Saturday, 31 December 2011
Friday, 30 December 2011
Thursday, 29 December 2011
It's that time of year again where everyone selects their 'best of' from the last twelve months. So not to be left out Shoot the cabbage must select its own 'best' Irish film from this year. Well it's not The guard because that movie will be forgotten in a few years and wasn't that original anyway. So the best Irish film of the year (and decade probably) is ...
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
Tuesday, 27 December 2011
If there's one film genre more commercial than horror it's the kids' movie. Every cinema in the country has a film for kids. That's 52 weeks of the year too. So it puzzles Shoot the cababge that why or why are we not capable of making a ½-decent live-action film for younger viewers? From Summer of the flying saucer to Under the hawthorn tree to The race our efforts are laughable. Terrible acting, shoddy camera-work with bad lighting, too clean costumes, and a general feeling that the whole production is made by a Tops of the town local amateur theatre group! Something is wrong when we can't make a live-action kids' movie that succeeds at the box office. These kind of films have a target audience ready and waiting. All that's missing is a quality Irish filmmaker to work in this genre?
Monday, 26 December 2011
Saturday, 24 December 2011
Laughably bad movie about go-kart racing in Northern Ireland. It's the Summer of the flying saucer school of filmmaking with bad acting, miscasting, lame direction, flat compositions, dead spots, zero pacing, and a look more suited to short films. The only good sequence was the race finale. Really bad stuff, so well done to our Film Board for funding this sh*te!
Friday, 23 December 2011
Sad that the best year for Irish films yet and the Dublin critics select The guard as the best one. It's not and they should know better. But this is the age of populism and our paid film critics buy into this. There were better Irish movies this years than The guard. Maybe not better performing at the box office but certainly superior as cinema.
Thursday, 22 December 2011
Have an impressive selection of Irish films on DVD for free rental including: the Bob Quinn features, Craic, Another shore, Honeymooners, and several other lesser-known titles. Most of the branches have these on their shelves.
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
North Korea had a crap film industry. So instead of wasting millions of money on a useless film board they kidnapped a director from South Korea! To avoid making more rubbish next year why don't the Irish authorities kidnap a talented foreign director and get him (or her) to make movies here? Surely this would be a better idea than funding Kirsten Sheridan's next picture?
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Monday, 19 December 2011
Sunday, 18 December 2011
This badly lit and made movie which will be forgotten by the end of the decade is so acclaimed that the producers have sent a free DVD to every current Irish politician. No doubt the production company involved will receive a huge 'loan' from our Film Board next year. What will their next picture be called? How about 'Keeping in the good books'?
Saturday, 17 December 2011
Friday, 16 December 2011
Dubliner Karl Golden's film about 1990's rave scene in Manchester. Terrible movie made by people who just weren't there. Many of the tunes on the soundtrack were released later on in the decade, the warehouse scenes were too brief, and the whole film too rushed and over-edited. Not much of a progress from The honeymooners?
Thursday, 15 December 2011
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Seems the IFTA have help set up an organisation call John Ford Ireland. There's an award available that looks like a belt! The best John Ford movie was the non-Western Prisoner of Shark Island. Kind of a Shawshank redemption from the 1930s.
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Monday, 12 December 2011
One of the better reads this one is by Terry Byrne and has a good section on why Irish films don't work as well as they could. Other chapters include: censorship, Jordan and Sheridan, and made-for-TV films. Well worth buying.
Sunday, 11 December 2011
Back in the newspaper today. This time it's the Irish Mail on Sunday where it says she's appearing in a new movie about two lesbians who break out of hospital and pick up a male hitchhiker. Have these people never seen Themla and Louise?
Saturday, 10 December 2011
Friday, 9 December 2011
They now have about €13½ million to help fund forgettable sh*te. Maybe if they stopped funding crap shorts and television stuff that money could be better spent? Also, how about stop funding stuff like All good children which is about as Irish as Hennessy brandy? Or even better, stop funding non-commercial rubbish like Perrier's bounty? This is Irish film indeed.
Thursday, 8 December 2011
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Monday, 5 December 2011
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Saturday, 3 December 2011
One of the many 'lost' Irish films from the 1990s. So is it any good? Yes, it is. A gangster road movie with lots of good scenes, memorable dialogue, and a stripped-down story. Just out of prison McDonald travels to Cork to collect a guy wanted by a crime boss. Touches of the later Man about dog and even the famous short Six shooter. This well-paced crime movie is recommended.
Friday, 2 December 2011
Thursday, 1 December 2011
Well that was a waste of €10.50! Dreamhouse is not an Irish movie but is from one of our top directors. Messy, confusing, laughable, and not one bit scary. All that was missing was a deranged priest blessing the house. Like John Boorman's Exorcist 2 this one has ruined the director's reputation. Never rated Sheridan as a filmmaker anyway.
Rather sad article in today's Irish Independent newspaper about Ireland's most overrated female film director. She's been abroad...