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What's On (in Autumn)?

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  What's On (in Autumn)? No, I'm not going to buy any one of these £140 knitted skirts from PURE, even if they're beautiful to look at, soft to the touch, and swishy and glamorous in an autumnal kind of way. And yes, I've imagined myself wearing suede knee-high boots with these skirts, sauntering around streets and pathways covered in fallen l...
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What's On (at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival)

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​ What's On (at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival) First the good news, from a trans perspective: Lighthouse books has organized a month of public author-audience engagements, including talks with UK trans activist Christine Burns (25 August) and Chitra Nagarajan, co-editor of the study She Called Me Woman , of queer and trans women in Nigeria (15 August...
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What's On? They're still showing the Oscar-nominated best films at the Cameo and the Filmhouse . I liked all of them, but not enough to watch any of them again. Meanwhile, Lara Croft 's latest iteration is on at the multiplexes. It's received poor reviews, but it's got Alicia Vikander, and a mysterious jungle. I love Alicia Vikander in spite of The...
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What's On? There's only one Oscar favourite I haven't watched so far, the based-on-true events I, Tonya . I remember the original attack on the skater Nancy Kerrigan, and how her rival Tonya Harding was later implicated in the attack (specifically, Harding was found guilty of conspiring to hinder the prosecution). I don't know what Nancy Kerrigan i...
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What's On? Wales are playing Ireland in rugby today. I know this is off script for an article that usually focuses on cinema, but occasionally my Welshness gets stirred. Rugby is not the best game in the world. If your team sucks, then there's nothing more demoralizing than watching them get physically overpowered, and as if to stem the flow, commi...
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What's On? Why would I go to the cinema at 12.45 on a Saturday? This weekend sees the calm before the storm, with next week's Black Panther as well as the trans movie A Fantastic Woman both poised for release on Tuesday, already like the gentlest rumble of thunder on my horizon. There are no films I want to watch this weekend, but at Cameo cinema t...
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What's On? The Super Bowl is on tonight. Shall I make a prediction? How about this one: due to the NFL's attempts over the past decade to cover up the brain injuries of its players, more ex-players will die from suicide this coming year. Don't get me wrong: I love American football. I even think that qualifies me to critique it, as a fan. But if th...
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What's On? Quite a lot, is the answer, with it being Oscar season. Molly's Game got good reviews from my flatmate, and Jessica Chastain is always worth watching. What else? I watched Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (review to come) last night and it's one of the best films I've seen in quite a while. Like all great movies, it has an endin...
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What's On? 18.12.17 In Filmhouse cinema this week they're showing It's a Wonderful Life . I've never seen it and am aware it's the ultimate Christmas feel-good movie- But stop. As much as I'd like to talk about movies and good cheer, I'm going to refer instead to the images I chose for this post. Isn't there something creepy about Christmas? A patr...
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What's On 30.11.17 It doesn't come out until April 2018, but I'm going to mention the next Avengers movie because its trailer is on release. Yes, that's how big the Avengers franchise has become: even its trailers are newsworthy. It looks good, if what you enjoy are the myriad superheroes from Captain American: Civil War – because Avengers: Infinit...
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What's On? 23.11.17 There are no new blockbusters this weekend, just the accumulation in the multiplex cinemas of Blade Runner 2049 , Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League . I'm happy to avoid them all, I was absorbed but now I'm looking for something new. Is this the hallmark of my generation? There is The Battle of the Sexes in the Cameo cinema and i...
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What's On? 16.11.17 I've never watched a Justice League film. I'm going to take a leap of faith and assume you'd like to know why, with the added question: will Gina finally go to the cinema this weekend and break her vow with this awful-looking franchise? But first, my reservations. Let's start with Superman, even if he died last year or the year ...
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What's On? 10.11.17 He's already famous for directing the low-budget Tangerine , one of the most uplifting accounts of transgender characters ever caught on film. Now Sean Baker returns with another low-budget special, The Florida Project , starring Willem Defoe and some unknown, brilliant child actors. If it's anything like as good as Tangerine , ...
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What's On? 03.11.17 How many classic films have you seen? There are plenty that I haven't, including perhaps the most famous one of all, Citizen Kane – whose reputation, like Joyce's Ulysses , is of an art work more celebrated than experienced. If I ever make it to retirement, or better still to a post-studies settling down (with own home, car, and...
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What's On? 27.10.17 Perhaps the superhero I have the least connection with on our screens today is Thor. I never watch his movies; I feel nothing for the super-serious Norse world that he comes from – it strikes me in the trailers as bland, a pompous landscape of furrowed brows, facial hair, formal tones of voice and shining breastplates. As f...
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What's On? 08.10.17 I was a Twentieth-Century boy – before later updating to this Twenty-First Century woman. Born in 1975, I grew up with the dying of the Cold War: a Soviet Union whose danger I didn't countenance, and a USA whose glamour and glitz bewitched me. How could it not? I started on a diet of Disney and Hannah-Barbara – not to ...
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What's On? 28.09.17 I've been scared off these last two weeks by a middling review in Empire magazine, but I think I will finally go and see Wind River this weekend. It has Elizabeth Olsen, after all, and few actors can conjure ghostly bewilderment, with those round startled eyes of a winter sky-blue. I saw Olsen in her breakout movie, the indie Ma...
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What's On? 21.09.17 Flags are funny things. For countries they're so pivotal, and actually can be nice to look at. I used to have a bedroom poster of all the flags of the world, I was drawn especially to Africa, and the flags of Kenya and Uganda, and for their colours, Botswana and Tanzania. Favourite flag of all? Obviously Wales, but Ireland's fla...
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What's On? 16.09.17 The big movie event this weekend is Mother! starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem (with Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris supporting), a disturbing psychological horror about terrible things in the adult world, to follow last week's It and the focus on childhood. I'm looking forward to Mother! because I could really do with...
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What's On? 07.09.17

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What's On? 07.09.17 I was around 14 when I fell in love with the works of Stephen King. There was one particular summer when I picked up my older brother's copy of It , a book I knew he adored. It should have taken me weeks but I finished it in around four days, and I'm not a fast reader. A day or so afterwards I started on another of King's classi...
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