List-o-mania

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

Grabbers

Contains guards but thankfully not The Guard – ★★★½

Set on the fictional island of Erin off the coast of Donegal, Grabbers is an excellently executed addition to the sci-fi/horror/B-movie canon.

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McDonagh’s Guard follow-up sees Gleeson become a priest and location move from Connemara to Sligo. Great.

| o | - An artist's impression (he mainly draws curtains) of Gleeson in "The Calvary ".

Director John Michael McDonagh is currently in Berlin selling his wares looking for distribution deals for Calvary, his follow-up to last year’s massive hit The Guard – which we will add, didn’t excite us too much here at Spoooool.

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Martin McDonagh gets back to films. Enlists psychos.

Christopher Walken - one of Martin McDonagh's seven psychopaths. Won't have to act that much so.

Academy award winning Irish director Martin McDonagh has signed up to write and direct Seven Psychopaths, a new film from Blueprint Pictures with financing from Film4, the BFI Fund and CBS Films.

We’re both massive fans of In Bruges and McDonagh’s work here (though his brother John Michael? not so much…), so it’s great to see him giving theatre a break for a while and treating us to a new offering on the big screen.

The best thing about Seven Psychopaths is the cast that’s been announced. Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson and Tom Waits? Nice. McDonagh recently worked with Walken and Waits on separate theatre projects so I guess it’s not that much of a surprise but to get Rockwell and Farrell in there too? Veeery nice.

“Seven Psychopaths” is an action-comedy about a struggling screenwriter, to be played by Farrell, who “inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu,” according to CBS Films. Rockwell and Walken play the friends. Harrelson is the gangster.

- The Wrap

McDonagh is in a very special club of Academy Award winning Irish directors - he won in 2006 for his short film 'Six Shooter'; he was also nominated in 2009 for writing "In Bruges", but was pipped by Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

I don’t get it… The Guard

The emperor's new uniform - ★

John Michael McDonagh’s recent film The Guard had everyone wetting themselves as it became the highest grossing independent Irish film of all time. So is it the greatest Irish film of all time? No, in my opinion it’s one of the worst. Read More