Arts & Culture, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

Not So Marvel-Ous: Why The Success Of Avengers Is Bad For Films

By: Mike Finnerty Avengers: Endgame has decimated every box office opening weekend record in existence. United Kingdom, India, China, North America, Ireland’s records all fell before Thanos and friends. The fourth Avengers film surpassed even its own lofty expectations by delivering a 1.2 billion dollar opening weekend – nearly double of the previous record holder, Infinity War, which was released …


Arts & Culture, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

The Summer 2019 Movie Guide

By: Mike Finnerty With another academic year winding down, we’re on the way to the summer season. There’s no World Cup to distract everyone this year, so entertainment companies feel confident to actually release stuff again. With Love Island set to dominate TV screens again this summer, the cinema will become a place of refuge from vapid attention seekers. Here’s …


Pet Semetary Review: Smarter Than Your Average Remake

By: Ciara Mannion Horror, mystery and the supernatural all come together for director’s Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer makeover of the 1989 film adaptation of Pet Sematary. Based on Stephen King’s classic novel, the film focuses on the family’s disturbing dealings with death. Starring Jason Clarke (finally not playing a character who’s being cheated on) Amy Seimetz (reminding us how …

Ten book-to-movie adaptations that got it right

By: Meghan McEniry Brosnan It’s always a blessing and a curse to see a great book on the big screen. Some remain faithful to the writer’s original ideas while some take the source material into previously unexplored territory, for better or for worse. While most film adaptations can never compare to their paperback predecessors, a small handful of films have …

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 …

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 …

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 …