SETS: Glasgow film locations you might have missed

Scotland has come a long way in the world of film. No longer do production companies use our country as a backdrop for films about drug addicts and our seemingly never-ending war with the English. No, my friends – now they come to showcase our sweeping vistas and famously friendly culture (you may think that […]

FILMMAKING: Living out my Harry Potter fantasies on Wild Rose

I’d love to be able to say that my first experience working on a feature film was all down to my own outstanding determination and skill, however it was – as is usually the case in these situations – a combination of pure luck and ‘being in’ with the right people. A good friend of […]

FILM FOOD: Top cinema popcorn that you have to buy

You’re at the cinema and mere moments away from handing your freshly bought ticket over to the attendant. Suddenly, you realise that something is very wrong: you have forgotten to buy popcorn from the ASDA across the street. You begin to panic; how are you going to survive for two hours without sustenance? This horrific, […]

MOVIE REVIEW: Sam Mendes proves that simplicity is key with 1917 war epic ★★★★

Given that 1917 is currently a magnet for critical acclaim and big shiny film awards, it isn’t too much of a stretch to believe that the war epic is the decade’s answer to Saving Private Ryan; the 90’s hit that quickly became the godfather of the genre. Having been a huge fan of the Tom […]

FILMMAKING: Directing and shooting my own short film – the sequel

I already had one short film in the bag. I already knew how stressful the process was and had learnt the hard way that meticulous planning was the key to success – this is especially true if you don’t actually employ anyone or have any budget to speak of. However, despite the challenges faced the […]

MOVIE REVIEW: The Rise of Skywalker proves that Star Wars is creatively bankrupt ★★

Disney Star Wars is creatively bankrupt. There, I said it. The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were nothing more than rehashed ideas comprised of over-used plotlines and contrivances trying desperately to play on our nostalgia heart strings. And after viewing The Rise of Skywalker, the final chapter in Disney’s sequel trilogy, I can confirm […]

MOVIE REVIEW: Jumanji: The Next Level zaps us back into familiar territory ★★

2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, short of the inauguration of Donald Trump, was the biggest surprise of the year. No one could have predicted that the 20-year-old classic starring the late Robin Williams would have the legs to come back never mind spawn a sequel. And what’s more, one that was actually entertaining. With […]

MOVIE REVIEW: Shia LaBeouf confronts his past in Honey Boy ★★★★

The sins of the father shall fall upon the son. This may be a raw home truth for Honey Boy’s writer and creator, Shia LaBeouf. The film is, after all, about the actor’s abusive relationship with his own father, who’s actions left Shia mentally scarred and on a well-documented path to self-destruction. The downwards spiral […]

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