Non-vin­tage year fizzed up by

The loyal Ir­ish cin­ema-go­ing pub­lic de­serves bet­ter,

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Film -

I Am Love.


NOT A vin­tage year by any means, 2010 un­folded al­most pre­cisely as our Hollywood over­lords dic­tated. Al­most. Re­li­able tent-pole re­leases – Sex and the City 2, Iron Man 2 – failed to cap­i­talise on pre­vi­ous suc­cesses; the 3D boom peaked then tipped to­ward in­evitable de­cline; Avatar’s pre­ma­ture reis­sue prompted an em­bar­rassed shuf­fling of feet among the kids who jumped the band­wagon six months ear­lier.

It hardly mat­tered: movie-go­ing re­mains a growth sec­tor. Box of­fice tak­ings in the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land con­tinue to re­sem­ble the kind of an­nual trac­tor pro­duc­tion fig­ures an ap­pa­ratchik might once have handed to Josef Stalin.

We loved the New Wave of Ir­ish Mis­er­ab­lism: take a bow Ivan Ka­vanagh and

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