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Posts Tagged ‘ Manhattan ’

Double Standards: The Tale Of Sean Dunne

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Up until a few months back, the only business-trader this correspondent heard of negotiating deals while still bankrupt was Del ‘Boy’ Trotter; when he convinced Sid, the manager of the Nag’s Head, & Denzil, the owner of an artic-truck into a bulk-buying booze-run to Calais (while still insolvent due to bad investments in the Central American markets).

Your correspondent heard of another business-man recently negotiating a deal while still bankrupt, namely the property developer Sean Dunne; who helped convince the seller of 74 Grand Street, Soho, Manhattan to trade it for €3.6 million (while still insolvent due to bad investments in the Irish market).

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Film Review : Inside Llewyn Davis

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New York, 1961 – the fifties are gone, the sixties are yet to swing. Shot in washed out greys and wintry browns, this historical no-man’s land is the perfect setting for Inside Llewyn Davis – a tale of chilly rootlessness.

Llewyn, the folk musician at the heart of the film, is of no fixed abode. Constantly on the move, he seems destined to wander – a stoical Ulysses of Manhattan with no winter coat and no destination. We first encounter Llewyn on a basement stage in Greenwich Village, singing the refrain from Hang Me Oh Hang Me (‘Poor Boy, I been all around this world’), and the film proceeds to loop itself around a week in the life of this immaculately-bearded troubadour. Continue reading

Blue Jasmine

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Woody Allen is back, again. After Midnight in Paris and Vicky Cristina Barcelona he is returning to what he knows best: neurotic behaviour. But Blue Jasmine is far from a comedy; it is a drama portraying the breakdown of the high and mighty.

Self-named Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) has lost everything, her husband, her pent-house, her step-son and all of her money. Forced to abandon her Park Avenue home Jasmine moves in with her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) in San Francisco. This shabby chic apartment above a Mexican café is far from her usual standards and she can seemingly only survive with the help of a steady flow of alcohol. Continue reading

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