Culture Journal Ireland

The Mission – still spellbinding after all the years

Caught up in the midst of a conflict between conquest and religion, where politics and humanity are at odds, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson, and Robert DeNiro play three priests running a mission for the native population in South America. Their very existence comes under threat when the land becomes the subject of a dispute between anti-slavery Spain and proslavery Portugal. With direction by Roland Jaffe, a well-written script by John Bolt, who also wrote films such as Dr. Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia, along with cinematography by Chris Menges come a powerful and skillful crew who pull together to make a film to remember. One of the most iconic elements…

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Two Popes are better than one.

Staring Anthony Hopkins and Johnathon Pryce, Two Popes retells of an encounter between Pope Benedict XVI and the then Jorge Bergoglio, who would later become Pope Francis. The film is an intimate portrayal of two men with seemingly different views of the one global body and it’s future direction. The film’s opening scenes show footage of the immediate predecessor to Benedict; namely John Paul II, who had been the longest serving Pope until his death in 2005. Much of Benedict’s papacy is brushed over, with only vague references to his reputation upon assuming office as “God’s Rottweiler”; a reputation gained primarily due to his nationality, but also his reputation as…

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Parasite: A Classic foreboding of excess and greed

Korean film makers have been knocking on Hollywood’s door for some time now. From 2003’s Old Boy, which did achieve critical acclaim, even if it’s graphic violence wasn’t quite to everyone’s taste, 2010’s Poetry, to 2016’s The Handmaiden and The Age of Shadows which both deal with Japan’s occupation of Korea have all achieved a certain amount of recognition, but didn’t transfer well across the globe. Parasite, the one with all the attention, the one that has one all the awards crossed the path of Culture Journal Ireland last night. So did it live up to all the hype…. There’s something about Parasite which seems to be different. It’s universal…

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Tri Rivers Film Festival looking to make waves this summer

One of Ireland’s newest film festival’s is due to hold its inaugural event this summer and it’s looking for submissions from film maker’s from both far and wide. Launching this summer and held over two days in July Tri Rivers Film Festival aims to showcase the best work by filmmakers across Ireland and beyond. Although this may be the first year for Tri Rivers there are no limits to their ambitions. The festival hope to host a wide variety of events including film screenings, networking events and Q and A sessions with selected filmmakers and of course no film festival would be complete without an awards ceremony to finish things…

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There’s no one quite like Emma

Long thought of as one of Jane Austin’s most popular novels, Emma is a novel which, more often than not has suffered from mishandling and misdirection in most depictions. Time and again most Austen fans are left disappointed by the text being taken too seriously when adapted to screen, producers and directors alike treating the text with an unnecessary preciousness. This latest offering, from director Autumn deWilde, does not seem to fall into this trap. In this latest version, the meddlesome Emma Woodhouse is portrayed by Anya Taylor-Joy, an American born English actress who’s previous roles have in the BBC’s Peaky Blinders and M Knight Shyamalan’s 2015 horror/thriller Split. For…

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Lost Lives Leaves a Lasting Impression

When you grow up during a major conflict; when you are in the midst of it with it all going on around you, it is hard to take a step back, even more than twenty years later and analyse those events. Instead of making a work of art, or a play or even a tv programme. Many just want to forget. And yet the imagery portrayed in Lost Lives leaves you with a morbid sense of curiosity. When it’s displayed in front of your eyes just how much of it you had forgotten, even if your experiences are, mercifully, so much less than that of others. Each image is so…

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Tides becomes available to stream online

As the first month of 2020 draws to a close sn important event os to take place, one of profound importance to this island and in particular to a special city on the cusp of a barren wilderness – no not that one. In so far as possible we here at CJI we refuse to acknowledge the “B-word”. Instead, we would like to turn the attention of the reader to the wonderful news that from 30th January Tides, a mesmerizing work of wondrous creativity, a visual delight which tells the story of the river Foyle in Derry. The film is the work of one time Derry resident Alessandro Negrini whose…

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Hope Gap

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Unplanned: A contentious movie to make you think

The following is a review of a film on an issue that many of you will disagree The main ethos of Culture Journal Ireland is to go places where many might not and to challenge thinking. It is on that basis that it was decided to view and review this film. Whether or not you choose to even read this review or choose to agree is entirely up to the reader. Indeed whether or not you choose to go to see the film as a result of this review is also entirely up to you. The following however is an attempt to review the content placed before the assembled audience…

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