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.

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.

Flowers of Fashion: Dior’s Lily-of-the-Valley The story behind the emblem

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

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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.

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” – 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.

●●●○○ 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.

Keeping up with Poldark – season 3, episode 9 – the finale Kettles on, tricorn hats out, good coats at the ready: it’s time for one final fling with this year’s series of Poldark.

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.

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“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.

●●●●○ 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.

Junior Brother @ Whelan’s Upstairs Stacey Wrenn reviews her experience at Junior Brother's most recent gig in Whelan's.

●●●●● 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.

‘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.

●●●●○ 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.

Flowers of Fashion: Chanel’s Camellia The first in a series of connections between floras and fashion

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

Tn2’s Man Booker Picks: Days Without End by Sebastian Barry The war novel that focuses on the individual over the sweeping cause

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 Incredible Jessica James’ is one dope film Maia Mathieu reviews the freshest indie rom-com on Netflix.

●●●○○ 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.

Keeping up with Poldark – season 3, episode 8 Extramarital shifting! Heartfelt confessions! Shiny hair! Fireside snacks! Murder?

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!

GAZE LGBT Film Festival Dublin Queer cinema is at home in Dublin in this look at the programme for 2017

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

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

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

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“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.

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.