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Learmhais Skyscraper

Beidh an réalta scannán Dwayne Johnson ag filleadh ar ais go dtí pictiúrlanna sa scannán Skyscraper. Is scannán gníomhach ó Mheiriceá é Skyscraper atá scríofa agus stiúrtha ag Rawson Marshall ThurberIt. Ina theannta sin, is iad Dwayne Johnson, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber, agus Hannah Quinlivan na príomhaisteoirí sa scannán seo.Ba gníomhaire FBI é Will Sawyer (Johnson) ach anois is measúnóir slándála é san ilstórach spéire is airde ar domhan. Mar gheall ar sin, cónaíonn sé san ilstórach spéire sin. Dar le daoine eile, tá an foirgneamh i gceist an-sábháilte agus ní bheadh aon duine ábalta briseadh isteach ach ar an ndrochuair níl Will cinnte. Nuair a tharlaíonn ionsaí sceimhlitheoireachta, tá clann Sawyer i bponc mar tá siad gafa ar an 96ú hurlár agus tá an foirgneamh trí thine. Tá rudaí níos measa arís nuair a chuirtear an milleán ar Sawyer as an ionsaí.Ina theannta sin, ní raibh Neeve Campbell ar an scáileán mór ó 2011 nuair a chríocnaigh na scannáin “Scream” agus tá sí ar ais anois. Tá a lán gnéithe neamhréadúla sa scannán ach is scannán maith é ar aon nós. Tá Skyscraper ar cheann de na cúpla scannán amach i mbliana nach dtáinig sé as scannán eile, seó teilifíse nó cluiche físeáin agus is fiú é a fheiceáil mar gheall ar sin, gan dabht.

Rátáil 3/5

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Learmhais Adrift

Mí Meán Fómhair, 1983 thosaigh Tami agus a fiancé Richard turas mór fada 4,000 míle ó Tahiti go San Diego. Leath bhealach tríd an tAigéan Ciúin buaileann siad le hairicín Raymond, stoirm thrópaiceach a bhí ar an mbealach ar feadh cúpla seachtain. Tá an bheirt acu gortaithe agus chuaigh Richard thar bord le linn an stoirm. Creideann Tami go bhfeiceann sí Richard ar snámh ar rafta, úsáideann sí gach unsa fuinneamh atá inti é a tharraingt chun bháid. Le linn an tubaiste seo, is minic a thagann athchuimhní chuig Tami maidir le scéal grá an lánúin.Taispeánn sé seo don  lucht féachána conas a bhuail an bheirt acu le chéile agus an ceiliúir pósta. Is brise deas é seo de radhairc an bád ag imeacht le sruth. Mar gníomh baothdhána, athraíonn Tami cúrsa an bháid i dtreo Haváí. Seans mór é seo mar má theipeann uirthi Haváí a shroicheadh níl aon mórthír eile ar an gcúrsa sin. Tá a lán brú ar Tami, tá uirthi an bia a roinnt amach go ciallmhar. 41 lá ina dhiaidh tagann an éacht dhochreidthe seo chun críche. Is scéal é seo ní amháin faoin aistear go sábháilteacht ach faoin scéal grá agus an guth taobh istigh duit faoi a bhfuil ag impí duit gan géilleadh. Tá neart ionann ar fad atá thar cionn an rud a féidir leat samhlú.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review

It’s hard to believe but we are now five movies into the Jurassic franchise with this the sequel to the 2015 Jurassic World.  Directed by J. A. Bayona who must take a lot of credit for a visually spectacular movie that starts off fast and just keeps going with lots of high octane action throughout.The plot continues on from the events of the precious movie where the humans have closed the park and left the dinosaurs to their own devices. When the Volcano on the island begins to erupt, the fate of the dinosaurs is at risk. Will the human race stand by and watch as the dinosaurs face extinction for a second time?The plot to this one is not very complicated which will leave many feeling like this was a weak effort in some ways as it seems to be fresh out of new ideas. The movie does have a huge fan base that will eat it up as we certainly get what we expected with this one. That’s not saying it’s a bad movie thought as it does have a lot of pluses which more than make up for everything else. The special effects look amazing as usual which is all the more impressive considering it was not all CGI used. Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom is the second part in the Jurassic World trilogy so expect to see our prehistoric friend’s back for another instalment in the near future.


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“MACBETH” Live from RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon

Wed April 11th @ 7.15pm

A production of “Macbeth” from Stratford is something to look forward to eagerly. The story of an essentially good man who, we are not sure why, turns to monstrous deeds, is endlessly fascinating.  The play is one of the most popular of all tragedies; it’s one of the most often filmed and most frequently staged of all its author’s plays.

“Macbeth” was always a joy to teach; a rivetting, fast-moving and easy-to-follow story with no subplots, enough action and violence to satisfy even the most bloodthirsty – and two of the most intriguing and repellent charters in all drama. Then, there are the mysterious witches and, above all, some of the greatest poetry ever set down. It’s also one of the shortest of all Shakespeare’s plays

The events of “Macbeth” move swiftly and unrelentingly from the meeting of “brave Macbeth”, the heroic, loyal defender of his king, to a conclusion of tragedy, cruelty and disloyalty. We are witnesses to the physical and moral destruction of somebody who is admired and trusted, brought low by the promptings of a ruthlessly ambitious wife; or, perhaps, by the evil promptings of the witches; or are these external agents merely catalysts that release hidden evil lurking within his psyche. Directors undertaking this play have come up with a myriad interpretations as to why such evil is released during the play.

How does Macbeth descend in a short period of from a loyal subject of King Duncan to being a regicide. It’s true that the witches first plant the seed in his mind but he is abhorred by the very thought of it. We soon encounter one of the greatest monsters in all literature, his wife, Lady Macbeth.

As the play opens, Macbeth is returning in triumph with his fellow soldier, Banquo, having defeated a rebellion against his King and country. On the heath, they are confronted by three witches (although they never refer to themselves as such, rather as the ‘weird sisters’ – from the Old English meaning ‘fate’ or destiny) who tell him that he “shalt be king hereafter”. He is horrified at the very thought of what the fulfilling of the prophecy might entail but is strangely engaged by it. He writes an ambiguous letter to his wife; she thinks him “too full of the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way (i.e. act ruthlessly)”. She prays to the spirits to make her an inhuman monster free of all human feelings. Almost immediately she is bent on a murderous course and goads him, with taunts of unmanliness, into killing their guest, the King.

This evil act only leads to further atrocities. Ironically, while he revels in evil, she is destroyed by it. It has been said that the Macbeths are the perfect example of a couple who as a couple are capable of depraved deeds of which neither, acting alone, would be capable. The actress, Harriet Walter, says; – “None of it would have happened if either had been acting alone”.

At SGC Dungarvan we can enjoy some of the greatest creations of the human mind, and “Macbeth”, Live from the Bard’s home town, is a must see for lovers of great drama.

By Jim Ryan

Verdi’s “Macbeth” from Covent Garden: Royal Opera House

Wed April 4th@ 7.15pm.

Opera and theatre lovers are in for a special treat in early April – Verdi’s “Macbeth” from Covent Garden, followed a week later from RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon, by the great drama on which it was based, Shakespeare’s ‘Scottish play’; a play whose name many in the theatre will never speak because of their fears that to do so is to invite ill-luck. Verdi and Shakespeare are giants of the theatre and the former was a great admirer of the bard’s plays – he composed two other operas based on Shakespeare’s plays, “Falstaff” and “Otello”, and for much of his life grappled without success with an opera based on that tumultuous drama, “King Lear”.

“Macbeth”, broadly the same as in Shakespeare’s play, premiered in the Teatro della Pergola, Florence, on March 14th, 1847, the composer’s tenth opera. Although it wasn’t a great success originally, it was soon being performed throughout Italy and then all over Europe and is performed regularly all over the world ever since. I was performed in Dublin in 1869, with the legendary Pauline Viardot as the heroine. When Verdi was planning the opera, he wrote to his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave:- “This tragedy is one of the greatest creations of man”. He continued to revise it for many years after its first performance. It’s interesting to note that at the time of the opera’s composition the play had not been performed in Italy and was best known there as a ballet.

The role of Macbeth is a typical Verdi baritone role – his major aria, ‘Pieta, rispetto, amore’, which comes near the end of the opera, is a lament for his decline into evil. The role of Lady Macbeth (the theatrical couple are immortalised for me in the nineteen-seventies TV recording made by Judi Dench and Ian McKellan) is extremely difficult to cast. Verdi asked for a soprano voice that is dark and even ugly – she must ‘snarl’ her way through much of the opera and her voice must be flexible and of enormous range; the one and only Maria Callas was possessed of all the requirements. Matthew Boyden writes of the relatively primitive recording of a 1952 La Scala, Milan performance: “Despite the poor recorded sound, this set comes close to dramatic perfection”.

In composing “Macbeth”, Verdi tried to capture the power, the despair and the ferocity of one of the most intense and unrelenting plays ever written. He focused mainly on the three great entities in the play, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the witches. Due to the difficulty in filling the main female role, it’s not too often we get the opportunity to see this great opera. It should provide a thrilling evening at the SGC. With the great Anna Netrebko (whom I saw on stage in a number of roles) as Lady Macbeth and Antonio Pappano conducting, it should provide a thrilling evening of opera at the SGC. (Jim Ryan),

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Learmhais Tomb Raider

Gnáth-scannán aicsin taitneamhach go leor é an leagan nua de Tomb Raider. Déanann sé cúis ó thaobh radharcanna cruthaíocha, ach ná bígí ag lorg aon chruthaíochta ó thaobh scéil de.

An bealach is fearr chun cur síos a dhéanamh ar an laoch so ná, b’fhéidir, “an leagan baininscneach de Indiana Jones”. Feictear na clichés céanna i saol Lara Croft ó thaobh cultúracha iargúlta, cairdeas idirnáisiúnta cé is moite de na clichés sin, agus fiú amháin an t-amlíne céanna le Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) – tagann an príomhcharachtar ar a (h)athair (a bhí ar iarraidh) i lár misin chun oibiacht a bhfuil cumhacht ornádúrtha aici a aimsiú. Gheofaí a rá gur cóip iomlán de phlot Spielberg atá sa scannán so, scéal a bhí suimiúil sna 80idí ach nach bhfuil mórán gliondar ann san ath-dhéanamh.

Cé go raibh an dá scannán (Tomb Raider 2001 agus an leagan is déanaí) bunaithe ar shraith cluichí ríomhaire le scéalta eachtraíochta éagsúla, agus cé go bhfuil láthair agus oibiacht osnádúrtha difriúil ar an scannán seo i gcomparáid leis an gcéad scannán i 2001, feictear dom go bhfuil an bunscéal céanna athráite ann, agus do chuir sé sin mearbhall orm. Nár fearr aidhm agus fadhb éagsúil a thabhairt do Lara an lae inniu, in áit an scéil céanna? Táim cinnte go bhfuil níos mó sa chúlra ag an sraith cluichí sin ná athair Lara a aimsiú agus a bheith idir dhá chomhairle ó thaobh a shaol a shábháil – arís agus arís.

D’ainneoin easpa cruthaíochta, caithfidh mé dhá rud a mholadh sa scannán so: an stiúrthóireacht agus an ghrianghrafadóireacht – tá aicsean le feiscint ó thús go deireadh, rud a chuireann cluiche i gcuimhne dúinn gan stró, ach gan a bheith iomarcach ó thaobh cleasanna dochreidte de. Gheofaí níos mó ábhair a aimsiú do na “Mythbusters” i scannáin Indiana Jones nó James Bond. Maith siad! Tá an t-aicsean agus na radharcanna troda inchreidte don chuid is mó, ach fós an-spéisiúil. Tá na radharcanna go léir go hálainn, ag cruthú atmaisféir draíochtúil i ngach uile cuid den scannán. Ar iomlán, molaím an scannán so dóibh siúd atá ag lorg siamsaíochta simplí agus radharcanna spéisiúla. Níl an scannán so domhain in aon chor, ach seans gur fearr mar atá.

By Natália Uí Fhaoláin


Is Monster Family a graveyard smash?. Check out our review.

Monster Family is a new animated horror/comedy adventure movie which is a joint UK and German production from the book Happy Days by writer David Safier. The movie features an impressive voice cast which includes Jaspn isaacs. Nick Frost and Catherine Tate.Emily Wishbone (Emily Watson is the owner of a struggling bookshop and mother of two troublesome stroppy teenagers. The family seem to be stuck in a rut and Emma’s attempts to get her family to spend more time together seems to be going nowhere. In one last effort to reunite her family Emma make costumes for a Halloween party and drags along her family. Everything doesn’t go to plan though as while at the party the family catch the attention of a real life monster who with the help of a witch turn the entire Wishbone family into Monsters. Their only hope of returning to their normal selves is to find happiness as a family.The movie seems a little lazy script wise as the plot seems like there wasn’t a whole lot of time gone into it. Saying that the voice cast of largely British actors who do a great job holding things together quite well. The humour is very much old school slapstick and has very little decent laughs.  Teenagers and up may find this one a little basic but it seems like both animation and plot wise this movie is centred towards the younger viewer and should do more than ok with that audience in particular.

By Bill Tubbritt

Rating 3/5

I, Tonya Review: Margot Robbie dazzles as Ice Queen Tonya Harding. .

I, Tonya is a new dark comedy film directed by Craig Gillespie and written by Steven Rogers. The Movie follows the life of figure skater Tonya Harding and in particular her connection to the infamous 1994 attack on her great skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. The cast consist of Margot Robbie who stars as Tonya Harding, Sebastian Stan plays Harding’s abusive husband Jeff Gillooly, and Allison Janney who really shines in the role of Tonya Harding’s mother. We are right in the middle of award season at the moment so expect to hear this one being mentioned a lot over the coming weeks.The Movie goes into the back story behind Tonya Harding the person really well as we learn about her abusive upbringing from her childhood right up to and including her marriage to husband Jeff Gillooly. I, Tonya certainly isn’t afraid to cover a lot of the serious issues of life, as well the abusive side to her life we also learn about the social snobbery Harding faced while trying to break into her chosen sport.Despite the serious content I, Tonya is actually a very funny movie which will get a lot of audiences laugh throughout. Most people will be familiar with the story of the 1994 events which truly turned Tonya Harding into a house hold name for all the wrong reason, but many will not know the full details or even the sketchiness of the facts behind them. I, Tonya the movie will shade a little bit more light on the story for many with this both entertaining and funny View.

By Bill Tubbritt

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Learmhais The Black Panther

Scannán as an gnáth é seo, ní hamháin mar gheall ar an Afra-thodhchaíochas (rud suimiúil ann féin), ach pléann Black Panther le fadhbanna an fíor-domhain – neamhchosúil le mórchuid scannáin maidir le sárlaoch.

Mar aon le scannáin siamsaíochta eile, níl cruinneas stairiúil nó cultúrtha i gceist le Black Panther – cé is moite den teanga a chloistear go minic ann (Xhosa, fíor-theanga ón Afraic Theas), is domhain ficseanúil a thaispeántar ann: tír saibhir san Afraic dárb ainm Wakanda. Feictear “tír bhocht tríú-domhain” ón taobh amuigh, ach níl ann ach cur i gcéill – cónaíonn pobal Wakanda fé phlús, timpeallaithe ag spáslonga agus teicneolaíocht an todhchaí, i bhfolach ón domhain mór ar eagla go dtiocfaidh eachtrannaigh ar vibranium – miotal ficseanúil an-luachmhar nach bhfuil teacht air áit ar bith eile. Cé gur féidir a rá go bhfuil cultúr Wakanda bunaithe ar steiréitíopaí fé treibheanna na hAfraice – agus níl ganntanas cáinte arlíne mar gheall ar “leithghabháil cultúrtha” – ceapaim féin go bhfuil fiúntas ar an iarracht. Ní féidir a dhiúltú gur céim chun tosaigh é an bealach a thaispeántar Wakanda sa scannán so i dtreo cothromaíochta cultúrtha i Hollywood. Níl sé foirfe, ach ar a laghad níl na afra-charachtair in am an ghátair nó ag obair don tiarna geal sa scannán so, mar a dhéantar de ghnáth i go leor leor scannáin móra. Is iad atá i gceannas orthu féin agus is acusan atá an teicneolaíocht is déanaí ar féidir léi an domhan (agus na daoine geala “sean-nósacha”) a shábháil.

Prionsa T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) é príomh-charachtar an scannáin, agus é díreach i ndiaidh a athair a chailliúint in ionsaí lasmuigh de Wakanda. Anois filleann sé go dtí a thír dúchais chun an coróin a chaitheamh. Ní bheith aistear gan deacracht aige, áfach, agus a chol ceathrar réidh chun dúshlán a chur air maidir leis an gcoróin. D’fhás Killmonger aníos i Meiriceá Thuaidh agus creideann sé gur chóir do Wakanda deireadh a chur leis an éagothroime sóisialta ar fud an domhain, seachas fanacht I bhfolach ar mhaithe le síochán. Dá bharr, feictear go soiléir go bhfuil coimhlint cultúrtha (idir an prionsa áitiúil coimeádach agus an prionsa “eachtrannach”) léirithe sa scannán níos mó ná aon rud eile. San am céanna, gheofá a rá gur sárlaoch as an gnáth atá I gceist le Black Panther: ní bhfuair sé a chumhacht osnádúrtha trí thimpist, “bhuaigh” sé é agus bhí an duais tuillte aige. Anuas air sin, níl scéal an scannáin chomh simplí le “bagairt ar an ndomhan” mar a fheictear I go leor scannáin sárlaoich. In ainneoin sin, tá príomhcheist an scannáin níos casta: ní “conas an domhan a shábháil”, ach “an fiú an domhan a shábháil”.Ó thaobh ceisteanna sóisialta, is fiú a lua go bhfuil go leor postanna neamhghnách ag carachtair baininscneacha: tá gardaí Wakanda ar fad baininscneach, agus feictear banphrionsa Shuri (Letitia Wright) ag obair mar eolaí agus an saineolas aici fé na gléasanna is déanaí atá ar fáil in Wakanda. Sochaí cothrom go leor is ea Wakanda, ach ní chiallaíonn sé sin nach bhfuil dúshláin le sárú acu – go háirithe ó thaobh caidrimh leis an saol mór lasmuigh. Ar iomlán, scannán álainn is ea Black Panther (cé is moite de na droch-éifeachtaí físe anso is ansúd) a bhfuil go leor aicsin agus scéal suimiúil ann. Fiú mura dtaitníonn scannáin sárlaoich leat, is fiú féachaint ar an gceann so mar gheall ar an mbealach a úsáidtear samhlaíocht chun ceisteanna an lae inniu a phlé.


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