“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Speed Dating With Destiny: Tony Herbert Cocks A Snook
Corks! Not only did Speed Dating, which stars Hugh O’Conor (right), scoop the Best Feature at the Malibu International Film Festival earlier this month, it’s also yoinked the Audience Award at both the European Independent Film Festival in Paris AND the Indianapolis International Film Festival. And this “despite receiving some damning reviews at home,” sniffs Martina Nee at Galway First, going on to suggest that perhaps the Irish film critics are “just a bit too picky”. Mmm, stern stuff. And it’s true, Irish movie critics often demand adequate acting, a cohesive script, decent editing and direction that has, well, a direction. The greedy buggers, eh? The Crime Always Pays verdict? We thought it was a crock. But hey, what do we know? We’re not even from Indianapolis.