Arts & Culture, Features, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

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 …


Arts & Culture, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

Is Riverdale Really The New Twin Peaks?

By: Meghan McEniry Brosnan   THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS MAJOR PLOT SPOILERS FOR BOTH TWIN PEAKS AND RIVERDALE.   In the Twin Peaks finale, The Man from Another Place in his backward tongue tells Special Agent Dale Cooper, “When you see me again, it won’t be me.” The mysterious statement encompasses so much of the horror present in David Lynch and …


Female Representation In Video Games: From Then To Now

Whenever you think of female characters in gaming, two examples immediately spring to mind – Samus Aran from the Metroid franchise and Bayonetta. Both are examples of strong female characters, can hold their own in combat, and do it in style. With the exception of Samus however, most female characters in the early days of gaming were either plot devices …

Bel Canto: Book Review

Inspired by the hostage taking situation at the Japanese embassy in Peru in 1996, Ann Patchett decided that it was missing one thing – an opera singer. In this captivating rendition of life or death, she corrects the deficit but in doing so creates a fantastical and defiantly romantic read. But it’s not as light-hearted as you may think. American …

What Podcasts To Binge-Listen To This Weekend

By: Martin Mongan Podcasts are so hot right now. People listen to podcasts on their commute to college, at the gym, out running or walking, or studying. Here are some of my favourite podcasts available to listen to on YouTube or to stream on Spotify or the ‘Podcast’ app on your Apple devices. The Joe Rogan Experience If you have …

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 …

The Woman In The Window By A.J. Finn – Book Review

By: Meghan Mceniry Brosnan Following the recent scrutiny of author Dan Mallory (Pen-name A.J. Finn) and the upcoming film starring Amy Adams, The Woman In The Window seems ripe for a review. It was, after all, the biggest selling fiction title of 2018. Anna Fox, an agoraphobic woman, lives alone in New York City, trapped in her home with bottles …

Limerick City Gallery Of Art Poster Exhibit – A High-Brow Day Out

By Jessica Doyle Graphics, text, and colour. Posters are pieces of art from the every day – and they’ve got a job to do. Not only do they disseminate information – but they can also amuse, attract and challenge us – a function more readily associated with highbrow arts. A rich and varied collection of posters from all across Europe …