Scarface. Return Of The Jedi. The Notebook. Saturday Night Fever.
What do they all have in common? I haven’t seen them. Not once.
I can’t offer any real reason why that is, nor can I think of anything that would be viable as a valid excuse. Besides, there is probably very little to nothing that I could say that would wipe that look off your face now that you know; that same look you save for someone who you think ought to be placed in a test tube and studied carefully.
It’s exactly these looks of disbelief, dumbfoundedness and disgust (I’m talking about you, Dad!) that were the catalyst for this; my 100 Movie MarathonChallenge which will be shared exclusively with you, the readers of Gutter HQ.
One Girl. 100 Movies. 7 Months. A shitload of popcorn.
Join me for a review like you’ve never seen before; an honest account of classic movies known and loved (by most, but me) as seen through the eyes of a first-time viewer . . . Expect suspense, romance, laughter, tears and a LOT of hiding behind the couch cushion!
So, sit back, relax and turn the volume up a little . . . As for the other 96 movies I’ve never seen, you’ll just have to wait and see.
Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and Jared Harris take centre stage in this remake of the classic 1982 Steven Spielberg-produced horror. Soon after moving into their seemingly “perfect” new home, The Bowens are terrorised by angry souls who snatch their young daughter. The Bowens must brave the unknown to get her back . . . Look out for nods to the original movie, including the creepy clown that kept us all awake as kids!
Tomorrowland : A World Beyond
Disney presents this sci-fi adventure starring George Clooney and newcomer, Britt Robertson. Robertson is rebellious, but smart teenager, Casey who comes across a mysterious pin which has the power to transport her to a futuristic world. Casey tracks down former boy genius inventor and now recluse, Frank (Clooney) who reluctantly tells her about Tomorrowland, a place where anything is possible. However, this knowledge comes at a high price and Casey and Frank find themselves trying to save the future of mankind. Judy Greer and Hugh Laurie co-star.
Moomins On The Riviera
One for the wee ones! Tove Jansson’s classic characters come to life in this beautifully drawn, big-screen adventure. Starring Russell Tovey, NathanParker and Tracy-Ann Oberman.
Purple Rain @ The GFT, Friday 22nd May 2015 @ 11pm
This 1984 cult classic get an airing at The GFT this weekend. The PurpleOne plays Kid, the arrogant frontman of The Revolution who battles with a rival band for his regular slot at his local club. Featuring one of the best cinema soundtracks of all time, this is one you won’t want to miss!
Only Angels Have Wings @ The GFT (Various dates/times)
Cary Grant, Jean Arthur and Rita Hayworth star in this 1939 classic. Grant is tough pilot, Geoff Carter, who runs a ramshackle hotel and airmal service whose pilots are forced to fly in perilious conditions, high up in the Peruvian Andes. Stranded Showgirl, Bonnie Lee (Arthur) falls for Carter and forces him to finally place value on his own life.
The 02 ABC play host to co-headliners, Circa Survive and RX Bandits this Thursday (21st May 2015). Circa Survive hail from Philadelphia and consists of former members of Saosin, This Day Forward and Taken. The band released their fifth LP, “Descensus” in November 2014. RX Bandits formed in 1995 and released seventh studio album, “Gemini,Her Majesty” in July 2014. The band come from Orange County, California.
Baltimore-born quartet, Lower Dens are scheduled to play a headline show in Edinburgh on Thursday (21st May 2015) at Sneaky Pete’s. The female-fronted band released their debut album, “Twin-Hand Movement” in 2010, followed by “Nootropics” in 2012 and “EscapeFrom Evil”, released in March of this year. The gig will act as a warm-up to their support slot to Belle & Sebastian at The SSE Hydro on Friday (22nd May 2015).
Homegrown heroes, Belle & Sebastian are performing at The SSE Hydro this Friday (22nd May 2015), accompanied by The ScottishFestival Orchestra. The indie-pop band formed in 1996 and have since released nine studio albums, the most recent being, “Girls In Peacetime WantTo Dance”, which was released in January of this year. Support come from Lower Dens.
Hardcore punk band, Gallows are scheduled to play The Cathouse this Friday (22nd May 2015). The band, formed in 2005, released fourth LP, “Desolation Sounds” in April 2015, their first album in 3 years. Support comes from Baby Godzilla and Departures.
Ohio’s Walk The Moon are playing Glasgow’s legendary Arches this weekend (Saturday 23rd May 2015). Formed in 2008, the band released their second LP, “Talking Is Hard” last December.
Killers frontman, Brandon Flowers is flying solo at Edinburgh’s UsherHall on Monday (25th May 2015). Flowers launched his solo career in 2010 with debut LP, “Flamingo”, which includes hit single, “Crossfire”. Having scored a string of hits over the past decade with his Las Vegas-based band, Flowers took the solo plunge for the second time this year with, “The Desired Effect”, his new LP released this week; it features the tracks, “Can’t Deny My Love”, “I Can Change”, “Still Want You” and “Lonely Town”. Support comes from Joywave.
Bullet For My Valentine have announced plans to tour later this year, including dates at The Music Hall in Aberdeen (10th October 2015) and The Alhambra Theatre in Dunfermline (11th October 2015). The Welsh band also announced details of their forthcoming LP, “Venom”, due for release on 14th August 2015.
Tickets go on-sale on Friday 22nd May 2015 @ 9am.
Slaves have announced their biggest headline tour to date, including a gig at Glasgow’s 02 ABC on 19th November 2015. The duo are set to release debut LP, “Are You Satisfied?” on 1st June 2015.
“I put my left foot into my wellie and felt a cold liquid; I cursed myself for being stupid enough (or, more accurately, drunk enough) to leave my wellies outside of my tent in the rain during the night. I was annoyed when I thought it was water in my wellie, so you can imagine how pissed I was when I realised it was actually vomit . . .”
It’s time to dig out your wellies, borrow money from your parents, sweat over the lack of iPhone reception and brave the horror of the portaloos; Festival Season has landed!
Spend the summer with Gutter HQ and our annual “Festival Season In TheGutter”, now in its third year. Our quintessential guide to FestivalSeason will bring YOU everything you need to know; previews and reviews of the BIGGEST Festivals here in the UK, throwback to unforgettable festival performances and backstage interviews from summers gone by and our unmissable Festival Survival Guide, ideal for any first-timer.
Not enough? Not too worry! The Festival veterans of our Gutter HQ team will be bringing YOU their festival experiences (some great, some traumatic, and some very, very hazy), their fantasy headliners and answering the burning question of 2015; Should Kanye West really be headlining Glastonbury?!
Things could get muddy, but you’re in good hands. Campers, come on in!
The Barden Bellas are back! Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and RebelWilson return in this hysterical follow-up to the 2012 original. Becca (Kendrick) and Co are now in their Senior Year and competing against German European champions, Das Sound Machine in The WorldChampionships, an a capella accolade that no American group has ever won. The prize would not only be a career high for the singing troupe, but it could help salvage their tarnished reputation after Fay Amy (Wilson) accidently exposes herself at an event celebrating The US President’s birthday! Elizabeth Banks co-stars and directs.
Mad Max : Fury Road
Writer/Director, George Miller revive the Mad Max series after 30 years with this juggernaut of action starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. Hardy plays the iconic road warrior, Max Rockatansky who has to cross a post-apocalyptic desert landscape with his shaven-haired female counterpart, Imperator Furiosa (played by Theron). Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Riley Keough (ElvisPresley’s grand-daughter) co-star.
A Royal Night Out
Inspired by true events, this historical drama allows you to see a side to The Queen that you never have before! Director, Julian Jarrold imagines how Princesses Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) and Margaret (Bel Powley) spent their night out mingling with the public on VE Day, following the end of World War II on 8th May 1945. EmilyWatson and Rupert Everett co-star.
Heat @ The GFT, Sunday 17th May 2015 @ 6.30pm
Director Michael Mann paired acting heavyweights, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in this suspenseful, crime thriller in 1995. Neil McCauley (De Niro) and Lt Vincent Hanna (Pacino) are on opposites sides of the law and find themselves entangled in an epic game of cat and mouse. Jon Voight, Natalie Portman and Val Kilmer also star.
Cult 1990s horror, “The Craft” is set to be remade for the 00s generation. The original movie starred Neve Campbell and Fairuza Balk and was released in 1996. It follows a group of gal pals who dabble in witchcraft with dire consequences. Leigh Janiak has been appointed to direct; she made her directorial debut in 2014 with indie, horror flick, “The Honeymoon”, while original producer, Douglas Wick is also on-board. Casting has yet to be announced.
Black Rivers play King Tuts Wah Wah Hut on Thursday (14th May2015). The band are two thirds of Cheshire-born band, Doves who split in 2010. Black Rivers formed in July 2014.
Leading Smiths tribute, The Smyths are set to hit up Glasgow’s O2 ABC on both Friday (15th) and Saturday (16th May 2015). The band are out to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Mancunian band’s sophomore 1985 album, “Meat Is Murder”.
Folk trio, Merrymouth kick off their UK Tour at King Tuts this Saturday (16th May 2015). The band, who feature OceanColour Scene’s Simon Fowler, Dan Sealey and Adam Barry. They released their debut album, “Simon Fowler’s Merrymouth” in March2012, followed bytheir second LP, “Wenlock Hill” in May 2014.
Dire Straits lead singer and guitarist, Mark Knopfler will be flying solo at The SSE Hydro on Tuesday (19th May 2015). Knopfler, who was born in Glasgow, formed Dire Straits in 1977 with younger brother, David. Since the band’s break-up in 1995, Knopfler has released nine solo albums; the most recent being, “Tracker”, released in March of this year.
Old-school pop group, S Club 7 are set to play to a sold-out SSE Hydro on Wednesday (20th May 2015). The band, who had a string of hits between 1999-2002, including “Bring It All Back”, “Don’t Stop Movin” and “Reach”, reformed in late 2014.
Following the success of last week’s Glasgow gig, Twenty One Pilots have announced that they will be returning to the city this November for a show at The O2 ABC. The musical duo, from Ohio, are embarking on their Blurryface Tour, which will follow the release of the album of the same name, due for release next week.
Tickets go on-sale on Friday 15th May 2015 at 9am.
The Darkness have unveiled plans to play Glasgow’s 02 Academy on 5th December 2015. The band originally formed in 2000 and are best known for their signature song, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”, before splitting in 2006. 2015 brings a new line-up and album, “Last Of OurKind”, which is scheduled for release on Monday 1st June 2015.
Tickets go on-sale on Friday 15th May 2015 at 9am.
State Champs will be crossing the Atlantic from New York City to rock out in King Tuts Wah Wah Hut on 21st September 2015. The pop punk five-piece released their debut LP in 2013 which features hit single,“Elevated”.