The shipyard painter, political activist and razor-sharp cartoonist Bob Starrett has just written a new book The Way I See It on his eventful life and times. Below we reprint one of his stories and review an essential read
ENO's production of La Boheme is a triumph,
JEFF SAWTELL is impressed by David Cronenberg's genre-defying work that warns that the past comes calling when we least expect it.
FOR those trade unionists who like a mention, there's a scene in Four Brothers in which some crooks refuse to kill their intended victim and turn on the boss, saying: "One thing you forget about, bitch, we was in the union a long time."
AS AN old crone asks her young girls after they have been dancing in front of an unknown audience, "who else would pay to watch you?" The answer couldn't be simpler - paedophiles.
YET again, Peter Mullan pulls out all the stops to almost save a film, singlehandedly grappling with a character who is blind, grumpy and forced to survive in this oldest rural Scottish thriller.
UNLIKE almost any other sport, football hasn't got a distinguished film pedigree, the most notable being The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (1939), Escape to Victory (1981), Yesterday's Hero (1979) and When Saturday Comes (1996).
ROMERO returns. Having been credited with inventing the zombie movie with his cold war parable Night of the Living Dead in 1968, George A Romero revisits the scene with another satirical sideswipe on US politics.
WHATEVER you do this week, don't fall for the hard-sell on Guy Ritchie's new film Revolver - it's a crap movie about a confusing con-game calculated to con you out of your hard-earned cash.
JEFF SAWTELL casts his eye over a powerful political thriller that poses the elusive question of who pulls the strings in a democracy?
ADAPTED from Diana Wynne Jones's novel Howl's Moving Castle, this is a fine example of Miyazaki's wonderful animation applied to a story about a young woman-turned witch who takes refuge with the wizard Howl.
WHEN accident-prone housewife Rosabala (Licia Maglietta) gets left in the toilets by her forgetful family on the tourist bus, she decides to hitchhike and picks up a ride that happens to be going to Venice.