Arts & Culture, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

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, …


Arts & Culture, Film&TV, Fuinneamh, Health

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 …

A Hat in Time Switch review – a great game bogged down by terrible porting

Platformers were one of those genres that I like but was never really went out of my way to play. So, when this platformer that I adored came to a console that I adore, it couldn’t have been much better…until I played it. The story follows the Hat Kid, an intergalactic traveller who is attacked and loses her ship’s fuel, …

An Focal’s First Take Club #2: The Shining

“I’m sorry to differ with you sir, but you are the caretaker. You’ve always been the caretaker. I should know, sir – I’ve always been here” For Halloween this year, I decided to watch Stanley Kubrick’s acclaimed horror The Shining. What better time to finally watch the cult classic than on Halloween, coincidentally also the day of the release of …

Fuinneamh Editorial: The Insider At 20: How Michael Mann’s Masterpiece Endured

How do you follow up a masterpiece like Heat? Easy. You make The Insider. Michael Mann has had one of the most storied arcs out of any Hollywood director. He revolutionised television with Miami Vice, invented the modern anti-hero archetype with Thief, gave the world the definitive Hannibal Lecter movie (sorry, Jonathan Demme!), and somehow made a cyber thriller starring …

UL Professor curates event on The Fall, cult Manchester rock band

UL’s Popular Music and Popular Culture Research Cluster are curating a one-day Symposium to assess the musical and cultural legacy of The Fall.  With numerous albums and countless line ups,  The Fall, led by the late Mark E. Smith remain one of the most influential bands to come out of the Post-Punk Manchester Scene.   Combining spoken word, lyrical poetry, surrealism and, …