J.P. Davis, American screenwriter and actor wrote and got the making of Fighting Tommy Riley off the ground. He too stars in it as Tommy. I read he got inspiration from seeing a boxing coach in New York having total belief in his protégé and of the trainer being the only one to see it, everyone else wrote the kid off. He thought it was pretty special. wrote it up, performed it in his off Broadway one man show and later into a screenplay. The story has two main protagonists. A young fighter and a not so young coach both in need of a second chance, and they chase the dream of their future. Well worth seeing for it’s sensitivity and it is a well handed story, with Eddie O’Flaherty directing. Jaime Painter Young did a neat review of Fighting Tommy Riley which has a great story about honing in on getting the coach cast. “..luck, or perhaps destiny, played an important role in this project when it came to finding the right Marty. As O’Flaherty tells BSW, “Coincidentally, the friend who had introduced me to JP, his wife–Laura Salvato, who does a lot of theatre in L.A.–knew we were looking for Martys, and she mentioned Eddie Jones to me. The name wasn’t familiar to me, and I think I just kind of stuck it somewhere in the back of my mind. Then one night I came home, and the area that I live in has a local paper that I almost never get, because the house that I live in has two residences, and that paper usually goes to the other resident. So the fact that we got it this time was a coincidence. The paper did an article on another resident in the area who was in theatre and had this great performance in Death of a Salesman, and I saw this image that was exactly what I pictured our Marty looking like. I sat there staring at it, mesmerized.”
Unfortunately when O’Flaherty woke up the next day, the paper had mysteriously disappeared, and O’Flaherty hadn’t caught the actor’s name, Eddie Jones. “I thought, ‘OK. I’m going to have to go through all this work and find the paper, the editor or whomever, and find out who this actor is.’ But the very next day I walk out my door, and there’s another one lying right on my doorstep with Eddie Jones’ picture, and this time I grabbed it and looked and there was the name. We called the Screen Actors Guild and found out who his representatives were. We called his agent and told him about the project. We sent over the script, and Eddie read it. We got a phone call from Eddie saying he wanted to meet with us.”
Found it not so easy to find a decent quality trailer,
below is one from Sina. I improvised.
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Michael Fassbender stars in director Steve McQueen’s Hunger, co written with Irish writer Enda Walsh. When first viewing it I could not but think it took a none Irish guy to make a movie of it, the it being Bobby Sands. Maybe not, maybe it takes an outsider to tell it straight, like Mr. McQueen seems to have gone on to do with 12 yrs a Slave. Booby Sands was at the time a 27 year old Irish Republican Army volunteer, who died in 1981 while on the Hunger Strike aimed towards getting him and other Irish Republican inmates’ status as political prisoners. It would succeed after many of the young men died. It was a huge news story. It is said to have left a shadow over Thatcher’s record. Amongst many shadows some would say. If the movie deals with the politics of the times ( or even now?), it does so slightly.
The story starts more or less with Brian Milligan (who I’d like to see more of)’s character arrival as a new prisoner in the notorious Maze prison in County Down (now mostly demolished), who shares his cell with Liam McMahon‘s during the dirty protests. It’s upfront about the almost early 20th century behaviour of the prison guards. Michael Fassbender’s Bobby Sands story is told, quiet sparingly. Dialogue is minimal. The priest is portrayed by Liam Cunningham. The then UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher can be heard describing the inmates of the Maze prison as not political prisoners but criminals. The Hunger Strike is almost avoided it’s so lightly told, there is so little dialogue. The scene where a feather falls while Bobby Sands lies almost catatonic in his bed was a good metaphor for the movie. If you’re ever been with someone dying, it’s a beautiful time, the film tries to convey the same I think, to be in someone’s company at such a time? The film captures the the almost crushing violence of the maize and it’s striking, the contrast when it seemingly halts when the Hunger Strike is in flow. The story is very delicately handled, and uses expressive touches to give sense to a powerful story with little dialogue. It has still enraged some folks (go see some of the forums online) which is bizarre. Guess some do not like any representation of history.
Hunger is required film for anyone interested in film, faultless acting and direction. More so if you lived though the period the movie is set in. It is so simply told, it’s quiet beautiful. And quiet sad.
Also worth checking out is Hunger co-writer Enda Walsh’s The Small Things and Other Plays. it is a collection in one book of some of his plays and stories. This collection includes the critically acclaimed Disco Pigs (originally a play, then a film), misterman (a wonderful play), bedbound, and The Small Things, as well as four previously unpublished plays (The Ginger Ale Boy, Chatroom, Lynndie’s Gotta Gun, and How These Desperate Men Talk).
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Jelle Florizoone and Mathias Vergels star in Flemish director Bavo Defurne‘s Noordzee, Texas – North Sea Texas. You have a kid that’s gay? This is the movie you as a parent would like them to see. It’s a story well told, wonderfully acted and effortless. I did wonder where is it going? Having watched in once, twice I know. A lovely film about an endearing group of protagonists. It hits all the buttons of plausibilities and sensibilities. An endearing film and one you will watch again and again.
I live in Dublin, quiet close to the city centre in a cottage that is roughly a hundred and ten years old. It’s gone through a few renovations in that time, though not as many as I would expect. I want to renovate it. Photo (c) Australian Design Awards of Atticus & Milo for Huntingtower wining entry way back in 2012. I like the height, drawers (in my mind they’re drawers) and shelves.
Besides, my house is tiny, think small apartment size. So I have been looking into renovating a la Tokyo or Dutch style. Am not a fan of Dutch tiny hotel rooms, though like their ability to not go conventional but to go practical in design. This Bauhaus peut-être thinking is even evident in Ireland, my bro has an apartment in a converted convent complex that Dutch city planners decided to copy cm by cm. The bonus about a house versus an apartment renovation is I can play with height. I plan on excavating downwards. The vimeo below is super exciting, love his use of the two hidden single beds, the wc/ shower, but mostly am excited about how he got it off the ground. He ran a crowdsouce competition on designing the apartment, won by two Romanian students. Exciting times ahead! Of the books I’ve looked into, Studio Apartments (Big ideas for small spaces) seems the more delectable.
Isn’t the suspended bed interesting, under all that light though would be a no go for me, interesting in other aspects though. Pic ref
I like what the folks did with the foldable exterior back wall and the clean white kitchen. Will definitely incorporate theses great udeas in my renovations.
Mercury Rev – Holes Holes was the fourth single from Mercuury Rev‘s fourth studio album, Deserter’s Songs. Time, all the long red lines, that take Control, of all th smoke-like streams that flow into your Dreams, that big blue open sea, that can’t be Crossed, that can’t be climbed, just born Between, oh the two white lines, distant gods and faded Signs, of all those blinking lites, you had to pick the one tonight…
Holes, dug by little moles, angry jealous Spies, got telephones for eyes, come to you as Friends, all those endless ends, that can’t be Tied, oh they make me laugh, and always make me Cry, until they drop like flies, and sink like polished Stones, of all the stones i throw, How does that old song go? How does that old song go?…
J’ai rêvé sous l’eau – I Dreamt Under Water Pictures below is the main protagonist Hubert Benhamdine.
The quality of photography by Hormoz stands out, His direction a match for the full bodied story co-written by Philippe Arrizabalaga. Hubert Benhamdine the main protagonist is on cam prob 98% of the film, uncompromising, honest and that ends my review - there’s not too much ..I want to give away [sure to shock some]..simple story well executed, get the dvd. Great music provied by David Kelly, Plastikman (below), Virgin Prunes, Complot Bronswick, Superpitcher, and Killing Joke The movie’s poster looks impressive and likewiase to my screenshot shows a scene et le raison d’etre…
Below; I Dreamt Under the Water Movie Poster (11 x 17 Inches – 28cm x 44cm) (2008) German Style A -(Hubert Benhamdine)(Caroline Ducey)(Christine Boisson)(Hicham Nazzal)
Am currently playing around with the site back-end. Hope you like progress on the newbie aindreas.com. As before I will write up on gay movies and film. Watch this space. Here’s one I heard about recently. Gayby. A play on words, gay and baby.. Jenn (straight) and Matt (gay) are best friends from college who are now in their thirties. Single by choice, they decide to fulfil a youthful promise.. Gaby, an alright holiday gay movie pick to assist over the holidays! Very dryly (drolly?) told story, I like. Jonathan Lisecki‘s written & directed movie stars Jenn Harris, Matthew Wilkas (who was in the excellent The New Twenty, currently in Spiderman Turn of the Dark on Broadway, ) and Mike Doyle. Available on Netflix. Great to watch a movie with actors not in puberty. Tweets by @MattWilkas
Jean is young, gay, and promiscuous. Only after he meets one or two women, including Laura does he come to realize his bisexuality. Cyril Collard wrote, directed and starred in the film and won a Best First Film at the Césars in 1993. One of four Césars. What a year. Cyril’s everything saturates the film, he and Romane Bohringer stand out. It won Césars in Best Film, Best First Film, Best Film Editing, and Best Female Newcomer – Romane Bohringer. Cyril singing Là-bas (down there). As well as the dvd of the movie [click image above], there’s what looks like an interesting board book of it. Cyril died three days prior to the Césars cermony in 1993. More on wikipedia. Tweets about “Cyril Collard”
Ah Verbotene Liebe, you haven’t seen it? It’s a German drama avail with english subtirles, aas well as subs in other languages. Two of it’s wonderful cast are Christian and Oliver, you have a long story line in it… Which has changed over the years…
I love Chrolli, as much for the actors (Thore Schölermann and Jo Weill) playing the characters as the plots in VL – Verbotene Liebe. VL led the field with soaps everywhere with its strong unfazed and naturally presented gay relationship. I haven’t watched it in awhile. Not since Nanna stopped. For various reasons, including doing a degree. The degree in law is in the bag so next..
Photo (c) Jo Weill’s FB page Since Ichglotzutube stopped, the lads have been busy by the looks of it. Am free now to watch everything again. Where to start watching, at the beginning with Nanna’s videos, the last video playlist below. German with English subtitles. Jo Weill’s FB page above has video playlists details. Update: I’ve copied over the Jo Weill FB links, see under the videos. Note: on some videos the sub titles aren’t obvious. To view sub titles, go to full screen video and click on open captions button.
If you don’t speak German, as I don’t (yet) Deutsche-Welle (DW.de) have a superb interactive facility to start learning (English/Russian/German)…. You just join up here for free! Free learning am a sucker for.
“To view all the entire storyline of Verbotene Liebe’s “Christian and Oliver”, you can find the you tube uploads (Many thanks to Nanna and Mercury May) with English Subtitles at the following Links:
Playlist 1 (Nanna’s) http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCE1738656BCC0E20&feature=plcp
Playlist 2 (Nanna’s) http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5D0607FDC8598F5B&feature=plcp
Playlist 1 (Mercury May’s) http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBB447C8725D495D4
Playlist 2 (Mercury May’s) http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=5FFD2C9A6F8C1899Spanish Subtitles found here : http://www.youtube.com/user/chrollilatinoamerica/videos
Playlist 1 (Chrolli Worldwide) http://www.youtube.com/user/Chrolliworldwide
To view the Chrolli storyline in Spanish, the link are: http://www.youtube.com/user/chrollilatinoamerica/videos
To view the Chrolli storyline in Seberian, the link is : http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL164E1DB0034FA2D4&feature=plcp
To view the Chrolli storyline in Russian, the link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C53FWpVDBmw&list=UURvqc7auZbEUl-kJa6AaO8w&feature=plcp” Tweets about “#chrolli”
To posess Aran. Or did Aran rush to throw wide arms of rock around a tide That yielded with an ebb, with a soft crash?
Did sea define the land or land the sea? Each drew new meaning from the waves’ collision. Sea broke on land to full identity. Death of a Naturalist (Faber Pocket Poetry) By Seamus Heaney, First published in 1996 by Faber and Faber Limited,(page 34)
Seamus Heaney, poet passed away recently and an era passes begins. Picture is of a protrait by Philip Flanagan.
Mossbawn: Two Poems in Dedication
For Mary Heaney I. Sunlight
There was a sunlit absence. The helmeted pump in the yard heated its iron, water honeyed
in the slung bucket and the sun stood like a griddle cooling against the wall
of each long afternoon. So, her hands scuffled over the bakeboard, the reddening stove
sent its plaque of heat against her where she stood in a floury apron by the window.
Now she dusts the board with a goose’s wing, now sits, broad-lapped, with whitened nails
and measling shins: here is a space again, the scone rising to the tick of two clocks.
And here is love like a tinsmith’s scoop sunk past its gleam in the meal-bin.
By Seamus Heaney From “North”, 1975 RIP Seamus Tweets about “Seamus Heaney”