Dylan Moran not only brought himself and his stand-up but a series of drawings he did and that were a quite literal backdrop to his performance. A performance that was funny and entertaining and great and maybe not quite as bitter as the usual Moran shows. Maybe.
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Writer: John Michael McDonagh
Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankolé, Marie-Josée Croze, M. Emmet Walsh, Domhnall Gleeson, Orla O’Rourke
Part of: Viennale
[Review by cornholio.]
In the confession stand, Father James (Brendan Gleeson) hears from one of his parish that they were abused by another priest as a child and that they decided to kill Father James for it on Sunday. To kill an innocent to make more of a dent. So James has a week to put his things in order and try to figure out who confessed and see if he can’t convince him otherwise.
Calvary was hard to take, but in the best way. It was thoughtful, smart and opinionated; and had an absolutely stellar cast.
Patrick Lamb only did 15 minutes or so, but they were really enjoyable 15 minutes. Apparently he’s new to this whole stand-up thing – not that you could tell from his act. I actually wanted to check out his full program, let’s still if I can still get around to that. (TIME! WHERE DOES IT GO?!)
Dylan Moran himself was great, though I didn’t feel that he had the best of nights. But even so, it was still an amazing evening.
Shaun of the Dead
Director: Edgar Wright
Writer: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Penelope Wilton, Peter Serafinowicz, Rafe Spall, Bill Nighy, Jessica Hynes, Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig, Matt Lucas, Chris Martin, Rob Brydon, Joe Cornish, Mark Gatiss, Michael Smiley, David Walliams, Julia Deakin, Reece Shearsmith
Part of: The Cornetto Trilogy
Shaun (Simon Pegg) spends his life between his dead-end job, his best friend Ed (Nick Frost) and his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield). Liz is frustrated with his complacency. But things get severely shaken up when there’s a zombie outbreak. As soon as Shaun realizes, he tries everything to save the ones he loves.
Shaun of the Dead is not only one of the best zombie movies I’ve ever seen, it’s just one of the best movies ever, period. And this re-watch proved it to me again.