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Tropic Thunder (Dir. Ben Stiller)

29th September 2008

Chris Pesch There’s a school of thought which insists that everybody, regardless of how much wrong they have done, is deserving of another chance. Ben Stiller must be the one exception to this rule, as even the kindest of discerning hearts would surely agree that he should never be allowed within miles of a director’s ...


The Wave (Dir. Dennis Gansel)

29th September 2008

Emily McQueen-Govan It is easy to establish a dictatorship when the required ingredients are pre-eminent in society. That is the premise of ‘The Wave,’ Dennis Gansel’s film based on a real-life incident  which took place in a California high school during 1967, producing disturbing results in the students who took part. ‘The Wave’ relocates the ...


Playing Ketchup

29th September 2008

Michelle Williams braves Ashton Lane’s newest arrival Now, I ain’t no doctor or nothin’, but I do know a thing or two about burgers. In my house burgers come fat, juicy and homemade, full of chillis and smothered in sauces, so any restaurant efforts have a lot to prove in order to cut the mustard. ...


Le geek – c’est chic!

29th September 2008

Tara Hepburn A friend said to me recently that she had no time for fashion — that it’s intimidating and elitist, and annoyingly ‘cool’. And whilst that’s a slightly sweeping excuse for her own sartorial ineptitude, it’s a belief that’s not without grounding. The world of fashion has been a bit bold and daunting of ...


Freshers & finals

29th September 2008

David Kirkpatrick It’s cold outside, Christmas cards are on sale and I’m sitting waiting for a cheerful, white bearded old man to appear. There’s only one logical conclusion: it has to be the first seminar of term. But how did I get here? I’m in yesterday’s clothes and there’s a faint taste of rohypnol on ...


Records and Rolexes – The battle for Freshers’ Week ’08

29th September 2008

Gerry McKeever & George Binning For the high-pressure occasion that is the first night of Freshers’ week, both unions competed to win freshers to their fold with big names from hugely contrasting musical spheres. Following nicely from Dizzee Rascal last year, the GUU did well to land a performer like Wiley, with his ‘King of ...


Freshers’ Week 2008 – Hayseed Dixie – QMU

29th September 2008

Cormac Beagan & Gerry McKeever It all started a long time ago, in a valley named Deer Lick Holler. A crew of young boys managed to get their hands on a couple of AC/DC records.  Only having an old 78 to play them on, they took on a slightly different perspective to rock. When they ...


Freshers’ Week 2008 – Subcity Party – Postgraduate Club

29th September 2008

Gerry McKeever Continuing from last years’ success, the first Subcity Party/Rave went down an absolute treat on the 26th. The Universities own mob of radio-freaks are proving time and time again that they really know how to get down. This latest installation in the series continued the trend of being even more pleasantly vicious and ...


Wire – 11/09/08 – The Arches

29th September 2008

Benzo Harris At first I was skeptical — post-punk before punk was over? Transcending the genre in the mid ‘70s? Snobbish elitism comes to mind. Well, as I waited in line around a bunch of guys who coulda been my dad (and well well hey, the 70’s were a crazy time… who knows?) I figured ...


Filthy weekends

29th September 2008

Gerry McKeever No doubt many among us will have spent a considerable amount of our laughably-long summer break by standing in a muddy field attempting to sing along to someone or other performing at least 15km away, by lip-reading the lyrics from a 100ft TV screen, our only glimpse of the artist we have paid ...