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Progressive Film Club November 27, 2013

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture, Film, The Left.
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Just a reminder of our last screening of 2013.

Saturday 30 November
at the New Theatre · 43 East Essex Street · Dublin 2

3 p.m.
Into the Fire: The Hidden Victims of Austerity in Greece (2013) 39mins

In times of austerity things look bleak for the Greek people; but they’re far worse for those who have recently arrived. Without housing, legal papers, or support, migrants in Greece are faced with increasing and often violent racism at the hands of the growing neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party and the police. Shot and edited with sensitivity and compassion, Into the Fire doesn’t pull its punches, and makes for harrowing viewing in parts. The film gives an insight into the reality faced by people who simply want to lead peaceful, normal lives, and how they are organising to protect themselves. ¦ Directed by Guy Smallman and Kate Mara. Presented in association with Anti-Fascist Action Ireland.

4 p.m.
The Inquiry (2013) 60mins

A reconstruction of the Askwith Inquiry, which took place during the 1913 Lock-out. It was set up by the British government, supposedly to investigate the origins of the dispute, to resolve the grievances of workers and employers, and to end the strike. William Martin Murphy represented the employers’ side, with Jim Larkin and James Connolly speaking for the workers. The film follows the course of the negotiations and includes Connolly’s famous “Statement of the Workers’ Case.” Askwith reported that the workers had significant grievances, but the employers rejected the inquiry’s recommendations. ¦ Written by Turlough Kelly; directed by Brian Gray. Presented in association with Dublin Community Television.

Christmas idea!!!!!!
Are you looking for a very special Christmas present? Well, we have a framed copy of a Bobby Ballagh print of James Larkin. This is one of a limited print run of a hundred and the price is €400.
All proceeds go the the film club and the picture can be viewed in Connolly Books. If you are interested please email asap. Remember that there are very few of these prints out there.

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Sharknado: The CLR Review August 10, 2013

Posted by Garibaldy in Film.
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Sharknado

Not as good as Jersey Shore Shark Attack

The Hero We Need November 21, 2012

Posted by Garibaldy in Film.
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Important Scientific Research July 20, 2012

Posted by Garibaldy in Film, Science.
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I missed this when it originally came out, but it seems that some physics students at Leicester University have been addressing the scientific questions that really matter. Not this God Particle nonsense, or even giving space to creationist rubbish in the Giant’s Causeway exhibition, but the question of whether Batman could really safely fly with his cape. The answer is that he could fly ok, but would seriously injure or kill himself on landing. A great disappointment I’m sure you’ll agree.

Dublin’s Fair City 1988 January 31, 2012

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Film, Ireland, Irish History.
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Thanks to Ronan Mooney for pointing this out in a comment.

Here’s a link for a video about Dublin for the 1988 Dublin millennium celebrations. More detail in the video description on YouTube. The old footage might be of some interest to people here.

Some great old footage, photos and Dublin History too.

The video Description

A video presentation of Dublin in it’s 1,000th year in 1988.

A video produced by Michael Mooney (my late father) & funded by Philips Electronics Ireland to showcase their new ‘VidiWall’ technology. It was narrated by a man named Lar Redmond and the soundtrack was composed by two gentleman named Paul Murphy & Barry Grace (Ear Two Ear). Photographic work was done by Arthur Browne.

It was shown in St. Andrew’s Church on St. Andrew’s Street, Dublin 2 for some months to celebrate Dublin’s millennium status. It was a very popular tourist attraction.

Dublin was a very different city in 1988. Pay particular notice to the differences in the helicopter aerial footage at the beginning of the video of Dublin’s Docklands from the Dublin we know in 2012. It brings very nostalgic feelings for me and I hope it does for you too!

My father was very proud of his hard work to make this video, as were his wife & children. I hope it’ll be a fun video for you to watch now.

The Other Guys: Will Ferrell and the Lehman Brothers December 10, 2011

Posted by Garibaldy in Capitalism, Film.
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I’ve never been a massive Will Ferrell fan. Anchorman bored me, while Old School I never found that great. On the other hand, Talladega Nights was hilarious. The Other Guys is alright, and not much more, though it does have some funny moments. But that’s not what’s interesting about the film. I watched it a while ago, and can’t remember much about the plot now, except that it involved something to do with the TARP bailout given to the US banks. So far, so meh. The best bit of the film though is actually during the credits. There you can find the following the details, which are enough to make your blood boil, and shock you that a mainstream Hollywood film that was number one at the box office will criticize bank bailout so openly. Even if only after the film has actually ended, it’s still progress.

Starting with Ponzi himself, they move on to mention Bernie Madoff, then point out that the $700 billion TARP means $2,258 for every man, woman and child in the US – enough to buy a trip round the world. AIG received $183 billion, while planned bonuses to its executives were $1,200,000,000. 73 AIG staff received bonuses after the bailout.

According to the film, Goldman Sachs in 2007 paid 34% tax. In 2008, after the bailout, 1%. The average salary ratio of a CEO to their average employee was 8:1 in 1916, 24:1 in 1965, 107:1 in 1990, and in 2010 stood at 319:1. In 1998, the average executive salary was $2.3 million. By 206, it was $11.8 million. Many Americans pay into a 401(k) account for their retirement. In 2005, the average was $102,014. By 2009, it had fallen by 47%, to $64,200.

Maybe Frank Miller’s next work will feature The Fixer dealing with the corrupt bankers next. We are, after all, all in this together.

The Battle of Algiers December 8, 2011

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Film.
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If you’ve 2 hours to spare you could do worse than watching Pontecorvo’s classic ‘The Battle of Algiers’.

Stand Up April 1, 2011

Posted by Tomboktu in Film, Inequality, Ireland, Society.
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3-D or not 2-D… ahem. September 4, 2010

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Art, Culture, Film, Film and Television.
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I wonder how many times that’s been used? Anyhow, having only this last month or so actually ‘enjoyed’ the dubious benefits of 3-D cinema – Toy Story 3D as it happens, and yes, it was grand, but I preferred Inception (and indeed Up! Now I think of it), this caught my attention, a piece in Slate which argues that:

…the prognosis for 3-D seems dire: There’s either too much supply or not enough demand. For mainstream movies that can be viewed in either format, the added benefit of screening in three dimensions is trending toward zero.

This should give pause for thought to anyone thinking of shelling out for the even more dubious pleasures of a 3-D TV, assuming that is that they can afford the incredible price…

Not that the Irish Times sees it quite like that in a recent article where it waxes, well, not quite lyrical but y’know. TV channels in 3-D arriving soon, not much content though. And everyone wearing glasses abhaile? Hmmmm…

Although one way it could lever in, might – stress might, be through gaming, as also noted in the IT, although hows this for a pessimistic/realistic appraisal:

Microsoft’s Lewis also said it’s too early for 3-D gaming to take off. “We are two to three years away from that, till the price point comes down, till the experience is sufficiently social, that you don’t sit there with big glasses on and don’t talk to your family,” he said. “That will happen, there’s no doubt.”

But when Mr. Microsoft man? When?

Coincidentally I saw a TV series in/on(?) Blu-Ray recently for the first time, and quite a few episodes too.

And it was sort of the same experience, in other words, yes, it’s better but it’s not astounding, or even that remarkable. There are those who would even argue that – it being True Blood, we can do without seeing Sookie’s spots. Or that the pristine clarity of the bar set isn’t really that much to write home about.

As it happens months ago I heard a discussion on TechTalk, a good-humoured US tech podcast which is always worth a listen, where a group of tech experts and commentators came to much the same conclusion. That the leap from video to DVD was so great that the further leap from DVD to Blu-Ray while okay is a bit – meh…

I wonder is that one of the reasons Sony et al are so keen to push 3-D? It’s not that Blu-Ray is failing, per se. How could it be – at least in terms of numbers of players – when every PS3 on the planet has a Blu-Ray player, but rather that people are happy enough with DVD, particularly in the face of the current recession.

More on this debate here

Gifts for progressives – Part 1: Brian Hanley on books and films of the year… December 22, 2009

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture, Film, History, Irish History.
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A seasonal guest post from Brian Hanley…

Readers of the Cedar Lounge Revolution seem to enjoy stories about splits, factional disputes, bitter rivalries and occasional violence: If so then Henry Martin’s Unlimited Heartbreak: the Inside Story of Limerick Hurling (Collins Press) should be right up their street. It was certainly the most enjoyable read of the year for me.

In Dublin’s Stephen’s Green there is a fountain dedicated to the ‘Save the German Children’ campaign. I’ve occasionally wondered why there was such a campaign and what motivated those who set it up and consequently I found R. M. Douglas’s Architects of the Resurrection: Ailtiri na hAiseirghe and fascist ‘new order’ in Ireland (Manchester) very illuminating. Based on an exceptional primary source, the personal papers of Gearoid O Cuinneagain, the founder and leader of Ailtiri na hAiseirghe, Douglas makes a very strong case for the attraction of fascist and anti-democratic ideas in the Ireland of the 1940s. He also suggests, and I tend to agree, that early news about the brutality of Nazi rule in Europe made little impact on public opinion here.

Staying with the Second World War, I saw the French film Army of Crime this autumn. Not to be honest, the greatest movie ever made, but certainly a great story about the role of immigrant fighters in the resistance in Paris. The occupation authorities made much of the ethnic origins of what they labelled the ‘army of crime’ many of whom were Eastern European Jews, Spanish and Italian anti-fascist refugees or Armenian communists. After I had seen the film I thought Tommy Tiernan might benefit from repeated viewing of it (and why is it that twenty years ago comedians who made fun of immigrants, Gypsies and Jews were usually called racist but now they are considered cutting edge?) Anyway, Army of Crime did inspire me to seek out The Resistance: the French Fight Against the Nazis (Simon and Schuster) by Matthew Cobb, which provided a warts and all overview of the role of the Resistance in all it’s varieties. It also opens with a great quote from Resistance veteran Pascal Copeau:

‘A word to young historians- when we read your studies about our underground world, they appear a bit cold. Without wishing to be pretentious, you should not be afraid of dipping your pens in blood: behind each set of initials you describe with academic precision, there are comrades who died.’

A lot of discussion on Irish revolutionary politics talks about the importance of the ‘Fenian tradition.’ An interesting collection of essays was published this summer, edited by Fearghal McGarry and James McConnel entitled The Black Hand of Republicanism: Fenianism in Modern Ireland (Irish Academic Press) and while not agreeing with all the conclusions presented within it, the book paints a very vivid picture of a fascinating movement.

As I write the Catholic Church are ducking and diving in order to avoid the consequences of decades of abuse while several more horrific cases of sexual violence are in the news. I intend to read Diarmaid Ferriter’s Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland (Profile) over the holidays, if only to try and gain some perspective on all of this.

Finally I’ve always thought that Ken Loach’s films which were political with a small ‘p’ worked more than his polemics (hence Kes was a lot better than Hidden Agenda). So I really enjoyed his Looking For Eric this summer, which brought back a lot of good memories and featured a few familiar faces. Unfortunately those memories are now tinged with sadness as a good friend and comrade from those days died suddenly during September. Slan Dave, you won’t be forgotten.

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