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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

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Another crazy night in Basin City, as a gambler beats the wrong man, an old lover returns to Dwight’s life with a hidden agenda and Nancy craves revenge for the death of her hero Hartigan.

A Dame to Kill For is broken into these clearly identifiable segments, with the continuing story of Nancy and the introduction of Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Johnny being the book-ends to the main attraction. The inner narrative taking the bulk of the film, starring Josh Brolin as Dwight, previous to his new face that Clive Owen portrayed in the first film. Eva Green is perfectly cast as manipulative Ava Lord and her stunning confidence brings the comic book femme fatale fully to life in magnificent fashion. The “A Dame to Kill For Segment” is almost panel for frame from the page. Its mesmerising visual similarities are a delight for comic book fans starved for faithful adaptations of their beloved stories. For cinema goers who are unfamiliar with the source material the entire film offers a pulp noir that thoroughly entertains. Continue reading

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Is Di Maria The Answer To United’s Problems?

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Manchester United today confirmed the British transfer record signing of Angel DiMaria for a whopping €75m (£59.7m), eclipsing January’s record buy, Juan Mata, who cost a cool €46m (£37.1m). The fast, intelligent and versatile Argentinian is most naturally suited to the left wing, but has proven his adaptability at former club Real Madrid by playing across the the midfield and attacking line. Continue reading

Rent-a-Room: The Solution To Student Housing In Galway?

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With the ever-rising costs of living and the high rates for rent in Galway, students are struggling to find affordable accommodation for the new term. The Rent-a-Room tax relief scheme allows a homeowner to accrue a tax free income of up to €10,000 per annum. Aidan Clifford, technical director of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants promotes the idea, citing that “The Rent-A- Room relief is a good option for Galway home owners with a spare room located near good transport routes”. But is this what is best for both the homeowners and the students? On the surface this wonderful scheme seems ideal, with the homeowners able to earn potentially tax free earnings and students being able to find affordable accommodation, yet there seems little structure or security for the tenant and the homeowner seems to hold all the power unmonitored.

The intrusion of opening your home to a total stranger is daunting at best, especially if that person is a lively, energetic teenager free from the shackles of his/her parents for the first time. Homeowners have earned the right to enjoy the privacy and safety they have worked so hard for and giving that up will not be an easy decision for anyone. The cold hard fact that the cost of living is higher than ever, and that jobs are sparse could cause many who are not prepared for such responsibility to do so out of necessity as opposed to choice. The elderly people touted as ideal for the programme may not be able to cope with the arrival of a young person in their living space. Students are notoriously loud, disruptive and often seen as a nuisance in big college or university towns. How would an elderly person cope with a nineteen year old man bringing home his drunken classmate for a roll in the hay at 3am? They won’t, they can’t. It is as simple as that. The risk to some potential “landlords” in this case seem to be vastly under examined, as are the dangers to the students in question. Continue reading

Is Piracy Responsible For The Failings Of Expendables 3?

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Prior to its cinematic release, The Expendables 3 was discovered to have been leaked online. The high quality screener copy of the film was quickly snapped up by hungry pirates all over the world, ready for their fix of blood, violence and quippy one-liners. Lionsgate, the distribution company, immediately reacted by demanding sites be taken down and the torrent removed. But, as with all things on the internet, once it is online it is staying there and the screener is still available to many internationally.

Huge torrent sites, such as Kick Ass, have removed the film entirely from their sites fearing more vigorous attacks from Lionsgate through the courts. The company has seen the film underachieve at the box office, and the current consensus is that this is due to piracy. The matter of financial gain versus quality art is more apparent than ever in the modern industry, and regardless of personal feelings towards the act of piracy it is becoming a more and more heavily debated social topic. Are the pirates ruining the film industry? Or is the greed of the Hollywood system destroying film? All films require profit to be a success in the eyes of the production company, and many of the lower budget films released do not have the financial backing to stand up to the economic consequences of piracy. The Expendables 3 may be a big budget, Hollywood picture filled to the rafters with A-Listers, but that does not mean piracy will not negatively effect the future of the much loved action franchise. Further, if Lionsgate, who have the financial means to attack the sites, and are able to do so, then legally they are within their right. More so, being more powerful in terms of financial backing they have a responsibility to do so to protect themselves and smaller budget films and companies. But is piracy to blame for a fall in the film’s box office success? Or is piracy merely a scapegoat for the failings of a bad movie? Our critics review is available to read here. Continue reading

The Intrusion Of Social Networking

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Social Networking website Facebook offers international communication for all its users, seemingly for free; but as we all know- nothing comes free in this world. Facebook users on mobile devices such as phone are now unable to access the messaging service unless they install the new splintered app. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg intends to monetise the app, apparently at the cost of the user. This move goes against everything social networking stands for – but it is not the most concerning aspect of the newly formatted service.

The app promises that it is faster than the built in messenger system and Facebook boast that they have seen 20% of messengers are responding quicker. This is an interesting claim from the multi-billion dollar company considering that Facebook uses an instant message system. How can a message be received any quicker than instantly? The only way instant messages can be responded to any quicker is if the notification system is improved to deliver notice of the message received and that would not require a new, separate app from Facebook – which is what the new messenger system is. Continue reading

Have Manchester United Learned From Last Season?

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With Bobby Charlton having admitted that Manchester United made mistakes last season, the question on all football fans lips is- can United learn from the mistakes made under David Moyes and return to the summit of the Premier League?

United fans cringed last season watching United play dull, boring and ineffective football that left them in 7th and without any European football for the first time since the 90’s. David Moyes was an abysmal and embarrassing failure, one United are keen not to replicate. His lack of confidence against the big teams shone through, and his negative tactics and poor substitution decisions left many wondering what Sir Alex Ferguson and the United board ever saw in the former Everton manager. The summer transfer window was truly embarrassing with only Maroaune Fellaini bought in as a deadline day panic signing that saw the club pay far more than he was worth. Fellaini has failed at United, and his attitude of having nothing to prove seems to surmise him as a footballer. It has been rumoured that the transfer failings were down to Ed Woodward’s inexperience and Moyes dithering and panicking over large fees. He still managed to spend over £60m with Fellaini and Juan Mata brought in to revamp the sub-par United midfield. The importance Moyes placed on Wayne Rooney was a further humiliation, as Moyes proved he felt the potential captain was more important than the club as a whole, rumour of Rooney being consulted on all transfer dealings was met with amazement by fans. David Moyes was a mistake that left the great club in tatters and as a result the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic have all departed. United now have few players with real experience and as such it is time for the new to emerge. Continue reading

Galway The Next Capital Of Culture?

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The summer brings warm weather, beautiful clear blue skies and plenty of entertainment for the whole family. July is notoriously one of the busiest and most exciting months of the year with festivals, fleadhs, tournaments and celebrations internationally. It is the one month that there is quite literally something for everyone to enjoy. In Ireland the community spirit can be felt by the most cynical of tourists, and the family orientated activities and events amuse the most curious of adults and children alike. The world watched as Germany stampeded their way to becoming world champions, destroying hosts Brazil as they galloped to the final. San Diego Comic Con is in full swing with reveals of all the upcoming blockbuster movies being leaked online by eager fans desperate to share the first teaser trailer of Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. The Tour de France finished on Sunday with Vincenzo Nibali becoming its 101st winner. July is filled with excitement, culture and entertainment. Galway City is no different, offering plenty for the people of Ireland, and visitors, to enjoy and partake in.

Galway is a glorious city, with clean streets and beautiful architecture to feast your eyes on. The atmosphere is relaxed and calm, as the streets fill with visitors and locals relish in all the wonderments the city has to offer. July is a very busy month for Galway, with the annual Film Fleadh, the International Arts Festival and this week it is the Galway Races.  The entire month is event after event that showcases the wonderful culture of the great city, and invites the world to marvel at its magnificence. With so much going on in the city, and the county as a whole, surely Galway should be considered to be an upcoming European Capital of Culture. With speculation that Dublin could be chosen for 2020, potentially making it the first European City to be so twice; it is reasonable to think that Galway would be a better choice for Ireland as a whole. Continue reading

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