Talking Movies

December 9, 2018

You Have Been Listening To…

It is time to discreetly begin to draw the curtains for Christmas. There will be no more reviews by me of new releases on Dublin City FM 103.2 this year. But here’s a round-up of links to the previous editions of Sunday Breakfast with Patrick Doyle and a list of the films we discussed on each one if you’re eager to explore the back catalogue.


Jurassic World 2

Hereditary + TV Choice Sicario + Classic The Living Daylights




Sicario 2 + TV Choice Alien + Classic Once Upon a Time in the West

The First Purge + TV Choice Three Kings  + Classic The Truman Show

Hotel Artemis + TV Choice Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation  + Classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers ’78

Mission: Impossible – Fallout + TV Choice X-2  + Classic The War of the Worlds ’53




Ant-Man and the Wasp + TV Choice Nightcrawler  + Classic Star Trek IV

The Meg + TV Choice Fruitvale Station + Classic Heathers




Searching + TV Choice Vertigo + Classic The Age of Innocence

The Seagull + TV Choice Dredd + Classic Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday

The Predator + TV Choice Die Hard + Classic Superman

Mile 22 + TV Choice The Nice Guys + Classic From Russia, with Love

Cold War + TV Choice Bone Tomahawk + Classic The Birds




Venom + TV Choice Hell or High Water + Classic The Dark Knight

Hallowe’en ’18 + Hallowe’en ’78 + Donnie Darko + Scream



Juliet, Naked + TV Choice Bridge of Spies + Classic The Invisible Man

Widows + TV Choice Goldeneye + Classic Jurassic Park

Overlord + TV Choice JFK + Classic Billy Liar

Assassination Nation + TV Choice The Martian + Classic Sherlock Holmes in Washington



The Camino Voyage + TV Choice Gideon of Scotland Yard + Classic Rope


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From the Archives: W

A penultimate dive into the pre-Talking Movies archives pulls up Oliver Stone’s forgotten and rather pointless George Bush Jr takedown.


This George W Bush biopic reunites Oliver Stone with his Wall Street co-writer. It is thus very disappointing that there is no trace of that film’s searing indictment of American greed, but perhaps even more amazingly the man who directed JFK has lost his visual flair.

W is a very odd film, it’s not satire and it’s not a factual drama. It attempts to straddle, and falls short of, both genres. 13 Days made the Cuban Missile Crisis gripping simply by showing how Kennedy dealt with it blow by blow. Channel 4’s The Deal made the trade between Brown and Blair fascinating, even if it was largely speculative. BBC 4’s The Alan Clark Diaries made real politics hilarious. W hopelessly tries to combine all three approaches. We follow the run-up to and fall-out from the Iraq War, while flashing back to the pivotal moments in W’s life that led him to the White House. Stone though has nothing to say about these moments except that Bush has ‘daddy issues’, and that’s why he went to war. This insight isn’t profound or original but could have been heard in bars, on both the sides of the Atlantic, after too many drinks, for the last five years.

James Cromwell alone among the cast does not try to imitate his character and so nicely counterpoints Brolin’s Jr. Cromwell’s George Sr (or Poppy) appears cold and disapproving but we realise that his shepherding of his son Jeb rather than W towards the Presidency is because he wishes to shelter W from the strain of a job that does not suit his temperament. Josh Brolin is extraordinary as W. He perfectly captures the voice and mannerism of Bush Jr but also makes us care deeply for this uncomplicated jock. When W loses a 1980 run for Congress and storms into his backyard exclaiming “I’ll never be out-Texased or out-Christianed again!” we feel his pain more than the obvious satirical anticipation of his 2000 run for Presidency that Stone intends. W’s born-again Christianity is handled with surprising (and welcome) warmth, but while personally Bush saw the light, politically it led him to some dark places. However to expect that sort of complexity is to want a different, less obvious, film.

And Stone does get very obvious… Jeffrey Wright plays Saint Colin Powell while Richard Dreyfuss needs a moustache to twirl villainously as Dick Cheney. Characters say in private their most infamous public gaffes while Condoleeza Rice is written out of history, perhaps because Thandie Newton’s forced attempts to get Rice’s voice right make her screen presence too painful to dwell on. George Bush is not a bad man, he’s just a very bad president, the worst since Herbert Hoover, who also made way for a charismatic Democrat offering change, FDR. But, Oliver, we already knew that…


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December 3, 2018

Notes on the Camino Voyage

Filed under: Talking Movies — Fergal Casey @ 7:40 pm

Irish film The Camino Voyage was this week’s catch-up movie of the week on Sunday Breakfast with Patrick Doyle.

A TG4 presentation in four languages: Irish, English, French, and a performance of ‘Molly Malone’ in the original Basque. Irish writer and poet Danny Sheehy, emboldened by a 500km journey in 2012 to the Scottish Abbey of Saint Colmcille in Iona, planned an audacious journey – 2,500 km voyage from Ireland to Santiago de Compostela. For hundreds of years people sailed from Ireland to A Coruña in Northern Spain and walked the Camino from there.  In 2014 Sheehy’s crew renacted this historical voyage in a traditional Naomhóg (a Kerry curragh), for 6 weeks each May in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Dónal Ó Céilleachair’s documentary follows Sheehy, accordionist Brendan Begley, painter Liam Holden, stonemason Brendan Moriarty, and, in a glorious cameo, Oscar-winning songwriter Glen Hansard, as they row their fragile open boat across open seas and closed canals.

November 28, 2018

Notes on Assassination Nation

Filed under: Talking Movies — Fergal Casey @ 1:53 pm

Assassination Nation was the subject of exhausted complaint on Sunday Breakfast with Patrick Doyle.

Not since M Night Shyamalan went wrong has been it so clear that a director should not write his own scripts but instead bring his considerable verve to bear on someone else’s better script. There are scenes here that bring to mind Orson Welles’ 1946 movie The Stranger, especially the highlight of this entire film where a camera tracks around and up and down and all about a house as vigilantes prepare to attack. And yet they are housed in a screenplay that is simply appalling. Tweaking Public Enemy provides a better title for this lecture masquerading as satirical horror- Fear of a Woke Nation.

November 21, 2018

Notes on Overlord

Filed under: Talking Movies — Fergal Casey @ 11:35 pm

Julius Avery’s follow-up to Son of a Gun was the catch-up film of the week on Sunday Breakfast with Patrick Doyle last Sunday.

Watching Overlord is a time-travelling experience, and not because this WWII guys on a mission gory zombie horror mash-up begins with Ike’s reading his celebrated D-Day missive to the troops about to undertake the deliverance of Europe with Operation Overlord. This feels like a film from the mid-Zeroes. Hostel is in its DNA, as is the second episode of Band of Brothers, and, via Doom, the aesthetics of a shoot ’em up video game. In a film about Nazi experiments on civilians, that is seemingly oblivious of the existence of Dr Josef Mengele, proceedings end with a zombie boss fight – because that’s the logic at work.

There is also, regrettably, the trope that infuriates – of one life being prioritised to the point of insanity. Is it worth leaving Europe under Nazi occupation and letting the Holocaust continue for the sake of saving one kid? That is the choice one character forces on the others. Guess what they decide…

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