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February 2012 (Jameson Dublin International Film Festival) In Review

Well, it’s been a fun month. I’ve been blogging from Dublin’s annual movie festival, the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, which ran for the eleven days leading up to the Oscars. I saw twenty-five films in the festival, two films outside it, and took part in two of the special movie-related events. It was quite a month of high-intensity movie-going experiences, and I think that the entire group responsible for organising the festival deserve considerable credit for pulling off. I thought it might be handy to centralise all my reviews and articles relating to the festival in one place, just for ease of reference. Some of these might be opening near you soon, some may get more limited releases, and some are already out, but these are the films I saw as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2012.

While I’m not usually a fan of assigning a star-rating to films, for many reasons. However, I typically make an exception for the festival. They ask audience members to vote on a scale of 1 to 4 for a film, so I share my votes here. Still, there’s something you should note about the rankings. The first is that I have buyer’s remorse about a couple of them. I would probably, to be honest, downgrade Fort McCoy from two stars to a single star. I would also possibly upgrade Monsieur Lahzar up to four stars from three.Still, the ratings below are the ratings I gave them immediately after the screening. Perhaps time will change my opinion, but we’ll have to wait and see.

It’s also worth noting that there’s no handy “average” grade, like one would see on a five-point scale. Since I can’t grade “zero”, the worst films get 1. That means 2 goes to the films that are seriously flawed, with a redeeming feature or several. Since 4 is pretty close to cinematic perfection, and probably going to be considered for my annual “best of” list, that means that 3 ends up covering everything from “perfectly okay” to “very, very, very good, really.” I’ve tried to rank them below in rough order of preference from best to worst.

I also had the pleasure to attend some events that weren’t just film screenings:

Both were spectacular events.

I haven’t yet finalised all my reviews, but I’ll have them up by the end of the week. So there are one or two items that don’t have links yet. I will add them in as I finalise my reviews and publish them. There is also a review of a certain film that has been delayed at the request of the distributor. I’ll add that back in once the embargo has cleared. Once again, I’d like to thank all involved for what was a wonderful celebration of Irish and international cinema, and I’m already looking forward to 2013. Although, in the meantime, I will settle for some sleep.

Anyway, without any further ado, here are the reviews and rankings:

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