Friday, 15 December 2017

What movies to watch this weekend?

In the Cinema:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The only movie to catch this weekend on the big screen, the highly anticipated next chapter in the famous Star Wars series sees a new director at the helm in the shape of Looper's Rian Johnson and also contains more of the magnificent Skellig Michael for us to enjoy! If current Star Wars form is anything to go by this should be worth the wait.


Back to the Future (Netflix)
All three in the Robert Zemeckis trilogy are available on Netflix for viewers to relive Michael J.Fox in his iconic role as Marty McFly. Classic films that can be enjoyed time and time again. A duvet day treat for sure!

On Telly

Men in Black (Film Four Saturday 16th December 21:00)
It's 20 years since this summer blockbuster from Barry Sonnenfield exploded onto our screens. Superb effects, smart script and an engaging cast that included Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones made this the hit of that summer season (and also had Will Smith's theme tune ringing in our years relentlessly!)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - The force is still strong in this well loved series!

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the help of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.
With the fine job done by J.J. Abrams on resurrecting this ever popular franchise and with the highly talented Rian Johnson (Looper) taking on both writing and directing roles to say that Star Wars: The Last Jedi was eagerly anticipated would be perhaps one of the cinematic understatements of the year! The return of old favourites such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Chewbacca with the excellent newer additions to the series like Rey, Finn and Po with the added promise of more detailed and prolonged shots  and running time dedicated to Skellig Michael this time around and it's perfectly natural that all cinema goers would be joyously heading to the local Omniplex full of hope for what had to potential to be another action packed adventure between the Dark Force and the Resistance.
The good news for all Star Wars fans is that this second installment in this reboot is full of quality, immersed in all that has made the Star Wars comeback a resounding success. Fantastic creatures, stunning set pieces, strong characters and a plot that engages and keeps it's audience guessing right up to the last shot are all present here.
The seamless transition from the old to the new is again present in this film with Johnson (like his predecessor Abrhams) marrying the best of the iconic classics with a fresher perspective to outstanding effect. The Last Jedi may not have the novelty effect of the Force Awakens but there is much more occurring plot wise in this second episode and more compelling twists and turns on show.
It may be slightly long at a running time of two and a half hours but that will not bother Star Wars fans as The Last Jedi sits quite comfortably as the meat in this particular blockbuster series sandwich with the promise of more excitement to come. The force is strong with this one!

Thursday, 14 December 2017

5 Christmas Crackers!

Everyone has their favourite Christmas movie. That film that is unabashed in it's sentimentality, goodwill and cheer. A movie that if you watched it any other time of the year it just not seem right! I have put together a list of 5 such movies but please feel free to add your own suggestions in the comment box below of via facebook or twitter.

5. Scrooged
Richard Donner's modern take on this classic Christmas tale has Bill Murray to thank for elevating it to a higher level as he is in top form in this Christmas classic proveing that with the right premise he can make any film look great!. Always worth repeated viewing!

4. Home Alone
This timeless yuletide classic from Chris Columbus is a fun filled fiesta of family fun as we follow the hapless antics of Harry and Marv as they are constantly twarted by the exceptional Macauley Culkin. Never gets old!!

3. Elf
This seasonal hit sees Will Ferrell abandon his usual gross out humour for a performance filled with charm and hilarity in a film that proved a big hit with all members of the family and is a frequent resident on audiences favourite Christmas movies. Highly entertaining!

2. Love Actually
So sweet it may give you diabetes and cynics have critized it for this but leave the cynicism to one side and you have a collection of sweet and funny tales brought together in the undeniable style of Richard Curtis. This all star cast seems to be really having fun with the script and it shows. Guaranteed to bring out a smile in its audience around Christmas time!

1. It's a Wonderful Life
There is a reason that this film resonates over 70 years after it's initial release. The Christmas movie that laid the path for all that followed. This Frank Capra directed classic tale starring James Stewart is simply a must watch every Christmas.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Tralee Filmmaker Bertie Brosnan's new short art-films Last Service & Forgotten Paradise funded by the Cork City Arts now available online for free

Tralee Film maker Bertie Brosnan whose previous films Sineater & Jacob Wrestling With The Angel have been picked up by internationally-owned shorts network Shorts TV now sees two of his excellent short films that were funded by the Cork Citys Arts Fund available to view online for free!
Bertie Brosnan’s previous short films: Sineater & Jacob Wrestling With The Angel were picked up earlier this year by internationally-owned shorts network Shorts TV in a non-exclusive deal via the US distribution outfit Bidslate have been critically acclaimed and selected at international film festivals and markets such as 'Cork Film Festival', 'Fastnet Film Festival', 'Kerry Film Festival', 'Cannes Short Film Corner', 'Hollywood North Film Festival', and much more. (Bertie's success was reported by traleetoday earlier this year and you can read the full article here)
Director, Bertie says on these two short films: “It was a wonderful experience creating these films, the budget was only 3,000 euros but I was able to harness the creative powers of small crews and the wonderfully talented Charlie Ruxton & Stephen O' Connor. As a writer, I am always interested in characters that have a depth to them that isn't always apparent. As a society, we judge and marginalize 'types' of people in a matter of seconds, as we never take the time to understand a little about them. With these two shorts films, I am hoping to shed some light on two characters that our society has preconceived judgement.”
In what is about to be a very busy and undoubtedly successful period for this Tralee born film maker with the release of his feature film Con in the next few weeks (of which you can read the first Irish based review right here!) Bertie's rich catalogue of short and features are sure to reap the critical acclaim deserved and will also reach a larger audience due to their availability online.

Please view both of Bertie's short films below:

For further details on Bertie Brosnan's work see or

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Tralee Omniplex Tuesday Treat - What movie deserves your €6 this week?

With the impending arrival of the highly anticipated Star Wars:The Last Jedi to Tralee Omniplex s on midnight Wednesday (with a special showing of the Force Awakens also available beforehand for those interested) there are no new releases on show for Tuesday Treat. There are however plenty of quality features still on show and I've included previews of all below and all for the giveaway price of just €6!

The Star:
Another yuletide delight, this animated account of the Nativity has split critics and audiences right down the middle but should be highly enjoyable for the younger members of the family. Good family fun!

This heartfelt and charming drama from director Stephen Chbosky based on the New York Times best selling novel is alleviated largely due to some terrific performances form its cast that includes Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay - Just may well be this weeks pick of the bunch!

Daddys Home 2:
Subject to my traleetoday review (which can be read here) and overall an enjoyable ninety minutes holiday for the brain, the antics of Ferrell, Wahlberg, Gibson and Lithgow keep this yuletide tale of merriment rolling nicely along as is well worth your attention. Just don't expect any Oscar's to be handed out for it!
Battle of the Sexes
 This Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris true life dramedy has enjoyed very positive reviews with Emma Stone and Steve Carrell in particular earning high praise for their strong performances.
One to watch!

Justice League:
Some mixed reviews circulating for this one already. Whereas it hasn't hit the depths of Batman vs Superman (thankfully!) it still has an over reliance on it's big budget CGI effects with the plot, script and characters suffering. Maybe one strictly for fans of the franchise!

Paddington 2:
The world's favourite fictional bear (Winnie the who?) gets another outing as director Paul King again takes the reins which sees the lovable bear and the Brown family undertake another whirlwind adventure.

Benefiting from some positive reviews, this latest edition in the Thor series is one packed with action, humour and most of all fun as it reaps the rewards of having Taiki Waititi on board and the unique style he brings as director.

Murder on the Orient Express:
Kenneth Brannagh directs and stars in this adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel whilst surrounded by an all stellar cast. Reviews have been somewhat mixed so may be one for fans of the genre only.

Monday, 11 December 2017

This weeks top movies on the telly

Gangs of New York - (ITV4  Monday 11th December 23:40)
Another menacing performance from Day Lewis saw him nominated for an Oscar yet again for his portrayal as Bill the Butchers in Martin Scorcese' 2002 movie. With strong support from Leonardo Di Caprio this is definitely worth another watch if only to marvel at the brilliance of Daniel Day Lewis and lament his upcoming retirement.

No Way Out - (MGM Tuesday 12th December 19:15)
Career making turn from a young Kevin Costner with the help of a strong cast that included Gene Hackman and Sean Young contribute to make this Roger Donaldson stylish suspense thriller and film that stands up to time and repeated viewing. Recommended!

Prevenge - (Film Four Thursday 14th December 22:45)
Strictly for fans of dark comedy horror only, Alice Lowe writes and directs in this 2017 feature that showcases further the talent of the writer, director and lead star and her appetite for the darkest of humour and highly original mindset.

Friday, 8 December 2017

What movies to watch this weekend

In the Cinema:

Jumanji:Welcome to the Jungle
A remake of sorts of the famous Robin Williams vehicle from the mid 90's this reboot stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Kevin Hart and is directed by Jake Kasdan. Should be interesting to say the least (and not lacking in energy)!This weekend sees a few preview screenings before it's general release next week.


John Wick (Netflix)
Ah John Wick! - the king of  over the top, belief suspending plot and action.The movie that makes every other action film look like Mary Poppins! Park the brain for 90 minutes and enjoy some high calibre fight choreography and action sequences as Keanu Reeves takes on the world... and wins! Good fun (just don't be tempted by the simply awful sequel!)

On Telly

The Drop (Channel 4 Saturday 9th December 23:35)
Written by Dennis Lehane and with a cast that boasts the likes of the late great James Gandofini (in his final film role), Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace this crime drama from Academy Award nominated director Michaƫl R. Roskam was always going to be something a bit special. Excellent!