19 December 2006
The Guests

Singer and actress, Camille O'Sullivan; Irish Times Features Editor Hugh Linehan; and Arts Critic and broadcaster, Nadine O'Regan.

The Film: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Directed by Tom Tykwer, 'Perfume: The Story of a Murderer' is based on the acclaimed novel by Patrick Suskind. Jean Baptiste Grenouille is born in the smelliest spot in the smelliest corner of the smelliest fishmarket in what was then the smelliest city in Europe - the now fragrant Paris. The result is that the baby grows to adulthood with a kind of superpower, an extraordinary sense of smell which he eventually uses to create the worlds finest perfumes. But the audience soon smells a rat when Jean Baptiste seems to be taking perfume just a little too seriously and begins his deadly search for the ultimate scent. 'Perfume: The Story of a Murderer' opens nationwide on 26 December.

Read the RTÉ.ie Entertainment review of 'Perfume: The Story of a Murderer' here.

The Events: Things To Do At Christmas

Christmas is almost upon us and soon we will have to capitulate to its many demands. But, if you are lucky enough to have a spare moment, you may want to amuse yourself with something over the break. With that in mind we asked our panel to come up with something they are particularly looking forward to doing or seeing over the next week or two.

Hugh Linehan's recommends the film 'I Am Cuba', now out on DVD. Read the RTÉ.ie Entertainment review of 'I Am Cuba' here.

Camille O'Sullivan recommends a trip to The Ark in Temple Bar where an exhibition, entitled 'The Butterfly Effect', is presented by the Fatima Mansions community, with wonderful Philip Tracey-inspired hats to a series of bold paintings by the children.

Nadine O'Regan recommends the Rock Chic: The Life and Times of the Electric Guitar 1931-2006 at the National Museum of Ireland in Collins Barracks, which continues until 21 January 2007.

John Kelly recommends 'The Bachelors Walk Christmas Special' on St Stephens Day (RTÉ Two, 9pm).

The Film: Flags of Our Fathers

Directed by Clint Eastwood, 'Flags of Our Fathers' takes us back to Iwo Jima during World War II. The raising of the flag on Mount Surabcahi has become one of the iconic images of America at War - consciously replicated in the form of fire fighters after 9/11. In 1945 it was an inspirational image of heroism and victory. But the men who actually raised the flag had no such illusions. War was hell and they knew it. In the movie, when the three surviving flag raisers are sent home as heroes to raise funds, they realise they are being cynically used to rally Americans sick of the war and not everyone recognises them as heroes. 'Flags of Our Fathers' opens nationwide this Friday.

Read the RTÉ.ie Entertainment review of 'Flags of Our Fathers' here.

The Books: The View Panel Recommend

These are certainly days for the fire and at Christmas many people hope to sit down with a good book. Our panel have been taking stock of what's available and have a few suggestions as to what you might give or receive this Christmas.

Hugh Linehan suggests: 'Suite Francaise' by Iréne Némirovsky, 'Everyman' by Philip Roth and 'Redemption Song: The Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer' by Chris Salewicz.

Nadine O'Regan suggests: 'The Nightwatch' by Sarah Waters and 'Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman' by Haruki Murakami.

Camille O'Sullivan suggests 'Dublin 1660 - 1860' by Maurice Craig and 'Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim' by David Sedaris.

The Performance: Téada

Since the release of the CD 'Inné Amárach', trad group Téada have been making quite an impression at home and abroad. Indeed the album is featuring on many of this year's best of lists - including my own. Here with 'Ríleanna', 'Bonnie Ann' 'John Kelly's and 'The Boy in The Boat' ...Téada

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