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Hercules movie review: he fights the lion!

23 July 2014 7:11 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Grading on the Ratner Curve, this is a positive triumph. The cheesy clichés are at least passingly entertaining. You could do worse. I’m “biast” (pro): love Dwayne Johnson

I’m “biast” (con): hate Brett Ratner

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

You think you know the truth about him? You know nothing!” This from the very shouty narrator who opens Hercules for us, presumably in case you saw the hilariously awful The Legend of Hercules earlier this year and were suckered into believing that Kellan Lutz is a demigod. What’s sort of funny and sort of the best thing about this second attempt in a few months to pass off a superhero of the ancient world as one for the 21st century is that the shouty narrator turns out to be Herc’s publicist, and that »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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DVD Review – The Sea (2013)

25 June 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Sea, 2013.

Directed by Stephen Brown.

Starring Ciarán Hinds, Bonnie Wright, Natascha McElhone, Rufus Sewell, Matthew Dillon, Sinéad Cusack, Missy Keating and Charlotte Rampling.

Synopsis:

The story of a man who returns to the sea where he spent his childhood summers in search of peace following the death of his wife.

Ciaran Hinds is a dangerous actor. The 61-year-old Belfast native will quietly disappear into all the bit-parts that come his way, because he’s generous support, and because he never showboats or upstages his fellow performers. But give Hinds a lead and he’ll take charge of the film, no matter how insubstantial the material. That’s why he’s one of Ireland’s best living actors: with Hinds in the lead, a poor film’s flaws can be hidden, or even partially forgiven. And so it goes with The Sea – to an extent – a confused coming-of-age drama/tiresome »

- Gary Collinson

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DVD Review: 'The Sea'

23 June 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆The debut feature from Stephen Brown, The Sea (2013) is a compassionate rendering of John Banville's Man Booker Prize-winning novel. After losing his wife Anna (Sinéad Cusack) to cancer, Max Morden (Ciarán Hinds) returns to the Irish seaside town where he spent summers as a child. He stays at a boarding house owned by Miss Vavasour (Charlotte Rampling) and shares mealtimes with permanent resident Colonel Blunden (Karl Johnson). He's utterly overwhelmed by grief and shows no signs of healing. "Fleeing one sadness by revisiting the scene of an old one doesn't work," he tells his landlady. Max is an art historian and is supposed to be writing about French artist Pierre Bonnard.

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The Sea DVD Review

22 June 2014 4:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Stephen Brown

Starring: Ciarán HindsBonnie Wright, Natascha McElhone, Rufus Sewell, Charlotte Rampling, Sinéad Cusack

Certificate: 12A

Running time: 86 minutes

Special Features: Stills gallery and trailer

Ciarán Hinds stars in this gorgeous Irish film about a man who returns to the home of his summers as a child in an attempt to deal with the loss of his wife. As he walks the same steps he did as a boy, memories of one summer come flooding back and cause him to re-live a tragedy from his youth. As he goes in search of answers – and of peace – so does the viewer. So what was this childhood tragedy and why has he returned there?

Mysteries like The Sea only work when they give the audience a small taste of what is to come, enough to keep you guessing but still keep you interested. There has to be some enjoyment »

- Amanda Keats

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Win The Sea on DVD

16 June 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To celebrate the DVD release of The Sea on 23rd June, we’re giving away a DVD of the film to three lucky winners.

Art historian Max Morden (Ciarán HindsMunich, Rome) returns to the sleepy seaside resort where he spent summers as a child after losing his wife (Sinéad Cusack – winner of Best Supporting Actress at IFTAs). Max lodges at a boarding house he once frequented, where frosty proprietor Miss Vavasour (Charlotte RamplingThe Verdict, The Duchess), and eccentric resident Blunden (Karl JohnsonThe Illusionist, Rome), now reside. Before long – and despite protestations from his daughter Clare (Ruth BradleyGrabbers, Primeval) – Max revisits the ghosts of his past.

Based on the Man Booker prize-winning novel by John Banville, The Sea is a haunting, uplifting, meditation on the human condition – at times elegiac, poetic, and nostalgic. A story of memory, love, loss, regret… and the persistent possibility of rebirth.

 

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The Sea review: the sands of time are dun-colored

25 April 2014 7:22 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Ciarán Hinds engages in some pointlessly dour Irish brooding at the beach. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

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Ciarán Hinds saw something nasty in the woodshed. Well, at the seaside, actually, but same difference. And now his Max Morden has returned to the sleepy Irish village where he used to spend his childhood summers to revisit that nasty thing. Or something. “You live in the past,” his dead wife (Sinéad Cusack: Wrath of the Titans) accuses him from a memory-flashback of her last fatally ill days, which should feel ironic, perhaps, but doesn’t. Maybe because we never get any authentic sense of how Max (Hinds: Closed Circuit) is living in the past, how the nasty thing he saw in the woodshed has had any impact on his life since. »

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The Sea Review

18 April 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Following on from John Jencks’ absorbing drama The Fold, comes another low-budget British production studying grief in a quite fascinating manner, as debutant Stephen Brown’s The Sea provides an insight into one man’s suffering with the loss of his wife, and how he revisits an old tragedy to help himself get over a new one. The death itself, however, is merely a catalyst for him to explore a range of other emotions, and to trigger a series of old memories.

The man in question is Max Morden (Ciarán Hinds), who decides to head back to the beachside resort where he spent his summers as a child, staying with Miss Vavasour (Charlotte Rampling), in the very same house he used to play in. His reason for returning is the death of his wife Anna (Sinéad Cusack), though while searching for serenity and peace of mind, his trip brings up a host of painful memories, »

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Film Review: 'The Sea'

17 April 2014 1:56 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆John Banville is one of Ireland's greatest literary sons of recent decades. In 2005, he won the Man Booker Prize for The Sea, a tale of a man in later life consumed by both a dark secret from his youth and the recent death of his wife. Banville now adapts his own work for the big screen, directed by Stephen Brown. A heady meditation on grief and nostalgia, Banville's poetic masterpiece is transformed into a middling drama with Ciarán Hinds in the lead as art historian Max Morden. After the death of his wife, Anna (Sinéad Cusack), Max is compelled to return to the coastal village of his childhood in order to lay to rest the ghosts of the past, visiting a boarding house governed by Miss Vavasour (Charlotte Rampling).

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The Sea review glum psychodrama adapted from Booker winner

16 April 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

John Banville reduces his Booker prizewinner to jumbled pound-shop Proustisms in this choppy adaptation

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More proof that writers should be kept from adapting their own work comes with Stephen Brown's glumly listing psychodrama, in which John Banville reduces his Booker prizewinner to jumbled pound-shop Proustisms. Grieving scribe Ciaran Hinds's return to the coastal getaway of his youth strands us amid oddly artificial, advert-coloured flashbacks; there, we're left waiting for some formative trauma to reveal itself, while rent-a-rake Rufus Sewell struggles to pull off an Adge Cutler-like hat-and-neckerchief combo. Hinds is a strong, wounded presence, but the laboured structure cuts insistently around him to get at a psychology mostly scrambled in translation. This Sea's just too choppy.

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- Mike McCahill

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The Sea Review

14 April 2014 12:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Stephen Brown.

Starring: Ciaran Hinds, Charlotte Rampling, Sinead Cusack, Natascha McElhone, Rufus Sewell, Bonnie Wright.

Running Time: 86 minutes.

Certificate: 12A.

Synopsis: Max (Ciaran Hinds) returns to a seaside spot where he spent his childhood, following his wife’s (Sinead Cusack) diagnosis with cancer.

Adapted from the Man Booker Prize winning novel of the same name, Stephen Brown’s feature debut deals with the demons that haunt our past and present. Opening to an expression of abject horror, we witness Max letting the seawater engulf him and his ostensible problems before snapping to a well-dressed version of himself. In the process of receiving terrible news, Max turns to drink and begins trudging through the past. Revisiting a picturesque estate he frequented as a child, the elegant Miss Vavasour (Charlotte Rampling) helps him through his addiction, while family secrets are uncovered with less than deft precision.

As Max struggles through this difficult situation, »

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Calvary, Philomena scoop IFTAs

7 April 2014 4:13 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Judi Dench win top prizes at the Irish Film & Television Awards, as Calvary and Philomena are handed best film trophies.Scroll down for full list of winners

John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary picked up a hat-trick of awards at the 11th Irish Film & Television Awards on Saturday night including Best Film, Best Script and Best Actor, for Brendan Gleeson’s performance as a good-natured priest who must battle dark forces. The actor beat competition including his son Domhnall Gleeson, nominated for his role in About Time.

The ceremony in Dublin also saw Stephen Frears’s Philomena walk away with three prizes including Best International Film, Best Costume for the work of Consolata Boyle, and Best International Actress, for Judi Dench’s performance as a woman searching for her long lost son. Philomena Lee, whose true life story inspired the film, was in attendance

Vampire horror Byzantium also scored a hat-trick, winning Best Director »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Judi Dench, Michael Fassbender win at Irish Film and TV Awards

6 April 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Dame Judi Dench and Michael Fassbender were among the major winners at the Irish Film and Television Awards.

The ceremony was held in Dublin on Saturday (April 5), with the likes of Steve Coogan, Will Forte, Jeremy Irons and Jamie Dornan in attendance.

Dench was honoured as International Actress of the Year for her portrayal of a mother searching for her lost son in Philomena, with 12 Years a Slave's Chiwetel Ejiofor taking the male version of the prize.

Fassbender was named Best Actor in a Supporting Role for playing a brutal plantation owner in 12 Years a Slave.

Saoirse Ronan walked away with the Best Actress in a Leading Role Award for Byzantium.

Brendan Gleeson's performance in Calvary earned him Best Actor in a Lead Role, with the movie also winning the top overall prize of the evening.

Major television winners included Dornan for The Fall and Michelle Fairley for Game of Thrones. »

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‘Calvary,’ ‘Byzantium,’ ‘Philomena’ Lead the Field at Irish Film and TV Awards

6 April 2014 1:29 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes – “Calvary,” “Byzantium” and “Philomena” were the biggest winners at the Irish Film and Television Awards in Dublin, with each film taking three awards.

Guests at the event, which was hosted by the Irish Film and Television Academy, included Michael Fassbender, Colin Farrell, Jamie Dornan, Steve Coogan, Will Forte, Jeremy Irons, Fionnula Flanagan, Brendan Gleeson, Neil Jordan, Amy Huberman, Colm Meaney, Jack Reynor, Killian Scott, Eva Birthistle and Victoria Smurfit.

Calvary” took best film, along with actor for Brendan Gleeson and script for its writer-director John Michael McDonagh. “Philomena” won the award for international film and actress (for Judi Dench) along with costume design for Consolata Boyle. Philomena Lee, whose true life story inspired the film, was at the ceremony. Vampire horror “Byzantium’s” awards included director for Neil Jordan, actress for Saoirse Ronan, and makeup and hair.

Michael Fassbender took the award for film supporting actor for “12 Years a Slave. »

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‘Calvary,’ ‘Byzantium,’ ‘Philomena’ Lead the Field at Irish Film and TV Awards

6 April 2014 1:29 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes – “Calvary,” “Byzantium” and “Philomena” were the biggest winners at the Irish Film and Television Awards in Dublin, with each film taking three awards.

Guests at the event, which was hosted by the Irish Film and Television Academy, included Michael Fassbender, Colin Farrell, Jamie Dornan, Steve Coogan, Will Forte, Jeremy Irons, Fionnula Flanagan, Brendan Gleeson, Neil Jordan, Amy Huberman, Colm Meaney, Jack Reynor, Killian Scott, Eva Birthistle and Victoria Smurfit.

Calvary” took best film, along with actor for Brendan Gleeson and script for its writer-director John Michael McDonagh. “Philomena” won the award for international film and actress (for Judi Dench) along with costume design for Consolata Boyle. Philomena Lee, whose true life story inspired the film, was at the ceremony. Vampire horror “Byzantium’s” awards included director for Neil Jordan, actress for Saoirse Ronan, and makeup and hair.

Michael Fassbender took the award for film supporting actor for “12 Years a Slave. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Irish Film and Television Academy Lines Up Stellar Guest List for Awards

30 March 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — The Irish Film and Television Academy has announced that guests at its awards ceremony on April 5 will include Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, Steve Coogan, Will Forte, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston and Colm Meaney.

Nominees include Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Dornan, Eva Birthistle, Colin Farrell, Andrew Scott, Amy Huberman, Liam Cunningham, Fionnula Flanagan, Brendan Gleeson, Victoria Smurfit, Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Domhnall Gleeson and Deirdre O’Kane.

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, is to receive an honorary award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Irish film and television industry.

As the Minister for Arts and more recently as President, Higgins has transformed the industry through a range of initiatives from tax incentives to training, and the re-establishment of the Irish Film Board, which led to an injection of investment and the creation of thousands of jobs.

Aine Moriarty, academy chief executive, stated: “The academy is proud »

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Irish Film and Television Academy Lines Up Stellar Guest List for Awards

30 March 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Irish Film and Television Academy has announced that guests at its awards ceremony on April 5 will include Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, Steve Coogan, Will Forte, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston and Colm Meaney.

Nominees include Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Dornan, Eva Birthistle, Colin Farrell, Andrew Scott, Amy Huberman, Liam Cunningham, Fionnula Flanagan, Brendan Gleeson, Victoria Smurfit, Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Domhnall Gleeson and Deirdre O’Kane.

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, is to receive an honorary award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Irish film and television industry.

As the Minister for Arts and more recently as President, Higgins has transformed the industry through a range of initiatives from tax incentives to training, and the re-establishment of the Irish Film Board, which led to an injection of investment and the creation of thousands of jobs.

Aine Moriarty, academy chief executive, stated: “The academy is proud »

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2014 Ann Arbor Film Festival: Official Lineup

18 March 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

The 52nd annual Ann Arbor Film Festival will be a jam-packed experimental feature and short film screening event running for six days and nights, this time on March 25-30.

Opening Night will feature a reception and an after-party, and stuffed between those will be a block of nine short films, including new ones by Bryan Boyce, Michael Robinson, Jennifer Reeder and Martha Colburn, as well as a never-before-released work by the legendary Bruce Baillie called Little Girl in which Baillie captured scenes of natural beauty.

Special Events scattered throughout the festival include a retrospective of indie filmmaker Penelope Spheeris that will feature her rock ‘n’ roll-based work, including the original The Decline of Western Civilization, plus The Decline of Western Civilization Part III, her influential punk film Suburbia (screening twice) and a collection of short films.

There will also be several films and presentations by filmmaking scholar Thom Andersen, such »

- Mike Everleth

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Author John Banville Talks About Reviving Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe

7 March 2014 3:56 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

What do Benjamin Black, Irish Detective Quirke, Raymond Chandler and Philip Marlowe all have in common? Author John Banville. Banville recently published The Black-Eyed Blonde, starring the iconic Chandler's Philip Marlowe, under his detective fiction pen name Benjamin Black, after being approached by Chandler's estate about reviving the character. Readers were given a glimpse into Banville's complex world last night at a Writers Bloc event in Los Angeles hosted by the group's head Andrea Grossman, who took the stage to banter with Banville, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea (2005). Writers Bloc is a Los Angeles-

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Calvary, Stag lead Irish Academy noms

27 February 2014 2:40 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Comedies lead the pack at the Irish Film and Television Awards; father and son Brendan and Domhnall Gleeson compete for best actor.Scroll down for full list of nominations

John Michael McDonagh’s blackly comic Calvary and John Butler comedy The Stag lead the 11th annual Irish Film and Television Awards.

Both films have secured six nominations each, including Best Film where they are up against Neil Jordan’s vampire feature Byzantium, drama Run & Jump, starring Nebraska’s Will Forte; and drama The Sea.

The best actor category will see Brendan Gleeson, who played a good-natured priest under threat in Calvary, compete against his son Domhnall Gleeson, nominated for his role in Richard Curtis romantic drama About Time.

Also up for best actor are Ciaran Hinds for his role in The Sea and a comic turn from Sherlock villain Andrew Scott for his performance in The Stag.

McDonagh, Butler and Jordan will compete in the film director »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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The 2014 Ifta nominations have been announced

27 February 2014 2:09 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

The 11th annual Irish Film & Television Awards are taking place on the 5th of April, broadcast live at 9:35 p.m. on Rte One, and ahead of that the nominations have just been announced. On the Irish front, The Stag, which hits cinemas here on March 7th, and Calvary, John Michael McDonagh's follow up to The Guard, have the biggest showing, bagging 6 nominations each, including Best Film and Director. Moving further afield for the International Nominations, it's no surprise that the likes of Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Matthew McConaughey get a look in. Best Film Byzantium (Alan Moloney, Stephen Woolley, Parallel Films, Number 9 Films) Calvary (James Flynn, Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez Marengo, Octagon Films, Reprisal Films) Run & Jump (Tamara Angie, David Collins, Martina Niland, Samson Films) The Sea (David Collins, Samson Films) The Stag (Robert Walpole, Rebecca O'Flanagan, Treasure Entertainment) Director Film John Butler, The Stag (Treasure. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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