Sunday, 31 July 2011

GAMESTOP CLOSING!

Now the GameStop shop in Rathmines seems to be gone? Was a good place for buying rare DVDs.

Saturday, 30 July 2011

LASER CLOSING!

The two rental shops are remaining but the sales one in Andrew Street is on the way out. Shame, but most of their stuff wasn't up to much and the DVDs worth buying were expensive. Also sad was the way few young people went in there. Always had tourists and strange old men! Shows the lack of interest in the older movies these days?

Friday, 29 July 2011

€1000,000,000!

That's not how much the government needs to cut in its next budget. According to today's Irish times newspaper it's how much our Film (and TV) industry could be worth in 2016. Of course this will never happen due to the uncertain nature of the industry. Then the article says we need to become more 'international'! Great, back to the '90s with crap Oirish productions that no-one liked or remembers. What STC would like to see in the next five years is (a) a few 'auteur' films and (b) a few commerical, multiplex successes. What we don't need are a host of international co-productions that are Irish versions of foreign titles. We don't need 'common industry training standards' either as our films look identical enough already. What we need is sonething new, fresh, original, controversial, and memorable. This year's Snap was a good start.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

CHEERS ARMENIA!

Maybe they're checking out this blog for some tips on how to beat Ireland in the forthcoming football qualifier? Anyway, cheers Armenia!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

CHEERS JERSEY!

Another small country has accessed STC! The location of Crooked mile, so cheers Jersey!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

NO POST YESTERDAY!

Due to old college library being closed for the summer months. So had no internet access outside of work.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

IRELAND'S GREATEST ACTORS: MATT MOORE

Saw this guy in an old movie today and he has an impressive back catalogue: Front page, Rain, Spellbound, Seven brides for seven brothers, Pardners (Jerry Lewis western comedy), Affair to remember, and the cult classic I bury the living. Born in Meath.

NO CHEERS GREECE!

Yep, the most despised country in the EU has now accessed this blog. So like France, not welcome here.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

SIX HUNDRED POSTS!

Shoot the cabbage has now exceeded 600 posts on Irish cinema. So that's great news for anyone interested? It's been a good year so far for our movies. Hope the second ½ continues?

Friday, 22 July 2011

TOMÁS MCCANNA

Good programme about Irish theatre director Tomás McCanna on the television this week. Didn't know he made films back in the 1950s?

Thursday, 21 July 2011

SEVEN SONGS FOR AMY?

Yet another Irish-themed comedy-musical is getting made here soon. Over in Galway and starring the guy from Meet the spartans. Should be another piece of Oirish romcom tripe?

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

KILL THE IRISHMAN?

Supposed to be coming out this month but may get a straight-to-DVD release instead? Looks good anyway.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

DISCOVER IRELAND 'ATTRACTING' TOURISTS WITH IRISH CINEMA!

Yep, suspicions that P.S. I love you got made here mainly to promote Irish tourism has now been confirmed with Discover Ireland tourism body creating a 'plan your holiday' based on the locations used in that movie. Ever see a '70s Hollywood movie where they cut every twenty minutes to footage of a screeching airplane landing? That's what we need to do. Film all the tourist locations in the country and sell these clips to Hollywood. Then they could insert these shots into their romcoms that require a few Europe-set scenes?

Monday, 18 July 2011

WHEN IS WHITE IRISH DRINKERS COMING OUT ON DVD HERE?

What do you call an Irish seven-course meal? A six pack and potato! That's a line from last year's White Irish drinkers, another American-made crime infested '70s movie. Shame it will never get a DVD release here?

Sunday, 17 July 2011

IRA informant


Lousy Troubles movie involving an IRA bomber who turns against his comrades. The kind of film where a character says they'll do something and the next scene shows them doing the opposite! Lots of below-average dialogue and acting. Some interesting footage of Belfast (and Dublin!). Some interesting class conflict between the posh British soldiers and working-class IRA. Lots of clichéd stuff here including the silly freeze frame final shot. Like Harry's game and Cal there's a couple of arty sex scenes! But the chances of seeing this long forgotten (and dated) '90s movie are remote.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

AMERICAN NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART TO SCREEN IRISH MOVIES!

Seems Setanta television are not the only people to be showing a season of Irish cinema this year? The National Gallery in Washingto, USA will be screening several famous and lesser-known Irish films next month: Quiet man, This other eden, Secret of Roan Inish, Ballroom of romance, Down the corner, Dead, Butcher boy, and Adam and Paul.

Friday, 15 July 2011

CELTIC EALING COMEDIES?

Good article in today's The independent British newspaper. It was about the old Ealing comedies and how recent films made over there often get compared but are never as good! That's exactly what happens here too with titles like Closer you get and Waking Ned. Even the second rate Ealing films such as the Irish-themed Another shore are superior to most of today's versions. So the point of this post is that Irish filmmakers should stop trying to copy the old Ealing comedies because we don't have the memorable character actors, talented directors, or sheer class to make films as good as these!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

RICHARD SKELTON

British composer Richard Skelton is currently living in the West of Ireland. Would love to hear some of his ambient music in an Irish movie? Shame the way famous people live here but go unnoticed by our film industry?

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

THE GUARD AT NUMBER ONE!

Great to see that new Irish movie The guard has topped the box office. Haven't seen it yet but who cares about its quality when it's done so well commercially?

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

NEW CINEMA FOR STILLORGAN!

New seven-screen cinema is due to open in the next few weeks. That's according to an advert in today's Irish Indpendent newspaper. The Ormonde was good but the sound was too low.

Monday, 11 July 2011

BRENDAN GLEESON AND AT SWIM TWO BIRDS!

Seems Gleeson's pet project based on the famous Irish novel is getting made. That's according to the media reports where the Film Board has agreed to fund the project along with EU investors. Gleeson is the guy who said we should be making 'quality' films like Studs! But he's a success and is entitled to direct his own movie. However, there are far more duds directed by actors than classics like Night of the hunter.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

GALWAY FLEADH IRISH FEATURE FILMS

A door ajar
Behold the lamb
Charlie Casanova
Guard
Lotus eaters
Other side of sleep
Parked
Pier
Stella days

Saturday, 9 July 2011

NEW CINEMA FOR THE LIGHTHOUSE!

That's according to today's Evening herald newspaper. Seems buyers are interested in repoening the 'out-of-town' cinema under another name? Bet it won't be as good as the late Screen on the quays where Shoot the cabbage sat through a double bill of Evil dead and Death wish 3 as a kid?

Friday, 8 July 2011

THE GUARD OUT TODAY!

Latest (hyped) Irish movie is out now!

Thursday, 7 July 2011

BRYLCREEM BOYS FOR TV?

Seems the Brylcreem boys might be turning into a TV series? Although little seen it remains one of the better Irish titles from the '90s. So best of luck to this project.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

CHEERS BELGIUM!

A closer country now and the location for the In Bruges movie. So cheers Belgium!

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

GOOD PROMOTION FOR THE GUARD!

All over the buses and posterboards in town so looking forward to this movie out on Friday.

Monday, 4 July 2011

CHEERS SRI LANKA!

Maybe the same person is touring the world and reading this blog from different countries? Anyway, cheers Sri Lanka!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

CHEERS VENEZUELA!

Another country far away has accessed this fine blog. So cheers Venezuela!

Saturday, 2 July 2011

POINT PICTURES

New cinema complex in the IFSC. Not sure if this will be the new IMAX but according to yesterday's Irish Times it will host premieres and have sky lights to complete the Hollywood effect. So that's great news for the next Irish gangster movie and other hyped rubbish that the media here loves!

Friday, 1 July 2011

AS IF I AM NOT THERE GETTING *** REVIEWS IN BRITAIN!

Seems the IFTA-winning As if I am not there is getting lukewarm reviews in Britain? Strictly 3-starred reviews from the longsheet newspapers. Strange the way some Irish-made films do less well abroad. Then there are films here that have the opposite effect e.g. Once?

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