Cinema review: Fury

Tue, Oct 28, 2014

Brad Pitt leads his men across war torn Europe in Fury.

AROUND THIS time of year we get our first look at the Oscar contenders. While the heavy hitters tend to emerge at the end of December and January, sometimes more genre based releases, like Gravity last year, are released a few weeks early.

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Cinema review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Mon, Oct 20, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Everyone who grew up in the nineties remembers the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Turtles, like Pogs, were certainly part of my childhood. In the world we live in of remakes, reboots, and sequels I cannot believe it has taken this long for a new live action Ninja Turtles picture (there was a animated movie TMNT in 2007 that went straight to DVD). The original movies from the early 90s were massive successes, in fact when the first film came out in 1990 it was the second highest grossing indie movie of all time. Sadly these films have not aged well which leaves the franchise ripe for a reboot. Unfortunately for us, producer Michael Bay has got his hands on the project and if his treatment of the Transformers franchise is anything to go by this will not end well.

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Album review: Weezer

Thu, Oct 16, 2014

IF HISTORY punishes those who arrive too late, as Mikhail Gorbachev said, than music fans punish those acts who peak too early.

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Theatre review: Trickster in the Black Box

Tue, Oct 14, 2014

Jez Colbourne in Trickster.

THERE WAS a time, and not so long ago, when disability arts was regarded as little more than a kind of occupational therapy, like basket-weaving, and viewed with polite, yet condescending indulgence.

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Cinema review: Gold

Tue, Oct 14, 2014

IFTA AWARD winning director Niall Heery’s latest film Gold is a wonderfully well worked comedy-drama set in rural Ireland.

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Soaring choral concert for Louisburgh

Fri, Oct 10, 2014

The Mayo Male Voice Choir is joining forces with mezzo soprano Annemarie Gibbons to perform a special concert in the Derrylahan, Louisburgh, tonight at 8.30 pm.

Ms Gibbons is internationally acclaimed for her operatic performances and will return to her native Louisburgh to perform with the choir and raise funds for the local Order of Malta.

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Theatre review: Defender Of The Faith

Wed, Oct 08, 2014

DECADENT THEATRE Company could hardly have timed its new staging of Stuart Carolan’s Defender Of The Faith any better, with its opening coming the night after the premiere of the latest series of Love/Hate, the TV show which Carolan created.

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Cinema review: Gone Girl

Mon, Oct 06, 2014

GILLIAN FLYNN’S 2012 best-seller Gone Girl was just waiting to be made into a movie. It is so well constructed with twists and revelations coming fast and frequent you could smell the popcorn popping with each chapter. The concern for book readers was, who is going to make a story of two unsympathetic, spoiled, and frankly unlikable, millennials into a mainstream Hollywood movie without losing its dark originality?

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DVD Review - Introducing Morrissey

Thu, Oct 02, 2014

Morrissey. Photo:- Rankin

MORRISSEY’S SOLO career could be characterised as a three act play, with a dramatic opening, a sagging middle section, and a triumphant - and still ongoing - third act.

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Sarah Clancy - Galway’s wandering minstrel

Thu, Oct 02, 2014

Sarah Clancy.

FOR THOSE who have seen Sarah Clancy recite her poetry, the title of her latest collection, The Truth & Other Stories, published by Salmon, will come as no surprise.

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Augé and Ramsell’s ‘difficult second albums’

Thu, Oct 02, 2014

Celeste Augé.

IN THE way he presents his work at readings, Billy Ramsell has much in common with other poets who have emerged from the spoken end of the poetry spectrum during the past decade.

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Album review: The New Pornographers

Thu, Sep 11, 2014

THE NEW Pornographers are something of a Canadian indie supergroup, featuring the diverse songwriting talents of AC Newman, Dan Bejar, and particularly Neko Case.

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Album Review - Various artists - Tinmine Soul Supply

Thu, Sep 04, 2014

MENTION THE Numero label in some soul circles and you can nearly hear the toes curling due to the company’s preference for replicating original record labels for its own repressed 45s. For others its nice to have an affordable record the way it would originally have looked.

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When Loughrea was a ‘den of infamy’

Thu, Sep 04, 2014

WITH ALL the attention being given to the run-up to the 1916 Rising, the event itself, and its aftermath, little if anything has been written in relation to the Land War, which took place some 35 years before Pearse stood in the steps of the GPO and read the Proclamation.

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Connemara’s Answer To Ken Bruen

Thu, Sep 04, 2014

THESE DAYS, if an aspiring author is a good editor of his/her own work, and has a talent for self-promotion, it is possible to flog as many copies of a self-published effort – with a little help from Amazon – as the average first book of literary fiction from a mainstream publisher would sell the traditional way.

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Review of Forgotten Me at the Town Hall

Thu, Aug 28, 2014

CURRENTLY RUNNING at the Town Hall studio is Cathal Leonard’s debut play Forgotten Me, a two-hander performed by himself and Gerry Howard and directed by Danielle Destephano.

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Album review: Field Mouse

Thu, Aug 14, 2014

INDIE MUSIC, in its ‘classic’ sense is the union of two seemingly disparate and incompatible forms into a whole that, in practice, ends up making perfect sense.

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Album Review: Bear In Heaven

Thu, Aug 14, 2014

SOUTHERN BOYS they may be, but Bear In Heaven’s DNA is not Dixie, but the electronic art-pop of Britain and Germany in the 1980s.

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The enigma of Bulmer Hobson

Thu, Aug 07, 2014

Bulmer Hobson.

ONE OF the more positive aspects of the wave of new books being published on the 1912-1923 period in Irish history is that it will fully explore the events leading up to, during, and after the 1916 Rising. Not only this, but for the first time, the lives of many enigmatic men and women who a played vital - and often dangerous - part in the fight for Irish Independence, but who have been airbrushed out of history, will be recorded in full.

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When Ireland voted against black babies

Thu, Aug 07, 2014

OONA FRAWLEY was provoked to write her debut novel, Flight, by the atmosphere surrounding the Citizenship Referendum in 2004, which removed from Irish-born children of asylum seekers the automatic right to citizenship.

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