V&A Dundee: where innovation meets design

The first museum dedicated to design in Scotland opened on September 15th, 2018. Designed by Kengo Kuma, its architecture overlooking the river Tay mimics the shape of the Scottish cliffs. The building’s geometric lines melt harmoniously with the urban landscape of the city of Dundee and its port. Created as “a living-room for the city” according to the architect, the Victoria & Albert museum is a place for all, in which design creativity is at the core of the project.

Holidays Highlights: Museums of Madrid

Before I went to Madrid, I expected what I had experienced in Barcelona, which was lots of sangria drinking and paella eating. When I decided to travel to Spain again, I knew that I should add Madrid to my itinerary but had no idea what to expect.

Film Review: Blue Jasmine

Upon deciding to go and see the new Woody Allen film, I expected something offbeat and fairly light-hearted, especially after just re-watching his last picture, Midnight in Paris, however I was left reeling at the fairly somber tone of Blue Jasmine. The plot revolves around Jasmine (Cate Blanchett), who is in the midst of a nervous breakdown following the disintegration of her marriage and high-society lifestyle.

Get the Picture

The ONLY film I am thinking about this summer is The Great Gatsby. Not only is it based on arguably one of the greatest books in history but it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. There also already exists a good predecessor in Jack Clayton’s 1974 film starring Robert Redford. This film has a lot to live up to. But I will leave it to the end. First, some other blockbusters…

Film Review: Zero Dark Thirty

The screen goes dark. Suddenly, muffled, crackling voices escape the speakers, as the date 'September 11, 2001' flashes across the screen. There is no image; only terrified voices punctuated by sirens and thunderous explosions—the last exchange is between a sobbing woman and a 911 telephone operator: “I’m going to die, aren’t I?” she gasps, and the operator’s words become meaningless in the face of her impending doom, before the massive and unprecedented tragedy at the World Trade center a dozen years ago.

Four films to watch this month

It’s awards season again. With this comes reminders of the past year’s best hits, as well as all those lined up to entertain us on the silver screen over the next few weeks. Here are the Owl Eyes picks of what to watch this month…

Break From The Bubble: Dundee Contemporary Arts

Everyone needs to escape from St Andrews every once in a while; my latest retreat was to the cinema at Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre. It was only a few weeks ago that I came across the DCA, when two friends and I were desperate to see a film outside St Andrews. It was the only place in the area showing Albatross, a slightly obscure film we had set our hearts on, so we embarked across the Tay Bridge in search of it.