Fuinneamh

How rap’s perennial joker Tyler, The Creator paved his way to the top

By Seán Finnan At the beginning of the 2010’s Tyler Okonma was not widely well known to the general public.  Tyler Okonma or Tyler,the Creator as he would be known was at the forefront of a new generation of underground rappers, and by the end of the decade, he would’ve become one of the most celebrated and influential artists whose …


Arts & Culture, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

Uncut Gems Review: Sandler Shines in Tense Safdie Brothers Flick

By: Mike Finnerty Comedy actors going straight and turning in critically acclaimed, award-winning performances is a narrative that is as old as film itself. Jim Carrey, Tom Hanks, Steve Carrell, Eddie Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, the list is vast. And now you can add Adam Sandler to the list. If you want the short version of this review, watch Uncut Gems …


A new twist on trad: Megatrad discuss origins, plans for album

Limerick has a long roll-call of distinguished musical artists – and Megatrad are next. Formed by brothers Cillian and Sean O’Dálaigh from Ardnacrusha, Co. Clare and Denis McAuliffe from Cratloe, the University of Limerick graduates are here to bring trad to the masses; stompbox and all. But how would Megatrad describe their music to the uninitiated? “That’s a good question, …

The Irishman review: Masterful Marty’s wrestle with mortality is pure cinema

If you’re reading this review and weighing up whether to watch The Irishman, what are you still doing here? Go watch it, and come back to this review. Leave it open in another tab. Still here? Let’s begin. 2019 has been a strange year for films. The mid-budget film has died a death, superhero films are more popular than ever, …

SexEd documentary director discusses Ireland’s more liberal society, filmmaking process

SexEd is a documentary by filmmaker Tatiana Evonuk, and the director said the documentary she hopes the documentary “starts a conversation in the culture.” Speaking to An Focal, Tatiana describes the documentary as “a communal effort influenced heavily by deeply negative and ongoing social effects the Catholic Church and its doctrine continue to have on young people’s perception or level …

An Focal investigates: Delayed Video Games that got released

It finally happened. Shenmue got a sequel. After the 2001 sequel ended on a cliffhanger, fans were waiting on pins and needles for any news about a sequel. Sony’s 2015 E3 conference will live long in the memory of any gamer if the reactions are anything to go by. Over four years later, Shenmue 3 is available to buy, and …

An Focal’s First Take Club #5 – The Godfather

“A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.” Having never seen The Godfather, I felt my film-fanatic status looked rather illegitimate, so I sought to finally watch the acclaimed 1972 Francis Ford Coppola opus with extremely high expectations. Having earned three Oscars, including Best Picture, and it’s status as one of the most …

The most essential winter dramas

Even the most sceptical festive trolls can’t deny the elusive appeal of watching a vibrant period drama as the temperatures plummet and the black nights seem endless. I feel most of the classic Christmas films are overworked, often sickly sweet and serving as more of American technicolour propaganda against gaudy excessive suburbs with a sickening overdose of cheesy family ordinated …

Le Mans’ 66 Review: Sleek crowd-pleasing drama will take Oscar gold

“Out there is the perfect lap….Can you see it?” ‘Le Mans ‘66’, or ‘Ford v Ferrari’ in most countries, brings to the big screen the story of Ford’s victory at Le Mans in 1966, or more specifically, the relationship between driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) and automotive designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon). The film revolves around the pair battling corporate …