Author Archives: mcgeesms

There May Be Blood

A private members’ bill on abortion is creating a stir south of the border while in Belfast a woman chains herself to Queen’s University, protesting female marginalisation. The storm clouds are gathering on the political intransigence that persists around women’s issues.  I … Continue reading

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex *But Were Afraid to Ask, 1972

Twitching, pink-eared rabbits crowd the opening credits begetting on a monstrous scale to Cole Porter’s Let’s Misbehave. Expectations are secured; let the scratching of the eternal itch commence.  Woody Allen’s adaptation followed three years of  roaring success of Dr. David … Continue reading

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Desperately Seeking Janelle Monáe

Watching the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage, I was taken by a blind impulse to see Janelle Monáe on stage, in the flesh. Much has been said about how the scintillating appearance rocketed her critically acclaimed 2010 album The ArchAndroid (Suites I … Continue reading

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Play It Again, Sam, 1972

In today’s Observer interview Woody Allen speaks about how meeting Diane Keaton transformed how he thought about writing women and how that came to affect his filmmaking: “They were cardboard figures before her, and I made no effort to change … Continue reading

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Bananas, 1971

The opening scene of Bananas perseveres with the playfulness with form seen previously in the mockumentary Take the Money and Run. It opens with a news report on the military coup of fictional Latin American country San Marcos as it … Continue reading

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Belfast’s Punk Past

Back in the summer of 2009 I sat down with Petesy Burns, one of the masterminds behind Giros. A hang-out for punks that was at the centre of Belfast’s D.I.Y. music scene, it had recently been memorialised in the ANTI … Continue reading

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The Front Page Bar: If Walls Could Talk…

Wander in by day and the Front Page Bar will seem like another world entirely from modern Belfast. A static, dusty haze streams in from the afternoon sun outside. Flat-capped punters intermittently duck into the Ladbrokes bookies next door, returning to … Continue reading

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