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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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

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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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

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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