Probably the weakest year so far this decade for Irish cinema releases. Some titles got screened exclusively outside of Dublin but made little impact. Here's a rundown of what I saw:
Noble - impressive biopic that didn't do as well as it should have.
Food guide to love - another release that no-one noticed. Set in Dublin it eventually ran out of steam but is enjoyable enough.
Guarantee - political horror about the banking collapse.
What if - OK romcom with a bit of intelligence, partly set in Dublin.
Jimmy's hall - small-scale movie about a man hounded out of Ireland
Songs for Amy - how many Irish romance movies got released this year? Set in Galway, this is one of the better ones.
Standby - join-the-dots romcom with (mostly) Irish accents.
Out of here - middle-class rubbish about an art-school drop out. As dull as it sounds.
'71 - straight-to-DVD IRA thriller which got good reviews elsewhere.
Gold - the most inept title for an Irish movie since Sensation. 'Turd' would have been a better title.
A nightingale falling - another Big House movie but without the quality actors and Protestant outlook.
Mrs Brown's boys d'movie - TV adaptation comedy that fails to match older ones from the 1970s.
Frank - another overrated release from this director. Full of horrible characters and even worse music.
Run & jump - imagine if someone made a movie about how a man copes married to a disabled woman? That wouldn't be acceptable. Here's one with the roles reversed and it was about as original as that selfie its director posed for at the IFTAs!
Calvary - church bashers at it again in the most subtle of ways. Gleeson won't be smirking in a few years when no-one remember his movies!
Sea - if I wanted to get funding from our Film Board this is the kind of crap I would use. Exactly the kind of stuff that soaks up funding yet no-one really is impressed with the finished result.
Stag - it's one thing to copy obscure movies but here in Ireland we do it a little different. Yes, lets copy recent box-office hits from the States. Singer Rocky DeValera had more originality than this rubbish. Amy Huberman's in it too, enough said.
Stalker - seriously, this is just sh-t. There's a reason certain films don't get made and it's not because Irish directors don't have the 'balls' or whatever rubbish that FIS document states. About as subtle as Louis Walsh voting for Irish acts on the X-factor.
Rather sad article in today's Irish Independent newspaper about Ireland's most overrated female film director. She's been abroad...