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Snow Stops Sherlock

Like everyone else in Dublin this evening, my plans had to be curtailed because less than an inch of snow fell and the whole city went into chaos mode. I guess everyone was a bit paranoid after what happened last year. Bad memories of 7 hour long tail backs on the M50, cars abandoned in the phoenix park, children starving in fields (ok maybe not the last bit), drove us all out of our offices early and onto the footpath or into the jam packed rail services. I took off on foot and got home grand (TG as the mother would say..I’ll let you work that one out yourself) – 10 minutes longer than it would normally take me.

Anyways, I was supposed to go to see Sherlock Holmes this evening, but because the buses weren’t running (they threw their toys out of their pram along with all the passengers on their buses when Dublin City Council refused to grit the roads), I had to walk home while it was bright enough to see what was ice and what wasn’t!!!

It’s a pity because I’ve heard conflicting reports about it, one person said it was a bit crap and someone else told me it was great. I’m imagining it’s going to be “so so” based on an average of those reviews! I was intending on going to see it over Christmas, but went to Nowhere Boy instead which was a great decision. The movie, which focuses on John Lennon early teenage years before the Big B is even mentioned (actually the word is never even mentioned in the movie as far as I recall…good choice!), is really terrific, not in terms of music, but really in terms of the relationships which he has with both his aunt (superbly played by Kristen Scott Thomas) and his mother. It is heart breaking yet incredibly warm and entertaining. My companion said it was a “lovely film” … it was going to point out the oedipus complexities between rising star Aaron Johnson’s young Lennon and Anne Marie Duff’s skitty newfound mother but decided not to spoil the moment!!!

Anyways, fingers crossed the snow will subside and we’ll all get back to normal soon. I plan on getting to Mr Holmes over the weekend – hope it’s worth the wait!

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The Great Big Oscar Movie Watchathon

It shall henchforth be known as GBOMW – because I couldn’t be arsed typing all those words again.

OK, the Oscars approach so now is our chance to seize the opportunity and watch as many movies as possible so that we can all make informed comments on the big night in February. Last year, my buddy Alison did this and by the time Oscar night came around she was really excited to see which of her favourite movies won awards. So, I’ve compiled a list – based on MovieFone’s predictions.  I also did some research on release times for the movies – so here are all the movies to watch along with their release times (according to IMDB and other resources):

In the cinema

Precious (Dec. 09)

A Serious Man (Nov. 20th)

The Lovely Bones (2010)

Up in the Air (Dec. 09)

Nine (Nov. 27th)

Amelia (Nov. 13th)

An Education (Oct. 30th)

Where the Wild Things Are (Dec. 11th 09)

District 9 (?! Now?! Soon?!)

A Single Man (Jan. 2010)

The Informant (Nov. 20th)

The Road (Nov. 09).

Get Low (?)

The Boys are Back (Nov. 09)

Things to get on DVD or Screenclick

Julie & Julia

Star Trek

Avatar

The Hurt Locker

Invictus

Broken Embraces

The Burning Plain

That’s a lot of movie watching – I’m glad I have my cineworld card – here’s hoping they get all those movies in. No doubt as the awards draw closer more and more movies will get added. The only one I’ve watched so far has been An Education which was fantastic so I’m glad the GBOMW has got off to a good start.

Any suggestions for other movies? Drop me a comment!!!

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B is for Bloomsday

Bloomsday is tomorrow.

Bloomsday Dublin
Bloomsday Dublin

For those of you unaware, this is one of the most celebrated dates in literature. The day a “mixed middling” went to a funeral, wandered the streets of Dublin, ate a gorgonzola sandwich, got lambasted for being Jewish (even tho’ in the strictest terms he wasn’t!), made friends with another wandering soul, had a serious hallucination, got locked out and then managed to get in home, maybe asked his wife for eggs for breakfast and then fell asleep. That’s Bloom’s story – I couldn’t be bothered doing Stephen’s ‘cos I don’t like him! And Molly, well she lay in bed all day, apart from when Boylan called round – actually she lay in bed then too!!!

Anyways, all this literary mayhem is celebrated and reinacted tomorrow – the 16th of June. You would be forgiven for thinking that all the madness is happening in Dublin. But oh no, it’s happening across the world from as far afield as Brazil, through the US, Canada, UK, France, Poland, The Hague, Africa and through to Australia. Bloomsday is Worldwide.

Funnily enough, as far as I know, the only place in Ireland, outside of Dublin celebrating Bloomsday is a small village outside of Limerick called Bruff. Totally random! This place has no connection unlike the Limerick city suburb of Garryowen which lends its name tothe dog accompanying Cyclops’ star – The Citizen. Bruff are holding their own Bloomsday celebrations including readings and short film documentaries. Click here to find out more about Bloomsday in Bruff.

Other than that – there is heaps going on in Dublin! Readings in Meeting House Square with Dustin the Turkey, RTE’s Anne Doyle and a certain Irish movie director! There will be breakfasts consumed all over the capital, as well as the ever popular walking tours however this year seems to be dominated by movies! The IFI will screen John Huston’s magnificent “The Dead”, they also screening RTE documentary “Imagining Ulysses ” and Cineworld on Parnell St will screen Sean Walshe’s “Bloom”. Click to find out more about Bloomsday in Dublin.

I’ll be there in my straw hat. Some people see it as an invitation to wear a corset – but I don’t think that’s my kind of thing!!

HAPPY BLOOMSDAY!!!

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