Archive for ‘August, 2014’

The last survivor of the legendary Great Blasket Islands community tells his story

The Loneliest Boy in the World gives us another insight into the way of life of the famous islanders who were relocated to the County Kerry mainland in the 1950s.

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The new Sin City is a lazy retread of the original

Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller can’t come up with an original thought for this, the sequel to the excellent pulp/noir that was one of 2005’s best films.

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New novel Motor City Burning recalls the aftermath of the ’67 riots

Sure, you’ve heard of the summer Detroit burned — but what happened then, as the wounded city tried to go on?

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Two excellent new(ish) Irish CDs mark the beginning of two careers to watch

Multi-instrumentalist Louise Mulcahy and piper Joey Abarta have released terrific solo records that you should buy immediately. Yes. You. Now. Buy them. Now. Go.

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Get On Up is a (mainly) worthy biopic of the Godfather of Soul

James Brown lived a famously messy life, and a lot of that mess — plus his triumphs, brutal childhood and endless drive to be a star — is in this astute and sobering film.

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