Sunday 20 October 2019

Declan Cashin: Reel Life

Declan Cashin

If you're at a loose end in the Cork region tonight, you could always head to the Triskel Christchurch Cinema for a screening of new Irish sci-fi movie The End Of The Earth Is My Home.

It's the first Irish feature film to be produced through crowd-funding, and is described by its director Alan Lambert as "a trippy, visually audacious modern fantasy that takes inspiration from the Asian Monkey King stories and Bram Stoker's Dracula".

The cast is headed by Junshi Murakami and Dominique Monot, and the soundtrack is by European Sensoria Band. It's on at 6.30pm tonight – see www.teoteimh.com.

Q An interesting development last week regarding Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer Damon Lindelof – and here Reel Life must add an obligatory 'hissssss' after mentioning his name for the mess he made of the Lost finale as well as Prometheus.

Lindelof issued an apology for what he called a "gratuitous" scene in which Alice Eve is shown in her underwear as she changes spacesuits.

It seems lots of fans took to the Tweetbox to hammer the Star Trek creators for the shot.

"I copped to the fact that we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress," Lindelof wrote.

He added: "We also had Kirk shirtless in underpants in both movies. Do not want to make light of something that some construe as mysogenistic [sic]."

Clearly the team were in damage-limitation mode because just a couple of days later, director JJ Abrams was on a US night-time talk show, during which he showed a clip of Eve's co-star Benedict Cumberbatch topless in the shower, presumably in the interests of balance.

Except Cumberbatch's scene was cut from the movie's final edit and Eve's wasn't. Hmm.

Q Seguing rather neatly from the subject of pretty movie star objectification, how about that James Franco? Bit of a dish, isn't he?

True "Francophiles" will also know that he's a multi-hyphenate polymath – a smarty-pants, in layman's terms.

In addition to being an actor, director, writer, poet, academic and heartthrob (a full-time job that last one), Franco (below) is also an artist – and he has an exhibition coming to London next month.

Psycho Nacirema – a collaboration between Franco and Scottish artist Douglas Gordon will be housed at the Pace gallery in Soho from June 6 - August 3.

What's it about, you ask? Well, according to the Pace press release, it's a multi-media installation piece that "presents a mise-en-scène of director Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller Psycho, remodelling the infamous Bates Motel where the intrigue of the film takes place, intertwined with the 1920's Fatty Arbuckle scandal."

To tie in with the exhibit, Franco will also be introducing a screening of Psycho at the BFI Southbank in London on June 9. Tickets for it sold out immediately, but Reel Life is determined to charm, flatter, cajole, stalk, beg and/or steal in order to get into that audience to report back on the event to you readers.

Q Lastly, John Hughes fans, take note! The Light House Cinema is running a season devoted to his films, which will be screened on Wednesday evenings for the next month.

Sixteen Candles screens on June 5, Pretty In Pink on June 12, Ferris Bueller's Day Off on June 19 and Planes, Trains and Automobiles on June 26.

See lighthousecinema.ie.

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