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Magic Moments October 16, 2009

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My class were shown this video today. It’s an amazing montage of ordinary and extraordinary moments in life. Myself and Paula got into quite a battle to see who could publish it first. She won.

Momentous October 16, 2009

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Saw this amazing video in class today. Almost worth the €60 fee I had to pay to switch into the module. Especially love the condom/drill analogy. But it is all just beautiful.

A minute of my life is all that I’ll provide October 16, 2009

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Irish duo Heathers will be playing The Project Arts Centre in Templebar on October 28th. I have a horribly bad luck when it comes to their gigs, so I’m praying I’ll make it this time. Heathers always casually throw up gig dates on their myspace page a few days beforehand, with no fanfare at all. If you don’t happen upon the listing… tough. I usually find out a few hours before and am inevitably somewhere far far away. In fact, when they played in (the late?) Eamonn Dorans last March, I heard about the gig about fifteen minutes after it ended. Not happy.

The girls will also form part of the 100-strong line up for the Hard Working Class Heroes festival, which is taking place across Dub-a-lin this weekend. They’ll be playing tonight at  Think Tank in Temple Bar. A single day ticket is just €21, which covers you for all of the day’s events- of which there are many.

Not much has surfaced from Heathers since they released their first album, Here Not There, last May. This is one of their newer recordings though, and I slightly adore it:

Heathers – Waiter (download mp3) from If You Make It on Vimeo.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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A brief history of rape in the cinema… October 16, 2009

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Birth (2004)

Originally published in Flux

Peter Jackson’s adaptation of “The Lovely Bones” hits cinemas this December. The book, written by Alice Sebold, tells the story of Susie Salmon, a young girl who is raped and murdered. The book was controversial upon its release for its subject matter, especially in the fact that it describes Susie’s rape in detail.

The major difference between the novel and the film is, however, that the rape will not be depicted on screen, but rather implied. It’s not clear whether this was an artistic decision, or if the change was made in an effort to be more ‘family-friendly’ to attract fans of Jackson’s previous franchise, the Lord of the Rings film series.

The controversial plotline even had some of the film’s stars worried. When they heard that the scene would not be included in the film, many were relieved.

“I was very nervous,” says Stanley Tucci, who plays the film’s antagonist and Susie’s murderer. “I can’t watch movies where anything happens to a kid.” Irish-born Saoirse Ronan, who was just thirteen when she auditioned for the film, was also grateful for the change.


Bowling for Soup: Still the Guys All the Bad Girls Want October 16, 2009

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When told I’d be interviewing Bowling for Soup, I’ll admit I had to do a bit of research. And I’m glad I did. Had I not, my first question would definitely have been something like “are you excited for your comeback tour? Haven’t seen you guys in a while…” Bowling for Soup have slipped off the radar a bit since their 2002 hit, Girl All The Bad Guys Want. I had pegged their current tour, which stops at Dublin’s Academy tonight, as a similar gimmick to the Boyzone reunion tour last year. Something to please the hardcore fans and make a bit of cash. Turns out I was shamefully wrong.

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Though it is true that Bowling for Soup have never managed to reclaim the success they had with Girl All The Bad Guys Want, it’s certainly not for want of trying. Their new album, Sorry For Partyin’, is released here this week. It will be their tenth studio album, and the fourth one released since they hit the big time. So no, this is definitely not a comeback tour.

The band’s lead singer, Jaret Reddick, says that this new album won’t throw up any shocks for fans. “From the very beginning we’ve been known as that crazy, happy, party band. We made the choice a long time ago to stick to a formula that works for us. We didn’t try and go in any weird new directions on this album.” In fact, Reddick says this album is “pretty similar” to Drunk Enough to Dance, the 2002 album that featured, you guessed it, Girl All The Bad Guys Want. And hopefully the fans will lap up this new album just as fast as they did in 2002. “During our first years together, there were a lot of bands out there doing the same thing as us. Now we’re one of the few bands left who are just out there to have fun”, says Reddick.