The Isle of Man, 80’s detective drama that Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barrett) was once able to literally ‘see the truth’ through his bionic eye. 25 years on and Richard finds himself washed up, out of shape and living in a bedsit in London. He gets a phone call from the police department, serial killer is on the loose. The main suspect, an obsessed fan who thinks Mindhorn is real life, demands to speak solely to Mindhorn. Richard disgracefully (yet cunningly) sees this as a PR op. He legs it to the Island, hooks up with his ex-fling Patricia Deville (Essie Davis) only to find that she’s now happily married, in mansion to Clive (Simon Barnaby), his old time stunt double. Devo for him! Not too sure if Clive is Dutch or South African to begin with but he’s one of the funniest characters I’ve seen in a long time.
The film has those 70’s ‘Anchorman’ vibes but on a much lower budget which makes it even funnier, it’s kind of like a long sketch dragged out but there’s nothing wrong with that. At times I had to double check what I was watching and then realised its ridiculousness. It’s definitely full of giggles, Richards ‘Mindhorn Suit’ that he gets glued into by the suspect serial killer still gives me a good chuckle. It’s worth a watch even for Steve Coogan’s cameo with his ridiculously ripped bod.
There's no trailer for this yet but here's Simon Farnaby and Julian Barratt on the British Independent Film Awards. Mindhorn as a release date sometime in May.
Vibe: Good to watch with a few pals, funny and chill, easy on the eye.
Directed by Ben Wheatley, Free Fire happens over one night in one building- a warehouse in Boston Massachusetts in 1978 with ridiculous moustaches and oversized lapels. An IRA gang and a South African meet in the middle with some mediators to discuss a guns for cash deal. When two members of opposing gangs realise they have unfinished beef, shots start firing. The 12 way Tarantino style shoot out is riddled with quotable lines and a great cast, Cillian Murphy, Jack Raynor, Brie Larson and Sharlto Copley. With so many rounds being fired it’s sometimes hard to ‘‘Remember which side I’m on’’. It’s the longest, most ungraceful, misfortunate shoot outs I’ve ever seen but it has plenty of humour to keep you interested throughout.
Vibe: Tarantino-y style funny flick you could watch with some mates and crack out some quotes.
Snowpiercer is an apocalyptic action thriller by Korean director Boon Jong-Ho. When a climate change experiment goes wrong Earth is sent into its second ice-age. 18 years on the surviving population remain on a self-sufficient train with a cut throat class divide. Luxury and power to the front-poor unfortunates to the back.
The second revolution is sparked and the ‘tail end’ passengers try to make it to the ‘sacred engine’ at the ‘head’ of the train. Tilda Swinton as the voice of the elite (serious Maggie Thatcher vibes) and John Hurt (as a Gandalf type figure) are among some of its impressive cast. There are some pretty awesome fight scenes and cool sets designs going on. It’s an absurdly violent blockbuster type film but it’s full of surprises. Well worth a watch.
Vibe: Big shooty, fighty action Blockbuster. Lots of loud noises, needs high energy.
Gleason is a documentary about retired NFL star of the New Orleans Saints and his diagnosis of ALS-Motor Neuron Disease. At the same time as his diagnosis he learns that his wife, Michel Varisco, is pregnant with their first child. With a life expectancy of 3-5 years, this prompts Steve to video life lessons and advice for his future son, along with updates of his condition. He’s speech and mobility quickly begins to deteriorate. Battling with caring for a toddler and an ALS patient, Michel enlists the help of Blair Casey as an additional carer to form what they refer to as the ‘Badass Unit’. Steve, Michel and Blair keep the humour alive even through some of the most heart wrenching and humiliating treatments.
This documentary leaves nothing out. Steve also tries to reconcile the relationship with his father who says his son was raised in a “pretty dysfunctional household”. The father and son relationship element is apparent in all areas of the documentary. Between, Steve and his father Mike, with his son Rivers and in a tear jerking interview between Steve and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. It’s very clear how Michel and Steve’s relationship changes. They were so adventurous and happy but towards the end you can see how lonely they each are dealing with either side of the disease. It is incredibly difficult to see such an athletic hero reduced to such frustration and humiliation but it’s also remarkably inspiring. He travels, checks of some of his Bucket List, leaves invaluable memories to his son and creates the ‘Team Gleason Foundation’ to help patients with ALS.
Vibe: Very heavy but surprisingly uplifting, you'll need a stiff drink afterwards.
Set in Iran, The Salesman begins with the two main characters Emad and Rana evacuating their apartment. They move to a ‘shabbier’ new apartment (personally I think it looks slick).Their new neighbours fill them in on the previous shady tenant describing her as “a woman with a lot of acquaintances” Ooh, shifty! The doorbell rings, Rana buzzes the door. An ex-client of the previous tenant strolls up and BAM! Rana is in hospital with a head injury.
It’s unclear what exactly happened but this incident changes their whole relationship. The film is a heavy going watch but it’s engaging all the way through. With the ‘fly on the wall’ camera style and the naturalness of all the actors, it’s easy to see how The Salesman earned Director Asghar Farhadi his second Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Vibe: Cultural, subtitled flick requiring a lot of concentration. Don't watch hungover.
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#MachineMeets with January Winters.
Model, blogger and now radio presenter, January tells us how she made it to the top of the Irish modelling scene. She also gives us some insights into some new and inspiring projects she’s working on.
Check out January's blog www.gold-and-bold.com and listen to her on www.frq.fm
Irish Independent Life Magazine
The loves of my life: January Russell Winters, model and blogger
The model and blogger on why Twinkle is her favourite person and how the fact that her hands are bigger than most men's is a source of great pride.
She's not really a person, but she might as well be. Twinkle, my dog, is hands down the best thing I've ever met. I don't think anything will love me as much as she does. If everyone had her enthusiasm when I walked in the door, I'd be a lucky girl
One time, at a festival, my friends and I dressed up as 'gold'. We danced around to Spandau Ballet (You are gold!). We filled our pockets to the brim with glitter and threw it around the campsite. It was magical! It was also the moment that sparked the beginning of my blog, Gold & Bold
The moment of the day
I live in Killiney, and walk to the Dart station every morning. Smelling the sea and looking over the bay makes me really happy. I'm so lucky to live where I do
Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley. When I was about four or five years old, I remember my dad standing at the end of my bed, playing it on guitar. The lyrics really got to me, and I started welling up. I ran out of the room crying, and told him I'd got oranges in my eye. I wasn't even eating an orange!
The original Jungle Book is my favourite film. We watched it to death when we were younger, but it never gets old. I love how enchanting the score is, and the animation is especially delicious
My grandmother, Wendy. She's such a strong, independent, intelligent, sassy, loving woman. She's over 80 years old, and still travels the world. She most recently returned from Uzbekistan; her next stop is Panama!
I really enjoyed Factotum by Charles Bukowski. It's about the random debauchery of an aspiring writer. I like his style and his grittiness. It does get quite grim, but there's a sense of humour throughout
I can generally be found in trainers, jeans and a T-shirt, and one of my favourite jackets. My wardrobe is overflowing with jackets. It's beginning to be a problem
Sunglasses. I can't leave the house without sunglasses. Rain or shine, rude or not, I barely take them off. I've got my eye on a new pair of Pradas; I'm still building my collection
Although it's on it's last legs, my phone is obviously my favourite gadget. We have a love/hate relationship at the moment. I desperately need a new one, but I just can't seem to part with it. We've been through a lot together
The pet hate
I know it's weird, but my pet hate is any sort of annoying sound. Muffled music, chewing, tapping, murmurs of a TV through a wall, out-of-sync beats, out-of-tune singing . . . I could go on. I feel like I get a physical pain in my body from sounds I don't like
I cherish every single one of my friends. I'm always so grateful for the friends that I have. I couldn't pick a better bunch
The beauty product
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. I don't go anywhere without it. I'm fully addicted; I'd marinate myself in the stuff if I could
It was more of a 'working' holiday, but the first season I spent in Milan was ridiculously fun. I was lucky enough to work and travel across a lot of Italy and parts of Switzerland. Every day was like a little adventure, meeting new people, seeing new things, tasting everything. I loved it
The piece of advice
Bad things happen, but good things always come from bad situations. Always be grateful. Live your life, and be gold!
A Pina Colada. I've yet to find a good one in Dublin, but if anyone knows of where to get one, please tell me. Extra points if they're served with cocktail umbrellas and any other sort of kitsch
One of the nicest hotels I've stayed in recently is the Merchant Hotel in Belfast. I was there for a job with model and bestie Jenny Drea. I had a bedroom the size of my house, and the most decadent breakfast I've ever gorged on. We couldn't say no to the rooftop jacuzzi, either!
Pygmalion off South William Street is always my go-to spot to meet my mates. We normally sit outside, talk rubbish and drink cocktails. I like the atmosphere there. I can always convince friends passing by to stay for a drink
Listening to music is one of the most enjoyable things that I do. I'm always thirsty for new music; I love discovering what other people listen to. Nothing makes me feel as good as when I hear a song that I love
The part of my body
My hands. I think they're nice, but I'm more proud of the fact that they're bigger than most men's!
I'm not great at stalking celebrities, but I'm obsessed with Conor McGregor. His charisma, ambition, humour and talent really inspire me (and he's a bit of a babe!)
I'm definitely loyal, fun and I'm a good friend. I've never leaked a secret, and I'm always up for an adventure
I'm a bit of brat. My friends call me a stroppy teenager sometimes. I wish I was better at remembering names, but I blame my dad for that. I can be quite impatient, and that's something I really need to work on
A discontinued bottle of Alexander McQueen perfume. It doesn't have a name; it's impossible to get hold of. I have a bottle hidden away for special occasions
Anything with truffles. I don't get to eat them as often as I'd like, but maybe that's a good thing. It keeps them special
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Sunday Indo Life Magazine
Getting ready for a night out is usually the most enjoyable/stressfull part of the night. Anything that's going to take away that stress gets a high mark in my books.
With a big night ahead of me, I popped in to The Make Up Bar in Temple Bar with my good pals Thalia Heffernan and John Crowley.
90's tunes and wine for three as soon as we arrived. The girls were there to give us a warm welcome, crackin' jokes and singing TLC in no time.
With Metropolis on this weekend they're the perfect one stop shop for festival hair and make up. Check out their slick Instagram here!
10 out of 10 for Serious skills,
Kerry Fashion Week
Prep for the big night began about two years ago, at Electric Picnic, I came across my best find yet. I was browsing around the Oxfam tent when I found a beautiful raw silk wedding dress train for only two quid! Delighted with myself, I handed over the dollars and used it as if I was a cheeky Matador at the festival for the next few days. It was surprising how well it washed up!
My beautiful bestie and all round crafter, Aoife Challis agreed to make it into a skirt for me. Sorted! I wore it with a Topshop bodysuit that cost twelve euro and shoes left over from the last event. Jammy enough to have my hair and makeup done from a modelling job earlier on in the day, I was good to go!
The champagne reception at the Europe Hotel served us well. Chats and giggles on the night came from the lovely Trudy, Judy, Tino and Aaron to name just a few.
I didn't win anything but I felt fab!
Dresses.ie S16 Collection
During the week I popped in to Sam's Bar on Dawson Street. There were good tunes, a delicious breakfast and the catwalk launch of Dresses.ie S16 collection. It also happened to be my first time ever watching a fashion show from the sideline! I've never really understood the power of a good walk and the presence it has on the catwalk, especially in such close quarters. I was so impressed by all the girls and couldn't help but feel like a proud mom. Go Girls!
Here's some shots from the catwalk
There's quite a few things from the day that I had my eye on. I fell in love with this cute lace skater dress and with the slick blue bomber jacket below.
Can't wait to shop the looks!
Kerry Fashion Week
Just before I received the nomination for the Fashion Industry Awards, it dawned on me that the only thing/achievement I've ever won was a Wagon Wheel from Mizzoni Pizza, and even the legitimacy of that is questionable. So you can imagine my excitement once I heard Gold&Bold made it to the finals in the 'Blog Of The Year' category! CHUFFED!!
Gold&Bold is still just a baby, but thank you to everyone who's been checking it out over the last few months and everyone who's shared and cared about it. A big thank you especially to my main slice, Jenny Drea who gave me the courage to get it going in the first place.
The black tie event takes place down in Kerry on the 4th of March, and I've already begun to pin down an outfit for it. It's gotta be Gold and it's gotta be Bold. Check back next week to see how it (hopefully) all came together!
Go For Gold!!!
Its the first show of the year that gets the fashion season started in Ireland. Jam packed with high end designers and the latest in hair and makeup all beautifully placed to the backdrop of cutting edge stage design. Here's some backstage pictures from the day.
Some pics by me, some by Danielle Garner.
The Lambert Puppet Theatre
''WOAH! I'VE BEEN WORKING IN A PUPPET THEATRE!!'' Was the line I lead with meeting everyone and anyone in the run up to my trip to Milan.
It was The Lambert Puppet Theatre, one of the coolest, most magical-est places I've ever been. I was beyond delighted when Jason Lambert agreed to have me down for a few days work, days before the opening of their Christmas show 'Aladdin'.
Earlier this year the theatre was struck by an arson attack just months before 'Aladdin' was due premiere. Re-painting puppets, spray painting sharks and gluing spooky spiders are just some of the tasks I had to enjoy.
At any given moment anything bizzare could happen in and around the theatre. Sound testing the cackling laughs of 'The Baddie', blarring through the hallways to puppeteers calling out for the whereabouts of 'The Emperors' hands. Things that no one could predict.
There's no end to the amount of randomness that could happen in a short days work there. Everywhere you look there's something incredible to see, boxes of big hairy spiders, tiny hands drying on a rack, a giant Octopus in a bag?! Anything!
See the magic for yourself, Aladdin opened on the 14th November and runs until the 31st of January!
Models in Milan
It always nice to travel, and I'm grateful to Milan for wanting me back for another season of castings, jobs and good times in the fashion capital.
There's a great sense of community between models in Milan. This community comes from all different parts of the industry. Stepping back into my agency (Nologo) and being greeted with a wealth of hugs, endless cheek kisses and introductions really makes you feel at home.
My home in Milan for the next few months is 'Fashion Flats', an apartment block for models which I'm glad to be staying in. Models from every nationality and different agencies and ages are all thrown together in a series of apartments surrounded by a courtyard. It's not all bitchy-ness and $ass. Surprisingly, most of the girls get along together quite well. Most models spend the year travelling to different cities for work, so it's important to make friends in the short time that they have.
These bonds are strengthened by the many PR's that organise entertainment for the girls. From lunches in 'Jazz Cafe' everyday, weekend trips around Italy, dinner and drinks in exclusive clubs or a simple movie and a pizza.
Milan is a city set up for Models, Girls can fly in, make friends easily, book jobs and enjoy themselves. But In a tough industry full of self doubt and rejection, making these links with people is survival. I'm a firm believer of making the most of every situation and making it a good one. So stick on some Spandau, or whatever you're into and get involved and feel good.
With almost 225 days of rain a year in Ireland its not surprising that Ciaran Jackson and Daniel Cummins started Ember&Earth to shield some of that rain away. Ember&Earth cracked the code to stylish rain gear by combining fashion and functionality that works. Super comfy, cotton lined wind and rain proof, this jacket makes me happy. The only difficulty with them is picking a colour.
Ready for Winter! POW POW!!
See how much their friends pet FOX loves Ember&Earth here on Instagram !!
Is it worth it? Let me work it!
We've all been that someone coveting something in the window of a charity shop. If you've read the blog post on Charity Shop Pursuits you'll know its a serious game. Here's a few tips of how to get that gem.
- Sale date.
Firstly, find out when it goes on sale. Charity shops usually leave their windows on display for up to two weeks. Inquire within and save the date.
- Is it the genuine article?
Ask a member of staff if you can have a closer inspection. Some shops aren't too happy to let you have a proper look. If they do let you, take the opportunity to have a good look at the item and maybe take some pictures on the sly. Check the seams, crests, tags, and compare to similar items online. Nothing worse than waking up early to que for a fake!
- Wake up early!!
Wake up earlier than you think, even if it's incredibly embarrassing and desperate. Evaluate how that extra hour in bed is going to feel versus the feeling of that bag on your shoulder, that watch on your wrist or that scarf around your neck. Prepare to que outside the shop a couple of hours early.
- Eye on the prize.
If you don't wake up early enough and someone happens to be there first, ask them if you're both queuing for the same thing. If they are, you have two choices; admit defeat, leave and take back that extra hour in bed. Or, hang on to the bitter end, telepathically tell her that she needs to pee, and hope that some other gems lie inside the store.
- Laying it down.
If you're first in the que, hooray! You're en route to getting what you want. Before you lay the money down, double check if its the same item, if you're still in love with it and if you're happy to part with the money. Then, prepare a hefty Facebook status and brag about you're latest achievement!
- Plan B.
If you don't make it inside the shop first, try cheekily offering the one who did a few quid over the asking price. It's worth a shot. Also, have a good look around the shopand at other items in the window. People behind you in the que might be there for something entirely different and you could be passing up on a gem!
How to wear you gems here