Arts & Culture, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

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 …


Arts & Culture, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

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 …


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, …

Fuinneamh Editorial: Wes Craven’s New Nightmare at 25; The post-modern horror masterpiece

Fewer directors have had as varied and storied a career arc as Wes Craven. The late great horror master passed away in 2015 and left behind a treasure trove of films that horror buffs know and love. Cutting his teeth in the 70s gritty horror scene with movies like The Last House On The Left and The Hills Have Eyes, …

Joker review: Phoenix soars but film buckles under weight of what’s come before

One of my earliest memories of comics is reading the Dandy and Dennis the Menace. I vaguely remember the pages of Superman and maybe X-Men. In those crazy days, Saturday mornings were spent in front of the telly box watching loony toons, X-Men, and of course, James Bond Jr (this was the early 90’s, kids). Sometime later, I seem to …

The genius of Fleabag

Sweeping three Emmys, a sell-out Broadway show, and widespread critical acclaim, Fleabag has proved to be the most explosive television shows of 2019. Debuting on BBC Three (now an online service) in 2016, the show has become a phenomenon in only the way a British show can; being bloody brilliant and having only two seasons. With writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge securing …

Why an actor’s politics are irrelevant to playing a historical figure

Few celebrities have maintained an aura of likeability better or longer than Gillian Anderson. Seeing Anderson pop up in something – be it Hannibal, American Gods or more recently, Sex Education – is an assurance that you’re going to see something worthy of your time, if only because Anderson has made it clear over the years that she’s only going …

UL Turns 30: A Look At What Else Happened In 1989

By: Mike Finnerty This year marks 30 years since the University of Limerick gained University status. The University of Limerick was founded in 1972, but did not gain University status until 1989. It became the University we study, play, and eat delicious Stables chicken fillet rolls in today after the passing of the Universities Act in 1989. In June, a …