Snowballing out of control

3rd December 2008

Tom Bonnick Beauty is, that old maxim goes, in the eye of the beholder, and with the exception of Julianne Moore, whose beauty is wholly objective, this has always been one cliché I have subscribed to. Bearing that in mind, it was with feathers a’ ruffled that I attended Slava’s Snowshow. “This is the single ...


Truth and Beauty Bombs

3rd December 2008

Lucy Humphries … gets sucked into offbeat cartoon series A Softer World, and the lives of its creators (all images courtesy of Emily Horne and Joey Comeau) A Softer World is a three panel comic created by Canadian duo Emily Horne and Joey Comeau, with a ranging focus; from the sexual, to the eccentric and ...


Tears to the eye

3rd December 2008

Lewis Porteous There is nothing I enjoy more than queuing for longer than advertised, voluntarily entering a poorly ventilated fire-trap with inadequate seating facilities and subjecting myself to the lies, tired shock tactics and thinly-veiled self-publication of a disappointingly ineloquent stranger who all the while insists on maintaining the embarrassing ‘illusion’ of spontaneity throughou...


An ocean of rain

3rd December 2008

Lewis Porteous It seems as though I am dealt some sort of awful experience whenever I abandon Internet retail in favour of its physical equivalent, with real people and shops and things. These usually revolve around being made to feel unjustly embarrassed over my own, frankly impeccable, tastes. Months ago, when buying a Laurel & ...


Blindness (Dir: Fernando Meirelles)

3rd December 2008

Louise Ogden Throughout the film’s lengthy conception, it must have seemed as though ‘Blindness’ would never be made. The author of the book on which it is based, Nobel laureate Jose Saramago, closely guarded the rights to the work, fearing that in the wrong hands, its allegorical story would be diluted or warped beyond recognition. ...


Changeling (Dir: Clint Eastwood)

3rd December 2008

Claire Strickett Sometimes the truth is so bizarre that it really couldn’t have been made up. The factual story behind Clint Eastwood’s latest film is one such truth. 1928, Los Angeles: the local police department triumphantly reunite hardworking single mother Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) with her son, who’s been missing for the past 5 months. ...


Choke (Dir: Clark Gregg)

3rd December 2008

Tom Bonnick Inevitably, and perhaps unfairly, the immediate comparison everybody has drawn — encouraged by Fox Searchlight, the distributor, no less — with Choke, director Clark Gregg’s feature debut, has been with Fight Club. This is not without reason — after all, this is only the second film to be adapted from a Chuck Palahniuk ...


Science of self-realisation

3rd December 2008

George Binning scratches the surface of the Hare Krishna movement Who are you? Are you your body? Or your mind? Or are you something higher? Do you really know who you are? Does it really matter? Our materialistic society, with its un-enlightened leadership, has made it virtually taboo to inquire into our real higher self. ...


You’re a celebrity, get me out of here

3rd December 2008

David Kirkpatrick … gives reality TV a piece of his mind after celebrity status reaches a new low Ex-Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Metropolitan Police. No, you haven’t stumbled across a job vacancy, these six words are Brian Paddick’s claim to fame and ITV’s feeble attempt to provide a jungle full of recognisable faces. And joining ...


Cancerous Capers – Part 1

3rd December 2008

Jamie Ross This time last year, I was exactly the same as many of you reading this. A rosy-cheeked, eighteen-year-old fresher being gradually corrupted by all that Glasgow University had to offer. I prowled the disconcertingly sticky floors of The Hive, too inebriated to notice that it had already claimed both of my shoes. I ...