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Student Union News
o we have reached the end of the first half We also (Finally) have gotten the Student Council
S of the year, and what an eventful few
months it has been. We kicked off the year
on a massive high with Freshers Week, getting
up and running. It took a lot of work and at times
it didn't seem like it would happen, but here we
are! These guys will be meeting once a month
750 you out to the Ball alone, a much higher from now on, so make sure you get in contact
number than anyone could have seen. Then with with them if you want anything to be brought up
Halloween you kept it all going by packing out during their meetings. You could very well see
Redz Nightclub. I hope you will keep it all up for future members of the SU forming within the
the Christmas Ball this month in Tramco on the council. You find out all the details of the first
9th. Make sure you bring all your mates, so you meeting in this issue. Needless to say, it looks like
can get the much needed Christmas drinks from there will be some big changes within both the SU
them! Tickets can be purchased from either the and the College itself this year.
ents crew or from me. They are €6 from us or €8
S.U President at the door. By buying your tickets from us, howev- I wish you all the best of luck with Christmas
er, you don't just save €2; every person who pur- exams, and, as an old issue of Griffiti once wrote;
Sean Reid chases their ticket from the SU will receive a free A merry Christmas…and a sexy new year!
Santa hat upon entry to the club, just the thing to
get you into the Christmas spirit.
ope ye are all enjoying the year so far! I On a more serious note we are all aware that
H would like to thank all of you who helped
me during the last few weeks from putting
out flyers to donating blood. Every little helps!
exams are coming up. This is a stressful time and I
would like to reiterate that my office is here if you
are having any difficulties. You can also contact
The most important thing is to make sure you the college counsellor.
aware of the Poly Clinic where our new Griffith It has also being brought to my attention that
Doctor is based. Where any student from G.C.D there is problem with bullying within our college
who has a student card can avail of special price and it is something that needs to be attended to
discounts. This is a walk in service and is easily as a matter of urgency. For this reason I ask you if
located at the Traffic lights at Donore Avenue you are being affected directly or know anybody
Bridge. who is affected please contact either me or Carole
There are a few important dates coming up in we are more than happy to help with the situation.
my diary which will be advertised threw out the Thanks again for all your support! And I look
next few weeks. Such as alcohol awareness' day forward to seeing all over the next few weeks and
on December 15th. wish you the best of luck with your Exams.
For the 'Wells for Zoë' Malawi Trip at the end of Merry Christmas! Jacquie
January. We so far we have held a many events, Welfare Officer
rising over €3,000. I would like to extend my Useful Contacts:
appreciation to all those who helped and I am Doctors: 01-4736707, College Counsellor:
asking you to keep an eye out for upcoming firstname.lastname@example.org, Me: Su.email@example.com,
Hi all, who went to a great effort in assisting me with the
The month of November has being another hectic cricket team.
month on the sports and societies front. We are now hoping to get the gaelic football team
The pool league continued into November and was going again with the championship coming next
heavily contested. Cash prize wins went to Will Flynn February. We're trying to get training under-way before
on two accounts with Jack Halley also claiming a win. we break for Christmas. Again anyone who missed
The league is now led by Will Flynn who's closely fol- the sign-up days during freshers week and is interest-
lowed by Ian Donegan. For anyone interested in play- ed in joining the gaelic football team, feel free to drop
ing, the league takes place every Monday 18.15 every into me in the SU building and I'll talk your details.
Monday in the SU Many of you may be aware of the Well's for Zoe
Trials for the college Cricket also took place in the charity, where 17 of the college students are travelling
pat month, where there was a huge turn-out. Match's to Malawi next January to build an orphanage. In an
Sports Officer and training are hoped to get up and going in the effort to raise funds, we are hoping to have a charity
second semester with the intervarsities taking place soccer match against another college, with a match
Kieran Hickey near the end term. Special thanks has to go to Ali again a college staff selection also rumored. Details of
4 this match will be posted around the college soon.
GCD Student Council holds
first meeting of 2008 to
discuss student/college issues
he Student Council had its first meeting on November high quality Astroturf. It was left that the SU President and the
T 25th. The list of attendees was as follows: Seán Reid
(SU), Shivesh Seupal (Law), Shawn Blundell (Law), Sarah
Louise Coulter (Law), Oscar Finn (Media), Johanna Bandgren
Chairperson would find prices' for this and discuss methods of
presenting this to the board of directors. This will be presented
to the Council at the next meeting before going in front of the
(Business), Jacquie Ryan (SU), Niamh O'Kane (Business), college.
Rosemary Maguire (Law), Tabitha Adebayo (Business), Mark O'
Flynn (Media), James Walters (Media), Gerald Bell (Media) and The third item was the subject of placing a charge on pool
Kieran Hickey (SU). tables within the SU. The Sports Officer presented the follow-
ing figures to the Council: Every year, it costs the SU €120 for
The first motion brought forward by the Council was electing new cues and accessories; it costs €1580 to resurface all the
a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson and a Secretary. tables and new sets of balls cost €30 each. On average, one
Chairperson was decided by majority vote as Oscar Finn, Vice cue a week is broken in the SU, which comes to €10 for each
Chairperson was decided as Shivesh Seupal and Secretary was cue to be replaced. Each time a ball goes missing, an entire
decided as Tabitha Adebayo. new set must be purchased, costing the SU another €30 just
for a single ball. So far, two new sets had to be purchased. It
The first item brought to the floor was the issue of bullying was worked out that, by the end of the year, approximately
within class rooms, from both students and lecturers. Members €450 will be spent on repairs, not taking into account repairs
spoke about different cases that they had seen and ways to to be made on tables. It was felt that the current system is not
combat this issue. It was decided that students and staff working to prevent the damage done, and a proposed rental
equally need to be educated on this matter, and an awareness fee of €1 was brought up. This fee would allow students to
week was proposed. This week could cover not just bullying have unlimited games until they return the equipment, and will
but sexual harassment, drug abuse, homelessness and finance help towards the costs of repairs. The Council voted in favour
problems. The group voted that this shall be looked into by of this charge and it was not challenged by any members. The
both the SU President and the Chairperson. new system will come into effect from December 8th.
The second item brought to the floor was repairing the green The meeting concluded after an hour and the groups return
in the college. The Council discussed different methods of pre- date was set for the week of 8th of December. Any students
serving the grass and, on a vote of 13 in favour and 1 against, who wants an issues brought up is suggested to speak to
the Council decided that the green needs to be replaced by either their class rep or the Students Union.
Mixed fortunes for GCD footballers as lady luck desersts
ovember has seen another action hampered by injuries in the second half
N packed round of events on the sports
front in the college. The soccer season
leading to a 6-2 defeat.
The season concluded in late November
continued and concluded with a mixed out- with a home game against DIT 'C' team.
come. The college earned a draw against Despite an even first half, Griffith went in at
against Blanchardstown IT. A last minute the break 2-0 down. In the second half
goal from the west-side college preventing Griffith dominated proceeding but just
Griffith from taking all 3 points. couldn't find the back of the net. As Griffith
Attention was then switched to the Bob pressed for a goal DIT added a third which
Eustace cup where Griffith were drawn saw the game end in a 3-0 defeat.
away to Tipperary Institute in mid- There were enough signs from the 3
November. Griffith raced into an early 2-0 games though to suggest the soccer team
led at the Thurles venue thanks to goals will emerge stronger in the new year, having
from Shane Mooney and Hossam but were learned some harsh lessons this month.
Halloween Ball 2008
Sam Burgees &
For more party pictures log on to:
The Genuine Article With Star reporter Drew Peacock
Arthurs Bar Unveils New Schedule at Launch In Brief
t a recent press conference which was attended Fondling'. GCD Security squad shoot
by Griffiti and Reuters outside the toilets in "I don't expect a huge crowd at this one, as it is a very
Arthurs, Bar manager Dominic Lodola niche event, plus most of the college is off on Fridays.
6 students in first month
unveiled his latest 'timetable' for Arthur's events to However basically what's going to happen is, we are for looking overly content
stretch from December 08 - February 09. "I'm keeping going to pull the curtains, Declan from the Kitchen is with themselves.
with my themed nights as I believe they are the most supplying the chip fat and well, I'll leave the rest to
popular. But there are some right dirty bastards in this your imaginations!" said an excited looking Mr
college, have you ever seen the women on a night out Brownill. Sports Officer accused of
here? You'd find more clothing on a spool of tread, so I
decided I better start catering for these lads and lasses" Arthur's Bar is set to continue its great drinks promos:
cross-dressing after being
said a perplexed looking Mr Lodola. seen wearing a normal t-
Single Vodka Red Bull : Only €14! shirt
"Basically I'm going to be really going out there with Pint of Amstel : Only €7!
the themed nights. 'Monday Madness' is just not mad Jagerbomb: Only €12!
enough so I'm changing that to 'Monday Molestation'. Tap Water: Not available unless you are literally dying GCD gardener accused of
Basically we will have all the young ones in the room, 'missing a spot' on the
lock the doors, throw on a bit of hardcore techno/house
music and strobe lighting and then bring in all the auld green
lads from Leonards Corner. It will be pure filty but I
reckon everyone should leave with a smile on their
face" said Mr Lodola.
Lodola continued to explain that his popular 'Wacky
Wednesday' will be rebranded as 'Wankered on
Wednesday'. However in his most controversial move
(not his first one) Mr Lodola announced that Resturant American Students contin-
Manger Chris Brownill will be hosting his very own Lodola: Visionary Brownill : Loves New ue to break decibel levels
themed night on Fridays called 'Frantic Friday Timetable
while having a 'quite con-
GODZILLA IN 'SEX-TAPE' SCANDAL
SU Common Room now
Fading film star's latest release The irradiated lizard reached stardom in the 1950's more popular pisshead
when one of his booze fuelled romps, which destroyed
leaked onto the web...and bed much of downtown Tokyo, was captured by a Japanese spot than Coppers
sheets film maker. Several documentaries were made and the
unknown reptile was thrust into the limelight. Govt considers moving
His career began to slump in the late 1970's when he
apanese film Mountjoy inmates to GCD
slipped into drug and alcohol addiction and faded into
near obscurity. His hopes of a comeback were dashed in Rez as they share a
2000 however when critics mauled his self-titled biopic
become the lat-
'Godzilla'. And his latest screen venture will no doubt
'remarkably similar' set of
est celebrity victim of rules
damage his waning Hollywood credibility.
a leaked sex-tape. The
Godzilla refused to comment on the sex-tape when
tape, which appeared
questioned at his Christmas Island home today, instead
on several websites on
preferring to incinerate reporters with his atomic blast. Inefficientcy in
Monday evening, is
believed to have been leaked from CCTV footage of a
International Office sky-
The Genuine Article did, however, manage to track rockets as Paul Mullally
Dublin car-park. Its grainy black and white images
down Godzilla's co-star in the film. The man-ho, known
allegedly depict the legendary 'King of the Monsters' returns to work
only as Dr. Dusty Ringlove, rejected claims that he was
engaged in a sex-act with a male prostitute dressed as
the one who had leaked the video onto the internet.
long time nemesis, Mothra.
Speaking from a corner on Wexford Street a defiant
This will no doubt come as a blow, no pun intended, to
Mr. Ringlove stated: "Sista, puh-leeze. I din't do dat shit.
Hot Maintainance Guy
the B-movie star who is trying to get his career back on continues to 'tighten the
Dat trick was its own reward - he's a monster in mo'
track following a string of box-office flops and a life-
ways den one, honey!" screws' in the residence.
long battle with alcohol addiction.
8 The contents of this section are satirical and may offend. The views espressed here do not represent the views of GCD Student
What’s this protest about?
here was great craic to dard 'What do we want?! No
T be had last month when
Dublin's students came
out in force to protest
the increase in registration fees
implemented in the new budget.
Fees!! When do we want it?!
Whilst simplicity is important for
all good protest chants, this one
perhaps crossed the boundaries
Despite their best efforts, the of what could realistically be
fun-loving students failed to achieved. Technically, the fees are
match the levels of militancy on already in place, and have been
show from their much older fel- increased to a higher sum, so
low protestors- the old people. chanting for the abolition of
The old people, angry at the pro- them altogether seems a tad
posed means testing on medical overambitious.
cards for old people who are
older than 70, put their youthful By all accounts, the chant
counterparts to shame with a far should have been 'What do we
better and more sinister protest want?! A reversal of the
on the same day. Governments' decision to
increase student registration fees
Sincerity is the key. The stu- in the budget, and bring it back
dent's were mildly angry, while to 900 euro, or possibly get rid
the old people were apoplectic of the fees altogether!! When do
with rage, summoning up the old- we want it?! Now!!
school levels of discontent that
sometimes lead to Communist The guy with the speakerphone
revolutions. The students looked chose not to got down this road
like they were having too much though, and perhaps he was
fun. There was zero Garda pres- right. Whilst the wild passion was
ence, which as all good protes- in his eyes, everyone else seemed
tors know is a gross insult; if the to be thanking their lucky stars
cops don't think you need to be they were getting a day off col-
supervised, you're just not serious lege, and for a just cause too.
enough. Happiness is a warm placard.
The student's chant was a stan-
Back to the Burlo!
fter months of speculation, the Griffith College The Griffith Ball is by far the most extravagant and
A Ball will be returning to the Burlington Hotel for
2009. The SU have laid down a deposit to
bring the centrepiece Griffith student event back to
most expensive event to be held on an annual basis by
either the Griffith College staff or students, with
expenses for the event topping €25,000 for just one
what many people consider to be its rightful home. night. It is also the most eagerly awaited event with
both students and staff attending.
This year several hotels were in the running including
the Crown Plaza in Santry and last years location, the This year's ball is to be held on Saturday April 18th
Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim Co, Meath. However after a 2009 with tickets going on sale early next year. Ticket
painstaking process it was decided that because of its prices are expected to be €70. Hotel rooms are on
City Centre location and easy accessibility the sale now and start at €120 for a twin or double room.
Burlington was the most logical option.
Students' Union Competition
fter almost a decade designs for a new logo to
A in use, the Griffith
Students' Union has
decided to change its logo.
Students' Union President
Sean Reid. The winner will be
awarded a Griffith College
The current logo (pictured) is Hoodie of their choice, tick-
to be replaced with a more ets to all SU events for the
legible and identifiable logo rest of the year, including the
bringing GCSU in line with Griffith Ball and the knowl-
other Students' Unions across edge that they will have left
Ireland. their mark on Griffith for
years to come.
Rather than having an out-
side interest with no real Send your entries to
knowledge of Griffith design firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing
the emblem, the Union has date for this competition has
decided to hold a competi- been set for Friday January
tion. Students and staff are 30th 2009
invited to send in their
Hickey Pushes for Constitutional
he Students' Union is way with us. We are an
T currently considering a
radical reform package
for the organisation. SU Vice
enthusiastic bunch here I will get
this done! We have too much
say in what the union does, big
President Kieran Hickey is decisions that effect the
reportedly considering proposing students should be passed
a radical shake-up of the day-to- through the Student Council,
day running's of the union by which is what we have started
replacing the current 2003 doing now. But we need to
Griffith SU Constitution with a make it official and write it
more comprehensive and far down. If we were to go ahead
reaching document. with replacing the current
constitution, I really wouldn't be
Many in and outside the Union comfortable doing it without
view the current constitution as running it past the Student
being debunked and Council (Class Reps) and getting
unenforceable due to the a majority vote on it. Which is
unspecific way it is written. "We the way the union should work"
basically want to give the power said Mr. Hickey.
back to the students and away
from the executives (sabbatical No decision has yet been Vice-President Hickey
officers). Many previous SU have made, however a motion is
talked about doing this but none expected to be put forward for
of them have ever really got up voting at the next Student
off their arse and done anything Council meeting later this
about it, its not going to be that month.
Christmas Formal Ball
In aid of:
Wells For Zoë
Thurs 11th Dec @ 7.30pm
Killiney Castle Hotel
Tickets €60 on sale from the Student's Union
Reception starts at 7.30pm
The ex-Arcade Fire,
Last Shadow Puppets
arranger and all round
musical genius Max
Tundra (aka Final
Fantasy) sits down
oor old Max Tundra; you kinda have to feel sorry for the bloke,
P sitting in a hotel bar sipping bottled water having a trapse of
wannabe music journos paraded in front of him all asking the same shite
questions about where he got the name from, or how does he define his music or what's
with his what's his favourite song blah blah blah... Well Griffitti don't swing that way baby. Admittedly
yours truly is a fuckin music geek with hundreds more CDs than real friends but so what, next time we meet him
he might be famous so may as well have the craic with him and he just might remember us next time we meet on
the long road to music journalism ruin.
ow, of course those of you that haven't already stopped reading and gone onto the fashion pages to fantasise about
N sexy Roisin may never have even heard of Max Tundra, well his real name in Ben Jacobs (it's a one man band baby),
and he comes from London. And before you think you've never heard his stuff then just hold off a second because
he's remixed for the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai, The Pet Shop Boys, The Strokes, The Futureheads & Architecture in
Helsinki, so there, yeah, you probably have heard his material. But he's not some serious remix header either "Naw it's kind of
a money thing a lot of the time and it's not always for bands that I like. Most times if somebody approaches me with an
offer to do a remix then most times I'll do it. I like the challenge of turning a song that I don't like into a song that I do like".
Now don't be too quick top judge old Ben, just coz he does things for money don't mean he's a bad person. Now while
your lecturers will try and instil values and ethics into you during your time in Griffith here at Griffiti we can reveal that in the
hard-knock-life-bastard-world out-there it's fuckin tough and you need to pay the bills somehow. With Ben it's no different;
Parrallax Error Beheads You took a wopping six years to make and it's only got about forty minutes of music on it so if
something takes that long then it's gonna cost a few spondulics. But is Ben a perfectionist or just bone lazy. "Other bands
have popped up and have had a career in that time and there's such a pressure on artists on major labels to turn an album
around very quickly and part of the joy on being on a label like Domino is that you have the luxury of being able to take your
time as an artist. In the six years that it's taken me to make this record other bands have had full careers, Kaiser Chiefs have
done three albums, Hot Chip have done three albums and then there's other bands that have appeared from no-where and
disappeared again. I've just been working on this one record and because I'm not very big or popular yet then nobody is
really shouting down my neck to get things done."
Ah yeah but Jaysus Ben, six years man? "Well from now on I'm going to put myself under a bit of pressure because in
fairness six years is just far too long to make just forty minutes of music, so the next album will be much quicker".
Ben music is defined as electro, but don't say that to him, enough of the hacks that he's seen today have been rabbitting
on about that crap and anyway, even though he uses a few keyboards and samplers that doesn't mean that he's Kraftwerk?
Like, if a lawyer used video evidence does that mean that he's a movie producer? Of course not. Ben writes some of the
best pop music ever. He dances and sings a bit like Prince, indeed he learned how to sing by attempting the songs of the
artist formally known as the artist formally known as the artist formally known as the artist formally known for being a
freakngs at karaoke bars around his native London.
One thing that always strikes you about doing interviews in hotel bars and actually hotel's in general, is the background
music is so fuckin god-awful. Stomach clenching, bile inducing tripe that only a turnip would enjoy. Ben agrees "there are
way too many bands and there's lots and lots of really dreadful music around. And we're bombarded with it all the time, like
in hotel bars, or in shops and restaurants or even on the bus when someone is playing music over their phone. We don't
choose to listen to this music but it's just that we're not even given a choice. It's just noise pollution. There's so many bands
now making that "background" music, unimaginative boring same-y music that's not new or inventive or even noticeable. And
the worse thing is that it's so grounded into the everyday world that people just accept it".
Who's to blame, radio? The media, we hate radio, Phantom just released figures that they've got 27% of listeners in Dublin.
What? Does anyone agree that Phantom has completely lost the ball since going legit. For Christ sakes they're playing
Coldplay and U2. They were our hope, our shining beacon in the dreary damp night of modern radio playlists but they went
and ruined it by selling out to the man. From now on it's internet radio for us, no ads, no moronic radio presenter
mascarading for Djs. Last Fm rocks can we get a Hell Yea from you Ben? "Yeah, exactly, far better, although there is one
radio station where I do get all my news tracks from, it's WFMU.org, it's a New Jersey station and it's very good. It's where I
get all my material for my radio show on Saturdays on Resonance FM, (MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt
from "www.resonancefm.com" claiming to be www.resonancefm.com)
But we can't forget that there is some really amazing bands out there too, actually there's a lot of them but sometimes
they can be harder to find". Indeed especially on Irish radio waves.
Well that's about it so Ben, what next? "Touring the album probably for the next nine months solid I'd say. I just did a
support tour with Hot Chip and it was greatand I want to do some more high profile things like that because, you know,
sometimes it can be a bit frustrating when you've been putting records out for over ten years and still nobody knows who
the hell you are. But it was cool touring with them and it was great to see these kids dancing and having lots of fun to my
music, kind of makes me think that many many people could possible like my music if they got to hear it".
Max Tundra will be rocking out keyboard and sampler style in Crawdaddy 23rd January. Go to maxtundra.com for updates.
Broken News- Broken
Aaron Rogan on the 24-hour news circus that has brought
sensationalist news coverage to new levels
hen something of importance eventually
W does happen the news station goes into
overdrive. There'll be a loud whooshing
sound and an obnoxious graphic taking up half
the screen to let you know that this ain't no run
of the mill news, this is breaking news. And
breaking news is the most important, it's barely
even happened! The problem with breaking news
is that it's very hard to report on something that
has only been discovered, but the newsrooms get
so excited in the clamour to get there first that
they'll rush some poor reporter to the scene of
the event. So we have the anchor in the studio
interviewing someone whose just arrived on the
scene and knows nothing more about the story
than what he's been told by the newsroom. "This
story is still developing" really means "I haven't
the foggiest." It's not news, but at least it passes
he purpose of the news is to inform,
explain and analyse events so that
people can better understand the In fact, 24 hour news channels have so much
world. But the fact is that compared to time to kill with so little ammunition that they
even the most hackneyed drama the now need you to do some of the work. They
news is boring; the stories takes days portray it as an exercise in open democracy but
or weeks to unfold, most of the characters are really it's just a way to broadcast sensationalist
dullards who don't want anyone to know what nonsense while distancing themselves from it.
they're up to and any exciting things that do Most of the messages read on air are
happen involve massive destruction or depravity. quasi-fascist ramblings which would get you
And we even find the exciting stuff grows tedious locked up if you published them on a pamphlet,
after about the eighth car bomb of the week. and there's always at least one irate shut-in who
writes in calling for someone to be executed.
When something of immediate importance is not Doesn't matter if the topic is littering or the
happening, which is generally the case, there is in expansion of the EU: "We should reintroduce the
effect no function for 24 stations. But if there is a death penalty and post the bill for the bullets to
chance that something might happen they make their families. Yours sincerely, Deranged in Dalkey"
us wait for the news with them. Narrated footage What do we need to hear the public's opinions for
of airport arrivals halls, closed doors, empty streets in any case, most people know zip when it comes
and helicopter shots of cars make up hours of to policing or managing the economy. And
non-news coverage. This isn't news, it's just waiting anyway, what sort of person responds to the
and looking but its great for cable news stations demand to "Press your red button NOW!" Those
because people get curious as to what they're opinion polls draw exclusively from people with
waiting for and stay tuned. nothing better to do at two o'clock in the
afternoon than get indignant when their telly tells
en News- Broken news
ky have broadcast more bulletins their jobs. And it's not as if it was a They report on the dangers of bees,
S from kitchens than their own
studio since the recession,
showing us how the credit crunch is
particularly slow news week. This was
the same week as the verdict of the
inquiry into the shooting of Jean
Iran, drinking water, faulty seatbelts,
and what's under your fingernails. They
want their audience to develop
effecting some dolt who took out a Charles DeMenezes by London police. complexes so severe they can't leave
300% loan for an iPod. Cable news But that was old news by now. the couch, never mind the house.
wants to appeal to the average person
and they reason that the average This trend towards this sort of story is But when there's something that is
person wants to see themselves on the because unlike terrestrial TV which only really important but also not that
TV. So, most stories now invariably has to broadcast about two hours exciting, the 24-hour stations have to
involve interviewing members of the worth of news a day, 24 hour news work extra hard to keep your attention.
public. This means that news stations have to keep up with one This usually involves the brainchild of
broadcasting descends into a futile another and more importantly with the some over-caffeinated, colour blind
cycle where a reporter asks a member rest of TV. And the rest of TV doesn't graphic designer. Ludicrous gadgetry in
of the public what they think and the have boring middle-aged men in suits the news reached its zenith during the
person replies with what they heard on talking about government documents, recent presidential election. You know,
the news. It's as if Rupert Murdoch is it has sex and violence and all manner that election that was marqueed as the
conducting some perverse pop-quiz to of fun stuff. So cable news has most important event since the end of
make sure we're paying attention. gradually become more entertainment- the Cold War. Yeah, well CNN decided
like which means more emotion, more to juice it up for us; with a hologram.
appeals to gut feelings of paranoia,
Of course, it would wear thin pretty fear and disgust and more drama. Fox NN spent god knows how much
quick if all that was broadcast was
shoppers being asked what they saw
on the news so 24-hour news has to
News interviews have more in common
with primal scream therapy sessions
than rational debate because it's dra-
C on making it look like they were
beaming in a real-time image of
one of their reporters from Chicago to
earn its salt some other way. And since matic. their main studio. The interviewer Wolf
the world doesn't churn out enough Blitzer (I think they make up these
fresh conflict and scandal to keep the merican stations and in outlandish names so you stay tuned to
ratings up, they have to put the graft in
and manufacture some news. A particular Fox News are brilliant
entertainment, they seem to
have given up the ghost on any actual
hear if you heard it correctly the first
time) then proceeded to ask the
reporter about guess what? The
The scandal over the Russell Brand news reporting. Instead, they'll tell you hologram! After a while he asked a few
and Jonathan Ross radio broadcast just about anything to keep you questions about the voting. But the
was first-class manufactured news. watching. Fox broadcast a sort of fact he was talking to a hologram
Something which affected very few hyper-reality where everything is ten meant he may as well have been
people was turned into a national times as bright, loud and important as letting off fireworks in the studio as he
outrage in the space of a few days, it would be otherwise. In one fifteen asked the questions.
and BBC24 and Sky News got to show minute Fox broadcast I saw a bear on
it blow by blow. Sky News spent hours the loose in Southern Californian The problem with rolling news
covering the story and what had suburbs, a man crushed to death by a stations becoming focused on
originally aggrieved only two people streetlight while in his parked car and entertainment rather than information
enough to complain became the main a boy who was ordered to apologise to is that without good information,
news story for two weeks. This was his high school for going to his people can't form good opinions. And
clockwork non-news, Sky forced the graduation dressed as a penis. Who's then what are you going to say when
scandal as a serious issue so much going to change the channel when Sky stop you in the street?
that it eventually became one. 30,000 there a bear on the loose and an
people complained, MPs spoke out, interview with penis boy coming up?
Gordon Brown called for "appropriate Fox are also particularly fond of scaring
action" and some people even lost the living shit out of their audience.
Paddy Murphy chats to
Sunderland’s finest D.I.Y rockers
What's the story Jaff, you well That's the thing, aye, a lot of people don't like to record live and
they like to get everything right and pristine and perfect and
Yeah, very well we're in Krakow today, lovely part of the world even when we did it that way for the second album it only took
but it's bloody cold though. us three weeks. It really shouldn't take all that long if you've got
stuff written and you've been practising it. With bands like
The latest Futurehead's album, This is not the World only took Radiohead they'll go into the studio with nothing written and just
three weeks to record, how come you can do a record so write it all there but that's the way they like to do it and it
quickly, what's inspires ye to write so fast? works for them. But we're alot different from them, we're just a
little rock band really. We all sing and play and we've all got dif-
It was a combination of a couple of things, our producer Youth, ferent ideas about our parts sound so first we work them out
(the Verve Urban Hymns, the Delays Everything's the Rush as and then we get them recorded when we're happy with all the
well as being Killing Joke's original bassist) wanted to do the bits.
record really fast, he doesn't like to get bogged down in the
eccentricities of recording, like using loads of over-dubs and that, Well you've been touring this album now for a while do you
he likes to capture a band live. Also Barry ( Hyde, lead singer) write while on the road?
had about eight songs ready before we'd even gone into the
studio. When we went over to record (Youth owns a massive Naw, we can't really rehearse, only maybe during some sound-
recording studio in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Andalusia) checks but we don't really get a lot of time then either. But, you
we were recording one song a day and then we'd be jamming know, coz we're travelling so much we just have to get sleep,
out and work on other ones in the evening. We worked really eat, get to the gig and then have a bit of a party after the gig. I
hard and it ended up only taking fifteen days because we were know Barry does do a bit of writing while we're on the road but
playing and recording for fourteen hours everyday. we don't all sit down together until close to the time that we're
heading into the studio. And I think we'll probably be doing that
Makes you think why do other bands take so long to produce some time in January, we'll have a couple of weeks off then so
music... we'll maybe try and get another record done then.
Well the album's been out since last May and you've been We going to have some scratching and beatboxing on the
touring ever since then we you actually take a proper break next Futureheads album?
or just straight into the studio and then hit the road again
with the next release? ........(laughs) Don't know about that mate.
Well we'll see what happens, we have the three weeks in It's the time of year....so what's been the high and low points
January that I mention before where we'll be hitting the studio for the Futureheads?
again but we'll see.....it depends on how much we get done in
January. Well at the start of the year we were all feeling a bit down we
weren't happy with the second record, how it’s done like, and
But you are looking to releasing a follow-up album next year?
then we had the crap with the label (the band were dropped)
and we were travelling all over England in a little van trying to
Yea, it would be nice of we could, we'd love to but saying that get things going again. Then we had Beginning of the Twist
we don't want to but too much pressure on ourselves, then and it did really well, got lots of radio play and did well in the
again, if it's done then we'll put it out for sure. That's one of charts so that was probably the defining moment of the year
the advantages of being your own boss, we don't have to wait for us I'd say. It showed that we could turn things around. It
for a record company who'll just put it on a shelf and tell us showed that we don't need a label to do things, we can do
when to put it out. things our own way, we can produce our own work the way
we want and be the happiest we've ever been. You know,
Then saying you do record a lot in January, then you could travelling from places like Hull and Scunthorpe but then
be hitting the festivals again next summer? hearing your record on the radio made it all feel really good
again. We proved to ourselves that we can do it just so long
Aye man, that would be great, we love playing the festivals. It as we write good songs and wanna go out and tour.
would be good to do them again but it might be hard because
some promoters won't book the same people two years in a America. America fucking loves the Futureheads, especially
row, but it would be cool though. the internet based media. Of all the new British indie bands
only yourselves and Bloc Party, even though they've kinda
The Futureheads have been spotted doing a few DJ nights blown it by touring with My Chemical Romance a while back,
every now and then and there's a few more planned for this have got any notice from across the pond, why is that and
tour. How did they come about and what's the reason for what are ye gonna do about it?
getting behind the decks?
Well it just happened mate, actually there's a low point for
Yea, a few of us are doing them now and I suppose the you, knowing that we're getting a lot of play and radio time in
reason is that they're a good laugh, a good night out ya know, America but not being able to tour there because we'd never
plus we get a bucket load of cash from doing it too. You know be able to afford it without being signed to a record label. We
they fly you to Dublin put ya up in a hotel and then they pay looked at doing it but we'd have been out of pocket a lot of
you to play music that you're into. As we're doing it more money each so it's a bit crap that we couldn't. But you never
though we're getting more and more into it and getting better know maybe we'll get an investor and a label might want to
at mixing the songs and adding in more different stuff. Even sign us over there and maybe we could do a tour then, or
though we're all kind of indie heads we can experiment when maybe if we got a support slot with someone doing a tour.
we're DJ-ing by adding in some electro stuff.
The Futureheads play the Academy on December 17th
The album ‘This is Not the World’ is out now.
“There's a low point for you, knowing that we're
getting a lot of play and radio time in America but
not being able to tour there because we'd never be
able to afford it without being signed to a record
He is a huge talent, with a dedicated Irish fan
base. He played the Crawdaddy Tent at
Electric Picnic this year and is to play two sold
out shows in Vicar Street accompanied by a 24
piece Orchestra this month. I got a chance to
speak with the enthusiastic and enigmatic Josh
Interview By Fiona Donnellan
First off, what did you think of the US Election Results? When did you decide to give work and concentrate on music
I thought they were fantastic. I was out canvassing myself for full time?
Obama, going door to door in Philadelphia, making sure I was ready to quit my job before any of this, I did all kind of
everyone knew about him. I was fully into it. It's an amazing jobs, like I'd work for a week or a few days and then I would
experience, there is a certain belief restored, this is the quit and go work on music. I never had a desire to get stuck
country I believe in. I'm very happy, it's such an exciting time. doing something that I didn't want to do, didn't want to be
doing something just because I felt I needed to. Luckily I could
Are you looking forward to coming to Ireland again in do that, I didn't have other obligations that I needed to fill, so
December, two sold out shows, that's impressive! as soon as I could I started singing full time and I've been
Yeah I'm excited it's going to be such a weird show. Like the doing that for 6years now. I'm proud of that
orchestra, I can definitely add it to the list of things I thought
id never get to see, its amazing I'm really excited. It's going to What's your favourite track from" Historical Conquests of
be weird because it's a standing gig, but with an orchestra so Josh Ritter"?
I'm really curious to see what it will be like. The sound is Fun tracks, its like trying to name your favourite child! Its hard
going to be great, I just can't wait. It's a huge thing, kind of to pick favourites, they change at different times. "To the
selfish, but you know if you get the chance. Dogs or Whoever" Is the one I enjoy most consistently. But a
lot of the stuff off that album takes me out of my comfort
How was Electric Picnic this year, how does it compare to zone and really changed the way I've performed. Its really fun,
other shows you've played around the world? you get a chance to push yourself outside what you normally
Epic, what a beautiful night. I played it two years ago as well. used to operating. But yeah it is a song that is kind of big
Its something else, I love the tents and how people aren't and bold and funny. I'm working on a new record right now.
taking the event super seriously. They're there to have a good It's getting louder so its a lot of fun.
time and enjoy, it really gives you an opportunity to go out
there and play as hard as you can and not really worry about How do you think you sound has changed since your first
breaking something or messing up in some way, its really an album?
award for everything else I have to do during the year. It's gone down some odd roads. Things have an effect on
your style of playing, like even when you're in your apartment
You have a huge following here in Ireland, did you ever think and there are people above you, you play quieter because
it would get to this point? they rap on the floor or the ceiling. Trying to get you to shut
I've never really had the scope and imagination to understand up. It leads you to sing quiet songs, it's amazing how your
where things could really go, I just keep my head down immediate environment can change what you're doing. We
working on songs, working on what you're doing and really kind of forget sometimes that were the products of our
putting effort into creating something, weather its a record or environment. As we grow up the smallest changes in the
a performance, the one thing you're trying to do is build places we are and the people we know can cause us to have
some tracks for the people who come out to a show, when completely new and different reactions and cause totally
you're not on stage you're working hard to create something different types of music.
new, time and patience goes into it, so most of the time I'm
not really looking up. Then suddenly you see, that there's an How are you planning on spending Christmas?
effect, that you're having an effect, it's really gratifying, its I going to spend Christmas with my grandma down in
incredible. You can't really go out there and make people Oregon. She's 94 and going to go down there and hang out
come to your shows, you just have to keep doing what your with her and the whole family is going to be there so it's
doing and hopefully people will respond. I'm having an going to be terrific. I'm very excited, the usually good stuff
amazing time right now, I'm totally enjoying it. like turkey. It's so nice to be heading back to family and all
Out of the Blue
Mark Corcoran on the task facing Dublin’s
o the dust has settled since October 9 and we've had the doctor
S time to think. Since the northern demolition job (or
self destruction, which ever way you want to look at
it), Dublin GAA men licked their wounds and prepared
for the Mullins versus Deegan management election with
cautious optimism for the future. Maybe this is the shake up
of Paul Nugent
that was needed. A big name to shoulder the burden and drag (Thomas Davis) and Paddy O' Donoghue (Kilmacud Crokes) as
the team forward. selectors will also bring some valuable south side expertise to
the table, something that Caffery's management was scream-
But it was an election that never came to a vote. You have ing out for.
to hand it to them. With minimum press leaks, the name that Construction of the new panel is already underway. In an
nobody was expecting, straight out of the blue (excuse the attempt to leave no stone unturned, Gilroy divided the county
pun) Pat Gilroy was sworn into office. No contest, No debate. into six segments and ordered a blitz tournament (each
An appointment that was initially difficult for me to sink my segment was a team) as trials for the new panel. Only the
teeth into. Kilmacud Crokes players were spared (due to Championship
commitments). Any player who wanted to be involved next
So what do we know of Pat Gilroy. A self made business man year was invited to show their face. Interestingly Ciaran
that has risen to the top of Dalkia, an energy company based Whelan and Jason Sherlock declared their intentions for next
in France. What experience he lacks in management, having year by making an appearance as did most of the present
only been involved as a selector to DCU's Sigerson cup team, panel.
he makes up for from his playing days. Gilroy (36) was part of
the Dublin panel of the early 90s which went all the way in 95 A largely different panel can expected from next year. As can
and he was an integral part of the St Vincent's team that took a large St Vincents contingent. Expect to hear the name Willie
the All Ireland Club Championship in March, scoring crucial Lowry tried at full back in the league next spring along with
scores from full-forward along the way. Hugh Gill, both were huge players in the Vincents defence this
But this is still the biggest management job in the country. year. Also expect to hear the names Colin Prendeville (Fingal
The most scrutinised, the most pressure. How did a relative Ravens), Luke Sweetman (Eirns Isle) and Dennis Bastick
dark horse glide in to the job so smoothly? Easy. Gilroy's (Templeogue Synge St), some of Dublin's best kept secrets
business experience ensured he walked any interview they come to the fore next year.
threw at him but more importantly, he had connections. As fate would have it Gilroy has been handed a baptism of
fire. Tyrone have been pencilled in for January 31 under the
Pat Gilroy's official title in the new set up is 'Manager', Mickey Croker's Saturday night lights. It is a repeat of the meeting two
Whelan's is trainer. Whelan, now in his early 70s, previously years ago and is the first league match of the season. A first
held the Dublin job from 1996-1999 a time he admits was not chance for new blood to impress in front of a full house. Two
his happiest as the Dubs plummeted from the dizzy heights of years ago these teams were the first to play under the lights.
1995. He coached Vincents to the trophy in March and had The Dubs led by five at the half, and lost. Incidents of being
Gilroy as selector when he was in charge of the DCU Sigerson pegged back slowly but surely riddled Caffery's time in charge.
cup team. He also includes Kevin Heffernan, the all-seeing, all- January 31 is Gilroy's first big chance to show he is the man to
knowing Godfather of Dublin football as one of his best friends. steady Dublin's shaky nerves.
Piller Caffery had the unanimous respect of the Dublin
Heffernan was joined on the interview board to select the dressing room through out his time in charge. Everyone wanted
Dublin manager by Dr Pat O'Neill (both St Vincents men). to win for him so very badly. January 31 is their chance to
What seemed a good idea for a management team to Whelan avenge him against the side that caused his down fall on too
probably seemed like a good idea to Heffernan and so the many occasions. August's demolition will still be fresh in the
deal was done. minds.
Don't be fooled. This management team is going to be the The Dublin County Board will be anxious for Gilroy to settle in
exact opposite to that of Piller Caffery. Caffery's reign of ice quickly. They've got a lot riding on this one, it will be 14 years
baths and the hairdryer treatment will transform into Gilroy's since Sam saw Christmas in the capital and patience is
motivation skills and Whelan's unique brand of training. wearing thin especially with the old green and gold enemy
Whelan's sheer enthusiasm for the game could just be what waiting round the corner in early June…
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Styling: Natasha Rocca Devine &
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Location: The Loft Market,
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Which skills from your study in Grafton Academy have aided Having studied in the Limerick Institute of technology, do you
you see this training as an integral part of your career as a
most, since your graduation in 2006? designer?
Well in the Grafton Academy there's a huge focus on pattern Yes I do, my 3 years in LIT as an integral part of your career
drafting and the professional finish on you garments so you as a designer it really help develop me as a designer by
leave the college with incredibly high standards and the ability bring the creative side out in me. I also saw my 2 years in
to construct or deconstruct any garment you see or design. Sallynoggin Senior College as a great grounding and under-
stand of technical skills.
Your designs have been described as 'the perfect balance
betweensculptural art and wearable fashion', how did you You are specialized in occasion wear with hand beading and
achieve this? embroidery. What influences your collections?
I don't thing I will ever find the perfect balance, it’s trying to Well I think of my work as modern vintage chic which I
achieve that balance that one produces some interesting consider an elegant, sophisticated and timeless collection by
pieces. It's a juggling act but I wouldn't have it any other way. using classic craft techniques with modern fabrics which I
often would be inspirited by.
Do you think it is essential as a designer to have media cov-
erage, or are you of the opinion that your talent which Since graduating in 2004, you have worked with the interna-
achieve enough attention to keep your head above water? tional Irish designers John Rocha and Joanne Hynes, what
A. You will always need the media, especially when you are were these experiences like?
starting out. You need to get your name out there. They were amazing, hard working and eye opening, it was
Unfortunately it can often be that people are more interested good to see even at that level you still have to pull a few all
in the name rather than the clothes nights to get the desired end result… and to be part of that
experience was great… hopefully some day there will be an
In most creative careers, success is generally down to finding up and coming designer saying the same about my own
balance between networking, training and getting work. How
do keep this? Individuality is an essence of a fashion designer, were you
It's difficult, I tend to spend most of my time on designing; it's worried you may lose your own when working with other
what I love doing and you will always spend more time on the designers? Or would you recommend this chance to learn
things you love. You just need to keep in mind that unfortu- from those at the top of the fashion industry?
nately designing is a small part in having a successful fashion Yes to both I would recommend learning from the big boys of
business. the industry they have done it and know how to do it; but
yes you can some time loss your own individuality and cre-
What have been your biggest challenges, as a designer to ativity as I found when working in the rag trade side of the
I guess the biggest challenge has and still is financial.. No
matter how creative and how good you are it all needs to be Establishing your label and attracting clientele can be the
developed most difficult challenge when starting out, how did you over-
into something that you can live off. Another juggling act, to come this?
balance your creativity with commercialism. You need to sell Well, I just bit the bullet and did a few months ago and it is
in order to produce the next 10 collections running around in all going well, so fare. The loft market has been a great
your head. platform to start of from. And I feel I have unique edge; the
fact that clients can get exclusive commission piece made
What are your future plans? just for them, as well as unique off the pang pieces. Also side
Well I hope to keep developing my label and building up my the williness to just keep working hard.
brand. I Am currently working on my own fashion show which
I am hoping to have twice a year.
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What Just Happened?
Director: Barry Levinson
Starring: Robert De Niro, Sean Penn,
Catherine Keener, John Turturro, Robin
Wright Penn, Stanley Tucci
Release : November 28th
hat Just Happened? is a movie about two weeks in play themselves out in a fairly amusing fashion. Think
W the life of Ben (De Niro) as his life unravels. Ben is
one the thirty most powerful producers in Hollywood,
but the test screenings for his latest movie are not going well,
somewhere between Larry Sanders and Larry David but not as
e Niro is in every scene so it is up to him to carry this
the star of his new movie does not look like a star, his
daughter from his first marriage is going through some very
D movie. He has done the comedic thing to great effect in
the past in The King of Comedy and Meet the Parents. He has
personal problems, and a friend of his may or may not be also ballsed it up in Meet the Fockers and Analyze That. Here
going out with his most recent wife. Not a good fortnight by the bespectacled Bobby does a good job without excelling. The
anyone's standards. problem is that he is too cool for the role. He remains calm
The movie starts off with Ben narating a Vanity Fair when his world is falling apart. He even gets a bit gangster a
photoshoot which leads into one of those "it all started when…" one stage and this jarrs with the character created by the rest
sequences. Ben is at a test screening of his latest flick which of the film.
stars Sean Penn. The movie has quite an abrassive ending and Stylistically I was impressed. There are little sped up vignets
as a result Ben and director Jeremy Brunell (played by Michael which add a bit of funkiness. Also there are some visual
Wincott doing a Keith Ricards impersonation) are in the dog throwbacks interspersed through the picture.
house with the studio bosses. The problem with What Just Happened? though is that it
The next day Ben visits Kelly(Wright-Penn), from whom he is appears to have been written during the writers strike. It is
separated and has two young children with. Kelly was the one missing a cognitative ending. Only two of the five or six main
who suggested the separation but as they talk, Ben begins to story lines reach satisfactory conclusions, others just fizzle out
use his professional ablility to persuade to place a seed of and others don't even really end. All of the endings are mud-
doubt in her mind. dled up and done in the wrong sequence. Ultimately it more
From Kelly's house he goes to another ex-wife's house to winds down than ends. Maybe the point is that you walk out of
drop Zoe, his daughter, to school. Ben notices that Zoe's eyes the theatre saying "What just happened? Where's the ending".
are bloodshot but doesn't pry too hard about it. It's a frustrating end to a pretty entertaining ball of yarns.
From Zoe's school, Ben must go to the set of his new movie Worth seeing but not essential viewing.
where his leading man (Bruce Willis) has turned up looking
very unleadingmanish. It's Ben's job to whip Brucie into shape.
These stories of celebrity and everyday life then go on to 3/5 John O’Donnell
ritney Spears hasn’t had the best of the title track, Circus- an absurdly catchy floor
B years. In a less than promising start to
the year, she was hospitalized after
holding her children hostage while she
filler, and likely to follow in the steps of
Womanizer as a dance floor hit. Kill the Lights,
a flashy tribute to the constant hounding the
"appeared to be under the influence of an paparazzi provide her with, is another tune to
unknown substance". Yeah, we’ve all been listen out for on the DJ decks in the months to
there, Brit… come. In contrast, Blur is chill out, despite it’s
‘Britney’s Breakdown’ hit headlines all over oh-so-familiar theme of memory loss the
the world. It wasn’t until her recent appearance morning after the night before. Circus plays
MTV Video Music Awards recently that the around with bits of everything.
public started to take her seriously again.
Despite not performing, she bagged three However, the album isn’t very daring on
awards for her 2007 album ‘Blackout’, and Britney’s part. Despite some risqué lyrics
announced that a new one was on it’s way. provided by the terrifically infectious and ego
inflated beats of If You Seek Amy (say it out
Well haters to the left because Britney is loud) teamed with the shameless innuendo
back, and she’s running; far away from her from Phonography, Spears sticks to what she Circus
former good girl bubbly pop, slow ballad loving knows best, and isn’t concerned with the need
self. For fans of Blackout, or simply anyone who to progress. She still firmly relies on production
has ever drunkenly ‘danced’ to Piece of Me, enhancements to generate a good tune, with Released Dec 1st
Circus will not disappoint. After the success of quality vocals coming secondary. Circus is not a
the first single Womanizer (her first number whole lot unlike Blackout in this aspect, when
one on the Billboard Hot 100 since her debut, compared to Britney’s earlier albums.
Hit Me Baby One More Time), it’s safe to say Mannequin even leaves you wondering if
that the inevitable return of the Princess of Pop Britney had anything to do with the song at all,
is upon us. having been possibly sung completely by a
Once gain, Britney delivers an album bursting computer.
with the catchy dance tunes she is known for. It was always going to be hard to top 2007’s
While there are some slow sets, such as the Blackout, and wasn’t entirely expected of her 4/5
emotionally charged Out From Under and after the year she’s had, but Britney certainly
Unusual You, the bass pumping dance beats delivers a quality pop record in Circus.
triumph. The second release from the album is
fter the first song here, Say You Will, he used Auto-Tune to help his voice sound pitch
A you'll be checking to see if you have Mr.
West's new album or is it someone
else's. A sparse and atmospheric opener, with
perfect. And it does.
The main theme of the album is the feelings of
a spurned lover; Heartless will have everyone on
quirky beeps and yells of "hey, hey" it involves the dance floor. Despite the fact that the
no rapping whatsoever. What?! A rapper who singer(or rapper?) is telling us about losing his
doesn't rap? soul, being weaker than his ex, pleading with
After the muddled Graduation, Kanye has her to return and his bitter loneliness.
come out fighting, 808'S and Heartbreak Love Lockdown, a story of a man trying to
displays the rapper's (are we still allowed to call convince himself that he won't love again is the
him that?) most baffling yet meaningful lyrics; first top five chart hit with the use of what
Kanye West- 808 "My friend showed me pictures of his kids/And sounds like 10,000 monks beating on tribal
& Heartbreaks all I could show him was pictures of my cribs" drums. Sadly there are some terrible tracks; Bad
The opening line in Welcome To Heartbreak. "My News and Coldest Winter are overblown,
sister gettin' married by the lake/But I couldn't effortless moans.
Released Nov 25th figure out who I wanna take" West is obviously So here we have the year's most surprising
doubting himself and his superficial ways. When album, a mixture of unrequited love and funky
was the last time you heard of a rapper doing beats. Kanye deserves a pat on the back for
that? Better still, when was the last time you showing his vulnerable side instead of becoming
Richard Page heard a pop star complaining about their lives a formulaic rapper. Now, can someone please
and actually having sympathy for them? give the man a hug?
With his singing, West is more heartfelt than
4/5 he ever was with his rapping. But for this album,
Director: Sean Anders
Starring: Josh Zuckerman, Katrina
Bowden, Clarke Duke, Seth Green
Release : January 9th
ean Anders makes his directorial debut with makes for funny stuff! If the image of a teenage girl
S the hormonally charged, pune for all style
American teen capper "Sex Drive". The films
plot is eerily reminiscent of 2004's 'Euro trip' but
hoisting her leg up and relieving herself in a car's
radiator while a shocked and disgusted family drives
by doesn't sound amusing, or the sight of Amish
has its own stand out features its defining including people getting drunk and puking while cheerfully
Seth Green's portrayal of Ezekiel, the Amish screaming, "Rumspringa!" comes off as personally
purveyor of drop-dead sarcasm and the Amish offensive, then "Sex Drive" most likely is a film that
peoples resident automotive expert. your going to want to avoid.
But for the more easy going and open minded
So what's it all about ? Much like 'Euro Trip' its sense of humour its almost laugh a minute stuff, the
about an often times booze filled teens, quest for gags are consistently funny, even scenes that shape
sex. The film endeavors for Judd Apatow territory up seriously for example when Ian runs over an
but comes up short and ends up somewhere in animal on the road he becomes rather emotional
between Euro Trip and 1985's "The Sure Thing", and decides to put the animal out of its misery,
Josh Zuckerman plays Ian, a stereotypical american easier said then done and it makes for a cruelty
virgin, a nerd, a pushover, a guy who wears an fueled hilarious few minutes!
embarrassing donut costume to work. "Sex Drive" is rambunctious, funny and romantic in
And with college looming 18 year old Ian must a near perfect eclectic mix. With an impressive
shake off the shackles of virginity. After developing soundtrack hailing from multiple decades-including
an online flirtation with Ms Tasty (Katrina Bowden) The Fly's, MGMT, REO, Donovan, Speedwagon and
he's convinced by womanizing pal Lance (Clarke Fall Out Boy (the latter band making a cameo
Duke) to make the 600 mile trip from Chicago to appearance) its a well produced comedy that while
Knoxville for "guaranteed sex" along for the ride is staying true to the teen sex movie genre it gives it
Ian's long time love interest Felicia played by a refreshing lift.
Amanda Carew, who is blissfully unaware, 1) That
Ian's in love with her and 2) That he's not going to
see his ill grandmother in Knoxville.
Driving his brother Rex's vintage 1969 Dodge, the
trio embark on the fun filled trip with stop offs at
the drag races , a trailer park , a corn field, and the 4/5
most humorous of all stops, the abstinence carnival
must be seen to be believed because it really Darren Cleary
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