Cinema review: The Gambler

Mon, Jan 26, 2015

Mark Wahlberg in The Gambler.

AN UNNECESSARY and boring remake halts what has been a sensational month of film in which each passing week has produced, if not a great movie, at least one worth going to see.

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Album review: Panda Bear

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox).

ONCE UPON a time, January was the graveyard shift in the album release schedule, a time when contractual obligations, works deemed not good enough, and albums labels were not interested in, were unleashed into the post-Christmas commercial wasteland.

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Cinema review: Whiplash

Mon, Jan 19, 2015

A CLAUSTROPHOBIC, unrelenting, tense, but maybe slightly unrealistic take on a tired formula, Whiplash is still gaining Oscar buzz week on week.

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Album review: Belle and Sebastian

Thu, Jan 15, 2015

Belle and Sebastian.

THE TWIN peaks of Belle and Sebastian’s artistic achievements, 1996’s If You’re Feeling Sinister and 2003’s Dear Catastrophe Waitress, have set a high standard for a band that, over its long career, has regularly delivered quality work.

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Cinema review: Foxcatcher

Mon, Jan 12, 2015

Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher.

ANOTHER HOTLY tipped awards favourite is released this week as we enter the best time of year for going to the cinema. With its central themes of sports, fraternal relationships, and patriotism, Foxcatcher has all the makings of an Oscar winner.

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Mr Yeats, we salute you

Thu, Jan 08, 2015

WB Yeats.

ON A wet morning in 1948, a woman of about 30 and a man of 18 were cycling as fast as they could along Grattan Road. They were watching a boat make its way around Mutton Island, hoping they could make it to the docks before it docked.

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Sexing up Greek myths and facing down the bank

Thu, Jan 08, 2015

Poet Mary Madec.

THERE ARE those for whom being a poet is, to paraphrase Angela Carr’s fine poem ‘Occupied’, “the new black”. If you are young and fit, all you need do is write long poems about what is going on at street level and wave your arms around when you read them.

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2014 - THE MUSICAL YEAR IN REVIEW

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Lucius. Photo:- Peter Larson.

BEST ALBUMS OF 2014:

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Cinema review: The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies

Mon, Dec 15, 2014

Sir Ian McKellan returns once more as Gandalf in The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

AFTER 13 years, six films, and 1,031 minutes finally we have come to the end of Peter Jackson’s incredible Middle Earth saga. Even if you are not a fan of the movies you must respect how Jackson has handled the immense project.

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Album review: AC/DC

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

GIVEN THAT founder and driving force Malcolm Young can no longer play music owing to dementia, AC/DC would have been forgiven for calling it a day.

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Album review: John Grant

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

John Grant. Photo © chrispayneimages

AFTER RUINING his second album Pale Green Ghosts with ill-advised dabbling in, and often insipid stabs at, techno and electronica, John Grant re-connects with more organic sounds on this live album.

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Cinema review: St Vincent

Mon, Dec 08, 2014

A BILL Murray movie is always time for celebration. Certainly one of the most beloved actors of all time, when he has a movie out you always have to see it - and he has been on an decent run lately, mainly thanks to his collaborations with Wes Anderson.

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Old Galway’s hidden urban landscape

Thu, Dec 04, 2014

ONE OF the great pleasures of the early morning walk, jog, or run through the streets of Galway is that you can experience our urban landscape unencumbered with either human or motorised traffic.

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Ireland’s leading protest poet discovers hope

Thu, Dec 04, 2014

A WOMAN told me recently that if she hears one more bad poem about water charges, she may take the extreme retaliatory action of paying her water charges bill, in the unlikely event that it ever actually arrives.

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Album review: R.E.M.

Thu, Nov 27, 2014

R.E.M pictured in 1984.

THERE ARE many who argue that R.E.M.’s greatest artistic achievements, bar 1992’s Automatic For The People, came during their time on the IRS label, before they signed to Warner in 1988.

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Theatre review: No Show (Thereisbear! Mick Lally Theatre)

Wed, Nov 26, 2014

Paul McCarrick as Tommy and Grace Kiely as Maire in Thereisbear!'s No Show.

UP-AND-coming Galway ensemble Thereisbear! launched Druid’s emerging artists FUEL residency programme in fine style on Tuesday night at the Mick Lally Theatre with the premiere of No Show, written and directed by Peter Shine.

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Cinema review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Mon, Nov 24, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

DESPITE REALLY enjoying the first two Hunger Games films I was apprehensive about this one. The third Hunger Games book is by some distance the worst of the trilogy and with the end of this incredibly lucrative franchise in sight the makers have taken the, no doubt purely artistic, decision to split the final book into two films.

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Album review - Ariel Pink

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Ariel Pink.

IF NOEL Fielding had such a thing as an evil twin, then LA’s Ariel Pink just might be it, for in pom pom, he has just unleashed possibly the strangest album of 2014, and certainly the year’s most eccentrically uninhibited.

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Cinema review: The Imitation Game

Mon, Nov 17, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

THE INCREDIBLE story of Alan Turing is almost impossible to believe. This man invented the computer and, with a small team, ended WWII two years earlier than was thought possible, and in doing so saved the lives of 14,000,000 people.

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Galway author charts the Irish experience of WWI

Thu, Nov 13, 2014

THE LAST couple of years has seen a mushrooming of books relating to WWI, and more specifically, WWI and Ireland. For those interested in learning more about this seismic event, or wondering where to start, Cormac Ó Comhraí’s Ireland and the First World War: A Photographic History is the perfect answer.

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