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James Blunt Beams Into Dublin

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James Blunt. Two words that can cause so much division, usually followed by vitriol, and few can justifiably explain why. Nobody was more sick of hearing the constant refrain of “… you’re beautiful…” across airwaves in the last ten years than the man himself and sadly most people missed the fact that he is an exceptional talent in the meantime. On Thursday night he reminded a near full 3Arena just how good he is. Continue reading

Dublin Grooves To Jake Clemons

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Rarely I go to a gig entirely oblivious to the music of whichever artist I go to see. I’ll usually at least know their biggest hit. But when said artist is the sax player in my all time favourite band, good faith alone sees me buying a ticket, and I’m glad I did.

As I myself was, anyone who buys a ticket to see Jake Clemons based on his E Street involvement will be quite surprised. The sax is there, but he’s a singer and artist in his own right and from his legendary front man  and mythological uncle he’s picked up quite a few tricks of the trade. Special mention has got to go firstly to Clemons’ support act (and indeed joint vocalist for some of the main act) Nicole Maguire. Hailing from Cork she told us how Clemons has taken a shine to her work and she is now on her second tour with him, well deserved for the quality of work she is producing. Walking into Whelans admittedly a little late and catching her mid song was a near TV moment for me, my attention fixed on nothing but the hugely impressive talent emitting from the stage. Watch her closely. Continue reading

This Is Where I Leave You – Better Left Unwatched

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After the abysmal August Osage County, This Is Where I Leave You is another painfully humourless attempt at a family drama.

When Judd Altman (Jason Bateman) walks in on his wife Quinn (Abigail Spencer) having sex with his boss (Dax Shepard) he unravels, unsure of who is and what he wants in life.

In the midst of his depression Judd’s father dies and his grieving mother Hillary (Jane Fonda) orders him back to the family home, to sit Shiva with his siblings. Continue reading

The Book of Life

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The Book of Life is a quirky animation film by director Jorge R Gutiérrez, celebrating Mexican folklore and the Day of the Dead.

The story begins outside a dusty old museum with a rag-tag bunch of temperamental children showing up for a tour and delightful guide, with long hair and a sexy smile showing them a hidden doorway.

With the help of wooden puppets she begins telling the old Mexican folktale of Manolo (Diego Luna), Joaquin (Channing Tatum) and Maria (Zoe Saldana). Continue reading

Film Review: Serena

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Wrapping in 2012 Serena has sat on a shelf until now, and maybe it was better that way. Director Susanne Bier’s disjointed anti-romance starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper may be highly anticipated but doesn’t seem to capture its audience quite as hoped.

The melodrama is set in America in the 1930s and tells the story of logging baron George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper). When Pemberton’s timber empire begins to crumble he leaves the beauty of the North Carolina Mountains to seek help from big city bankers. While sipping cocktails he spots Serena Shaw (Jennifer Lawrence) riding on the back of a white stallion, the wind in her hair and he instantly falls in love.

After a short and passionate courtship, they marry and George returns home to his trees with his beautiful bride in tow. His colleagues aren’t very welcoming but that doesn’t deter the outdoorsy and very capable Serena to soon take over. Continue reading

Old Crow Bring Americana To Vicar Street

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There may have been a hurricane blowing out west, but in Dublin it was all about Tennessee Tornadoes. Apart from the apt weather based humour, I think I’ve finally settled on the best description I can give to the lunatics of Old Crow Medicine Show. Back in Dublin for the second time in as many years, in an age where certain other country stars find it hard to get over here at all, they showed every inch of their grass roots class to put on one of the best live shows you’re ever likely to see.

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Simple Fixes From EA Boost Sims 4 Experience

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The Sims 4 is the latest instalment to the much loved virtual family experience, a unique set of games that arrive feature-light before being bumped up with downloadable content which normally comes at a charge but some mixed feedback from gamers has shifted the paradigm slightly.

Evidently some content remains missing but will follow very soon, with pets, furniture and better clothing options all set to become available in the near future. There are only eight career choices though they allow you to specialise in one of two ways once you achieve a certain rank in your chosen profession.

Onto the changes in the series. Create-a-Style, which felt like the correct way to approach interior design in The Sims, is gone. The lack of swimming pools is evidently noticeable although plans are afoot to change that while newborns go from toddler to adolescent in next to no time, feels like a sign of the times.  Continue reading

Irish Film Patrick’s Day Tackles Mental Health Intimacy Rights

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As World Mental Health Day approaches there have been increased discussions in the media on the issues that those who are suffering from mental health illnesses face on a regular basis. The stigma that has in the past prevented people talking about their issues has finally begun to fade in modern day Ireland, however there is one remaining taboo, the issue of mental health and the right to intimacy.

The idea that a person suffering from mental health issues deserves the same rights to intimacy as everyone else is examined in Terry McMahon’s multi-award winning film Patrick’s Day. This film is the powerful tale of a young man with mental health issues who falls for a suicidal flight attendant only for his overprotective mother to enlist the help of a dysfunctional cop to separate them. Continue reading

Film Review: Gone Girl

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This autumn’s most anticipated thriller Gone Girl is finally here and it doesn’t disappoint. Adapted by the author herself, Gillian Flynn has turned her bestseller successfully into a Hollywood blockbuster.

On their fifth year wedding anniversary Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) arrives home to find his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) has disappeared. He calls the police assuming someone broke in and abducted her, but as the investigation unfolds things just don’t add up.

Detectives Boney (Kim Dickens) and Gilpin (Patrick Fugit) soon change the investigation from abduction to murder and Nick becomes their main suspect. Continue reading

Film Review: The Calling

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Based in a small snowy town in Canada with a female cop as a lead The Calling is begging to be compared with Fargo. Sadly The Calling falls somewhat short as the dark humour in missing and it feels more like a TV drama than a big screen thriller despite its stellar cast.

Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef (Susan Sarandon) holds down an undemanding job in a sleepy town in Ontario. Despite taking painkillers and enjoying her booze she seems to know what she is doing which becomes more evident when a gruesome murder occurs. Continue reading