VOX POPS: Fast Food Nation, Small Engine Repair, Mine Your Own Business, The Lives of Others, Once
Below are vox pops for Dubliniff.com, they are the views of cinema audiences recorded directly after showing of the films at the 5th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival…
Vox Pop: Fast Food Nation
Unpublished (reasons unknown) | Sent: Feb 23, 2007
Fast Food Nation is a dramatised film adapted from a non-fiction book. It tells the stories of new immigrants to the US, a student who has to work in a fast food outlet, and a food industry with no morals, and it shows the sights of the harsh desert boarder crossing, mall ridden suburbia, and the raw sight of a slaughter house killing floor. Here’s what the audience we talked to had to say…
“I thought it was very good. I read the book and just found impressive how they pulled the story out of the book”
Andrew, from Dublin
“I had read a few reviews before hand and was kind of interested to see it, but it didn’t really bring a whole of new things to it, it had been done in Super Size Me and the corporate character was brought to much of a more extreme in Thank You for Smoking. I think it is just a bit late the ideas that have already been explored… it didn’t feel very surprising… I think a lot of people will be shocked by the kill floor… it’s all too easy to believe that that doesn’t happen… Good film, nicely made, great cast, but it’s just a little bit late… and I really hate that guy Fez from That 70s Show…”
Alan, from Dublin
“It was interesting but it didn’t really resolve any issues, leaves a lot of things kind of to debate of discuss… it would encourage me to read the book to get more background. [The film] was taught provoking didn’t resolve anything”.
Johanna, from Dublin
“I was expecting more like Michael Moore. But it was something in between a documentary and a dramatisation, but was neither flesh or fish”.
Tony, from Dublin
“Great yeah, it was good… I like all aspects of the movie I thought it was interesting on so many different levels… I hadn’t read the book so I had a very vague idea about what it was about, I suppose I went in with very little expatiations, but was pleased with what I saw”
Mark, from Dublin
Vox Pop: Small Engine Repair
Dubliniff.com, February 22, 2007 | As Published
Set in a fictional wooded area of Northern Ireland, Small Engine Repair could be set anywhere. There are few signs of Ireland, but the noticeable Irish sights that are in the film aren’t hidden. This intimate film is focused on male characters and interaction. After the screening we asked the viewers what they thought…
“It was good despite one of two apparent plot holes… I couldn’t stand the way where the song was on the radio was always the song they played after they given in their demo, something like that just snapped me out of it. But it was nice, it was warm. It was interesting to see it staying with a setting that was either American or Irish and just placed the film in it’s own world and own context which was nice. Sometimes Irish films are very restricted to being Irish films.”
-Michael, from Dublin
“It was brilliant…we thought it was really brilliant, fantasist acting and a nice simple sort of structure which worked… and very unusually it dealt with male emotions, you never see men showing their emotions in movies, very very rarely and if they are they’re gay. And here they weren’t, and it’s just lovely and the director let those moment sit… it started slowly and built into something really powerful.
-Hillary and Paul, from Dublin
“I thought it was really good and different, and it was a very kind of male atmospheric film”
-Corinne, from Dublin
“I thought it was great, pretty good… it had great restraint, it was really nicely directed, nicely acted… it was an unusually movie, I liked the kind of Americana feel, the way it. I liked the setting, it still felt very Irish but original”.
-Ian, from Dublin
“I really liked the characters a lot; they were convincing and sincere, quite unusual for an Irish film. I really liked the pace of the film it felt very real”
-Naomi, from Dublin
“The music was fantastic, it was shot very nicely. Really interesting characters and kind of male characters you don’t often see in the cinema… it term of how it was shot, there was a very interesting view of Ireland in it, landscape wise in terms of what’s shown, it’s very different then the traditional view you see”.
-Oisin, from Dubli
Vox Pop: Mine Your Own Business
Dubliniff.com, February 19, 2007 | As Published
Mine Your Own Business sets out to attack environmentalists; there was a Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening, and the people we talked to after this echoed most of the voices in the Q&A…
“I thought it was very good, but like some of the audience said [at the Q&A after the screening] it maybe needed more balance, but it defiantly raised issues that seriously needed to be addressed”.
- Neave, from Wexford
“The environmentalists should talk about the children and the people… because we are apart of the environment… I think the film was too short to have balance. There should have been be a bit more from the other side”
- Ventzi, from Bulgaria
“It was a very good topic, but I would agree what people had side that it was polarised”
- Paul, from Galway
“I think it was good… I think it was a bit black and white”.
- Margarita, from Poland
Vox Pop: The Lives of Others
Dubliniff.com, February 19, 2007 | As Published
Cian Ginty was sent on a mission to review a film on the Stazi, the former East German secret police. ‘The Lives of Others’ heavily features the Stazi taking notes and recording everything their subjects said. As a side mission this writer was directed to ask people for comments, take notes, and record everything the audience said…
“There wasn’t enough character building in it, the woman’s character wasn’t drawn out properly. There wasn’t really any sexual tension between the too of them… there was too much of a political message. I thought this was going to be my favoured film of the festival but I’m a bit disappointed”.
- Marie, from Dublin
“It was great I think… special with us coming from the (former) east block”…“The characters were great, the humor was great, and the storyline was great. It wasn’t over exaggerated.”
- Pavel from Poland, and Margaret from Hungary
“I really enjoyed it, it was very good… I just liked the plot, the storyline. I thought the acting was very good, I just really enjoyed it.
- Paul, from Dublin
“I just liked the creepy nature of it… I noticed it got a bit of a slating in The Irish Times because the hero is a Stazi man (the East German secret police), I didn’t think it was particular pro-Stazi”
- David, from Dublin
“It was an extraordinary film, to find out how the system worked in practice. To find out how they did it, it was most prettifying and a good thing. I’m totally shocked how they do that for some many years and for what the people had to go through for forty years. From one system – like the Nazi system – to the next fascist system. That the 200,000 men, and informers, are stilling running around freely, and are probably still convinced of what they were doing is probably the most horrifying aspect of the whole thing”.
- Name Withheld, Germany
Vox Pop: Once
Dubliniff.com, February 20, 2007 | As Published
The Sundance winning ‘Once’ starts out with well-known sight of a busker, in this case lead actor Glen Hansard, on Dublin’s Grafton Street. With a light mix of romance and comedy, and with a gritty view of Dublin, everybody we talked to loved the film…
“It was very good, the songs were amazing, especially the girl… He kind of explained before hand it was a modern musical, but it didn’t feel they were really trying to push the songs, it was fairly natural”.
Bob, from Dublin
“The fact that it was low-key, shot on small cameras, and was low budget any yet they were able to come out with such a good quality film at the end of it, it was very good… Even some of the smaller scenes still kept your interest, the video with him and his girl friend still kept you going”.
Gary, from Dublin
“It was really great… it was very good… beautifully filmed… the music was amazing… yes the music was amazing, the music made it really, and the fact it was shot in Dublin, and it was great to see familiar places”
Emma and Beth, from Dublin
“The soundtrack was brilliant; the acting was surprisingly on the ball. I just really enjoyed it.”
Edel, from Castlebar, Co Mayo
“It was very good, I liked the simplicity in the film, and the way they didn’t spend so much money”
Ava, from Spain