Movies in 2019

Bumblebee Bumblebee is the Transformers movie every child of the 80's has been wanting since the cartoon. Watching the opening Cybertron battle scene in the cinema was the best and most enjoyable cinema experience I've had in thirty years. I was transported back to my Saturday mornings as an eight year old and I nearly lost my mind when Soundwave proclaimed "Decepticons, Attack!". The original design Transformers coupled with an ET-type storyline makes this a great and enjoyable film.  

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Movie Review: The Game Changers

This week I watched The Game Changers on Netflix and I was blown away. Ever since encountering How Not To Die by Dr. Michael Greger and, I've learnt that plant protein is far healthier than animal protein. Watching The Game Changers really contextualised this in terms that everyone can understand, using professional athletes to illustrate just how inhibiting a meat based diet can be for their performance.

Book Review: How To Lose A Country: The 7 Steps From Democracy to Dictatorship - Ece Temelkuran

How To Lose A Country is an excellent comparison of the stages involved, tactics deployed and effects felt by the rise of populism in Turkey versus the current political establishments and campaigns in the US, UK and other Western countries. Temelkuran delivers her material using a mix of stark analysis and gut wrenching emotion, weaved together in a tapestry of wit and grave importance. A fantastic read. If you use this affiliate link to buy the book on, the commission will go towards running (thanks!).

TV Review: Rhythm + Flow

This week I started watching Rhythm + Flow. It's like a Rap X-Factor, where contestants compete for a prize of $250,000, supervised by Chance The Rapper, Cardi B and T.I. I lost interest in these type of competition shows years ago but I decided to give this a look because the production quality is high and I was interested to see how rap and hip-hop content would be delivered and judged, because I know very little about it.

Review: The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot

This week while spiralling down a Netflix film selection blackhole, I came across a film called The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot. The intruiging title led me to do a quick score check on IMDB which returned a 5.6, which isn't great. However, my curiosity got the better of me plus Sam Elliot (The Big Lebowski, We Were Soldiers, A Star Is Born) is a joy to watch so I jumped in.

Book Review: Gaeilge: A Radical Revolution - Caoimhín De Barra

This week I finished reading Gaeilge: A Radical Revolution by Caoimhín De Barra. The book does an excellent job at describing the many facets of the relationship between Ireland and the Irish language, from ancient history to modern day. De Barra debunks all of the automated responses most of us Irish have inherited about Gaeilge, such as "It's the way it is taught" and "You'd be better off learning Mandarin".


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