Culture



Revolutionary Road (Dir: Sam Mendes)

21st January 2009

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 received the most attention is, typically, the least gripping: the much prophesied reunion of those ill-fated ...


Frost / Nixon (Dir: Ron Howard)

21st January 2009

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 road to enlightenment for us ignorant youths. This stage-to-screen adaptation — written by Peter Morgan, ...


The future’s gloomy

21st January 2009

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 and alienate their regular patrons. Purists often claim that the experience of going to see a ...


Cleanliness is Godliness

21st January 2009

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 willed, and second, of pseudo-medical mumbo jumbo creating a false need for something that your body ...


Home is where the health is

21st January 2009

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 many that will include attempting to lose weight. But rather than dieting, why not try a ...


Cancerous Capers – Part 2

21st January 2009

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 there are the people who react by laughing, due to my oft-controversial humour in the past ...


Bands on the brink

21st January 2009

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 Dalmarnock locals Glasvegas plough into the limelight, attracting the attention of Britpop authority Alan McGee and ...


Low frequency delights

21st January 2009

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 its category. From soothing liquid sounds to warped technical adventures, through to straight up, jump up, ...


The Mill – 14/01/2009 – Òran Mór

21st January 2009

Harry Akehurst 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 recorded material; a large delegation of the compound group Woodenbox with A Fistful of Fivers followed, playing ...


The Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion – Domino

21st January 2009

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 ninth studio album, is a kaleidoscopic, mesmerising swirl of music and colour, electric, tender and escaping ...