Sunday, 31 July 2011
Saturday, 30 July 2011
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
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
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Sunday, 24 July 2011
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.
Saturday, 23 July 2011
Friday, 22 July 2011
Thursday, 21 July 2011
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
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
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Monday, 11 July 2011
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
Saturday, 9 July 2011
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
Thursday, 7 July 2011
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Monday, 4 July 2011
Sunday, 3 July 2011
Saturday, 2 July 2011
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
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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