Mon, Mar 30, 2015
KENNETH BRANAGH’S career continues to mystify me. In the early 1990s he was the poster boy for the RADA’s new wave, his peers included Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, and Jonathan Pryce, but it was Branagh who catapulted to fame first through adapting, directing, and acting in big budget adaptations of Shakespeare.
However, after Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, and an incredibly ambitious four hour version of Hamlet, people grew weary of his style. When Baz Lurmhan showed what you can do with a modern take on Shakespeare in Romeo + Juliet, suddenly Branagh seemed old fashioned. From there he struggled in Hollywood, appearing in the worst film ever made, Wild Wild West, and other forgetful stinkers.
Since the mid 2000s he has had some moderate hits and some clumsy misses. Whether it is for the pay cheque or a genuine attempt at trying something new he now directs Hollywood blockbusters. Some have been rubbish (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and some have been decent (Thor). I was intrigued to learn he signed up for Cinderella though. He did always have a good eye for recreating classical texts and what is more of a modern classic then the ‘golden age of Disney’?
NUI Galway’s President, Dr Jim Browne, today unveiled Vision 2020, the University’s new Strategic Plan 2015–2020.
The success of O’Donnellan and Joyce’s 2014 auctions looks set to continue as it gears up for its next auction on Friday April 17 in the Harbour Hotel (3pm).
Connacht return to Pro 12 League action after the two-week break for the Six Nations and face title-chasing Munster in Thomond Park on Saturday (5.15pm).
After nine years, and 1.3 million units of the L200 as we know it, Mitsubishi introduced the long awaited new fifth generation L200 at the recent Geneva Motor Show.
McCambridge’s of Galway are teaming up with the Executive Directors of Sauvage Restaurant, Berlin for a Hunter Gatherer Feast this Good Friday as part of the Food Festival.
Ok, so you’re losing an hour in bed this weekend, but sure if you didn’t know about it, you’d probably stay up late anyway wasting an hour doing things and eating things you shouldn’t. But how about challenging yourself to give up an hour or so and get back something much greater in return.