Monday, 31 October 2011
Seems the Irish media are going crazy over news that Death of a superhero has gotten a distribution deal in the States. Maybe they should wait first? It might do the same business over there as Fitzbibbon's last movie Perrier's bounty and make less than $1,000?
Sunday, 30 October 2011
There's a horror movie festival on this weekend in Dublin. Except we have no decent home-made horror films. A few years back the dire Shrooms got booed at this festival! It's a real shame that we don't have even one quality horror movie. The closest is probably The eclipse but that's not 'real' horror. Another problem is that with all this technical filmmaking, slickness, and blue-rinse look in Irish filmmaking we will never make a decent horror movie now. Look at what the Brits have done over the last decade with their horror stuff? Then look at our stuff like Daisy chain. There is something wrong with our filmmaking setup when we can't even make a ½-decent horror film?
Saturday, 29 October 2011
Friday, 28 October 2011
Thursday, 27 October 2011
Well that was bad! Can't believe the good reviews for this when the similar Eamon got panned? Stuck in a car, Meaney meets a young junkie and a woman. Lots of handheld camera stuff, establishing shots of the card park, slow pace, usual faces (Wilmot, that lunatic from Killing Bono), dole office scenes, Dublin's two chimneys,and of course not forgetting that ANNOYING PIANO PLONKY MUSIC that has to be in every second Irish movie. I want my €7 back! Parked will be parked in the forgotten zone by next year!
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Anyone who reads books/articles on Irish cinema will usually have to read full chapters about Jim Sheridan and Neil Jordan. Both laughably overrated. However, it's strange that a more successful Irish director never gets a mention? That director being Kenneth Branagh. Even stranger is that he's from Northern Ireland and has yet to make an IRA movie? Maybe he's above all this and concentrates instead on Shakespeare?
Saturday, 22 October 2011
According to last night's Late late show Neil Jordan is making another vampire movie. Hope he won't be begging the Directors' Guild to get his name removed from a horror movie. One Irish director doing this is enough!
Friday, 21 October 2011
This is just sh*t. A young-filmmakers' effort about the famine. Lots of really bad acting. Done on video it's about a group of small children travelling across Ireland to find a relative (as in Flight of the doves). The kind of movie where the kids walk barefoot yet their feet are too clean!
Thursday, 20 October 2011
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Unemployment blackspot Waterford City has a film festival. For some reason they have decided to ignore features and concentrate on short films. Bad idea. We have too many people in this country making rubbish short films. We do not have enough people making their own features. No wonder Irish cinema is so bad?
Monday, 17 October 2011
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Saturday, 15 October 2011
He might be our next president and it's generally regarded that he reestablished our film industry. Except the only film industry we have is a services one. He won't be getting my vote!
Friday, 14 October 2011
Had a look a that Sensation trailer. Another 'one joke' movie. The usual plodding piano music on the soundtrack, there's Owen Roe (again), and the lighting is a bad as most Irish movies. Can't wait for this one!
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Monday, 10 October 2011
Sunday, 9 October 2011
What is it with Irish movies and women forcing themselves on men for sex? Wild Decembers, Puffball, Killing Bono, Crushproof, Freeze frame, Disappearance of Finbar. Maybe there's a future MA thesis to get written about this stuff?
Something is bothering Shoot the cabbage! It's that film Driftwood which few remember or seen. After some research it turns out that the producer was Mary Breen-Farrelly. The same producer who was involved in a notorious fraud scheme involving Space truckers resulting in her getting banned from Ardmore Studios. So maybe, just maybe, Driftwood has been blacklisted as it was made around the same time resulting in the director never making another feature? If this is the case then very sad state of affairs?
Our second greatest living film director has publicly disowned his new movie. Dream house is a horror film and it's supposed to be sh*t. Just like most of Sheridan's stuff. He finally got found out and about time! A few years back he was saying we have stories to tell and now this! How many times has this blog said that only people who should be making horror are the directors who understand this genre and work mainly in it? Here's a quote from an LA times article: The news surrounding “Dream House” underscores how much Sheridan’s Hollywood stock has dipped. Wonder if he'll be IFTA nominated for this?
Saturday, 8 October 2011
Friday, 7 October 2011
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Anyone reading up on Irish cinema may have scome across the phrase 'big house trilogy'. This refers to three forgotten Irish films made back in the day. They were The dawning, Fools of fortune, and Last September. They deal the 1920s and the Anglo-Irish who realise that their era is over. Completely forgotten titles that should still get made as there is an audience for these films and are the kind of stuff that win awards.
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
A while back this blog published a post complaining that there are no really bad Irish movies! Not derivative stuff like Anton or Perrier's bounty. Rather the movies that are so awful that they're good. The movies that makes you ask 'what were they thinking?'. The closest we have is Puffball. This is some film! Stolen condoms, women forcing themselves onto men in order to have a baby, mushrooms (puffballs), stock footage of squirting semen, an uncompleted jigsaw, and a scary dog. Would love to have been in the Galway Film Fleadh audience when this got screened! Three redheads of different ages conspire to have a baby and various magic and men-swapping ensue. What a movie!
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Impressive but routine movie about a man washed up an Irish West-coast beach and cared for by a French woman (with an English mother!). Lots of sex and romance and a strange relationship. The kind of movie made for a women's TV channel? Some bizarre cameos and a strange ending. Even stranger is that this above average film was directed by Ronan O'Leary who hasn't made much since?
Monday, 3 October 2011
Sunday, 2 October 2011
Today's newspapers have a story on U2's Larry Mullen appearing in a remake. Problem is that the director is Mary McGuckian and this blog is not a fan of her work (especially Rag tale and Best)! The point is that like her other movies this new picture will no doubt be forgotten and won't even get released here. Region 1 DVD is the solution!
This is the kind of prestigious production that got made here back in the '90s. A famous actor in a James Joyce life story, the kind of movie that soaks up Film Board and EU funds and gets selected by festivals. Made in the style of a European '70s movie: short scenes, impressive music on the soundtrack, and using the actual locations of the story. It's about Joyce's relationship with his wife and the troubles he has getting his work published. Some parts were good but a lot was boring. Also the sound levels were all over the place.
Rather sad article in today's Irish Independent newspaper about Ireland's most overrated female film director. She's been abroad...