Wednesday 12 December 2018

Culture vulture - What not to miss this week



Ed Power

The lol - Jimmy Carr

There are laconic comedians and then there is Jimmy Carr, whose style blends cruelty, deadpan observation and crafted one-liners. Somewhat improbably, his new tour is a "best of" in which he has brought together favourite jokes from across his 20-year career.

Tonight, Cork Opera House

The gig - Feeder

The dominance of pop and hip-hop means there's less room for unlikely success stories such as that of Feeder. From South Wales, the group broke through in the late 90s with a grunge sound that felt like a thrilling riposte to Britpop.

Wednesday, Olympia, Dublin

The cinema trip - Song of the Sea

Oscar-nominated and hugely feted on its original release three years ago, yet not quite the expected box office smash. From Kilkenny's Cartoon Saloon, it's a tale of a young boy whose mother is taken from him and how his attempt to process the grief intersects with Celtic mythology. The animation is beautiful and children will be won over by the gentle optimism.

Natalie Portman stars in Annihilation
Natalie Portman stars in Annihilation

Sunday, 10am, Stella Cinema, Dublin

The podcast - Zombies, Run! - The Way Of All Flesh

A prequel to the popular Zombies, Run! podcast, set in the early days of the undead apocalypse. Just the thing for The Walking Dead fans who wish their favourite show would stop being rubbish.

The film - Annihilation

Could Alex Garland's adaptation of the Jeff VanderMeer 'weird fiction' bestseller lift the Netflix 'curse'? Natalie Portman stars as a scientist plunged into a swampy wilderness infected with an alien virus with a horribly transformative power over all life-forms.

Available now on Netflix

The TV show - Requiem

Can a TV drama be genuinely terrifying? Received wisdom says no. But the BBC has had a proper go with this tale of mysterious vanishings and shadows from the past, unfolding in creepy rural Wales. The final of six episodes promises to tie up loose ends while leaving a lingering chill.

Tonight, 9pm, BBC One

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