Jared Harris Narrates Limerick City of Culture Short ‘The Clockmakers Dream’

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Jared Harris son of the legendary actor Richard Harris has narrated The Clockmakers Dream, one of the short films that was awarded funding by Limerick City of Culture in partnership with Behind the Scenes

Writer and director of the twenty minute short film Cashell Horgan said, “We are delighted to have such a great actor as narrator. Jared was a real pleasure to work with, a humble actor with great wit and talent which made the recording a lot of fun. It brought another dimension to the The Clockmakers Dream and the whole feel of the film. It’s very encouraging that an actor of this calibre takes such an interest in Irish film and genuinely appreciates the short film form.”

The film took over little over nine months to complete and was filmed in Limerick for eight days with local talent and crew. The post production was extensive and intense, taking several months to integrate the actors with the fantasy landscapes and animation.  The films’ overall style is that of an animated film but reminiscent of a pop up story book, and combines handmade masks, 2D and 3D animation with live action to create a very novel fantasy world.

The film had a cast and crew screening at the Richard Harris Film Festival in Limerick on October 24th and will now begin its festival tour.

 

 

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Review: Poltergeist

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DIR: Gil Kenan • WRI: David Lindsay-Abaire • PRO: Nathan Kahane, Roy Lee, Sam Raimi, Robert G. Tapert • DOP: Javier Aguirresarobe • ED: Jeff Betancourt, Bob Murawski • DES: Kalina Ivanov • MUS: Marc Streitenfeld • CAST: Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, Rosemarie DeWitt

 

Having not actually seen the 1982 Poltergeist, I was looking forward to attending the reboot with a pair of fresh eyes and no lingering attachment to the original. There was no umbilical cord to wrap around my neck due to some nostalgic obligation to the Spielberg/Hooper classic if expectations weren’t adequate. It was an early screening so I grabbed my coffee and spare undies in case the supernatural antics got a bit too much for me. Suffice to say, I left clean as a whistle without even breaking a sweat. Not one emasculated jump was given and at the end of the day that is the primary function of any horror movie.

 

The new Poltergeist is a contemporary take directed by Gil Kenan. It stars Sam Rockwell as the sarcastic, boozy father and Rosmarie DeWitt as the fretting mother, who have toned down a financial notch by moving into downscale house. They have three children. The adorable little girl, Kennedi Clements, the chicken shit son, Kyle Catlett, and the stubborn teen, Saxon Sharbino. This is a disaster already, without the ghouls. As expected, things go bump in the night and the terror begins. Kenan is premature with the suspense, which would be fine if the big scares actually worked.

 

Sam Raimi produced the film and you can see elements of his technique lending influence, but it lacks any of the spontaneity and speed that Raimi utilises within his own movies.  We never feel like we are in any danger. Kenan nurtures the audience too much, forbidding inventive imagination to leave the nest. For instance, the contemporary setting should give way to a huge amount of frightening possibilities. The poltergeist possess the house’s electric utilities in order to intimidate the family, and even though the new technology is haunted, it is never applied to great effect. We only get a glimpse of an iPhone or a flat screen television acting up, and sure my phone does that every single day anyway. Instead, we get stuffed toy pigs and sinister looking clown dolls going on a rampage as if we didn’t see that fifty years ago.

 

The performance don’t wield our attention either. Rockwell is the only mildly entertaining character, but even the kids don’t make us fear for them. A familiar ensemble of characters come into play in the third act, paranormal investigators and an exorcist (with an atrocious Irish accent), who come to help the family with their electricity problem. This set up was becoming too similar to James Wan’s excellent possession movie The Conjuring, with these ghostbusters bringing their hip new tech gear to try save the day. (Funnily enough, the poltergeist don’t seem to try possess any of those gadgets) The Conjuring depicted how tedious and traumatising the entire process of exorcism really is, whereas Poltergeist makes it seem like a picnic.

 

Poltergeist is a mild PG-13 rated horror film, which is difficult to pull off for sure. But, it wasn’t gore I was searching for, but rather any form of imagination or creativity with the vast amount of possibilities the filmmakers could have taken advantage of in this modern framework. Why not possess an E-Cigarette, the Wii or a George Foreman Grill? I’d pay to see that.

Cormac O’Meara


15A (See IFCO for details)

93 minutes
Poltergeist is released 22nd May 2015

Poltergeist – Official Website

 

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Cinema Review: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

DIR: Guy Ritchie • WRI: Michele Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney • PRO: Susan Downey, Dan Lin, Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram • DOP: Philippe Rousselot • ED: James Herbert • DES: Sarah Greenwood • CAST: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris, Rachel McAdams

So when we last left Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and director Guy Richie, the looming threat of the arrival of Holmes’ to-be nemesis Moriarty was on the horizon. And so here he is placed front and centre, played with devilish delight by Mad Men alumni Jared Harris. Such is the jump in villainy that it’s a disappointment that the rest of the movie can’t keep up.

As is the rule for sequels, bigger is better; and so instead of just staying in London this time, the olde time dynamic duo are hopping all over Europe to stop Moriarty’s dastardly plans. Downey Jr. and Law have fit snugly into their roles a second time around, with their homoerotic bromance dialled up to 11. New additions Stephen Fry as Sherlock’s older, smarter brother Mycroft, and Noomi Rapace as a fortune telling gypsy who somehow is at the centre of everything, don’t really make much of an impression.

The story is kind of confusing since only Holmes and Moriarty seem to know what it is, and only reveal it right at the very end. And once it is revealed, it’s vaguely disappointing considering Moriarty is supposed to be an evil genius but for some reason is stealing nefarious plot ideas from Z-List Bond Villains. The action sequences have also been ramped up in size and intensity from the original, especially during a blistering shoot-out in a German forest that sees our heroes on the run from a world-class marksman and an armada of tanks.

But Holmes was never intended to be an action film, and the scenes of verbal jousting between Holmes and Moriarty are without a doubt the highlights of the movie. More of those for Part Three, please.

Rory Cashin

Rated 12A (see IFCO website for details)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is released on 16th December 2011

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – Official Website

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