Category Archives: Rants

Rant – DFCC Best Films of 2015

The members of the Dublin Film Critics Circle showed their independence this year by voting an animated film, Pixar’s Inside Out, as best film of 2015. Continue reading

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Rant – And The Oscar goes to…

So the Oscar nominations are finally out, and there is plenty to talk about. An interesting mix this year. Obviously I am delighted for The Artist, but someone made a very valid point to me yesterday about expecting a backlash against the film that is sweeping the board at awards ceremonies around the world. I am also delighted for The Tree of Life and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which were sadly ignored at the Golden Globes. Continue reading

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Rant – 2011 at the Movies

I have submitted many top 10 lists this festive season… To The Dublin Film Critics Circle, Filmoria, We Love Movies on Spin 103.8 and others. Continue reading

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Rant – Golden Globes 2012 *UPDATED*

The European Film Awards were held in Berlin at the start of December. They signified the start of award season, so here we go again… Continue reading

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Rant – Fast Five… Or Fast and the Furious 5… Or whatever

When Dominic (Diesel) is busted out of prison in the high octane opening sequence of Fast Five,  the whole gang relocate to Rio in order to lie low. Of course, lying low has never been their strong point, and when – within a matter of days – a heist goes wrong, it is up to Brian (Walker), Dominic and their friends to band together for ‘one last job’, bring down a crime lord and evade the FBI’s Hobbs (Johnson). Continue reading

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Rant – CGI? Give me handmade (almost) any time..

This week Avatar has passed the $1 billion mark at the box office. The fact that the movie already ranks number 4 on the all time list of box office champions is pretty amazing after an uninspiring opening weekend of $77 million. I have seen Avatar; having seen the trailer I could pretty much predict what was going to happen over the course of the film. What I was not prepared for was the beauty of the film. Continue reading

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Rant – The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2009: A Retrospective

Well JDIFF is over for another year and as usual I was sad to see it end. I have been involved in the film festival in some way since it began in 2003 and it is so great to see it get better and better every year. There is a strong feeling of community in the film festival every year which is one of the reasons its always a bit of an anticlimax when it is all over. I always enjoy getting to talk to people at screenings and walk across the city from film to film together. I am incredibly grateful to Movies Plus magazine and movies.ie who have allowed me to be involved in the festival every year. I get such a buzz from running from screenings to interviews then running home to write it all up. The film festival cements my knowledge that writing about film is what I want to do with my life. Continue reading

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