Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Are you sending back your IFTA, John Michael McDonagh? The English director says Irish films "aren't very good" and he doesn't find them "technically accomplished".
50 years, 50 films Vol II: Ugetsu Monogatari (1953) Our travels through time unearth an unsettling, beautiful masterpiece of Japanese cinema
Movie quiz for September 12th To celebrate current events across the sea, there are no questions about Scotland in this week's quiz
Toronto Film Festival Digest No, we are not by Lake Ontario. But we have ploughed through the press to report in what's hot and what, erm, isn't
50 years, 50 films Vol II: A Star is Born (1954) We drift backwards into a flawed, but captivating, diegetic musical
Five appearances by Jack the Ripper in cinema Has an armchair detective really found Jack the Ripper? If so he may have killed a sub-genre.
Roy Andersson takes the Golden Lion at Venice The greatly admired Swedish absurdist deservedly grabs one of cinema's great prizes
Support The Road to Sparta An Indiegogo campaign is afoot to help develop a film on the extraordinary Spartathlon. SPARTA!