Ger Ryan

Ger Ryan

Ger Ryan Quick Links

Pictures Video Film RSS

The Man Who Invented Christmas Review

Very Good

There's a somewhat contrived jauntiness to this blending of fact and fiction that may leave cynical audiences annoyed. But for those who leave their bah-humbug attitudes at home, it's a wonderfully entertaining take on a classic. In 1843, when Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, the holiday was a fairly low-key religious festival. But the book helped create a cultural phenomenon that is still growing. And this enjoyable film recounts how it was written in six short weeks.

At the time, Dickens (Legion's Dan Stevens) was Britain's most famous author. But his last three novels failed to sell. Desperate for a hit due to financial pressures, he decides to write a Christmas book, something that had never really been done. But he's distracted by the fact that his wife Kate (Morfydd Clark) is pregnant and his parents (Jonathan Pryce and Ger Ryan) have dropped in for a noisy visit. As he plans this new book, the central figure of Scrooge (Christopher Plummer) is inspired by someone he meets, as are the rest of the story's characters and settings. But he's struggling to complete the tale, and time is running short.

The film basically proves the resilience of Dickens' iconic novella, because it has remarkable power even when turned inside-out by this script. Director Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) gives the film a twinkly, often comical tone but doesn't shy away from the darker corners or some strongly emotional moments. And the script includes quite a bit of biographical detail about Dickens' life without making it too melodramatic. With his book, Dickens wanted to address Britain's harsh labour practices and the greediness of capitalism, urging people to be kinder to each other. So he reinvented Christmas as a time of year to reach out to those less fortunate.

Continue reading: The Man Who Invented Christmas Review

Ger Ryan - Guests attend the Irish Premiere of Patrick's Day at The Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin, Ireland - 05.02.15. - Dublin, Ireland - Thursday 5th February 2015

Ger Ryan

Redemption - Clip


Joey Jones has been living on the streets for a while, but after receiving a particularly bad beating by some street thugs, he decides to re-build his life once and for all. Breaking into another person's home, he changes his identity and scrubs up (quite literally) in order to get a as a chef and security guard at a London restaurant. His help ridding the eatery of any problems they might have with his swift fighting skills motivates his boss to offer him a new job which leaves him more better off than he's ever been. He decides to set out on a mission to help the poverty stricken community in which he once lived, a decision that is dramatically increased by the murder of his best friend Isabel. However, as much as he wants to use his newfound money to help those in need, he wants more than anything to start a new life and finally get away from his past.

Continue: Redemption - Clip

Hummingbird Trailer


After being particularly badly beaten while living on the streets, Joey Jones is determined to get his life back on track. He is ex-special forces on the run from military court so when he finds the opportunity to transform into another person, he grabs it with both hands. Working as a chef in a London restaurant, he also acts as security using his specialist skills to overpower any trouble that might come their way. When his boss offers some new kind of work, he decides that he must do everything in his power to help people whose lives have been destroyed by poverty, especially when he is informed of the brutal death of one of his closest friends. However, he is torn between his desire to help those in need, and run away and start over his own life in a new place.

Continue: Hummingbird Trailer

Ger Ryan Wednesday 20th January 2010 The launch of the 7th IFTA (Irish Film & Television Academy) Awards held at The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin, Ireland

Ger Ryan

Forgive And Forget Review


Weak
Angst-ridden twentysomething Brits struggle with life, love, and homosexuality -- yet again -- in Forgive and Forget, wherein two best friends become torn apart because one of them gets a little close to his girlfriend, spending more time with her and less time with his mate.

It's happened before, sure, but this time the friend causing all the trouble turns out to be gay, and of course he's madly in love with his pal. They fight, they make up, they fight some more, and all the while no one realizes our misunderstood hero is in the closet.

Continue reading: Forgive And Forget Review

Ger Ryan

Ger Ryan Quick Links

Pictures Video Film RSS
Advertisement

Occupation

Actor


Suggested

Album of the Week: The 20th anniversary of The Creatures' Anima Animus

Album of the Week: The 20th anniversary of The Creatures' Anima Animus

Anima Animus is the third album from Siouxsie Sioux's The Creatures, released exactly 20 years ago today.

Gypsy Circus on influences, fencing and their dream collaboration [Exclusive]

Gypsy Circus on influences, fencing and their dream collaboration [Exclusive]

Edinburgh four-piece Gypsy Circus talk about their inspirations and their music in exclusive interview.

Paul McGuinness compares managing U2 to managing a football team [Interview]

Paul McGuinness compares managing U2 to managing a football team [Interview]

It doesn't take long to appreciate you are in the presence of rock music royalty when you are offered an audience with Paul McGuinness.

Ultimate bedroom anthems for Valentine's Day [Playlist]

Ultimate bedroom anthems for Valentine's Day [Playlist]

Happy Valentine's Day! Lots of couples will celebrating this cheesy AF but lovely day, and will most likely celebrate well into the night too.

Advertisement
10 weirdly romantic songs for Valentine's Day [Playlist]

10 weirdly romantic songs for Valentine's Day [Playlist]

As it's almost Valentine's Day, you'll be looking for that perfect romantic playlist to set a dinner date to, right?

Du Blonde - Lung Bread For Daddy Album Review

Du Blonde - Lung Bread For Daddy Album Review

'Lung Bread For Daddy', a phrase appropriated from a friend and referring to a request for a cigarette, is a multi-faceted journey through the life...

Andrew Bird - Sisyphus Video

Andrew Bird - Sisyphus Video

Andrew Bird has named his newest song after the Greek king Sisyphus, and he's release a new video with a similar sentiment.

Honeyblood - The Third Degree Video

Honeyblood - The Third Degree Video

Previously a duo, Honeyblood now comprises Stina Tweeddale on her own and she has returned with a brand new single and video, The Third Degree.

Advertisement

Ger Ryan Movies

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

There's a somewhat contrived jauntiness to this blending of fact and fiction that may leave...

Redemption Trailer

Redemption Trailer

Joey Jones has been living on the streets for a while, but after receiving a...

Advertisement
Hummingbird Trailer

Hummingbird Trailer

After being particularly badly beaten while living on the streets, Joey Jones is determined to...

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.