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 some,...
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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 drawn...
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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. Of ...
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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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Rats and Torture

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Rats and Torture 30.04.17 I was woken up yesterday at around 3am by sounds of scuffling behind me, behind my bedroom wall. It's a sound I haven't heard in months and it means the rats have returned. They originally appeared and disappeared last year, between November and January, my poison didn't seem to work, actually it seemed to encourage them. ...
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What's On?

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What's On? 28.04.17 The Mad Max movies were never my kind of dystopia. What is my kind? Probably a 'safe' bureaucratic Byzantium, like Terry Gillian's Brazil or Richard Ayoade's The Double, a world not unlike the totalitarian monoliths of the European past, a concrete land of broken heating or air-con where getting things done requires forms signed...
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26.04.17 Neruda

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Neruda This is a film of glacial beauty, of a noir-like detective who should be evil, hunting down a poet of the revolution through Chilean towns and villages into the snow drifts of the Andes. The detective though, is barely one at all, toyed with by the poet, Neruda, to the point where he questions his own existence, or whether he's just a charac...
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Sunday Skies

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Sunday Skies 23.04.17 How strange to read my previous post, the bitterness and hatred. Today outside is beautiful, blue skies and almost no one here in the study room because it's too nice to be here. My essay is done, I don't feel like doing anymore, have reached that saturation point where you're staring at words on a screen, and wondering what m...
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21.04.17 I Am Not Your Negro

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I Am Not Your Negro I knew nothing about James Baldwin, a lot more about Martin Luther King who features in this film from a distance. Baldwin was friends with three of the most important civil rights campaigners of their era in America: King, Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers. I hadn't heard of Evers and didn't know much about Malcolm X; this isn't the ...
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What's On? 21.04.17

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What's On? 21.04.17 The reviews haven't been great, but The Belko Experiment has to have one of the most interesting premises of any film this weekend. I've seen the trailer, so can you tell you this much: an office of staff finds themselves locked into their building, and told to murder each other otherwise they'll get killed themselves. As I'm wr...
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