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Interview: Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero of The Room

25 Feb 2014

The two filmmakers discuss their so-bad-it's-good movie and Sestero's book, The Disaster Artist

When I meet Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero, I am woefully under-prepared. I’d come along to tonight’s screening of The Room – part of the Cameo Cinema’s centenary celebrations – as a paying punter, expecting to witness a bit of Tommy’s madness on-stage…

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…

Non-Stop

26 Feb 20142 stars

Liam Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra reunite for a tense but predictable in-flight thriller

Non-Stop sees a reunion of Liam Neeson and Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra, who previously worked together on 2011’s mistaken identity thriller Unknown. The pair obviously like each other, as Neeson is once again prepared to peddle that grizzled…

The Grand Budapest Hotel

25 Feb 20145 stars

A perfectly realised caper from the high priest of whimsy

A fusion of imagination, hilarity and ramshackle adventure, The Grand Budapest Hotel is the latest from the high priest of whimsy. Wes Anderson's eighth film dazzles and delights as if it has been liberated from the pages of a beautifully illustrated…

LFO

24 Feb 20143 stars

Lo-fi black comedy about a trance-inducing sound engineer

Maladjusted sound technician Robert (Patrik Karlson) has stumbled upon an amazing discovery: a sound frequency which immediately puts the listener into a hypnotic trance, susceptible to any suggestion they might hear. Armed with speakers, a pair of…

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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…

Mood Indigo

24 Feb 20142 stars

Michel Gondry's latest effort is a chaotic mess overflowing with unexplained ideas

Adapted from a novel by French writer Boris Vian, Michel Gondry's return to France after the bloated Hollywood excess of The Green Hornet is a bittersweet love story overburdened by directorial tricks. There's a delicate romance buried within, but…

The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears

24 Feb 20143 stars

A maximalist, bewildering giallo horror in the vein of Dario Argento

A maximalist, bewildering horror in the overflowing vein of Dario Argento, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears is part of Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's determined attempt to pump new blood into the giallo genre (following 2009's Amer and the…

The House of Him

24 Feb 20143 stars

Rob Florence's ultra-low budget horror is an intriguing treatment of gender and violence in cinema

When considering the term 'low budget' in filmmaking, it's often worth remembering that the term is relative to the industry – even lo-fi legend The Blair Witch Project cost at least $20,000, which is still a trifle more than most of us have down the…

Phantom of the Paradise

24 Feb 20143 stars

Brian de Palma's cult musical has eccentric plotting, weird characters and a rocking soundtrack

As teenagers, Daft Punk were apparently massive fans of Brian De Palma's gaudy alternative musical, a schlocky mix of Faust, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Frankenstein and, of course, The Phantom of the Opera (it's worth noting that this pre-dates Andrew…

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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…

The Rocket

26 Feb 20144 stars

A Laos-set coming-of-age fable driven by naturalistic performances

From The Raid to Metro Manila, it seems the fashion right now to see English-speaking directors head over to Asia to make films. But while the aforementioned were both thrillers, The Rocket is a very different proposition. Set in Laos, it’s a…

Events round-up: International Women’s Day 2014

25 Feb 2014

Marking IWD with everything from parkour to breakfast

Both Glasgow and Edinburgh will be honouring International Women’s Day with some excellent events on and around the big day of Saturday 8 March. In the west, explore the lives of ladyfolk from thousands of years ago with a talk about ‘Women in Ancient…

Grand Central

25 Feb 20144 stars

Tense drama about workers at a nuclear power plant starring Tahar Rahim

Tahar Rahim made a memorable lead for Jacques Audiard in prison thriller A Prophet, and turns in another good performance in Rebecca Zlotowski's Grand Central, a film about workers in a nuclear plant near the Rhone. Rahim plays Gary Manda, a tough…

Artist Thomas Anderson on why you should attend All Night Horror Madness

25 Feb 2014

Brain Damage, Basket Case and more will be screening as part of the 500-minute extravaganza

On Saturday 8 March, old Edinburgh favourite the Cameo will once again be rounding up the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) horror films it can find for the eighth in its ongoing series of ever popular All Night Horror Madness events. Set…

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A New York Winter’s Tale

24 Feb 20142 stars

Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe star in a fantasy-romance overburdened with mawkish sentimentality

Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of A Beautiful Mind, makes his keenly anticipated directorial debut with an adaptation he also penned of Mark Helprin’s popular fantasy novel but for all of its lofty ambitions, A New York Winter’s Tale…

Salvo

24 Feb 20143 stars

A slow-burning mafia crime drama in homage to Le Samourai

A slow-burning homage to Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samouraï, Salvo uses the familiar trope of a stone-cold killer (Saleh Bakri) who falls for a female character connected to one of his victims. This time round it's blind woman Rita (Sara Serraiocco)…

Dead of Night

24 Feb 20145 stars

The 1945 Ealing portmanteau horror is by turns eerie, funny, macabre and utterly chilling

One of the finest horror films ever made and one of the best British films of all time? Grand claims, but this 1945 portmanteau film (here restored for re-release) produced by Ealing Studios and featuring some of their most talented regulars stands the…

Shrek theme park to open in London in summer 2015

24 Feb 2014

The attraction will be run by Merlin Entertainment, who also operate Madame Tussauds

A new theme park inspired by the adventures of Shrek is set to open in summer 2015. Shrek’s Far Far Away Adventure will open just ahead of Shrek's 15 year anniversary, and will feature an interactive walkthrough adventure, a character courtyard where…

FrightFest interviews: Jordan Barker, Joe Begos and Zack Parker

19 Feb 2014

The horror directors behind Torment, Almost Human and Proxy share their thoughts

FrightFest has proved to be one of the most popular events at the Glasgow Film Festival. Year after year the horror faithful gather to watch the latest in shock cinema and 2014's event looks like another masterclass in fear featuring Ti West's latest…

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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'…

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…

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…