Good Dick (Dir: Marianna Palka)

Hannah Mackenzie In dramatic terms the boy-meets-girl and falls in love formula is familiar and staid. In Good Dick Glasgow-born Marianna Palka (writer, director and actress) takes a departure from her previous work, which includes ‘For My American Friends,’…

The Rocker (Dir: Peter Cattaneo)

Louise Ogden Call me old-fashioned, but when a film is labelled a comedy, I expect it to be funny. And I’m not talking about laugh-a-minute, side-splitting humour- although that’s always a plus- but a couple of good, memorable comedy…

Eagle Eye (Dir: DJ Caruso)

Emily McQueen-Govan I had high hopes for this film, expecting something perhaps resembling the Jason Bourne films in narration and style. Instead, Eagle Eye focuses entirely on set pieces and car chases over plot and character development. Shia LaBeouf…

Battle of the bulge

Ben Freeman In days of old, the fashion industry spent trillions of pennies developing its collections, solely targeted at the female of the species. Men were generally ignored as they have not traditionally been as dedicated to the art…

Taking a peek at Cafezique

Claire Strickett They don’t quite spell it out for you, but it’s clear enough – at Cafezique, the focus is on the food. Everything about it screams casual, the atmosphere falling somewhere between café and gastropub. It’s a tiny…

Insight into a colossal mind

Gerry McKeever kicks back with Roots Manuva Roots treads the imaginary tightrope of success with a flair few can claim to posses. Somehow, he has nestled into the hearts of a huge number of fans in the UK and…

British Sea Power – 11/10/08 – ABC

Lewis Porteous Since Franz Ferdinand hijacked it for marketing purposes, the term ‘art rock’ has become synonymous with impotent posturing; the genre of choice for musicians who favour style over substance and real ideas. When British Sea Power’s debut…

Mr. Scruff – Ninja Tuna – Ninja Tune

Oisín Kealy Mr Scruff is the nom de plume of one Andy Carthy, and by all accounts a title that has become synonymous with marathon DJ sets of outstanding quality. Here on his first release of new material since…

Classical Music Series – Sep to Oct 2008 – Glasgow University

Running quietly alongside the new academic year is 2008-09’s Music in the University programme, a series of concerts from high-profile performers, both classical and contemporary. If it sounds like some musty anachronism then you should read…

Back in the groove

Gerry McKeever 2.16! This apparently insignificant number may seem innocent and unthreatening to the untrained eye, possibly even alluring with it’s carefully constructed camouflage. Nevertheless, take note, with the imminent approach of the Hallowed 31st, this little rotter has…

Reluctant thoroughbreds of rock

Declan McKay finds his way backstage to meet Foals at Glasgow’s Barrowlands So there I was, being led nervously through the winding and somewhat grimly clad corridors and stairways of the infamous Glasgow Barrowlands to conduct my first ever…

In from the cold

Laura Doherty verbally jams with Adem, and tries to avoid the f-word If you type ‘ADEM’ into google you’ll find info-sites on Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis, a rather complicated and nasty sounding brain affliction. “It’s also Danish for ‘breathe’, or…

Ronnie Spector – 29/09/08 – The Arches

As a cursory glance at her official website will suggest, Ronnie Spector is obsessed with the notion of ‘rocking,’ perhaps to an extent not usually expected of a sixty-five year old. “I started out rocking,” she…

Six stringed safari

The Ullapool Guitar Festival is different. Here’s the basic plot: the venues are the high school theatre, where there is an afternoon performance and an evening performance, and a local hotel bar, where a late night…