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Learmhais Goodbye Christopher Robin

Bhí “Winne the Pooh” mar mhór páirt de chuimhne na h​óige​ timpeall na domhain ar feadh na bliana ach​ bheadh ionadh ort foghlaim​ nach​ bhfuil an scéal seo sona agus simplí. Sa chéad radharc bhí íomhanna spleodrach den Chéad Chogadh Domhanda. Is fear bríste agus cath shuaite é A.A Milne​ (​ Blue an t-ainm a úsáideann sé). Is de shliocht uasal é agus a bheanchéile.Déanann siad a cinne páiste a chur le an teaghlach mífheidhmiúil seo. Tugtar an t-​ ainm​ Christopher Robin do. Leanann a thuismitheorí ar aghaidh leanna shaol sóisialta ard aicme​ .​Fágann siad an buachaill i gceannais den feighlí leanaí tuisceanach darbh ainm “Nou”. Tógann sé an chuid ama dúinn i bheith i bhfinne​ an​ dlúthchaidreamh a chothú idir athair agus mac.​ Is anseo a fheicimid​ soineantacht​ na hóige a forbróidh mar scéal a bheidh clú agus cáil go ​ deo.​   Imríonn Christopher Robin lena bréagán darbh ainm Eeyore, Piglet and Tiger a bhfuil mar inspioráid don na charachtair sa leabhar. Thuigeamar nach raibh Christopher Robin ag iarradh clú agus cáil ach grá gan choinníoll ó a thuismitheorí. Le rith an scannán seo bhí mé ag gáire agus ag caoineadh go cothrom. Fhágann an scannán thú le gliondar i do chroí. Ní féidir ​ liom​ ​ ach​ ​ é​ ​ a​ ​ mholadh,​ ​ ​scannán ​ ​den ​ scoth​ ​ ​a ​ bhí​ ​ ann.​

4.5/5

By

Claire Ní Neachtain

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Verdi’s “Don Carlos” Live from Opera de Paris

Verdi’s “Don Carlos” Live from Opera de Paris,

Thurs, Oct 19th 5pm.

All-star cast: Four modern operatic greats: Kaufmann, Yoncheva, Garanca and Abdrazakov.

At least five operas have been based on Friedrich Schiller’s great drama, “Don Carlos”, (which delighted us theatregoers in Dublin about five years ago) and all pale in comparison with Verdi’s great work. Denis Forman awards it an Alpha-Plus, one of only thirteen he gives out in his survey of the greatest operas ever composed. Forman states: – “Carlos” is perhaps Verdi’s finest opera  … the grip of the narrative holds us in a way that is rare in Verdi. … For richness, depth and sheer enjoyability the score of “Carlos” is a phenomenon … the stupendous choral climaxes to Acts 1 and 3 … “Carlos” is the grandest of grand operas and an Alpha-Plus through and through”.

High praise, indeed, but, as an opera lover who came relatively late to an awareness of the glories of this magnificent work (it needs a great production, a fine orchestra and great singers – things lacking in some of the earlier productions I attended), Forman’s praise is fully justified – I well remember a glorious production we had at SGC about six years ago which gave me one of my most thrilling operatic experiences. (A 1958 Covent Garden production costumed and designed by Luchino Visconti is a landmark in this opera’s production history)

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Of the superb quartet of soloists I’ve already listed, I look forward in particular to hearing again Sonya Yoncheva, who we had not so long ago as a thrilling Norma in that ferociously taxing role (it has been called the Hamlet role for sopranos) – maybe comparing hers to Callas’s immortal interpretation of the Druidic Priestess would be pushing it too far, but it was a sheer delight. So, along with the other soloists named above, Verdi’s arias and ensembles should be heard at their marvellous best.

“Don Carlos”, the composer’s twenty-fifth opera, premiered at the Paris Opera on March 11th, 1867, and had a difficult birth involving cuts, rewrites, a long rehearsal period (six months) with the composer walking out of rehearsals at one stage. Although the opera was a success right from the opening night, it went on to be one of the most revised of all operas – but it has long been recognised as one of the genres greatest jewels.

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This beautiful, tumultuous opera is based on real flesh and blood people. Set in France and Spain c1560, it tells of Don Carlos, son of Phillip the 2nd of Spain (he who married Queen Mary of England), who is in love with Elizabeth, his stepmother. They meet and declare their love for each other. A jealous Princes Eboli tells all to the king and all heaven breaks loose (one of Con Houlihan’s gems!) … and on it goes in one of the most Shakespearean of all operas.

“Don Carlos” has to be in my top ten all-time operas; it can provide a sensational night of theatre. Thanks to Eugene and all at SGC, we’re having unforgettable opera productions (e.g. the recent Covent Garden “Magic Flute”) to savour. If you love opera, you will miss it at your peril – it could be one of the musical events of the year. (Please note the early starting time.) (Jim Ryan).

Learmhais Kingsman The Golden Circle

Aicsean den scoth, éifeachtaí iontacha agus teachtaireacht láidir a chuirfidh thú ag machnamh go mór: sin iad na buanna is mó atá ag an scannán leantach so.

Cé gur scannán leantach é so, is deacair é a chreidiúint: bheinn ag súil go mbeadh daonra an domhain íslithe go mór agus córas polaitíochta iomlán éagsúil i bhfeidhm ar fud na cruinne i ndiaidh an chéad scannáin. Is dócha go bhfuiltear ag cloí leis an bpatrún céanna arís: sábhálann lucht Kingsman an domhain ó namhaid cumhachtach a dhéin bagairt mhór tubaisteach, ach cé is moite de sin, ní thugann éinne na gníomhairí rúnda fé ndeara. Níl a leithéid sin inchreidte in aon chor. Pé scéal é, is féidir cur suas leis an bpoll mór millteach sa phlota má bhíonn tú ag tabhairt níos mó airde ar an aicsean agus an smaoineamh taobh thiar den scéal. Tá go leor polaitíochta taobh thiar de scannáin Kingsman, agus de ghnáth is smaointeoir den scoth atá sa namhaid: ar an gcéad scannán, bhí namhaid ag iarraidh ollscriosadh a dhéanamh ar daonra an domhain toisc go bhfuil sé ag éirí ró-mhór agus ó smacht againn. Nach fíor é! Dár ndóigh, d’éirigh le gníomhaire déagóir Harry Hart (Colin Firth) agus a fhoireann stop a chur leis, ach fanann na lucht féachana ag smaoineamh ar an gceist. Níl sé difriúil sa scannán leantach: is í ár namhaid an babhta so í Poppy Adams, ceann de na mangairí drugaí is mó rath orthu ar domhain. Cé go bhfuil sí saibhir, teastaíonn cáil uaithi. Dá bharr sin, cuireann sí nimh ar na drugaí mídhleathacha go léir. Tá leigheas forbartha aici, ach ní scaoilfidh sí é ar fud an domhain sula ndéanann uachtarán Mheiriceá cinneadh na drugaí sin ar fad a cheadú as seo amach. An eireoidh le Kingsman stop a chur léi?Cé go mbaineann an scannán so le ceist na ndrugaí, taispeántar ár laochra ag ól níos mó ná uair amháin. Dár ndóigh, oibríonn siad in éineacht lena gcomrádaithe Meiriceánacha Statesman, atá fé bhréagriocht i ndrioglann uisce beatha! Ní dóigh liom gur trí thimpist a bhí sé sin. Is fimíneacht atá á cháineadh sa scannán so thar aon rud eile, agus níl sa príomhscéal ach píosa aicsin taitneamhach a théann leis. D’fhéadfaí na scannáin Kingsman a cháineadh ar go leor bealaí éagsúla – níl easpa lochtanna iontu in aon chor – ach is léir go gcuirtear rudaí dochreidte áirithe ann ar mhaithe le greann… Agus oibríonn sé! Nach deas féachaint ar scannán spiaireachta atá greannmhar, cosúil leis na chéad cúpla scannáin 007 an chéid so caite. San am céanna, tá an tsraith so cliste ag spreagadh díospóireachta ar cheisteanna conspóideacha an lae inniu. Níor cheap mé riamh go ndéarfainn é riamh, go háirithe i mbun léirmheasa scannánaíochta, ach: uaireanta ní gá ciall a bheith sa phlota in aon chor.

By

Natália Uí Fhaoláin

4/5

Learmhais Victoria and Abdul

Ní fhéadfaí a rá gur scannán beathaisnéise é, toisc go bhfuil níos mó cruthaíocht ann ná ábhar stairiúil. Ar an taobh eile, seans nach píosa tuairimíochta é ach an oiread: is deacair a shamhlú go dtacaíonn an stiúrthóir – nó duine ar bith beo – leis an gcoilíneachas a léirítear sa scannán so. An locht is mó atá ann, dá bharr, ná nach féidir aidhm an scannáin a thuiscint in aon chor.

Cé gur dheacair a dhéanamh amach cad é go díreach a bhí ar intinn an stiúrthóra, níl aon amhras go bhfeictear drámaíocht den chéad scoth sa scannán so. Déarfainn go bhfuil duais de chineál éigin tuillte ag Judi Dench (an Bhanríon Victoria) as an obair den scoth a dhéin sí ann. Léiríonn sí banríon Shasana dobrónach, tuirseach, ag titim san aois, ach san am céanna níos daonna ná riamh.

Bunaíodh an scannán (go páirteach) ar an leabhar Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confident, ag Shrabani Basu. Ar thaobh amháin den scéal, is fíor é go ndeachaigh Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) agus a chara Mohammed (Adeel Akhtar) go dtí Londain chun duais Indiach a bhronnadh ar an mBanríon mar gheall ar a hIubhaile. Is fíor é chomh maith gur éirigh Victoria agus Abdul cairdiúil de réir a chéile agus d’fhan sé ar a taobh go deireadh, mar mhúinteoir Urdu, comhairleoir agus cara. Ar an taobh eile den scéal, áfach, is deacair a chreidiúint go raibh Abdul an fhíorshaoil chomh haineolach agus chomh géilliúil is a léirítear sa scannán: pógann sé bróga na banríona agus tugann sé neamhaird iomlán ar Mohammed i Londain, fiú nuair a imíonn sé ar shlí na fírinne. Cuireann sé sin amhras ar na lucht féachana: an ea go dtacaíonn Abdul le coilíneachas? Seans, go stairiúil, go raibh sé sásta cabhrú leis an mBanríon agus cur suas leis an gciníochas mórthimpeall air ar chúis eacnamaíoch: go leor airgid a bhailiú agus saol níos fearr a thabhairt dá chlann in India. Ach ní hé sin a fheictear sa scannán in aon chor. Feictear Abdul umhal, géilliúil sa scáileán, beagnach ina sclábhaí.

Is deacair a rá an cháineadh nó ómós don ciníochas atá i gceist ansan, agus dár ndóigh chuir an t-amhras sin isteach ar go leor léirmheastóirí cheana féin. Is dóigh liom féin nár éirigh leis an stiúrthóir teachtaireacht shoiléir a chur trasna leis an scéal, ach cé is moite de sin, feicim cruinneas stairiúil de chineál éigint ar an slí a réitíonn na carachtair le chéile. Tá aineolas caolchúiseach le feiceáil ar aghaidh na banríona nuair a bhíonn Abdul ag labhairt léi fé dímheas agus ciníochas san India, mar gheall ar arm Shasana. Creidim sin. Is minic a bhíonn daoine geala ardaicmeacha dall dá leithéid sin mar gheall ar phribhléid – feictear é sa lá atá inniu ann freisin, ó thaobh polaiteoirí de. Thar aon rud eile, áfach, is éard is mó a chuir meangadh gáire orm le linn an scannáin so ná cé chomh daonna is atá an drámaíocht: i ndeireadh na dála, níl i Victoria ach seanbhan chráite nár éirigh léi cairdeas ceart a bheith aici le héinne dá teaghlach féin. Fuair sí comhluadar Indiach agus ar deireadh ba chuma léi fé aicme nó cine dá bharr. Chuir Abdul gliondar thar n-ais ar a croí, agus sin an príomhchúis nach raibh eagla uirthi roimh an strainséar so nó a chultúr eachtrannach – eagla a fheictear, áfach, ar na daoine geala eile go léir sa scannán.

Ar iomlán, scannán inchreidte go leor é so, cé is moite den gcruthaíocht ar fad sa scéal. Is mór is fiú féachaint air, má dhíríonn tú níos mó ar na mothúcháin ná an stair.

Natália Uí Fhaoláin

Home Again Review

Home again is the directorial debut of Hallie Meyers-Shyer who of course is the daughter of two very famous director parents Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer. The Movies stars Reese Witherspoon who always seems to be the perfect choice for romantic comedy rolls with this time being no different. Candice Bergen, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky, Pico Alexander and Michael Sheen make up the cast of main characters.

The plot follows newly separated mum of two Alice Kinney (Witherspoon) after she has just moved back to her home town after separating from her husband in New York. Alice faces big changes in her life as she tries to settle her young family in their new surrounding while also trying to deal with turning 40. Alice’s live changes completely when three guys move in to her summer house as they chase their dream of breaking the movie business in the big city. Of course a rom-com would not be complete without some romantic interest between one of the guys and Alice along with the added complication of an estranged husband who still has strong feeling for his wife.

Director Hallie Meyers-Shyer seems to have adopted a very similar style to her more experienced parents as she has definitely taking Home Again down the same chic-flick route which seems to be a family trade mark. This one may not be as funny as previous family successes such as Bridesmaids and Father of the Bride 1 & 2 but that does not stop Home Again being an enjoyable easy to watch movie that also has a few laughs along the way.

Rating 3/5

Bill Tubbritt

Kingsman The Golden Circle Review

After the huge and somewhat surprise success of the first Kingsman movie it is no real shock to see Matthew Vaughn back in the director’s chair for this the second instalment in the franchise. Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Edward Holcroft and Sophie Cookson all reprise their roles from the first movie with Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges joining the cast as Kingsman’s American counterpart agency “Statesman”. It’s great to see Vaughn continues with his use of high energy highly explosive action scenes combined with the same crazy mix of overly exaggerated high technology gadgets that makes this movie very much a fun take on the James Bond movies.

Kingsman the Golden Circle picks up a year after the events of the last movie which saw The Kingsman agency saving the world from Richmond Valentine. This time round the agency headquarters are destroyed leaving only Eggsy and Merlin as the only surviving members. After they invoke there doomsday plan they are lead to their US sister agency known as Statesman. These two agencies must then combine in their struggle to save the world from a common enemy. Colin Firth also returns in his role as Harry Hart.

This movie certainly managed to attract a high quality cast particularly with the introduction of the new Statesman agency. Fans of the first movie with not be disappointed with same humour and gore scenes which proved popular in the past and continue in this movie. A runtime of 2 hours 20 minutes may feel a bit longer than necessary for some but that should not deter anyone from what is an entertaining high energy movie.

Rating 3/5

Bill Tubbritt

American Made Review

American Made is a biographical crime film directed by Doug Liman, written by Gary Spinelli and starring Tom Cruise The Movie is set in the 1980’s and follows the exploits  of Barry Seal, a former TWA pilot who became a drug smuggler at the time making more money than he knew what to do with. The Movie is based on the true story of this American super pilot and features Cruise doing what he does best in what seems like the perfect role for him to show what has kept him at the very top of the acting world for so long.The Story follows the life of Barry Seal a former TWA pilot who is initially signed up by the CIA to perform low flying photography missions for them. These missions sow the seeds that eventually lead to Seal beginning his multi-million dollar drugs and arms smuggling empire.

American Made is very entertaining to watch and has to be one of Cruises best for a while. The comparisons will of course be made with the Wolf of Wall St and that is certainly justified as both movies are true stories based on the main characters becoming filthy rich from there illegal activities. They are also both really good movies with fascinating story lines that ultimately lead to a very entertaining trip to the movies.

Rating 5/5

Bill Tubbritt

Léirmheas Everything Everything

Tá Maddie Whittier mar gach uile deagóir ar domhain ach tá rud amháin difriúil fúithi.. ní raibh sí taobh amuigh riamh. Tá fadhb sláinte aici darb ainm easpa imdhíonachta a chiallíonn nach féidir léi a bheith i dteagmhail le baictéír nóbeidh sí fíor-tinn. Níl saol úafásach aici; cónaíonn sí i dteach atá sainoiriúnaithe, is maith léi a bheith ag scríobh léirmheasanna ar scannáin agus tá an-suim aici sa léthoireacht. Is é a mórmhian atá aici ná a bheith ina ailtire.

Is léír go bhfuil Maddie tinn tuirseach leis an saol laethúil agus ag iarradh fiondar. Is é Olly an fiondar sin a bhí in easnamh ina saol. Is é Olly a comhairsean nua, buachaill óg, dáthúíl agus is é an chéad duine i shaol Maddie seachas a máthair agus banaltra a thugann aird di. Tosaíonn an bheirt acu caidhreamh rúnda ar líne. Tá a máthair buartha go bhfuil sí chun gach rud a chur i mbaol dó.

Déanann Maddie cinneadh deacair chun gach rud a chur ar an líne agus don chéad uair riamh an fharraige a fheiceáil; aisling a bhí aici ó a raibh sí an-óg. Imíonn sí ar eachtra do Haváí anseo thagann sí ar rún creathach a chasann a domhan bun os coinn.

Ni raibh aon tuairim agam faoin scannán seo sula bhfhaca mé é. Chuaigh mé le mo dheirfúir atá dhá bhliain dhéag d’aois; an aois ghrúpa atá an scannán dírthe air. Níor thaitin an scannán mórán linn. Bhí an scéalaíocht aisteach agus déacair a leanúint. D’éirigh an scannán níos fearr leath bhealach tríd mar gheall ar an ionadh sa pholta.

Ceann de na buanna den scannán ná an analach; rinne Maddie comparáid idir í féin agus spásaire. Mar tá an bheirt acu cuibhrithe agus foighneach. Cheap mé go raibh seo cliste agus suimúil, chabhraigh sé leis an lucht feachanna tuiscint níos mó a fhail ar an gcineál saol atá aici.

Atomic Blonde Review

This throwback to 1980’s cold war action thrillers Directed by David Leitch (John Wick), hits all the right notes with Charlize Theron perfectly cast in the titular role as Lorraine Broughton. She starts the movie in a bath tub of ice, battered and bruised and then heads to a debriefing of her mission, where the story begins as she proceeds to inform MI6 Agent Eric Gray (Toby Jones) & CIA Agent Emmet Kurzfeld (John Goodman) what happened on her mission in Berlin where she was tasked to find a secret file that has information about all the active agents in both the CIA & MI6, that was taken by a rouge Russian KGB Agent.

When Lorraine arrives in Berlin she meets her contact, another agent called David Percival (James McAvoy) who could or could not be a double agent. But before she has a chance to meet him, she is picked up by two KGB agents, this is where the action starts and there is very little let up of the action till the movie ends. Lorraine is very adept in fighting and uses a wide variety of objects to take out her enemies including a shoe, some rope, a hose and many others to boot.The movie is filled with beautifully choreographed fights that feel realistic and are wonderfully shot to keep you right in the action. I can’t express how much of a badass Charlize Theron is in this movie, she never lets up no matter how much she is beaten, and strives at every stop to not let anyone get in the way of her mission. I left the Cinema with a smile on my face and a banging 80’s soundtrack in my ears.

4/5 Stars

Ronan Sandford

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