Movie Review Cardboard Gangsters – Part 1

Movie Review Cardboard Gangsters – Part 1

Title: Cardboard Gangsters Cardboard Gangsters Director: Mark O’Connor Cardboard Gangsters Writers: Mark O’Connor and John Connors Cardboard Gangsters Starring: John Connors as Jason Connolly, Fionn Walton as Dano, Kierston Wareing as Kim Murphy, Jimmy Smallhorne as Derra Murphy. Remainder of cast listed alphabetically: Paul Alwright … Glenner, Alan Clinch … Whacker, Stephen Clinch … Ross Kelly, John Dalessandro … Lukey, Damien Dempsey … Curley Murphy, Gemma-Leah Devereux … Roisin, Kyle Bradley Donaldson … Stephen Kelly,…

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CARDBOARD GANGSTERS REVIEW: JOHN CONNORS SETS HIS BAR TO A NEW LEVEL

CARDBOARD GANGSTERS REVIEW:  JOHN CONNORS SETS HIS BAR TO A NEW LEVEL

In Woody Allen movies, setting is often a key factor. The City of New York breathes and vibrates, while punishing, cradling and uplifting people in those narratives; it is the reason for each person’s world view. Similarly, the brand new Irish movie Cardboard Gangsters, took place in the raw and enveloping universe of Dublin’s Darndale, provokes a place-specific intensity that fully animates each moment and side character. “We couldn’t have filmed it anywhere other than Darndale,” said John Connors,…

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Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Captain Jack Sparrow Is A Halloween Costume Seeking A Story

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Captain Jack Sparrow Is A Halloween Costume Seeking A Story

Indeed, Dead Men Tell No Tales— but neither, really, do the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Rather than stories, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, of which this 2017 installment is the fifth, delivers an unpalatable mix of mincing slapstick, rote derring-do, ponderous CGI, whiskery sea-chantey mysticism, and dutiful action scenes whose only narrative intention is to scramble the cast. (Every half-hour or so, one set of characters is taken prisoner by the other set…

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Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales is a beautifully detailed flamboyant nonsense

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales is a beautifully detailed flamboyant nonsense

Five films in, Pirates still leaves you feeling a lot like the Magic Kingdom ride it’s so famously inspired by: alternately thrilled, exhausted, and seriously regretting that last funnel cake. Johnny Depp is back in Dead Men Tell No Tales as the perpetually drunk Jack Sparrow, heroically holding cirrhosis at bay with a gold-toothed grin and a unique wobbly swagger; Geoffrey Rush is back, too, as his high-seas frenemy, the squirrely, grasping Captain Barbossa. And with the Pirates of the…

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End – Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End – Review

It such an irony that pirate movies tell stories about a “profession” most generally associated with scum, villainy and other non-pleasantries as a heroic career for free-spirits and the righteously rebellious, and that’s how Pirates of the Caribbean carries on its stories. Most of the time, those pirates appears to be up to little more than high junks and haven’t been presented as real thieves or marauders since the supernaturally assisted attack on Port Royal…

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