Online Entertainment Tips: Snowpiercer, JK Rowling's new tale, and two films on Repeal

A new thriller on Netflix is already causing a stir, and JK Rowling has set the internet alight with chapters of her fairytale, writes Des O’Driscoll
Online Entertainment Tips: Snowpiercer, JK Rowling's new tale, and two films on Repeal

Snowpiercer is now on Netflix.

Snowpiercer is now on Netflix.

A new thriller on Netflix is already causing a stir, and JK Rowling has set the internet alight with chapters of her fairytale, writes Des O’Driscoll

Netflix

Snowpiercer

With just two episodes available so far, this dystopian thriller has already been building quite a buzz.

Based on a film by Parasite director Bong Joon-ho, it's set on a huge train that contains the remaining humans who have survived an apocalypse in a now-frozen world.

The well-fed elites exist in splendour up front, while the unfortunates are crammed into carriages at the back. Not surprisingly, there's no shortage of conflict between the groups.

Reviews have been somewhat mixed, but it still makes for action-packed viewing and is well worth jumping aboard.

A new episode is released every Monday.


Space Force

Given the talent involved, you'd have backed this new comedy series to be a soaring success.

Featuring the likes of Steve Carell, Lisa Kudrow and John Malkovich, its story of a new military force to “put boots on the moon” takes regular jabs at Donald Trump but many of its scenes fall surprisingly flat.

Perhaps the public will take to it, but critics are already rolling out the “fails to take off” headlines for a show that really should be funnier.

  • Available to stream from Thursday May 28

For Kids

JK Rowling – The Ickabog

The Harry Potter author caused quite a stir on Tuesday when she announced she was publishing a new story.

JK Rowling is releasing her latest work, 'The Ickabog' for free online

JK Rowling is releasing her latest work, 'The Ickabog' for free online

At pains to point out it wasn't anything to do with the tales of the hugely-popular young wizard, The Ickabog fairytale was originally written for her own children, and Rowling is releasing one chapter per night for free online, with eventual publishing royalties going to Covid charities.

She has also encouraged children to create illustrations for the story and to share them online.

“The Ickabog is a story about truth and the abuse of power,” wrote Rowling on her website, cautioning that its release wasn't intended as a response to anything that’s happening in the world right now.

Be warned that older Harry Potter fans might be a bit disappointed with the story – it really is a children's fairytale.

https://www.theickabog.com/


Call Of The Wild

Unlikely to be mentioned among Harrison Ford's best films, this adaptation of the Jack London tale still has enough to keep younger viewers entertained.

It's set in the Yukon in the late 19th century and follows a man and his trusty companion dog as he pans for gold in the wilderness.

  • Download from Sky Store, Apple, Google Play, etc

Feature Films

A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood can now be downloaded.

A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood can now be downloaded.

Heartwarming film that was probably missed by a lot of people last year.

Tom Hanks stars as the real-life children's television star Fred Rogers who strikes up a friendship with a journalist who has been given the job of digging up some dirt on him.

  • Sky Store, etc, from Friday

Documentaries

When Women Won, IFI

The second anniversary of the vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment took place earlier this week, so the Irish Film Institute has made a documentary about the occasion available on its player until Sunday.

When Women Won was made by Anna Rodgers, and takes an “unashamedly partisan” look at the vote from the perspective of the winning side.

Another documentary around that vote, The 8th, has just had its premiere via the prestigious Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and is available to stream via that event's website.

Longtime pro-choice campaigner Ailbhe Smyth features prominently in the film, and there are also interviews with representatives of the losing side.


The Curious Works of Roger Doyle

This documentary about the Irish composer won plenty of praise on the festival circuit, and this release via the video-on-demand service gives it a chance to reach a wider audience.

Christened the ' Godfather of Irish electronica', we hear about Doyle's innovative output through the 1970s and 80s, including his work on theatre and film soundtracks.

One for the musos.

  • Volta

Music

Úna Monaghan

The harper completes the Piece by Piece sequence of works that the Cork arts centre has been running in recent weeks with Improvised Music Company.

Basically, each week a musician improvises on the music that has preceded them in the series.

Monaghan's harp will presumably be at the centre of this final interpretation, but she often adds electronic effects and sound recordings to the mix.

Should be interesting.

  • Triskel Facebook, Friday, 8pm

Kila

The Ó Snodaigh brothers and their cohorts will be performing a gig on Saturday evening from their Lock-Up Live stage in a warehouse in Wicklow.

Like most of these events, it is free, but the band say donations are welcome to pay crew, etc.

  • YouTube, Saturday, 8pm

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