Darklight 2010: Heroes Edition

October 21st, 2010 by

Next week sees the return of Dublin’s Darklight festival, the celebration of the very best in independent, DIY and artist films and State is very happy to be a media partner once more. For it’s eleventh year, Festival Director Nicky Gogan will oversee an exciting Halloween weekend of film, animation, art, music, workshops, exclusive film […]


The Town

September 29th, 2010 by

The Town is good movie. It is a very entertaining movie and probably the least annoying that Ben Affleck has been since Good Will Hunting. It is NOT Heat. It is nowhere near the body and mind rush of operatic, action cinema that is Heat. So, don’t believe anyone who suggests that the two are even comparable. […]


The Runaways

September 24th, 2010 by

Hairstyle-first plummet into an abyss of excess and drug-fuelled hedonism? Check. OTT band manager/sex pest? Check. Former musical soulmate wailing “It used to be about the music!?” Check. The Runaways has the rock & roll movie playbook and it’s running it page by page. As the fuzzy, amber-tinged ’70s give way to the gaunt, jagged […]


Tamara Drewe

September 10th, 2010 by

A particularly English brand of sauce is slapped on this odd pseudo-romantic comedy based on Posy Simmonds’s Guardian cartoon strip. Girl of the moment Gemma Arterton plays the curvaceous Tamara Drewe, a provocative but desperate journalist who returns to her family home in England’s rolling West Counties to do the place up. She causes a […]


The Expendables

August 20th, 2010 by

It’s rare in modern action cinema to see a man kick punch the guts out of eight other men on a basketball court while wearing white jeans. Irony-free white jeans. That’s the kind of world Sylvester Stallone lives in. His thick-necked warlords wear white jeans, drink beers while flying planes and they most certainly pound […]


Toy Story 3

July 23rd, 2010 by

In the film industry above all others, even the music business, the battle between creative awareness and the need to make money is a hugely unbalanced one. Every summer we find ourselves faced with a series of sequels that are mostly shadows of the original idea. This year we’ve already had a fourth Shrek film […]


Inception

July 21st, 2010 by

The summer blockbuster is not supposed to be like this. Every year from May 1st, we are gag-fed hollow and characterless products that are so dismally written and epileptically edited that we step out of the theatre disappointed and forget, for our own good. There are exceptions of course: 2009’s Star Trek, Nolan’s own The […]


The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

July 5th, 2010 by

I’m a Twirgin. A Twoob. A Twovice. In fact, the closest I’ve come to orbiting planet Twilight was having a friend by the name of Edward Cullen. So, was I to have all my cynical ‘it’s marketing, not movies’ programming re-wired with a smart and compelling allegory on abstinence complete with super bad-ass werewolves and […]


U2 360 At The Rose Bowl (DVD)

June 10th, 2010 by

Predictably politically-fuelled and thoroughly space-aged. Littered with hits that – love them or loath them – have become staples of what the world believes it is to be Irish. Full of Bono’s rants and a 97,000 capacity stadium’s raves: U2’s latest live effort – first broadcast as YouTube’s first live concert in Autumn last year […]


Four Lions vs Four Lions

May 11th, 2010 by

There are many films that have divided opinion of late, yet few with as much ferocity as Chris Morris’ suicide bomber comedy Four Lions. Set in the North of England, its fictional story of four young radicalised Muslims who attempt to bomb the London Marathon has proved a satirical delight for some, too close to […]


The White Stripes – Under Great Northern Lights

March 16th, 2010 by

Emmett Malloy proffers a beguiling glimpse into the machinations of the ever-enigmatic, blues-inflected figureheads of the garage rock revival with Under Great White Northern Lights, a rock documentary that charts the White Stripes’ tour across Canada in the summer of 2007. Stopping in every territorial province and finishing with a tenth anniversary show in Nova […]


Twilight: New Moon

November 20th, 2009 by

The reddened interior of the Savoy cinema is a broth of hormones and anticipation as a few hundred school girls squeal piercingly as the curtains roll back for the preview screening of New Moon, the Twilight sequel. Security has been tight. All mobile phones and iPods have been confiscated on arrival and sealed in ziplock […]


All Tomorrow’s Parties: The Film

November 20th, 2009 by

Originally inspired by the Bowlie Weekender with Belle and Sebastian in 1999, All Tomorrow’s Parties has turned into something of a global phenomenon – albeit in a cult-ish sort of way, an experience like no other, and now an experience that has made it on to the silver screen with ATP: The Film. Those interested […]


The Men Who Stare At Goats

October 30th, 2009 by

On paper, The Men Who Stare At Goats is a wonderful film concept, with potential in the mystification and bemusement departments on offer. So what has gone wrong with director Grant Heslov’s adaptation of Jon Ronson’s 2004 book of the same name? It’s hard to put your finger on it because what you are looking […]