Grab your bucket of popcorn and celebrate some blockbuster birthdays on the big, big screen
‘Goodness gracious / great balls of fire!’ Sorry, couldn’t resist. Glasgow Film Festival continues its masterful balance of arthouse festival flicks and populist fare, reaching the broadest spectrum of cinephiles and movie nerds with a strand of decadal blockbuster anniversaries from 1976 to 1996 on glorious, neck-straining IMAX presentation. Better yet, The List is giving you the chance to pick one of the films that screens.
As you’ve probably already guessed, one of the films in the series is 1986’s Tony Scott-Tom Cruise classic, Top Gun, and there really couldn’t be a more natural home for the aerial combat actioner than on IMAX. Prepare yourself to re-live the greatest love triangle since The Philadelphia Story, as Maverick, Goose and Iceman go toe-to-toe to find out who is the best of the best of the best, with honours. Also, shirtless beach volleyball, Kelly McGillis and moody love scenes that literally take your breath away (ahem, yes, we really went there.) Our flight suit is already on order.
Sticking with 1986, and a blockbuster with a greater mix of sci-fi brains, military brawn and some of the finest work of the late James Horner, how about Aliens: The Director’s Cut? Comparisons to the other Ridley brother’s earlier Alien are futile; these are two very different space beasts. In the unlikely scenario you need convincing how amazing Aliens will be on IMAX (the Sulaco, the escape scene, the Queen, come on!), the UK Colonial Marine Corps will patrol the viewing area for added atmosphere, so keep your eyes peeled for Private ‘illegal alien’ Vasquez, Private ‘game over’ Hudson and Lieutenant ‘always was an asshole’ Gorman.
Stretching back to 1976, the festival has opted for the Brian De Palma-directed Carrie, starring Sissy Spacek, the first of Stephen King’s books to have been adapted into a film. This tense, atmospheric 70s horror should play great on IMAX, especially its famous blood-soaked climax. You probably won’t be quoting along with this one, more likely you’ll be busy chewing your fingers down to the bone.
Best of all, the final selection in the strand gets to be chosen by you, The List readers. Take yourself back to 1996: three of the year’s most memorable films come in the form of vampire gore-fest From Dusk Till Dawn (remember when Tarantino was still trying his hand at acting?); Scream, Wes Craven’s brilliant return to form, a satire of the slasher genre he’d mastered; and finally our very own scum-of-the-earth, generation-defining Brit flick, Trainspotting, of which we dare you to pick the best scene. Even tougher might be choosing between these contemporary classics, so make sure you choose wisely, because it’s unlikely you’ll get the opportunity to see any of these films on an IMAX screen again.
Voting has closed and Trainspotting is the our readers' choice.
Carrie plays Fri 19 Feb at 7.30pm, Aliens: The Director’s Cut Sat 20 Feb at 7.30pm, Top Gun Fri 26 Feb at 7.30pm and The List Reader’s Choice Sat 27 Feb at 7.30pm. Glasgow Film Festival runs 17–27 Feb at various venues.
Having launched in 2005, the Glasgow Film Festival has grown and grown: during that debut year, 6000 cinephiles passed through the doors, while 42,000 attended in 2016. Of course there are top-notch premieres, retrospectives and special guests (past visitors have
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