Best Films I Saw in 2016 That Weren't Released in 2016

January 3, 2017
1. Whiplash (2015)
Written and directed by Damien Chazelle
Starring: Miles Teller, J. K. Simmons, Paul Reiser

2. Locke (2013)
Written and directed by Steven Knight
Starring: Tom Hardy

3.Big Bad Wolves (2013)
Written and directed by Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado
Starring: Lior Ashkenazi, Tzahi Grad, Doval'e Glickman, Rotem Keinan

4. A Hijacking (2013)
Written and directed by Tobias Lindholm
Starring: Søren Malling, Pilou Asbæk, Dar Salim

5. Downfall (2004)
Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel
Written by Bernd Eichinger
Starring: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes

6. Milano Calibro 9 (1972)
Written and directed by Fernando Di Leo
Starring: Gastone Moschin, Barbara Bouchet, Mario Adorf, Frank Wolff

7. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Written and directed by John Huston
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett

8. Before I Disappear (2014)
Written and directed by Shawn Christensen
Starring: Shawn Christensen, Fátima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum, Paul Wesley

9. The House of Yes (1997)
Written and directed by Mark Waters
Starring: Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Tori Spelling, Freddie Prinze Jr.

10. John Wick (2014)
Directed by Chad Stahelski, David Leitch
Written by Derek Kolstad
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki

11. Faults (2014)
Written and directed by Riley Stearns
Starring: Leland Orser, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Ellis, Jon Gries

12. Traders (2015)
Written and directed by Rachael Moriarty, Peter Murphy
Starring: Killian Scott, John Bradley, Nika McGuigan 


Best Films I Saw For the First Time in 2015 That Weren't Released in 2015

December 30, 2015
1. The Wild Bunch (1969)
Directed by Sam Peckinpah
Written by Sam Peckinpah, Walon Green
Starring: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien, Warren Oates

2. The Drop (2014)
Directed by Michaël R. Roskam
Written by Dennis Lehane
Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts

3. Kill the Messenger (2014)
Directed by Michael Cuesta
Written by Peter Landesman
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Peppe...
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Films of 2015

December 30, 2015
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (UK release date 17th December)
Directed by J. J. Abrams
Written by Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
Starring: Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver


2. The Lobster (UK release date 16th October)
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
Written by Efthimis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, John C. Reilly, Olivia Colman

3. Birdman (UK release date 1st J...
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ON THE BUSES with Kelman the young Drumchapel writer

November 2, 2015
I came across this interview with James Kelman while researching old copies of the Clydebank Press. I thought it was worth preserving.

ON THE BUSES with Kelman the young Drumchapel writer


The Clydebank Press, Friday, January 11, 1974

Jim Kelman is a young Glasgow writer, presently living in Maryhill, who has just published his first book of short stories recently, “An Old Pub near the Angel” (Puckerbush Press, Orono, Maine, U.S.A.). Although born and bred in Govan, he was ...

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Short Attention Span Theatre

July 14, 2015

I'm producing an evening of short plays at the end of this month. We're on at the Old Hairdressers, 27 Renfield Lane, Glasgow on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th July. Tickets are £5.50 and you can get them from See Tickets. The plays are -

Ava and the Seagull by Róisín Kelly
Ava loves Peter. Colm loves Ava. And Big Bad One. A dark tale of bird love, betrayal and revenge. 

Smokers by Julie McDowall
The play is about Julie's favourite topic - the end of the world - and shows two people enjoying ...

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An Oral History of Mad Men

April 8, 2015

With the second half of Mad Men's final season having started this week, The Hollywood Reporter have this great oral history of the show.

Christina Hendricks (Joan Holloway) I was up for another pilot, and I chose Mad Men. The [agency I was with] was like, "It's on AMC, it's a period piece, it's never going to go. Are you crazy? You're not going to make money for us …" I thought it was a little impatient of them. So I moved on.
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Mark Duplass Keynote at SXSW

April 5, 2015
This is well worth an hour of your time. At the recent SXSW festival indie filmmaker and actor Mark Duplass gives a keynote speech on how to go about making movies yourself. The first 25 minutes is his step-by-step guide to how you can get short films and low budget features made and seen. The rest of the time is him taking questions and comments from the audience.


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A Rush Was Made on the Treasurer

March 2, 2015
I'm doing some research on the history of Clydebank FC at the moment. This newspaper report concerns the first incarnation of the club who went by the name Clydebank, who existed from 1888-1895. From what I've read of football fans of the late 19th and early 20th Century they appeared to be ready to riot at a moment's notice. I've come across numerous stories of punch-ups on the terraces, punch-ups that started on the terrace and ended up on the pitch, and just plain assaults on players by sp...
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Whiplash Short

March 1, 2015
The short film Damien Chazelle made as proof of concept for the Oscar winning full-length film 'Whiplash'.

UPDATE: Not surprisingly the short was taken down due to a copyright claim. Instead here's an 'Anatomy of a Scene' from Whiplash on the New York Times.

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Al Jean Remembers Leonard Nimoy

March 1, 2015
Simpsons showrunner Al Jean speaks about Leonard Nimoy in this Vulture piece

"Later, we asked him to play himself in our X-Files parody, and when we asked him to sing "Good Morning Starshine," he knew full well we were having a little fun with the solo album he released (and I loved), but again, he could not have been a better sport."
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