Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Tomorrow’s Ticket, Cinerama and the week’s culture nods.

This week’s soaraway Ticket comes packed with all your essential film needs. This writer talks to Brandon Cronenberg — son of David — about taking over the family business with the revolting (mostly in a good way) Antiviral. Tara Brady …

Thu, Jan 31, 2013, 15:41

   
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This week’s soaraway Ticket comes packed with all your essential film needs. This writer talks to Brandon Cronenberg — son of David — about taking over the family business with the revolting (mostly in a good way) Antiviral. Tara Brady has words with the ever-popular Gael Garcia Bernal about his work on the Oscar-nominated No. Film of the week has to be Robert Zemeckis’s Flight. I’ll reveal all tomorrow, but suffice to say the picture — though otherwise flawed — has one of the best opening half-hours of any recent release. You’ll never doze off during take off again. (Oh you probably will. But we are obliged to say ┬áthat sort of thing.) Tara will also be digging up nuggets on box-office peculiarities in Rotten Potatoes.

This week…

Donald has been reading: The Island of Dr Moreau by H G Wells. Though it’s been around for well over a century I’ve┬ánever got round to it until now. The great 1932 adaptation Island of Lost Souls stands slimily beside Tod Browning’s Freaks as one of the most commendably unpleasant of contemporaneous sensation flicks. More horror than science fiction, the book proves to be the equal of The Invisible Man and War of the Worlds. Seriously horrible. Are We Not Men? Are We Not Men? That was their catchphrase. Observe Charles Laughton as the bad doctor…

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Donald has been listening to: Alles ist Gut by Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft. Now, here’s a record I had barely listened to in 25 years. I don’t know why. The German electronics duo are among the most undervalued bands of the 1980s. Der Mussolini beats any of this new “acid house” nonsense into a cocked hat. Amazing stuff.

Donald has been using his telly to watch: The much-talked about Louis. To my surprise, Louis CK’s strange comedy on Fox pretty much lives up to the hype. It’s not the new Seinfeld. It’s not the new Curb Your Enthusiasm. It’s very much the new itself. Impressively inappropriate.

One last thing: do not forget to “tune in” to The Irish Times film team on Gavin Burke’s Cinerama at 7.00 pm on Phantom 105.2. If you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoy making it then you’ll have a more than passably diverting evening.

 

 

 

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