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DVD BESTSELLERS

 

Of Gods And Men:
Critically-acclaimed
French-Algerian drama
about a small group of
monks in a remote
Cistercian monastery in
the Algerian mountains.
With militant fundamentalism
on the rise, the faith of each
of the monks is tested in
different ways, the film forming
a beautiful philosophical meditation
on the nature of faith under
extreme pressure. 
Watch the trailer.

Mid-August Lunch:
This delightful Italian comedy
is the directorial debut of
acclaimed screenwriter
(and sometime-actor)
Gianni Di Gregorio.
Playing a semi-autobiographical
version of himself, Gregorio
gets brilliant comedic performances
out of a group of non-actors
(including his own elderly
mother) in this story of a
middle-aged man who finds
himself babysitting a small
group of senior citizens
during the Ferragosta 
feast day of the title. 
Watch the trailer.

 

 

 

 

 

Salt of Life: 
In this bittersweet
follow-up to Mid-August
Lunch
, put-upon screenwriter
Gianni Di Gregorio sets out
on a desperate search for
middle-aged romance,
hindered by the demands of
his extravagant mother and
the lecherous egging-on
of his lawyer friend. 
With his near-permanent
hang-dog expression,
Di Gregorio’s hilarious
performance is reminiscent
of fellow director/actors
such as Nanni Morretti and
Jacques Tati. 
Watch the trailer.

 

Pina
A Best-Documentary
Nomination for the 2012
Academy Awards, Wim Wenders
latest film is an affectionate
tribute to the legendary dance
choreographer Pina Bausch,
who died suddenly in 2009.
Wenders’ mesmerising
documentary features
many of Pina Bausch’s
greatest works, performed
by the Tanztheater
Wuppertal ensemble. 
Watch the trailer.

  

Cave of Forgotten
Dreams

Legendary filmmaker
Werner Herzog was given
unprecedented access to
Chauvet Caves in Southern
France, where his documentation
of 35,000-year-old cave
paintings is interspersed
with typically random asides. 
Forgotten Dreams marks
the director’s first (and possibly
last) foray into 3D filmmaking
is a thought-provoking, meditative
work that transports you back
to a world when humanity
was young, and art
was timeless. 
Watch the trailer.

 

 

 

 

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: 
While Tomas Alfredson’s
streamlined 2011 version
(starring a sphinx-like Gary
Oldman) has received justifiable
acclaim, the original BBC adaptation
retains far more of the complexity
of John Le Carre’s seminal
Cold War novel. An enthralling
Alec Guinness plays retired
spy George Smiley, brought
out of retirement to investigate
a possible spy at the highest
levels of the British Intelligence
service. 
Watch the trailer.

The White Ribbon
Austrian writer-director
Michael Haneke followed up
his enormously successful thriller 
Caché(Hidden) with this chilling
Palme D’Or winner set in a small
German village on the eve of World
War I. A series of mysterious
accidents befall the villagers,
becoming increasingly sinister
and pointing to a bizarre form
of “punishment”. But who is
responsible, and why? 
Watch the trailer.

The Lives of Others
The outstanding debut
by German filmmaker Florian
Henckel Von Donnersmark
(Winner of the 2006 Academy
Award for Best Foreign Language
Feature) is set in the shadowy
world of state surveillance in
East Berlin during the 1980s.
A coldly efficient Stasi officer
is assigned to monitor a
controversial playwright and
his actress girlfriend, but finds
his loyalties divided when
he starts to empathise with
their passionate outlook on life. 
Watch the trailer.

 
The Secret In Their Eyes
Another Academy Award Winner,
this Argentinean thriller stars
Ricardo Darin (Nine Queens)
as a retired legal counsellor haunted
by an unsolved case from his past.
Jumping between 1999 and the
politically turbulent 1970s, the film
combines the elements of a
police procedural with the
counsellor’s unrequited
romance with his superior. 
Watch the trailer.

Other DVDs that you might not have though of… Mic Macs; Patti Smith – Dream of LifeA SeparationParis Je t’aime; Hidden/CachéPersepolisA Prophet.

BEST OF IRISH

The Dead: John Huston’s final film (it was released posthumously) is and adaptation of one of James Joyce’s most famous short stories in the ‘Dubliners’ collection. A married couple (Donal McCann and Angelica Huston) attend a Christmas dinner with friends at the home of the husband’s spinster aunts; over the course of the evening, an epiphany is revealed to both of them.

His and Hers: Ken Wardrop’s delightful documentary is composed entirely of interviews with over 70 Irish women of all ages, from a three month old baby to a ninety year old woman reflecting on her pass. The subject of their conversations is the (always-unseen) men in their life, building up a vivid image of the fathers, brothers, husbands and sons that everyone can relate to. Watch the trailer.

The Guard: This black crime comedy forms an unlikely team of an unconventional small-town Irish policeman (a wonderfully profane Brendan Gleeson) with a strait-laced FBI agent (Don Cheadle, star of Hotel Rwanda and Crash) who reluctantly work together to track down an international drug-trafficking gang operating in the Connemara Gaeltacht. Watch the trailer.

Adam & Paul: Hilarious and heart-breaking in equal measures, Adam & Paul follows the titular best friends and drug addicts (Mark O’Halloran and Tom Murphy) over the course of an eventful 24 hours. The film won the Grand Prize at the 2005 Sofia Film Festival. Watch the trailer.

Garage: The writing/directing team behind Adam & Paul (Mark O’Halloran and Lenny Abrahamson) reunited for this touching drama set in the Irish midlands. Pat Shortt stars as a simple-minded garage attendant whose search for intimacy over the course of a summer will change his life forever. Watch the trailer.

Strumpet City: Adapted from James Plunkett’s best-selling novel, this 1980 RTÉ production charts the lives of Dubliners during the General Strike and 1913 Lockout up through the turbulent years leading to the Easter Rising. 

Family: Written by Roddy Doyle and directed by Michael Winterbottom, this seminal RTÉ/BBC co-production is a moving – if sometimes harrowing – profile of the Spencers, a working-class family living in a run-down Dublin housing estate. Doyle would later revisit the character of battered matriarch Paula in the novel ‘The Woman Who Walked Into Doors’.

The Wind that Shakes the Barley: Winner of the Palme D’Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Ken Loach’s historical film follows two West Cork brothers – doctor Cillian Murphy and IRA commander Pádraic Delaney – as they fight a guerrilla war against the Black and Tans. After independence, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the Civil War, with tragic consequences. Watch the trailer.

Hidden Agenda: After an American lawyer is killed in Northern Ireland for failing to stop at a road block, a top-ranking police officer is called upon to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death. The film was inspired by the investigation into the Royal Ulster Constabularies controversial ‘Shoot-To-Kill’ policy.

Kings: Based on Jimmy Murphy’s play ‘The Kings of the Kilburn High Road’, this Irish/English language film sees a group of Irish friends who, after emigrating to England 30 years previously, are reunited at the funeral of a friend. The film intercuts between the men’s lost youth in Ireland and the harsh realities of the present day.

December Bride: 1909; A strong-willed servant girl keeps house for an elderly widower and his two sons. When the old man dies, the girl enters into a relationship with the two brothers, scandalising the conservative Ulster farming community around them. Based on the novel by Sam Hanna Bell.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Not content with adapting ‘Ulysses’ to the big screen, Joseph Strick returned to James Joyce in 1977, telling the story of Joyce-surrogate Stephen Dedalus’ search for knowledge against the background of his family’s declining circumstances in early 20th Century Ireland.

Ulysses: Joyce’s famously “unfilmable” novel was adapted twice, but most cineastes prefer this looser 1967 version by Joseph Strick. Over the course of June 16th, 1904, a young Stephen Dedalus wanders the streets of Dublin city, encountering Leopold Bloom, a middle-aged Jewish man preoccupied with the possible infidelities of his wife Molly.

Man of Aran: Unavailable for many years, Robert Flaherty’s famous documentary about the lives of Aran islanders has come under attack for the director’s recreation of a way of life that had been outdated for fifty years when the film was shot. This aside, the film is still regarded as a classic for its stunning cinematography, scenery and editing.

Mise Éire: Containing extraordinary archive footage, George Morrison’s pioneering 1959 documentary is a stirring chronicle of Ireland’s turbulent years between 1896 and 1918, particularly the momentous events of Easter 1916. Seán Ó Riada’s innovative music score (a combination of tradition Irish tunes, sean-nós and an orchestral arrangement) brought him national acclaim.

Reeling in the Decades: Three decades of by the hugely-popular RTÉ documentary series are collected in this box-set, running from 1970 to 1999, linking the year’s biggest news and events with the most iconic music hits of the time.

Other Irish-interest DVDs and box-sets…

LOVE/HATE seasons 1 and 2, The Pipe, Rocky Road to DublinRoddy Doyle’s Barrytown trilogy

 

POSTERS

The Wizard of oz

Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Asphalt Jungle

Easy Rider

Corpse Bride

A Very Long Engagement

Clerks

Nightmare Before Christmas

Manhattan

Crouching Ttiger Hidden Dragon

Big Wednesday

Star Wars (American one sheet complete posters)

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (alternate)

Gone with the Wind

Annie Hall

Nosferatu (Herzog)

Frankenstein (Boris Karloff)

Akira

Easy Rider (classic cover)

Casablanca

Goodfellas

Amelie

Blue Angel (Marlene Dietrich)

The Great Escape

All About My Mother

Full Metal Jacket

Taxi Driver

Shawshank Redemption

In the Mood for Love

Lolita (original)

Raging Bull

The Shining

Ghost in a Shell

Metropolis

 

 

 

 

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