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IT'S amazing what you can find when you're not looking for it. This week, while researching film-related Edinburgh Festival events, I stumbled upon Happy Go Lovely, a 1951 David Niven film set in Edinburgh. I'd struggle to call it a classic, but it has its charms.
REMEMBER the days before the internet when, if you wanted to know who starred in a certain film or find out the year it was made, you asked whoever was sitting next to you or hoped you had a copy of Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide to hand?
IT was just last year that a previously lost Scottish film, 1953's Laxdale Hall, arrived on DVD to offer an insight into our cinematic past, overshadowed by constant TV screenings of Local Hero and Whisky Galore.
THE recent news that Quentin Tarantino has finished the script for his latest film, Django Unchained, was enough to make an old Western fan's heart leap, even if just for a moment.
THE internet went crazy this week with the release of one of the most anticipated movies of the year, the romantic comedy Green With Envy.
"FORGET state of the art, go for state of the heart."
TAKE a walk along Hollywood Boulevard today and the evidence of modern cinema is impossible to miss.
GRAB your garlic, sharpen your stakes and check under the bed one more time - horror movies are returning to Edinburgh with a vengeance over the next few weeks.
"WE used to joke that if we weren't having fun at work by 11 o'clock in the morning we were going to go home."
MORE news broke this week about the future of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), when it was announced that the three leading lights charged with ensuring its bold new look had now departed.
Akira Kurosawa may be best known today for classics such as The Hidden Fortress and The Seven Samurai, which in turn inspired Star Wars and The Magnificent Seven, but as a new DVD collection proves, his career started rather modestly.
WHAT would you do if the only way you could see a film was to buy it on DVD?
MUCH as I enjoy watching a film at the cinema or on DVD, there's usually a slight drawback - they cost money. Which is where the internet can come in useful these days.
STOP for a moment and consider the worst movie you've ever seen.
MARILYN MONROE, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn. On Sunday, I was lucky enough to meet someone who worked with each of those names.
THE anniversary of the death of Boris Karloff 42 years ago this month may not sound the cheeriest of dates to celebrate, but given the actor's association with the gruesome and the horrific during his Hollywood heyday, it does seem somewhat apt.
TREMORS is probably the greatest movie in the Universe and The Society For The Proper Appreciation of Timothy Dalton's 007 are just two of the film-related Facebook groups I've joined in an attempt to connect with other fans around the globe.
THERE'S a silent revolution taking place in our cinemas and for once Edinburgh is taking the lead over Hollywood.