Woody Allen

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Marshall McLuhan: Not only did he read Finnegans Wake in full, it inspired one  of his own defining works. Photograph: Michel Laurent/ Getty Images

To a general audience, the Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan (1911–1980) is now best remembered, if at all, for a few pithy phrases. He predict(...)

Paul Muni in I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932), directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Photograph:  Warner Bros.

There has been some debate in the Irish Times letters pages about the miserableness of films reviewed last week. It is true that the movies covered mi(...)

On the Rocks

There are worse sins than allowing a director to coast smoothly through her favourite moves. Nearly 20 years after Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola (...)

Kerry’s own Jessie Buckley in I’m Thinking of Ending Things. Photograph: Netflix

Savour canny acquisitions and ambitious original productions. And catch the classics while you can. They may not be there next month. There h(...)

The claim of being the Greatest Country in the World is almost quaint.

If you’re in a taxi travelling from JFK, the sudden appearance of the stacked buildings of Manhattan is always breath-taking. Gets me every time. Then(...)

Gloriously daft: Steve Martin as Dr Hfuhruhurr in The Man with Two Brains

He’s a master of slapstick, a surrealist clown, the don of comic film roles from Roxanne to The Jerk. As he turns 75, comics including Sarah Silverman(...)

Joel Schumacher: “I caused a lot of trouble with my movies on purpose.” Photograph: Benjamin Norman/The New York Times

For the rest of the world, Joel Schumacher, who died on Monday at the age of 80, was one of the men who – then already deep into middle age – helped i(...)

 Director Joel Schumacher poses backstage during the 11th Annual Hollywood Awards  at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in October 2007 in Los Angeles, California. File photograph: Charley Gallay/Getty

Film director Joel Schumacher has died at the age of 80. The filmmaker, whose hits included Batman Forever, St Elmo’s Fire and The Lost Boys, died of(...)

The Wretched’s distributor commissioned delightfully retro ads referencing their movies’ most lurid qualities.

All hail the box-office champ of early summer. All hail a film you probably haven’t heard of. Sports enthusiasts are familiar with the asterisks that(...)

Woody Allen in Cannes, France, in 2010. Photgraph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The film-maker was accused of sexually assaulting his daughter in 1992, but never charged. He explains why he is done treading carefully When Wo(...)

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