Culture



No(lan) woman, no cry

21st October 2020

Why is Nolan’s portrayal of female characters so consistently terrible? A central criticism of Christopher Nolan’s films regards his representation of women, which consistently takes the form of a male character’s dead wife, thus perpetuating the “stuffed into the fridge” trope. This is such a virulent feature in TV and film that it has created ...


The gallery experience in a post-lockdown world

21st October 2020

A perspective on new possibilities for viewing art.  Have you ever heard that charming saying; “take me to a gallery and kiss me between the paintings”? That is the dream for us art lovers. But what if now your partner, friend or Tinder date can’t kiss you between a Michelangelo and a Raphael, an Andy ...


Review: Schemers

19th October 2020

An energetic trailer and promising premise lead to disappointment in the cinema. My first film review for this paper was going to be a momentous event. I walked to The Everyman with buoyant optimism, to watch a film that had the look of a Scottish classic. Schemers is based on a true story, set in ...


Review: The Boys in the Band

19th October 2020

 A nuanced and urgent portrait of the lives of gay men in the early 1970s. Based on Mart Crowley’s disruptive 1968 play of the same name, Joe Mantello’s The Boys in the Band transports his acclaimed 2018 Broadway revival to the small screen for Netflix. Released before the gay liberation movement gained traction, Crowley’s play ...


Exploring Scotland inside and out

19th October 2020

A Scot and an American offer their perspectives on Scotland, as told through pop culture. The Scottish view: “The perception of Scotland in the media has a long way to go.” Sophie Kernachan Music Columnist If Scotland’s portrayal in media was anything to go by, you can imagine my disappointment when, instead of the fiery, ...


Look after yourself: embrace trashy media

17th October 2020

Diving into the dumpster of media returns, more often than not, nuggets of gold rather than simple garbage. Remember when we all thought 2016 was the worst year ever? We were such green summer children. At the time, I was studying for my A-levels at a high-pressure school, applying to uni, and constantly reading the ...


Imposter syndrome: games to enjoy during quarantine

15th October 2020

Spaceship murders and battle-royale physics-fun are both perfect ways to link up with buddies during Covid-19. Recently, talking with the manager of a West End supermarket, I was told that their higher-ups in London are so convinced that another lockdown is on the cards that shops have already begun to stockpile toilet paper. This made ...


No one wins with literary prizes

14th October 2020

Views Editor Emily Hay explores how literary prizes are outdated and damaging to the public’s conception of a book’s worth. It’s that time of year again: the shortlist for the Booker Prize has been announced, and the book world is in the full swing of speculation about just who’s going to bag that all-important £50,000 ...


Glasgow Greats: Douglas Gordon

14th October 2020

 A new monthly column spotlighting visual artists hailing from our locale With world class museums, galleries, and educational institutions, Glasgow has made its name in the last 30 years, on a global scale, as a hotspot for growing talent. These artists increasingly exhibit internationally, picking up countless accolades along the way. Kicking off this Spotlight ...


Food on Film: Tarantino’s bona fide buffet of visual gastronomy

12th October 2020

The first entry in our Food on Film series, covering the significance of food on-screen. Few filmmakers have proven as able to spin their cinematic obsessions into masterpieces as Quentin Tarantino has. His ideas about violence in modern society will give film fanatics plenty to chatter about for decades to come; those of baser interests ...