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Golden Teacher – No Lucious Life

Golden Teacher are set to release an album on November the 3rd. You can pre-order it over at their bandcamp page now.

Konx-om-Pax – Beatrice’s Visit (Huerco S. Extended Stay – The Morning Version) (Planet Mu)

N​.​E​.​E​.​T (Not in Education Employment or Training) – Tainted Love (Akashic)

I am loving this compilation that Akashic records have put out of recordings from The Green Door Studio in Glasgow!

Grilling Glasgow: a short documentary about Glasgow’s burger scene

This is an interesting little documentary all about the Glasgow burger scene.

Glasgow Film Festival 2016

Ok, so this post is a little late, but as usual I went along to some films at the Glasgow Film Festival this year. Here is what I saw and what I thought of them.

High Rise

While this is visually and sonically really good, I am not a big fan of JG Ballard. I went to see this film to hear the Portishead cover of SOS by Abba. I didn’t like how the film ended.

Aliens

This was shown at the IMAX cinema and it was the main reason to go and see it! I think this is definitely one of James Cameron’s best films and it was great to see it on the BIG screen. Some of the practical effects don’t look so good these days, mainly the drop ship sequences, but on the whole this held up really well. Especially the end fight scene between Ripley and the Queen alien. I always forget how tense Aliens is, it’s like a rollercoaster. The design for the film is excellent as well. It’s hard to believe that it is 30 years old now.

Demolition

I went to see this because I hadn’t seen Jake Gyllenhal in a movie for ages. I did enjoy this film, but it wasn’t great, I was expecting more.

Surprise Film

My brother and I always get tickets for this. We’ve been going the last few years now and have seen some great and some not so great films. This year the surprise film was Love & Friendship, which is a Jane Austen adaptation. While I am not very keen on the work of Jane Austen, I really enjoyed this film. It was actually really funny and I thought that Tom Bennett stole the show. It follows the story of Lady Susan Vernon as she tries to set her daughter up with a husband, while also finding a new husband for herself. Tom Bennett plays the halfwit noble, Sir James Martin, and he plays it superbly.

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives

This was the best thing I saw during the festival. It was a brilliant documentary. If you like Hip Hop then this is definitely worth a watch. It just told a great story of the radio show and how it drifted apart due to the music changing. It looked like it was a lot of fun making the radio show in the early days and they had some amazing artists on their show. Definitely worth picking up the DVD as I am sure all the extras will be amazing on it!

The Forest

This film was so bad. I’m not going to say any more about it.

Glasgow Film Festival 2015

This has taken me a lot longer to write than I had planned! Glasgow’s Film Festival kicked off on the 18th of February. They had extended the festival by one whole day and there were so many films to go and see. Here is a run down of what I saw and what I thought of the films.

While We’re Young

I wasn’t really in to this film. I’m not a huge Ben Stiller fan and basically went to see this because Adrock from the Beastie Boys is in it. It follows the story of a documentary maker in his 40s as he befriends a 20 something hipster and has a bit of a crisis.

Jodorowsky’s Dune

This was my hit of the festival! I knew a little bit about this after seeing a documentary on Moebius, but I didn’t know the full story. This could have been a totally amazing film. It really could have changed everything as Jodorowsky planned to do. It goes through all the pre-production of the film and speaks to Giger and Chris Foss about design, it talks to Jodorowsky’s son who went in to training for the film and loads of people associated with it. The cast alone would have been amazing for the film. Obviously it still went on to influence loads of other films that Hollywood has produced. If you get the chance to see this film then go and see it! You’ll come out feeling totally inspired.

Moomins At The Riviera

I’m a big Moomin fan, so I thought I would go along to check out this adaptation. I did like it, but I am so used to the Polish Moomin animation that this was a bit of a let down. It was a very slick production and it was enjoyable to see the Moomins on the big screen.

Still Alice

I got a ticket for this as Julianne Moore had been nominated for an Oscar for her performance. It is about Alice, who suffers from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Although this is a very sad film, I didn’t leave the cinema feeling really down. The relationship between Alice and her youngest daughter, played by Kristen Stewart, is really interesting.

Uzumasa Limelight

I was supposed to see a different film, but unfortunately it could not be shown, so they showed this film again. I really enjoyed it. It was a great film to see on a rainy Sunday lunch time in Glasgow. It follows the story of an actor in Japan who specialises in Samurai dramas. He has been acting for a long time and the studio is changing the features that it produces. He trains a young actor on how to play a samurai. She goes on to become a big TV star, while he comes to terms with his age and his life.

Pressure

I went to see this because the director, Ron Scalpello, had directed music videos and I always like to see how they progress to films. It follows the story of 4 deep sea divers who are helping to fix a pipeline just off the coast of Africa. A storm comes along and they are trapped at the bottom of the sea. It wasn’t the most amazing film I have seen, but I did enjoy how the characters developed and it seemed to stay away from cliches, which was a nice surprise. There was a Q&A session at this screening, which was also interesting to attend.

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

The Film Festival showed this on the IMAX screen and it was amazing. I hadn’t seen it for years, but it was still as good as I remember it and it has excited me about the new Mad Max movie out later this year.

Land Ho!

I went to see this film because it was set in Iceland. It follows the story of two brother in laws as they rekindle their friendship as one of them helps the other one to get over his last relationship. The Icelandic landscape was beautiful to see. It wasn’t the best film ever, but it was nice to head out on a Wednesday afternoon and see this instead of being in work.

GFF15 Surprise Film

This year’s surprise film was The Voices. I’m not the biggest fan of Ryan Reynolds, but I really enjoyed this film. I like going to see the Surprise Film at the Film Festival, as you never know what you are going to get.

Eden

The final film I went to see was Eden. This is about DJs in France and follows them from the 90s through to the present day. I really enjoyed this film, though I found it very sad. It focuses on one of the DJs, his life as a promoter and doing things for the love and not the money, but ultimately how long can he go on for?

Glasgow Film Festival 2014

Glasgow FIlm Festival 2014

For the last 5 or so years I have been attending the Glasgow Film Festival. This year saw it reach it’s tenth year. There was so much happening at it, it was hard to go to everything, especially with having to work during the day, however I did manage to get to a few events. The first film I went to see was The Grand Budapest Hotel. I really like Wes Anderson’s films, but Moonrise Kingdom had left me feeling let down. I wasn’t holding out much for The Grand Budapest Hotel, but it reinstated my faith in Wes Anderson as a film maker, though the soundtrack was not as good as usual. It follows the story of the lobby boy, Zero Moustafa, and the legendary concierge, Gustave H. The story is good and there are some great scenes, I really enjoyed the prison break scene. As well with all Wes Anderson films, there is a sadness to it. I’ll give it 4/5.

The next film I went to see was Richard Ayoade’s second film, The Double. This is based on the Dostoevsky story about a man who meets his double, only for no one to notice. It is a bizarre kind of love story and is very strange. There are times when it feels like Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, but this was not intentional. It is a hard film to watch, though it is good. It is also very strange. The Q&A with Richard Ayoade after the film was good. He is as funny iin real life as he is on the screen. I’m going to give the double 4/5. The sound was really interesting throughout the film and is used in a good way.

While I love going to the cinema, sometimes it is hard going during the film festival. Mood Indigo was the third film I saw in three days. Michel Gondry always entertains me with his imaginative inventions and animations. In this film the lead character creates a painocktail which makes cocktails as you play the piano. It is a great love story but as with all his films, it has a deep sadness within it as the leading lady, Audrey Tatou, grows water lillies in her lungs. This was one of my favourite movies during the film festival. I’m giving it 5/5.

One of my favourite parts of the Glasgow Film Festival is the surprise movie. The first time I went to this was last year when the surprise film was Spring Breakers. While I didn’t enjoy this film, I still stayed until the end. This year’s surprise film was Calvary starring Brendan Gleeson and Chris O’Dowd (who also makes a cameo appearance in The Double). Brendan Gleeson is a great actor, so this was a joy to watch. This is a vary dark comedy dealing with some contemporary Irish issues. The film starts with Gleeson in the confession booth where one of his confessors tells him how he was abused by a priest as a child and he then gives Gleeson a week to live before he kills him. The film follows the week as Gleeson tries to deal with what is happening in his local community as well as dealing with his suicidal daughter. I left the cinema feeling quite sad, but there are some very funny moments in this film. Not one to watch if you are looking for a feel good movie, but well worth seeing. I give this 4.5/5. It was a great surprise and probably a film I wouldn’t have gone to see had it been my own choice.

One of the films in the festival that excited me the most was Black Angel. It was a short film shot in Scotland and was shown before The Empire Strikes back in the UK and further afield. It follows the story of a knight who has returned home only to find it ravaged by an illness. Soon he is saved by a fair maiden who is held captive by the Black Angel. The film feels like a vivid dream and is beautiful to watch. They really don’t make films like this and the director, Roger Christian, was there to answer questions about the film. Guy Veale introduced it and his own personal story about the film is a fascinating read. If you get the chance to see this film I highly recommend it. 5/5 from me.

I managed to squeeze in a couple of films on the final day of the festival. I went to see The Tale of Iya, which tells the story of a Japanese girl, whose parents die in a car crash when she is a baby, who lives in the small town of Iya up in the mountains in Japan. This film was beautiful to watch and it reminded of the Alps and Pyrenees in France. The film deals with conservation and ecology in Japan. At times this film felt like two different films put together, but it was interesting. I give it 3.5/5.

The final film that I saw was the film I was the most excited about. The closing gala was Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin. I remember hearing about this when they were filming it in Glasgow back in 2011. Scarlet Johansson plays an alien who preys on muscular men, seducing them and then killing them. This is not your average science fiction film. It doesn’t play out like a normal film. The story is interesting and you are watching an alien coming to terms with what it is to be human, experiencing the highs and the lows of humanity. I loved everything about this film, the music and sound are excellent, the story is interesting and different and the cinematography is great too. A lot of the film was filmed without people knowing it was being filmed, so the performances are natural, rather than scripted. You are either going to love this film or hate it, I loved it.

Recoat Update 2013

Recoat Update 2013 from Recoat on Vimeo. Sad to see the space close down as there have been some great shows, but I wish them all the best for the future and it sounds like they have some great ideas about the future. Check out the closing show if you are in Glasgow.

Svengalisghost – Live @ Subcity

Before the their appearance at The Guild of Calamitous Intent, Sevengalisghost did a live appearance on the 12th Isle Transmissions show on Subcity. Check it out above, it’s great. Macine funk.

Ghost Box Halloween Playlist 2012

If you are in Glasgow, Scotland, this Hallowe’en, then Ghost Box have a night on at Mono. To get you in the mood there is a short interview with Jim Jupp over at The List.