Irvine Welsh Day book/film news

Today Irvine welsh releases his new book ‘skagboys’ a prequel to his most popular title to date ‘ trainspotting’ . It’s a return to leith after basing his last book(and one of his best) ‘crime’ in America which is now his base after living for a few years in Dublin.

The book finds renton, sickboy, spud etc in thatchers Britain with high hopes and ideas slowly been corroded by hard core drug addiction and no hope of a job. I received my copy today and I’m very much looking forward to reading it.

Also out next week is an film adaptation of irvine’s film ‘ecstasy’ not one of my favourite books of his but I will check it out

Heres the trailer

Filming has also just finished on an adaptation of ‘filth’ starring James mc Avoy following the exploits of edinborough cop Bruce Robertson into the depths of all kinds of depravity . I’m really looking forward to this one

tunes,albums, movies of the year

my tunes, albums and films of 2011 are (in no particular order)

movies of the year


crazy stupid love

the guard

13 assassins

attack the block

x-men first class

captain armerica

the adventures of tin tin

tinker tailor soldier spy

rise of the planet of the apes



albums of the year 

Wu Lyf ‘Go Tell Fire To The Mountain’

Wild Beasts  ‘Smother’

The Horrors,’Skying’

ugly duckling ‘moving at breakneck speed’

the black keys ‘el camino

i break horses-‘Hearts’

PJ Harvey, ‘Let England Shake’

james blake-‘james blake’

zomby ‘dedication’

the field ‘looping state of mind’

holy ghost-holy ghost

m83 ‘hurry up, we’re dreaming’



tunes of the year 

lana del ray ‘video games’

azealia banks ‘212’

alex turner ‘piledriver waltz’

crazy p ‘eruption’

t.r.a.c ‘step rite on’

M83 ‘Midnight City’

tyler the creator ‘yonkers’

the horrors ‘still life’



do you want to work with steven spielberg ???

a list has appeared on the net claiming that stephen spielberg has a list 206 movies that every aspiring film maker must have seen if they are to calibrate , edgar wright has since come out on his twitter and said the list is fake but here is a list of the movies

how many have you seen?


Sci Fi 2001 Stanley Kubrick Gary Lockwood
French 400 Blows Francios Truffaut Jean-Pierre Leaud
Italian 8 1/2 Federico Fellini Marcello Mastroianni
Comedy Adam’s Rib George Cukor Katherine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Spencer Tracy
Crime Al Capone Richard Wilson Rod Steiger
Drama Alfie Lewis Gilbert Michael Caine, Shelley Winters
Drama All About Eve Joseph Mankiewicz Anne Baxter, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe
Musical All That Jazz Bob Fosse Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider
Drama All The Presidents Men Alan Pakula Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jason Robards
Musical American In Paris, An Vincent Minnelli Gene Kelly
Thriller And Justice For All Norman Jewison Al Pacino, Lee Strasberg, Jeffrey Tambor
Comedy Annie Hall Woody Allen Woody Allen, Jeff Goldblum, Diane Keaton
Comedy Apartment, The Billy Wilder Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray, Shirley McLaine
Drama Apocalypse Now Francis Ford Coppola Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen
Drama Baby Doll Elia Kazan Carroll Baker, Karl Malden, Rip Torn, Eli Wallach
Drama Bang The Drum Slowly John Hancock Robert DeNiro, Michael Moriarty
Comedy Barefoot In The Park Gene Saks Jane Fonda, Robert Redford
Russian Battleship Potemkin Sergei Eisenstein Vladimir Barsky
French Belle De Jour Luis Bunuel Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel
Drama Best Years Of Our Lives, The William Wyler Fredric March, Harold Russell, Teresa Wright
Italian Bicycle Thief, The Vittorio de Sica Lamberto Maggiorani
Drama Big Chill, The Michael Grillo Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Glen Close
Film Noir Big Sleep, The Michael Winner Joan Collins, Robert Mitchum, Jimmy Stewart
Horror Birds, The Alfred Hitchcock Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Rod Taylor
Film Noir Body Heat Lawrence Kasdan William Hurt Mickey Rourke, Kathleen Turner
Gangster Bonnie & Clyde Arthur Penn Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman
Breakfast At Tiffany’s Blake Edwards Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Mickey Rooney
French Breathless Jean Luc Goddard Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Segal
Drama Bridge On The River Kwai David Lean Alec Guiness, Jack Hawkins, William Holden
Brief Encounter David Lean Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson
Comedy Bringing Up Baby Howard Hawks Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn
Action Bullitt Peter Yate Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen
Gangster Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid George Roy Hill Paul Newman, Robert Redford
Drama Cape Fear J. Lee Thompson Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck
Drama Casablanca Michael Curtiz Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains
Drama Champ, The Franco Zeffirelli Jon Voight
Horror Charade Stanley Donen James Coburn, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn
Drama Chase,The Arthur Penn Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Robert Redford
French Children Of Paradise, The Marcel Came Enenne Decroux
Film Noir Chinatown Roman Polanski Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Diane Ladd, Jack Nicholson
Drama Citizen Kane Orson Welles Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles
Drama Clockwork Orange, A Stanley Kubrick Malcolm McDowell
Sci Fi Close Encounters Of The Third Steven Speilberg Melinda Dillon, Richard Dreyfuss, Ted Garr
Drama Come Back Little Sheba Daniel Mann Shirley Booth, Burt Lancaster
Mystery Conversation, The Francis Ford Coppola Robert Duvall, Harrison Ford, Gene Hackman
Drama Cool Hand Luke Stuart Rosenberg Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy, Paul Newman
Sci Fi Day The Earth stood Still, The Robert Wise Billy Gray, Hugh Marlowe, Patricia Neal
Drama Days Of Wine And Roses Blake Edwards Jack Klugman, Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick
Drama Deer Hunter, The Michael Cimino Robert DeNiro, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep
Drama Doctor Zhivago David Lean Julie Christie, Alec Guinness, Omar Shard
Drama Dog Day Afternoon Sidney Lumet John Cazale, Al Pacino
Film Noir Double Indemnity Billy Wilder Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck
Drama East of Eden Elia Kazan James Dean, Jo Harris, Jo Van Fleet
Horror Exorcist,The William Friedkin Lee J. Cobb, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller
Drama Face In The Crowd, A Elia Kazan Andy Griffith, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick
Drama Five Easy Pieces Bob Rafelson Karen Black, Jack Nicholson
Drama Fly, The David Cronenberg Jeff Goldblum
Drama French Connection Part 2, The John Frankenheimer Gene Hackman
Drama French Connection, The William Friedkin Gene Hackman
Drama From Here to Eternity Fred Zimmerman Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra
Drama Fugitive Kind, The Sidney Lumet Marlon Brando
Thriller Gaslight George Cukor Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten
Comedy General, The Buster Keaton Buster Keaton
Drama Gentlemen’s Agreement Elia Kazan John Garfield, Gregory Peck
Drama Giant George Stevens James Dean, Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor
Drama Godfather, The (1-3) Francis Ford Coppola Marlon Brando, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Al Pacino
Drama Gone With The Wind Victor Fleming Clark Gable, Olivia De Havilland, Vivian Leigh
Comedy Graduate, The Mike Nichols Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman
French Grand Illusion Jean Renior Erich Von Stroheim
Drama Grapes Of Wrath John Ford Jane Darwell, Henry Fonda
Gangster Great Escape, The John Sturges Charles Bronson, James Coburn, James Garner, Steve McQueen
Drama Great Santini, The Lewis John Carlino Robert Duvall
Drama Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner Stanley Kramer Katherine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy
Drama Guns Of Navaronne J. Lee Thompson Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn
Drama Heiress, The William Wyler Montgomery Clift, Olivia De Havilland, Ralph Richardson
Western High Noon Fred Zinnerman Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly
Comedy His Girl Friday Howard Hawks Cary Grant
Comedy Holiday George Cukor Cary Grant Katherine Hepburn
Drama Hud Martin Rift Patricia Neal, Paul Newman
Drama Hunter, The Buzz Kulik Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach
Drama Hustler, The Robert Rossen Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, Paul Newman
Drama I Confess Alfred Hitchcock Montgomery Clift, Karl Malden
Comedy Immigrant, The Charlie Chaplin Charlie Chaplin
Drama In A Lonely Place Nicolas Ray Humphrey Bogart
Drama In the Heat Of The Night Norman Jewison Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger
Drama Indiscretion Of An American Wife Vittorio de Sica Montgomery Clift Jennifer Jones
Comedy It Happened One Night Frank Capra Claudette Colbert Clark Gable
Drama It’s A Wonderful Life Frank Capra Lionel Barrymore, Jimmy Stewart
Drama Judgment At Nuremberg Stanley Kramer Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Spencer Tracy
Drama Julius Caesar Joseph Mankiewicz Marlon Brando
Drama Kramer Vs. Kramer Robert R. Benton Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep
Drama Last Detail, The Hal Ashby Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid
Drama Last Picture Show, The Peter Bogdanovich Jeff Bridges, Ben Johnson, Cybill Shephard
Drama Last Tango In Paris Bernardo Bertolucci Marlon Brando
Drama Lawrence Of Arabia David Lean Alec Guinness, Peter O’Toole, Anthony Quinn
Drama Little Foxes, The William Wyler Bette Davis, Teresa Wright
Drama Lolita Stanley Kubrick Sue Lyon, James Mason, Peter Sellers, Shelley Winters
Drama Lonelyhearts Vincent J. Donahue Montgomery Clift, Maureen Stapleton
Drama Long Day’s Journey Into Night Sidney Lumet Katherine Hepburn, Jason Robards
Drama Long Hot Summer, The Martin Ritt Paul Newman, Orson Welles, Joanne Woodward
Comedy Lost In America Albert Brooks Albert Brooks, Julie Hagerty
Drama Lost Weekend, The Billy Wilder Ray Milland
Drama Love Story Arthur Hiller Ali McGraw, Ray Milland, Ryan O’Neal
German M Fritz Lang Peter Lorre
Drama Magnificent Ambersons, The Orson Welles Tim Holt, Agnes Moorehead, Orson Welles
Drama Magnificent Seven, The John Sturges Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach
Western Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance John Ford Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, Lee Marvin
Drama Manchurian Candidate John Frankenheimer Angela Lansbury, Frank Sinatra
Drama Marathon Man John Schlesinger Dustin Hoffman
Drama Marty Delbert Mann Ernest Borgnine
Drama Mean Streets Martin Scorsese Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel
Drama Men, The Fred Zimmerman Marlon Brando
Sci Fi Metropolis Fritz Lang Brigitte Heim, Theodore Loos
Drama Midnight Cowboy John Schlesinger Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voiqht
Comedy Miracle Of Morgan’s Creek, The Preston Sturges Bobby Watson
Drama Misfits, The John Huston Clift, Gable, Monroe
Drama Mississippi Burning Alan Parker Willem Defoe, Gene Hackman
Drama Missouri Breaks, The Arthur Penn Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson
Comedy Modern Romance Albert Brooks Albert Brooks, Bruno Kirby
Comedy Modern Times Charlie Chaplin Charlie Chaplin
Comedy Mr. Smith Goes To Washington Frank Capra Claude Rains, Jimmy Stewart
Drama Mutiny On The Bounty Frank Lloyd Marlon Brando
Musical My Fair Lady George Cukor Rex Harrison, Audrey Hepburn
Drama Nashville Robert Altman Ned Beatty, Jeff Goldblum
Drama National Velvet Clarence Brown Angela Lansbury, Elizabeth Taylor
Drama Network Sidney Lumet Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall
Drama No Way To Treat A Lady Jack Smight Rod Steiger
Mystery North By Northwest Alfred Hitchcock Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint
Mystery Notorious Alfred Hitchcock Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant
Comedy Odd Couple, The Gene Saks Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau
Drama On the Waterfront Elia Kazan Brando, Malden, Steiger
Drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Milos Foreman Jack Nicholson, Danny Divito
Drama One-Eyed Jacks Marlon Brando Marlon Brando, Karl Malden
Drama Ordinary People Robert Redford Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland
Drama Panic in Needle Park, The Jerry Schatzberg Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino
Drama Papillion Franklin Schaffner Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen
Horror Parallax View, The Alan Pakula Warren Beatty, Hume Cronyn
Comedy Party, The Blake Edwards Peter Sellers
Drama Patton Franklin Schaffner Karl Malden, George C. Scott
Drama Pawnbroker, The Sidney Lumet Rod Steiger
Comedy Philadelphia Story Georqe Cukor Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn
Horror Psycho Alfred Hitchcock Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins
Gangster Public Enemy, The William Wellman James Cagney
Drama Quiet Man, The John Ford John Wayne
Drama Raging Bull Martin Scorsese Robert DeNiro
Drama Rain People, The Francis Ford Coppola James Caan, Robert Duvall
Drama Raintree County Edward Dmytryk Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor
Drama Ramblin’Rose Martha Coolidge Laura Dern, Robert Duvall
Comedy Real Life Albert Brooks Albert Brooks, Charles Grodin
Mystery Rear Window Alfred Hitchcock Grace Kelly, Jimmy Stewart
Drama Rebel Without A Cause Nicholas Ray James Dean, Natalie Wood
Western Red River Howard Hawks Montgomery Clift, John Wayne
Drama Reflections In A Golden Eye John Huston Marlon Brando, Julie Harris
Drama Requiem For A Heavyweight Ralph Nelson Jackie Gleason, Julie Harris
Horror Rosemary’s Baby Roman Polanski Mia Farrow, Ruth Gordon
Drama Runaway Train Andrei Konchalovsky Eric Roberts, Jon Voight
Comedy Safety Last Harold Lloyd Harold Lloyd
Drama Sand Pebbles, The Robert Wise Steve McQueen
Drama Saturday Night Fever John Badham John Travolta
Drama Sayonara Joshua Logan Marlon Brando
Drama Scarecrow Jerry Schatzberg Gene Hackman, Al Pacino
Drama Scarface Brian De Palma Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer
Drama Scent Of A Woman Martin Brest Al Pacino
Western Searchers, The John Ford John Wayne, Natalie Wood
Drama Serpico Sidney Lumet Al Pacino
Japanese Seven Samurai Akira Kurosawa Takashi Shimura
Swedish Seventh Seal, The Ingmar Bergman Max Von Sydow
Drama Signal 7    
Musical Singin’ In the Rain Stanley Donen Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno
Swedish Smiles Of A Summer Night, The Ingmar Bergman Jarl Kulle
Drama Soldier In The Rain Ralph Nelson Jackie Gleason, Steve McQueen
Comedy Some Like It Hot Billy Wilder Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe
Musical Sound Of Music, The Robert Wise Julie Andrews
Drama Splendor In The Grass Elia Kazan Warren Beatty, Natalie Wood
Western Stagecoach John Ford James Mason, John Wayne
Musical Star Is Born, A William Wellman Janet Gaynor, Fredric March
Sci Fi Star Wars George Lucas Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford
Drama Streetcar Named Desire, A Elia Kazan Brando, Kim Hunter, Vivian Leigh
Drama Suddenly Last Summer Joseph Mankiewicz Clift, Hepburn, Taylor
Comedy Sullivan’s Travels Preston Sturges Veronica Lake, Joel McCrea
Film Noir Sunset Boulevard Billy Wilder William Holden, Gloria Swanson
Drama Sweet Bird of Youth Richard Brooks Paul Newman, Geraldine Page
Drama Taxi Driver Martin Scorsese Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel
Drama Teahouse Of The August Moon, The Daniel Mann Marlon Brando
Drama Tender Mercies Bruce Beresford Robert Duvall
Drama Third Man, The Carol Reed Orson Welles
Drama Three Days Of The Condor Sidney Pollack Faye Dunaway, Robert Redford
Drama To Kill A Mockingbird Robert Mulligan Gregory Peck
Comedy Tootsie Sidney Pollack Dustin Hoffman
Drama Tree Grows In Brooklyn, A Elia Kazan James Dunn, Peggy Ann Garner
Drama Trip To Bountiful, A Peter Masterson Geraldine Page
Drama Twelve Angry Men Sidney Lumet Lee J. Cobb, Henry Fonda
Western Two Rode Together John Ford Jimmy Stewart
Drama Verdict, The Sidney Lumet Paul Newman
Mystery Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock Kim Novak, Jimmy Stewart
Drama Viva Zapata Elia Kazan Marlon Brando, Karl Malden
Horror Wait Until Dark Terence Young Alan Arkin, Audrey Hepburn
Musical West Side Story Jerome Robbins Rita Moreno, Natalie Wood
Musical White Christmas Michael Curtiz Bing Crosby
Drama Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? Mike Nichols Richard Burton, George Segal
Drama Wild One, The Laszlo Benedek Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin
Drama Wild River Elia Kazan Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick
Drama Young Lions, The Edward Dmytryk Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift

Amazing Spider-Man Trailer

not letting the dark knight rises teaser get all the glory this week.due out on  july 3, 2012 here is the trailer for ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ starring andrew garfield , the trailer has a dark edge to it which is a nice suprise after some reports were suggesting that the studio was going for a lighter tone to the sam remi trilogy of films

splinter trailer , documentary about surfing in papua new guinea


anyone who saw the wonderful documentary about irish surfers ‘ waveriders’  a couple of years ago maybe interested in this. splinters is a movie what happened when an australian pilot left his surfboard behind  in papua new guinea where rival teams compete. the film also focuses on the everyday life in the villages where violence is commonplace. not a clue when this out but its well worth checking out