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A Tartan Ribbon for Hogmanay

As the clock winds down on 2015, I’ve been thinking about filmmaking in black and white, and in color, and the differences between them. My thoughts turned to my family and our Scottish New Year’s tradition of Hogmanay. In the past I’ve tried to explain to friends that historically, it was bigger in Scotland than Christmas, a fact that people seem to have trouble accepting. Continue Reading →

Friday Fun: Three Films for Thanksgiving

Though Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US and Canada, film lovers are everywhere, so today we’re sending a little Thanksgiving movie humor your way, for Friday Fun: Three Films for Thanksgiving.

It’s certainly not depicted in the movies as often as Christmas is, but there’s rich film fodder in these holidays, and why? Because holidays bring family together, and family is… fill in the blank. Close-knit. Split-apart. Happy. Hateful. Nuts.

Whatever they are, they are who we are and what we come from… which is always funny, no? Now throw a turkey and some pumpkin pie on that, and enjoy our recommendations for a Thanksgiving movie or two before that tryptophan kicks in. Continue Reading →

Friday Fun: Scary Movie Moments

As we get closer to Hallowe’en and we soak ourselves in horror films and thrillers, we got talking about what movies scared us when we were kids. And why.

Scary Movie Moments…

Being frightened as a child is a big experience. There can be the kind that involves screaming and dissolving into laughter when a bunch of kids watch movies together at the cinema or in a familiar living room… but there’s also that other kind. The kind you felt when you saw a movie – or even just a scene or a moment within one – that frightened you while you watched it alone. Or as Chris Comrie points out, when you’re in a room full of adults who are not seeing what you see…

For the uninitiated, War of the Gargantuas is a mid 60s kaiju* that starred Russ Tamblyn

Chris: War of the Gargantuas is the actually the very first movie I remember seeing, I think I was 6. I remember it vividly, because I have never been so completely terrified since and I hope I never am. It’s a completely silly Japanese monster flick about a couple of guys in furry suits fighting and crushing a model of Tokyo underfoot, but I didn’t understand the concept of fiction yet. To me, this was breaking news on TV, and in a state of real hysteria I tried to warn the adults around me that a giant eye was about to look through the 5th floor window, but all they did was laugh.  Continue Reading →