DeVINE right

You know what it is. Vine; the twitter of videos. When they were around, they were gold; six seconds of brilliance. Now they’re gone, but even still, two years since Vine was shutdown, we are still talking about them and using them; we quote Vines, we watch the infinite compilations on YouTube of everyone’s favourites,…

Film & TV: Sidebar

New in Cinema: If you like mindless action movies then a trip to the cinema is a must this week. The latest instalment in the Predator franchise, inventively titled The Predator, boasts a cast including Olivia Munn, Boyd Holbrook (the big bad-guy in Logan- yes, I’ll shut up about that movie now), Keegan-Michael Key (of…

Review: Disenchantment

One of the many advantages of the emergence of Netflix as a dominant force in the creation of new tv shows is that it allows some of the best creative minds of our generation the freedom to create and build with any overt interference from pushy studios and producers. This fact is certainly evident in…

Environmentalism in the Simpsons

The Simpsons has been on the air since December 1989, and though the quality may have dipped in recent years in the fans’ eyes, the show doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. With a show that’s been on television for that long, it’s no small wonder that the Simpsons have covered pretty much…

Review: Derry Girls

Ten years ago a comedy with The Troubles as its backdrop would have been booed off television. However, in 2018 Lisa McGee has gotten it just right – and made every person in Ireland, North or South of the border, fall in love with her witty and engaging sitcom, Derry Girls. Centred around four teenage…

Review: The Mercy

Despite being the inspiration for dozens of films, plays and novels (including another film coming out later this month), most will be unfamiliar with the story of Donald Crowhurst. A businessman and weekend sailor, Crowhurst (Colin Firth) chooses to enter the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race to claim the title of first person to…

An interview with Michelle of Ireland Simpsons Fans

I can’t remember how many conversations I’ve had that haven’t contained at least three references to The Simpsons – it honestly may be easier to count the conversations that didn’t contain reference to Matt Groening’s cartoon creation. If you’re an Irish person of a certain age, your post-school afternoons were built around waiting for The…