• You Were Never Really Here

    A stunning piece of art by Lynne Ramsay, with an outstanding performance by Joaquin Phoenix at its centre, You Were Never Really Here cements Ramsay's position as one of the exceptional filmmakers of this era.

  • Fire and Blood on Arena

      Last night I was on Arena, RTÉ Radio 1’s culture show, talking about George R.R. Martin‘s latest book: the 700-page Goliath called Fire and Blood, Volume 1. You can listen back to the piece online if you want to hear me discuss Martin’s career and review this tome. I’ll note up front that this is a book that is touted as a history, and not a novel, so consider it something akin to Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. Martin has made the joke that this is his ‘GRRMarillion.

  • It’s a sitcom miracle

    February can be a bit of a dour month, so I watched comedy to offset the grey. In particular I like the half-hour format, which feels like a delightful popcorn snack. I re-watched four seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Netflix, which was a fun binge. Casting about for something else, I struck upon One Day at a Time on Netflix, about which I’d heard some positive buzz. What an enchanting surprise awaited me! A wonderful, progressive, humourous (and often poignant) story about a family of Cuban descent, which explores issues to do with feminism, racism, mental health, gender, citizenship, religion, veterans’ issues, and the legacy of cultural traditions all while…

  • The Stephen King Mixtape

    Mark West has put together another of his Mixtapes, this time on Stephen King short stories. I agreed to contribute as thanks to my faulty memory I thought that ‘The Long Walk’ was a novella… well, it’s a novel! It certainly stands up to a re-read, and remains strangely relevant considering current events in America. Mark was happy to include my contribution despite the fact it’s not quite on topic.

  • Discussing The Quatermass Xperiment

      The inaugural episode of the Hammered podcast is now available for listening. The host of the series JG Byrne and I talk about The Quatermass Xperiment (1955). It was a fun and nerdy deep dive into the film. Perfect for fans of Hammer films, science fiction, and Nigel Kneale (though of course he didn’t write the movie, but it’s based on his original BBC TV series. I give a lot of love to Kneale in this episode.) You can listen to it online. There will be a different guest with John in the next episode, and I should be returning for more Hammer exegesis with The Mummy (1959). Make…

  • Talking at The Kitchen Table

    Thanks to Clare Mclaughlin for chatting to me for a segment on The Kitchen Table show on 103.2 Dublin City FM, which is airing tonight from 9 pm -10 pm. We talk about a couple of TV shows I’m watching currently – such as Supergirl and the recent Netflix show Mindhunter – and we also discuss the panel I’ll be contributing to on Saturday as part of the Bram Stoker Festival, Dublin: Slayers and their Vampires.

  • Profile of Philip Pullman on Arena

    There’s much excitement about the publication tomorrow of the next novel in Philip Pullman‘s His Dark Materials saga – titled The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage. This evening I appeared on RTÉ Radio 1 arts show, Arena, and discussed Pullman’s work for those unfamiliar with the stories, and those who are keen to get the first big instalment in Lyra’s adventures for seventeen years. You can listen back to my discussion with Arena host Sean Rocks online. After all the prep I did for the show my memories of enjoying the first series were revistalised, and now I’m eagerly anticipating returning to Pullman’s marvellous universes.

  • Talking Twin Peaks

    Thanks to Emmet O’Cuana for inviting me onto The Hopscotch Friday Podcast to discuss my book on Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and the new series, Twin Peaks: The Return. I’ve thought a lot about the series since it aired, and it was great to have a chance to trash through some of the issues – we could have gone on for hours more, and there were aspects we didn’t get a chance to discuss. I think we hit many of the major points, and I’m looking forward to going back to the series after a time apart from it, and pondering it further.

  • Reviewing Marvel’s The Defenders

    I had a whirlwind return from Helsinki as I was scheduled to review the new eight-episode Netflix show, Marvel’s The Defenders, on Arena today. I was able to watch the first four episodes of the new show before the radio interview with Arena host Kay Sheehy. Fans of the four series, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, should not be disappointed. I’m eagerly looking forward to watching episodes 5 – 8 when the entire season debuts on Netflix on 18 August. Episode 4 ends on a climatic note, so be prepared to want to watch the next episodes immediately!