Genoa is on my mind because I am traveling there in next few days to meet an old English friend who was beaten into a coma outside the Genoa Indymedia Centre on the night after Carlo was killed. We’re going there to march with the Italians remembering the extreme brutality meted out by the Italian […]
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I was just listening to Dave Barker’s I’ve Got to Get Away for the first time and I thought that is sounded familiar.
And then I remembered. It’s a Massive Attack song from their Mezzanine album. Or rather it’s a cover. The original was by Horace Andy & The Paragons. Or was it Dave Barker’s […]
[ Libération cover from the day after Rohmer’s death ]
During the mid 80s Mozzer moaned about Channel 4’s late night programming in song - something or other about ‘plans for a future war’. I don’t remember that particular evening but I do have a (very possibly) distorted memory of there always seeming to be […]
[ Sur la plage de Belfast poster from Director’s own site ]
A short film crops up fairly regularly on French TV that reminds me somewhat of Conor’s modus operandi on a couple of damn good posts on this blog (I’m thinking of his posts from about this time last year using old family […]
Always find something to chuckle at on Graham Linehan’s ‘blog’ - secondlast time we looked my kids and I were cul par terre (as they might put it) at 5 minutes of footage of some appalling American woman demonstrating a mouth exerciser (I kid youse not). Yesterday I took my weekly peek and […]
Around this time of year, if you’re like me, you’re waiting eagerly for a wee bearded man dressed in red trimmed with white, hailing from the grim North - who weaves his special wee bit of magic - George Best, no less..
I have to thank my Derry namesake over here in the arse-end of France, […]
Seanachie of Pleasures of Underachievement has written a great essay on contemporary French cinema, and says that the popular perception is fogbound in cliché.
One of the favourite punchbags for self-appointed francophobes is French cinema. Boring, dull and talky are the epithets one hears most often, to the extent that for many people, French cinema […]
[ Primo Levi - c. http://www.filmitalia.org/ ]
During the last week, I managed to get to see Davide Ferrario’s documentary film ‘Primo Levi’s Journey’ in my local cine-club/
sanity preserver Montreurs d’images . The film’s premise is to follow the tortuous route taken by Primo Levi in returning to his native Turin on his release from […]
As I’m acting as editor of Irish Left Review I have the right to use this minor blog to blatantly promote those articles and essays that I think deserve more attention than the fledgling magazine can muster by itself at the moment. I hate to see good stuff go under the radar, so I’m taking […]
In a perhaps extreme example of my reactivity and nose for what’s topical, I’m telling you about a festival that ended last sunday. Maybe that’s why this is Dublin ‘Opinion’ and that other lot are called Dublin ‘Event Guide’… In any case, according to the DEG, you have just had the opportunity over there to […]