Upcoming alternative film nights Dublin

We’re now well and truly into Blockbuster season with Iron Man 3, The Great Gatsby, Fast 6, Star Trek 2 having released to gigantic box office figures across the globe.

As much as I enjoy blockbusters I find it hard to comment on them, either being swept away by the awesome special effects, let down by my own over excitement because the previous film in the franchise was so great, or irritated by general lack of a plot or acting of any substance. That said I will be going to see a whole lot of films over the summer and expect to enjoy most of them for sheer escapism alone. What I won’t be doing is watching all the clips and trailers, or reading reviews so as to spoil them for myself.

But if Blockbusters aren’t really your thing then I thought maybe you might appreciate some alternatives to the multiplex. You don’t have to wait until the Autumn to get your fix of alternative films. So what is going on filmwise across Dublin in the upcoming weeks, both outdoors and indoors?

Alternative Movie Nights May 24th

Alternative Movie Nights

Slum Cinema present the double bill : Teeth and Rubber @Hendrons Building, Upper Dominick Street, Dublin 7. May 29th. Starts at 8pm, doors at 7:30pm.

Cost: Donation rather than an entrance fee (also has a BYOB policy with free popcorn).

What is Slum Cinema? Slum Cinema operates on the basis that certain amounts of people appreciate badly made movies. Over the past year or so, it has hosted cult gems such as 1963’s The Sadist (cinematography by, no less, Vilmos Zsigmond, who went on to work on The Deer Hunter and Close Encounters of the Third Kind ), 1962’s Eegah(tagline: “the crazed love of a prehistoric giant for a ravishing teenage girl ”), 1974’sFemale Trouble (“Where do these people come from? Where do they go when the sun goes down?” asked movie critic Rex Reed in his critique of the movie’s actors and director/writer, John Waters) and 1971’s Vampyros Lesbos (the soundtrack of which includes a tune titled The Lions and the Cucumber ). *Info from Irish Times.


This is the IMDB synopsis: still a stranger to her own body, a high school student discovers she has a physical advantage when she becomes the object of male violence. Use your imagination.

I love the tagline: “Every Rose Has Its Thorns”.

Teeth is directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein (son of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, whose exhibition I recently visited at the Tate Modern in London) and stars Jess Weixler (in recent episodes of The Good Wife).


Rubber is the story of Robert the tire who, after becoming enlightened to his telepathic powers ,goes on a murdering rampage. Sounds a little different to Pixar’s Cars.

Grindhouse Dublin

What is Grindhouse Dublin? Serving up a selection of classic or rarely screened films that graced movie theatres on New York’s 42nd Street Grindhouse Dublin will take place exclusively in Light House Cinema Smithfield on the last Friday of the month. Films will commence at 10:30pm but there will be drinks and merriment from 9 in the Light House Cinema Bar.

They haven’t yet announced the film for next Friday but watch their Facebook page for updates.

Hollywood Babylon -June 15th

What is Hollywood Babylon? Roughly speaking- movies best seen after Midnight, in company and with beer. Curated guest screenings, re-imagined film posters by some of our favourite artists and designers, intervals, trashy trailers, cigarette girls…

I recently went to a screening of An American Werewolf in London. It was hilarious! The trailers were fantastic, and there was birthday cake.

Anyway Hollywood Bablyon has put together a programme of films from 1984, including Purple Rain, Revenge of The Nerds, Dune, Terminator and more. See The Light House Cinema page for more info.

Purple Rain screens on June 15th

Workman’s Den Cinema Club

Another film club, this time at The Workman’s Club. They will screen a fillm on the first tuesday of the month, every month! And its FREE!!!

Everyone that comes has an opportunity to choose the following month’s film – everyone writes their name and their choice and at the end of the evening a draw will be made!

Again no info as yet but keep watching their Facebook page for info.

The Sugar Club

Top Gun: Tuesday May 28th 8pm screening, tickets €7/8 available from Entertainment.ie

We’ve all seen it so it doesn’t really need an introduction.  Here’s the trailer

If you haven’t seen it then you should go. As The Sugar Club says enjoy the heart-pounding combination of action, 80s music, and incredible aerial photography on the big screen.

I wouldn’t be Tom Cruise’s biggest fan post Cocktail but after hearing he did his own stunts for MI4 I was won over. Just imagine hanging off the Khalifa Tower in Dubai…ropes or no ropes that is still some feat.

In saying that Tom Cruise can’t climb up sheer rock, with no ropes!! Saw a short film on Alex Holland, a free climber, at the Banff Mountain International Film Festival.  Alex Holland has climbed the three peaks of Yosemite National Park, 95% of which was done without ropes. Now that is crazy!

Alex Holland Free Climber

I also Iove The Sugar Club. Why? It’s a fantastic venue! I recently went there to see Bonnie and Clyde as one of their Film Fatale evenings. They had constructed cocktails to match the evening’s film, hired a band of the era and encouraged people to dress up in theme. So much fun!

I also went there two Sundays ago to Freshly Squeezed International Student Short Film Festival.  It was a very artsy Sunday having started out at an exhibition called This Situation at IMMA at NCH. Although nominated for a Turner Prize I personally didn’t enjoy it for a number of reasons: the room was so echoey it was difficult to hear what the actors / participants were saying, one of the participants sounded like David Mitchell from Peep Show so I found it hard to take seriously, and they kept repeating what they were saying. Having studied quite a lot about Situationism whilst doing my undergraduate in French and European Studies and then again doing a thesis on the psychogeography of Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange I just wasn’t that drawn into the situation. Apparently my friend’s friend spent two hours in there, which just goes to show we’re all interested in different things. 

Anyway between the exhibition at IMMA and then cycling between Visit 2013 (a weekend event which will see artist’s studios organisations all over Dublin city opening their doors to the public) it was a busy Sunday. I didn’t get to see the Drama shorts at Freshly Squeezed International Student Short Film Festival but was there for the Documentary, Experimental & Thriller and most enjoyably for me the Animation Shorts. These were my favourites from the day…but hey I’m biased as I love Animation, particularly Stop Motion Animation.

Cosmo New Year

My Strange Grandfather

Bear Me was also fantastic, as was Dome, both of which won prizes on the day.

There are some fantastic shorts of all kinds on Vimeo if you have enough time to look around. I’ve started to make my own scrapbook of these on Pinterest.

Film Fatale: June 7th


The screening is again sold out but you can still attend the after party, a 1940s summer party mirroring the style of the film, with performances from 40s sweethearts harmony trio The Bugle Babes following Film Fatale’s resident DJs, The Andrews Sisters’ Brothers, who will be playing dance floor fillers from the 20s to 60s. The audience is invited to help set the scene by dressing in their vintage finest, paying homage to 1940s or mirroring the stars of the film Cary Grant or the stunning Ingrid Bergman.

Film Fatale: The Pavillion in Cork, Friday June 21st

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Who doesn’t love this film?

The screening will be followed by a party, á la Brothers Golightly, with Film Fatale’s resident DJs, The Andrews Sisters’, who will play an exclusive set inspired by the movie. As always
The audience is invited to help set the scene by dressing up in their vintage finest, paying homage to the high fashion and mod style of the film, emulating Audrey Hepburn or one of her many dashing suitors.

Find out more about Film Fatale Events on Facebook

Outdoor Cinema

Happenings at Fitzwilliam Square

It feels like ages ago but I went to the screening of The Big Lebowski in Fitzwilliam Square at the beginning of the month. I didn’t make it to The Lion King on the Docks but can’t wait for the next screening…whenever that may be. Keep watching the Happenings Facebook page for updates. They’ll give a couple of days notice for the next event, but whether pending that date could change. It is Ireland after all.

Outdoor Cinema – Up & The Big Lebowski

I may not have written a blog entry for a while but I have actually been quite busy watching films. It has been a super busy ten days between going to London, down to Hastings (where some of BYZANTIUM was filmed) and sitting in front of a cinema screen…be it indoors or on / under a blanket outdoors.

Since last Thursday I’ve seen:

UP @ Meeting House Square

STOP MAKING SENSE @ Light House Cinema

THE BIG LEBOWSKI @ Fitzwilliam Square


Shock horror I have yet to see IRON MAN but am waiting to watch it on IMAX. Will have to fit that in sometime next week, between going to STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS late Wednesday / early Thursday at The Light House Cinema. Party beforehand! I can’t wait! I have it on good faith that it is amazeBALLS!!

For this post I’ll concentrate on the Outdoor Screenings, will have to follow up with the other films.



I love going to see films in Meeting House Square and thankfully won tickets with the Sunday Star Times to go see UP last Thursday. I’d never seen it before. Not quite sure how, think it was one of the few films that I actually wanted to see in 3D (not a massive fan of 3D – although I will be watching STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS in 3D. As I said apparently it is amazeballs. Last 3D film I watched was Burton’s FRANKENWEENIE) but when I missed it because I was too busy working never bothered. It was so cute! My friend actually teared up a little in the opening few minutes. Probably shouldn’t say that…don’t want to embarrass her. Oh well!

UP at Meeting House Square Temple Bar
UP at Meeting House Square Temple Bar

I’d been to an open air cinema in Meeting House Square earlier in the year, actually on Valentine’s Day and the Opening night of JDIFF (meant missing the Opening Film, BROKEN, at the festival. I made the After Party though) and watched BRIEF ENCOUNTERS with my minion (my niece) and a few friends. Not sure why but found it colder last Thursday than I did back in February…perhaps was less prepared thinking that it was actually Spring. My only complaint of the screenings are that I wish there were more paid tickets because it is a bit of a pain having to enter to win tickets to the screening. You can’t really plan your week around a maybe. That said I love the Happenings screenings, perhaps it is because they are actually outdoors that they have to be so unplanned.


Slight diversion but I have my iPod on shuffle right now and this song just came on. Love it!

And to continue with this distraction I never got to the Bowie exhibition in London at The Victoria and Albert Museum. It does run until August 11th though so I should get over to London again before then. I did make it to the Lichtenstein exhibition at The Tate Modern…finally.

Lichtenstein Mmaybe - Tate Modern
Lichtenstein Mmaybe – Tate Modern

I was originally supposed to go to that way back in February. I love graphic design and the Lichtenstein was full of bold brash primary colours. I know some may argue that his pieces are mere replications of other people’s work but I enjoyed it. Some amazing bigger pieces and of course all those dots. Think I have a bit of a thing for dots, repetition, primary colours, and specifically yellow. I wrote about colour in general in a previous post on the cyborg (a man who sees colour through hearing sound waves) and yellow in relation to subtitles in Tarantino’s films. Dots – something to do with perfections and imperfections…also a room in the Lichtenstein exhibition. Last exhibition I saw at the Tate Modern was Yayoi Kusama – also a fan of dots. Dotty!

Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama

I love the Tate Modern. Where else can you see Rothko, Kandinsky, Picasso, Miro and heaps more for free? Even though I paid for the Lichtenstein exhibition it is always in the free rooms that you make the most interesting discoveries. Natalya GoncharovaIbrahim el-SalahiFrancis Picabia and Yves Tanguy.

I also made it to the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House. Having read about it before in The Guardian and seen the cockerel photo (reminds me of chicken dance from ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT…sorry I do make some odd associations at times. It is a problem I have.) on numerous occasions I had completely forgotten about it and then walking down The Strand to meet my friend for lunch at Chancery Lane I spotted there was a Picasso Exhibition on in Somerset House.

Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition

Of course I wandered into the courtyard got distracted by the fountains and then saw the chicken…and never got to the Picasso exhibition. Another time, another place! Malaga perhaps! Tried that last year but of course the one day had allowed for the city there was a bloody strike in Spain. Typical!!


Anyway got completely sidetracked there. UP was lovely! I didn’t make it to BACK TO THE FUTURE this week because instead went to THE BIG LEBOWSKI at Fitzwilliam Square. Now this I can fully recommend. Happenings are screening a series of films outdoors, basically looking at the weather forecast and announcing the screening, film and date only a couple of days prior. The sky looked a little iffy on Thursday but umbrella en tow I headed to the square, my friend brought a waterproof mat and amongst many other friends lay watching THE BIG LEBOWSKI, fully fed from the fabulous stalls (raclette, burgers, Indian, biscuits & other sweet nibbles…I didn’t all of these things of course) and drinking our own beverages. It has to be said that being able to bring your own drinks in is a definite bonus. But don’t over do it – there are only four porta cabins. Ewww!

The Big Lebowski Fitzwilliam Square
The Big Lebowski Fitzwilliam Square 

I’ve said it before but will say it again “The Dude abides“! What a film! I have watched it countless times and still enjoy it as much as the first. More probably because you can look around the screen and at all the character’s faces knowing exactly what is going to happen. Still remember those green toenails on the poster outside the Kino Cinema in Cork on my walk to college as well. You can read an earlier post on THE BIG LEBOWSKI here. The post includes the trailer, some clips and Jeff Bridges’ amazeballs White Russian infused recent voiceover.

The next posts will be on BYZANTIUM, STOP MAKING SENSE, UPCOMING ALTERNATIVE MOVIE LISTINGS and whatever comes to mind.

‘The Bling Ring’ trailer and Sofia Coppola


The jury is still out on whether I like Sofia Coppola or not. I like the idea of every single one of her films but I also feel a little deflated when I actually see them. You may be horrified but one of my favourites was actually MARIE ANTOINETTE.

I know some people have a massive problem with Kirsten Dunst. I don’t! I loved that the entire film just turned pinker and pinker as the film went on. That said I remember nothing else of the film so in this case it was most certainly a case of style over substance. Oh and the cast – which included Judy Dench, Jason Schwartzman, Rose Byrne, Asia Argento, Shirley Henderson, Marianne Faithful, Danny Huston, Tom Hardy and Steve Coogan (of whom I recently wrote about in my commentary of THE LOOK OF LOVE). And the costumes were amazing!! Oh and the music (New Order, The Cure, Air and Aphex Twin but to name a few)  too! So maybe I did like it.

Last year one of my favourite films was A ROYAL AFFAIR. Then again I’m a sucker for period dramas. You can only imagine how much I enjoyed working as an extra on the upcoming TV series QUIRKE with Gabriel Byrne.

Anyway am starting to digress yes Sofia Coppola. But first I just stumbled on a French MARIE ANTOINETTE with Lea Seydoux and Diane Kruger. Bit of a different take on the old tale but I might have to watch this one as well.

So yes Sofia Coppola…I was so so excited to see SOMEWHERE and then the film started with seven minutes (approx) of 80’s heartthrob Stephen Dorff driving around a racing track…around and around. Elle Fanning was fantastic though and the publicist was hilarious, probably because I’ve worked as a publicist.

The first Sofia Coppola film I saw was LOST IN TRANSLATION. I didn’t like it! Then again the image of Scarlett Johansson walking through cherry blossoms is permanently instilled in my mind. As is her and Bill Murray sitting at the bar, and then again in the karaoke booth. And the music! And James Franco…this may have been the first film I saw him in actually. Always interesting to ask yourself when and where were you first introduced to an actor / director / producer / musician etc. At least for me it is! I do it with friends as well. Maybe I liked LOST IN TRANSLATION after all. I certainly love Bill Murray and ScarJo, and the music.

THE VIRGIN SUICIDES was also a very memorable film, but I hadn’t read the book on which it was based so don’t shoot me.


Maybe I do like Sofia Coppola after all. I will definitely be watching THE BLING RING anyway. Emma Watson is great and Judd Apatow‘s wife Leslie Mann always makes me laugh. Paris Hilton is also listed in the extended cast on IMDB so there could be some fun cameos popping up.

The Plot – Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their homes.

Due to release in the UK (not sure about Ireland) mid July. Visit the official site at THE BLING RING

Dublin Outdoor Cinema

Dublin Outdoor Cinema

Seeing as Spring has finally arrived heaps of outdoor events are popping up across Dublin’s fair city. It may be lashing down one minute and blowing you over minutes later but the sun has finally started to shine.

Dublin Outdoor Film & Events
Dublin Outdoor Film & Events

Totally unrelated to film but hopefully these will amuse…just bypass the two videos if you only want to know where the films are showing outside.

Have a listen to this track by NONONO called ‘Like the wind‘. Heard this for the first time yesterday just after I’d walked along the canal and almost been blown over. You can listen to more of NONONO‘s tracks on Soundcloud and find out more about the Swedish band on their Facebook page…their official website isn’t working right now.

Have a watch, and hopefully a laugh at this. If you’re not Irish you’re especially in for a treat and an education on how to speak Dublin. The video is called My Fair Mot – ‘Dublinese Classes For Beginners’

Now for the outdoor events…


Happenings is introducing a new instant outdoor culture into Fitzwilliam Square.

In no particular order, and with a mere 30 hours notice, four iconic films will be screened over a three week period in the ultimate urban park Fitzwilliam Square.

Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot

Starting in April, we will be glued to met.ie and our Accuweather apps, picking the best weather days before they pick us. As soon as we score on the weather front, we hit everyone on Facebook and Twitter. Then its up to you to grab the picnic blankets, share the love and get the gang together on the grass.

These are ‘Fiver Flicks’, (yes, that means its still only €5 in) and there will be lots of yummy food and warm beverages on sale. We also operate a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy so please remember to take everything home. But we will as always make it very easy for you.

The first screening of the Instant Open Air Cinema Fest will be screened tomorrow, Friday 19th April, in Fitzwilliam Square. €5 in. Gates open 7.30pm. The first film is SOME LIKE IT HOT.

Screening 2/3/4 TBA

Join the event and like Happenings page on Facebook now to be notified.

Sunday Times Outdoor Film Festival 2013

The Sunday Times are again sponsoring The Sunday Times Outdoor Film Festival and with the new giant umbrellas over the square you’re not at the peril of the weather.

Each week they are giving away 200 tickets to each screening. To be in with a chance to win tickets, see The Sunday Times, Culture Magazine each week! Tickets to all screenings were also available through Entertainment.ie but each film is now sold out so you’ll have to buy the Sunday Times and enter the competition each week.

Screenings are as follows:

April 25th @21.45: Up

May 2nd @22.00: Back to the Future

May 9th @22.00: Cinema Paradiso

Here’s a little bit of ENNIO MORRICONE from CINEMA PARADISO. Ennio Morricone is of course coming to Dublin July 28th and 29th. The second date 27th has just been added and tickets go on sale with TicketMaster Monday 22nd April. You can hear some more Morricone in my earlier post on TARANTINO, DJANGO UNCHAINED AND MUSIC.

May 16th @22.15: Goodfellas

May 23rd @ 22.15: Citizen Kane

May 30th @22.30: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Find out more by following The Temple Bar Cultural Trust on Facebook



So earlier this week I wrote a post on Gerard Barrett’s PILGRIM HILL. I’m off to see the film shortly…here’s hoping I like the fiLime…..and yes I did mean to spell film like that. You can find out later whether I liked it by checking back into Facebook.

There are a few other noteworthy films releasing in cinemas this weekend (and later in the month) and yes I think I’m going to focus on the Irish films because well why not? I must add that there are also heaps of films and other film related events happening in Dublin and elsewhere around the country. Check these out in my earlier post at ALTERNATIVE MOVIE LISTINGS DUBLIN. 

Irish Film In Cinemas April '13
Irish Film In Cinemas April ’13

Links are in green.

Now I’m going to start this post with the IFI but that is not to say that these films are not screening elsewhere or that they won’t. Check your local cinema website for times and if they’re not screening any of these films then you should ask them why not. I used to run a cinema and people asked that of me all the time. Strangely that is how my former colleagues at Paramount got the first PARANORMAL ACTIVITY into cinemas around the world!! They made people demand it!

Anyway I digress there are so many great Irish films being made right now, films that end up at festivals around the world, festivals like Telluride, Toronto, Berlin but yet Irish people have never heard of them, let alone seen them. Why do we export all our best products? There was a word for this in NZ – they called it the ‘brain drain’. I’m not saying that everyone in Ireland, or left in Ireland is an idiot I’m just saying we should appreciate our local talent more and not send it elsewhere to be appreciated.


As mentioned in FILMS, FESTIVALS, AND ALTERNATIVE MOVIE LISTINGS the IFI is running a Spotlight on Irish Film in conjunction with The Irish Film Board. As you may or may not know the IFI celebrated its 20th Anniversary earlier this year and to further note this occasion Spotlight: New Irish Film at the IFI is a brand new annual event at the IFI celebrating Ireland’s film industry and taking an in-depth look at what’s happening in Irish cinema.

Newly released titles are running throughout the month and the Spotlight will culminate with a number of events, discussions and gala screenings over the final weekend 26th-28th April including the gala Irish premiere of Neil Jordan‘s new film BYZANTIUM. And of course then there is the shorts programme. Check out the IFI website for more info.

You can see a one of the shorts (IRISH FOLK FURNITURE) in my earlier post on IRISH ANIMATED SHORTS as well as some other great Irish Shorts from the last year or so.


Gerard Barrett’s PILGRIM HILL is screening as part of this celebration from April 12th (and is showing elsewhere). Barrett will take part in an Opening Night Q+A on April 12th after the 18.30 screening and Pilgrim Hill runs until the 25th. If you can’t make this screening do check out my earlier post where you can listen to two podcast with Barrett on RTÉ’s 2FM and Radio One. Please check my earlier post on PILGRIM HILL for the trailer, summary and podcasts.


Writer-director Mark O’Connor’s (BETWEEN THE CANALS) new feature KING OF THE TRAVELLERS opens on April 19th. Have a look at the trailer before and some of the special feature artwork on the Facebook page


I’ve yet to see GOOD VIBRATIONS but have heard good things from friends and Bono alike so I do really need to get out and see this one. By all accounts it is both a crowd pleaser and an upbeat and uplifting story…which might be in need after watching the previous two. “Richard Dormer’s performance is a transcendent, anarchic, amazing joy! If you love music, movies or being alive you’ll love ‘Good Vibrations’! Plus I now have 11 and 13 year old punk rockers at home. Bono.”


I haven’t seen JUMP and I really wanted to because when I went to the JDIFF programme rundown for season ticket holders way back in February Festival Director Grainne Humphreys mentioned this as one of the highlights. Alas I missed the film because I swapped my ticket and went to see VANISHING WAVES instead. This is a rather a sore point because well I left the screening, something I rarely do, and had to sit outside for ten minutes so as to calm down. This film of course went on to win the Critics Award at the festival. Really!?

Anyway I have again sidetracked – apparently JUMP can only be compare to GO? Remember that ’99 film by director Doug Liman with Sarah Polley and Katie Holmes that made you want to go out and dance? Seemed to be a lot of pre millinium films that did that to me…or maybe it was just my age. Actually no films still do that to me. TRANCE did that to me! SPRING BREAKERS did not. Check out the trailer below

And as a reminder here is the trailer to GO.


An Irish-Dutch co-production, MILO is the debut feature by filmmaker brothers Berend and Roel Boorsma. Ten-year-old Milo’s life is strictly controlled by his overbearing father. An attempt to break out brings him on an unexpected adventure of self-discovery…an attempted kidnapping, an unusual friendship with aging bandits (played by Jer O’Leary and Charlotte Bradley) and his mother’s (Laura Vasiliu) desperate search leads the family to confront the secret shame fostered by an obsession with public image.


Next posts will be on DOCUMENTARY FEATURES, more UPCOMING IRISH FILMS and ALTERNATIVE MOVIE NIGHT LISTINGS…in which order I have not yet decided. I might come up with something else in the meantime as well.



Again please note that I’ve not intentionally left any out. 

If you know of any others or wish to be included please message me via Facebook.

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