Tara Brady
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Tara Brady

A photo of Thomas the Tank Engine in a playground with a terrifying face.
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Tara Brady reviews your childhood favourite and finds it to be a land of anthropomorphic chattels that toil neither for financial reward nor freedom. It is unclear whether the knighthood conferred upon Sir Topham Hatt, the ‘Fat Controller’ of the abysmal manor of Sodor Island, is hereditary. The foot-scraping deference

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The original poster for "Reds". A picture of a couple embracing with the words "REDS" in red letters.
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Not just as left-wing as mainstream US cinema has ever been, Warren Beatty’s Reds is unrivaled in its scope and scale, writes Tara Brady. By 1981, the edgy, counter-cultural cinema that Peter Biskind so vividly chronicled in Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (1998) had, for the most part, softened into mainstream

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The Nestle logo of a bird with its nest, the word "Nestle" and the logo "Good food, Good life".
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For any consumer guide, taking aim at Nestlé is a bit like shooting fish in a barrell. Of all the villainous corporations in the world, they are best known of a bad lot. One can almost hear the smirking of suits and moustache-twirling while perusing the section of Nestlé’s website dedicated to “Ethical business.”

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An illustration of Ways of Seeing done in pencil.
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Conceived as a riposte to Sir Kenneth Clarke’s BBC series Civilisation, John Berger’s “Ways of Seeing” is a lucid and accessible account of classical western art and an equally accessible Marxist analysis, writes Tara Brady. The late John Berger (1926 – 2017) was a sometime soldier, scholar, poet, essayist, critic,

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A stock photo of chocolate
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Tara Brady promises that The Marxist Guide to Chocolate won’t ruin the go-to bar you’ve loved since childhood.  First, the good news: we’re not going to ruin chocolate for you. Except for maybe Creme Eggs. And Toffee Crisps. And Maltesers.  Secondly, more good news. Lidl has just unveiled their own

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In this week’s edition of Cultural Marxism, Tara Brady writes about the Soviet civil war film “The Forty-First”. It was the first Soviet film to win the special jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival and is not about showing “good people on both sides”. The debut feature from Grigory Chukhray – a decorated veteran of World War II who

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As brands ditch Fairtrade for their own unchecked certification schemes, Tara Brady advises on how to manage the cesspool of green-washed, ethic-washed coffee labels. The Fairtrade initiative began in 1988, when a Dutch non-profit organisation bestowed certification on ethically traded coffee named Max Havelaar. It shares this title with an

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Made during the early Reagan years, Lizzie Borden’s first feature film is a revolutionary marvel. A product of New York’s no-wave scene, it’s guerilla-shot, quasi-documentary, speculative science-fiction agitprop is calibrated to send the viewer into the streets to overturn cars or, more likely, to raise their own Marxist-feminist militia army.

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Tara Brady picks the best coconuts for the consumers who love coconuts and love pan-primate solidarity. Coconuts have a million uses. They can make hair smell nice and make cake taste great. They can be splendid prizes should you find yourself at a turn-of-the-century fairground attraction. They can be clopped

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Tara Brady looks at the politics and the personal in Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. There was a renewed interest in Hollywood’s last silent production last year when Todd Phillips’ Joker curtseyed before the Chaplin film by programming Modern Times as the opening film at Wayne Hall. Presumably Batman’s billionaire family

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