Television

Making a great second season

November 28, 2018

The main new figure that has been introduced in part two of the documentary is Steven Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner. She is known for proving the innocence of wrongly convicted people in the past and was not going to pass the opportunity of taking up the case and presenting Steven Avery.  

Film

The Hate U Give tackles uncomfortable topics

November 28, 2018

This film is not an easy one to watch. Scenes of riots, funerals and protests looked authentic and were gut-wrenching to see. A credit to the cast, and Audrey Wells who adapted the book into it’s screenplay, for keeping scenes honest and painfully true.

Music

Vance Joy runs down to the Olympia Theatre

November 28, 2018

Joy immediately had the crowd in awe after just one song through his meaningful lyrics perfectly placed upon an infectious beat. There is no doubt that Joy is an incredible songwriter who expresses life experiences with thoughtful lyrics without sacrificing the melody.

Film

The Crimes of Grindelwald, an underwhelming success

November 28, 2018

The series is hard to compare to its predecessor.  JK Rowling is credited as the writer, and David Yates, who directed the final four Potter films, and the first Fantastic Beasts takes directorial reins.  Obviously the source material is not at the same level, but this is still an enjoyable film regardless of its flaws.

Music

Thank u Ariana Grande, next

November 28, 2018

The words, “thank you, next” in relation to past relationships sounds cold and unfeeling, but the song is the complete opposite of that. Grande is genuinely thanking her exes for helping her grow and prosper into the person she is today, there’s no negativity or bitterness within the song despite its subject matter.

Articles

Spice up your life and support up and coming artists

November 28, 2018

From a business point of view, you can see the logic if you’re an older band that hasn’t been active in a long time. There’s a lot of safe money to be made in reunion tours or making a movie that’s either a sequel or a remake.

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.

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.