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Category Archives: Scannáin (Movies)

Star Wars Versus Star Trek Epic Trailer

I’m not a huge fan of either “franchise”, however would I watch this? Damn sure I would! ;-)

February 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

Oíche Sheanchais, The First Irish Language Sound Film

From a report by the Galway Advertiser: “The first Irish language ‘talkie’ ever made has premiered at a renowned Italian festival of rediscovered and restored film… Oidhche Sheanchais, an 11-minute … Continue reading

July 10, 2014

Harry Potter To The Rescue!

It says much for the fantasy politics of British nationalism that a decision by the English-born children’s author JK Rowling to boost the already hefty warchest of the Unionist “No” campaign … Continue reading

June 12, 2014 · 10 Comments

Cultus Obscuram – Mr Rossi, Signor Rossi

Sometimes looking back at Ireland in the 1970s and ‘80s I wonder if the entire nation was quite right in the head. It was a truly surreal time. Forget the … Continue reading

May 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

Irish TV And Cinema? Some Hope

I was going through my collection of Blu-ray and DVD movies and box-sets over the weekend, not to mention several hundred hours of digital content on my main HTPC, and … Continue reading

March 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

Cultus Obscuram – Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze

The old cliché “…so bad it’s good” springs to mind when one watches the 1975 cinematic release “Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze”. Based upon the eponymous 1930s’ pulp magazine … Continue reading

March 17, 2014

The Randomers

I’ve been asked to highlight a recently released independent Irish movie, “The Randomers”, the fourth feature-length film from writer-director Graham Jones. The free-to-view drama focuses on a love affair sparked by the … Continue reading

March 6, 2014 · 3 Comments

Cultus Obscuram – Knightriders

In the oft-played Geek game of “Cultus Obscuram” I’ve yet to be beaten, whether it is in the arena of movies, TV programmes, books or comics. Undoubtedly my winning hand … Continue reading

August 29, 2013

Steampunk In Ireland

Because there is far too little Steampunk in Ireland, here are some links: Steampunk Collective Ireland Steampunk Ireland The Josie Baggley Company Talking to a friend a few days ago … Continue reading

August 14, 2013 · 7 Comments

Jodorowsky’s Dune

Oh for the cinematic vision of “Dune” that could have been. From Salon and Andrew O’Hehir at the Cannes Festival: “According to “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn (who’s also here this year with … Continue reading

May 23, 2013

Judge Minty – Taking The Law To The Lawless

After touring the convention circuit the Judge Dredd-inspired fan film “Judge Minty“, written and directed by Steven Sterlacchini, has finally been released online. While the acting may be less than inspiring the special effects … Continue reading

May 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

Robert E. Howard – The Whole Wide World

While going through the old bookmarks on my browser the other day I came across the Cimmerian, a wonderful if now defunct group-blog that was dedicated to Fantasy, Horror and … Continue reading

January 25, 2013

Christopher Tolkien On The Legacy Of His Father, J.R.R. Tolkien

Christopher Tolkien, the son of J.R.R., is the person who has undoubtedly done the most to explain the background and history of his father’s writing to the general public, and in particular to his many fans … Continue reading

September 10, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Young Ancestors

Excellent article over on Indian Country Today on a new documentary, The Young Ancestors, which examines the efforts of Native American students in New Mexico to learn their indigenous Tewa … Continue reading

August 14, 2012 · 3 Comments

The Murder Machine – The British War In Ireland

Several weeks ago I examined the acquittal in a British-run court in the North of Ireland of the long-time Irish Republican activist Colin Duffy. Following years of imprisonment while awaiting … Continue reading

March 6, 2012 · 1 Comment

We Are 42%

Another image borrowed from the Occupy movement with another Irish spin. More of the original images are available from and The 42% of course refers to the percentage of Irish people who described themselves as speaking fluent or partial … Continue reading

November 30, 2011 · 2 Comments

The Book Smugglers. Ireland, Lithuania, And The Freedom Of Language

One of the most interesting, and thought-provoking, Irish language documentaries of recent years will be screened at a film festival in Estonia, reports IFTN: “Irish production companies Planet Korda Pictures and Vinegar … Continue reading

November 16, 2011

Oireachtas na Samhna

The Irish Times carries a very personal report celebrating the weekend’s Oireachtas na Samhna, the annual Irish language and culture festival, this year held in Cill Airne: “IT IS the time of Samhain and … Continue reading

November 6, 2011

Irish Pigs In The Daily Mail

British journo Ian Birrell carries a lengthy rant against Martin McGuinness in the “Right Minds” section of the Daily Mail, a suitably right-wing British newspaper. It is replete with plenty of … Continue reading

October 24, 2011 · 1 Comment

John Carter Of Mars Gets The Disney Treatment… Cry Now, Or Later?

John Carter of Mars holds a special place in the history of Science-Fiction. The hero of Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ series of Barsoom novels he is one of the archetypal figures of the genre, … Continue reading

July 16, 2011

TG4 Launches Scéal, The Short Film Scheme

News from the IFTN that TG4 has launched a new short film scheme: ‘Scéal is a development scheme that offers talented new Irish-speaking writers/directors an opportunity to adapt a well-known … Continue reading

July 14, 2011

Big Audio Dynamite

Since I’m watching ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ on TG4 here is some Big Audio Dynamite with ‘Medicine Show’! :-)

June 17, 2011

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