Friday, March 30, 2012

all the talk about this

as "best protest record in years", the banlieus bite back etc

reminded me of a "Two Englands" experience i had last year, idly gawping recorded-earlier-that-day-footage of the Royal Wedding, and then flicking to other cable channels and settling on one movie channel that was showing this

i then got into flicking back 'n' forth between Adulthood and Will & Kate: A Luv Story for a 2-sides-of-UK-today polarisation-oscillation effect

not living in the country I simply had not noticed that Adulthood had come out or indeed that there'd been a whole spate of grimesploitation/urban-yoof-action-dramas movies made in the UK....

they don't seem to get released in the USA, presumably it's not a view of England that there's any niche market demand for over here

Adulthood was the sequel to this

and then there was

and this (a comedy version of kidulthood/adulthood?)

and this, described by the Guardian as a grime musical (!)

oh and this near-future-dystopia-as-warped-mirror-of-present job

any more? and any of them any cop? (Adulthood was stilted enough to make me go back to the Royal Wedding voluntarily several times)

odd to think that true grime, in its raw uncut form, may well have had a bigger cultural impact on, and through, the movies - than on and through the pop charts


"Ill Manors" is all right, but--let's be honest--sonically and in terms of delivery, as a record it imparts a fraction of the "Pow"-er of 2002-2005 era grime - ... wish it was Lethal B not Plan B doing it ...


related reading: Carl's post on Nick Love's Outlaw as modern cinema du chav