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Over the next few weeks Spooool will get list crazy on your ass as we come to the end of the year and everyone starts arguing about the year’s best film.

December reminds us just how much everybody loves a good list (especially Santa), and we’re no different. We’ll bring you a new Spooool.ie (December 17th is set-in-stone launch day, we promise) with our favourites from 2012 along with some other bits and pieces to round up the year in cinema.

Here’s our list from 2011 in case you missed it.

Martin and John Michael McDonagh.

And finally to get you in a listy mood why not take at look at the brothers McDonagh’s submissions to Sight and Sound magazine’s greatest film of all time poll. There are a lot of similarities between the two and might give us an insight into what we can expect from Martin’s upcoming Seven Psychopaths.

Martin McDonagh’s votes…

Badlands 1973 Terrence Malick
Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles
Godfather: Part I, The 1972 Francis Ford Coppola
Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The 1966 Sergio Leone
Manhattan 1979 Woody Allen
Matter of Life and Death, A 1946 Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger
Night of the Hunter, The 1955 Charles Laughton
Seven Samurai 1954 Akira Kurosawa
Taxi Driver 1976 Martin Scorsese
Wild Bunch, The 1969 Sam Peckinpah

John Michael McDonagh’s vote…

Badlands 1973 Terrence Malick
Lady Eve, The 1941 Preston Sturges
Matter of Life and Death, A 1946 Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger
Night of the Hunter, The 1955 Charles Laughton
Performance 1970 Donald Cammell/Nicolas Roeg
Samouraï, Le 1967 Jean-Pierre Melville
Sonatine 1993 Kitano Takeshi
Taxi Driver 1976 Martin Scorsese
Touch of Evil 1958 Orson Welles
Wild Bunch, The 1969 Sam Peckinpah

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Museum of the Moving Image (New York City), a museum located in Astoria, Queens.

No doubt you’ve all noticed the slight slow-down in posts here at Spooool Towers. Worry not!

At the end of July, Nigel, the Toronto-based half of this enterprise finished his job and packed up his bags to visit the United States of America. Part of this jaunt included a week in New York with the Dublin-based spooooler Páraic and instagram-yer-ma @sunburntjets. We had serious craic.

Nigel is now back in Toronto ready for 10 days of TIFF madness (preview feature published later today, reviews trickling out for the next 2 weeks). Following that, he returns home to balmy Dublin where this reunion at Spooool Towers with Páraic will mean we can host thrice-daily news meetings and celebrity webchats! Gr8!

And in case you were not aware October will be the site’s first anniversary. To celebrate this, we will be re-assessing, re-building, re-designing and re-launching at a new domain, spooool.ie. The new site will still feature everything we do here, except now we’ll be able to give it a more Irish-based flavour. Focusing on multiple cinema release cycles is fun, but it does create a certain amount of disparity in our content, so it will be nice to hone in on exactly what is happening in Ireland’s cinemas.

In summary… bear with us. It’ll be worth it.

Darren Aronofsky is building an ark

So just a fun little nugget of news here as Darren Aronofosky tweets the first picture from the set of his upcoming epic Noah.

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Michael Fassbender is Assassin’s Creed’s Desmond Miles

| o | - Let’s hope it can live up to the high watermark set by other amazing game/movie adaptations like Super Mario Bros and JCVD’s Street Fighter…

Spooool-favourite Michael Fassbender has just been announced as the star and co-producer of the upcoming adaptation of the ridiculously popular Assassin’s Creed video game series.

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Oz: The Great and Powerful! A Poster! Something! At last!

Having gotten all nostalgic about Spider-Man in the last few days (review of The Amazing Spider-Man  and 10 years on: An ode to the original Spider-Man trilogy), you may not be wondering just where Sam Raimi went “apres Spidey”.

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Felt like Moonrise Kingdom needed animation? You weren’t the only one…

| o | - Library books of New Penzance

At this stage pretty much everyone on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean has seen Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson’s cute love story that tells the tale of Sam and Suzy who find love on the island of New Penzance, New England.

If you liked the film as both of us did (here is Paraic’s review), then this new little series of animated clips courtesy of Entertainment Weekly is sure to pique your interest. Anderson had a series of animators create clips for the six library books that Suzy carries around. The animations ultimately weren’t used but being the stand-up bloke that he is, Anderson has now shared them with us all. Usually this would be some sort of “BUY THE DVD!!” tie-in, but there you go.

The video is an E.W. exclusive so we can’t embed it right now so you’ll have to click the image above to find out more and view the video.

I could easily have done with twice as much from Bob Balaban’s narrator in the film so it’s nice to see him introducing the clips from his library.

The Irish football team’s greatest moment. Immortalised on film.

So perhaps you’ve heard that the European Championships of “soccer” kick off tomorrow in Poland and Ukraine. The competition will see the Republic of Ireland competing in their first major tournament since 2002.

It’s at times like this that we’re all prone to a little nationalist nostalgia and what better way to get yourself in the mood than by reliving what many consider to be Ireland’s greatest moment in this fine foreign game.

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Tarantino’s Django Unchained soundtrack choices highlight the Johnny Cash connection – again

Django Unchained

| o | - The guy who made this title card will probably lose his job...

So the trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Django Unchained is now online. Everyone is now giddy about a film that won’t be around for another seven months (Dec 25th release for North America, January 18th for UK and Ireland). But Tarantino’s films always lend themselves quite well to trailers, and needless to say this one doesn’t disappoint.

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100 years. Many badges.

This has been all over the internets over the last 48 hours but if you’ve missed it, then here you go.

Paramount Pictures is celebrating its 100th anniversary with the release of this rather nifty commemorative poster. Click the image for the larger version.

100 years of Paramount Pictures

According to the design company who made it (here’s their tumblr), the print is limited to 3500 copies and only going to Paramount employees which is pretty nifty.

Without cheating (and you will find answers online with a little googling), I’m able to work out about 80 of these…

Without sounding like a total tool, seeing the studio’s new 100th anniversary ident before the IMAX screening of Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol was actually a surprisingly cool moment. Check it out below. Got goosebumps? No?


In space? Want to watch a movie?

| o | - The astronauts of the International Space Station don't even seem to care about the movie. Ungrateful.

NASA is reporting that they are going to be beaming The Avengers into space for the amusement of the crew of the International Space Station which features two Americans, three Russians and a European.

Is this a good idea? Shouldn’t they be trying to make sure that another portal of Loki’s Chitauri army can’t open up?! What are we paying these guys for IF NOT PROTECTION!

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Getting inside Iron Man and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s user interfaces…

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Intrigued by user interfaces? Fan of that low-budget avant-garde meditation on life and form that is known internationally as The Avengers?

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Celebrate The Raid’s Irish release with claymation cats!

| o | - Take that Indonesian clay kitten!

Yes I know we’ve been talking about The Raid: Redemption a lot but dammit if it’s not the best action film we’ve seen in years.

Anyway, One Cool Thing a Day featured this rather delightful 3-minute claymation version of the Gareth Evans film which has been captivating audiences at film festivals and across North America and now lands on Irish and British shores. The video is made by English animator Lee Hardcastle who “makes claymations that are not for children.” For more of his work check out his website at leehardcastle.com.

And if that isn’t enough, here’s the making of…

The Raid is playing all across Dublin’s cinemas from today. Read our review and other coverage of the film here.

Cannes 2012 awards presented early after Moonrise Kingdom photocall

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom premiered at Cannes this morning

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom premiered at Cannes this morning

Best dressed of the fest: Mr. Bill Murray

Cast that we’d most like to hang out with on the Croisette for the next week: Moonrise Kingdom Read More

Some newsmen and their shoes

Anchorman: The Legend Continues

Hey marketing people, look how excited the internet is over a poster that features nothing except some shoes and a title.
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Meet the McClanes!

A nice wee post for a Monday here.

Artist Kirk Demarais’ “fictional film family” colour pencil portraits have been all over the internets in the past so we’re hardly being original featuring them here. His site lists the following publications…

SlashfilmBoing BoingL.A. WeeklyWired
Funny Or DieAin’t It Cool NewsSpike Jonzes’s We Love You So
Creative ReviewDangerous MindsTotal Film 
The AtlanticChicago Sun Times
Hollywood Elsewhere

… but if you haven’t seen them yet, then check them out now at kirkdemarais.com as they’re quite fantabulous.

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Huge polo-neck shock as first photos of Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs surface

Ashton Kutcher will play Steve Jobs in "Jobs: Gen Inspired" which is set for a 2013 release

Ashton Kutcher will play Steve Jobs in "Jobs: Gen Inspired" which is set for a 2013 release

So we’re not really one for the gossip sites or anything but as members of Generation Y and closet fans of that 70s show, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t interested in Ashton Kutcher’s portrayal of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Joshua Michael Stern’s Jobs: Get Inspired is released at some stage in 2013 but filming has already started in L.A. We’re normally not really interested in set photos but it’s fun to see the look that the producers have gone for here. Sticking to Jobs’ iconic black polo-neck and jeans look is a pretty safe move for our first look at the character.

I must admit there are doubts about how good this film can be. It’s coming from a man who is best known for directing Kevin Costner election vehicle Swing Vote, and spans Jobs’ life from 1971-2000.

But having said that who would have thought a film about Facebook would turn out to be one of the best films of the last five years.

You can see more photos and read more about Jobs: Get Inspired at TMZ and Collider.

Piranha 3DD – The Walkout

I have never walked out of a film before in all my cinema going years, until now.

A friend and I were sitting down in Dublin’s Cineworld cinema for Piranha 3DD anticipating boobs and blood when in walked a mother and father with their child. The child was probably about four years old, but definitely no older than six, and we began to wonder if we’d gone to the wrong screen when up pops the IFCO rating screen - “Piranha 3DD 18″. We look towards the family and realise they don’t seem to be moving. A bit perturbed we sit on and presume they’ll gather their stuff and leave in a minute or two. They don’t.

The film – or the 15 or so minutes I saw – was terrible. From the get go there was incredibly pointless nudity in a really sleazy and pretty degrading manner. With full frontal and repeated references to how wet the girls were and a new “cooch” camera that had been installed into a swimming pool. Between not laughing and continually glancing at the parents to see if or why they hadn’t left yet it became a pretty unsettling experience.

When a character vomited in 3D and another cast member who had just been “dusting” himself off in the pool jumps on said vomit my friend turned to me and said she was leaving. For me it was the fact the child hadn’t been removed that was the deciding factor. I would have stayed if the child wasn’t there but probably not if my friend still decided to leave. I go to the cinema by myself all the time, that’s not the issue, but more so that there are certain films you like to have company for – horrors or silly blockbusters. I’m not trying to come off as incredibly moralistic either “quick women are being portrayed as mere sexual playthings for male gratification, to the barricades!” there’s nothing new in that. I knew what to expect having seen the first Piranha reboot and it was an enjoyably ridiculous 3D experience, a great example of a B-movie. They definitely had turned the stupidity up to 11 here, seemingly only to have made the film for horny teenage boys.

We really have James Cameron (the obscure director of Piranha Part Two: The Spawning and some other lesser known films) to thank for this. In recent years there have been numerous pointlessly 3D films and for every Avatar or Hugo there is a Mars needs Moms or Piranha 3DD. I did find it hard to leave having never left a film before, but it was just too weird with the underage child there. It felt incredibly odd but also like a statement was being made and I was reminded of being at other films where walkouts occurred, Snowtown in particular. It is the ultimate expression of displeasure at someone’s film. So no review unless Nigel goes but I would advise against it.

My friend did inform a member of the Cineworld staff as we left requesting the child be removed.

Raid director Gareth Evans double news item alert

Gareth Evans. Image from http://thefilmstage.com/

| o | - Gareth Evans. He made The Raid.

The Raid (aka Serbuan Maut) took home awards at TIFF 2011 and JDIFF 2012 and knocked viewers for six. Well for five. Five stars. As per our review. Yes indeed.

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Moonrise Kingdom is hipster heaven

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom re-cast as High School hipsters

New York Magazine’s illustrators have been hard at work on re-imaging Summer Movie Casts as High School Cliques.

Pick of the bunch is without doubt their rendering of Wes Anderson’s upcoming Moonrise Kingdom, a film we’re very excited about here at Spooool.

Moonrise Kingdom as … The Hipsters

That sound you hear — 1960s folk rock — is definitely coming from the Moonrise Kingdomtable, where Wes Anderson’s crew exults in hard-to-find vinyl. As Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman prove too cool for school (Schwartzman’s reading some J.D. Salinger novel, but you probably haven’t heard of it), Tilda Swinton’s ironic knitting habit references her ironic love of Portlandia‘s “Put a Bird on It” sketch. So … it’s sincere?

Check out the rest on Vulture now.