Boxing club in fighting spirits

Glasgow University Boxing Club had recent unprecedented success at the Scottish University Championships, the club scooping  two golds and a silver medal at the nationwide competition. Remaining undefeated at the championships that were held at Strathclyde…

A clear voice of authority

Tom Bonnick talks to Raimi Gbadamosi about race, language and power When I sit down to interview Raimi Gbadamosi, the first thing that he remarks upon is that my Dictaphone looks like a Gameboy. In print, this seems like…

Valkyrie (Dir: Bryan Singer)

Emily McQueen-Govan After a repeatedly delayed release, problems with casting, and eventually, a whole host of well-known names led by that most famous and ridiculed of all, Tom Cruise, Valkyrie seemed a project that would not make it past…

The Wrestler (Dir: Darren Aranofsky)

Frank Lazarski In Barry Levinson’s 1982 picture ‘Diner’, there is a scene in which Mickey Rourke, as Boogie, is at the local dance. Against a backdrop of mealy-mouthed teenagers twisting in a music hall, he talks with a dark…

Role Models (Dir: David Wain)

Lewis Porteous Role Models opens with a comic set piece in which Stifler from American Pie forces Paul Rudd to smell his index and middle fingers, while alluding to having recently engaged in sexual activity with the hot, subservient…

Revolutionary Road (Dir: Sam Mendes)

Tom Bonnick Of all the year’s releases, Revolutionary Road must be the one with which the most inflated set of expectations come attached — and for a number of reasons; some good, and some bad. The one that has…

Frost / Nixon (Dir: Ron Howard)

Laura Doherty Our generation are probably more familiar with David Frost for peering through celebrities’ keyholes, rather than for coming face to face with one of the more infamous US Presidents in recent history. Enter Frost/Nixon to help pave…

The future’s gloomy

Lewis Porteous Given the staggeringly low cost of buying DVDs online and the increasing ease with which upcoming films can be illegally downloaded well in advance of their domestic release, one would expect our nation’s cinemas not to torture…

Cleanliness is Godliness

Michelle Williams casts doubts aside and investigates the mysterious power of detox The very word ‘detox’ sets my cynical sense a’tingling. Firstly, it makes me think of companies profiting from the guilty consciences and good intentions of the weak…

Home is where the health is

David Kirkpatrick suggests ideas to help us all get fit on the cheap this January Now that New Year celebrations have come and gone, many of us will be trying to stick to the resolutions we made, and for…

Cancerous Capers – Part 2

Jamie Ross People react in different ways when you tell them that you have cancer. Most people react in a tactful manner, sending a nice message of support and sympathy. Some people – mostly idiots – become upset. Then…

Bands on the brink

Oisín Kealy and James Porteous take a look at a smattering of new musical talent in Scotland In recent times, Scotland has managed to develop an insatiable habit of producing great bands with almost mundane predictability. Last year saw…

Low frequency delights

Aron Sidhu Ever since I got into drum and bass and properly arrived on the scene, I believed that DnB had something that other electronic music lacked. Its advantage lay in the immense range of music that fell under…

The Mill – 14/01/2009 – Òran Mór

January 14th saw Òran Mór host the latest Glasgow date of the Mill series of free gigs for the “best of emerging music”. The Glasgow-based three-piece Foxface played a first set slightly scaled down from their…

The Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion – Domino

Declan McKay It’s hard to know where to begin when reviewing this album; very rarely is this avid music vampire left speechless, but this New York/Washington-based three-piece may as well have sewn my lips shut. ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’, their…