It sounds like something out of a crime drama: a pop star is groped at a meet ‘n greet, and then the groper turns around to sue his victim for defamation of character. But this isn’t the latest Law & … Continue reading Swift Justice There was Bad Blood in the courtroom when Taylor Swift countersued the DJ who groped her back in 2015. Her legal victory contributes to the important conversation about rape culture and bodily autonomy: Maia Mathieu explains why we can’t just Shake It Off.
Native to the cool temperatures of the Northern Hemisphere, the bell-shaped, porcelain petals of the lily-of-the-valley have become an emblem of the House of Dior. Known as muguet in French, the flower has been accredited as a symbol of good … Continue reading Flowers of Fashion: Dior’s Lily-of-the-Valley The story behind the emblem
Dublin’s Light House Cinema has just announced a new season for their September calendar. HACKS is “a season of films focused on the world of journalism in all its forms covering television, print, online and everything in between”, states the … Continue reading HACKS: The New Must-See Film Season Coming to Light House Cinema Sorcha Ni Cheallaigh takes a look at the new cinematic season coming to Light House Cinema this September.
●●●○○ Crestfall is a play that caused disgust and protestations when it was first performed at the Gate Theatre in 2003, and this new performance by Druid on the Abbey’s Peacock Stage perfects that beautiful outrage. Crestfall abandons the glorious … Continue reading “Crestfall” – Vulgar, violent but visually stunning Crestfall abandons the glorious Kathleen Ni Houlihan and provides a darker and more insidious image of women in Ireland dealing with domestic abuse, prostitution, animal cruelty and extreme violence.
The final episode of Poldark’s third series opened with coastlines, rum, warbling, and even a flicked-out sailor’s telescope (not a euphemism). There were love letters with phrases like ‘press but her lips to mine, and never let love decay’ (basically the eighteenth century’s answer to sexting); George was screwing over the poor again; and Geoffrey Charles was channeling Aunt Agatha (“It’s a Poldark house! And he’s a usurper!”). This being a series finale, however, it was inevitable they’d invoke the ancient Poldark rule that no more than two people can be happy at any one time (this week it was Dwight and Caroline). I predicted a finale of adultery and clifftop contemplation, mining and murder, and though there was less of the latter, they went hell for leather on the former.
●●●●○ Jimmy’s Hall is the theatre adaptation of Ken Loach’s 2014 film, relaying the true story of Irish communist James Gralton, and his plight to avoid deportation from post-Civil War Ireland. His crime? Setting up a dance hall, a safe … Continue reading “Jimmy’s Hall” at the Abbey Theatre – review Running in the Abbey after a short stint in Leitrim, “Jimmy’s Hall” lavishly immerses the audience into Irish culture, matching the bleak with the bright to showcase a polished production perfect for the summer season.
●●●●● All alone on the stage with his back hunched over his guitar, cradling it as he gently plucked the strings with his fingers. His eyes closed in careful concentration, completely invested in every sound that emerged. His foot methodically … Continue reading Junior Brother @ Whelan’s Upstairs Stacey Wrenn reviews her experience at Junior Brother’s most recent gig in Whelan’s.
●●●●○ Kesha has been put through the ringer since the release of her last album, Warrior, in 2012. As well as undergoing a stint in rehab for her bulimia, she’s been entangled in a high-profile legal battle with Dr Luke … Continue reading ‘Rainbow’: Kesha’s Triumphant Return to the Music World In our newest Track By Track; senior writer Rory Codd takes a look at today’s release from Kesha, marking her defiant return to the music industry.
Defying the stereotype that “women’s movie ideas aren’t commercial enough for Hollywood,” Wonder Woman, with a female lead (Gal Gadot) and a female director (Patti Jenkins), may be this summer’s great hit movie, grossing nearly $800 million worldwide as of August … Continue reading The Bechdel(-Wallace) Test “Pretty strict, but a good idea.”
●●●●○ In a Heartbeat: the four-minute short film here to brighten your day. This independent début – which has racked up 23 million views at the time of writing, captures first crushes and adolescent awkwardness as a boy risks being … Continue reading In a Heartbeat: The Four Minute Short Film to Brighten Your Day
The camellia flower of House Chanel has become one of one the most iconic emblems in fashion history. It was a fated relationship it would seem, as when arranged in a curve, the rounded petals of the camellia form a … Continue reading Flowers of Fashion: Chanel’s Camellia The first in a series of connections between floras and fashion
Sebastian Barry delivers an incredible novel with Days Without End. Winner of the 2016 Costa Book of the Year, Barry’s ninth novel is now in the running for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. This will be the author’s third time … Continue reading Tn2’s Man Booker Picks: Days Without End by Sebastian Barry The war novel that focuses on the individual over the sweeping cause
●●●○○ The story that Netflix‘s new indie rom-com follows is a familiar one. You have your twenty-something woman in a creative field, living in a gorgeous apartment in the big city that you know she could never afford in real … Continue reading ‘The Incredible Jessica James’ is one dope film Maia Mathieu reviews the freshest indie rom-com on Netflix.
We’re back to hook you up with the best Netflix viewing this August. Instead of compulsively refreshing Instagram and brooding over everyone you know drinking umbrella cocktails in some tropical paradise, tune in and veg out with TN2, with our … Continue reading Netflix: What To Watch – August
The penultimate episode of Poldark series three was a bit of a belter, mainly thanks to one particularly spectacular bait and switch. Poldark rarely employs overt storytelling devices (there’s only been one hallucinatory vision sequence so far this year, and hardly any voiceovers) but when they do, it’s marvellous. SPOILERS!
Today marks the start of GAZE Dublin’s 25th LGBT film festival. The best contemporary LGBT films will be celebrated at the Light House Cinema in Smithfield this bank holiday weekend. The programme will include documentaries, discussions and retrospective screenings. The … Continue reading GAZE LGBT Film Festival Dublin Queer cinema is at home in Dublin in this look at the programme for 2017
Sifting through YouTube compilations of what the Beach Boys’ Sunflower could have been during those early 1970s, when the band at last picked up their slithery muse again, holding on as long as that period which brought them the exotic … Continue reading Retro Records: The Beach Boys’ Sunflower The intriguing and troubled production history of the album and it’s band members is analysed in conjunction with the tracks featured on Sunflower
Having studied The Great Gatsby for the Leaving Cert, I could write about the intricacies of its plot and language until my fingers turned blue with ink as the clock ticked down on the frenzied, nightmarish race that is English … Continue reading “The Great Gatsby” – review The Gate has removed its seats, lowered its chandeliers and transformed the entire building into the enigmatic Gatsby mansion where characters roam the dance floor, ready to whisper in your ear at one moment and dance wildly with you the next.
Listening to three 30-year-old teachers in towels talking about how much they hated their lives at four in the morning was not my typical idea of a Wednesday night. Temple Bar’s gay sauna, The Boilerhouse, had long been a … Continue reading Bed, Bath and Beyond What draws people to Temple Bar’s gay sauna, The Boilerhouse?
Water tends not to be a favoured artistic icon, yet it is a central topic for Collapsing Horse’s new comedy The Water Orchard, a quirky and genuinely funny play produced in conjunction with Project Arts Centre. While each character is … Continue reading The Water Orchard