Culture Counter: A year of many ups despite the downs
Normal People, two-kilometre walks, Matt Damon in Dalkey, Black Lives Matter, Leaving Cert hell, restaurant no-shows and a pandemic, it’s been quite a year
Oh, what hostages to fortune we were back in January 2020, when the Cats movie catastrophe was the worst thing we could imagine happening this year. The deliciously bad reviews were worth it, though – “frankly mortifying”, “enraging” and “insane”.
Meanwhile, the Netflix documentary Cheer turned us into double tuck gymnastics experts overnight, while the movie Marriage Story gave us one of the year’s first memes: Adam...
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Appetite for Distraction: our pick of home entertainment
Your weekly guide to the best new TV series, podcasts and console games
TV review: Burglar’s stylish tale will steal your heart
Lupin requires a generous suspension of disbelief, but is well worth your while if you enter into its spirited originality
Radio review: Questioning Official Ireland’s take on a dark past
The Mother and Baby Homes Report came in for considerable criticism on the airwaves last week
TV review: A Regency romp with pomp but little else
Bridgerton is all froth and brash eye candy with little or no subtlety – and certainly not the lockdown antidote some suggest it is