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frenchfoodiemovieclub
Fabulous food blogger and savvy business woman, Ketty, of French Foodie in Dublin [FFID] brings us a new night out with a twist, the Foodie Movie Club. The idea is that each month she chooses a different food themed movie screened in the private cinema in Brooks Hotel. I attended her last screening of Julie & Julia which proved so popular, I think she had to put on four separate screenings. It is the movie that inspired me to start blogging. You can read my review of the movie here. I also love Meryl Streep’s performance as Julia Child, an over-the-top, eccentric and exuberant chef and author of the best-selling cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

After popcorn and the movie, we headed en masse [well there were around 20 or more of us] around the corner to French restaurant, La Maison, on Castle Market. Through it’s red curtains and up the stairs to a private dining room where we dined on steaming pots of the most delicious French classic Boeuf Bourguignon. I had come on my own but quickly made friends with a fellow blogger, the lovely Marta of Cook It, Eat It, Love It. She has recently relocated to Dublin from Galway. The movie was a real talking point as was the luscious Boeuf Bourguignon complete with puff pastry surround which we demolished. Everyone was friendly and welcoming and I ended up staying way longer than I thought I would as I was enjoying myself. We happily ate and talked and laughed. I had to tear myself away reluctantly as I had work in the morning.

As Ketty says “It’s more than just watching a film, it’s about meeting people, enjoying food and building a community of those with a shared love of food and film.” Judging from the success of the night I went, it’s a concept that clearly works. I would heartily recommend it as a fun night out and going alone ensures you make some new friends.

This month FFID has selected the movie Ratatouille, the story of a little rat who dreams of becoming a French chef in Paris. The movie will be followed by an authentic ratatouille dish in French restaurant La Maison. There are two screenings on the 23rd and 28th of April – check out her website www.frenchfoodieindublin.com for further details and to make a booking.


Of course when you think Bollywood, Dublin immediately springs to mind, does it not? Nevertheless, the first Bollywood film ever to be shot in Ireland hits the big screen next month. Due for release on 15th August, in the meantime check out this preview from the film showing locations around Dublin like Trinity College, Temple Bar and Grafton Street and the Garda Siochana as you’ve never seen them before. Ek the Tiger tells the story of a man sent to Dublin on a top secret mission but who falls for a woman studying at a fictional dance academy at Trinity College. Starring two of India’s most celebrated actors, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, the film, which means “once there was a tiger”, was shot at various locations in the capital last Autumn.


A Shot in the Dark by Nathan Pickett
What a sweet couple and isn’t black and white so romantic! A beautiful short movie with The Vampire Weekend’s Taxi Cab as the soundtrack.

“I gave her my heart and she gave me a pencil”
Some films just make your heart glow and some scenes just stick with you. I love this film. You gotta love the 80s.

What’s your favourite scene from a movie?

Hop Two Three

Sue Bourne’s film JIG captures the drama and diamantes of thousands of dancers descending on Glasgow for the 40th World Irish Dancing Championship, held in March 2010 in Glasgow. This feature length documentary was given access for the very first time to the little known world of competitive Irish Dancing. Thousands of dancers, their families and teachers from around the globe descend upon Glasgow for one drama filled week. Clad in wigs, make up, fake tan, diamantes and dresses costing thousands of pounds where they compete for the coveted world titles.

Wonderful characters of all ages, JIG discovers a world of dedication, hard work, obsession, passion. Success and failure. And astonishing talents pushed to their limits in the quest for perfection.


Attended the Sex and the City 2 preview on Friday thanks to News of the World’s Fabulous Magazine in Movies@Swords VIP area. We were treated to a champagne reception and chocolates from Lily O’Brien before the movie. What a lovely way to kickstart a weekend. Caroline Morahan was there to kick off proceedings and inform us that yellow is the new in colour for shoes this summer. She had already seen the movie the night before and informed us we were in for a treat. Have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the movie despite the myriad of bad press reviews – yes it was a tad long and yes there wasn’t much of a story and yes the girls are all caricatures – with questioning Carrie, prissy Charlotte, sex-mad Samantha and workaholic Miranda. Only Carrie gets to have more than one-dimension but only just but then again isn’t that what we love about Sex and the City – the tight-knit friendship, the decadence, the fashion, the men!

It is set two years after the last movie ended with each of the girls struggling to cope with their individual crisis – Carrie worried her marriage is getting boring, Charlotte struggling with motherhood, Miranda having a hard time being a women in a man’s world in the workplace and Samantha trying to keep menopause at bay – while remaining fast friends. It was two and a half hours of silliness and escapism and fun and fashion – after all we get to attend the gayest wedding ever with swans and Liza Minnelli, fly off to Abu Dhabi and experience the luxury of first class all the way and see Aidan and Smith Jerrod again. Yes it does struggle with a plausible story-line and has less depth than a fishing tank and yes it plays up to all the tricks featuring eye candy and high-end fashion and look out for the Oirish nanny with the dodgiest Irish accent *cringe* but it has more one-liners than the first movie and comes out more farcicial but after all with all this talk of recession and economic downturn we all need a laugh and a little escapism and this is where Sex and the City 2 shines in all its blingtastic glory. Yes it won’t be winning any oscars or critic awards but for women it is pure gold.


NBCRI HOST SEX AND THE CITY 2 MOVIE PREMIERE
Step out in your Manolo’s in support of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute

Join Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda as they take another bite out of the Big Apple in the sequel to the 2008 summer blockbuster. That’s it the wait is over… Sex and the City 2, the highly anticipated summer movie, will be coming to a screen near you this summer but you can be one of the first to see it at a very special premiere that is taking place in Dublin in aid of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI). NBCRI, in association with MSB Events, will host a glamorous charity premiere screening of the movie in the Savoy Cinema on Friday 28th May and Saturday 29th May to coincide with the international launch Sex and the City 2.

The charity premiere screening will start in the Gresham Hotel on Dublin’s O’Connell Street at 6:45pm, where, upon arrival, guests will be welcomed with canapés and delicious SATC signature Cosmopolitans cocktails on arrival. After enjoying some Cosmopolitans, all guests will be escorted to the Savoy cinema for the movie screening, where everyone will receive a Sex and the City goodie bag. A night out with the girls awaits so get ready to immerse yourself once again in the wonderful world that is Sex and the City.

To get into the spirit of the night, NBCRI are encouraging ladies to come dressed in ‘Pink’ or as one of their favourite characters from the movie to be in with a chance to win any number of great prizes on the night. And the party won’t end after the movie screening… NBCRI will host an exclusive after party in Krystle Nightclub for all those attending. At Kyrstle, all guests will be treated to complimentary entry and more cocktails on arrival at the venue.

Tickets cost €35 per person and are on sale now at


Not especially a fan of Tim Burton and I must be the only person who found Charlie and the Chocolate Factory disturbing [the first version so couldn’t possibly bring myself to watch the remake] but in anyways dying to see the new Alice in Wonderland – it looks quirky [no one does quirky better than Burton] and love Johnny Depp’s characterisation of the Mad Hatter [no one does character better than Depp]. Also think the magical world of Wonderland is captured to perfection. As well as the Mad Hatter, I especially love the Red Queen and the Chesire Cat.

Check out the trailer over on YouTube.

Speaking of Alice, you know when you come across something that you wish you’d written cause it’s so good, well check this out:
Liminality: Alive in Wonderland

“I love a warm pig belly for my aching feet”


Groundhog Day is an annual holiday celebrated on February 2. It is held in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day fails to see its shadow, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will soon end. If on the other hand, the groundhog sees its shadow, the groundhog will supposedly retreat into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks – oh dear!

Ever wanted to live a day over and over and over again and if you’re looking to celebrate Groundhog day well here’s the thing for you:
The First Culch.ie Screening of Groudhog Day on……Groundhog Day.
Venue: The Sugar Club on Lower Leeson Street
Time: Doors will open at 6.30pm
There will be a bit of fun, some spot prizes, some drinks and then a viewing of Bill Murray’s classic comedy “Groundhog Day”.

Places are very limited, so if you would like to join, all you have to do is leave a comment on the Culch.ie website and they will email you if there is space.

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