Americans are awfully good at managing huge logistical challenges. They had the money, the ambition and the drive to land on the moon. They built t(...)

Celebrating the 12th .... ‘In recent years, some Orange revellers have taken to burning effigies of their enemies along with the pallets and apple crates”. Photograph:   Justin Kernoghan

One should approach complaints on TripAdvisor with caution. There is a class of recreational whinger who travels the world with the express purpose of(...)

What becomes of the Damned? It could be a dark existential question, but students of the 1970s will think first of the scruffy pioneers who in 1976 pr(...)

Is cinema the right place to learn about photography? The media are so entwined that it feels slightly incestuous to be rooting away at one with th(...)

Jonah Hill and James Franco in a scene from True Story 11:18

Serious journalists take themselves a lot more seriously in the United States than serious journalists take themselves here. So many of them hope t(...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphrey:  “The Irish audio-visual sector has been going from strength to strength in recent years  and I believe there is huge capacity for growth.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is to introduce legislation to change the name of the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann to (...)

Omar Sharif performing in the film Sayyidat al-Qasr (Lady of the Palace) in 1958. Photograph: Alyoum Alsaba/EPA

Omar Sharif, who has died at the age of 83, will be best remembered for a film sequence in which, for much of its duration, he is barely visible on sc(...)

Failing  – Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka leaves the court after losing to France’s Richard Gasquet in the Wumbledon men’s quarter-final – “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Look here. I have just seen an inspirational poster featuring the opening lines of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground: “I am a sick man. (...)

An Klondike

Hello, Galway Film Fleadh. It’s time to take the temperature of Irish film again. Not literally, of course. If that were the case then, by Saturday, a(...)


Rather later than we might have liked, Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated second feature finally makes it into cinemas. Supersaturated in ancient myth, S(...)