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Julien Temple's Requiem for Detroit? serves both as a warning and inspiration

19 Feb 2014

As Temple examines the collapse of America's Motor City, should Glasgow and Edinburgh take note?

It's all too fitting that Julien Temple's Requiem for Detroit? is being screened at The Arches during the Glasgow Film Festival. Later on that same evening, a club night is hosted there by Pressure featuring Detroit techno legend Carl Craig, reflecting…

Five of the best music highlights of the Glasgow Film Festival 2014

19 Feb 2014

Featuring Goblin with Golden Teacher and CHVRCHES' Lauren Mayberry introducing The Punk Singer

Partir to Live Strobes, 12-string guitar drones, skin-on-skin shots, electricity pylons – expect a chilling, confusing hour or so, at this screening of Chilean film Partir To Live. It’s beautifully soundtracked by Dutch minimalist electronic composer…

WATCH: The new trailer (plus images) for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

19 Feb 2014

Chris Pratt and a talking raccoon feature in the trailer for the sci-fi action comedy blockbuster

An extended teaser trailer for Marvel's upcoming blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy debuted on US chat show Jimmy Kimmel last night – you can take a look at it, along with a gallery of images, below. What with the footage being billed as 'teaser'…

Under the Skin producer Jim Wilson on secret filming in Glasgow

18 Feb 2014

'We thought people would recognise it was Scarlett Johansson in a van in Scotland, but nobody did'

‘One of [director Jonathan Glazer’s] dreams was to have Scarlett [Johansson] carry out the action of the film spontaneously and improvising, and you couldn’t do that with a camera visibly attached to the vehicle. So, the task was to create a way to…

Monuments Men to screen at White House

18 Feb 2014

Film gossip

George Clooney will attend a screening of 'Monuments Men' at the White House. The Hollywood hunk - who co-wrote, produced and directed the World War II drama which he also stars in as Lieutenant Frank Stokes - will join President Barack Obama as he…

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Gravity and American Hustle win big at the BAFTAs 2014

17 Feb 2014

12 Years a Slave, The Great Gatsby, Blue Jasmine, Philomena, Captain Philips & Rush also recognised

The ceremony for the British Academy of Film and Television Awards 2014 took place last night, with Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity scoring six awards. The sci-fi blockbuster, which was shot in the UK, picked up awards for Director, Cinematography, Original…

Leonardo DiCaprio: Wolf of Wall Street 'organised chaos'

17 Feb 2014

Film gossip

Leonardo DiCaprio admits 'The Wolf of Wall Street' was like "organised chaos". The 39-year-old actor was nominated for best actor at the BAFTAs last night (16.02.14) for his portrayal of Jordan Belfort in the comedy, but he believes the director…

Charlotte Gainsbourg says 'Nymphomaniac' isn't sexist

17 Feb 2014

Film gossip

Charlotte Gainsbourg doesn't think 'Nymphomaniac' is sexist. The 42-year-old actress plays self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe in Volume 1 of the film which sees her recount her erotic past to the man who saves her from a beating, but it's not the first…

Gravity scoops six BAFTAs

16 Feb 2014

Film gossip

'Gravity' won big at the BAFTAs tonight (16.02.14) taking home six awards. The 3-D space drama directed by Alfonso Cuarón and starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock was the biggest winner of the night at the British Academy of Film and…

Emma Watson sick from stagnant water

16 Feb 2014

Film gossip

Emma Watson fell ill after Darren Aronofsy banned water bottles on the set of 'Noah'. The filmmaker wanted to encourage a "pro-environment" atmosphere during filming to echo the messages of the movie, which led to the "delirious" actress drinking…

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Interview: Jonathan Glazer delves Under the Skin

14 Feb 2014

In addition to Scarlett Johansson's alien character, the film features secretly-filmed Glaswegians

Under the Skin is nothing if not accurately named: once seen, it will burrow into your consciousness. It has been described as both sci-fi and horror, but the word that most accurately captures its unsettling tone is ‘alien’. That’s apt, because in the…

Interview: film director Alain Guiraudie discusses Stranger by the Lake

14 Feb 2014

The film is a provocative tale of love, passion and treachery set against a gay cruising area

His name may not be as familiar as his two openly gay French director colleagues François Ozon and André Téchiné, but Alain Guiraudie is emerging from the shadows thanks to Stranger by the Lake. His provocative tale of love, passion and treachery set…

Jared Leto finds juggling acting and music easy

14 Feb 2014

Music gossip

Jared Leto doesn't find it difficult switching from his role as a frontman to being an actor. The Thirty Seconds to Mars singer, whose recent performance in 'Dallas Buyers Club' as transgender AIDS victim Rayon has seen him win a string of awards…

The Zero Theorem

14 Feb 20143 stars

Terry Gilliam's latest is a tale of love and loneliness that sadly fails to touch the heart

Existential equations are the at first pleasingly perplexing order of the day in the third part of Terry Gilliam's dystopian trilogy, following 1985's Brazil and 1995's 12 Monkeys. Set in the near-future and boasting an eclectic international cast, The…

Stalingrad

14 Feb 20143 stars

A well-played and vivid war story that misses the point of the titular battle

Russia’s entry to the 2014 Oscar race, and a big hit in the homeland, Stalingrad is a World War II epic less concerned with history than with a smaller, more personal story; five Russian soldiers caught up in the siege take collective responsibility for…

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Under the Skin

14 Feb 20145 stars

Jonathan Glazer's Michel Faber adap is a genuinely unique, full-on sensory experience

It has been ten years since British director Jonathan Glazer’s last film – the understated, enigmatic Birth – and for much of that time he has been working away at this adaptation of Michel Faber’s cult novel. It has been time well spent, as Under the…

Wake in Fright

14 Feb 20144 stars

A fearsome treatment of Australian cultural identity, masculinity and violence

A fearsome treatment of Australian cultural identity, masculinity and violence, long unseen even in its native land due to the unavailability of a usable print, Wake in Fright has met with renewed praise since being restored from rediscovered negatives…

Stranger by the Lake

14 Feb 20144 stars

Alain Guiraudie's gay cruising thriller is an unusual and intelligent film

A mixed-up tone is customarily a negative trait in a film, but here the combination of gentle comedy, racy sex and murder works extraordinarily well, delivering a sophisticated, unpredictable and original modern noir. Pierre Deladonchamps plays Franck…

Nymphomaniac Volumes I & II

14 Feb 20144 stars

Von Trier's latest is a multi-faceted exploration of sexuality, in all its bizarre, twisted glory

His first film since Melancholia, Lars von Trier’s two-part erotic odyssey is undoubtedly the most anticipated arthouse event of 2014. While the promised five and a half hour ‘hardcore’ version has yet to be released – and may never reach the UK – this…

Interview: horror filmmaker Ti West prepares for FrightFest

14 Feb 2014

The director of The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers is screening his latest, The Sacrament

‘Horror is one of those things I wasn't allowed to see when growing up, so of course I was totally drawn to it. It's like a magic trick, you can experience this feeling of being scared despite being in a totally safe environment,' explains Ti West the…

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Only Lovers Left Alive

14 Feb 20144 stars

Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston star in Jim Jarmusch's anti-vampire, vampire film

Jim Jarmusch has made a career out of subverting the norms of genre filmmaking – indeed, his work is a genre unto itself. After the divisive The Limits of Control, his latest film (which is best described as an anti-vampire vampire film) signals a…

Lupita Nyong'o found 12 Years difficult

14 Feb 2014

Film gossip

Lupita Nyong'o found it difficult working on '12 Years A Slave'. The newcomer, who is up for a Best Supporting Actress award at the BAFTAs on Sunday (16.02.14), admits she found it daunting when she first started filming because she was working with…

Joel Kinnaman's initial hesitations about RoboCop

12 Feb 2014

Film gossip

Joel Kinnaman initially didn't want to be in 'RoboCop'. The 34-year-old actor - who plays cop Alex Murphy who is turned into a cyborg law enforcement officer in the movie - admits there is an expectation which comes with being part of a re-make of a…

Sandra Bullock worried about bum on show

12 Feb 2014

Film gossip

Sandra Bullock was worried about her bum being on show too much when filming 'Gravity'. The 49-year-old actress, who has been nominated for an Oscar Award for female lead Dr. Ryan Stone in the hit sci-fi movie, made sure she had the best figure…

George Clooney had no time for pranks on The Monuments Men

12 Feb 2014

Film gossip

George Clooney didn't have time to play pranks while filming 'The Monuments Men'. The 52-year-old actor stars as Lieutenant Frank Stokes in the action drama which he also produced and directed, and because of the intensity of his involvement in the…