Bumblebee4 stars 12A, 114 mins Sometimes, in nightmares, I imagine that I am stuck in a never-ending screening of a Transformers film. Of all the summer blockbusters that afflicted us over the last decade or so, these were the most tiresome: loud, bombastic, pointless Cgi festivals witlessly presided over by that master of cinematic finesse, Michael Bay. There were five of them, they all ran for over two and a half hours, they made lots of money, and none were any good. But, apparently, it needn't have been that way because this perky prequel is one of the best family films I've seen all year. As the planet Cybertron is being overrun by Decepticons (bad robots!), Optimus Prime, barrel-voiced leader of the Autobots (the good ones), orders his most trusted lieutenant, B-127, to travel to Earth to scout the place out: in time, his comrades will follow. But when the machine arrives on our planet he's treated to the usual friendly human welcome, is shot and half destroyed and retreats into … [Read more...] about Heading to the cinema? All the big movie releases screening this week reviewed
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The style is off the scale, courtesy of, among others, Celia Holman Lee, Deirdre O'Kane, Dr Ciara Kelly, Valerie Roe, Stefanie Preissner, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Theresa Lowe, Maria Walsh, the two Hollys - Carpenter and White - and Camille O'Sullivan. The latter Cork chanteuse extraordinaire is wearing an eye-popping blue jumpsuit that she made herself. The DIY ensemble divided opinion between her mother (Marie-Rose, a French artist from Bordeaux) and her movie star other half (Aidan Gillen.) "I made it for my recent UK & Irish tour after being inspired by seeing the costumes worn by the character Freddie Mercury in the film Bohemian Rhapsody," explains Camille, equal parts Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Ophelia and Lady Macbeth, Garbo, Hattie Jacques and Patti Smith. "I went into Hickey's and bought a simplicity pattern. The woman asked: 'Is it for Halloween?' I was like, 'Errr…!!!' "Mum couldn't see it properly without her glasses, and was worried it would be too stagey but … [Read more...] about Champagne Supernova…inside Barry Egan’s star-studded Dublin Christmas Party
In almost every possible area, 2018 has been a mixed bag. The music world is no exception, of course – with his 10th album Kamikaze, Eminem decided that homophobia was still cool and fun, Justin Timberlake donned a flannel shirt, went into full dad mode and released the truly testing Man of the Woods, and the less said about Lil Xan’s album, erm, Total Xanarchy, the better. But we’ve also been treated to some real gems. With her first album in seven years, Robyn discarded all pop conventions and created a masterpiece; Janelle Monae gave a sonic gift to people of colour and the LGBT+ community; The 1975 released a pop statement to unite the generations, and Cardi B ignored the sceptics and released a debut that played resolutely by her own rules. That’s just the start. Spanning every genre, from electro-pop to country, hip hop to metal, and produced by artists from every corner of the world, here are The Independent‘s 40 favourite albums of the year. 40) … [Read more...] about The 40 best albums of 2018
Atacama Desert, Chile (CNN) — It's dry, barren and sparse. The otherworldly landscapes of northern Chile's Atacama Desert could easily be from Mars. It is the driest desert in the world outside of the polar regions, and its 40,500-odd square miles of red and burnt-orange plains stretch as far as the eye can see. The drive through the desert marks a stretch of the Pan-American Highway, a network of roads measuring around 19,000 miles in total; an admirable notch on any road-trip fiend's travel belt. The lunar-esque landscape has been used by NASA for testing martian rovers, while its smooth sandy dunes draw surfers looking for a different kind of wave. By night, the sky is a kaleidoscopic wonder of constellations and attracts many a stargazer. Driving through the desert can be disorienting, and, at first, weary travelers may mistake its most unusual monument for a mirage. It rears up from the ground as if a giant is drowning in quicksand, reaching an outstretched hand … [Read more...] about Monument or mirage? Hand rises from the desert
TADCASTER Grammar student Charlotte Austwick had a double win on Sunday by possibly becoming the youngest player in Pike Hills Golf Club's history to win the Ladies Championship, on the same day she also won the Ladies Centenary Trophy. The double win was created due to the Ladies 36 hole Club Championship on July 8 having to be suspended just at the beginning of the second round due to thunder, lightening and a heavy downpour that flooded the course making it unplayable.This meant the ladies committee had to move the second round to a day where all the competitors were able to play it again.On Sunday the ladies playing in the second round of the Ladies Championship (a scratch competition) were also deemed eligible to play in the Centenary Trophy (a handicapped competition).Five handicapper Charlotte, 15, eventually won the Championships with a 159 over the two rounds. The runner up was Hannah Batty with a 180. In the Centenary Trophy she won with a nett 76 winning the competition by 1 … [Read more...] about Golf: Charlotte wins club double.