Author Ronan Doyle

Ronan Doyle is an Irish undergraduate film student and freelance critic, whose work has appeared on Indiewire, FilmLinc, Film Ireland, FRED Film Radio, and otherwhere. When not watching movies, reading about movies, writing about movies, or thinking about movies, he can be found talking about movies on Twitter. He is fuelled by tea and has heard of sleep, but finds the idea frightfully silly.

Film Festival candlestick_2

So says George Orwell in his 1946 essay “Decline of the English Murder”, a text invoked by IndieCork programmer Mick Hannigan as he introduced Christopher Presswell’s Candlestick, a film very much intent on constituting a resurrection. Not so much…

Film Festival indiecork_1_2

It seems apt to introduce a festival which predicates itself on an independent vision with a movie like Europe in 8 Bits, Javier Polo’s enjoyably energetic documentary on the emergence of “chip music”, an eccentric electronic style born of the 8-bit sound systems of…


The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears could be a trainwreck of a film and still maintain pride of place in the giallo canon solely for that stupendous title. Right on par with, perhaps even above, the likes of The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, this is a name that grabs the attention and pins it to the wall like a burly bar patron whose drink’s

Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2013 lifeofcrime

When, halfway through the opening night screening of Life of Crime at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, a good portion of the audience led by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan himself walked out in reaction to a bare-breasted sex scene, they might just as easily have departed in protest of the film itself. Daniel Schechter’s adaptation of the late Elmore Leonard’s …

Reviews calvary_2014_1

Genre has never lent itself terribly well to Irish cinema: the folklore is too fairy-filled for horror; the war never hit hard enough for noir; the absence of guns makes almost absurd the idea of action. To have made of Calvary a full-fledged western, then, is quite …

Reviews oh_boy_2013_1

As if itself inviting the assured Allen comparisons that equally abounded in considerations of its close cousin Frances Ha, A Coffee in Berlin concludes with a montage of city sights that’s straight out of Manhattan. But it’s not only to acknowledge…

Reviews anna_2014_1

When the memory-detective protagonist of Anna informs his eponymous charge, the sixteen year-old daughter of a wealthy family who’s suddenly refused to eat, that the movie’s chief technological conceit “doesn’t work like that”, it’s telling that he never offers an…

Reviews ill_follow_you_down_2013_1

Gillian Anderson deserves an Oscar for the restraint she shows in not turning to the camera and winking into the lens as she tells her on-screen husband in I’ll Follow You Down to call her when he lands. As she and their son fade into a soft-focus…

Reviews rigor_mortis_2013_1

“We will use crow’s blood instead of chicken blood” is one of the less weird lines casually uttered in the course of Rigor Mortis, a movie as mad as any we’re likely to see this year. There is a suicide scene that becomes a mental montage of otherworldly imagery; there is…

Reviews trust_me_2013_1

His hand extended out enticingly from the Trust Me poster, no matter the battered state of his face, few could fault you for obliging Clark Gregg. He’s one of those affable independent filmmakers who’s smartly taken the MCU blockbuster bosom as a springboard; here…

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