16.01.17 Underworld: Blood Wars

16.01.17 Underworld: Blood Wars
16/01/17, Underworld: Blood Wars I'm not sure what was more comforting last night in Cineworld, the film or the audience, who all seemed to be in their thirties and forties. The Underworld series has created a particular following, and for good or ill, I am part of it. I'll start with the film's design. It has better settings than the previous entr...
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What's On? 14.01.17

What's On? 14.01.17
What's On? 14/01/17 I fell in love with Underworld when it came out in 2003. What a great time in my life, that was, back in Szczecin in Poland. I had a really nice girlfriend, believe it or not, an American of shiny reddish hair and angelic skin who was passionate about directing cinema. We produced a school play, and watched great films together ...
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14.01.17 Back From the Void

14.01.17 Back From the Void
14/01/17: Back From the Void Have you ever had an illness that left you damaged? I'm returning from one now, my eating and sleeping habits a distortion of the old, normal me. I went through a week of insomnia, overdoses of paracetamol and accompanying hallucinations. Of walks back home from University that felt so bad, so sickly that you counted ev...
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2017 New Year Message

2017 New Year Message
07/01/17: New Year Message I had things to share about my Christmas, but it can wait. I'm ill today and don't know when it started, this dry cough. Last night I couldn't sleep, I was cold, it was so cold in my Edinburgh apartment. Under the covers I shook and was unable to stop shaking with cold, despite adding socks halfway through my restless nig...
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05.01.12 Passengers

05.01.12 Passengers
05/01/17, Passengers I enjoy films that present moral dilemmas; no matter how good or bad the film is, you leave the cinema with a 'what-would-I-have-done' contemplation. Batman Dark Knight involves one such point of reflection, a test set up by The Joker to play two ships of passengers against one another with exploding devices and a whole lot of ...
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Christmas Message December 2016

Christmas Message December 2016
23/12/16: Christmas message I'm going away to a place without the Internet for a while. I won't write over Christmas, will be back in early January. This is my chance just to give everyone a season's greetings. And to say a few things, just some reflections. I guess it's been quite a tumultuous year, globally, I don't think I need to explain why. O...
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21.12.16 Star Wars: Rogue One

21.12.16 Star Wars: Rogue One
21/12/16, Star Wars: Rogue One (the film The Return of the Jedi should have been) It didn't start promisingly, a lot of jumping around from planet to planet, scene to scene, trying to establish different characters in different situations. The cast is good, not all are well-known (a strength), but plenty of charisma and people you can empathise wit...
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Gina's Trans Diary, 18.12.16: entry 18 Horcruxes and Other Things

Gina's Trans Diary, 18.12.16: entry 18 Horcruxes and Other Things
Gina's Trans Diary, 18.12.16: entry 18 Horcruxes and Other Things The photo accompanying this piece is of last weekend's Trans Remembrance Evening. In the photo you'll see the poetry student Avery, and in the centre, the playwright Jo Clifford, whose talk became increasingly a mesmerizing experience for the thirty people in the room. For this photo...
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What's On? 15/12/16

What's On? 15/12/16
What's On? 15/12/16 I was once a hard core fan of Star Wars. Born in the seventies, I remember Return of the Jedi (1983) was wonderful, was in fact the centre of my universe. I remember the hype on early morning news, the playground re-enactments, the Panini sticker book that my brother managed to complete with his friend. When you're eight years o...
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Snowden / The World I Live In (2) 11.12.16

Snowden / The World I Live In (2) 11.12.16
11/12/16, Snowden / The World I Live In (2) The Trans Remembrance Evening at Edinburgh University had been and gone, months of prep and then the release after a beautiful, intense evening. I wanted to watch a movie in the cinema again. Not just any movie either, I had suddenly become politicized after reading an article by a journalist I respect, J...
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What's On? 08.12.16

What's On? 08.12.16
What's On? 08/12/16 I've just spent an hour copying and pasting the names of eighty-three transgender people killed in hate crimes, then cutting up the papers and attaching blue-tak to each piece. They'll go on display tomorrow at the Trans Remembrance event I'm organising. Yes, it feels disturbing to do something so banal, involving the names of a...
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Gina's Trans Diary, 05.12.16: In the Blink of an Eye

Gina's Trans Diary, 05.12.16: In the Blink of an Eye
Gina's Trans Diary, 05.12.16: entry 17 In the Blink of an Eye The picture accompanying this post is of a French graphic novel that I came across once, I'm in love with the otherworldly images. The girl in the picture is a version of me, or of an attitude of me. Life, this image says, is sometimes an ocean bearing monsters. You face it with att...
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What's On? 02/12/16

What's On? 02/12/16
What's On? 02/12/16 Limp and ashamed, I hang my head and say it's unlikely I'll be going to the cinema this weekend. I will be in Leeds (I've never been to Leeds) at a conference on gender. At least I hope I will be, as I've spent several hundred pounds on hotel, train and the conference itself (which I aim to scrape back via funding that I don't y...
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Gina's Trans Diary, 27.11.16: Highs and Lows and Highs Again

Gina's Trans Diary, 27.11.16: Highs and Lows and Highs Again
Gina's Trans Diary, 27.11.16: entry 16 Highs and Lows and Highs Again On Thursday I went to my graduation ceremony for my MSc in Creative Writing. The graduation ceremony is supposed to be a celebration of your potential. At the ceremony's end, I realised I had lost my coat, an expensive one and also one that kept me warm. It's winter here in ...
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
27/11/16, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them It was the weekend after graduation, we're Creative Writing MSc post-grads, it was appropriate to go and see this film, and in 3D IMAX too. Harry Potter has become so integral a part of the literary landscape, at least from a UK perspective, like football among blokes, that everyone has a perspectiv...
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What's On? 25/11/16

What's On? 25/11/16
What's On? 25/11/16 First of all, no, I didn't review last week's movie, Dead Man, the postmodern Western directed by Jarmusch and starring Johnny Depp. I think it was a slightly underwhelming film, though I loved the soundtrack (Neil Young, riffing on an electric guitar, apparently in front of the film as he was watching it). It's the kind of film...
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Gina's Trans Diary, 20.11.16 The Cup Overfloweth

Gina's Trans Diary, 20.11.16 The Cup Overfloweth
Gina's Trans Diary, 20.11.16: entry 15 The Cup Overfloweth The first unstable 'moment' came in a dream. I was playing football on a field, in a mixed gender game. My team was always one or two goals ahead, and I was either the goal scorer or goal-maker each time. A really enjoyable game. I woke up in darkness wondering why I'd dream such a dream. W...
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What's On? 18/11/16

What's On? 18/11/16
What's On? 18/11/16 The Jim Jarmusch season continues at The Cameo. As reviewed already, I watched Magic Train last Saturday and it was fine, in a whimsical kind of way. Memphis looked like a dead town in the film, the director was obviously going for that effect, and perhaps it resonates, a gentle mocking of the 'Grail quest'. Perhaps I'll experie...
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16/11/16 Arrival + Magic Train

16/11/16 Arrival + Magic Train
16/11/16, Arrival + Magic Train Within Cameo cinema, the person issuing me my ticket told me Arrival was 'cerebral'. I expected it, therefore, to be a bit dry, a bit open-ended, with some big concepts touched upon. What I watched was one of the most beautiful films I can remember seeing, and certainly one of the most potent depictions of love ...
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Gina's Trans Diary, 11.11.16 The World Around Me

Gina's Trans Diary, 11.11.16 The World Around Me
Gina's Trans Diary, 11.11.16: entry 14 The World Around Me And then America made its choice. Without a TV or the Internet, I had to wait until I'd got to university (I was in at about 7am, so made an effort of sorts) to find out what had happened in the Presidential Election in America. I was originally shocked, but I remember being a lot more sadd...
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