Thursday, 28 August 2014

What if

Another Irish-themed movie that's crawled into our cinemas without much support. Harry Potter lives in Canada and falls for a smart young lady. She of course has a successful boyfriend so there's lots of polite conversation and little romance between the pair. Average but enjoyable movie with lots of interesting moments scattered throughout. The swim under the stars, the bread loaf that killed Elvis(!), the party dialogue, the pretty sister, the walks along the streets, the boyfriend going out the window, a good dance scene at a wedding, and everyone being a bit too intelligent and polite! The Irish part arrives when the boyfriend relocates to Dublin. There's a big deal made about our city so it's strange the characters would be impressed when they live in Toronto! People dismiss these films but it's the only way to regularly see 'real characters' in multiplex cinema!

Title: What if
Genre: Romantic comedy
New/old: New
Cinema/DVD: Cinema

Thursday, 21 August 2014


In yesterday's Irish daily mail newspaper. He said he doesn't want his new movie to be considered an 'Irish film' while on release in America. That's because of the poor reputation of Irish cinema abroad. While he's entitled to his opinion why did our Film Board give him funding when he has little respect for our cinema? If he had said that on several knobhead members would do their best to get him banned!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


Anyone brave enough to venture through the empty laneways in Temple Bar, Dublin 2 will see a permanent exhibition on Irish cinema. There are several posters featuring hand-drawn images of famous Irish films. It's an interesting project and makes use of the vacant parts of the city centre.

Saturday, 9 August 2014


That waste of space in Nassau Street called the Douglas Hyde gallery has free daily screenings of Irish silent films from 100 years ago! Open to the public, it's downstairs in the gallery, in a small room with seating. Mostly shorts but features Coleen bawn and Ireland a nation are included.


Rather sad article in today's Irish Independent newspaper about Ireland's most overrated female film director. She's been abroad...