EP Review: The Clockworks

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

ADDICTION, DEBT, apathy, helplessness - life depicted by The Clockworks is grim, but they are one of the few indie bands to deal directly with the realites for those who do not fall comfortably within the Leo Varadkar's 'people who get up early in the morning' definition.

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Cinema review: The Meg

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

EVERY NOW and again a movie comes along where it appears the creators had a title and then tried to build a story around it. The Meg - short for Megladon, a giant dinosaur shark - is certainly one of those movies.

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Karl MacDermott - an antidote to dullness

Thu, Aug 02, 2018

THE PUBLICATION of Karl MacDermott's short story collection Juggling With Turnips – in which there is little juggling, other than the metaphorical sort, and not one single turnip – sees the comedy writer and occasional stand-up, widen his repertoire by adding ‘writer of short comic fiction’ to the list of things he successfully does.

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The sound of British 60s pop - and Bowie before he really became Bowie

Thu, Aug 02, 2018

YOU MAY not know the name Ivor Raymonde, but if you know Dusty Springfield's 'I Only Want To Be With You' or The Walker Brothers' 'Make It Easy On Yourself', you have heard his work.

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Cinema review: Mission Impossible: Fallout

Thu, Aug 02, 2018

ETHAN HUNT is back, in the IMF, which hilariously stands for Impossible Mission Force. After an operation gone wrong, three plutonium…things? have gone missing and a scientist who has the ability to turn them into nuclear weapons has been kidnapped.

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GIAF reviews: Incantata, The Aspirations of Daise Morrow, Class

Tue, Jul 31, 2018

"AND DEATH shall have no dominion’ Dylan Thomas once wrote, though if he had been at GIAF 2018 he may have revised that opinion. Death was a major theme of Incantata, The Aspirations of Daise Morrow, Gardens Speak, Orfeo ed Euridice, and Wit, while characters also died in the course of Baoite, Flight, and Class, with a hint of suicide in Shelter for good measure.

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Album review: Phantastic Ferniture

Thu, Jul 26, 2018

RIFF FUELLED indie-rock is not what you expect from a band led by Australian singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin, who describes her folk influenced solo work as "playing sad music with a guitar in my hand".

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Cinema review: Incredibles 2

Thu, Jul 26, 2018

PIXAR HAS had a pretty tumultuous few years. Its studio head John Lasseter has stepped down due to alleged sexual miscondonduct for "missteps" and "unwanted hugs". Now the studio, which was known for amazing original work, has just released its fourth sequel this decade, with two more to come in 2019.

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Theatre reviews: Shelter, Furniture, Baoite, Wit

Wed, Jul 25, 2018

Shelter and Furniture (Druid Theatre Co, Mick Lally Theatre)

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Album review: Body/Head

Thu, Jul 19, 2018

THE SECOND studio album from Body/Head - Sonic Youth co-founder Kim Gordon and guitarist Bill Nace - is less a savage beast than their 2013 debut Coming Apart, but is no less confrontational, no less challenging.

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Cinema review: Black 47

Mon, Jul 16, 2018

THE CLOSING film of this year's Galway Film Fleadh was the much anticipated Black 47, the Great Famine-era western, with a big budget, an international cast, and it was filmed in our own back yard here in the west of Ireland.

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Album review: The National

Thu, Jul 12, 2018

LIVE ALBUMS are very much a 1970s phenomenon, a chance to vicariously attend a concert by a band who would never play your town. They have also been among the classic 'contractual obligation' releases.

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Cinema review: Dublin Old School

Thu, Jul 12, 2018

DUBLIN OLD School is the surely going to be the Irish film of the year. Viral YouTube star - although he probably cringes at the title - Emmet Kirwin, along with co-writer and director David Tynan, has adapted his award winning play for the screen.

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Cinema review: Ocean's 8

Thu, Jun 28, 2018

OCEAN'S 8 is a new movie in the Oceans franchise. It is hard to believe George Clooney's Ocean's Eleven came out 17 years ago. It was a fun heist movie with some pretty entertaining sequels. Enough time has passed, and as we are rebooting and remaking anything and everything, why not Ocean's Eleven?

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Album review - John Coltrane

Tue, Jun 26, 2018

ON MARCH 6, 1963, John Coltrane, along with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones – the line-up that would go on to make the peerless A Love Supreme - recorded an entire studio album at Van Gelder Studios, New Jersey.

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Album review: Field Division

Thu, Jun 21, 2018

THE SOUND of Field Divison is best described by borrowing terms from another medium - their music is cinematic and widescreen, one where the textures, atmosphere, and range of sonics fire the mind's eye of the listener.

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Cinema review: Hereditary

Thu, Jun 21, 2018

HEREDITARY OPENS at a funeral, as Annie Graham eulogises her 78-year-old mother, Ellen, with whom she had a difficult relationship, something she is unsettlingly candid about.

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A book which should be mandatory reading for short story fans

Thu, Jun 21, 2018

THE STINGING Fly magazine was born in 1998 with the specific aim in mind of providing a platform in Ireland for new short stories, some of which are nowe collected in Stinging Fly Stories, edited by Sarah Gilmartin and Declan Meade, and published by Stinging Fly Press.

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Album review: Dott

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

DOTT'S SECOND album has been a long time coming, but not only has it been worth the wait, it is also everything you want a follow-up to be, and everything you need it to be.

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Cinema review: Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

THE ORIGINAL Jurassic Park is, in my opinion, one of the greatest films ever made. Based on the best selling Michael Crichton novel, it was an all-star team of great actors, with director Steven Spielberg at the absolute top of his game.

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