What happens when you try and fail to be Pulp Fiction

Thu, Oct 18, 2018

BAD TIMES At The El Royale is the second film from director Drew Goddard, his first was the brilliant Cabin In The Woods, the hilariously meta horror movie from 2012.

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A reunion of four stalled lives

Tue, Oct 16, 2018

THE THEME of the returned emigrant has driven landmark Irish plays such as John B Keane’s The Field, Brian Friel’s The Loves Of Cass Maguire, and Tom Murphy’s Conversations On A Homecoming.

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Album review: The Fall's Kurious Oranj re-release

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

IT BEGINS with two of the greatest songs in The Fall's vast catalogue - one definitive, the other highly uncharacteristic - and the genesis of the album itself is possibly the oddest in the band's career.

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Novelist commits crime of knowing what he’s talking about

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

THE PROBLEM some people have with Danny Morrison’s novels is that, throughout them, he commits the heinous crime of knowing what he’s talking about. Had he been a US soldier returned from Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan, it would be perfectly acceptable for him to write about his war.

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Lady Gaga on course for an Oscar with A Star Is Born

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

AGEING, GRIZZLY, self-destructive, country singer Jackson Maine’s (Bradley Cooper) career is on the slide. An alcoholic, he is starting to lose his hearing and his passion.

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Mary Robinson and the challenge of global survival

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

“HOLDING HER first grandchild in her arms in 2003, Mary Robinson was struck by the uncertainty of the world he had been born into. Before his fiftieth birthday, he would have to share the planet with more than nine billion people - people battling for food, water and shelter in an increasing volatile climate. The faceless shadowy menace of climate change had become, in an instant, deeply personal.”

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Album review: Lala Lala

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

THE ALBUM shudders into abrupt life with a low growling of 'wall of sound' guitars, then everything quietens, and over a steady beat, a voice intones: "Following a lead of all my debt/I sense violence and know you're still a threat."

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Horizon: Zero Dawn - when women shall inherit the Earth

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

THE BEST science fiction, in whatever form it takes, is often less a prediction of the future, than a reflection on contemporary concerns, anxieties, and sometimes hopes. The best sci-fi is always very aware of the moment in which it exists, and few games know their moment better than Horizon: Zero Dawn.

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Album review - Villagers

Thu, Sep 27, 2018

GIVEN WE live in a post-Christian, increasingly secular, Ireland, the opening line of Villagers' new album comes as a surprise: "I've found again, the space in my heart again, for God again, in the form of art again."

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A peek into crazy rich lifestyles of insane luxury

Thu, Sep 27, 2018

BASED ON Kevin Kwan's best selling novel of the same name, Crazy Rich Asians is the highest grossing rom-com since the Sex In The City film, and the first Hollywood movie since Joy Luck Club with an all-Asian cast and director.

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Predator - not as much fun as he was in the 1990s

Thu, Sep 20, 2018

THE PREDATOR is back on our screens, and why not? Every other moderately successful film from the 1980s and 1990s is getting a sequel, prequel, or reboot. It was only a matter of time before it came to Predator.

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David Bowie - the alien has landed in the 1980s

Mon, Sep 17, 2018

THE WARNING signs were there, though it is only in retrospect we see and recognise them. Having dominated the 1970s as the decade's key artistic innovator and trendsetter, Bowie was prepared to admit that the following decade may not be quite so productive.

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Album review - The Goon Sax

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

DISTANCE IS usually required to process and understand an experience, but The Goon Sax - 17 when they released their marvellous debut, 19 now for their second album - are still teens writing about the adolescent experience.

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A Nun too good horror

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

IN A church in Romania in 1952 a nun commits suicide. Sensing something sinister the Vatican sends an exorcist and a young nun to investigate. The mysteries, however, are only just beginning.

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The pleasure and danger of chocolate

Thu, Sep 06, 2018

FOR THE Love Of Chocolate is an attempt at an entire history of chocolate across the 4,000 years since the Mokaya people, in what is now Mexico and Guatemala, began cultivating the cacao tree, the beans of which produce chocolate.

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Cinema review: Upgrade

Thu, Sep 06, 2018

SET IN the not too distant future, Grey Trace is a technosceptic, stay at home car mechanic, who specialises in old fashioned muscle cars in a world of driverless iPhone like vehicles.

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The 'luminous, life affirming' songs of Padraig Stevens

Mon, Sep 03, 2018

ON SATURDAY evening I finally made it to one of the Ollie Jennings-run Druid Sessions in the Mick Lally Theatre which have been proving a big hit with gig-goers over the past few months. This was the fifth gig in the series and featured Padraig Stevens with Leo Moran.

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Album review: Basement Revolver

Thu, Aug 30, 2018

THE SHOEGAZE revival has been continuing apace for most of this decade, but there is a key difference between its original late 80s/90s incarnation and its modern manifestation, namely the place of emotion.

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Cinema review: BlacKkKlansman

Thu, Aug 30, 2018

BASED ON the true story of Ron Stallworth, the first black police officer in Colorado Springs and who managed to infiltrate the Klu Klux Klan, BlacKkKlansman feels like a spiritual successor to director Spike Lee’s Malcolm X and Do The Right Thing.

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Album review: The Fall

Thu, Aug 23, 2018

IF YOU told the late John Peel you were keen to get into The Fall - his favourite band - and asked him what was the best album to start with, he might have replied: "Their entire discography".

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