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My name is Gina Maya and I will be using this website to record my experiences at the cinemas, theatres and cultural events of Edinburgh.

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September 24, 2017

What happened to the thing I loved?

What happened to the thing I loved? 24.09.17 American football, like nothing else, rose before me in the 1980s while I was still working out how to be a boy. In Wales we had semi-professional rugby and a football team that never qualified for anything. The Darwinian in me stared from across the pond and sighed in awe at the San Francisco 49ers. Whe...
Communities
September 17, 2017

Communities

September 17, 2017

Communities

Communities 17.09.17 With Edinburgh University still in Fresher-Week mode yesterday, I participated in an LGBT info event, with myriad groups manning stalls. I met with organisers and took their literature as they took from mine – I have a feeling that my event-organizing this year is going to be a much more collaborative effort. This means bigger ...
Mother!
September 16, 2017

Mother!

September 16, 2017

Mother!

Mother! 16.09.17 I'm going through a crisis of faith with my reviews: I thought It was nothing special last weekend, and having just returned from Edinburgh's Omni Vue cinema, I have to say Mother! is also a film to avoid. How could The Guardian 's Peter Bradshaw have given it five stars? The movie is a Monty Python sketch turned into Hollywood hor...
September 10, 2017

The Sadness of Immaturity

The Sadness of Immaturity 10.09.17 Although I'm a T in the LGBTQI acronym, I was reminded yesterday at the cinema of some shared inter-acronym experiences when I watched the celebrated movie God's Own Country . Enough, in fact, to make this ostensible film review the basis of today's diary posting. Briefly, first, a recap of the film: a guy in...
It
September 09, 2017

It

September 09, 2017

It

It 09.09.17 It reminded me of The Goonies and Stand By Me , of a group of kids spending their small town summer playing in the sun. The best parts of this latest adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel occur when the horror is absent, the characters Beverley and Ben in particular depicted sensitively and in three dimensions. Part of me almost reg...
September 06, 2017

The Limehouse Golem

The Limehouse Golem 06.08.17 Was it the pint of Heineken – £3.30 at the stylish Fountain pub – that made me feel dizzy through this film? The Limehouse Golem is a stylish whodunnit horror, channelling Victorian London and a Jack-the-Ripper ambience. Yet the film itself left me unmoved. I think I understood the ending, and don't care much in hindsig...
Detroit
September 03, 2017

Detroit

September 03, 2017

Detroit

Detroit 03.08.17 A film to be endured as much as enjoyed, Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit is a brutal, engrossing recreation of horrific events in America's not so distant past, the Detroit race riots of 1967. Yet other reviews will tell you why this film is good and exhausting simultaneously. I will talk instead about how it made me reflect. As I watche...
September 03, 2017

Autumn Serenity

Autumn Serenity 03.08.17 September has started, the month I hated in adolescence, when it meant school, a place to survive and not enjoy, and definitely not thrive within. But now? I'm coming back from a sun-drenched Wasteland, of a summer spent abandoning my studies for work, the kind I thought I'd left behind in 2015. Of the positives, the s...
August 30, 2017

The Uplift 30.08.17

The Uplift 30.08.17 Let's start with the picture. It's my first effort at using an online tool called Photo Editor, because I had two photos that I wanted to share simultaneously: one taken early morning, 7ish, in July, with me about to go to work as a summer school teacher of adults. The other, last weekend, with summer school about to e...

danzig 3dUtopia in Danzig

Utopia in Danzig is the debut novel by Gwydion Roberts. Located in the bleakness of fictional Yiddishland in northern Europe, it’s a surreal, twisted story of repression and release, gender and transition, and of having the freedom you always wished for. 

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