Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Black Panther is the eighteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a franchise this year celebrating its tenth anniversary. The film - which sees Chadwick Boseman play T’Challa, the titular melanistic big cat - is one of three Marvel blockbusters out in 2017, taking the total to twenty. That’s more films than Quentin Tarantino has produced in his entire career to date. If superhero spectaculars were once a novelty, it...
Even in revision week, St Andrews students have found time to produce and unveil their works of art. Filmmaker’s Society founder Terry Lee explained the process by which each of the seven short films that will be showcased tomorrow came to fruition. As the society is young, constrained by technical issues and some limitations – such as the relatively little...
If you’re going to make a stinker you might as well do it with a bang. Although Tommy Wiseau certainly didn’t intend The Room to gain repute for being one of the worst films ever made, it is an unconventional honour that the film has since worn with a degree of ironic pride. Whilst Wiseau (who wrote, directed, produced, and...

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Just one of the latest batch of big names in the entertainment industry to be felled by their hitherto unknown depravities is the two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey. Tragic so it is to find an actor you admire has ruined the lives of others – and, to a much lesser extent, tainted the memory of some terrific films –...
Did you watch a film for Halloween? From The Addams Family to Coraline and Scream to The Exorcist (for the hardier souls), the options are endless for 31 October movie nights. Indeed, a trip to the cinema last week alone offered a plethora of horrors, in the shapes of Happy Death Day, Jigsaw, and The Ritual. As ever, there’s no...
The 2017 Edinburgh Film Festival premiered two films this summer focused on the Syrian civil war. The first was Philippe van Leeuw’s Insyriated, which tells the story of a family barricaded inside their home as war surrounds them. The second film was a documentary named Last Men in Aleppo directed by Firas Fayyad, focussing on the work of The...
“OPA!” This is the sound that you get when you press play on the DVD for My Big Fat Greek Wedding - already a good start. Then comes the Greek music that accompanies the opening credits - even better. This unapologetic celebration of everything Greek is a theme that continues throughout the movie, and is just one of the things...
Frida Kahlo has had one. J. M. W. Turner has had one too. Now, continuing the popular trend for artist biopics in cinema, the post-impressionist Vincent van Gogh is to get the big screen treatment in Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman’s Loving Vincent. Strictly speaking, van Gogh has already been the subject of several cinematic biopics, with everyone from Kirk...
With over 100 million subscribers worldwide and an enviable body of talent supplying original content (at a reported $6 billion bill this year alone), the dominance of Netflix in the global video streaming market is undeniable. Later this month, the second outing of their Stranger Things is to arrive with hype almost akin to Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The...
The Saint's Video Editor Brianna Chu sits down with Terry Lee to discuss the new St Andrews Filmmaking Society, including its formation and aims for the future.