Music

The haunting power of Billie Eilish

April 17, 2019

Although some criticise these songs for romanticising mental illness, the songs feel rather soothing and beautiful to listen to. Perhaps they offer a reassurance or calming quality to the millions of people who have listened to them thus far.

Music

Making money moves in the music industry

April 17, 2019

With these recent figures, there can be no argument that the music industry’s revenue resurgence is due to anything but the popularity of streaming and that the industry is going in the right direction.

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Basquiat’s legacy for underground artists

April 17, 2019

His paintings are a social and cultural commentary of sorts. They explore race, alternative histories and artistic language in a way that had never been seen before.

Style

Fierce competition at DCU Drag Race

April 15, 2019

It has been popularised in recent years thanks to RuPaul’s Drag Race, an American television show which sees queens perform in a series of challenges, almost like an X-Factor style format where a queen is eliminated each week by the judges.

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The Hills are alive with the sound of new beginnings

April 15, 2019

Although, we can all look forward to the ‘slightly-scripted’ drama, it is doubtful that ‘The Hills: New Beginnings’ will have as big an influence on popular music as the original show. It was comparable to the Top of the Pops of the late 2000’s.

Articles

Self-love isn’t necessarily selfish

April 3, 2019

These shows offer advice and tips on how to get your life in order, whether it be your house or your general hygiene and style. People have always had a fascination with these shows because watching someone either grow in confidence, or be able to see the floor of their bedroom again feels satisfactory to us.

Television

Hug me brotha! Drake and Josh are back

April 3, 2019

Most original viewers would now fall in the age range of 17-25 whilst Drake and Josh are both 32 years of age. Finding the right mix in a revival such as this one will be difficult as, if it is targeting the original audience, Nickelodeon will no longer be a suitable platform.

Television

Do true crime shows and docuseries affect ongoing cases?

April 3, 2019

Yes, true crime documentaries offer an insight into the cases and the facts, but they also have created a trend of avid fans taking the law into their own hands. The perfect example of this is with the Steven Avery case whereby one of his prosecutors has had his car shot at, and packages explode in his office.

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‘Us’ highlights the continuing power of Peele

April 3, 2019

Peele’s first film was smarter and more shocking but ‘Us’ has more character. Each person’s backstory is explored to a certain level and everyone has their own unique quirks.

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Ricky Gervais comes to terms with the afterlife

April 3, 2019

During the first three episodes Tony tries to come to terms with the loss of Lisa and spirals into depression, Tony is hardened by the grief he is experiencing and we watch him go about his everyday life in the aftermath of his loss.

The Hype

Oh Danny boy

April 3, 2019

Lynne is an elderly Daniel worshipper who lives outside Chicago and who has, “one of the largest Daniel O’Donnell collections in the world” as well as owning a stash of Johnny Cash memorabilia, which Daniel admired.

The Hype

The merging of FOX and Disney allows for infinite possibilities

April 3, 2019

The MCU is now faced with the daunting task of following up its incredibly successful ‘Infinity Saga’ in the upcoming ‘Phase Four’. While they still have plenty of Spider-Man movies to play with, and the success of Black Panther bodes well for sequels, the roster of fan-favourites is diminishing.

Music

Has having patience rewarded Tame Impala fans?

April 3, 2019

It’s reminiscent of a relationship gone sour in the way that “Feels like we Only Go Backwards” was but it doesn’t have the same grip to it and beyond the first, second and third listening, recollection of a single line on the track proved difficult.

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What makes a good film protagonist

April 3, 2019

The character arc is one of the most important aspects of a movie. When we watch a movie we don’t just want to watch James Bond in one big action sequence. We need to see the character grow to be able to face some seemingly impossible task.

Music

Drake’s performance at the 3 Arena was a slam dunk

April 3, 2019

With support on night one, hype had been built since January for the Toronto tornado’s awaited return to an Irish stage. With rumours of a flying Ferrari and scorpions for some of his other tour dates, no one was sure of what would happen except that it would be spectacular.

The Hype

Anderson. Paak keeps the Olympia audience bubblin’

April 3, 2019

YES LAWD! Rapper, drummer and self-anointed ‘Best Teeth in the Game’ Anderson. Paak performed two nights in the Olympia on March 19th and 20th to two sold out crowds. The concerts were part of the

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We can’t hear the people sing

April 3, 2019

Except the arts have gotten increasingly more exclusionary in the coming years – especially to the working class. With theatre shows like Les Miserables and RENT, depicting the lives of the downtrodden fighting against “the system”, what happens when the actual disadvantaged are shut out from the arts?

Film

Captain Marvel isn’t exactly marvellous

March 20, 2019

She doesn’t really have much motivation throughout the film. Her role is somewhat passive, with her story often pushed forward by external forces. She has this strange arc that involves something like inverse growth.

Film

Is Adam Sandler one of the best actors alive?

March 20, 2019

Although his name sits only at 49th place on BoxOfficeMojo’s list of the highest-grossing actors (the price of never starring in a superhero or sci-fi blockbuster, one reckons), there are few movie stars that have