Category Archives: Reviews
Hail, Caesar! (Dir. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, 2016) is screening at GFT from Friday 4th March to Thursday 17th March. My accompanying programme note will be available at screenings and there’s an online version at GFT’s blog here. GFT archives all its programme notes online here.
I saw a gazillion brand-new films in 2015, and discovered or revisited a gazillion older films too. I enjoyed slogging through submissions for Glasgow Film Festival, previewed the festival for their blog, then saw many more films during the festival itself. Later in the year, … Continue reading
Last week, I was lucky enough to attend An Evening with Frederick Wiseman at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image, hosted by MOMI’s chief curator, David Schwartz. Over a couple hours, the fleet and sharp-witted 85-year-old held forth on his practice and … Continue reading
Preview [spoiler free] 1. Slow West‘s Scottish first-time director, John Maclean, cut his teeth making music videos for The Beta Band, for whom he played keyboards, samplers and decks. Forming in St Andrews, they famously benefited from the endorsement of John Cusack’s … Continue reading
What does VHS mean to you? Three quite different but uniformly excellent documentaries at Edinburgh International Film Festival – Remake, Remix, Rip-off (Cem Kaya, 2014), Chuck Norris Vs Communism (Ilinca Calugareanu, 2015) and Stand by for Tape Back-Up (Ross Sutherland, … Continue reading
Pitchy is probably the best word for Robert Carlyle’s The Legend of Barney Thomson, the opening film of 2015’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. Having made the not unusual (nor unforgivable) choice to direct himself in the title role, Carlyle delivers a comedy jet black in … Continue reading