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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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Review: Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival Rating 84%

Review: Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Having never spent more than an hour in Berwick-upon-Tweed, and those few visits all related to coming or going somewhere else, I’m not sure what to expect from a five-day sojourn. What will a film & media festival be like in this small coastal town? I imagine tramping back and forth from my accommodation to a few different venues, seeing most of the things worth seeing after a couple of days. I certainly don’t imagine that I will leave having missed things I wanted to see, or with the feeling that there were even more places to discover than I had time for.

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Review: La La Land – Live On-Screen with Orchestra Rating 80%

Review: La La Land – Live On-Screen with Orchestra

La La Land is brought to life as it returns to the big screen in theatres around the UK, accompanied by a live orchestra. 
As I sat perched above the sixty-piece orchestra, looking out over a brightly coloured sea of fanatics, all waiting with baited breath, I couldn’t help but cast my mind back to my feelings when I watched the opening sequence of La La Land for the very first time.

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Review: Angels in America Rating 95%

Review: Angels in America

Even experienced from 500 miles away in the local cosiness of the Glasgow Film Theatre, it’s as if an angel has burst through our ceiling and is addressing us with her holy message. Such is the visceral ferocity of the National Theatre’s production of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer-winning play, Angels In America. It’s wincingly relevant, bar the lack of smartphones and the internet; simply swap the name of the incumbent president and play a short round of spot the difference.

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