The Premiere - Gravity
I’m undecided about all this new fangled technology at the movies - 3D, IMAX, rumble seats - but there are certainly some flicks you should see in the round. This week I went to the Gravity premiere at the newly refurbished Cineworld IMAX.
At the IMAX, you don’t just see a film, you experience it, and there is no better film than Gravity to take you to its lofty heights. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney - both are out of this world (although, I saw Sandra on Jonathon Ross last week and she was surprisingly down to earth - hawhaw!).
The pair of them - along with director Alfonso Cuarón - have created a space odyssey that is as beautiful as it is terrifying. The simplicity of the story, the dialogue and its length (it’s fairly short for a Hollywood blockbuster) allows you to be totally immersed in the reality of its special effects. When the credits rolled, it was back to earth with a bang, but I was more than happy to have my feet firmly on the ground.
There are many great parks in Glasgow but sometimes you have to head a bit further north to be truly enchanted. This week, I went for a wee jaunt to the Enchanted Forest near Pitlochry. Now in its twelfth year, the annual month-long event has really taken root. I’d heard in previous years - without sounding like the Wicked Witch of the West - that the experience had been a bit grimm (brothers). But this story has a fairytale ending. The Enchanted Forest has gone from strength to strength. It is now Scotland’s largest sound and light show... and it’s certainly the most magical.
The tale - this year called Absorb - centers round a lake, above it are eerie floating orbs (abs-orb, geddit!) and a beautiful bridge bedecked in tiny, perfectly formed fairylights. Around the lake there are also several individual music and light pieces, each telling a story without words. For the kiddiewinks, or when our inclement weather gets the better of you, there is also a cosy fable-telling yurt, yummy hot chocolate and surprisingly friendly druids to keep you on track.
I had a brilliant night tripping the light fantastic, but if you fancy heading along you’ll need to move like lightning - it’s only here till the end of the month.
Have you been hoping for a new exciting bar to spring up in town? Well, thankfully, The Hope is here. I popped in for a wee VIP launch night to celebrate the opening of this brand new pub on Waterloo Street.
It’s a really tasteful place, not just the food and booze but the classy and stay awhile comfy decor. The menu covers all that your wee pub-grub heart could desire: I sampled their fish and chips and, not only is it value for money, it’s hopelessly delicious too.
Yep, as Aristotle said The Hope is the dream of the walking man... around the centre of Glasgow!
Wee Birdloves a good piece of cake so this week A Wee Bird Told Me... Glasgow recommends the wonderland of confectionery that is ‘Once Upon A Tart’ on King Street.
Where’s your favourtite place in Glasgow for the sweet treats?