Writer-Director Martin McDonagh’s latest is set on the fictional island of Inisherin, just off Ireland’s west coast. Pádraic (Colin Farrell delivering a knockout performance) and Colm (a hilarious Brendan Gleeson) have been lifelong friends, well until now. Out of nowhere, Colm tells Pádraic that he doesn’t want to be friends anymore. For the life of him, Pádraic cannot figure out why.
This pitch-black, pitch-perfect comedic fable is McDonagh at his best. It touches on wounded friendship and grievances that lead to shocking consequences, fittingly set during the Irish Civil War in 1923. Just like in true McDonagh fashion, his Script is laced with brutally honest characters. Farrell and Gleeson reunite with McDonagh after their 2008 smash hit In Bruges to give us the two nuanced, distinctive characters.
At first, Pádraic can’t understand why Colm doesn’t want to be his friend anymore. And neither can the audience. However, we soon see that Colm just wants to leave an indelible mark on the world with his music. And he doesn’t think he can achieve that by spending all his time with Pádraic. Yet, it’s Pádraic’s refusal to accept the end of their friendship that leads Colm to make a gruesome ultimatum. It’s one that is so absurd, it’s hilarious.
Just like in many small towns, this feud between lifelong friends becomes everyone’s business. The most impacted is Pádraic’s sister Siobhan (Kerry Condon). She must deal with the depression her brother falls into over the feud. Condon is outstanding as the smart Siobhan. Then there’s the young, often daft, Dominic (Barry Keoghan).Dominic isn’t the brightest guy in town, but he’s the nicest guy with the biggest heart. Keoghan leaves a lasting impact.
Overall, McDonagh delivers a hilarious narrative that makes us think about forgiving our past grievances. All the laughs make us consume the heavy themes of the Film. Primarily that fact that feuds tend to grow bigger and lead to more serious, often violent, outcomes. This is shown in the intimate story of their wounded friendship and the war seen across the bay. The entire Cast knock it out of the park. It’s truly one of the greatest Films of the year.
The Banshees of Inisherin screens as follows at TIFF ’22:
Mon, Sep 12 IN-PERSON at Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre at 6:30 pm
Tue, Sep 13 IN-PERSON at Royal Alexandra Theatre at 1:30 pm
Thu, Sep 15 IN-PERSON at Scotiabank Theatre at 9:00 pm
Sat, Sep 17 IN-PERSON at Real Alexandra Theatre at 8:30 pm
A new Trailer has arrived for THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN reuniting BrendanGleeson and Colin Farrell, and premiering at TIFF ’22!
Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN follows lifelong friends Pádraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson), who find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship. A stunned Pádraic, aided by his sister Siobhán (Kerry Condon) and troubled young islander Dominic (Barry Keoghan), endeavours to repair the relationship, refusing to take no for an answer. But Pádraic’s repeated efforts only strengthen his former friend’s resolve and when Colm delivers a desperate ultimatum, events swiftly escalate, with shocking consequences.
Searchlight Pictures release THE BANSHEES OF INISHERINOctober 21, 2022.
Apple TV+ have announced a new Series Order for SUGAR. The Sci-Fi Series will star Colin Farrell, who also serves as Executive Producer. Creator Mark Protosevich (‘Thor”, “The Cell”) also will be Executive Producer.
Hailing from Apple Studios, the new series is set to be directed by Academy Award-nominee Fernando Meirelles (“City of God,” “Constant Gardner,” “Two Popes”), who will also serve as Executive Producer, and executive produced by Academy and Emmy Award nominee Simon Kinberg (“X-Men” films, “Deadpool” films, “The Martian”), Audrey Chon (“Invasion,” “The Twilight Zone”) and Scott Greenberg (“The Guilty”). Chip Vucelich also executive produces.
“Sugar” marks the second collaboration for Kinberg’s Genre Films and Apple TV+, and will stream alongside the global hit series “Invasion,” which recently received a second season renewal. The series is a moving, character-driven science-fiction drama series, co-created, written and executive produced by Kinberg and David Weil.
After premiering at Cannes this past July, celebrated Writer/Director Kogonada’s second feature AFTER YANG finally makes its North American debut. It takes place in the near future, where families live with sentient AI android helpers and companions. When Yang (Justin H. Min from The Umbrella Academy), the AI helper for Jake (Colin Farrell), Kyra (Jodie Turner-Smith) and young Mika (Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja), malfunctions and breaks down, the family is distraught. Jake bought him “certified refurbished”, so he cannot just get him repaired quickly. When his attempts at fixing Yang uncover that he has been recording memories, it sets Jake off on an existential journey he did not expect.
AFTER YANG is a quiet, contemplative film that examines loss and grief, at the same time as it hones in on joy and humanity. The Science-Fiction elements are a mere conduit for Kogonada (adapting Alexander Weinstein’s short story) to be able to hop in and out of dreams and memories. There is some feeling hovering around the power of nostalgia in some instances, but it feels more like the kind of heady, introspective material that makes you rethink your own memories. The rhythmic, fever dream nature of the Film will be off-putting to some, and spiritually hypnotic to others. Fair warning to the naysayers though – you will miss out on some of the most majestic production design and incredibly expansive use of colour to hit the screen in a long time.
The entire Cast is magnificent, with Farrell adding another terrific, meditative performance to his on-going career renaissance, and Turner-Smith and Tjandrawidjaja bringing a plethora of emotion and beauty to every scene they appear in. Min is great in his small role, as is Haley Lu Richardson who plays the mysterious Ada. And while I will not give away the circumstances, AFTER YANG contains one of the greatest post-modern dance scenes of the past decade. Maybe of all time. Expect many delightful memes and gifs to appear online once this wonderfully picture sees wide release.
AFTER YANG screens at Sundance as follows:
PREMIERE Jan 21 1:45PM EST Available Until Jan 21 4:45PM EST
SECOND SCREENING Jan 23 10:00AM EST Available Until Jan 24 10:00AM EST
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Synopsis: THE GENTLEMEN follows American expat Mickey Pearson who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him.
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery
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Check-out the brand-new Trailer for Disney’s ARTEMIS FOWL!
Descended from a long line of criminal masterminds, 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance.
Disney’s “Artemis Fowl,” based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, is a fantastical, spellbinding adventure that follows the journey of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he seeks to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared. With the help of his loyal protector Butler, Artemis sets out to find him, and in doing so uncovers an ancient, underground civilization—the amazingly advanced world of fairies. Deducing that his father’s disappearance is somehow connected to the secretive, reclusive fairy world, cunning Artemis concocts a dangerous plan—so dangerous that he ultimately finds himself in a perilous war of wits with the all-powerful fairies. “Artemis Fowl” is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Josh McGuire, Nikesh Patel and Adrian Scarborough, with Colin Farrell and Judi Dench. Kenneth Branagh, p.g.a. and Judy Hofflund, p.g.a. are producing with Angus More Gordon and Matthew Jenkins serving as executive producers. Conor McPherson and Hamish McColl wrote the screenplay.
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Disney’s Artemis Fowl is in theatres Friday, May 28, 2020.
A new Teaser Trailer has surfaced for Guy Ritchie‘s THE GENTLEMEN!
From writer/director Guy Ritchie comes THE GENTLEMEN, a star-studded sophisticated action comedy. THE GENTLEMEN follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him (featuring an all-star ensemble cast including Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell, and Hugh Grant).
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VVS Films release THE GENTLEMENFriday, January 24, 2020.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada x Mr. Will want to give readers a chance to win Advance Passes to see Disney‘s DUMBO! Screenings take place in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa and Winnipeg on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.
Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.
Cast: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, Finley Hobbins, Nico Parker, Roshan Seth, Deobia Oparei, Joseph Gatt, Sharon Rooney
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Disney’s DUMBO is in theatres March 29, 2019.
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