What a killer smile.
I want a film that delivers a punch. Being winded can be… good. But throwing up probably isn’t.
I’ve seen films that made me switch off, walk out, pass out (only to wake with a crowd around me, thankful the floor was sprung and I’d had the sense to bring a nurse. No didn’t go anywhere. Probably seemed too much like work for her) and weep. And then there’s the one to which I always return.
I let (well, ok, kinda tricked) my Top Boy into watching the other evening at home). You might be able to work out the film title from our conversation over the opening titles and scenes.
HIM: “Wait a minute, you never told me it was black and white.”
ME: “It’s still good though.”
a little later…
HIM: “Aw no. You didn’t tell me it was all in French.”
ME: “It’s not all in French.” (No, some of it is in Arabic. – I didn’t say that bit aloud.)
HIM: “Are we going to have to read subtitles in English all the way through?”
ME: “It’s not all English subtitles.” (Some of them are in Italian. Shhh.)
Can you tell what it is yet kids? (As a certain entertainer, whose reputation is currently on a knife edge, might ask.)
Here are two more clues. The cast includes only one professional actor. Got it? And it was recommended viewing in the Pentagon in recent years. Now you’ve got it Continue reading
It’s finally happened. I’ve really made it this time. I’ve invested in three films and one of them has really paid off.
I’ve just received my first huge return. I’ve taken a photo of it in case you’re sceptical.
Yup. There it is. A trillion smackers. $1,000,000,000,000. My good intention has been rewarded.
I’m thinking of buying a few trips on the space shuttle – or maybe 2,000 of them. Nah – something closer to my heart. I think I’ll spend it on Ireland. With Turkey thrown in too, if I can’t get change from a trillion dollar note.
Whatever I do, I can’t let the larcenous crew who got us into this financial mess get their grubby paws on my cash. Who? The bankers of course, according to The Big Steal.
Because my $1tn note is my return from my friends’ movie The Big Steal. They’re Julian Darley and Celine Rich, of Mysterious Movies – just two of the many outraged at the greed of the banks and the cynical way taxpayers’ money has been transferred to dodgy banks and then moved offshore or transformed into bonuses. So what? Lots of us are cross about it – but what can you do? Well, you can turn it into a film. That’s what they’re doing. The film will be called The Big Steal – but unlike most heist movies, this time the thieves are behind the counter, not breaking in. Can anyone stop them? Watch the film and find out.
But before you watch it – they have to make it. And they need help. They’re looking for lots of mini-donations, from a dollar upwards, to crowdsource the film and take it to the Cannes Film Festival this year.
So if you’re looking to bash the banking system and get a bit of retaliation in – here’s a way of doing it. Lots of good perks too. Being part of the film, getting your name in the credits Continue reading
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Sneak preview for Tamil film fans from location shooting of Thaandavam.
On location in London filming Thaandavam – Amy Jackson, director AL Vijay and Vikram.
It may not be as lavish as Cleopatra – but there they are – Manx-born Amy Jackson on a Thames-side bench with Tamil star Vikram. That’s film director AL Vijay in the middle, speaking quietly to them. (He always speaks quietly.)
If you look very very carefully, you might be able to tell that Amy has Continue reading
This is the nearest I could get to an image combining both Clint Eastwood and a Jungle local.
At GrannyMar‘s prompting, I submitted this story to See You At The Pictures, a documentary about film-going in Ireland. Er… Sorry Dad.
The first film I saw in a cinema should have been the Jungle Book. My Dad took me to the cinema in Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, one bright summer afternoon.
I wasn’t sure what to expect. But it wasn’t car chases, gunfire and a naked lady Continue reading
Actor Brian Kennedy who plays The Lover, Bassanio in the Fringe Benefits Theatre production of The Merchant of Venice. That'sBelfast City Hall he's posing in. This version of the play is set in 1912
I’m just back from an intriguing week in Ireland. (Where I met some people you may know – more on that below – with a pic.) But the whole place was unexpectedly mysterious.
I’m not talking about leprechauns or the absence of snakes. These are modern mysteries.
1. Fat people. Where are they all hiding? Continue reading
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Like Godzilla rising from the depths, here’s another entry in the The Day I Met… Competition. This tale comes from Pól Ó Duibhir aka Póló in Ireland.
It’s the tale of his encounter with the man who put Mise Eire on the screen – George Morrison.
Mise Eire began as a 1912 poem by teacher and executed 1916 Easter Rising leader Padraig Pearse. (It’s also the title of a 1987 poem by Eavan Boland.) George Morrison made his iconic Irish language historical drama, using news footage from the period leading up to and around the Rising. It caused quite a stir when it came out in 1959.
So here’s Pól Ó Duibhir’s tale, of The Day I Met…George Morrison
I sat there, the tears streaming down my face Continue reading
I had to tell you this before it was too late – because it’s only available for a short time.
One caveat though. There’s a lot a swearing Continue reading