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Yesterday’s News

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Friday 18 September, 2015

Tourists went to New Zealand for Lord of the Rings. Will Star Wars movie fans go to Kerry?

The new Star Wars will bring balance to more than simply the force; maybe it might help balance some books as well, writes Darren Mooney.

Saturday 4 July, 2015

Blockbuster cinema is more interested in looking backwards than telling new stories

Hollywood seems intent on taking viewers back to the films they loved growing up – perhaps hoping absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Saturday 23 May, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road – this generation may have found its Ellen Ripley

Characters like Charlize Theron’s Furiosa are so important, particularly in a pop culture landscape that has come to take stock gender roles for granted.

Saturday 8 November, 2014

Opinion: Pop culture is saturated with throwbacks to the 1960s right now – but why?

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is in part an ode to the decade – while shows like Mad Men and traces of ’60s sci-fi dystopian themes in literature also highlight how we’re drawn to the era.

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Wednesday 13 August, 2014

Column: Does celebrity opinion promote or distract from the news?

Many celebrities have weighed in on the recent violence in Gaza; are they opening an important dialogue or just mouthing off about things they don’t understand?

Saturday 3 May, 2014

Opinion: The King of Monsters, America, and the legacy of the bomb – will Godzilla be done justice?

Director Gareth Edwards must balance the demands of a big budget blockbuster with the historical and cultural importance of Godzilla. Not a simple task, as previous versions have shown.

Wednesday 25 December, 2013

Column: Nothing guarantees peace on Earth like classic Christmas movie

In the midst of all this joyous chaos, it’s nice to be able to sit back and enjoy a holiday flick… but what exactly counts as a Christmas movie?

Monday 1 April, 2013

Column: Can Hollywood produce a female lead who's interesting in her own right?

The movie industry is beginning to cater for female audiences, but the likes of Bella Swan are no Ripley in terms of role models for women, writes Darren Mooney.