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“Oh it’s about this girl working for the CIA that falls in love with a water monster.” This was the hook that my friend used to summarise Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-nominated film, The Shape of Water. Albeit only being half-right (the “girl” in question instead works for Occam, an aerospace research facility in Baltimore), the assumptions and premises in...
Studying French and German at St Andrews isn’t your stereotypical path into an acting career that has so far spanned over a decade, but it’s exactly the route that David Caves took. The Northern Irishman, who attended the University between 1997 and 2002, is known to many up and down the country for his performances in the BBC’s forensic pathology...
In the long list of art events lined up for the rest of the semester, Culture Y stands out as an opportunity to engage in free dialogue about ideologies, changes and global issues. Focusing on the significance of space this year, the festival continues to encourage participants to raise questions about their surroundings. What is there to know about...
Morocco has a long history of providing locations for foreign productions, among them films by Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, John Huston, and more recently Martin Scorcese, Riddley Scott, and Oliver Stone. However, few foreigners have much interest or knowledge about Moroccan cinema. Since the 1980s and the reconciliation between the audience and the filmmaking cohort, Moroccan cinema has...
F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote in his novel, This Side of Paradise, “I don't want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.” It seems every year viewers are suffocated by the same old coming-of-age story revitalized for the silver screen. In recent memory only Boyhood, Moonlight and a few others have been able to hit...
Every year since 1956, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the United States accepts submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film from countries all over the world. As the hype for more popular contenders often claims the spotlight, many moviegoers dismiss the foreign nominees as a less interesting category. While this may be...
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 –...