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College Tribune | September 16 2008

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Pint Sized Cold Case Plot: Jar City is an Icelandic police thriller that begins when an elderly man is found murdered in his flat. It is then we are introduced to Inspector Erlendur whose team discovers that a few decades ago the victim was tied to a series of rapes and deaths. When he begins to reopen these long-forgotten gruesome cases, he discovers disturbing links that involve the hereditary bloodline of more than one family. The grisly portrayal of Iceland is bleak and colourless and will certainly do nothing for the tourist board. However, the stark foggy landscape sets the tone of

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the film due to its unnerving and majorly unhappy atmosphere. Verdict: In short, this is a hugely alluring but thoroughly sinister thriller which refuses to spoon feed its sometimes overly complicated plot, to the audience. Nevertheless, the film’s unpredictable twists, shock tactics, highly developed characters but mostly, its grim humour make it very enjoyable and most definitely worth the watch. Cathy Buckmaster

Rumble in the jungle Plot: A huge budget, and a range of astronomical stars- put those two favourable factors together and aim to produce a film. This is the plot of Tropic Thunder, a movie about the woes of film production. Playing the militarily ignorant action hero is Stiller, while Downey plays the troubled multi-award winner. Black performs as the comedic actor who is just too coked up to have said anything witty. When the author (Nick Nolte) of the book upon which this film is based, tells the director (Alan Partridge) that the pampered stars

tropic thunder hhhhh have to “be dropped in the shit”, Ben Stiller and company must head off to the jungle and dump their mobile phones. Hilarious moments ensue. Verdict: Tropic Thunder is Ben Stiller’s latest film as director so we get something of the nature and calibre of Zoolander.  Unlike many of the slapstick films out there, we get a range of stars rather than impersonators, originality rather than mimicry and more importantly we get a storyline. If you liked Ben Stiller’s other films, you’ll almost certainly like this too. Pierce Farrell

Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Neil Delamere chats to Cathy Buckmaster about The Panel, new found fame and dealing with hecklers. With festival performances from across five different continents under his belt, Neil Delamere is becoming a prominent comedian around the world let alone just in Ireland. He is quieter and seemingly much more timid in comparison to the exuberant comedic character seen performing on stage; however although he is always polite, there is a sense of a mischief about him with a cheeky joke never too far from the surface. Having recently returned from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Delamere advises anyone to go, saying profoundly “It will blow your mind.” Something which immediately identifies him to his on-stage character is the distinctive Offaly twang brought about by the extended vowels which are ever prevalent and by his habit of ending most sentences with; “y’knoow.” As for ideas for his stand-up, he keeps an open mind. “I get inspiration from everyday life, from my family and from that moment just before you go to sleep when all the things you never thought of rush through your mind. They are the times when all the best stuff comes from.” Delamere has performed in various different locations from South Africa to Montreal. However, he has an undeniable attachment to Ireland. “My favourite thing is that its home but also there’s a sense of feckin mischief and devilment in this country that doesn’t exist anywhere else.

When I look at Irish people I think the national anthem could be ‘fuck it, we’ll give it a go.’” When dealing with hecklers, Delamere has a no-nonsense policy. “I usually have a cattle prod. Tazors and mace are massively effective but generally we’re not allowed to use them; it depends on what they’re saying. However, not every heckler is negative.” “But if someone is genuinely negative and trying to disrupt the gig, then you’re allowed to do whatever you

“I have no plans to follow in Brian Cowen’s big ambling footsteps. I have to say, I think one overlord from Offaly is enough” want. Depending on what they say, I’d try to assess the situation and be as nasty as possible,” he says enthusiastically. Delamere is a panellist on the comedic news chat show, The Panel. “The Panel’s great fun, it’s the closest thing you can do on television to live stand-up because it has an audience and there’s an immediate response so you can tell if something is working” “However, it’s the opposite of

stand-up as well because it has a collaborative feel to it where we make each other laugh. I never know what they’re going to say and they don’t know what I’m going to say and that’s great craic. It’s as close to being down the pub as possible.” Over the years, they’ve had many different guests but Delamere has no doubts as to who his favourite was. “I really liked James Cromwell, the actor who was the farmer from Babe. He’s probably the biggest star we’ve had and he was the most gracious. He’s also six foot seven so we were all standing on chairs to get our picture taken with him.” Even as he actively discusses political issues every week on air, Delamere has no desire to enter the field no matter how far other Offaly natives have gone. “I have no plans to follow in Brian Cowen’s big ambling footsteps. I have to say, I think one overlord from Offaly is enough.” With all the TV work and perpetual gigging, Delamere’s face has become very recognisable, but how does he find his new found fame? “I haven’t got any really good free shit, that’s what I want, but no, nothing that interesting.” “Really, I don’t see that much of it but people are generally very nice. If they like what you do they say it to you, and if they don’t particularly like what you do they wont go out of their way to be rude.”

film retrospective

Bite the biscuit

Fascist folly Plot: Dennis Gansel’s The Wave could easily be criticised for its over-reaching plot. However, the novel of the same name, from which the film was adapted, was inspired by a true story which took place in California. Seemingly laid-back, high school teacher Rainer Wegner (Jürgen Vogel) begins teaching a class on autocracy. His students are unconcerned by the subject, shouting that people had evolved and a dictatorship could never happen again. Stunned by their naivety, Wegner organizes a social experiment where they elect a leader, wear a uniform and devise a salute. Before long, the Fascist project takes on a disturbing life of its own.

the Wave (die welle) hhhhh Verdict: The Wave delves deep into the psychological by portraying the character’s lives and personalities, highlighting how each is affected or seduced by the Fascist regime- such as the need to fit in and to have power over others. It is an insightful gripping thriller full of stark realism bound to keep you thinking long after the credits. Cathy Buckmaster

Ginger Snaps is in essence a werewolf film released in 2000 and directed by John Fawcett, however to label it as just that would be playing down its many differences. From the description, it could be assumed this dark tragicomedy would be stereotypical of the ‘90s teen horrors epitomised in Scream or Buffy. However, it is one of the freshest horrors you will see thanks to a witty script as well as the admirable portrayal of teenage life. Unlike the 25 year old beauties in most teen thrillers, the protagonists in Ginger Snaps actually look like teenagers, imperfections included. It is subtly humorous but always eerily serious in tone. An amusing yet interesting suggestion throughout is that becoming a woman is similar, at least psychologically, to becoming a werewolf. The film focuses on two sisters, sixteen year old Ginger and fifteen year old Brigitte who share an obsession

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with death. The suburban goth girls are more interested in staging and photographing different deaths, including decapitations and lawnmowersplattered bodies then partaking in cheerleading. Both hate the idea of growing up and

compare it with dumbing down so Ginger isn’t too happy about the onset of her puberty. Their hilariously unsuspicious, yet obsessively over-protective mother also offers some comic relief. On the night of a full moon, Ginger is attacked in the woods by a wild animal. Within a few days, some serious changes happen to her such as her increasing malice and obsession for meat. Ginger tries to fob the changes off as consequences of puberty but her sister Brigitte, seeing the horrific symptoms, suspects the worst and tries to find a cure before the next full moon. Due to a compelling character driven plot, it can be almost certainly classed in the top five werewolf films of all time. Cathy Buckmaster

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