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Keeping it in the family

22nd October 2008

Kate Hughes previews the Theatre Royal’s new season-opener, The Secret Marriage Scottish Opera began their winter season with an inspired adaptation of Italian composer Domenico Cimarosa’s most lauded work, his 1792 opera Il Matrimonio Segreto (The Secret Marriage). Director Harry Fehr’s production is a far cry from the original Viennese setting, as the drama and ...


Black and white vision

22nd October 2008

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 the film that you are, and not any other out of the thousands that have been ...


Burn After Reading (Dir: Ethan & Joel Coen)

22nd October 2008

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, are already proclaiming Burn After Reading their worst film since the latter, a statement which, in ...


Good Dick (Dir: Marianna Palka)

22nd October 2008

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,’ a documentary on Maryhill, to reinvent a dull genre. The film documents a dejected girl (Palka) ...


The Rocker (Dir: Peter Cattaneo)

22nd October 2008

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 sequences that stick with you, however fleetingly. Such scenes are sorely missed in ‘The Rocker’, the ...


Eagle Eye (Dir: DJ Caruso)

22nd October 2008

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 – yes, him again – stars as Jerry Shaw, a slacker who, after the sudden death ...


Battle of the bulge

22nd October 2008

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 of dressing since the days of Beau Brummell, pioneer of men’s fashion in the 19th century. ...


Taking a peek at Cafezique

22nd October 2008

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 place that manages to err on just the right side of cosy, while the welcome is ...


Insight into a colossal mind

22nd October 2008

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 worldwide, yet managed to retain an image of being edgy and underground. His unmistakable hip-hop cool ...


British Sea Power – 11/10/08 – ABC

22nd October 2008

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 album emerged in 2003, they seemed the antithesis of these lightweight imposters, a fully conceptualised unit ...