Cormac McCarthy’s typically bleak and challenging novels pose a unique test to any director in today’s department, primarily for their tightly restraint and oppressively dark atmospheres. The Coen brothers certainly deserved every bit of praise and award for their 2007 masterpiece No Country for Old Men; a harrowing, cold and brutal cat-and-mouse thriller about a man on the run from a sadistic hit-man in pursuit of a suitcase full of money.
For the past couple of decades the J1 Summer Work and Travel Programme has allowed third level students to enter the US on a visiting Visa, and enabled us to work and travel the big US-of-A legally for up to four months. Sadly, as many countries are beginning to find out, with hoards of young Irish people emigrating to escape the recession, a mass group of Irish in one location is never going to end well. American’s think of the Irish as fictional characters; all we do is drink alcohol, [...]
In the eleven years of the modern era of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), a lot has been accomplished, from creating and safely establishing the fight game to never having an event cancelled. In such a sport, injuries are common, changes and refitting of fight cards are almost second nature, admirably spearheaded by the staff that run the day-to-day building of the company, and a lasting tradition UFC president Dana White has always been proud of. UFC 151 was set to take place on the 1st of September with Jon [...]
From the California balcony, Madi Diaz offers to us a sugary sweet indie pop/folk number, and for the twenty five year old Nashville based singer it appears wholly effortless. Influenced by her father (of project Object fame) and home schooled by her mother whilst surrounded by Amish influences, the listener can instantly identify with the music on offer. An acoustic guitar and simple echo effect wholly mix the traditional Americana folk musings with modern pop sensibilities, producing a sound that is not only easy to listen to, but marketable to [...]
The End Orphans – embodying the phrase “Love us, hate us, just don’t ignore us”, these guys are clear-cut embodiments of the glam rock era. Performing on Balcony TV Brisbane, the band are tooled to the hilt with guy liner, long hair, kiss t-shirts and look like extras from that Tom Cruise movie Rock of Ages. This is no bad thing if you’re in the centre of a mosh pit hearing it all from comically oversized amps. Glam Rock was at its heart an over the top thrill, filled with guitar [...]
RC LoFi are a 4 piece band composing of Singer/Acoustic Guitar player Ruairi Coogan, Bass Player Nev, Percussionist Deggs Curran & Guitar player/vocalist Eamonn O Brien. Their music incorporates a number of genres, from Acoustic/Funk with hints of Rock & hooks of Pop, fused together to bring a new exciting sound to the music scene. They appeared on Balcony TV Dublin this week to perform Just Like The Other Ones, a song that relates to the modern day struggles of a society in the aftermath of an economic boom, something [...]
With the rise of the internet age, a lot of people are getting all technological. The way forward is in computing, gadgetry and technology – pixels are in. As a computing student, of course I love computers. I love getting my hands on new laptops, phones, trying out the newest things, learning new languages for web development and scripting. But, nearly contrasting this, is a love for books. I think I have around 200 books of my own at this point, excluding the books I have grown out of. As [...]
Back Wesht and throughout the midlands, children enjoy rolling around in the muck like savages. Young adults now spend money to roll around in the muck to the sound of music. It can be a crazy time. One minute you’re enjoying a quiet can whilst listening to your “fav band evz” and the next, you’re contracting a debilitating STI from a man who refers to himself as “Spud the LadyPeeler”. One can only survive with determination, resilience and a dash of self-delusion. 1) The Journey. Outdoor concerts usually involve a [...]
What do you think about when you picture a charity shop? Stuffy? Old fashioned? Pointless even? This may have been true once upon a time but certainly not today. Their transformation infact sees them as the newest trend on the street. Especially if you’re a broke, jobless student in search of awesomeness, charity shops will definitely fit your bill. There is an obvious appeal of thrifting.But where does one Penney’s fanatic begin? Following my essential thrift guide of course! Thrift my way! DO call often! Unlike the identical [...]
This is the very first “Studenty Writers Podcast”, we don’t have a real name yet, this is our working title. This is a short show where a few of the studenty writers get together and have a chat. It’s only 10mins so why not give it a listen and let Ian and John’s voices ease you to sleep (little know fact both of their voices can make angles melt like chocolate!). Tonight the lads give a brief run down on the Irish referendum that is set to take place tomorrow [...]
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