Restaurant Review: Venice Galway

By Sarah O’Brien

The aroma of roasting garlic and freshly baked bread filled the air, teasing and taunting, heightening the senses. A lone man stood, a placard abound his person, advertising a quaint little Italian bistro slightly off the beaten track. A little laneway, 20 Lower Abbeygate, just off Galway’s Eyre Square, is home to this spectacular hidden gem.

The restaurant so aptly named Venice, promises all the rusticity of the Italian countryside, coupled with a delicate blend of rosemary and thyme. Streets bustled as tourists milled around the myriad pretty cafes and bars, celebrating Ireland’s patron saint. Venice’s pretty red fascia beckoned, bright windows showcasing happy customers savouring their food. Friendly staff greeted customers, seating them at rough wooden tables, offering the best house wine. Continue reading

X-Men: Days of Future Past : Review

By Sarah O’Brien

The screen opens to a mismatch of distorted figures incarcerated by flames. As the audience catches their first glimpse of the heinous, mind bending sentinels, who have become the arch nemesis of human and mutants alike, we watch with bated breath as these sentinels decimate the few remaining mutants and smash any hope of a sequel to smithereens…

Let’s be frank, X-Men is a phenomenal series based on the widely successful Marvel graphic novels. It has been incredibly successful commercially, and it’s not difficult to see why. Marvels ‘multiverse’ allows for an array of linked films and T.V series to co-exist beautifully along with other super heroes past and present. Continue reading

Zero Theorem: Film Review

By Sarah O’Brien

‘Zero Theorem,’  the latest science fiction offering from legendary film director Terry Gilliam hits Irish Cinema’s this week. Gilliam from 12 Monkeys fame,  delivers a low brow, pseudo intellectual imaging in the form of the rather existentialist Zero Theorem.

Qohen Leth, the films computer genius protagonist is looking for the meaning and purpose of  his life. He works for Mancom, which is essentially a dystopian futuristic corporation, that  watches his every move.

In Leth’s desperate search for meaning, he waits for his ‘call’, the call that will finally give him solace and vocation. ‘Zero Theorem’ delivers a slow, unimaginative plot, which leans heavily on  Orwell’s  classic 1984 and science fiction films. It’s pretentious insight into the nothingness and meaningless of  life gets lost due to the complete inability of its audience to engage with Leth. The character is to my mind  quite 2- dimensional. Continue reading

In Depth Review: ‘Lick of the Lizard’ from Geraldine Mill’s first collection.

By Sarah O’Brien

Lick of the lizard is a penetratingly insightful, raw story which delves into one woman’s feelings of inadequacy and guilt.

The loss of her husband, return of an old flame and her ever increasing resentment toward her daughter Lisa, makes for a gripping read as one starts to connect and identify with the main character. My aim is to draw comparisons with the metaphor of people being similar to lizards or reptilian if you like within the events, characters and themes of this short story.

I also have a particular interest in the narcissistic tendencies displayed by our main character which in this case is the mother figure. The fraught relationship between mother and daughter also lends food for thought and hopefully I will be able to shed some light on the dynamics of Lisa and her mother’s relationship, as we delve further into this challenging and provocative story. Continue reading