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…..
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.
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.‘
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“.
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.
As a huge fan of Pat Shortt I was stunned by the trailer for his latest film – “The Flag” – see what you think.
Pat Shortt is a down on his luck Irish builder living in London with a musical past and a broken heart, who returns to Ireland following the death of his father. As he goes through his late dad’s possessions, he stumbles across a letter from his grandfather saying he was the man who raised the Irish flag over the GPO during the 1916 Rising.
The flag – so the letter claims – is now hanging upside down in an English army barracks, and Harry embarks on a mission to find the flag, bring it home, and fly it above the GPO once again for the commemorations of the Rising,
Can the film really be as bad as the trailer would seem to indicate?
The Flag is on general release in Irish cinemas tomorrow (Oct.14th) but on the basis of what I’ve seen I’ll be waiting for the DVD or a Netflix release.
The makers of “Christmas at Draculas” are back with a new black comedy project and you can get in on the action for as little as €10. Funding for the project is through Fundit.ie and I can recommend it as a bit of harmless fun. I have help to fund a a couple of movies and a book through Fundit.ie. Be sure to check out the link below.
Back in April last year I pondered the possibility that this 8-part TV series might be resurrected during the “1916 Commemorations” but dismissed the idea – seems I was wrong! The full series is to be televised on RTE One, on consecutive evenings, starting this Friday (18th March) but at the ridiculous time of five minutes to Midnight! Just to confuse matters further it will be 11.10pm on Saturday 19th and five past Midnight on Sunday. Anyway, time to sort out some way of copying it! Hopefully RTE will eventually get round to putting it out on DVD.
Above – a scene from inside the GPO.
Further details here: “Insurrection”
“Stutterer” a thirteen minute short by Irish Writer/Director Benjamin Cleary picked up an award for the best Live Action Short at last nights Oscar Awards Ceremony. Produced on a micro budget of just €5,000 the film packs a punch well above its budget. Shot in London and also featuring Eric Richard – Sgt.Bob Cryer from “The Bill” TV series.
More about Benjamin Cleary and his other projects here: www.benjamincleary.net