Talking Movies

January 13, 2019

Notes on Stan & Ollie

Filed under: Talking Movies — Fergal Casey @ 9:40 pm

Stan & Ollie was the film of the week much earlier today on Sunday Breakfast with Patrick Doyle.

Steve Coogan nailed the voice but not the look of Laurel while John C Reilly simply vanished as Oliver Hardy rode again in look and sound. And yet for a film about two comedians it wasn’t really that funny…

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Filed under: Uncategorized — Fergal Casey @ 9:37 pm


Filed under: Uncategorized — Fergal Casey @ 9:37 pm


Filed under: Uncategorized — Fergal Casey @ 9:37 pm


January 9, 2019

Hopes: 2019


They called him Mister…

Glass, an unlikely sequel

to Unbreakable


Cold Pursuit

U.S. remake, but…

with same director, Neeson

in for Skarsgard. Hmm.


Happy Death Day 2U

Groundhog Day: Part II.

I know what you Screamed before.

Meta-mad sequel.


Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Cate Blanchett missing,

Daughter on her trail, thru time,

Very Linklater…

Pet Sematary

Stephen King remake.

Yes, sometimes dead is better,

but maybe not here.



Chuck: superhero.

Big: but with superpowers.

This could be great fun.


Under the Silver Lake

It Follows: P.I.

Sort of, Garfield the P.I.

Riley Keough the femme


Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

Ryan Reynolds is voice

Pikachu is the shamus

PG Deadpool fun?

The Turning

of the screw, that is.

Mackenzie Davis the lead,

can the ghosts be real?


John Wick: Parabellum

Keanu is back

On a horse while in a suit

Killers in  pursuit


Hobbs and Shaw

The Rock and The Stath.

The director of John Wick.

This will be bonkers.

CR: Chris Large/FX


Gemini Man

Will Smith and Ang Lee,

Clive Owen and the great MEW,

cloned hitman puzzler.


Charlie’s Angels

K-Stew’s big comeback

French films have made her, um, hip?

Just don’t bite your lip…


The Day Shall Come

Anna Kendrick stars in-

Um, nobody knows a thing

Bar it’s Chris Morris


Jojo Rabbit

My friend Adolf H.

is Taika Waititi-

this could get quite strange…

Fears: 2019

The Death and Life of John F Donovan

We have waited long,

Too long, for Dolan anglais,

Now we fear for Snow


Captain Marvel

Brie Larson arrives

To save the day, 90s day.

Nick Fury’s phone friend


Avengers: Endgame

Free at last, says Bob.

Downey Jr’s contract’s up!

Snap away, Thanos!

Godzilla: King of Monsters

Um, may not contain

Godzilla… going by last

bait and switch movie


X-Men: Dark Phoenix

It’s X-3 remade,

with little context for Jean,

who cares? C.G.I!


Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

QT does Manson.

Bad taste abounds, but also

Pitt, Leo, et al

New Mutants

Fox does X-horror.

X-Men that is, obscure ones.

They’re affordable


It: Chapter Two

They’re all grown up now.

But fear never does grow old.

Yet may be retread?


The Goldfinch

Dickens in New York,

Bret Easton Ellis Vegas,

Tartt’s chameleon.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Critics applaud, not

because the thing is done well,

but because it’s done.


Star Wars: Episode IX

Fans don’t give a damn…

Who to kill off next? Lando?

Money grubbing sham.

January 8, 2019

I cry you mercy, then. I took you for that cunning London Wyndham that married with the Abbey

Filed under: Talking Theatre — Fergal Casey @ 10:27 pm

I’ve stayed out of the culture wars raging around Irish theatre on this blog after getting very badly wounded by engaging with them in private.

But today’s open letter by 300 figures in Irish theatre attacking the odd tack taken by the Abbey since its new Scottish directors took over in 2017 has led me to recheck my email archives and yes, I did really pen these words to someone else interested in theatre on 29 November 2016:

“Abbey has unleashed the entire 2017 programme. It’s basically become Wyndham’s Theatre in London. Produce nothing original, just host hit transfers. Arlington, Ballyturk, The Train, Waiting for Godot.”

There was more that critiqued the original productions in the programme, but still. It’s always nice to see that you did correctly read the tea leaves, even if other people insisted on emptying the pot over your head for so doing at the time.

Top Performances of 2018

Filed under: Talking Movies — Fergal Casey @ 10:18 pm

January 7, 2019

Top Films of 2018


A Quiet Place

Mission: Impossible – Fallout


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The Old Man and the Gun

Notes on BumbleBee

Filed under: Talking Movies — Fergal Casey @ 8:09 pm

The first Sunday Breakfast Show of 2019 featured a catch-up movie of the week – BumbleBee.

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