Tuesday, 31 May 2011

RETURN OF THE IMAX?

If there was one thing in Dublin before its time it was the IMAX cinema. Although impressive (there was a guided tour!) the films were complete rubbish. That was a decade ago and then it closed. Apparently the staff occupied the cinema until they got paid! Now Variety magazine are reporting that there might be a new IMAX cinema arriving in Dublin in the IFSC by the end of 2011? Without putting a downer on this IMAX films are usually documentaries or kids' animated films. The IFSC is full of finance professionals and the cast from Between the canals. Will it go the way of the Lighthouse? Or will it be a huge success in this recession? Or does anyone care? Shoot the cabbage doesn't!

Monday, 30 May 2011

NO CHEERS FRANCE!

Generally Shoot the Cabbage welcomes all countries to this blog. Except the French. So even though someone from there has recently read this blog there's no cheers for those handballing cheats!

Sunday, 29 May 2011

NO POST TONIGHT EITHER!

Carling Nations Cup final game is on. Hope Scotland win as they're the only country taking the thing seriously!

Saturday, 28 May 2011

IRISH FILM GENRES PART 33: OLD AGE

One of the great film genres and quite well done in Irish cinema: I could read the sky, Dancing at Lughnasa, Widow's peak, and Lonely passion of Judith Hearne.

Friday, 27 May 2011

CHEERS CANADA!

With the Celtic Tiger cubs emigrating to Canada finally someone there has read this blog. So cheers Canada!

Thursday, 26 May 2011

IRISH FILM GENRES PART 32: DANCE

Wouldn't it be great to see a movie about Irish dancing? Surely a box-office hit? The only Irish movie about dancing was Mad about mambo. There was the dance scene in Dancing at Lughnasa though.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

CHEERS ISRAEL!

Yep, someone from that country visited this blog in the last few days so cheers Israel!

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

NO POST TONIGHT!

Because Google confused my IE email address with a UK one. Couldn’t log in here for hours so watched the Northern Ireland football game instead!

Monday, 23 May 2011

WELCOME OBAMA!

The American President is speaking down the road so a big welcome to Ireland. Hope no-one in the crowd says 'I'm going to Kilbarrack'!

Sunday, 22 May 2011

IRELAND'S MOST NOTORIOUS FILM DIRECTOR!

Not many people have heard of David Malocco. Even fewer have heard of his feature called Virgin cowboys. But he's also known as Elio Malocco the scandalous solicitor way ahead of his time in terms of fraud! After getting barred by the Law Society he turned to filmmaking but according to the €4 book(!) I've read he was shunned by our 'prestigious' film industry and gave up. People who lead interesting lives make interesting films. That's why most Irish movies are so dull. We need more filmmakers like Malocco!

Saturday, 21 May 2011

IRISH FILM GENRES PART 31: GANGSTERS

One of the great Hollywood genres from the 1930s and several Irish titles are based on these films: Ordinary decent criminal and General. Other titles include Headrush, Actors, and Gobshite.

Friday, 20 May 2011

FAREWELL TO THE QUEEN!

The most memorable event of 2011 and she's headed back to England now. So, well done for her visiting and it's great to see the WW1 memorial and other sights in the media. Hope we can put all the history behind us now. After all, the real enemy is EU bureaucracy not the Brits!

Thursday, 19 May 2011

IRISH FILM GENRES PART 30: IRISH LANGUAGE

Not too many here: Kings is the main one, and a few scenes in Hush-a-bye- baby. There was also an early Film Board feature called Goban Saor.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

IRISH FILM GENRES PART 29:GAA

With the Queen visiting Croke Park today it's strange that our film industry has only produced Clash of the ash. No handball or Gaelic football movies? Strange.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

WELCOME TO THE QUEEN!

Today is a historic(al) day as Queen Elizabeth 2 of Britain arrives. Fair play to the woman for coming here at her age. Hope she likes the former second city of her Empire. Maybe if we remained part of Britain we could have produced our own Hitchcock, Lean, or Chaplin? Or maybe not?

Monday, 16 May 2011

IRISH FILM GENRES PART 28: VIDEO

Many titles have been shot on digital (and analogue) video: Fatal deviation, November afternoon, Honeymooners, Anton, Goldfish memory, Snap, and Pavee lackeen.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

IRISH FILM GENRES PART 27: BLACK AND WHITE

Lots of pre-1970's Irish films were in black and white. But several recent low-budget features were too: Sugar, November afternoon, Last days in Dublin, and How to cheat in the Leaving Certificate.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

IRISH FILM GENRES PART 26: GAY

There was the dire lesbian pic Goldfish memory, the prison kiss in Borstal boy, the toilet scene in Reefer and the model, and the closeted Man of no importance.

Friday, 13 May 2011

IRISH FILM GENRES PART 25: KIDS

Loads of Irish films starring kids: Flight of the doves, Kisses, Mickeybo and me, Boy from Mercury, Pete's meteor, and Into the West. A few more aimed directly at kids (mainly the animation features).

Thursday, 12 May 2011

CHEERS UKRAINE!

Been visitors here for a while now so cheers Ukraine!

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

IRISH FILM GENRES PART 24: ENVIRONMENT

As in environmental protection. The only one that dealt with these issues was the rountine Taffin. Plenty of room for more titles?

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

IRISH FILM GENRES PART 23: IMMIGRATION

A recent addition to Irish cinema with many people arriving into the country (and most leaving again!): Foxes (recommended), Trafficked, and W.C.

Monday, 9 May 2011

IRISH FILM GENRES PART 22: COMING OF AGE

Loads of titles here (and very few recommended!). Another big genre in '90s Irish cinema dealing with the transition from youth/innocence into adulthood: Last of the high kings, Last bus home, Circle of friends, 32A, and Cowboys and angels.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

CHEERS GERMANY!

They may have funded the Celtic Tiger and now want their money back but someone from that country has read this blog recently. So cheers!

Saturday, 7 May 2011

IRISH FILM GENRES PART 21: EXPERIMENTAL

Which could be considered less 'mainstream' and more confusing(!) than Arthouse? There was the strange Sugar in black and white (of course!), I could read the sky, and the impressive All souls' day.

Friday, 6 May 2011

ONE HUNDRED MORNINGS GETS A FIVE-STAR REVIEW!

In today's Irish Independent! Even said it's the best Irish movie of 2011 (which I doubt?). Looking forward to seeing this now.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

WHAT'S COMING SOON?

After an impressive month in March things have quietened down with no new Irish releases appearing. Seems The guard and The runway are coming out in the summer. Also, One hundred mornings is due a release soon. So, that's about it? Only another three or four titles this year?

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

WELL DONE MAN MADE MEN PART 2!

Big article in today's Irish Independent on how the €4,000 feature Man made men got selected for some famous American film festival. So well done!

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

IRISH FILM GENRES PART 20: DOCUMENTARY

Another genre that gets no mention on this blog but should still be noted. Like Irish animation it receives more acclaim than most live-action titles made here: If I should fall from grace, His & hers, Southpaw, and Saoirse.

Monday, 2 May 2011

IRISH FILM GENRES PART 19: PLAYS

Without a doubt Ireland has made a bigger impact in world theatre than cinema. So it's no surprise that so many Irish films are based on older plays: Disco pigs, Dancing at Lughnasa, Philadelphia here I come, Studs, Juno and the paycock, and The Quare fellow.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

IRISH FILM GENRES PART 18: 1979

Sure someone else has noticed this but there are more Irish films set in 1979 than 1916! 32A, Last bus home and Turning green are the main ones! Even the On the edge soundtrack used the Smashing Pumpkins' song 1979!

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