“Proof” 2004/05 Crime Drama now on RTE Player

Just binged on this 8-part series over two evenings and can highly recommend it to fans of Irish crime thrillers. Two distinct seasons explore crime, murder and corruption in Celtic Tiger Ireland. Complex plots, quality acting and likeable actors make for easy watching. A very young Saoirse Ronan (10) exudes a screen presence, but who could have guessed that she would become a massive star within a few short years. 9/10

The series is available on the RTE Player until October 2018 – so no need to panic.

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“Nowhere Fast” hits the spot for fans of Dark Comedy!

The first episode of RTÉ 2’s new comedy mini-series aired on November 13th, 2017 and to use that horrible cliché – hit the ground running. If ‘in your face’ contemporary Irish humour is your thing this series is a must see. Not for the faint-hearted and far better than this trailer would indicate. If the remaining five episodes are even half as funny!

“Acceptable Risk” new six part RTE Crime Thriller

RTE’s new crime drama started on the 24th September and gets a big thumbs up from me! It’s been a while now since I’ve watched anything on TV, but I caught up with the first episode tonight on the RTE Player. I’d give it a big 9/10 on the basis of what I’ve see and don’t be put off by the poor trailer below.

Vikings – Extras needed for Season.6.

Bad Day for the Cut at Galway Film Fleadh – 15/7/2017

Wish I was there as it looks just like my type of movie! Looking forward to the Irish cinema release and DVD. The movie had its World Premier at the Sundance Festival in Utah back in January and was well received – here’s a review from Screen Daily.

Grizzly Adams meets Jackie Chan in “The Foreigner”

Due in cinemas towards the end of the year this looks to be a real bit of a lark for those fans of martial arts, CGI and over the top acting. Jackie Chan is a London businessman whose daughter gets killed in an IRA bomb attack and when the police fail to apprehend  those responsible takes matters into his own hands. Pierce Brosnan, a reformed Irish terrorist now working for the British Government, is targeted by Chan as somebody who must be able to lead him to his daughters killers…..

“Carboard Gangsters” hits Irish Cinemas from the 16th June 2017

Is it fiction or a fly on the wall documentary about Dublin low-life scum? All I know is that I won’t be parting with cash to see yet another movie about life in the Third World – in this case Darndale – and if I want this sort of ‘entertainment‘ I’ll just flick on the radio news. Apparently there’s some good acting in it, but judging from the trailer it looks more like a documentary.

 

Upwardly Mobile – Was this RTE’s worst ever comedy series?

Just added this to the site today and never having seen it before decided to watch an episode on YouTube. I had read the scathing reviews but foolishly went ahead – 10 minutes in and I had seen more than enough! Seems to have aired only once and then disappeared into the vaults at Montrose. Just how does rubbish like this get the green light? Judge for yourselves – if you dare – and please do leave comments.

This from Damian Corless in the Irish Independent from October 2006 sums it up – ‘This series about a skanger family that win the lotto and move in beside snooty neighbours, took a classic sitcom set-up and bludgeoned it to death.

“The Journey” in cinemas from the 5th May, 2017

More than I can stomach, but you be the judge of this very fictional account of how Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness brought peace to the island of Ireland.

The trailer looks a bit ropey, but Timothy Spall is well cast as the ‘big‘ man – not so sure about Colm Meaney as Martin McGuinness but that’s possibly due his over exposure of late. Still think his best role was as Jimmy “Senior” in “The Commitments” or as Chief O’Brien in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine“.

Redwater to hit RTE screens on May 14th 2017

Never a big fan of soaps – especially Eastenders – I have nonetheless been looking forward to this one as it was largely shot down the road from me in Dunmore East, Co.Waterford.

Redwater tells the story of what happens when EastEnders’ stalwarts Kat and Alfie Moon visit the Kellys and Dolans in the fictional Irish village of Redwater in search of Kat’s long-lost son.

The ‘not a spin-off‘ from Eastenders six-part series stars two of the most likeable stars from the soap – Shane Richie (Alfie) and Jessie Wallace (Kat). According to Richie it’s “Broadchurch meets The Wicker Man“…time will tell and hopefully it will be better than the woeful trailer below.