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An Focal’s First Take Club #7 – The Godfather Part 3

“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘The Godfather: Part III’ is seen by many as the most disappointing of all time. With my recent Godfather binge, I was worried about this film, as I knew of the widespread disappointment felt among fans of the previous two films, deemed by the masses …


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An Focal’s First Take Club #6 – The Godfather Part 2

“I don’t feel I have to wipe everybody out, Tom. Just my enemies” The Godfather: Part II is considered one of, if not, the greatest film of all time, and by default, the best sequel of all time. (Apart from A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors – Ed)  With the film famously winning Best Picture, much like its …


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 …

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 …

UL see off Athlone IT to banish relegation fears

Rustlers CUFL Men’s Premier Division South University of Limerick 3-1 Athlone IT UL recorded a vital win over Athlone IT on Wednesday, November 13th, to banish their relegation worries and lifted them into contention to reach the quarter-final stage of the competition. The visitors got off to a dream start when their first attack resulted in a goal. A long …

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 …

Paris 10 Years On: Henry handball heartbreak revisited

By: Mike Finnerty Wednesday, November 18th, 2009, Stade De France. Reigning World Cup runners-up France and two-time competition entrants Ireland are duking it out in the European qualifiers. France, after a torrid Euro 2008 and a spotty qualification campaign that led to them finishing behind Serbia, are forced to a play-off with an unbeaten Ireland, who have managed to hold …

What is Movember?

This month, thousands of men around the world are growing their moustaches. Either Charlie Chaplin is slowly infiltrating the men’s fashion scene or there is a perfectly valid reason for this. Thankfully, the latter is true. We all know someone who has taken part in Movember but there’s little said about what Movember actually is. In the abyss of the …

Le Mans’ 66 Review: Sleek crowd-pleasing drama will take Oscar gold

“Out there is the perfect lap….Can you see it?” ‘Le Mans ‘66’, or ‘Ford v Ferrari’ in most countries, brings to the big screen the story of Ford’s victory at Le Mans in 1966, or more specifically, the relationship between driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) and automotive designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon). The film revolves around the pair battling corporate …