A Picture of a Man

A Picture of a Man

There’s an amazing scene in the film M by Fritz Lang* where a serial killer of children is put on trial by the local criminal fraternity and the parents of those he has murdered. They decide, not surprisingly, that he must die for his crimes. And in the scene, the murderer, Beckert, played wonderfully by the wonderful Peter Lorre, tells them all that they cannot kill him, in fact they have no right to try him at all, because he is a man. Continue reading “A Picture of a Man”

Bracia / Brothers – A Masterpiece of Film

Bracia / Brothers – A Masterpiece of Film

I resolved to see some of the Film Festival this year and booked a ticket for a Polish documentary called Bracia/Brothers by Wojciech Staron and boy am I glad I did. It may be the best film I ever saw. I’m not sure yet. But it’s way up there – that’s for sure.

Two brothers, Mieczyslaw and Alfons Kułakowski have returned to Poland after an exile of 80 years (yes), in Siberia and Kazakhstan, to resume their lives as best they can. The film, shot over 8 years, tells of their lives, as they live them, now. Continue reading “Bracia / Brothers – A Masterpiece of Film”

Tom Ford v. The Dardenne Brothers (AKA: Style v. Substance)

Tom Ford v. The Dardenne Brothers (AKA: Style v. Substance)

Warnings : Contains spoilers: if you’re planning on seeing Nocturnal Animals, be warned. Also, this is long, and rambling.

I went to see Nocturnal Animals on Friday.

I had mixed feelings. John thought it was a case of style over substance, he was surprised at all the five stars. Mark was impressed, he liked the style, but he’s also braver than me and is okay with being unnerved. I’m a scaredy cat. Continue reading “Tom Ford v. The Dardenne Brothers (AKA: Style v. Substance)”

The Old Cinemas go for a Pint

The Old Cinemas go for a Pint

All the old Cork City cinemas get together now and again, for a few jars in a quiet pub, and to reminisce about the good old days. Capital is in great form tonight – they’re making a retail centre where he lay derelict for years, and he’s proud of that.

Capital – Come here lads, what was the best fillum ye ever showed? I can go back to the forties, but still, I think for me it was Jaws  in ’75. That was a great show, a big breakthrough for Spielberg, and I had queues all the way ‘round to Oliver Plunkett Street. The screeching of the girls when that shark came out of the water, you never heard the like of it. And the John Williams music when it was going to attack. Dadum, dadum, dadum. Great show. What about you, Savoy? Continue reading “The Old Cinemas go for a Pint”

Hell or High Water – Comancheria

Hell or High Water – Comancheria

I watched Hell or High Water last night. And as Brian said, it’s well worth checking out.

I think it also helped me understand better why so many Americans are voting Trump, and why so many British people voted Brexit. Not to mention why so many Irish people are so pissed off with our own political system and with our politicians that we don’t even have a working government any more. Continue reading “Hell or High Water – Comancheria”

Hail, Caesar! The Coen Brothers: would that TWER so simple

Hail, Caesar! The Coen Brothers: would that TWER so simple

Hail, Caesar! is the new film written, directed and co-produced by the incomparable Coen brothers, and their first since the atmospheric and moody Inside Llewyn Davis in 2013.

It’s the fourth instalment of the Knucklehead trilogy (I know, I know – must be a Coen thing) after Burn After Reading (2008), Intolerable Cruelty (2003) and O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).

And what a breath of fresh air it is: funny and witty and giddy and flakey and thoughtful as only these fraternal auteurs can be. Continue reading “Hail, Caesar! The Coen Brothers: would that TWER so simple”