IFI French Film Festival – the highlights and lowlights From the insipid "Ishmael's Ghosts" to the ironic "Happy End".

The French can stomach the baser truths about humanity that the Irish can’t. Why is this important? In grappling with life’s seedier elements, their cinema bypasses blockaded avenues of the interior – loosening the coils of your willed ignorance. Morbidity … Continue reading IFI French Film Festival – the highlights and lowlights From the insipid “Ishmael’s Ghosts” to the ironic “Happy End”.

Marionnette, ou Marie Honnête? Normandy’s CRéAM puts a modern twist on a treasured tradition, writes Aifric Doherty.

“Le festival des Marionnettes arrive”. Marionnette… Musical words tend to linger. Memories start to materialise, but then bleed into the next. Some fleeting and nebulous; the trancing Truly Scrumptious, hoodwinking the Baron as a wind-up doll in a music box… … Continue reading Marionnette, ou Marie Honnête? Normandy’s CRéAM puts a modern twist on a treasured tradition, writes Aifric Doherty.

Steely Dan @ The 3Arena Steely Dan visited The 3Arena last Saturday as part of their Aja Tour.

“You’re doing a flashmob to Steely Dan? It’s old, boring, man music. What does your flash mob do? Jump out, lose their hair, complain about their backs and doze off?” Contrary to popular belief – namely that of Lorelai Gilmore … Continue reading Steely Dan @ The 3Arena Steely Dan visited The 3Arena last Saturday as part of their Aja Tour.

Dublin Fringe Festival: The Epic, Definitive Review Fourteen shows, sixteen days.

I always preempt the experience of attending the Dublin Fringe Festival by making a commitment to myself to maintain a level of contrived ignorance. It’s a protective measure to preserve an element of the unknown that I feel parallels the … Continue reading Dublin Fringe Festival: The Epic, Definitive Review Fourteen shows, sixteen days.