bid adieu to this site and hello to WordPress I think. To whit, I have tentatively started up a new blog site on there which you can find here.

As you can see it is also, for continuities sake, called So It Goes, but it promises to be about who I am and where I am at now. Perhaps you'll join me over there? Bear with me as I try and find my way around there though!

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Being There (1979)

"....For me, Being There is a satire, yes, but it is also an allegory. We know this to be the case because Chance’s utterances about gardening are taken by the establishment to be wholly allegorical; the garden as metaphors for the economy, the seasons an allusion to its natural ebb and flow. But this is all simply a projection they place upon Chance’s words and upon Chance himself as they look for answers and reassurances for their actions and beliefs. For his part, Chance is oblivious; as the title Being There suggests, he is ingenious to the world around him and therefore the complete opposite of the other characters and the wider society as a whole. Ultimately it is in the relationship the others have with Chance that showcases Being There as a satire upon religion itself. Mankind searches for God, projecting Him in all aspects of their life, looking to him for reasoning in the same manner in which the characters Chance inadvertently and unconsciously finds himself impressing and influencing..."




See my full review at The Geek Show

PS, If you're wondering why my blogging has become so erratic recently, I've currently fallen out of love with Blogger on account of the numerous glitches and errors that are plaguing the site for some - myself included - in recent weeks. I haven't been able to put tags in my posts for some time now for example, and I'm no longer receiving updates on some blogs I follow. I have reported these issues, but they're doing bugger all about them. This is my eighth year of blogging (I started early Jan 2012 I think) and I'm wondering if I've run my course on here.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

2019: Screen by Screen


This post continues the tradition of sharing the best and worst films I watched throughout 2019, but I've decided to do things a teensy bit differently from previous years, as you'll see. According to Letterboxd, I watched 932 films in 2019, the 10 best new films that were released in the year are as follows;

1. The Favourite (5/5)
2. Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (5/5)
3. Super November (5/5)
4. In Fabric (5/5)
5. Sorry We Missed You (4.5/5)
6. Booksmart (4.5/5)
7. The Souvenir (4.5/5)
8. The Irishman (4.5/5)
9. If Beale Street Could Talk (4.5/5)
10. Ray & Liz (4/5)

The full ranked listing of films released in 2019 from best to worst (totalling 72 films) can be found on Letterboxd here.

This is where I'm doing things differently this time. Frankly it's a ballache typing out a list of films that often goes well into the hundreds, so instead I'll just share links.

The best films I watched that were new to me in 2019, ranked from 5 to 4 stars in chronological viewing order can be found here, whilst the worst new to me films of the past year ranked from 0.5 to 1.5 stars can be viewed here

The most important film of 2019 is, of course, Ken Loach's Sorry We Missed You.

Happy New Year!


I want to wish everyone the very best for 2020 and the new decade. It may not be where we wanted to be, and the days ahead may prove difficult and challenging, but I hope for a prosperous new year for all my readers. 

Sunday, 29 December 2019

2019: Page by Page

Back after a year's hiatus (forced upon me because the community site I used to keep a reading journal on was closed with little warning, meaning my diary was lost) here is the traditional round up of what books I have read in the past twelve months.


January

1. Classic Scrapes by James Acaster
2. The Peterloo Massacre by Robert Reid

February

3. The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers
4. The Price of My Soul by Bernadette Devlin

March

5. Inside the Wicker Man by Allan Brown
6. The Commitments by Roddy Doyle
7. Making Sense of the Troubles by David McKittrick and David McVea

April

8. This is Memorial Device by David Keenan
9. My Word by Terry Christian
10. Belfast Days: a 1972 Teenage Diary by Eimear O'Callaghan

May

11. Cruel Summer by M.R. Mackenzie
12. The Litten Path by James Clarke

June

13. No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
14. Inspector Minahan Makes a Stand: The Missing Girls of England 
by Bridget O'Donnell

July

15. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
16. Hollywood a Go-Go; An Account of the Cannon Phenomenon 
by Andrew Yule 

August

17. Death Wish by Brian Garfield
18. Defying Gravity: Jordan's Story by Jordan Mooney and Cathi Unsworth
19. A Rebel's Guide to James Connolly by Sean Mitchell

September

20. In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin
21. More Time for Politics: Benn Diaries 2001-2007 by Tony Benn
22. Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar
23. Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
by Patrick Radden Keefe
24. By Order of the Peaky Blinders by Steven Knight and Matt Allen

October

25. March of the Lemmings by Stewart Lee
26. Charley's War, Vol 1: Boy Soldier by Patt Mills and Joe Colquhoun
27. Sex Power Money by Sara Pascoe
28. The Livingstone Presumption by Mike Sivier
29. Blue of Noon by Georges Bataille
30. I Love the Bones of You by Christopher Eccleston
31. The Three Dimensions of Freedom by Billy Bragg

November

32. Charley's War, Vol 2: Brothers in Arms by Patt Mills and Joe Colquhoun
33. Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland
34. Batman: An Innocent Guy by Brian Bolland
35. Bloc Life: Stories from the Lost World of Communism by Peter Molloy
36. A Very English Scandal by John Preston
37. There She Goes: Liverpool, a City on its Own; The Long Decade 1979-1993 by Simon Hughes
38. Toast on Toast by Matt Berry

December

39. Neither Nowt nor Summat: In Search of the Meaning of Yorkshire
by Ian McMillan
40. The Heart of It by Barry Hines
41. Bad News for Labour: Anti-Semitism, the Party and Public Belief 
by Greg Philo, Mike Berry, Justin Schlosberg, Antony Lerman and David Miller
42. Don't Look Back in Anger: The Rise and Fall of Cool Britannia, Told by Those Who Were There by Daniel Rachel
43. Crossroads: In Search of the Moments that Changed Music by Mark Radcliffe
44. The North by John Bulmer

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Merry Christmas Everyone

Regular readers may have noticed a distinct lack of festive posts this year. After the hard work of campaigning and the terrible disappointment that followed I must admit to not feeling particularly Christmassy. Then there's the small matter of not feeling especially inspired to be using the blog as much as I'd like recently too. But today is Christmas Eve and so now is the time to wish everyone a very happy Christmas. Put your cares behind you for the next couple of days and eat, drink and be merry. I hope you all have a good one.







Sunday, 22 December 2019

Jarvis4January

The coveted Christmas number one spot may have been taken by LadBaby (oh well, at least it's for a good cause too) but remember; a Tory government isn't just for Christmas. Worse luck. With that in mind, the campaign to get Jarvis to number one with Running the World continues as it hopes to be at the top of the charts for the first week in January. So basically read this and keep doing what you're doing; buy, download, listen, and tell your friends to do the same. All proceeds go to Shelter, a worthy cause given this government's contempt for the homeless.



Cunts are still running the world. #Jarvis4January