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An Focal’s First Take Club #4 – Trainspotting

Directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle, Trainspotting is the story of Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), a heroin addict and his attempts to go clean. Working with writer John Hodge and producer Andrew Macdonald for his second feature film, Danny Boyle provides us with one of British cinema’s most revered productions. Many credit Danny Boyle’s early work, namely ‘Trainspotting’, for revitalising British …


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Analysing Irish hopes in the European Champions Cup

European rugby is back for Irish provinces, with the Champions Cup getting underway tonight. Ahead of this, let’s assess the Irish provinces’ pre-tournament chances. Armed with the returning internationals, all sides will be ready for the weekend ahead. First up for the Irish are Ulster. A quarter-final exit to Leinster spelled the end of last year’s hopes for the Ulstermen, …


An Focal’s First Take Club #3 – Vertigo

“Only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere.” Vertigo is on most cinephiles bucket list, so I checked it out. To say I was glued to the screen for the first hour of its two-hour runtime would be an understatement. However, I felt the film lost its touch slightly in the second half, but not enough to …

An Focal’s First Take Club #2: The Shining

“I’m sorry to differ with you sir, but you are the caretaker. You’ve always been the caretaker. I should know, sir – I’ve always been here” For Halloween this year, I decided to watch Stanley Kubrick’s acclaimed horror The Shining. What better time to finally watch the cult classic than on Halloween, coincidentally also the day of the release of …

Rugby World Cup 2019: South Africa see off England to clinch 3rd title

The 2019 Rugby World Cup (RWC) final was played out in Yokohama. A repeat of 2007, England was out for revenge while South Africa looked to remind England of it with another final win. Both teams were fully deserving of reaching the final, with England being seen as the favourites. Handre Pollard kicked off his final with a missed kick …

Terminator: Dark Fate review: A franchise out of ideas

Terminator: Dark Fate is the sixth instalment in the long-running Terminator franchise. With franchise creator James Cameron returning to produce, as well as a few familiar faces, some had high hopes for this; I wasn’t one of them. Dark Fate retcons the previous three films to bring Cameron’s vision to life, as he sees this as a direct sequel to …

Rugby World Cup 2019: South Africa see off Wales to book final place

Wales and South Africa played out a tight affair in the final 2019 Rugby World Cup (RWC) semi-final. Nothing could separate the two teams on paper, both seen as even in quality. Wales came into the game looking to continue their winning streak. They were on top form but needed their best game yet if they were to progress. South …

Rugby World Cup 2019: England see off All Blacks

England and New Zealand faced off in a colossal Rugby World Cup (RWC) semi-final tie with both teams tipped to go all the way if they progress. England came into the game on a run of fine form, having improved dramatically from their somewhat disappointing Six Nations earlier this year. Before kick-off, they were 3-3 in World Cup games against …

Rugby World Cup 2019: Fairytale Japan run ended by ruthless South Africa

Japan and South Africa battled it out in Tokyo in the final Rugby World Cup (RWC) quarter-final. Japan looked to make their country even prouder by taking themselves further in their own RWC. South Africa looked to banish the demon of Brighton with a victory against the Japanese. South Africa started bright with a quick try, courtesy of Makazole Mapimpi. …

Rugby World Cup 2019: Wales see off France in nail-biter

Wales and France went up against each other in Sunday’s first, and overall penultimate, Rugby World Cup (RWC) quarter-final. Wales came in as favourites, looking to banish the ghost of 2011. France were looking to that 2011 fixture for inspiration and were hoping to take it one further than they did that year. Wales were on the back foot from …