Arts & Culture, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

An Focal’s First Take Club #5 – The Godfather

“A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.” Having never seen The Godfather, I felt my film-fanatic status looked rather illegitimate, so I sought to finally watch the acclaimed 1972 Francis Ford Coppola opus with extremely high expectations. Having earned three Oscars, including Best Picture, and it’s status as one of the most …


Arts & Culture

What does the next decade hold for art?

“What will art look like in the future?” is an impossible question to answer with accuracy; however when examining the two most significant challenges facing artists today, it can be determined what changes could influence the upcoming decade. One of the main challenges facing artists lies in the curator, who’s particular vision of art leads to their determining of trends …


The most essential winter dramas

Even the most sceptical festive trolls can’t deny the elusive appeal of watching a vibrant period drama as the temperatures plummet and the black nights seem endless. I feel most of the classic Christmas films are overworked, often sickly sweet and serving as more of American technicolour propaganda against gaudy excessive suburbs with a sickening overdose of cheesy family ordinated …

Examining the legacy of Leonardo Da Vinci

This year marked five hundred years since the death of Leonardo Da Vinci, arguably one of the most unanimously commended artists of all time. He provides our first brush with art history, with the Mona Lisa ingrained in our collective conscious as an undisputed masterpiece. Among art lovers, there is a little more disparity around Da Vinci as many feel …

The genius of Fleabag

Sweeping three Emmys, a sell-out Broadway show, and widespread critical acclaim, Fleabag has proved to be the most explosive television shows of 2019. Debuting on BBC Three (now an online service) in 2016, the show has become a phenomenon in only the way a British show can; being bloody brilliant and having only two seasons. With writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge securing …

Instagram remove likes: the pros and cons

With Ireland being one of the selected countries to participate in the removal of likes on Instagram, users across the island have been dealing with the change of no longer seeing the total number of hits each post receives. A spokesperson for the app’s mother company Facebook stated the new update was to allow users to share “authentically and comfortably” …

Investigating the following behind Jordan Peterson

By: Aislinn Kelly Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson has amassed a cult following by threading through controversies- from dismissing gender quotas to fighting a pronoun bill. Many see his popularity as a rally against progression, with anti-feminists and alt-right using him as a credible source to back their damaging ideals. “I don’t really regard myself as a political figure,” Peterson claimed, …