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Film Review: Frank


I have a confession to make. I’ve kept it close to my chest for a long time now, knowing that in Ireland it’s close to sacrilege. Here it is; I don’t really like Michael Fassbender. Please put down the pitchforks and hear me out. It’s not that I think he’s bad or untalented. In fact I think he’s more than capable as an actor, I just never saw the buzz around him. Yes Hunger is good but I found all his other performances either just solid or underwhelming. Or so I thought. Because now I have to admit that maybe it’s his face I have the problem with rather than his thespian abilities. In a film where he spends at least eighty percent of it in a fibreglass head I found myself enjoying his performance more than ever, no matter how bizarre he made it.

Frank is the story of an aspiring musician/songwriter who through pure chance finds himself as the keyboard player in an underground art-rock band. It’s the perfect escape from his office job and domesticated existence. However, the other members of the band are not quick to accept him, all except their masked, enigmatic lead singer Frank. Continue reading

Oscars 2014: The Verdict

This Sunday marks the most prestigious night in the Hollywood calendar; the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Now many people are chiming in with their guesses for the big prizes however I have found myself conflicted on a number of categories with who I think will win and who I want win and so I have decided to acknowledge both. You can find a full list of those nominated here . Now not to ramble on like so many of the speeches this Sunday will.

Best Actor

ImageThis years Best Actor category is the most stacked category of the year. In my opinion any one of the five men nominated put in better performances than any and of the nominees from last year’s awards, Daniel Day Lewis included. We have been treated to five top class and diverse performances from five of the best actors working today. A lot of people have picked Mattew McConaughey as their pick for the winner which is perfectly understandable. In my opinion the best actor over the last 12 months is without a shred of doubt is McConaughey. Not only in Dallas Buyers Club but he also gave Academy Award nomination worthy performances in Mud and The Wolf Of Wall Street, not to mention his haunting stint on True Detective. However Best Actor is awarded to the best single performance of the year not the best Actor of the year overall. Chiwetel Ejiofor delivered that for me. 12 Years A Slave was a completely different animal of a movie which brought its cast to places rarely explored in Hollywood cinema. Ejiofor plays the protagonist with a combination of power and weakness that has stayed with me for months now. Another factor towards my favoritism of Ejiofor is that I feel this will be the best performance of his life while McConaughey has had several stunning performances, which is a testament to the man’s ridiculous talent. Continue reading

IFTA Reveals Shortlist Of Nominees


The Irish Film and Television Academy have announced the shortlist of nominees in 40 strongly contested categories for the 11th annual Irish Film and Television Awards, which takes place on Saturday 5th April at the DoubleTree at Hilton Burlington Road and broadcast primetime on RTÉ ONE (reaching 1.24 Million viewers last year).

Nominations are announced in categories across film and television, celebrating the highest standard of Irish talent over the past twelve months. All IFTA’s categories have been shortlisted by Members of the Irish Film & Television Academy alongside a select Jury panel of industry experts from around the world.  IFTA received 311 titles submitted for consideration in the 2013 Awards. Continue reading

12 Years A Slave


When I read about 12 Years a Slave I was smitten: innovative director with excellent CV, grim political subject matter, eye-catching cast, galaxy of five-star reviews from latte-sipping publications. As a man with a taste for misery, leftist politics and Michael Fassbender, it seemed we were made for each other.

But then we met. It was OK. It wasn’t a disaster. I politely winced in all the right places, felt bad at the appropriate moments, genuinely admired much of the acting. But there was no spark. We parted amicably and I trudged home, deflating like a slow puncture. Continue reading

Top Five Irish Actors Taking Centre Stage In The US

Ireland is recognised for the art of storytelling; from folklore, to literature, to music, to acting. For years it has produced remarkable stage and screen actors such as Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson, Michael Fassbender, Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy to name a few, and now it would seem that there are a number of up-and-coming young male and female actors following their suit and paving their own way with their own distinctive careers. With St. Patrick’s Day not too far away, it is worth taking a look at a few actors making waves across the Atlantic and hoping that this trend only increases as time goes on.

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Top 5 Movies You’ve Never Seen

We’ve all seen them, those DVDs sat on the shelf in Xtra Vision that you’ve never heard of, or the oddball yarn you come across when you’re channel surfing late at night (or even early in the morning!) But we have a tendency to ignore these movies through lack of recognition and unfortunately this can lead to missing out on some real gems. Below is the Irish News Review Top 5 Movies You’ve Never Seen:

5 – Orange County
Ok so this one isn’t entirely under the radar. With a cast that includes John Lithgow, Jack Black and Colin “Son of Tom” Hanks, but it has unfairly disappeared without a trace after an underwhelming release. OC however stands as one of the finest coming of age comedies since John Hughes nailed the genre in the eighties.

4 – 52 Pick Up
First things first, if anyone watches this on my recommendation, it hasn’t aged well! Made in the eighties, it let’s you know this fact all the time! That aside though it’s a gem, Roy Scheider is excellent as the LA rich kid being blackmailed into coughing up cash for his wife’s safe return, who decides to take the situation into his own hands. A classic.

3 – Eden Lake
Like Orange County, Eden Lake wasn’t exactly under the radar but were it not for Michael Fassbender’s meteoric rise it would’ve been much smaller. Fassbender and Kelly Reilly star as a young couple who’s romantic day by the lake gets turned upside down by a group of psychotic Chavs. Not one for the squeamish but solid proof that for psychological horror, nobody does it better than British filmmakers.

2 – Right At Your Door
Released when the TV show 24 was at its peak, and made by the same production crew, Right At Your Door is for taut thrillers what Star Wars is for sci fi. A dirty bomb has detonated in downtown LA and residents are told to seal themselves on their houses. Brad does so extremely efficiently but when his wife Lexi makes her way back to the house he is left with the worst possible moral dillema. For one of the finest twist endings ever seen this sits proudly at second place.

1 – I Went Down
Believe it or not, there was once a time when Irish cinema looked like it would be able to consistently stand up to its American and European contemporaries. The finest example of this is this gem which is more than admirably held together by Conor McPherson’s razor sharp writing. Brendan Gleeson and Peter McDonald star as two debtors sent on assignment to Cork, and from there the greatest Irish movie,and arguably best ever road movie, made unfolds. Thankfully it has finally hit DVD, watch it and love it!

So hit up YouTube and check out the trailers and you won’t be stuck for something to watch next movie night!