●●●●○ If visited in a rush, Beyond the Three Perfections, running in the Coach House of Dublin Castle Gardens until December 8th, seems utterly conventional. Sponsored by the Office of Public Works, featuring President Higgins’ verses and aimed at celebrating … Continue reading Beyond the Three Perfections – review Linking poetry, calligraphy and painting.
●●●●● David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors recently referred to the community of independent rock as mostly “miming a codified set of sounds and practices whose significance is inherited rather than discovered reflective of the world as we experience it now.” … Continue reading King Krule’s “The Ooz” Finally Gets Us Excited for Indie Rock While none of its inspirations are hard to decipher, these sounds come together like a collage that looks as a whole entirely different from its embodied parts.
●●●○○ This dark, seventeenth-century historical thriller takes its lead from Tom Hardy’s Taboo and Peaky Blinders, bringing shady alleys and violence to period drama. There’s something of the vanity project to this three-parter – Kit Harington co-produces and stars as … Continue reading BBC One’s “Gunpowder” – review It’s 1605, Elizabeth I is dead, James VI of Scotland has become James I of England, and Protestant persecution of Catholics is escalating.
Fish in a curl Use Dublin Bay prawns. Not the ones flown in from the Pacific. That would be treason. Buying them frozen is fine — when fresh they go smelly very quickly. Decide how many you can afford, and … Continue reading Fish: Four Forms Fish is fast. We all live very fast. Here are four flash formulas for fleeting eating.
●●●●● The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night, a collection of short stories by Jen Campbell, has recently been published by Two Road Books. This collection focuses on the conventions of the fairytale and turns it … Continue reading Fairytales with a haunting twist: “The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night” Jen Campbell swaps the horse and carriage for broken hearts and murder in her new collection of short stories.
●●○○○ I am disappointed to report that George Clooney’s latest foray into directing has proven a flop, to say the least. With a disjointed plot, and an unsatisfactory commentary on racism in late 1950s America, Suburbicon leaves much to be … Continue reading ‘Suburbicon’ Should Have Stayed in the Past George Clooney’s latest foray into directing has proven a flop.
●●●●○ Super Mario Odyssey, one of the most highly-anticipated titles for the Nintendo Switch, has finally hit the shelves of game stores around the world. Nintendo have been hyping up the game all year, and pre-release reviews have been calling … Continue reading Super Mario Odyssey for Nintendo Switch – review It’s given the franchise a much-needed refresh, though Bowser has kidnapped Princess Peach yet again.
●●●●○ Very few people have not heard of that famous line uttered by Miranda Priestly in the film The Devil Wears Prada: “Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” Designer Erdem Moralioglu turns this statement on its head. On Thursday, 2 November, a … Continue reading Erdem x H&M Collection – review Florals aren’t just for spring.
CW: Rape, Sexual Assault, Social media We’ve all seen the hashtag campaign: it exploded after actor Alyssa Milano tweeted on the 15th of October: #metoo Suggested by a friend: “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted … Continue reading #MeToo Every story that is told is heartbreakingly familiar.
When you think of queer musicians, you may think of the queens of pop that have always been at the very top of the Pride playlist like Gaga, Britney, and Madonna. Yes, they are icons and will always remain beloved … Continue reading Born This Gay: Queer Artists Representing in the Music Industry Uplifting, inspirational, and fantastically cool, these are some queer artists you should be listening to.
●●●●● During my teens, I went through a bit of a Faith No More obsession. If it was even tangentially related, I bought and listened to it. One of those numerous side-project albums (Delìrivm Còrdia by Fantômas) still sticks in my … Continue reading Yorgos Lanthimos’ Elegantly Grotesque “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” It is an exceptional achievement in the art of pushing an audience to the limits of unease.
●●●●○ It has been 22 years since Philip Pullman set pen to paper and created the first novel in his seminal trilogy His Dark Materials. In that space of time, we have had a movie adaptation with Daniel Craig and … Continue reading Dust, Daemons and Dark Materials: Philip Pullman’s “The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage” Pullman’s long awaited return to the universe of “His Dark Materials” makes a worthy addition to this reader’s bookshelf.