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Sand, sex and Dr Seuss: a pick of the Edinburgh Film Festival

By Amy Taylor Lawrence of Arabia David Lean/UK/1962/228 min Showing: Filmhouse, Thursday 21 June 19:40 Rating: * * * * * The film that launched Peter O’Toole’s career, David...
Still from 'Killer Joe'

Octupi, matricide and tsunamis: a pick of the Edinburgh Film Festival

By Amy Taylor The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus Alexandre O Phillippe/USA/2012/English, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian Dialogue with English subtitles/72 min Showing: Filmhouse...
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Film festival preview: back from the dead?

By Amy Taylor Following the rather subdued nature of last year’s film festival, which saw the 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival scaled back in an...
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After Heineken, 7 other inappropriate Bond product placements

So now we know. Heineken refreshes the parts of Her Majesty's favourite secret agent that other beers can't reach. Forty-five million US dollars added to...

The curious appeal of Don Draper

It’s probably no longer worth fighting the argument that telly is the new film. Actors must believe it, or Dustin Hoffmann wouldn’t have chosen...

There will be no bevvying: UCS work-in recalled in rarely seen films

By Chris Bartter Later this week, in the auditorium at Glasgow’s Mitchell Library, two films are being shown in the latest event to mark the...

Jackie Mason, a mensch among men

Mazel tov! If we take the meaning as “Congratulations” rather than its other traditional translation “Good luck” it is certainly in order for Jackie...

Eurovision: Why the BBC is right to go for Operation Humperdinck

It sounds initially like the perfect storm of artistic awfulness. Engelbert Humperdinck singing a composition from the blokes who wrote James Blunt’s You’re Beautiful...

After Streep, Sacha and Seacrest, ten ways to improve the Oscars

Dullsville, Ohio. That was the phrase used by Dean Martin, who knew a thing or two about parties, to describe bashes which just weren’t happening. The...

Stalinist plot returns John Hodge to National attention

John Hodge’s most celebrated piece of writing originated 50 miles across the M8 via someone else. The “Choose life…” speech uttered by Ewan McGregor...