From the category archives:


Cine-East Film Club Presents #70: 1964, Dr Strangelove (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb) (Stanley Kubrick)

November 30, 2016

General Jack D Ripper: ‘Mandrake, have you ever seen a commie drink a glass of water?’ Group Captain Mandrake: ‘Well, no, I can’t say that I have’ Three weeks after the US Presidential election, it is still hard to come to terms with the fact that the American electorate (or at least that part of […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #69: 1971, Wake In Fright (Ted Kotcheff)

July 23, 2016

John Grant: ‘What do you do?’ Doc Tydon: ‘I drink’ The title is misleading. This is not a horror movie. Well  maybe it is in a way, but it is certainly not a horror movie in a traditional sense. There isn’t actually a bad character in it, let alone an evil one. Pretty much every […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #68: 1979, The Marriage of Maria Braun (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

February 23, 2016 Red Cross Nurse: How long were you married? Maria Braun: I am still married Red Cross Nurse: I mean, it didn’t last long did it? Maria Braun: ‘Yes we did: half a day and a whole night’.   [Apologies for the trailer but only the Italian dubbed version appears to be available on Youtube] […]

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All That’s Left Favourite Bowie Song: Poll Results

January 17, 2016

As part of our David Bowie Tribute Week, we have been running a Twitter poll asking – “What is your favourite David Bowie song.” 32 songs were initially shortlisted, and after a series of polls and a staggering 11,000 votes over four days, we were left with a final of four songs. Here are the […]

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Poll: What Is Your Favourite David Bowie Song?

January 13, 2016

……………………………………………………………………. This week, we are running a poll on Twitter to find the most popular David Bowie song. 32 songs have been chosen and the overall winner will be announced on All That’s Left on Sunday. Please go to @all_thats_left_ on Twitter and vote! …………………………………………………………………….

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Farewell David Bowie: Death Will Never Kill His Beauty

January 12, 2016

Friday: David Bowie released Blackstar and I spent a large part of the weekend listening to it. It is a fantastic album full of texture and depth. The album has a clear theme on it. It feels like a concept album on mortality and death. He knew before we all knew. Bowie was so ahead […]

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Sports Review / Sporting Hero of 2015

January 4, 2016

Welcome to our sports review & sporting hero award of 2015. Farewell to 2015 – A sporting year that was dominated by some familiar faces and also some welcome surprises. The status quo still prevails across many sports with the continued dominance of Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams in tennis, Chris Frome winning his second […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #67: 2015, Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens (JJ Abrams)

December 31, 2015

Lor San Tekka: ‘This will begin to make things right’ So after all of the waiting and anticipation it has arrived.  This post has been deliberately held back until all of the Allthatsleft team had seen the film, and hopefully most of our readers who are interested, have also done so.  If not stop reading […]

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2015: A Year in Review

December 20, 2015

As we reach the fag end days of 2015, it is time to over indulge, be merry and share some artery clogging treats with our loved ones. It is also a time to take stock and reflect on what has been a tumultuous and at times dispiritingly confusing year. Welcome to our Christmas circular review […]

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A Force Re-Awakens?

December 15, 2015

 “I’m sorry, but I’m not going to watch the Clone Wars TV series until I’ve seen the Clone Wars movie. I prefer to let George Lucas disappoint me in the order he intended.” (The Big Bang Theory) This week’s premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has got a number of the All That’s Left […]

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End the winter of discontent of northern hemisphere rugby – rugby should become a summer sport

October 19, 2015

As the dust settles on yet another blistering round of matches at the Rugby World Cup, the rugby commentariat has entered a period of navel gazing on why the sourthern hemisphere is better at rugby than the northern hemisphere. This is slightly misplaced. Southern Hemisphere rugby union is better and it isn’t better than northern […]

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The Album Collection: #26 – New Order, Music Complete

October 6, 2015

After a summer hiatus, we welcome you all back to the next in our series of The Album Collection. We also welcome back New Order. New Order have just released their finest album since back in the days when I was casually drinking Diamond White down at the local village park. Music Complete is a […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #66: 1973, The Offence (Sidney Lumet)

August 8, 2015

Kenneth Baxter: ‘Nothing I have done can be half as bad as the thoughts in your head’ Here at allthastleft a couple of days back we had a bit of discussion about Bond films (none have featured in the Cine-East Film Club yet, but at least a handful are worthy of consideration for the future).   […]

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The Great British Bake Off: A place where good taste buds go to die

August 5, 2015

It’s back. The Great British Bake Off returns to our screens tonight. God help us. Pass the self raising flour and Union Jack bunting. Ok, I admit it – I absolutely hate The Great British Bake Off. Millions of people across the country will be glued to their television screens at 8pm tonight on BBC1 […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #65: 1958, Dracula (Terence Fisher)

June 14, 2015

Count Dracula: ‘Sleep well, Mr Harker’ Christopher Lee was the Count Dracula I first knew and the one I grew up with. In fact so far as I was concerned as a kid he was Count Dracula. His portrayal of Bram Stoker’s blood-sucking creature of the night is still the one that I judge others […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #64: 1973, The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman)

May 31, 2015

Terry Lennox: ‘Well, that’s you Marlowe. You’ll never learn. You’re a born loser’ Philip Marlowe: ‘Yeah, I even lost my cat’. He only played the role once and the way in which he did so bore little resemblance to the character created by Raymond Chandler, but for all intents and purposes Humphrey Bogart was Philip […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #63: 1954, On The Waterfront (Elia Kazan)

April 2, 2015

Charlie Malloy: ‘Look kid, how much you weigh, son? When you weighed one hundred and sixty eight pounds you were beautiful. You could have been another Billy Conn and that skunk we got you for a manager, he brought you along too fast…’ Terry Malloy: ‘it wasn’t him, Charlie, it was you…’ After a three […]

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Songs To Learn and Sing Hall of Fame #3: The Smiths

March 29, 2015

With Jackie South’s posting of the truly epic How Soon Is Now? as part of our current 10 greatest songs not to have yet appeared in Songs To Learn and Sing, The Smiths became the third artist to gain entry to our exalted Hall of Fame, after The Beatles and The Clash. And who could […]

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George East’s Top Ten Films of 2014

March 2, 2015

Finally, we reach the last of my 2014 review posts.   Traditionally I have posted my review of the year in cinema together with my top 10 films on Oscar weekend, which took place the weekend before last.  However, because I still hadn’t completed my top 50 albums posts, it got pushed back by a week […]

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King of the Valleys Award 2014

January 2, 2015

Our King of the Valleys Award is awarded to the person or persons who have seen their reputation plummet the furthest over the course of the last 12 months. The unworthy winner(s) receive our infamous jersey sponsored by dog shit. In the pantheon of previous King of the Valleys we have a motley crew:- 2010 […]

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Sports Review / Sporting Hero of 2014

December 31, 2014

Farewell to 2014. After two of the most glorious years of sport, 2014 was a rather subdued affair. This year could hardly compete with 2012 (London Olympics, Wiggins et al) and 2013 (Froome and Murray et al). My predictions at the start of 2014 have proved to be a mixed bag. I have been proven […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2014: Bob Hoskins

December 30, 2014

After his death, the daughter of Bob Hoskins revealed the 11 life lessons that her father taught his family before he died. Writing on her website, Rosa Hoskins said: “These are the lessons he taught me, I will keep them close to my heart and remind myself of them whenever I stumble or falter. They […]

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Top of The Pops Special: Songs To Learn and Sing Top 50 Readers’ Chart

December 26, 2014

Back on 15 November 2014 Allthastleft reached its 4th anniversary. As is traditional, it is an occasion which is marked by wild celebrations, or if not, at least the publication of this blog’s readers’ all time Top 50 songs to appear in our Songs To Learn and Sing Feature, which is edging its way now […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #62 (Christmas Special): 1946, La Belle Et La Bête (Jean Cocteau)

December 25, 2014

Opening Titles: “Children believe what we tell them. They have complete faith in us. They believe that a rose plucked from a garden can plunge a family into conflict. They believe that the hands of a human beast will smoke when he slays a victim, and that this will cause the beast shame when a […]

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Sportsnight #43: 1914, The Western Front, The Christmas Truce Football Matches

December 24, 2014

A hundred years ago today one of the most extraordinary things happened. Men who were facing each other in opposing trenches and who had been dug in already for months experienced a moment of peace and fraternity.   The truce was not organised or official. Indeed many in the higher ranks were opposed to it because, […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #61: 1935, The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock)

December 20, 2014

Richard Hannay: ‘Beautiful, mysterious woman pursued by gunmen, it sounds like a spy story’ Annabelle ‘Smith’: ‘That’s exactly what it is’ A few weeks ago I went to a talk at the wonderful Barts Pathology Museum (sadly not open to the public, but accessible if you attend an event there) entitled Hitchcock’s London by Dr […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #60: 1977, Star Wars (George Lucas)

December 3, 2014

‘A long time ago in a galaxy far far away….’ Well, the big viral film news over the last few days has been the release of the first teaser trailer for Star Wars VII, the series re-boot with JJ Abrams in the director’s seat.   Posted on Youtube on Friday, it is currently standing at over […]

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Sportsnight #42: 1973, Scotland v Czechoslovakia

November 27, 2014

Good evening and welcome to a special edition of Sportsnight. Tonight’s action comes from Hampden Park, and a crucial World Cup Qualifying match between Scotland and Czechoslovakia in 1973. A huge occasion. A win, and Scotland qualified for the World Cup Finals for the first time since 1958. The game was a sell-out of 100,000. […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #59: Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf (Mike Nichols)

November 26, 2014

George: Try and I’ll beat you at your own game. Martha: Is that a threat George, huh? George: It’s a threat, Martha. Martha: You’re gonna get it, baby. George: Be careful Martha. I’ll rip you to pieces. Martha: You’re not man enough. You haven’t the guts. George: Total war. Martha: Total. Mike Nichols died on […]

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Happy Birthday To Us: Allthatsleft is 4 Years Old

November 22, 2014

Hard to believe it really, but when we launched this blog the coalition was only 6 months old.   We are now less than 6 months to the next election and for the blog being able to change its strapline to: ‘the blog that survived the coalition’. Unless of course, as there is every possibility, the […]

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