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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 …


Arts & Culture, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

Fuinneamh Editorial: The Insider At 20: How Michael Mann’s Masterpiece Endured

How do you follow up a masterpiece like Heat? Easy. You make The Insider. Michael Mann has had one of the most storied arcs out of any Hollywood director. He revolutionised television with Miami Vice, invented the modern anti-hero archetype with Thief, gave the world the definitive Hannibal Lecter movie (sorry, Jonathan Demme!), and somehow made a cyber thriller starring …


The Halloween TV special that terrified a nation: A Ghostwatch retrospective

Picture, if you will, a world without being able to rewind the show you were watching on television. Unthinkable to people of a certain age, fact of life for another demographic. The technological advancement so many of us take for granted is the core of what makes today’s topic, BBC’s Ghostwatch from 1992, that much more terrifying. Ghostwatch tells the …

Breaking Of Wesson’s Boys: Winning society collaboration paints promising picture

The UL Drama Society and Film Society finally witnessed the fruits of their labors on Tuesday evening at the premiere of their new short film, The Breaking of Wesson’s Boys. The film was shown in the University Concert Hall in front of a sold-out audience, which included the members of the cast and crew. The Breaking of Wesson’s Boys is …

Why are people so interested by horror films? An Focal asks a horror film director

Given that Halloween is just around the corner, An Focal set out to discover the psychology of horror films. Why are people so fascinated by the horror genre? Paddy Murphy is a writer, producer, and director who deals almost exclusively within the horror genre. He notes Nightmare on Elm Street as his earliest memory of a horror film but, it …

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 …

Even Cats Talk review: Another winning DramaSoc production

(Main Article image via ULPhotoSoc and UL Drama Society) It takes a village to maintain a good theater program, as drama and the arts in schools are generally pushed aside in favor of sports. For the UL Drama Society, this village is alive and active, which they demonstrated in their first production of the season, “Even Cats Talk.” The performances …

Fuinneamh Editorial: Why Pan’s Labyrinth is Guillermo Del Toro’s best film

Pan’s Labyrinth plays the UCH on Monday October 21st at 7:30pm. You can buy tickets here. The Shape Of Water winning Best Picture at the 2018 Oscars was an unexpected delight. It warmed the hearts of movie buffs everywhere seeing Guillmero Del Toro on stage at the Dolby Theatre, two Oscars in hand. A mute janitor falling in love with …

Gemini Man review: Bleeding-edge technology can’t save bad script

Gemini Man feels like a movie out of time. Legendary action producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s name is trumpeted in the marketing campaign for this movie, telling audiences to expect a throwback action flick in the vein of The Rock or Top Gun. Two-time Oscar winner Ang Lee is making a purely action film again, in a return to his Crouching Tiger, …

An Focal’s First Take Club #1: Schindler’s List

By: James Roulston Mooney EDITORS PREAMBLE: In the first of a new series of articles on An Focal, writers will give their opinions and readings of classic films they’ve never seen before. An Focal writer James Roulston Mooney sat down to watch a great film he had never seen before. First up: The movie that finally won Spielberg his Oscar, …