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New Podcast! Scannain Podcast (2019) #2!

It’s time for the latest Scannain podcast!

This week, I join Ronan Doyle and Jay Coyle to discuss the week in film news. But first, we talk about the films that we’ve watched this week, and what a bumper selection that runs the gamut from Wim Wenders’ Trick of the Light to films like Gotti and United Passions. There’s also an extended chat about the impact and legacy of Cloud Atlas, and the work of the Wachowski Sisters in general.

It’s also a bumper week for film news, with the looming Oscar nominations, the Screen Ireland 2019 production slate, the American release of Maze, the South by Southwest premiere of Extra Ordinary, the announcement of Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters sequel, and the Dublin International Film Festival Fantastic Flix lineup.

The top ten:

  1. Creed II
  2. Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet
  3. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  4. Bohemian Rhapsody
  5. Aquaman
  6. Bumblebee
  7. The Upside
  8. The Favourite
  9. Stan and Ollie
  10. Mary Poppins Returns

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You can download the episode here, or listen to it below.

Non-Review Review: Ghostbusters (2016)

It is very strange to think of Ghostbusters as a film.

For the past year or so, the word has existed as part of a storm ravaging the pop cultural landscape. It became the source of heightened controversy, its own front in the pop culture wars that had already consumed video gaming and the Hugos. To venture an opinion on the film was to wade into that storm, to chase the tornado and to find your opinion subject to all manner of criticism and second-guessing. If you were interested in the film, you were a raving feminist crushing the hopes and dreams of a generation. If you were sceptical, you were a misogynist.

Rocked and loaded.

Rocked and loaded.

With that in mind, it is strange to think of Ghostbusters as actually existing as a film that can actually be watched in a cinema. The film has been the source of so much discussion and debate – so much thought and energy – that it somehow feels “bigger” than two-hour long supernatural action comedy directed by Paul Feig and starring a great cast. Trying to separate the film from that larger discussion feels like a Herculean task of itself, one compounded by the fact that it is neither terrible nor brilliant.

Being sensational or being awful would make the matter a bit easier, because it would tie neatly into one of the two narratives swirling around the film’s production. Instead, it is merely very good. It is an enjoyable supernatural action comedy with a great cast that is always fun to watch, even if it isn’t perfect. In the end, it is just a film. A very good, very enjoyable, slightly flawed film.

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A Jameson Cult Film Club screening of biblical proportions… GHOSTBUSTERS returns to the big screen for two nights only, November 4th and 5th…

‘Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light’ – this is what will happen to those who miss out on the double Jameson Cult Film Club screening of the iconic supernatural comedy, Ghostbusters. The double screening is taking place in a secret venue in Dublin on Wednesday November 4th and Thursday November 5th, rumoured to have its own paranormal activity.

So far, Jameson Cult Film Club have screened Friday the 13th Part Two in an abandoned camp site, Silence of the Lambs in a psychiatric hospital and Predator in a dense rainforest. They even engineered an exploding shark in the murky confines of a closed theatre space for the recent JAWS screening. Now, they’re giving Ghostbusters the same Jameson Cult Film Club treatment.

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These free events are much more than just your typical screening, as characters from the movie, live theatre and special effects timed perfectly with on-screen action help to create an electric atmosphere throughout the screening. Expect to see Venkman, Spengler and Stantz batting ghouls along with an appearance by the film’s real stars ‘Slimer’ and Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man.

So are you are troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Or experience feelings of dread and despair in regular cinemas or tv rooms? Do you or any of your mates want to be part of a crack team of supernatural elimination agents? If the answer is yes…then don’t wait another minute, grab your jumpsuit, proton pack and log onto jamesonclubfilmclub.ie to be part of the action.


DJ Aidan Kelly will be taking to the decks with sounds from the movie before and after the screening while guests are treated to ‘Slimer’ burgers and refreshing Jameson, Ginger and Lime long drinks.