The State Film Forecast: February 2018

February 4th, 2018 by

February is here, which means that spring has sprung – and it shows. We’re starting to see a bit of a stretch in the evenings; flower heads tantalisingly threaten to burst forth from their stems; and birdsong is escalating to almost cacophonous levels as they prepare to build, and fill, their nests. But, you know, […]


DVD Review: Maze

January 23rd, 2018 by

Director: Stephen Burke Cast: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Martin McCann, Barry Ward Certificate: 15A Running Time: 92 minutes Home Media Release Date: January 22 Maze, the latest film from Stephen Burke, sees the Irish writer/director revisit the Troubles following his breakthrough short film 81. Based on the true story of the escape of 38 IRA prisoners from the notorious HMP […]


The State Film Forecast: December 2017

December 9th, 2017 by

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who ask, ‘How is it December already?’ and those who say, ‘Finally! It’s December.’ Whichever kind you are, it is time to acknowledge that what is collectively known as the holiday season is now upon us. Here at State, we’ve been making a list, and […]


The Disaster Artist

December 8th, 2017 by

Director: James Franco Cast: James Franco, Dave Franco, Alison Brie, Ari Graynor, Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson Certificate: 15A Running Time: 104 minutes Release Date: December 8th In a word, The Disaster Artist is unbelievable. The particular details of its narrative are so bizarre, so strange, so ridiculous, that you couldn’t make it up – and if you […]


Dublin Web Fest 2017

December 1st, 2017 by

Dublin Web Fest is a festival that leaves you wanting more. Hosted in the Generator Hostel in Smithfield on 24-26 November, DWF is in its third year of celebrating online storytelling — web series, music videos, short films, VR films, anything made to be viewed online. I wanted to see the rest of lesbian drama […]


Dublin Doc Fest 2017

November 17th, 2017 by

‘Can you remind me again why you are making this?’ asks Sook, an undocumented immigrant working thanklessly in an L.A. Koreatown spa, and the subject of Hong Kim’s Se Shin Sa. This is the first and last time anyone in the 14 short films screened at Dublin Doc Fest will directly address a filmmaker. For […]


The State Film Forecast: November 2017

November 10th, 2017 by

It’s November, a time associated in the popular imaginary as much with fireworks and bonfires as it is with rain. These seemingly contradictory elements of the penultimate month of the year can be seen manifest in its new releases. For every star-studded sequel to a billion-dollar blockbuster, there’s a small but buzzy indie flick which […]


The Killing of a Sacred Deer

November 3rd, 2017 by

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Alicia Silverstone Certificate: 16 Running time: 121 minutes Release date: November 3rd The myth of Iphigenia inspires the title of Greek writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. After angering the goddess Artemis, who then thwarted his fleet’s departure to Troy, […]


The Death of Stalin

October 20th, 2017 by

Director: Armando Iannucci Cast: Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Jason Isaacs, Rupert Friend, Paul Whitehouse Certificate: 15A Running Time: Release Date: October 20th What happens when your authoritarian regime is built around a cult of personality that suddenly collapses in a pool of its own urine? Pithily marketed as a […]


The State Film Forecast: October 2017

October 7th, 2017 by

It’s October! Daylight savings time kicks in at the end of the month, making the days shorter and the shadows much, much longer. Whether the change in seasons means you need an outlet to scream out your end-of-summer grief, or you’re now at the stage where you’re accepting the seasonal change by seeking heat, comfort […]


Home Again

September 29th, 2017 by

Director: Hallie Meyers-Shyer Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen, Lake Bell, Nat Wolff Certificate: 12A Running Time: 97 minutes Release Date: 29th September In an iconic episode of Mad Men, Don Draper talks about the transportive power of images, and of a projector he’s shilling as ‘a time machine. It goes backwards, forwards. It […]


Logan Lucky

August 26th, 2017 by

Director: Stephen Soderbergh Cast: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Daniel Craig, Katherine Waterston Certificate: 12A Running Time: 118 minutes Release Date: 25th August Guess who just got back today? Them wild-eyed boys that’d been away. Movie star Channing Tatum, recently-unretired director Stephen Soderbergh, and his long-time producer/director of Magic Mike XXL, Gregory Jacobs, have […]


The State Film Forecast: August 2017

August 4th, 2017 by

Did you know that the ‘Dog Days’ of summer are so-called because they mark the return of the brightest star in the night sky, a Canis Majorus, colloquially called ‘Sirius’ or the ‘Dog Star’? Well, now you do. We’re well into the Dog Days now; a period commonly thought to be the hottest, sultriest time […]


The State Film Forecast: July 2017

July 7th, 2017 by

As Simon and Garfunkel once sang, ‘July, she will fly,’ and there are numerous reasons to keep watching the skies this month – if, by ‘the skies’, you mean the light projected onto a cinema screen in an otherwise unlit room. Along with aerially-inclined superheroes, hotshot Air Force pilots, and Voyagers travelling across the universe, some cool, […]