[FILM REVIEW] 24 Hour Party People (Michael Winterbottom, 2002)

On June 4, 1976, a television presenter named Tony Wilson watched the Sex Pistols perform at the Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall. The audience for the pioneering punk band was decidedly small; fewer than fifty people attended. Nonetheless, many of these people would go on to have promising music careers of their own. To harness the energy of this new wave of music sweeping Manchester, Wilson founds a record label he dubs Factory Records, signing a promising collected called Joy Division as their first band.

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Stan & Ollie (Jon S. Baird, 2018)

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy formed one of cinema’s first great comedy teams. By 1937, they had become world famous, with their body of work being translated into many languages. During this time, they were in the middle of making Way Out West, which would go on to become one of the most popular films in their catalogue. While making the film, Stan opts not to renew his contract, feeling the studio and producer Hal Roach fail to recognize the fame he and Oliver have enjoyed. However, his comedy partner is not released, being on a different contract. This snap decision results in the two of them being dropped by the studio. Sixteen years have passed since that day, and the comedy duo is about to embark on tour of the British Isles.

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