Monthly Archives: May 2011

Mulholland Drive, Episode One

Perhaps it’s because so many films are so mind-numbingly stupid that I prefer being confused to patronized, maybe it’s because of that amazing scene in Club Silencio with that rendition of Llorando, or maybe it’s just because I am a messed up, masochistic human being who needs a man with a big couch & a deep knowledge of Freud, but for my sins, David Lynch’s crazy mind-fuck Mulholland Drive is one of my all-time favourite films.

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And apparently that crazy trip was originally planned to be a television series, so that the mental minefield would extend over an entire season. Now, thanks to a guy called Mike Dunn, the screenplay for the pilot is now available online.

Have a read and let your mind be boggled.

Nobody Loves a Trier

Good God, has the Cannes Film Festival ever gone off without a hitch? It seems every year there’s some big epic drama that overshadows the ones unfolding on screen. This year, people reportedly queued for hours just so that they could boo Mel Gibson as he walked up the red carpet, despite most reports claiming that his performance is the best of his career. Now, I’m not going to defend Mel Gibson, but I will say that abusing him in that manner seems a bit pointless. For one, if people were so offended by his actions, a more affecting protest would be to organize a boycott of films, a la Roman Polanski, if you’re so inclined, but for another, apparently all the admonishing, public outrage and hurled abuse in the world doesn’t make the damndest bit of difference in the film world. Convicted rapist Mike Tyson is still being painted as a cool, comic figure in The Hangover films, and famous figures in film are still going to make anti-Semitic “jokes” – this time, Lars Von Trier.

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Poor Kirsten Dunst, she looks mortified. Von Trier was immediately declared persona non grata at the film festival following his comments, and despite Dunst winning the Best Actress award, distributors are worried his film Melancholia will suffer because of his comments.

What do you think of Cannes’ reaction? And when it comes to comments made or actions undertaken by people in the film industry, where do you draw the line & refuse to support an actor or director’s work? Did or will anyone boycott works by Mel Gibson, Mike Tyson, Roman Polanski or Von Trier because you don’t approve of them personally? Let me know what you think.
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INTERVIEW: CONOR HORGAN, director of One Hundred Mornings

Is there any room for civilized behaviour when the world is coming to an end? How long would it take for you to abandon rituals, to forget pleasantries, to abuse your power, and finally to turn on your neighbour, your friend, your lover? As Irish director Conor Horgan’s post-apocalyptic drama One Hundred Mornings is released, he talks to Roe McDermott about societal breakdowns, morality and why even at the end of the world we’ll be sleeping with the wrong people.

“I’m not one of these guys who walks up and down the street with a large sign saying ‘The End is Nigh!’, honestly” laughs Irish director Conor Horgan, “but it just does seem fairly obvious really that if you look at the challenges we’re facing and the level of activity we’re putting in to meet those challenges, there’s a rather large gap, and if that gap isn’t closed then things will probably not go well.”

It’s this scary reality that Horgan explores in his feature debut One Hundred Mornings, a slow-burning post-apocalyptic drama that’s sure to get people talking. Starring Ciaran McMenamin and Alex Reid, the film focuses on two young couples living together in a cabin on the outskirts of Dublin following a societal breakdown, the details of which are never divulged. But though his film focuses mainly on the individual’s reactions to a crisis, it’s clear that Horgan has given a lot of thought to the possible – and terrifyingly palpable – causes of such a disaster. Continue reading