Arts & Culture, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

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, …


Arts & Culture, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

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 …

Nicola review: Ambitious one-woman show deserves to be smash hit

You never know where you might find a hidden gem. The theater scene has been booming in recent years, and you can never predict where the next success might come from. As it turns out, the next big thing might be hiding in plain sight in Limerick. It was a three night run held in the record room at The …

An open letter to Ed Sheeran and Lewis Capaldi: Please go away

By Rebekah Moore White male? Messy hair? Plays a guitar and sings songs that would depress a Prozac? Well, to quote Radiohead, Anyone Can Play Guitar, and in 2019, anyone can be a star, proving Andy Warhol’s theory right. Essentially every musician on the Irish charts in 2019 that you can think of comes under the affrementioned categories. The real …

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 …

TikTok: It’s Like Vine, But Different

By: Meghan McEniry Brosnan Ever since Vine shut down in 2016, the internet has cried, begged and tweeted for a replacement to their beloved app, but nothing has come close. However, with the rise of TikTok, has the day finally arrived? What exactly is TikTok? TikTok is a video-sharing app with more than 500 million users worldwide that lets you …

Lover by Taylor Swift review: A return to form

The quintessential American sweetheart is back with a fantastic seventh album. Lover has got us talking almost as much as we did when the Katy Perry – Taylor Swift feud was a thing. The album is a welcome return to form after the indulgent misstep that was Reputation. Lover possesses a new attitude that is just as spellbinding as her …