PETER CAPALDI, writer/director of Strictly Sinatra and horror film buff, picks his top scary movies.

1 The Exorcist Scariest. Up until that point I was never scared in horror movies. but I was scared in The Exorcist.

2 Allen For scariness. but artfulness. too. Fantastic thriller, so creative. So under-celebrated, Ridley Scott. Incredible talent.

3 Dracula The 1958 one with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. They're not particularly scary. but I'm a great fan of the Hammer Dracula movies

4 Dracula AD 1972 As a camp addition, which had frothy cappuccinos and pepple in the King’s Road reanimating Dracula.

5 Edward Scissorhands Which isn’t really a horror film, but is a horror film in terms of its take on life.

Poet DAVID KINLOCH picks his five favourite gay artists.

1 Poet Walt Whitman The world's first gay male nurse. who sighed after and for wounded comrades of the American Civil War in some of the most tender, egalitarian and erotic poetry ever.

2 Filmmaker Derek Jarman Feast your eyes on Carvaggio, The Tempest and Edward // before sobering up on The Garden and Blue as they veer instantaneoust from the sublime to the corny.

3 Scottish born film animator Norman McLaren Appreciate the dry wit of his shorts Boogie Doodle. Hen Hop and the balletic Narcissus, all available on video from the BFI.

4 Poet Frank O’Hara His NY poems. full of glamorous stars like James Dean, Montgomery Clift, Lana Turner, Rachmaninov and Rudolph Valentino and labourers!

5 Poet Arthur Rimbaud In Illuminations. You will taste dawn. emerald waterfalls. a loch of indigo. avalanches of centauresses. a handsome prince and. best of all. a vision of your childhood‘s summers.



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Everyone loves Harry Potter. Right? Or is he just a wizard marketing wheeze?

Words: James Smart

hat with the books and the film. everyone‘s pretty excited about Harry Potter and his wi/arding chums. .-\nd why not‘.’ They turn the least bookish of children into avid readers and have proved exceptionally successful with adults as well. Indeed. Bloomsbury brings out an adult’s edition with

every children‘s paperback edition of the Potter

saga. The text is exactly the same. but the covers are artier and their backpieces are laden with quotes from the papers. The privilege of reading

Potter without embarrassment isn‘t free. of

course; you pay £6.99 instead of £5.99 a copy. But is there really need for such subterfuge? If you want

to read a kids book you should read a kids book. And yourself or your inside The Herald. Potter.

anyway. it’s not as if you‘re huddling your copy of [lust/er

sitting in a dark room with The Hundred Greatest Kit/s 'll’ Themes on repeat play.

The producers of the upcoming film of Harry Puller/ind 'l'lre Philosopher's Stone have claimed that what gives the novels their edge is the ‘sense of real darkness'. But Rowling‘s villains are too wafer thin to be threatening. Voldemort. thankfully. acquired a little stature in the over- long (job/er (ll/"ire. but in the first three books is a rather pitiful creature. mooching around a boarding school in disguise before being stripped of his mask in twists that suggest Scooby Doo.

And Rowling's minor villains are drawn with decidedly primary colours. Not content with creating a spoilt brat in Dudley Dursley. she gives the poor lad ‘piggy little eyes and five chins‘. (‘ompared with such facile characters. the rather dull Potter (solid at schoolwork. sickeningly brilliant at sport. no real interests. revered by all) acquires a messianic status.

The irritating thing is that this Potter worship isn't about to end. Anyone who somehow hasn‘t been reached by the books will be swamped by the buzz for the

after all. is literature: volum‘ " ' film and the associated choosmg Phil

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best children‘s book. while all Collins over four novels have been lauded

by broadsheets and tabloids. But are they really worth

the praise‘.’ Rowling's novels are highly readable works of escapist fantasy. deserving of both attention and space on bookstore shelves. But they do not deserve to spill into all areas of our culture and they do not deserve to obscure the likes of Philip Pullman or past works such as Tl l. White's ()II('(’ :lnr/ [VIII/ire King or (‘8. Lewis' Narnia Chronicles. ('hoosing Potter for yourself or your offspring above such works is like choosing Phil (‘ollins over Primal Scream. Revelling in their safe nostalgia is as bad as

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marketing campaign. And who‘s directing the film'.’ Chris Columbus. a man with Home Alone. Home Alone 2: Lost In New York and Jingle .-l// The Hirv under his marshmallow-studded belt.

The problem isn‘t so much the books themselves. but the fact that once a cultural behemoth like this has started moving. it is very difficult to stop. ()nce something gets commercially important enough. it will carry on. Usually while getting worse. The boy will soon be everywhere 7 but we elevated the Potter series to such heights. and we will pay the price.


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