Freitags #5

Summerhall are at the forefront of the art scene again this weekend, with two interesting exhibitions opening.  Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys: The Lost Photographs documents the unlikely friendship between the two artists, while Transformation & Revelation: Gormley to Gaga is a celebration of British design and architecture."

We're also very excited about the what is being shown in Edinburgh cinemas this festive season. The Filmhouse is offering all the the usual classics: we're looking forward to It's a Wonderful Life and The Muppet Christmas Carol. The Cameo is adopting more of an alternative 'approach' - they're showing Joe Dante's classic Gremlins as well as Trading Places and 1970s Canadian horror Black Christmas. Speaking of festive cinema, the BFI have an interesting article on what makes a great Christmas film.

The big news story in British independent cinema this week was the announcement that Cineworld has bought the Picturehouse chain of arthouse cinemas. It's intriguing to see how this will affect the cinemas (one of which is Edinburgh's own Cameo, a regular haunt of Blasted) - here's hoping that Cineworld stay true to their word and don't interfere too much.

The Freitags are taking a break for two or three weeks while the arts world winds down for Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivus. As well as nursing numerous food and drink related hangovers, Blasted's editors will need to conserve their mental energy as they have decided to challenge themselves with a Ulysses book club. (Approximately) eighty pages a week for twelve weeks (there aren't really any chapters) is the plan. The literary sorts among you may laugh, but it's a big book and Andy and Erika have harboured ambitions to read it for along time, with innumerable failed attempts between them. If anyone wants to join in, please do - the 'club' commences in the first week of 2013. Hopefully it won't reduce them to this... Again.

We'll have the odd blog update and feature/review here and there (including a review of Sightseers, thoughts on Last Shop Standing, and maybe that Moe Tucker article, finally) in the meanwhile, so please do keep visiting the site.