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 […]

Frozen River

October 29th, 2009 by

Christmas is fast approaching in Massena, a small township on the border between New York State and Canada where tattoos, trailer-parks and thrift stores are the order of the day, and Ray Eddy (Melissa Leo) is in trouble. When her gambling addict husband disappears with all the money they’ve saved to pay for their new […]

Girls Aloud – Out Of Control: Live From The 02

October 14th, 2009 by

The perceived wisdom on pop music is that it’s easy, simply a question of placing slot A into slot B, finding some pretty boys or girls to front it (never mix the sexes), bung a load of cash at them and watch the teenagers, tweenies and youngsters roll on up to purchase their downloads, ring […]

Le Donk and Scor Zay Zee review/ticket giveaway

October 6th, 2009 by

In a departure from the rough-edged kitchen-sinkery of This Is England and Somers Town, Shane Meadows shoots and scores in the mockumentary genre with this silly but soft-centred rock biz spoof. Paddy Considine (the name may not ring an immediate bell, but the face certainly will) is the swaggering Le Donk, the kind of brash, […]


October 6th, 2009 by

Based on the novel by celebrated French writer Colette (1873-1954), Chéri sees director Stephen Frears back to the costume drama genre which cemented his reputation with 1988’s Dangerous Liaisons. He’s also back in France, this time during La Belle Epoque at the end of the 19th century, when courtesans were the celebrities du jour. Lea […]

The Inner Life Of Martin Frost

October 5th, 2009 by

The eponymous Frost (David Thewlis) is a novelist, worn out after three years of working on his latest book, who foregoes New York for the countryside, taking up residence in his friends’ empty country house to ‘live the life of a stone’. However, no sooner has he downed tools than our hero is inspired by […]

Interview with Liam Clancy and Alan Gilsenan

September 24th, 2009 by

The Yellow Bittern, Alan Gilsenan’s biopic of Liam Clancy is a rather surprising illustration of 20th century counter-culture, meandering as it does from 1930s Ireland to the folk hey-day of 1960s Greenwich Village, New York and up to the present day. State recently chatted to Liam Clancy and filmmaker Alan Gilsenan about the film prior […]


September 4th, 2009 by

It’s not difficult to see why Joel Conroy’s at times disjointed surfing documentary has won so many fans in the last year. The shots of surfers making light of four-storey high waves in the shadow of the Cliffs of Moher and elsewhere provides jaw dropping entertainment, while the protagonists are a great mix of Ireland’s […]

Broken Embraces

August 25th, 2009 by

Few film makers operating today can better Pedro Almodóvar. Sleek and richly creative, rarely does the Spaniard fail to deliver. His latest is no exception. Enjoyable and engaging, Broken Embraces is another fine work from one of cinema’s most exceptional of film-makers. Stylistically rich and multifaceted, Almodóvar’s latest nods to Hitchcock; 40s noir dramas and […]

Coco Before Chanel

August 6th, 2009 by

Considering the well-trodden choice of those heading down the biopic route is to smooth out the rough edges of the main subject, it’s a testament to director Anne Fontaine’s faith in Audrey Tatou’s innate likeability that she allows her to portray Gabrielle -Coco’ Chanel as a generally moody, often unsympathetic loner in this beautifully shot, […]

Interview with David OReilly, U2 video director & animator

July 26th, 2009 by

David OReilly is a young Irish animator working out of Berlin. This year he won the best short film Golden Bear in Berlin for Please Say Something, a melancholy modern day kitchen sink drama between a loving cat-type creature and an inattentive mouse. He also created the Youtube cult Octocat animations under the pseudonym Randy […]

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

July 8th, 2009 by

After much of the good work from the third and fourth instalments of the Harry Potter franchise was undone by the bloated, forgettable Order of the Phoenix, there is a huge sense of something to prove in the sixth outing for the scarred chosen one. Alfonso Cuarón and then Mike Newell not only gave the […]

Iron Maiden – Flight 666

June 24th, 2009 by

The rock documentary – everywhere you look it seems as though someone is doing one. Why? Unlike the old days, when these were strictly straight to video, fan only affairs the modern rockumentary plays in cinemas to audiences across the board and to critical acclaim. To make that leap, however, there needs to be a […]

The State Of Things

June 8th, 2009 by

Movies about movie-making tend to be either hilariously vitriolic (The Player) or poignant (Lost In La Mancha): unfortunately, The State Of Things is neither. Wim Wenders’ re-released 1982 film follows the fortunes of maverick German film director Friedrich Munro (Patrick Bauchau), as he travels from Portugal to LA in search of his missing producer, after […]