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 […]

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 […]


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 […]