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Fri 28 Nov 2014

One of our fine and most regular of patrons – we’ll call her Morag, to either protect the innocent or name the guilty – has been in touch to suggest I name this column ‘Rod’s Rant’, so prone am I to ‘going off on one’ in the prosecution of it. She meant it as a compliment and a bit of fun, I’m sure... I’d never thought of it as a rant as such, and so looked back to see where that impression might have come from and, you know what, ‘Morag’ is probably right (though I do prefer to think of the instances of such more as one in an occasional series of gentle reminders that Filmhouse’s existence relies so heavily on your continued support, and to help you make informed decisions as to which cinema establishment is deserving of your patronage [Yeah, okay, we get the message. - Ed.]). Last month, and I think it was this that must have triggered the communication mentioned above, I explained that film-wise we can’t always get what we want when we want it, and you may or may not have guessed that The Imitation Game, playing from 12 December, was one of those films we could not (oops, I’m doing it again!) secure on its release. I’m hoping you’ve been waiting and will come and see it here…

The holiday season is upon us once again, so we’re all getting prepared to endure the usual round of Grinch-like grumblings about the ‘damnable compulsory jollity’ of it all from one of our number in the office... But, like us, pay them no heed, wallow in it, and metaphorically rub their face in it by coming to see one (or more!) of the seasonal classics we have lined up this year, including the inconceivable-without It’s a Wonderful Life, the equally essential The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Bishop’s Wife, and, in exceedingly timely fashion, Joyeux Noël, on the 100th anniversary of the ‘game-of-footyin- no-man’s-land’ depicted therein.

Our big release of the month comes on Boxing Day, and it’s Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, which tells the incredible true story of artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), whose husband Walter (Christoph Waltz) claimed credit for her massively popular paintings of big-eyed children, for decades. A grown-up, imaginative fable… and vintage Burton. Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, has been digitally mastered for the first time and gets the re-release treatment, screening here from 5 December; The Grandmaster is arthouse darling Wong Kar Wai’s dazzling, expressionistic character study of legendary kung-fu master, Ip Man; and, from Germany, one of the hits of EIFF 2014, Stations of the Cross gets a much-deserved cinema release.

Tying in with our chums at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay as we often do, we’ve a host of great films set in Scotland for your delectation; and there’s also a trio of Jacques Tati’s early marvels, Jour de fête, Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday and Mon Oncle. N’est-ce pas fantastique!

Lastly, I want to thank you all for your support in 2014, and I hope we’ve done enough to warrant the same in 2015. Looking at films coming up in early 2015, I think we’ll be seeing you sooner in the New Year, rather than later… I do hope so.

Have a good one!

Rod White, Head of Filmhouse

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