Going Back – My Life and Star Wars

By John Murphy I am not a religious man, nor was I a religious child for that matter. My life was not shaped on cold, hard pews with even colder, harder men delivering their master’s designs on morality to me through stories of the miraculous acts of God’s own son sent to die on Earth for my sins. There was nothing profound or sacred to … Continue reading Going Back – My Life and Star Wars

1980’s Horror Soundtracks: Top 5

As we reach October and Halloween is approaching rapidly, it once again feels like the right time to get into the mood of things and give you a list of some of my favourite horror soundtracks. I’ve decided to make this a list of 80’s scores only as it’s my favourite era of horror film and scores, and just for the sake of keeping it … Continue reading 1980’s Horror Soundtracks: Top 5

Appropriate Behavior – A Modern Comedy Classic

By Chris Gallagher Appropriate Behavior (2014), directed by and starring Desiree Akhavan, is a film I watched at the Glasgow Film Theatre last year and enjoyed immensely. It achieves a perfect balance between the critiquing of modern America and the story of a bisexual Iranian-American woman living in a post 9/11 world. After the showing a Q&A was held with director Desiree Akhavan and she … Continue reading Appropriate Behavior – A Modern Comedy Classic

Annie Hall – More Than Just A Romantic Comedy

By Chris Gallagher In 1978, Annie Hall won best picture at the 50th academy awards ceremony in Los Angeles. It beat the likes of Star Wars (1977), Julia (1977), The Turning Point (1977) and The Goodbye Girl (1977). As well as best picture, Woody Allen took home best director, Diane Keaton won best actress and Allen and Marshall Brickman took home the Oscar for best … Continue reading Annie Hall – More Than Just A Romantic Comedy

Slime City – OST Review

The release of Slime City see’s yet another forgotten film score resurrected from the lost vaults of obscurity and launched into the ever-expanding world of vinyl soundtrack reissues.  The average soundtrack collector would be forgiven for having never heard of this obscure retro 80’s oddity, whilst others may think about giving it a miss due to the overwhelming onslaught of film scores flooding the market….but … Continue reading Slime City – OST Review

Nekromantik – OST Review

The score to the infamous German nasty Nekromantik was released earlier this year through the fantastic One Way Static records, another top reissue from the Belgian based soundtrack label. The film itself was infamously banned in numerous countries throughout the world due to it’s realistic gore, animal cruelty and an extremely odd threesome with a severely decomposed corpse. Jorge Buttgereit’s cult art-horror film was only … Continue reading Nekromantik – OST Review

The Slasher Movie – Top 5

By Chris Gallagher With a raft of postmodern horror films being released in recent years I decided to look back at the classic American slasher film. As someone who grew up with a fascination and love of horror, it’s incredibly difficult to boil down any of my favourite sub genres into a top 5 list but I decided to give it a go anyway. The … Continue reading The Slasher Movie – Top 5

ANGST (1983) – The Austrian Cult Classic

Angst is a 1983 Austrian serial killer film written and directed by Gerald Kargl, the one and only film he ever made. Though little known, the film has gained cult status over the years due to its raw, relentless violence and avant-garde cinematography. During the filming of Angst, director Kargl plunged so far into debt that he was forced to give up on the film industry … Continue reading ANGST (1983) – The Austrian Cult Classic

Cinema of the European Gaze

By Chris Gallagher What does it mean to be European? European culture is linked via a collection of shared misunderstandings. The connection between a Scottish and Polish filmmaker may be tenuous in terms of language and background but a shared familiarity of experience within European philosophy, allows them to produce a distinct style within their films. Scottish director Lynne Ramsay has stated that she would … Continue reading Cinema of the European Gaze

Beyond the Black Rainbow OST Review

Panos Cosmatos’ debut feature Beyond the Black Rainbow was released in 2010 and has gained a cult following amongst film connoisseurs and synth score lovers. Four years later and after countless bootlegs by fans, Jeremy Schmidt’s synth-heavy score was finally released in September 2014 through Death Waltz/JAGJAGUWAR to critical acclaim. Schmidt, a member of the Canadian Psychedelic rock group Black Mountain, was approached by Director Panos Cosmatos to score the … Continue reading Beyond the Black Rainbow OST Review