1917 - a beautiful, meaningful, exhausting ride

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

I WOULD be very surprised if, next December, when putting together my Top 10 list of 2020, I do not feature two films released this week - Uncut Gems and the WWI set, 1917.

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Stories about French people with peculiar hairdos

Thu, Jan 09, 2020

THE IRISH writer Mary Byrne has gained her many accolades for her writing, including a Hennessy Award and inclusion in widely read anthologies such as the Faber Book of Best New Irish Short Stories.

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Jojo Rabbit - uneven and almost admirable

Thu, Jan 09, 2020

THE CONCEPT of Jojo Rabbit is quite shocking. Jojo is a 10-year-old boy in Nazi Germany in the last few months of the war. He loves life in the Hitler Youth which seems more like Boy Scouts than anything else.

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Galway Advertiser's Best Albums of 2019

Thu, Dec 19, 2019

1. Lankum - The Livelong Day (Rough Trade) - Galway Advertiser album of the year

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Black Christmas - not a very scary yuletide horror

Thu, Dec 19, 2019

CHRISTMAS MOVIES and horror go well together, and there is a long tradition of great Christmas horror films. Gremlins is the gold standard and showed a good Christmas horror has a good amount of comedy.

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Ó Cadhain’s last, existential, word

Thu, Dec 19, 2019

A RARE Christmas gem has just been offered to those who are fans of Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s work, but who have great difficulty in reading him in the vernacular.

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Lusting after the tastes and aromas of Istanbul

Thu, Dec 19, 2019

AUSTRALIAN-BORN poet Robyn Rowland has been a significant figure on the Irish poetry scene since she first came here in 1983, and it is more than a bit ridiculous her poetry is not more celebrated than it is.

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Honey Boy - Shia LeBeouf's on-screen therapy session

Thu, Dec 12, 2019

HONEY BOY, written by the actor Shia LeBeouf, is about his life as a child star and his time in rehab. He wrote the script in rehab after his therapist told him to write what he remembered from his childhood, after diagnosing him with PTSD.

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Album review: The Flaming Lips

Thu, Dec 05, 2019

THE LIVE album is very much a 1970s creature. In a time when your favourite band was unlikely to come to your town, it allowed you the vicarious thrill of 'almost being there' once the needle hit the vinyl.

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Knives Out - a great whodunit in the Agatha Christie mould

Thu, Dec 05, 2019

DIRECTOR RHIAN Johnson has made some of my favourite films of recent years, but while his last film was a Star Wars, his best work has always been his own scripts, particularly his spin on film noir with 2005’s Brick.

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Celebrating the quiet man of sixties British pop

Thu, Nov 28, 2019

WHILE THE name Ivor Raymonde may not be familiar, the songs he wrote, produced, or provided orchestral arrangements for, are among the finest of British sixties pop.

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Powerhouse performance from Christian Bale in Les Mans 66

Thu, Nov 28, 2019

LE MANS 66 could easily be called The Myth of American Exceptionalism: The Movie. Usually in such Hollywood stories - this chronicles the clash between European Enzo Ferrari and American Henry Ford II - it is the other way around.

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A break-up film that is a breath of fresh air

Thu, Nov 21, 2019

MARRIAGE STORY is a film about divorce. The obvious comparison is with Kramer versus Kramer but perhaps a better comparison is with Annie Hall - remember that movie starts with "Annie and I broke up” in Alvy’s monologue.

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EP review: Hiperson

Thu, Nov 14, 2019

IN A world so dominated by the English language, it is refreshing when a band goes against the grain and sings in their native tongue. Hiperson, from Chengdu in southwest China, is one such act.

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The Irishman - big cast, big cost, and worth it

Thu, Nov 14, 2019

THIS WEEK saw the release of the much anticipated The Irishman in Irish cinemas. We are lucky here in Ireland, due to Netflix's role in financing the film that is has not been released in American cinema chains.

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Geraldine Mills' poetic trek into her family history

Thu, Nov 14, 2019

THE OPENING verse of Geraldine Mills' new poetry collection, The Bone Road, reads: “They’re glad to see the back/of all the wind-crippled whins,/turn their heads from/the rain over Achill Island,/smoor the final fire.”

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Danielle Holian’s brutal truth telling

Thu, Nov 07, 2019

DANIELLE HOLIAN'S debut poetry collection, Beautifully Chaotic, is part of a boom in the popularity of poetry among young people – particularly young women – over the past few years.

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Album review: Starcrawler

Thu, Oct 31, 2019

WHAT A difference a year makes. In 2018 LA's Starcrawler's debut album arrived after much hype and celebrity endorsements from Dave Grohl and Elton John. It was spirited and energetic, but scrappy and inconsistent.

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Comedy Carnival - laughter in the Eyre in spite of Brexit

Tue, Oct 29, 2019

THE BIGGEST Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway to date just might have been the most memorable, with routines, views, and actions that delighted audiences over the last weekend, and the memory of which will keep up giggling for some time yet.

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Album review: Lankum

Thu, Oct 24, 2019

'THE WILD Rover' is known as a rambunctious, 'no regrets' ode, to a one time life of boozing. In the hands of Lankum though, it is a very different proposition.

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