Author Archives: NFB

Review: Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage Trailer     Ireland in the early 13th century was a fascinating, and very under-appreciated, historical period. Our understanding of what the situation in Ireland was like at that time is simplistic, in my opinion. Some people tend to … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Civil War That Wasn’t

Much of the political wrangling around Home Rule in the summer of 1914 was about whether Ulster would be part of the process at all. Early on and at different stages of the legislative process, opposition figures, and even supporters, … Continue reading

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Review – Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer Hollywood can’t get enough of the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. 15 years after Sam Raimi’s version of the character helped to revitalised the superhero genre, and five years after Mark Webb’s attempt reminded us how boring and samey … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Redmond’s Volunteer Takeover

Between the unreliability of the British military when it came to upholding the law, and the gun-running’s that had increased the armed potential of the Ulster and Irish Volunteers, things appeared to be disintegrating fast in Ireland in the summer … Continue reading

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Review: Baby Driver

Baby Driver Trailer Edgar Wright is a very good director. Shaun Of The Dead is a deeply amusing and affecting dramedy. Hot Fuzz is a satirical masterpiece. Scott Pilgrim Vs The World is a rip-roaring delight. Even The World’s End, that I personally disliked more than liked, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Gun-Runnings

Starting in 1913, the British government had brought in new legislation to clamp down on the private arms trade into Britain and Ireland, with a mind to curtail the possible arming of both the Ulster and the Irish Volunteers, that … Continue reading

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The Villain Checklist: Capability

We have established our villain, we have given him some character, now we need to start looking at what makes them loom large over the audience, in terms of the power or abilities they have, their willingness to use these … Continue reading

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