27 November 2007
The Guests

Arts journalist Sinéad Gleeson; Irish Times Features Editor Hugh Linehan; performance artist Amanda Coogan.

The Film: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

The new movie from Andrew Dominik - the man who brought us 'Chopper' - goes by the epic title of 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford'. It begins with the James brothers, Frank and Jessie, about to rob their last ever train. Job done, Frank, played by Sam Shepard, heads back east and disappears from view. But Jessie, played by Brad Pitt, lingers in the dodgy company of the Ford Brothers - one of whom is obsessed by the glamour of the Jessie James legend. It's an obsession which eventually goes very badly wrong.

The Film: Rescue Dawn

Directed by Werner Herzog, 'Rescue Dawn' stars Christian Bale as Dieter Dengler, an American pilot shot down over Laos while on a secret bombing mission. He was captured, tortured and imprisoned. But when Dengler and a fellow prisoner managed to escape, they set off on a near impossible trek through the jungles, hoping to find the Mekong River and ultimately to make it safely to Thailand.

The Book: With My Lazy Eye

'With My Lazy Eye' is the debut novel from Julia Kelly. Lucy, or Bunty as she is known, makes her way through a Dublin childhood and adolescence, struggling with boyfriends, exams and a father with high hopes. Nothing particularly unique in that but then we remember that Julia Kelly is the daughter of a very public figure - the late John Kelly, a former government minister, Attorney General and the man who literally wrote the book on the Irish Constitution. And so we suddenly find ourselves in the middle of something which seems very intimate indeed: that is, if Bunty is, to whatever degree, Julia Kelly herself. 'With My Lazy Eye' is published by Lilliput Press.

The Exhibition: about 90 Elements/TOD IM DSCHUNGEL

'about 90 Elements/TOD IM DSCHUNGEL' is the title of the first solo show in Ireland by the German artist, Thomas Scheibitz. Now on at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, it comprises some 30 new paintings, sculptures and works on paper, all direct from the artist's studio. The title 'about 90 Elements' refers to the periodic table of chemical components and the German 'TOD IM DSCHUNGEL' translates as 'Dead in the Jungle'. The Thomas Scheibitz exhibition continues at IMMA until 27 January.

The Performance: The Kevin Brady Trio featuring Bill Carrothers

Now based in Michigan, Bill Carrothers is one of the most highly regarded pianists in jazz. Quite a coup, then, for the Kevin Brady Trio, based in Dublin, to make a CD called 'Common Ground' which features Bill Carrothers and now tour Ireland, for the second time, with the man himself. Tonight they play for us 'By Myself'.

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