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 …


Arts & Culture, Features, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …