0 Comments Poll: Were Ireland and Ulster rugby chiefs right to sack Jackson and Olding? BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Lindy McDowell and Eilis O'Hanlon take opposing views on the decision taken by rugby chiefs. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/poll-were-ireland-and-ulster-rugby-chiefs-right-to-sack-jackson-and-olding-36809262.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article36800068.ece/3c387/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_ed19ae3c-309b-4a59-aa9a-f89c01381bc3_embedded235721038 Email Lindy McDowell and Eilis O'Hanlon take opposing views on the decision taken by rugby chiefs. No, both of their careers have been macerated by a vocal social media backlashBy Lindy McDowell In the end it wasn't a victory for feminism. It was a victory for finance. Because, let's face it, those who generally call the shots in sport are the sponsors. And in the opinion of many Ulster Rugby fans, it would appear to have been the pressure from the sponsors that played a key role … [Read more...] about Poll: Were Ireland and Ulster rugby chiefs right to sack Jackson and Olding?
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As a stand-alone movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron has everything you could want from a summer blockbuster — it has eye-popping action sequences, epic stakes and an emotional climax that provides weight to everything that's gone before. The problem is, Avengers: Age of Ultron isn't a stand-alone movie. Spoilers ahead; go forward at your own risk. Throughout Age of Ultron, the specter of death looms heavily. Characters repeatedly tell each other that it's unlikely that they're going to make it through what's happening alive, and Hawkeye practically gets awarded the Most Likely to Die prize when his wife tells him that she just wants him to come home alive, damn it, right before the final showdown. (He responds by talking about his next home renovation project, which is the foreshadowing equivalent of death placing you directly in his sights; thankfully, Joss Whedon subverted the trope by choosing to let him live, instead.) It should, by all rights, be something that makes the final … [Read more...] about The Flaws of Marvel’s “It’s All Connected” Cinematic Universe
The Good Wife was an anomaly. Premiering in 2009, it was nominated for the outstanding drama series Emmy in 2010, joining the final season of Lost in a race that went to Mad Men. The Good Wife was nominated, and beaten again by Mad Men, the following year. The main series category has thwarted The Good Wife in subsequent years, but the CBS drama is in good company. Zero network shows, in fact, have been nominated for outstanding drama series from 2012 on. The perceived field of "prestige drama" has become the exclusive domain of cable and streaming services in recent years and The Good Wife ends its run on Sunday (May 8) night, having carried the network banner for as long as it could and carrying it at a high level. How high? From the firm-splintering Civil War instigated in "Hitting the Fan" to the well-kept secret shocker of "Dramatics, Your Honor," The Good Wife verged on greatness, hitting a pinnacle of what can be done blending serialized storytelling with smart, … [Read more...] about Critic’s Notebook: ‘The Good Wife’ Leaves Behind an Imperfect, Admirable Legacy
Developed with the support of a 2013 Guggenheim Creative Arts Fellowship, The Manhattan Front is experimental filmmaker Cathy Lee Crane’s first feature-length narrative film in a career spanning over two decades. True to Crane’s hybrid art film roots, though, The Manhattan Front melds melodramatic acting on silent-film-styled sets with newly digitized archival footage of daily life in New York City and on the front lines during World War 1. Via this unconventional approach Crane presents the true story of how a German saboteur’s plans to prevent American munitions from reaching Britain during a period of official U.S. neutrality became entangled with the progressive labor movement of legendary activist Elisabeth Gurley Flynn, resulting in consequences that arguably reverberate to this very day.The Manhattan Front had its U.S. premiere yesterday at SF Indiefest, and it will screen a second time, with a live score by local musicians, on February 14 at 7:00 PM.Filmmaker … [Read more...] about “In the Master’s Narrative, We Don’t Hear the Stories of the Oppressed, the Disenfranchised, of Women”: Director Cathy Lee Crane on Her SF Indiefest Premiere,
Part 1: Notes on a Quote Like all great adventures, it began with a grammar dispute.In preparation for the film festival premiere of my film The Pain of Others, I was recently preparing the online edit. The online edit is a sort of crossing-the-Rubicon moment, primarily marked by the dawning horror that the time has come to accept all of your artistic choices because there’s no turning back from them now. (No really, the film is great.)One of the things on my to-do list was to check the quotation serving as epigraph. The quotation was: “One of the principle qualities of pain is that it demands an explanation.” –Anne CarsonI had come across this quotation numerous times while researching my film, which concerns a controversial and confusing illness called Morgellons. Tens or even hundreds of thousands say they have it, but most doctors and researchers say Morgellons is not a medical disease at all but a psychogenic disease. This is a matter of some dispute; a … [Read more...] about Notes on Quotes (Or, The Problem of Quotation, Authorship and Authority)