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Review: All Night Horror Madness Rating 98%

Review: All Night Horror Madness

As the night approached, I couldn’t believe it’d been a whole year since the last All Night Horror Madness at the Cameo. What’s more, I was reminded earlier in the day that I had press tickets for Erasure at the Usher Hall that very same night and now had to cram the gig in before attending an all night movie marathon!

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Review: Loveless Rating 89%

Review: Loveless

If a pleasant, uplifting trip to the pictures is what you’re after, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless is not the film for you. It’s there in the title: this is a tale of despair and – you’ve guessed it – lovelessness. Don’t let me put you off though. It’s a brilliant film, and has received high acclaim throughout the film industry, even if it was unlikely to please its country of origin. Cannes awarded it the Jury Prize, and it has been nominated as best foreign film in the Oscars, despite its lack of happy ending.

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Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Rating 82%

Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

An outstandingly important film, Martin McDonagh’s new work has hate, rape and abuse as its key themes, those topical of late. With a script that holds the odd humour moment, typical of this director when you consider In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, there are short breathes of light-heartedness but on the whole is a heavy movie to stomach.

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Review: Perfect Blue Rating 95%

Review: Perfect Blue

Twenty years on from its initial release, the late Satoshi Kon’s debut feature still dazzles and disturbs like few other films. This tale of Mima (Junko Iwao), a young pop singer turned aspiring actress whose mind begins to unravel under the strain of both exploitative people and a medium that encourages it, carries extra resonance today with the recent revelations regarding historic abuse from powerful men in Hollywood.

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Cian Ciaran: It’s been a learning curve to say the least

Super Furry Animals’ Cian Ciaran has been working on his first, ever orchestral piece, which was performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, coinciding with a TV documentary which goes out on S4C/iPlayer on 30 November.
Cian took some time out to speak to The Fountain about working outside of SFA, the album release and where the momentum came from with this project.

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Review: Justice League Rating 30%

Review: Justice League

After Wonder Woman dragged up the quality level of the DCEU, it’s unfortunately back to business as usual in terms of proving the adage that DC has the best characters, but Marvel has the best movies.

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What the F**k is Lesbian Cinema & The Book of Gabrielle, SQIFF Rating 85%

What the F**k is Lesbian Cinema & The Book of Gabrielle, SQIFF

In the run up to her live drawing show, What the F**k is Lesbian Cinema, and the screening of her new film, The Book of Gabrielle, Lisa Gornick briefly introduces herself to the audience members before she swiftly begins to draw some of them, a projector allowing us all to watch the process in real time. Handing out portraits and flirty asides with charm and a kind of frantic nervousness, Lisa offers an arresting beginning and although the audience is at first caught off guard, her humour and wit soon work their way around the room and everyone is more or less settled by the start of the show.

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Review: Fireworks, Should We See It From The Side Or The Bottom? Rating 75%

Review: Fireworks, Should We See It From The Side Or The Bottom?

As perennial host of the Scotland Loves Anime festival Jonathan Clements noted in his introduction to the film, it’s hard to separate Fireworks from the work of Makoto Shinkai. His latest film, Your Name, was an international sensation, though in truth Shinkai’s star has been ascending for some time on account of his arresting visual style and affectingly sincere take on young romance. All the attention has sparking renewed interest in his influences, Clements tells us, and among those who’ve benefitted from the Shinkai bump is Shunji Iwai. The present screening is the proof; Fireworks is in fact an animated remake of the Iwai’s 1993 film of the same name, Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?

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Review: Gaysian Superheroes, SQIFF Rating 95%

Review: Gaysian Superheroes, SQIFF

Curated and hosted by Nyla Ahmad, who researches South Asian identity in comics, and in partnership with Collect:if (Glasgow Women’s Library’s women of colour collective) this selection of short films from two British-South Asian filmmakers explored race, identity, and sexuality in visually exciting, and thematically interesting ways. The event began with activist and director Pratibha Parmar’s 1990 film Bhangra Jig which follows a young Asian woman as she walks through the streets of Glasgow looking up at buildings and wandering through the opulent city chambers, all of which built with colonial wealth and celebrated as symbols of colonial success.

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Review: Looking Awry, SQIFF Rating 95%

Review: Looking Awry, SQIFF

As SQIFF, Glasgow’s Queer Film Festival, returns for a third year it was clear that some soul searching had been done in regards to bisexual programming. The event began with an apology from a member of SQIFF’s staff who discussed how bisexuality is often the sexuality least discussed and catered for before offering an olive branch to the community in the shape of a series of films and talks (called Looking Awry) which discussed, explored and celebrated bisexuality.

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Review: Goodbye Christopher Robin Rating 72%

Review: Goodbye Christopher Robin

Directed by Simon Curtis, renowned for My Week With Marilyn, Goodbye Christopher Robin, a tale of hope and woe, youthful innocence and adult suffering, is similar to other author biopics such as Finding Neverland, Sylvia and Miss Potter, in that it combines fantasy with non-fiction but also dispels of a little bit of the magic that surrounds the author’s books.

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