Berlin Syndrome

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Berlin Syndrome 13.06.17 A disturbing descent into a loner's existence, Berlin Syndrome is the film that all single people should avoid. Its premise is simple: an Australian backpacker arrives in Berlin and has a chance encounter with a handsome guy who shows her around. She goes back to his place. Later, it's more difficult to leave his apartment ...
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I Bore Myself

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I Bore Myself 11.06.17 In the embers of a party, I sat there, with two friends occupying corners of the living room. I talked about the past. I can talk all day about it, but a feeling of weariness arises: oh not again. I bore myself. This conversation. My voice dips, perhaps, in a way it didn't when I arrived in this city with a suitcase full of s...
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Reflections on the General Election

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Reflections on the General Election 09.05.17 I do feel tired, after staying up longer than I'd anticipated. I had thought to watch the announcement of the Exit Polls at 10pm, just for confirmation that the Tories would get their 100+ majority. To watch Theresa May's goading of and gloating over her opponents, for just as many minutes as I could sta...
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Wonder Woman

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Wonder Woman 06.05.17 It started like something from Tolkien, became delightful, and ended with a formulaic series of bangs. Director Patty Jenkins's superhero story to a large part responds with style and no little substance, with Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman a strong and feisty female lead. In the film's hugely enjoyable middle section, when Wonder W...
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Get Out 04.06.17

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Get Out When, eventually, post-op romance will happen for me, how much of an issue will it be to be trans? I know it could be strange for my future other half, and not just directly. What will their friends think? Their family? Enough about me, for now. Get Out is a horror comedy which mines the tensions of being brought home by one's beloved to me...
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In London at an LGBT conference

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In London at an LGBT conference 04.06.17 It seems strange to be writing this on the morning after a terrorist attack in London. I was there in the city at the beginning of the week, attending a conference on LGBT networks in Higher Education, and now this. London struck me as a beautiful place when I was there. I grew up in the 1980s and 90s and im...
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What's On?

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What's On? 02.06.17 Well, there's the UK General Election for one thing. Shall I affect casual indifference? 'All politicians are the same, liars and opportunists the lot of them, etc.' No. I'll be watching it on Thursday evening with the kind of excitement football fans have for the World Cup (and both are approx. every four years, so don't dismis...
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The Beatles: Sgt Pepper and Beyond

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The Beatles: Sgt Pepper and Beyond 01.06.17 Is The Beatles' ' Sgt Pepper ' album the greatest ever made? Is it even the greatest album The Beatles ever made? Better than Rubber Soul or Revolver ? Better than the flawlessly diverse Abbey Road ? Perhaps let's just agree that Sgt Pepper is an album worth celebrating, fifty year after its release. To s...
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It's Grey Outside And My Face Isn't Hurting

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It's Grey Outside And My Face Isn't Hurting 29.05.17 It's grey outside, in the same way that last Thursday and Friday were golden. I walked past Edinburgh's Meadows park back then, watching what looked like a peace festival but was actually just the whole world relaxing, with friends and barbecues and pets and different ball games. It was wonderful...
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The Red Turtle

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The Red Turtle 28.05.17 The weather was changing; two days of scorching sunlight in Edinburgh had turned to clouds and the first big rainfall. I took shelter in the cinema to watch an enigma, the virtually silent Japanese-Dutch animation called The Red Turtle. I don't think I've cried so much after a film, and I'm wondering why. The Red Turtle as a...
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What's On? 25.05.17

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What's On? 25.05.17 What to make of Studio Ghibli? I think 'anime' and my mind conjures images from Howl's Moving Castle , Laputa: Castle in the Sky , Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away . The latter is arguably the most celebrated, but they all share something in common: near-sexless adolescent heroes, starring in particular a kind-hearted girl dr...
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The Lost City of Z

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The Lost City of Z I'm wondering why it's hard to say what happened, or how it moved me. Because in the latter case, it didn't? The Lost City of Z ticks the boxes for those looking for an Edwardian-era true adventure, with explorations by historical figure Percy Fawcett into the Amazon jungle. Was it the relative absence of wildlife in the film tha...
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20.05.17 On the release of Chelsea Manning

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On the release of Chelsea Manning What would I have done? You're in the closet about being transgender but have an aptitude that's marketable: brilliant with IT, you can draw on five-figure salaries and be an 'asset' to your nation, in the James-Bond world of spying. No longer a small-town, small-time figure, you're far away in a combat zone in Bag...
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What's On?

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What's On? 18.05.17 What I like about this post-Oscars period is that good films you might have missed return to the cinemas, for lack of 'big box-office alternatives' that are now in storage for the summer. I haven't seen Get Out! for example, which was lauded months ago as a dark and funny film that stands out from the crowd, but there it is agai...
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The Next Morning

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14.05.17 The Next Morning It's Saturday night and I'm sitting in my apartment. On the table next to my laptop is a bottle of wine, and a small bouquet of tulips, bought at Lidl. The tulips are now resting in a glass of water. In the picture you can see me wearing a shiny top. I bought it to wear at parties a few years ago but haven't worn it u...
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The Handmaiden

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The Handmaiden 13.05.17 The film was incidental, in a manner of speaking. A South Korean special, of dark sexual themes and exquisite detail and torture, it was a film that left no trace on me, or so I thought as I walked home, into Edinburgh's midnight mist. I went to bed soon after. I don't remember many of the dreams I had that night, but I reme...
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What's On?

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What's On? 04.05.17 In the end, I didn't go to watch King Arthur . Money issues, among other things, told me not to. But for this weekend's cinema, a person whose tastes I respect has urged me to go and watch The Handmaiden , a South Korean special about pornography and crime within elegant surroundings. I'm aware the film reviewers loved it too. O...
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All Things Considered, A Better Week Gone By

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All Things Considered, a Better Week Gone By 07.05.17 The rats have gone, the poison worked, for now. There was a crisis point last week as I ate dinner in the kitchen, and could hear a rat eating simultaneously behind a cupboard, eating the poison I'd left out for it, rat insouciance as if to say, 'Got any more?' But even Rasputin died in the end ...
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What's On?

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What's On? 04.05.17 I would be worried about the new King Arthur movie, if the legend hadn't been ruined already some thirteen years ago. I still remember the 2004 'version' in traumatic flashbacks, a film so bad it took me a decade to realize Clive Owen was good at acting. Of Ioan Gruffudd, however, I still dare not speak his name. What the hell k...
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01.05.17 Mad Max: Fury Road

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Mad Max: Fury Road (Black and Chrome special release) The Cameo 's large Screen 1 auditorium was near packed, for a 2015 film now regarded as a classic. It has been altered to the colours of black and chrome, arguably to give it a grainier, more nightmarish quality. I thought it was fine. It's a road movie in a desert world, the characters have the...
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