There’s bin a murrdurr

10th February 2009

Oisín Kealy For me, Kylie Minogue has made no greater contribution to music than with her death. This is not proposed derisively; for the hit machine she proved herself to be through much of this decade, I cannot deny her a certain deserved acclaim. My argument is that no artistic endeavour she has made up ...


The world’s oldest conflict: Gaza’s ruins

21st January 2009

 James Foley As fragile ceasefires are announced by both Israel and Hamas, James Foley reports upon the history and geopolitical dynamics of the Middle East conflict Tony Blair asked a disgruntled electorate to let history judge the value of the War on Terror. Already, history’s verdict is damning. Barack Obama assumes office on January 20th ...


A clear voice of authority

21st January 2009

Tom Bonnick talks to Raimi Gbadamosi about race, language and power When I sit down to interview Raimi Gbadamosi, the first thing that he remarks upon is that my Dictaphone looks like a Gameboy. In print, this seems like any other throwaway aside, but in person it is slightly disconcerting, having so mundane and familiar ...


Valkyrie (Dir: Bryan Singer)

21st January 2009

Emily McQueen-Govan After a repeatedly delayed release, problems with casting, and eventually, a whole host of well-known names led by that most famous and ridiculed of all, Tom Cruise, Valkyrie seemed a project that would not make it past the reviews. Set in July of 1944, the story is that of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg ...


The Wrestler (Dir: Darren Aranofsky)

21st January 2009

Frank Lazarski In Barry Levinson’s 1982 picture ‘Diner’, there is a scene in which Mickey Rourke, as Boogie, is at the local dance. Against a backdrop of mealy-mouthed teenagers twisting in a music hall, he talks with a dark haired girl about who she’s leaving with. Quietly, lying with a half-smile, he tells her he ...


Role Models (Dir: David Wain)

21st January 2009

Lewis Porteous Role Models opens with a comic set piece in which Stifler from American Pie forces Paul Rudd to smell his index and middle fingers, while alluding to having recently engaged in sexual activity with the hot, subservient babe from whose classic sports car he has just dismounted. With expert timing, and displaying a ...


Revolutionary Road (Dir: Sam Mendes)

21st January 2009

Tom Bonnick Of all the year’s releases, Revolutionary Road must be the one with which the most inflated set of expectations come attached — and for a number of reasons; some good, and some bad. The one that has received the most attention is, typically, the least gripping: the much prophesied reunion of those ill-fated ...


Frost / Nixon (Dir: Ron Howard)

21st January 2009

Laura Doherty Our generation are probably more familiar with David Frost for peering through celebrities’ keyholes, rather than for coming face to face with one of the more infamous US Presidents in recent history. Enter Frost/Nixon to help pave the road to enlightenment for us ignorant youths. This stage-to-screen adaptation — written by Peter Morgan, ...


The future’s gloomy

21st January 2009

Lewis Porteous Given the staggeringly low cost of buying DVDs online and the increasing ease with which upcoming films can be illegally downloaded well in advance of their domestic release, one would expect our nation’s cinemas not to torture and alienate their regular patrons. Purists often claim that the experience of going to see a ...


Cleanliness is Godliness

21st January 2009

Michelle Williams casts doubts aside and investigates the mysterious power of detox The very word ‘detox’ sets my cynical sense a’tingling. Firstly, it makes me think of companies profiting from the guilty consciences and good intentions of the weak willed, and second, of pseudo-medical mumbo jumbo creating a false need for something that your body ...