Everything tagged with “Brendan Gleeson”

  1. Tomm Moore’s Song of the Sea

    Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon had already proved themselves with the beautiful, well-received debut The Secret of Kells, a film I fell soundly in love with back in 2010. In 2014 I listed Moon Man in my annual roundup of film highlights. Song of the Sea, a story of a boy and his sister questing their way home through Irish mythology, continues their winning streak.

  2. My 2014 film highlights

    My annual film highlights post, in which I highlight 20 films from all that I saw during 2014. This time I've selected from 232, and as usual the only limitation is that I saw the film last year; no restrictions on release date. The films listed aren't necessarily what I'd call the best, but I think they're all noteworthy for various reasons. I think this might be more of a downbeat list than previous years. Such was 2014.

  3. Review of The Secret of Kells

    Remember when you were off sick from school, and because it wasn't during an official school holiday, the only thing on TV was day time television and S4C? If you were lucky, Channel 4 would be showing some animated films from eastern Europe or somewhere; they smelt vaguely of education but at least they weren't Pebble Mill. Later in life, you would discover that you'd seen Jan Švankmajer's Alice and would feel quietly smug. The Secret of Kells is one of those films.

  4. The Village

    After Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs, M. Night Shyamalan brings us a story that's never quite sure what it's trying to be. As a horror film, it fails to be scary; as a thriller, it fails to thrill, as a mystery it fails to elicit intrigue and as a love story it fails to engage the emotions. Is there anything that the film succeeds in?

  5. Troy

    Even if you've never read the original poems, you know about the horse. The wooden horse, complete with air holes, hinges, and mysterious voices from within muttering "ouch!" whenever they went over a rock. It's absurd, and if the Trojans really did fall for it, then they deserved whatever they got.