Superb Superbowl Movie Spots


The Superbowl, America’s answer to the Rose of Tralee, was on last night  on last night and as usual it was a battle of the brave and the bold for supremacy of the Vince Lombardi trophy. Aside from the action on the field the Superbowl is an American advertisers dream, millions and millions all tuned in to a 4 hour long show with more ads than actual sport. Movie studios use this time wisely to peddle their upcoming releases and last night was no exception with 15 films going to post. The films that we caught a glimpse of include Captain America: The First Avenger, Transformers: Dark of The Moon, Cowboys & Aliens, Super 8, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Thor, Battle: Los Angeles, Priest, Limitless, Rio, Rango, Fast Five, The Adjustment Bureau, Drive Angry 3D, and Just Go With It. Below are the spots, with the synopsis … There’s more

Nostalgia Week: The 80s films that defined a generation


It’s Nostalgia Week here on Culch and with that I’m looking back at my favourite 5 films from the 1980s. The important consideration for me in choosing these fab five was that they reflect the generation more than simply being the best examples of cinema from one of films finest decade. With that in mind such cinematic legends as Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Star Wars sequels and Batman miss out. So without further ado here are my Top  80s movies.

Film: Counting Sheep at the 22nd Galway Film Fleadh

Counting Sheep, a documentary by Romanian director Dieter Auner, is on this Friday 9th July in the Town Hall Theatre, Galway, as part of the 22nd Galway Film Fleadh. Dieter spent the better part of five years constructing this tale of Romanian sheep farmers, living among them in some of Europe’s most remote landscape. From the programme: Counting Sheep chronicles a world, untouched for centuries, struggling with profound change. Since joining the EU, Romanians are free to work as agricultural labourers and earn more in one month than a year in their traditional occupation, as shepherds. Against this changing landscape, Dieter Auner’s documentary introduces us to Albin Creta, a teenage Romanian shepherd from Northern Transylvania. We experience a year of his life as he works shepherding, cutting hay, making cheese and dipping sheep. In this sensitive documentary, the drama is observed in the minute: the purchase of a car, the … There’s more


I was looking forward to this film and in the beginning it didn’t disappoint. The angel Micheal falls to earth in a scene reminiscent of the start of Terminator, loads up on guns, as angels do, steals a car and drives off. Switch to mismatched group of Joe soaps stranded for various reasons in a diner/gas station in the middle of nowhere. While they’re coming to terms with television and phone breakdowns, obvious signs of the collapse of civilisation, and an encounter with something quite nasty, Michael turns up to tell them everything’s not going to be alright and that God’s decided to kill them all especially the child of the pregnant smoker girl (is it the new messiah? Nothing really said), and hands out the guns. Cue failed attempt at evacuation of wounded and general denial. So far so good. The pace changes abruptly and we’re treated to some … There’s more

Perrier’s Bounty – Trailer

Found this trailer floating around the internet yesterday, hadn’t heard a thing about it before. Looks good though! It stars Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy, Jim Broadbent and Jodie Whittaker. Directed by Ian Fitzgibbon , it tells the story of the gangster Perrier (Gleeson) who puts a bounty out on a small time thug (Murphy) after he accidentally kills one of his hit-men. In fairness, I never though I’d see the Luas feature in a crime thriller comedy.  

La Chienne, 1931

Jean Renoir is best known for two movie masterpieces he directed in the late 1930s: La Règle du jeu, a social satire often cited as one of the best films of all time, and La Grand Illusion, a highly regarded anti-war film. The latter was infamously described by Joseph Goebbels as “cinematic public enemy no.1”, and was among the first things the Nazis seized when they occupied France. Less well known is the director’s earlier film La Chienne (“The Bitch”), a controversial social critique that is part noir and part tragicomedy, but resists ready categorisation. Its opening scene, in which puppets fight over what kind of film it is, quickly sets the tone — violent but playful, melodramatic but ironic — and primes the audience to interpret it as they see fit. The surviving puppet introduces the main characters: “He, she, and the other guy . . . as usual.” There … There’s more

Want Some Free Cinema?

What are you up to tomorrow? Assuming you’re not spending the day in Rugby mode, why not drop along to the IFI’s Open Day? To mark the end of its major redevelopment project, and to officially launch the new cinema, IFI Café Bar, IFI Film Shop and other new and improved facilities, the Irish Film Institute is offering a day of free films to audiences old and new, for everyone from families and teens to cinematic thrill-seekers and culture vultures, the IFI Open Day promises to cater for all film tastes. Tickets for all films will be available at 11am tomorrow from the IFI with a maximum of 4 tickets per person, all allocated on a first come, first served basis.. Tickets will not be available online or by phone.

Couch Potato – DVDs out this week

Tuesday is ordinarily the most depressing day of the week. With that in mind I’ve brought a little something to little up the dour mood, a collection of new DVDs that will keep you entertained right up till the weekend. So forget your boss, your husband/wife/kids, and snuggle up tight with a good glass of vino and a nice new movie. You know you deserve it.

Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People

This week’s cult film recommendation is Matango, a little-known Japanese oddity from 1963. You might imagine from its full American title, Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People, that it’s a daft and trashy piece of work. Contrary to appearances, though, this is an unusually well-made and thoughtful genre film. It plays by the rules of matinee mysteries, but does much more than just tick its way through a checklist of catastrophe clichés. (Mild spoilers follow.) The story, told in flashback, introduces us to a group of seven people at sea. They are in high spirits, which we do not expect to last. Sure enough, nerves begin to fray when a storm hits, lashing the boat about in a cheap but energetic fashion. (Throughout the film, much is done with rather little.) Set hopelessly adrift, the party takes refuge on an apparently deserted island, a damp and murky place with mist … There’s more

Spreading the Word: The Book of Eli

I went out last night hunting some brainless action to fill the void of a Sunday evening. The choices were John Hilcoat’s “The Road” or this weeks new release “The Book of Eli”. With “Eli” the poster promised Apocalypse-pow action and the grief stricken faces emerging from The Road screening was all I needed to choose door number two. The Book of Eli is based in the starched, water parched years after The Flash, a not entirely explained worldwide disaster.  Civilization has been all but destroyed.  Rape, murder and cannibalism are the norm and in the midst of this Denzel Washington is going West.

Galway Film Society winter/spring season

The Galway Film Society has announced its winter/spring season for the new year. As usual, the films will be screened at the Town Hall Theatre [map]. Titles and dates are as follows: Séraphine (17 Jan.), Home (24 Jan.), Mid August Lunch (31 Jan.), Welcome (07 Feb.), Tales from a Golden Age (14 Feb.), Bright Star (21 Feb.), White Ribbon (07 Mar.), Tulpan (14 Mar.). I haven’t seen any of them yet, but it’s an interesting line-up, with a few in particular catching my eye. For more information on prices, booking, and the films themselves, see the Town Hall website.

The Friday Feeling – Movies Out This Week

It’s Friday once again and should any of you be brave enough to venture outside the front door in this weather you will find a host of new movies in your local cinemas. The warm, comfortable surroundings and on-screen entertainment are the perfect elixir for the winter blues.

The evolution of entertainment media

It occurred to me a few weeks ago, just how much I’ve changed the way I collect and store entertainment media. Eventually I put it down to 3 factors: 1. The reduction in the cost of hard drives has had a huge impact, making it possible to store an entire music (or movie) collection on one hard drive, and all for the cost of 5 or 6 CDs. 2. The cost. The price of a digital download is generally cheaper then buying a cd or dvd. 3. The convenience. I can download an album in 5 minutes, as opposed to a trip to the city centre to visit a music shop. Also, the storage convenience: 300 CD albums take up a lot of room, 300 mp3 albums need just one iPod. Looking back only three years ago, I would have added to my CD collection at least every few weeks, … There’s more