FilmSpace: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile; Long Shot; Amazing Grace
Film critic Calum Cooper reviews more of the week’s newest films, including a dramatised biopic on serial killer Ted Bundy, a rom com starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen, and an Aretha Franklin documentary filmed in 1972.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile – ★★☆☆☆
Book Review - Scots and Catalans: Union and Disunion
Chris Bambery, author of A People’s History of Scotland co-author of Catalonia Reborn, reviews J.H. Elliott’s Scots and Catalans: Union and Disunion, Yale University Press, 2018
THE movements for independence in Catalonia and Scotland have, in the last decade, grown together and identify with each other. Both threaten the unity of key European states, key NATO members and allies of the USA. What unites these two movements and what is different?
CS Forum 30 May: Climate Change - How do we turn words into actions?
Our next CommonSpace Forum takes on the hot topic of climate change and will be tackling how we convert words into actions, with immediate effect
In recent weeks, we have seen the Scottish Government back the Green New Deal, commit to cutting greenhouse emissions to net zero by 2045 and declare a climate emergency. But will these promises be backed up by a solid and credible action plan? How do we ensure it’s not empty rhetoric? There is no time to delay.
FilmSpace: The Curse of La Llorona; Tolkien
Film critic Calum Cooper reviews two upcoming releases. Screening from 3 May are The Curse of La Llorona, which is only frightening in its capacity to bore, and Tolkien, a pedestrian but relatively engaging biopic.
The Curse of La Llorona – ★☆☆☆☆
May Day 2019 around the world
CommonSpace takes a look at what’s happening on May Day across the world
MAY DAY, also known as Labour Day and International Workers’ Day, takes place on 1 May every year all around the world – although the US celebrates the holiday on the first Monday of September instead.
It all began in Chicago, USA, on 4 May 1886, a demonstration known as the Haymarket Affair.
Turkey, Spain and Britain: The radicalisation of hegemonic nationalisms
In the final contribution to our week of special coverage on international self-determination movements, Rhiannon Davies explores the nationalisms of hegemonic states, and how they can be radicalised in opposition to autonomy and independence movements
ONE of the more alarming outcomes of yesterday’s Spanish election was the arrival of Vox into the Spanish Parliament, and international consciousness. Their 24 seats is the first time a far-right party has won more than a single seat in congress since the death of dictator General Francisco Franco in 1975.
Book Review: Shredded - Inside RBS, the bank that broke Britain
Journalist Alasdair Clark reviews the latest edition of Ian Fraser’s best-selling book on the Royal Bank of Scotland, taking in the bank’s latest scandals
NOTHING about the reality of Britain can be properly understood without knowledge of the financial crash which nearly cost us everything. Ian Fraser's Shredded shines a bright light on the bank which was and remains at the cente of that story.