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.

The Hype

Stan culture is cancelled, sis, take several seats!

April 3, 2019

The term has quite dark origins. Given that the majority of stans are screaming teenagers, many will be unaware of Eminem & Dido’s 2001 hit song Stan. Eminem has spoken many times before about his greatest fear; that he will be murdered by a crazed fan

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.

Food

Grub Guide: Meltdown

April 3, 2019

That is exactly what Meltdown has done with one of their signature sandwiches, the “Mac Mama”. It is one of many creations, founder Maeve O’Malley, came up with that has put her epic toasties a step above the rest.

Lifestyle

Finding the right festival

April 3, 2019

If you like good music and a feel good, chilled out festival, Sea Sessions is the one for you. Sea Sessions is the surf and music festival held in the beautiful seaside town of Bundoran in Donegal.

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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.

Lifestyle

Wanderlust: Amsterdam

April 3, 2019

Sex shows, sex museums and ‘peep shows’ are all worthwhile attractions for visitors who don’t want to avail of the ‘full’ experience. The peep shows are probably the most accessible, as for just €2, you can watch a live sex show for two minutes.

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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.

Lifestyle

Time to travel eco-friendly

April 3, 2019

Ecolodges became popular around this time also. They allow visitors to live completely inside natural environments. The lodges are intended to blend with the landscape around them. The main function is to allow visitors to be in close contact with nature without disturbing it.

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.

Food

Banging on about burritos

April 3, 2019

Directly translated from Spanish, burrito means “little donkey”. Some people believe that it could simply be because burritos look a bit like a donkey’s ears or the rolled packs and bedrolls often carried by donkeys.

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?

Lifestyle

Time to Ket rid of your depression

March 20, 2019

The club drug may be fastest-acting antidepressant ever. It can lift a severe depressive mood in hours. Traditional antidepressants, such as SSRI’s like Prozac and Zoloft, take weeks to treat symptoms.

Food

Grub Guide: Mulino

March 20, 2019

The deserts are not to be forgotten either with a number of delectable treats available to send you home happy. If you’re feeling really cultured the Italian cheeseboard, which also comes with fruit, nuts and honey, could be the one for you.  

Lifestyle

Is dry shampoo damaging your hair?

March 20, 2019

Experts say it’s bad to wash your hair every day because it strips the hair of its natural oils. They say you should wash your hair every two to three days, but this can be difficult for those with fine hair as it gets greasier and limp more quickly.

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

Food

Beat the bloat

March 20, 2019

Foods that contain a high amount of short-chain carbohydrates generally tend to produce more liquid and gas when being digested, often leading to a visibly larger stomach.

Lifestyle

Menstruation shouldn’t stop you working out. Period.

March 20, 2019

However, during this time testosterone levels rise leading to greater benefits from strength training. This coupled with the increased pain tolerance and faster muscle recovery gained from low hormone levels mean you will be able to train harder for longer.