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The Alcohol Years (2000)

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When artist, musician, writer and filmmaker Carol Morley was twenty-one she left her hometown of Manchester and did not return for twelve years. Growing up in the 80s, she began drinking ... See full summary »

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When artist, musician, writer and filmmaker Carol Morley was twenty-one she left her hometown of Manchester and did not return for twelve years. Growing up in the 80s, she began drinking heavily at sixteen and frequented clubs such as the Hacienda whilst also fronting her own girl punk outfit. With her memories of the period fuzzy, she returns to the city to find out what happened, resulting in an engrossing and evocative study of the period and the British pop culture legends who made it. Text taken from the website of GFT (Glasgow film theatre)

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Why are we being asked to watch this? I don't know since its an hour you will never get back
3 August 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

This is the story of Carol Morley's wild and wanton years back in the 1980's. The film is a series of talking heads of the people Carol slept and partied with back on the 1980's while she was in a band inter-cut with old film footage and new film footage. Carol doesn't appear on film and the film is structured as if the interviewees are talking to Carol and the inter-cut footage is memory.

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Then again I really don't care. There is only so much that I can hear about some one's sex life over and over again before I stop caring. Usually about two minutes, this is 50 odd minutes more than that. Actually to be honest the problem is not that I don't want to hear about her sex life, I would, if it was interesting, but its not, its the same basic tale repeated over and over again. There is talk about Carol's partying but mostly people seem to focus on the sex, or so it seemed to me.

I watched this hoping that I would find something to latch onto, but I couldn't. I don't know why this would interest anyone other that the director who may or may not have made this in an effort to remember how many people she actually slept with. I have no idea what sort of hubris would make someone think that anyone other than those involved with her would want to see this film.

2 out of 10 for the five minutes that the film is interesting.


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