by Jen Gore Every time I get ready to go to the cinema, I scour my kitchen counter for treats and a bag of popcorn to bring along with me and I bring my own drink too. It’s never long before I get an incredulous look from a family member, friend or significant other and … Continue reading »
On February 2nd the IFI will show Did Anyone Notice Us?,an award winning documentary by Edmund Lynch, examining the gay rights culture here in Ireland over the years. The documentary shows how from 1973 to 1993 the LGBT people of Ireland campaigned to decriminalize sex between men,it also shows how in 1974 Radio Éireann broadcast the voices … Continue reading »
Lincoln, contrary to its title, is not so much a biopic as it is historical analysis of two of the most important events in the history of the United States — the signing of the 13th amendment to the US Constitution which would ban slavery, and the end of the Civil War. As the film opens, … Continue reading »
There are just some things people are getting wrong about films because they think one thing is another. It may fly over the heads of people who aren’t huge film fans but for all of us movie buffs we feel like pinching the underarms of those who flaunt their incorrect film knowledge in the faces … Continue reading »
by Padraic Coffey Cast your mind back to the late 1990s. Quentin Tarantino, three films into his directorial career, has the world at his feet. His debut, Reservoir Dogs, made for little over a million dollars, takes the Sundance Film Festival by storm. Its follow-up, Pulp Fiction, is even more universally acclaimed, winning the coveted … Continue reading »
Everyone’s pissed at the Oscar people because their insane and ignored some of the best films,actors and actresses of the past year. Well, one film fan refuses to let these brilliant performances go un-praised. They should really just play this triuite video at the Oscars instead. Here’s to you, the snubbed of 2013.
Based on the musical of the same, which itself was based upon the Victor Hugo novel of the same name, Les Misérables has had a long trek from stage to screen, with film adaptations inhabiting the seven circles of Development Hell since the early 1980s. Directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), Les Misérables tells the … Continue reading »
By Cora Quigley This year’s musical Oscar bait comes in the form of Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the award winning stage musical Les Misérables. There has been a barrage of promotion for the film, so unless you somehow exist beyond all manner of popular culture, you must have some idea of the anticipation surrounding the … Continue reading »
Our glasses of water are trembling in anticipation for the release of Jurassic Park 4. The dino-film will be produced by Steven Spielberg with a yet-to-be-named director, and has a set release date for June 13,2014. The original Jurassic Park gets the 3D treatment and IMAX later this year when it gets re-released to our … Continue reading »
Look,we all know this Oscar businesss is cinematic snobbery at its finest so let’s take a moment to say what we’re all thinking via the good people of Reddit.
For all the Cumberbitches and Trekkies out there, here’s a new trailer for the next installment. t.
by Padraic Coffey In the introduction to the 25th Anniversary edition of his novel The Princess Bride, William Goldman quotes advice given to him by George Roy Hill. “If you had gotten the script to work and cast it properly, then you had a chance for something of quality. But if you had not… you … Continue reading »
by Padraic Coffey There’s a lot to be said for choosing the right name. Quentin Tarantino is a case in point. Reservoir Dogs, his debut, could not have been lumbered with a more clumsily opaque title (its alleged origin is Tarantino’s inability to pronounce French wartime drama Au Revoir Les Enfants while a video store … Continue reading »
by Padraic Coffey One cannot help but feel protective towards the Irish film industry. Given the paltry amount of money allocated to the Arts – we are a nation of less than five million taxpayers, after all – it is all the more challenging for Irish filmmakers to match the best efforts of our European … Continue reading »
By Cora Quigley Like movies? Like Christmas? Like Christmas movies? Like watching Christmas movies in a jovial atmosphere alongside decadent surroundings not unlike that of ‘Wilde’ located on Wicklow Street, Dublin 2? Well, by golly you’re in for a treat! In the weeks coming up to Christmas, Oscar’s Movie Night is going to be Christmas … Continue reading »
by Padraic Coffey Those familiar with Michael Haneke’s output may interpret the 12A certificate of his latest film Amour as a sign that the Austrian auteur behind such intense works as Benny’s Video, Funny Games and The Piano Teacher is mellowing in old age, having turned 70 this year. They would be wrong to do … Continue reading »
The IFI French Film Festival is back again this year and according to the festival Director Marie-Pierre Richard,’ the many facets of love are something of a theme emerging from this year’s programme.’ With some really promising films and Irish premiers, this year’s festival boasts an incredible line up, and on top of this there … Continue reading »
by Padraic Coffey Owing more than a little to Terrence Malick with its tranquil voiceover and xylophone-heavy score, Beasts of the Southern Wild marks the debut for Benh Zeitlin, and was awarded the prestigious Caméra d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. It tells the story of Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis, in what is destined to … Continue reading »
By Cora Quigley This weekend as part of ‘Bite House’ and, possibly in retaliation to the Twilight fever about to hit our humble shores, the Light House Cinema will be screening two classic vampire films – ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ and ‘The Lost Boys’. Both films basically serve as the antithesis to the breed of … Continue reading »
by Padraic Coffey Though revered among critics, Stanley Kubrick’s reputation as a cold, clinical filmmaker seems unlikely to dissipate, even in his death. An examination of his filmography exposes the erroneousness of such an argument; few could sit through Paths of Glory or Barry Lyndon without experiencing surges of pathos. That said, there are certain … Continue reading »
By Cora Quigley ‘Call me Kuchu’ follows gay activist, David Kato, and his fellow activists as they attempt to fight for their rights in a very homophobic Uganada. Many trials and tribulations await David and those in his position while they endeavour to makes things better, from bringing newspaper – ‘The Rolling Stone’ to court … Continue reading »
By Cora Quigley To celebrate the release of his upcoming feature – sure to be a compelling indirect look at the roots of Scientology - ‘The Master’, the Light House Cinema in Smithfield will be hosting a retrospective of the films of Paul Thomas Anderson from the 4th till the 21st of November. This will be Anderson’s … Continue reading »
Cumberbitches have even more to be excited about now that Benedict has landed the role of the ‘fifth Beatle’ Mr.Brian Epstein, in a biopic about his life. Epstein played a major part in helping The Beatles become world famous but it wasn’t all fame & glory. He died in 1966 an unhappy closeted gay man … Continue reading »
by Michelle McGlynn The night before Halloween, when no doubt there were people everywhere perfecting their Luke Skywalker and Yoda costumes, some news broke that set Star Wars fans the world over aflutter. George Lucas had sold Lucasfilm to Disney for a tidy little sum of approximately $4 billion. Not only this but Disney have … Continue reading »
by Padraic Coffey On the surface, it would seem ludicrous to compare John McTiernan’s 1988 trailblazing action thriller Die Hard with Billy Wilder’s 1960 comedy-drama The Apartment, yet both occupy that strange subgenre of film: the ‘alternative’ Christmas movie. Mention It’s A Wonderful Life, Home Alone or Elf to anyone, and they’ll all but smell … Continue reading »
by Kerrie Costello Fun Size marks the directorial debut for Josh Schwartz, who is known as the youngest person to ever create and run a television network series (at age 26) with The O.C. and later Gossip Girl and Chuck. It is written by Max Werner, and stars Victoria Justice (of Dan Schneider teen series … Continue reading »
by Padraic Coffey My, how Ben Affleck has grown. Despite winning an Oscar while still in his twenties for co-writing Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon, an overview of Affleck’s subsequent acting career smacks of unfulfilled talent. Pearl Harbor, though enormously profitable, was savaged by critics and earned Affleck a nomination for Worst Actor at … Continue reading »
by Padraic Coffey Darryl F. Zanuck, the multi-Oscar winning American film producer, once dismissed the arrival of television in the 1940s as a moribund fad. “People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night”, he asserted. Time has proven this one of Zanuck’s least prophetic statements, and with every passing year, … Continue reading »
Tony Stark is back! Watch the full trailer for Iron Man 3 due out next yearl. Are you as excited as we are?
By Kerrie Costello October is now well upon us, and it is one of my favourite, thanks to a combination of fallen orange leaves and a surge in horror films. With films like The House At The End Of The Street and Paranormal Activity 4 released this month, there’s a lot going on cinema-wise to … Continue reading »
The internet is just buzzing with Tony Stark this week. With a teaser trailer yesterday, a longer trailer due tomorrow and now a poster launch? Mr.Stark has us all in a tizzy!
By Cora Quigley The basic premise of ‘Ruby Sparks’ directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, is one that has been explored before in a variety of movies, most notably John Hughes’ ‘Weird Science’ in 1985. The difference with ‘Ruby Sparks’ is that the film does not romanticise such a plot, but presents it in … Continue reading »
Calling all Film Jam horror fans! Looking for something to do this weekend? The October Bank Holiday weekend sees the return of the IFI’s annual Horrorthon film festival. Starting Thursday October 25th and running until Monday October 29th, this year’s programme boasts an amazing line-up of upcoming horror films, genre classics, industry documentaries, and a … Continue reading »
by Padraic Coffey The one unavoidable question facing Walter Salles’ adaptation of On the Road is, why now? Why more than thirty years since the rights to Jack Kerouac’s revered 1950s beatnik text were acquired by Francis Ford Coppola for his production company, American Zoetrope? Why more than fifty years since the book was originally … Continue reading »
by Michelle McGlynn The scariest thing about the latest installment of the Paranormal Activity series is that there will most likely remain a small core of die-hard fans who will sing its praises. I do not know who these people are but I imagine they are the type who find the beeping of the green … Continue reading »
Finally we get to attend a drive-in movie, after years of seeing them in American films and seeing Danny be stranded at the drive-in and branded a fool,it’s our turn! From October 25th-21st at Tattersalls, Ratoath,Co.Meath, lovers of Halloween and horror can experience classic horror films on one of the world’s largest LED screens. Cuddle … Continue reading »
Darth Vader didn’t always sound like a cross between Mufasa from The Lion King and Stevie (black wheelchair kid) from Malcom In The Middle. There was a time before the change in voice over occurred, a time when Darth Vader sounded less menacing and more laid back. He was more Spaceballs than Star Wars.
Sweet Baby Mama it has finally happened! Tina Fey & Amy Poehler have gotten the gig as hosts for the 70th Golden Globe Awards on January 13th,2013. The brilliant comedic duo will team up in what is sure to be one of the best hosted awards ceremonies ever! Imagine the jokes, the roasting, imagine the … Continue reading »
We just revealed the first official Carrie poster featuring Chloe Grace Moretz as the troubled, paranormal, teen herself and now we bring you the teaser trailer. Some things should not be remade but we have a feeling that after this remake…you will know her name.
By Kerrie Costello It’s getting closer to Halloween, and with every new event announced, and film released, I get a little bit more excited- like with the Scared Shortless event (by the people from the Eat My Shorts Festival), which will be taking place in the basement of the Twisted Pepper on Abbey Street on … Continue reading »
by Michelle McGlynn Tim Burton’s last few films have been disheartening to say the least, but he has returned to form somewhat with Frankenweenie. Not his best film by far, but it would appear that remaking his own short as a feature length stop-motion film has rekindled something in Burton. Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) is … Continue reading »
By Kerrie Costello The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1975 famed cult classic, will be screened again this year on Saturday the 27th at The Sugar Club, Dublin. This is the sixth year running that The Sugar Club will be hosting the event and, like always, full audience participation is encouraged. That means dressing up … Continue reading »
By Cora Quigley There has been quite the hullabaloo as of late over Matthew McConaughey, and not for the reasons you might think! He has recently been seen out and about in Austin, Texas, following his weight loss for his upcoming film ‘The Dallas Buyer’s Club’ where he will be portraying AIDs victim Ron Woodroof. The generally … Continue reading »
Because f*ck you,that’s why.
Chloe Grace Moretz stars as Carrie in the remake of Stephen King’s iconic novel. What do you think of the new Carrie? She’ll be wrecking lives and having a serious BF (bitch fit) on April 5th,2013.
by Michelle McGlynn Our favourite bio-exorcist is making his way on to the big screen once again when the Sugar Club screens Beetlejuice on Tuesday October 23rd. Get yourself in the Halloween mood by attending Mean Screen’s night in the Sugar Club complete with a special Beetlejuice cocktail. Newlyweds Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena … Continue reading »
By Kerrie Costello The new trailer for Hitchcock has just hit the internet! The film is directed by Sacha Gervasi, adapted from the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello. In 2008 Gervasi directed Anvil! The Story of Anvil, the award winning documentary, but this will be Gervasi’s narrative feature … Continue reading »
The Golden Globes have come and gone, and though many see the awards show as little more than a prelude to the Oscars, it still offers entertainment, prestigious awards, and of course – fashion gossip. In fact, fashion is one of the most consistent elements of film awards shows from year to year. No matter … Continue reading »
By Kerrie Costello Not to describe a film through comparison, but I couldn’t help think that Safety Not Guaranteed presented as a live action version of Daria in which she encounters a man with an alleged time machine. Or perhaps if Aubrey herself encountered this same man. This probably isn’t the most predictable) concept for … Continue reading »