Arts & Culture, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

Us Review: Peele Outdoes Himself

By: Mike Finnerty Horror has always been a genre that’s a trojan horse for social commentary. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers is an allegory for McCarthyism-era paranoia, Night Of The Living Dead serves as commentary on race relations in 1960s America, and now over 50 years later, Jordan Peele’s Us is a profound comment on identity and in the late …


Arts & Culture, Features, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

Whiplash: The Most Important Film Of The Decade

By: Mike Finnerty Whiplash will be shown on Monday, March 25th at the University Concert Hall in UL. You can buy tickets here.  It’s been five years since Damien Chazelle’s second film, Whiplash, premiered at Sundance. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the prestigious festival, and eventually went all the way to the Oscars, receiving a Best Picture Nomination …


Why The Disney-Fox Merger Is Bad For The Consumer

By: Mike Finnerty Good News: Disney now owns the rights to X-Men and The Fantastic Four, which means the Marvel movies can now be accurate to the comics. Bad News: Disney now control 40% of the film distribution market, and thousands of people are out of a job. But hey, at least Wolverine gets to dab with Spider-Man after kicking …

Friday Night Lights: UCD Win UL-Held Battle Of Bands Intervarsity

By: Mike Finnerty UCD romped home to victory at Friday night’s Battle Of The Bands held in Stables. The UCD group, Greyface, won over their audience, and ultimately the judges, with their mix of Ghost/Dir En Grey shock rock aesthetic, ferocious screams mixed with rapped vocals, a dress-wearing bassist, and ferocious metal drumming. Speaking in the green room, frontman “Shaye” …

New Student Life President, Welfare and Academic Officers Elected

By: Mike Finnerty This year’s Sabbatical Officers election campaign has ended, and within the last hour, news has broken that the trio of Jack Scanlan, Serena Hare and Colin Lynch have won the vote. The trio campaigned on a platform of sweeping medical and practical changes through campus. Newly-elected Student Life President Jack Scanlan campaigned on a number of issues, …

Science Boost For University As Multi-Million Investment Announced For UL

By: Mike Finnerty One hundred thirty-nine students will soon be training and learning at a state-of-the-art €13.6 million building dubbed “The Centre for Research Training” at the University of Limerick. News of the investment came on Tuesday, at an event at the University, with Heather Humphreys TD Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, …

Why Steven Spielberg Is Wrong About Netflix

By: Mike Finnerty In my editorial in last month’s print issue of  An Focal, I (in an uncharacteristic bout of film snobbery) boldly proclaimed that Roma would win Best Picture at the Oscars. Of course, we all know how that turned out, Green Book accidentally won instead.  But for some, Roma even being mentioned in the Oscar conversation was a …

Charity Week Riverside Littering Condemned By Rubberbandits

Photo via Twitter user @AwkwardAveen This year’s Charity Week festivities have gone off relatively smoothly, with no major incidents reported thus far. However the fine weather this week has brought about an abundance of littering in and around campus. The issue was brought to wider, mainstream attention this Wednesday evening. The famed @Rubberbandits Twitter account tweeted a photo that has …

The Academy Is…. Analysing Green Book’s Shock Best Picture Win

By: Mike Finnerty It was Roma’s to lose. The critical favourite, the glass ceiling to be broken by foreign language films, a beloved auteur returning home to make a domestic drama, and it loses the biggest prize of them all to Driving Miss Daisy 2. The Academy never disclose how many votes are cast in each category nor who came …