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 […]


The Exterminating Angels

June 8th, 2009 by

The second part of acclaimed French director Jean-Claude Brisseau’s trilogy exploring society’s taboos, The Exterminating Angels is all based around sex and sexual fantasy. Ostensibly an examination of women’s innermost desires, it nonetheless plays out like your average male’s wet dream, involving graphic all-female threesomes and two women mutually masturbating each other at a table […]


The Baader Meinhof Complex

June 8th, 2009 by

Based on Stefan Aust’s book of the same name, The Baader Meinhof Complex tells the true story of the Red Army Faction (RAF), an ultra-violent terrorist organisation dedicated to the overthrow of what they perceived as the rise of fascism in the 1970s, including US imperialism in Vietnam and the growth of a police state […]


Awaydays

May 12th, 2009 by

Listening to Unknown Pleasures, Pink Flag or other post-punk staples, a fan of that genre would be forgiven for wishing they were back in that seminal era. Late 70s north-west England, downtrodden but full of visceral doggedness and a music scene that throbbed defiantly. Awaydays, a new indie film based on Kevin Sampson’s 1988 novel, […]


Arcade Fire – Mirror Noir

April 9th, 2009 by

Good old Arcade Fire. You have to hand it to them, they do like to have their cake and eat it. Throughout the duration of Mirror Noir they seem to go to great lengths to present themselves as artistic and commercial outsiders, operating in their own time and space. Yet look into purchasing said DVD […]


Interview with Cam Gigandet of Twilight

April 2nd, 2009 by

Cam Gigandet, the imposing vampire tracker, James, from the hugely popular Twilight movie, based on Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling debut novel, talks to State about making a modern vampire classic. The former OC star talks about playing the villain, his love of the Twilight novels and taking on Dracula. Did you enjoy playing the baddie? Of […]


Film review: The Dark Knight

July 22nd, 2008 by

The second installment of the re-ignited Batman series is finally here. How does Ledger’s poignant turn as the Joker stack up to the Oscar talk? Is it all an intentional distraction away from the film? Phil Udell attended a screening to find out.


Darklight Festival – Dublin the Movie: 26-06-08

July 7th, 2008 by

Dublin 26.06.08: a film in 4 days. This film, commissioned as part of the Darklight Festival, was shot entirely between 12.01am to 11.59pm on Thursday, June 26th 2008. 30 filmmaking teams or individuals made the movies composing this film. The participants were invited guests feature a selection of the best artistic talent in Ireland. Director […]


DVD Review: Butterfly On A Wheel

May 12th, 2008 by

Neil Randall has it all: a beautiful wife (Bello), a lovely daughter and a well-paid job with one of Chicago’s biggest advertising firms. Unfortunately for him, his whole life comes tumbling down around his ears when Pierce Brosnan, playing against type as a villain, takes an unhealthy interest.


DVD Review: Rescue Dawn

April 22nd, 2008 by

Legendary German director Werner Herzog chose to make his first English language movie about a subject he’s already tackled in his acclaimed 1997 documentary, Little Dieter Needs To Fly. It’s the true story of German-born, American-raised pilot Dieter Dengler (Bale), whose plane was shot down over Laos in 1965, while on a black ops mission to North Vietnam.