As GFF 2018 launches, we take a look at some of the golden oldies it's bringing back to the big screen
This year's Glasgow Film Festival kicks off on Wed 21 Feb, featuring 330 events and screenings across the city. Now in its 14th year, the festival features dozens of premieres, including 13 world and European premieres. But it's also a great opportunity to see some classic films on the big screen, so we've picked five bona fide blinders.
Groundhog Day (1993) Released a quarter of a century ago under the guise of a rom-com vehicle for Bill Murray, Harold Ramis's time-bending comedy quickly built a reputation as one of the greatest films ever made. A masterpiece of structure, its one of the best examples of a film that rewards repeat viewing, and it's handily playing at the same time and location every day during the festival. Flat 0/1, 126 Bath Street, Wed 21 Feb–Sun 4 Mar, £5.50.
Blade (1998) Twenty years ago, Marvel Studios took a gamble on a little-known vampire superhero called Blade. After taking over $131million at the box office, it was clear the gamble had paid off and, after selling off Spider-Man to Sony (a decision they'd soon come to regret), two years later the studio launched the X-Men franchise. See how the modern Marvel story began with this 35mm screening. Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Sat 3 Mar, £10.50 (£8.50, children £5.50).
Run Lola Run (1998) Tom Tykwer's endlessly inventive German thriller follows the escapades of Lola and her boyfriend Manni as they frantically attempt to find a lost bag stuffed with 100,000 Deutsche Marks within 20 minutes. If they don't, then he will be killed. When their mission fails, the story simply restarts and events play out differently. Tykwer inventively uses animation, freeze frame photography and a wonderfully percussive score to bring his story to life. The Art School, 20 Scott Street, Sat 3 Mar, £5.50.
Orphans (1998) Actor Peter Mullan launched his directorial career with this award-winning familial drama set in Glasgow. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, it features terrific performances from Douglas Henshall, Gary Lewis, Rosemarie Stevenson and Stephen McCole as a group of siblings preparing for their mother's funeral. Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Sun 4 Mar, £10.50 (£8.50, children £5.50).
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Sidney Lumet's extraordinary crime drama stars Al Pacino as a bungling bank robber attempting to steal money in order to pay for his pre-op transgender wife's (Chris Sarandon) sex change operation. The film, based on a true story, earned seven Oscar nominations. Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Sun 4 Mar, free.
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
included Richard Gere, Joss Whedon and Alan Rickman) but…