Arts & Culture, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

Female Representation In Films: Where To Next?

According to The Guardian, 29% of the top movies of 2016 featured female protagonists – an all-time high. Films such as Arrival, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the Ghostbusters all-female remake, were included in this bracket. 2017 ushered in a slight drop in this percentage, but for the first time since 1958, the top three movies of the …


Arts & Culture, Features, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

Foreign Language Media Is Here To Stay – And I, For One, Welcome Our New Overlords

By: Mike Finnerty It’s one of the oldest clichés and hack jokes in modern comedy. A character does their best trying to convince a group of friends that this foreign language film is really deep and meaningful, bro, and it turns out to be incomprehensible avant-garde nonsense. This trope came about as a direct result of the influence and success …


FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened Review

By Maoilíosa Ní Loideáin Back in 2017, you may remember the story in the news of a cancelled festival due to the appalling conditions that the festival-goers found themselves in once they landed in the Bahamas. You may have then forgotten all about it. Netflix are never nothing but on the pulse of the cultural zeitgeist, and have brought the …

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes – Review

The culture’s fascination with crime and serial killers seems to be at an all-time high, and that fascination for many has become satiated with an abundance of true crime series and documentaries now readily available to us on Netflix. The streaming platform’s most recent offering: Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, takes us back to the time when …

Glass review: a half-empty masterpiece

By: Mike Finnerty Exit Light, Enter Night There won’t be a mainstream movie as weird as Glass released for a long time. You’ll still have the likes of your Clare Dennis’, your David Lynch’s and your David Cronenberg’s putting out their indie arthouse fare, but with the possible exception of Ang Lee and Darren Aronofsky, no one does weird mainstream …

Cameron Crowe’s Masterpiece – Looking At Almost Famous In 2019

The Fever Dog himself Mike Finnerty takes a look at Almost Famous ahead of Monday night’s showing in the UCH. It had all the hallmarks of a box office sensation. Killer tunes, a universal story about rock and roll, a romance, a breakthrough performance from a daughter of Hollywood legends, quotable lines and more possible fashion trends than you could …

Looking at the Oscar snubs for 2019

The Oscar nominations have just been released, and in a shocking turn of events, being a deeply average movie with one incredible lead performance is enough to get a Best Picture nomination. We Will Shock You: Bohemian Rhapsody getting a nomination outside of Rami Malek’s performance has shocked many   The Oscars never give the people what they truly want …

How M. Night Shyamalan went from punchline to the comeback kid

Glass opened in cinemas across the world last Friday. The idea of people rushing to see an M. Night Shyamalan movie seemed unthinkable not so long ago. Mike Finnerty examines how M. Night clawed his way back to the top. It’s one of Hollywood’s favourite narratives – the comeback. Terence Mallick didn’t make a movie for 20 years before releasing …

In Defence Of The Holiday, The Last Truly Great Christmas Film

The world is a terrible place right now. Runaway climate change is threatening the existence of our planet, the political divide between left and right has never been as pronounced in decades, and the studio behind Despicable Me made a Grinch film. Before you reach for Google, could you, the person reading this, name one good live-action Christmas themed film …