Category Archives: Music

Forever My Girl (PG-13)

Forever My Girl (PG: 2018)
~ Director: Bethany Ashton Wolf, Writers: Bethany Ashton Wolf (screenplay), Heidi McLaughlin (novel), Stars: Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, John Benjamin Hickey, more: See IMDB. Released: 2018. Rated PG | 1h 48min | Drama, Music, Romance | 19 January 2018 (USA).

Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

A story of a country music star that leaves his high school sweetheart at the altar to go pursue his quickly gained celebrity status. Eight years later he discovered a high school friend passed away and headed home for the funeral only to run into her and discover what he has missed over the last eight years – an emotional struggle of everything he walked away from and how to deal with a new life presented upon him. The acting was great and the plot perfect. Not normally a film i would randomly choose but while at Tinseltown in Colorado Springs, the timing was convenient for the small window of movie-going and able to use as a free film for my $9.95 / month Movie Pass it was a go. It was a emotional, tear-jerking, chick-flick that made a grown man cry – heart felt and warming, touching to the soul of any parent, definitely a film with lots of emotional moments. Outside of the country music, which even though it was about a famous country singer, was minimal and not obtrusive, so a country-music disliking soul such as myself was not bothered. It was a remarkably well done movie. Rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Viewed by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley on 1/29/18 with Movie Pass)

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Shakefest 2012: May 26th – Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Ireland

2012 Shake Fest: Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Ireland

Shakefest 2012
May 26-27th, 2012 * Charleville Castle * Tullamore * Ireland * Shakefest.net *

This year will be Shakefest’s “7th” Annual Dance and multi-cultural festival held at the historic epic Charleville Castle. The festival grounds is starting to bustle with activity as preparations are in the flow to welcome local and international community, visitors, friends, and family to celebrate culture. Since 2006, Shakefest has been bringing together an eclectic mix of Middle Eastern, Cultural Dance, and Artistic Workshops ending with a multi-cultural evening of dance performances. This year, Shakefest is expanding into more folklore, diversity, performance art, crafts, and themes for all ages, sexes, and cultures. This year features numerous workshops, classes, performances, and activities such as a “Faerie Glen” to get lost in, A “Madhatter’s Tea Party”, A bouncy Pirate Ship, Indian Cuisine, Performances by Tullamore’s “The Red Embers”, Galway Bellydance, Appolonia Tribal Bellydance, Sheeoneh, Nicole Volmering, and Aoife Hardiman.


Joana Saahirah ~ photo courtesy of Shakefest

This year’s International Guest Instructor is Oriental Dancer Joana Saahirah of Cairo, Egypt providing authentic education on Egyptian History and Folklore as well as Oriental Dance instruction in Classical, Saiidi and Alexandria of Mellaya styles. Declan Kiely will host a special workshop on how to “Dance like Michael Jackson”. Hip Hop, Jazz, Poi & Ribbon Dancing, Bachata and Argentinian Tango classes are also offered. There will also be African dance, poetry, open-mic sessions, a kid’s gigantic Dragonfly and butterfly hunt, punch and judy, juggling & stiltwalking by Stagecraft Ireland, Drum Circles, and a magic show. This year will also be breaking ground on a live history section with the KHI Medieval Re-enactors treating audiences to combat simulations of the Crusader’s Knight’s Templar with medieval tents, a full try-on armoury and archery for all ages.



KHI Medieval Re-enactors ~ photo courtesy of Shakefest

Featured musical performances by 40’s Swinging The Bugle Babes, Our Annual Multi-cultural Hafla, daring fire show by The Red Embers & Babylon’s Inferno, The North Strand Kontra Band from North Dublin. Dazzling Romanian and Bulgarian instrumental band is expected to finish off the fest with explosive energy and lively dance accompanied by original and traditional tunes from clarinet, saxophone, trombone, keys, banjo, double bass, and drums. If you’re travelling through Ireland this weekend or live in the magical isles, this event is not to be missed. Gates open at Noon on Saturday the 26th with admission only €10 general entry, €10 camping, €20 family day pass or only €15 for evening entertainment.  All proceeds will be going towards Charleville Castle Restoration Fund – Operation ‘Raise The Roof’ project in which money will be raised towards putting a protective roof on the castle chapel. We’ll be covering this event, so come back here for photos, review, and the stories we weave from the experience …


North Strand Kontra Band ~ photo courtesy of Shakefest

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2012 ShakeFest

2012 Shake Fest: Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Ireland

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Across the Universe (2007: PG-13)


Across the Universe
(2007: PG-13)
Director: Julie Taymor. Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, and many more.
One of the most visually stunning and musically mesmerizing movies I’ve ever seen … Its one of the best musicals of our time! A masterpiece by director Julie Taymor as a revolutionary rock musical that re-images American during the turbulent late-1960’s era when the battle lines were drawn overseas and at home. Its the story about a young dockworker named Jude (played by Jim Sturgess) who leaves Liverpool to find his estranged father in America during this crazy period of history. Jude falls in love with Evan Rachel Wood’s character “Lucy” for a true meaning of “Lucy in the stars like diamonds” who is a rich but sheltered American girl who is merging her life into the anti-war movement within New York City’s Greenwich Village. A stimulating visual trip through the Vietnam crisis, the draft, political tensions, and a psychedelic world gone made blended together with a fantastical love story. Its an amazing perspective of the time and crisis. Cameo by Bono in the film as well. One of the best films of this genre I’ve ever seen. Simply mind blowing. Rated: 5 stars out of 5.

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The Runaways (R: 2010)

The Runaways (R: 2010)

Director: Floria Sigismondi. Starring: Kristen Stewart … Joan Jett; Dakota Fanning … Cherie Currie; Michael Shannon … Kim Fowley; Stella Maeve … Sandy West;
Scout Taylor-Compton … Lita Ford; Alia Shawkat … Robin; and many others.


Its the story about Joan Jett as a San Fernando Valley teen named Joan Larkin who wants to put together an all-girl punk band. In 1975 she gets her start after thowing the idea to a sleazy manager who acquaints her with a drummer and a image of Cherie Currie – a 15 year old jailbait lure to use as the band’s image. They begin the band “The Runaways” which leads to Joan Jett’s start. Typical band drama, tomfoolery, and mischief. Drug abuse, emotions, and despair. Not a bad flick but it didn’t fully captivate me even though I’m a big Joan Jett fan. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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