Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Eternal Sunshine has been one of my favourite films for a long time. Now that I’ve watched it again I have to relegate it closer to shrug territory. The touching moments I remembered it for are few and far between. The other characters are transparently just plot devices to move the story of the central pair forward… but that’s just treading water most of the time. If I could see it again for the first time would the magic still be there? I don’t think so but I strongly recommend everyone watch it to find out. Continue reading

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The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad is a straightforward tale of heroism. The kind where the hero is celebrated (rather than ridiculed) for being the straight, earnest man. With the counsel and aid of his fiancée, the very smart and bubbly Princess Parisa, there’s no peril he can’t overcome. Continue reading

A Terrible Result

So, the country voted to remove the right to life of the unborn in all circumstances from the constitution. Something that will not save a single life, but will result in the destruction of so many. The Yes side could not find a single example of the eighth amendment being responsible for a death. If they had one they would have used it. Instead, they dressed up a couple of stories where this had not actually happened. Continue reading

The Irish Abortion Referendum, 2018

Abortion is legal in Ireland where the life of the mother is at risk, including cases of suicide. Around 26 are carried out each year, according to official figures. Since 1967, it has been legal in Great Britain (which doesn’t include Northern Ireland) where there is a risk to life or the physical and mental health of the woman or where the child will have a severe mental or physical handicap. There were 185,596 abortions in England and Wales in 2016, 97% of which were on mental health grounds. Of these, 99.8% were classified as “mental disorder, not otherwise specified”. It is a common misconception that abortion is freely available in Britain up to a 24-week limit. Legally this is not the case, but in practice the thin end of the wedge has made abortion on demand a reality. Continue reading