Akira Kurosawa

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The well-known statue of the cinema usher which once stood outside the Screen Cinema. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

You can date a Dubliner by what comes into their head when you mention the building that sits on the eastern corner of Townsend Street and Hawkins Str(...)

Top of the list: Seven Samurai, directed by Akira Kurosawa. His Rashomon came in at No. 4

Over the last few years, BBC Culture has been asking the world’s critics – including this writer and my colleague Tara Brady – to vote for their 100 f(...)

Actor Denzel Washington and  director Antoine Fuqua. The Equalizer 2 marks their   fourth collaboration

In the hours before I meet up with Antoine Fuqua, he’s making headlines. In reports that were swiftly dismissed by his agent, Fuqua, the director of T(...)

Fatheads on the internet are already beginning to grumble about the imminent Oceans 8

Let’s remake every film with an all-female cast. No, hear me out. There are obviously some downsides to this plan. For starters, we have enough remake(...)

Clint Eastwood in 'A Fistful of Dollars'

In 1964, A Fistful of Dollars, a Spanish-shot, English-dubbed, German-co-produced, Mexican-set remake of the Akira Kurosawa’s 1961 Japanese samurai mo(...)

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in a scene from 'Star Wars'. Photograph: LucasFilm

Let me bring you back to early 1978 and the release of George Lucas’s Star Wars. No, I haven’t got that wrong. Hard though it may be to believe, that (...)

Andy Serkis as Caesar in War for the Planet of the Apes. Photograph: Twentieth Century Fox

Some 15 years have elapsed since the biotech advances of Rise of the Planet of the Apes accelerated primate evolution while simultaneously wiping out (...)

Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable in the 1939 blockbuster ‘Gone with the Wind’. Not raised on broadcast TV, most online voters have never  sat through the movie on rainy bank holidays

We all love a list. Right? No we don’t. We hate lists. Nothing gets us more worked up than the latest chart of best mushroom dishes, nicest capital ci(...)

Danny McGovern:  the film archive he  brought back from Japan would be quietly suppressed for decades

In my home town of Carrrickmacross, there used to be a hardware store called Daly’s. It was beside the Garda station, formerly the RIC barracks. And i(...)

 Hughie O’Donoghue: ‘If you want to get at all close to a true version of events, you have to make room for the inconvenient bits as well.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Hughie O’Donoghue is the living embodiment of one of the main themes of his work: the interwoven histories and circumstances that inform and shape id(...)

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