Black and white vision

Claire Strickett So you’re off to the cinema to see a film. Why?  I don’t ask why you are going to the cinema as such  (Boredom? Procrastination? A new love interest?) but rather, why are you going to see…

Burn After Reading (Dir: Ethan & Joel Coen)

Lewis Porteous It seems as though, following the twin misfires of Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers, fresh offerings from the Coen brothers will always be treated with a degree of suspicion. Indeed, some quarters, convinced of the duo’s decline,…

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…

Gay for plays ;-)

Lewis Porteous Oh ‘Glasgay!’ how you torment me. Why must events of universal appeal be held under your homosexual auspices? To date, I have attended two Glasgay!-affiliated shows: a screening of La Cage aux Folles and a performance by…

Death Race (Dir: Paul W.S. Anderson)

Tormod MacLean You want to hear something cool? Well bad luck, because you’re reading about ‘Death Race’. Death Race is a remake of ‘Death Race 2000’, a 1975 cult classic. In this version Jensen Ames (Jason Statham) is wrongfully…

Brideshead Revisited (Dir: Julian Jarrold)

Lewis Porteous Given that the original text has previously spawned a hugely acclaimed and much-loved 1981 mini-series, while the remainder of Evelyn Waugh’s equally masterful novels reside in relative obscurity, one cannot help but think it odd and unnecessary…

Tropic Thunder (Dir. Ben Stiller)

There’s a school of thought which insists that everybody, regardless of how much wrong they have done, is deserving of another chance. Ben Stiller must be the one exception to this rule, as even the kindest…

The Wave (Dir. Dennis Gansel)

Emily McQueen-Govan It is easy to establish a dictatorship when the required ingredients are pre-eminent in society. That is the premise of ‘The Wave,’ Dennis Gansel’s film based on a real-life incident  which took place in a California high…