Lifestyle

Royal fashion through the ages

November 14, 2018

Amy Donohue gives us the round up of the Royal fashion over the last few decades. Who are the influences and tells us where there has been subtle nods to past royals.

Television

Phily McMahon documentary shows the devastating effects of drugs

November 14, 2018

“I never got a chance to share any of it with John. I’d give all my All-Ireland wins to still have him here with me today.” The work of the drugs court in Dublin was also a segment, with Judge Anne Ryan leading the judicial response to the drug crisis. The entire programme was efficient in highlighting what has become a health crisis here in Ireland.

Lifestyle

MDMA to meaning

November 14, 2018

The problem with drug use in general, but particularly with MDMA, is that it’s the easy way out. It’s selfish. It involves no personal responsibility. It’s cheating your future self out of happiness. It’s denying yourself something profoundly beautiful.

The Hype

Filmic piece at the IMMA leaves audience breathless

November 14, 2018

Speaking after the screening, she said, “One of the biggest challenges was to stay true to the film in representing a difficult place of the unknown – what happens during and after a last human breath. To allow for a “what if” and to not feel obliged to pull back and end up censoring creative possibility”.

Articles

The power of the short story

November 14, 2018

Short stories can be revisited time and time again and one will often discover something new each time as you read deeper beneath the surface. It is these layered meanings found in great short stories that makes them more dynamic than books.

Television

The rise and fall of the Netflix MCU

November 14, 2018

This was the first chink in the armour of the Netflix MCU. The crossover show, The Defenders, was next on the production line, and the failure of its final hero did not inspire hope among the fanbase.

Television

The Laborious Adventures of Bad TV

November 14, 2018

From shows that keep us on the edge of our seat, to those that leave us snoring in them, we all love television. A fictional adventure, an escape from reality, a simple bit of respite

Music

Make this “American Boy” great again

November 14, 2018

Sinatra was unable to shake rumours of mafia links and as Kennedy wished to keep his public persona clean, the president went with the option of staying at Bing Crosby’s. When Sinatra heard the news, he flew into a violent rage, reportedly bashing the heliport with a sledgehammer.

Music

The Academic talk Croke Park, touring and guilty pleasures

November 14, 2018

Although don’t brace yourselves for any new releases in 2018, when asked if there was anything planned, Fitzgerald responded; “We’re currently writing music, and doing a lot of crappy demo’s. We have songs that we’re currently, kind of, testing a little bit but we haven’t sat down to play anything yet.”

Music

Sleigh bells rings, are you listening?

November 14, 2018

A lot of Christmas music is joyous, repetitive, and so so catchy. It’s one of the many things that makes it beautiful. Nobody can really, ever outgrow Christmas music because most traditional Christmas songs have been remade at one point or another, and in more ways than one, so that every age can enjoy a version sung by their favorite artist.

The Hype

Shane Dawson fails to get “inside the mind” of Jake Paul

November 14, 2018

The horror movie motifs are the first thing that strike you when watching ‘The Mind of Jake Paul’. Quick edits jump out featuring dramatic music and shots of maniacal laughter more befitting a show about the Zodiac Killer than a vlogger.

Articles

Keeping the magic in children’s films alive, generation after generation

November 14, 2018

The attitude of inclusion and acceptance is growing internationally. The portrayal of these changing narratives can be seen in children’s films. The reason the quality of the stories did not deteriorate is because films still use the classic formula of good vs evil and other constant variables.

Television

New RTÉ drama tackles Direct Provision

November 14, 2018

There are currently more than 5,000 asylum seekers in Ireland. The Irish mentality of, “we have to look after our own first” is echoed throughout society. The ground-breaking storytelling and narrative of taken down is showing us the struggle and suffering refugees in Ireland face.

Television

With the rise of streaming, soap operas remain resilient

November 14, 2018

Lots of people can’t even manage to see their closest friends and family four times a week let alone six so it’s no wonder that people grow attached to the characters they see on screen and become emotionally invested in what happens in their lives, even if they know it’s make believe.

Music

Hobo Johnson and The Lovemakers – cringe or cute?

November 14, 2018

The strange inflections he has in his voice, and his odd rhythms, mean he is quite polarising. One writer called him a cross between Michael Cera and a hyena, with a nervously neurotic voice, which ungracefully changes octaves.

The Hype

Battle of the consoles: XBOX versus Playstation

November 14, 2018

Each console has pros and cons that will be discussed here to help you make the right decision for you. This article will discuss console specs, pricing, online ecosystems, and exclusive games in order to come to a conclusion.

Articles

The wrath of Michael Myers, 40 years on

October 31, 2018

Halloween reminds audiences what a ruthless killer Myers really is, slaughtering anything that comes across his path. He is completely void of emotion, an unstoppable killing machine. This is the true terror of Michael Myers.

Film

Welcome to the House of Horrors

October 31, 2018

The appeal of a horror movie is being afraid, and nothing is more frightening than the ‘monsters’ not actually being monsters, but rather, people.

Articles

How art can change our perception of beauty

October 31, 2018

The famous quote by Oscar Wilde, saying,“life imitates art far more than art imitates life” rings true in the sense that we aspire more imitate the idealised aspects of art as we consider them to be more beautiful than real life and its trials and tribulations.

The Hype

Banksy’s prank doesn’t quite make the cut

October 31, 2018

Perhaps he intended no deeper meaning to the performance and was simply pulling a long-con, a practical joke, knowing the world would take it and run with it. Maybe Banksy knew that everyone else would do the work for him, if his goal really was to make society take a long, hard look at itself.  

Books

Bukowski: Lessons from “A laureate of American low life”

October 31, 2018

What separates Bukowski from the ranks of other famous poets is that his language is comprehensible and sadly simple. There is no room for rhyme, alliteration or onomatopoeia in his 1500 collected poems, so how can he even be considered a poet? What makes this cynical alcoholic a poet is that he evokes genuine feelings from the reader.

Television

A modern twist on classic horror, The Haunting of Hill House

October 31, 2018

The genius of the series The Haunting of Hill House, written and directed by Mike Flanagan, is to draw a line between supernatural terror and the unresolved traumas of childhood – the closest the majority of us will come in real life to being spooked by our past.