Wednesday, 30 November 2011
It's a good job we're not in recession! This world famous director has to claim money from the Irish Film Board for his next commerial project Byzantium. Hope it won't be as derivative as Ondine was. The Film Board was not set up to fund established directors? Jordan could finance this movie without state funding. But then the Film Board would miss the acclaim if Byzantium wins an Oscar. The real scandal is that the Film Board has not helped fund a new Jordan in the last twenty years.
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Enjoyable and fast-paced TV movie about the build up to the famous Live Aid concert. Like a two-man play it involves lots of silly arguments and tensions over who will play at the concert. Best scene involved Paul McCartney singing with the power out. The Irish angle has Geldof visiting his old school in Dublin. Nothing special but Gleeson is well cast.
Monday, 28 November 2011
Now that one of British cinema's finest auteurs has passed away this blog must ask the question: where's the Irish equivalent? In a country where it's all about not rocking the boat, not causing offence, and even not drawing much attention to yourself as a filmmaker it's no surprise that we don't have any filmmakers near Ken Russell's quality. Blame the film schools, the Film Board, and even the filmmakers themselves who probably have never seen The devils or Savage messiah or The boyfriend. The sad fact is that a director of Ken Russell's talent would get absolutely nowhere in the Irish Film industry today.
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Well-known but little-seen Hitchcock movie based on the Irish play. A one-armed man hides out in a building while some crazy characters (including Joxer Daly) sing songs and argue. Creaky film with wide shots and stagy acting. But it's of strong interest and has some famous actors including Arthur Shields and Sara Allgood. Good and moving final scene.
Saturday, 26 November 2011
Friday, 25 November 2011
On next week and the the screenings include: The guard, Rewind, One hundred mornings, Butcher boy, Parked, Runway, Jack Taylor, and a new one called The pier. Shame they're all Film Board titles but that's the way it works!
Thursday, 24 November 2011
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Shoot the cabbage admits that it hates (most) horror films. But credit's due to a Northern Irish director who seems to be producing more of the stuff that is in the Film Board's entire back catalogue. George Clarke is the man and he's on zero-budget feature number four. That's Battle of the Bone, Knackery, Last Light, and Truth about Tom, Dick, and Harry. That's the kind of filmmaker we need down South instead of all those Film Board psychophants who are caught up in pre-production loans and short film schemes.
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Ireland's most overrated director is Kirsten Sheridan. Her dad is almost as bad and his new movie is finally out. Hot press magazine says about it: Stay the hell away from this film. Well this blog is going to check it out soon as it's important to watch movies from one of our most 'esteemed' of directors!
Monday, 21 November 2011
With one of Ireland's most notorious killers on day release maybe it's about time we had a film called Gubu? We have stories to tell indeed. Or are we too caught up with contrived 'famine themeparks' and 'escorts in farms' nonsense?
Sunday, 20 November 2011
Not to be confused with the dire Happy ever afters, this one was made back in the 1950s and has no 's' in its title. David Niven plays a new landlord who alienates his tenants by cancelling the local hunt's ball and demanding rent arrears. They plan to kill him with some funny results. There is a large Irish supporting cast and some scenes resemble the later Niven film Pink panther. But the movie is let down by some silly romance scenes, limited locations, long sequences with no music on the soundtrack, and a slight story. It's strange seeing Niven wearing a tux and driving a sports car aournd the Irish roads. Impressive ending. Certainly not as good as the similar Ealing films but far better than that Happy ever afters rubbish.
Saturday, 19 November 2011
Friday, 18 November 2011
This is just sh*t! Yet another Irish movie trying to be both edgy and downbeat. A young farmer's dad dies so he hires an escort girl and they set up an agency. Then there's a stupid court case at the end (almost as bad as the one in Evelyn) with a confusing ending. Lots of bad sex scenes, dull cinematography, crap songs on the soundtrack, and some misguided humour. One impressive scene involved Gleeson's sleazy friend and the escort (who just had a boob job). The rest of the film is bad: tries to be slow-moving but has too much plot in case the audience gets bored. I did!
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
It's called Contemporary Irish Film- New Perspectives on a National Cinema, costs €23, and is about, get this(!), Celtic Tiger cinema. Anyone who reads this blog know that 95% of Irish movies made in the Celtic Tiger years were rubbish. What will the chapters be called? Gothic symbolism in Speed dating or Communist subtext in Tiger's tail?
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Monday, 14 November 2011
Might as well give one of our own festivals a mention. Just finished for this year the Cork one showed a couple of older Irish features: The dawn and Come on over. hope these get a DVD release soon though The dawn has been screened on television before.
Sunday, 13 November 2011
Saturday, 12 November 2011
They might be getting knocked out of the EURO 2012 football but Turkey have some kind of Irish film festival on this weekend. So what's on? Once, In the Name of the Father, Poitin and The Wind That Shakes the barley. Interesting the way the EXACT SAME films get selected for these foreign festivals but that's another post.
Friday, 11 November 2011
Thursday, 10 November 2011
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Monday, 7 November 2011
Another Irish actor with a long list of film appearances including: Little Nelly Kelly, Going my way, Woman in the window, Mildred Pierce, Scarlet Street, Kid from Brooklyn, Blue dahlia, Postman always rings twice, Duel in the sun, Dead reckoning, My favourite brunette, Forever amber, and Kansa City confidential.
Sunday, 6 November 2011
Saturday, 5 November 2011
Friday, 4 November 2011
Thursday, 3 November 2011
Big deal and all that! Bet the Hollywood actor hasn't sat through Zonad? Carney you've been found out, everyone knows Once was a FLUKE. So best of luck with your movie career. Straight-to-DVD is only a few years away!
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Don't know how this guy made a name for himself BEFORE making a feature film but he's finally set to direct one. It's called Last days on Mars and no-one needs this blog to explain what genre it's in. Sounds like some big-budget Hollywood or British production so of zero interest here. However, the more internationally and commercially successful Irish directors we produce the better.
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
With the Kerry one on now it's funny that there are so many festivals here. Sensation, Rewind, and My brothers are the ones getting screened. Seems that the IFTAs would have more choice if they had a Best Irish Film Festival instead of a Best Irish Film category?
Rather sad article in today's Irish Independent newspaper about Ireland's most overrated female film director. She's been abroad...