Arts & Culture, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

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 …


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 …


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 …

The Academy Is…. Analysing Green Book’s Shock Best Picture Win

By: Mike Finnerty It was Roma’s to lose. The critical favourite, the glass ceiling to be broken by foreign language films, a beloved auteur returning home to make a domestic drama, and it loses the biggest prize of them all to Driving Miss Daisy 2. The Academy never disclose how many votes are cast in each category nor who came …

Green Book Review: Buddy Comedy Fails To Turn Page On Race Issues

By: Katy Flannery Green Book is a buddy story set in 1960’s America, that follows doctor Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a world-class African-American pianist and his newly appointed comrade Italian-American bouncer turned driver Tony [Lip] Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen). The film plays on the unlikely bi-racial friendship of the duo as they road-trip around the southern states. ‘Green Book’ is a …

These Secret Codes Will Change Your Netflix Viewing Experience

By: Erin Dyer WITH Valentine’s day just around the corner everyone is on the lookout for that perfect movie to watch (or not) with bae. However, after many hours of scrolling through all of Netflix’s “most recommended” or “recommended for you” lists, romance is definitely the last thing on anybody’s mind. Netflix is tailored to your algorithm. And while it …

Why “Threads” Is Still Relevant in 2019

By: Michael Finnerty In the last week, Russia has joined the United States in dismantling the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, signed in 1987. It was seen as one of the major factors in hastening the demise of the Cold War, after a series of near-scares and heightened tensions in the early 1980s. Playing off the shoulder of this was Threads, …

The Cultural Conversation Surrounding “You” On Netflix

‘You’ is a drama that aired on Netflix in December 2018 and shot to popularity over the Christmas season. The show follows the beginning of what may seem to be your average boy – meets – girl love story. However, things take a dark turn as we soon realise that the prince charming of this tale is, in fact, the …