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Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

Never heard of this one. That’s why I love the way you guys write in about EVERYTHING. It’s real hard for us to go completely uninformed about a film for long.

Hi Harry,

Been an avid fan of the site since 97, first real review I’ve mailed to you is this one You see I’ve just returned from my local cinema in Dublin where I attended a pre-screening of Colin Farrell’s domestic project INTERMISSION. Shot on location in and around Dublin’s southern suburbs of Tallaght and Rathfarnham. Intermission is a study of a handful of Dublin locals from various social backgrounds and their direct and indirect involvement in love, crime, friendship, and comedy. It has an excellent ensemble cast from Farrell’s (Begbie esque) Lehiff, a petty thug who encapsulates perfectly the small time Dublin scumbag, decorated with the post Daredevil shaved head, signet rings and the worst wardrobe seen on screen since Alan Parker made The Commitments. The ever watchable Colm Meaney turning in a stellar performance as a slightly out of his mind psychotic Detective in the Dublin Gardai, then there’s Cillian Murphy from “28 Days later…” the misguided in love - heartbroken young bloke who recently broke up with Deirdre played by Trainspotting’s Kelly McDonald. In support Dublin’s Deidre O’Kane is excellent as a cheated on wife whose husband hooked up with McDonald’s character and there are many other noteworthy performances. The chemistry between the characters works and is aided greatly by the subtle but very human characterization supplied in the script.

Without going into spoiler territory there are moments of unexpected violence juxtaposed against moments of great comedy and a very insightful examination of human relationships plutonic and otherwise, in short it’s fresh and alive unlike so much docile dirt that America movie machines have supplied us with all summer… In short up there with TIGERLAND for performances from Farrell and the Best Irish Film since a gem from several years ago that had the ubiquitous and brilliant Brendan Gleeson called “I Went Down”

This is a true Irish film in every sense… Moreover this is a particularly Dublin film in its tone and feel, the editing and pacing work superbly through the various storylines to weave a web of coherency and bring the film together, but the real credit goes to the Production of Alan Moloney (Last of the High Kings), the quintessentially Dublin script from Mark O’Rowe and wonderful direction from theatre director John Crowley.

In having been selected in Toronto, Edinburgh and having won the Galway Film Festival this gem of an Irish Film deserves to be seen and appreciated by the masses.

Hope INTERMISSION makes it Stateside and if so make it your business to check it out…

If you post this call me


Thanks, Dubliner. I’ll definitely keep my eyes peeled for it, and it sounds like it’ll be worth the effort.

"Moriarty" out.

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  • Aug. 28, 2003, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Whats Colin Farrel doing in INTERMISSION? ..... Probably standin

    by TheGinger Twit

    first! ........ as of writing

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Have you ever seen....

    by 28daysearlier

    Colm Meaney be bad in anything...I haven't.

  • All about Adam I think it was called, with Kate Hudson and Stuart Townsend. That nearly put me off my own country for life - yeech. Here's hoping this one is more The Commitments and less Ballykissangel.

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 9:27 a.m. CST

    I Went Down

    by earthworm_

    Is piss funny, but as far as I know little known or watched. If you ever get the chance, take it. And apparently the director is a cousin of mine as well. If this is anything like as good it'll be well worth seeing.

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Colin Ferrel is an awful actor who needs to go back to Dublin

    by Lost Skeleton

    His only good role was a supporting one in Minority Report. This moron is NOT AN A-LIST STAR! He is no Russel Crowe. Why? because Russell can act and Colin is shit. S.W.A.T. is the worst movie I have ever seen in my life. The Recruit was shite and Phone Booth was only decent because it had Jack Baurer and Ghost Dog. Colin sucks!!!

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 10:22 a.m. CST

    who the hell made Colin Farrel a star?

    by Silver Shamrock

    I saw a commerical for Daredevil and couldn't believe they shaved his head... it only draws MORE ATTENTION to those big ugly bushy eyebrows. Gawd, they're so big they should have their own zip code!

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Irish AICNers unite

    by Erik_Richmond

    Looking forward to INTERMISSION, it's out in Dublin on friday, will be checking it out. The irish film industry is finally showing some progress. In that the characters in irish films are actually starting to be like REAL irish people. Also out soon is another irish pic GOLDFISH MEMORY a sort of bisexual romantic comedy, aparently. INTERMISSION is the first screenplay by irish playwright Mark O'Rowe, one of the best current irish writers around. He's a bit like a more poetic Irvine Welsh, his most famous work is called HOWIE THE ROOKIE, i think it toured NYC and Chicago a while back... Anywho any other regular AICNers from Ireland about today? What's your favourite IRISH movies? I think the commitments, saltwater, i went down, the general, dead bodies and guiltrip. Have any of you american's even HEARD of those movies? Probably not. Irish movies never travel well, too quaint and dialect too hard to understand?! What's that about? Do you guys have any idea how hard it is to deciever the southern drawl or noo yawk twang? RANT ENDS HERE......

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Well I'm not actually Irish...

    by earthworm_

    ... but I'd like to add that the General is IMO the best ot your list. Far better than the Kevin Spacey version. And I'm actually related to the cinematographer, not the director, but thats still cool.

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Irish Films.

    by fimano

    I'm a Dubliner, actually, a Northsider who moved over here to America because back in 1994 the Irish Film Industry was practically non-existent. Like so many Irish actors and filmmakers I had to move abroad in order to try and further my career. I've been making films since I was 12 and my latest film will be premiering at the Magnolia Theatre in Dallas on Saturday, the 27th of September. If any of you are in the Dallas area that night drop by the cinema to see an Irish filmmaker who's made his second feature film in America. The web site for the Magnolia Theatre is In regards to my favourite Irish film, I have to say I really loved THE SNAPPER and INTO THE WEST. I also liked THE COMMITMENTS, THE VAN, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER (Some might argue that's an English film but to each his own) and I WENT DOWN. I'm sure there are more but for the life of me I can't remember them all. I know VERONICA GUERIN opens here soon but a few years back Patrick Bergin was in the first film version about VG. I forget the name of it. Colin Farrell is a good actor who got over-exposed too quickly. He's made some decent films and some not-too decent films but all actors/filmmakers do that. Nobody has a perfect track record. Call me.....FIMANO!

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Irish Films.

    by fimano

    By the way, check out my web site at

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 3:18 p.m. CST

    other decent flicks

    by expat_starfish

    Guiltrip was indeed great, and Nora was another (part-) irish recent gem. About Adam was original enough for an irish film (no gangsters, ridiculous boozing, or unhinged cursing?!?) but definitely a bit on the cheesy side.

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Kiss My Irish Ass

    by Stormin

    Ah yes, tis a grand auld talkback.

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 10:47 p.m. CST

    The Colin Farrell movie-of-the-month club.

    by Osmosis Jones

    Edging out former member Robert De Niro...

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Intermission has secured a US release deal

    by triffin

    According to a panel at the Edinburgh Film Festival following the movie. Will be on general release in the UK from November. Cracking little film. Laughed my ass off.

  • Aug. 29, 2003, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Irish films

    by irish_andy

    I liked Dead Bodies... nice guerilla marketing for it too, with crime-scene type markings painted on a few streets. There was a one around the same time called The Actors; I didn't get to see it but it looked very cliched.

  • Aug. 29, 2003, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Bleedin Northsiders!!

    by PaddyIrishman

    Only kidding. Have heard brilliant reviews about this film and am going to see it tonight. Hopefully with this and other films being filmed in Ireland (King Arthur) it can only help the Irish film business. Also, been hearing news that there's a major special effects company looking to set up over here. Good news all round!

  • Aug. 29, 2003, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Thank you Gingertwit

    by numberface

    both first and true. Farrel stinx.

  • Aug. 29, 2003, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Force-fed Farrel

    by mwhelan67

    In the last 2 year's he's been in nine films! I can't stand him anymore!

  • Aug. 31, 2003, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by SIR-SLEDGE450

    Had to disagree with these anti-farrell (ferrell,farrell who in the mutherfuck started this up? its NOT FUNNY!!!). Up 2 last week i believed that, like many still do, that farrell was a breath of fresh air, a talented actor who was unafraid to be outspoken.That was until last week.When i dozyed down the road after finishing work. On the way to the bus stop, i have to pass a rather piss poor blockbuster video store. And what lay b4 me i hear u ask? the 3 films being advertised all starred, yes, u guessed it, COLIN "FUCKIN'" FARRELLL!!!!!!!!!!!! ARRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!! Fuck THE RECRUIT, fuck DAREDEVIL and Fuck PHONE BOOTH!!!!!!! Im sick off him.... AND THE UK STILL HAS S.W.A.T to come!!!!!!!!!! And now this?!?!?!?!?! AAAAARRGGGGGHHHHHH! AND ALEXANDER!!!!!!! AND.........

  • Aug. 31, 2003, 9:15 p.m. CST


    by mwhelan67

    yep, marking the end of movies.