The Honeymoon Killers, cult 1970 true crime thriller directed by Leonard Kastle
The Honeymoon Killers, cult 1970 true crime thriller directed by Leonard Kastle

Okay, I get why people are missing busy pubs, pounding nightclubs and heaving concert venues. I used to love and frequent all those social sardine-tins for years, often going to four loud, crowded concerts a week, before I came to love staying home watching football more.

What I don’t get is why anyone would miss what’s sweepingly referred to as the dating scene.

I don’t mean the more organic ways of meeting someone: the friend of a friend; the eyes meeting across a crowded bar; the fellow headbanger or raver in your local sweatbox. …


Poster for 1965 Indian movie Gumnaam
Poster for 1965 Indian movie Gumnaam

If this pandemic lockdown had happened ten or fifteen years ago, I like to think I’d have managed equally as well as I am now. Just as I have done for the last year, I would have been working online from home — in Paris, not Dublin. I would have been running and training as usual, though with the Seine and Eiffel Tower within my 5km loop.

And I would still have been listening to loads of music and inflicting it upon my friends. Since last March I’ve made regular Spotify playlists that I’ve shared on social media. Back in…


Poster for 1955 film noir crime thriller Kiss Me Deadly
Poster for 1955 film noir crime thriller Kiss Me Deadly

Cloris Leachman, an Oscar-winning American actress best known for supporting roles, died a few weeks ago. Most news reports focused on her later career, from the 1970s on, when she won her Oscar (for The Last Picture Show) and popped up regularly on TV. However, I didn’t notice any mention of two important movies of hers. One is Herbie Goes Bananas, an unwanted ’80s sequel in what we would now call the VW-with-a-mind-of-its-own ‘franchise’ or ‘universe’ — important because, when I was small, this was the very first film I was brought to see at the cinema. (The second was…


A lot has happened since the last time I wrote about watching a celebrated Japanese movie, Akiro Kurosawa’s enthralling white-collar-crime drama The Bad Sleep Well. For one thing, I taught myself to juggle. Also, there’s been a catastrophic global pandemic and lockdown.

Among the high-profile consequences of the Covid crisis has been the postponement of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics to what will most likely be (if it goes ahead at all) a much-reduced and therefore economically disastrous 2021 edition; apparently the hit to the Japanese finances will be in billions. …


I had hoped to write more posts here about books, but I haven’t read anything good in a while. In fact, the last two books I started, I stopped reading halfway through. Both happened to be crime novels, as I fancied a bit of plot-driven genre fiction. The first was by a contemporary Irish writer; it was well-reviewed and successful, but the plot got a bit far-fetched for my taste. …


And Soon the Darkness 1970 movie review
And Soon the Darkness 1970 movie review

Humour is notoriously hard to explain. For instance, if I slipped on ice and fell on my arse I think we’d all agree it wouldn’t be funny. However, when it happens to you it’s hilarious. Why is this?

A similar sort of category error arises in film genres such as ‘horror’. In its day Psycho was considered a horror film, with its quaint total of three jump scares, two obliquely-seen murders and one ever-mounting sense of tension. Modern film studios, though, seem to think horror audiences need a ‘surprise’ fright and gruesome death every ten minutes. …


Duran Duran — A View To A Kill review
Duran Duran — A View To A Kill review

Good news for ITV4’s schedulers. A new James Bond film, called No Time To Die, is due in cinemas this year. Not that the channel ever previously needed a tie-in or excuse to show the entire Bond canon in twice-weekly screenings, but they’ve gone through all the Rocky films already and it’s still only January. Back to business as usual, then.

At the time of writing, details of this latest James Bond product have come mainly from one trailer showing Daniel Craig ploughing on with his ‘grumpy asshole’ interpretation of the role. So far, so-so. It also looks like No…


Carnival Of Souls 1962 movie review
Carnival Of Souls 1962 movie review

One of my favourite films ever is Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 masterpiece of eerie horror, Don’t Look Now. A restored version of Don’t Look Now is in cinemas at the moment and that sounds like a great way for you to discover this classic.

You will have seen from previous posts here that I have a fondness for cult horror movies. I don’t necessarily mean gruesome and gore-some, although I liked The Texas Chainsaw Massacre a lot. The best horror films dabble with other genres—comedy in An American Werewolf in London, melodrama in The Baby, science fiction in Alien— and, like…


Nicole Atkins ‘The Way It Is’ song review
Nicole Atkins ‘The Way It Is’ song review

Europe right now is toiling under an oppressive, record-melting heatwave. Ireland is feeling the heat too. Why, last week the Irish media, in the sort of hysterically quaint headline that used to have my sullen Parisian students almost cracking a smile, warned us that temperatures would soar to a “scorching” 28 degrees. I tell you, that was one hellish 90 minutes of Irish summer we had last week.

It wasn’t so long ago (well, a year and a half) that I was clambering over banks of snow to get to the only local supermarket selling fresh bread. It being an…


Shirley Jackson We Have Always Lived In The Castle book review
Shirley Jackson We Have Always Lived In The Castle book review

Modern technology has rid humankind of much daily drudgery. Domestic plumbing means we no longer have to trudge down to the local stream whenever we want to wash clothes, bathe ourselves or dispose of dead pets. Flying cars now take us to the moon. And social media has proved invaluable in catering to another essential human need: sending hate mail to public figures.

Why, if your forefathers or foremothers didn’t like A Tale of Two Cities (“Which was it, ‘best of times’ or ‘worst of times’? Get off the fence!”) or David Copperfield (“So at the end he just makes…

Aidan Curran

Writing about music, films and books of note to me. Other stuff (more music, running, Paris) online elsewhere if you Google hard enough. Tweets @aidancurran17

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