Arts & Culture, Film&TV

Instant Family Review: Watchable Family Comedy With Big Ideas

By: Zoha Khan Instant Family is a heart-warming tale centered around the joys and struggles of starting a new family. Arguably one of director Sean Anders best works (best known for lackluster films like Horrible Bosses, Sex Drive, and the Daddy’s Home films) it possesses the rare ability to transcend viewers from hysterical laughter to tears of sorrow in mere …


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 …


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 …

This Hostel Life Author Melatu Uche Okorie Makes UL Return

By: Maxine Bramley The University of Limerick welcomed back Author of This Hostel Life Melatu Uche Okorie for the How I write, Ireland series. The Regional Writing Centre set up this in-depth interview series to invite established Irish writers to share some insight into creative writing for aspiring writers at the University. Okorie is a newcomer to the literary scene …

Why The Commitments Has Endured In Irish Culture

By: Katy Flannery “The Irish are the blacks of Europe, Dubliner’s are the blacks of Ireland, and North-Siders are the blacks of Dublin… so say it loud – I’m black and proud!” Alan Parker’s The Commitments is a brash, soulful, comical, musical adaption of the Roddy Doyle classic ‘The Commitments’, which is the first of the Barrytown trilogy. The film …

Captain Marvel Review: Superhero Outing Soars Above The Rest

By: Daimhlinn Darling Captain Marvel truly is a testament to female empowerment. Premiering on International Women’s Day, the first Marvel movie of it’s kind showcased a strong message for women of all ages; you have nothing to prove. What started as a very confusing montage of memories that the main character, Carol Danvers, was struggling to make sense of, blossomed …

Grand Budapest Hotel At 5: An Institutional Film About An Institution

By: Jack Butler Grand Budapest Hotel plays tomorrow night at The Milk Market. Click on this sentence to see the Facebook event page.  Ah, Wes Anderson, what a quirky little gem you are. Discovered by James L. Brooks, you’ve blossomed into the only true auteur within the studio system, ever since Tim Burton abandoned us to make bad Johnny Depp …

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” …

Captain Marvel Is Only The Start: A New Era In Female Representation

By: Shannon Sweeney Captain Marvel finally hit cinemas last Friday. It is Marvel’s first female-led movie, and its release coincided with International Women’s Day. It has humour, personality, and action – everything we have come to expect from the Marvel Universe. However, the movie’s star caused a stir so long before its opening night. Brie Larson angered internet trolls in …