What Podcasts To Binge-Listen To This Weekend

By: Martin Mongan Podcasts are so hot right now. People listen to podcasts on their commute to college, at the gym, out running or walking, or studying. Here are some of my favourite podcasts available to listen to on YouTube or to stream on Spotify or the ‘Podcast’ app on your Apple devices. The Joe Rogan Experience If you have …

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 Woman In The Window By A.J. Finn – Book Review

By: Meghan Mceniry Brosnan Following the recent scrutiny of author Dan Mallory (Pen-name A.J. Finn) and the upcoming film starring Amy Adams, The Woman In The Window seems ripe for a review. It was, after all, the biggest selling fiction title of 2018. Anna Fox, an agoraphobic woman, lives alone in New York City, trapped in her home with bottles …

Limerick City Gallery Of Art Poster Exhibit – A High-Brow Day Out

By Jessica Doyle Graphics, text, and colour. Posters are pieces of art from the every day – and they’ve got a job to do. Not only do they disseminate information – but they can also amuse, attract and challenge us – a function more readily associated with highbrow arts. A rich and varied collection of posters from all across Europe …

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 …

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Review: More Of The Same

By: Jack Butler I don’t think I can forget the announcement of this game. A group of us all live streaming the Direct, “Everyone Is Here” came up…My ears are still ringing. Every single fighter from the last four games, plus newcomers from Animal Crossing, Castlevania, RIDLEY, what else would anyone with a Switch need? But wait, there’s more! A …

Kingdom Hearts III review: A tumultuous series with a tumultuous climax

Kingdom Hearts III – a tumultuous series with a tumultuous climax I would suggest not reading this review until at least you have finished Kingdom Hearts 0.2: A Fragmentary Passage or are up to date with the story up to then. At some time in the future I will be doing a Kingdom Hearts retrospective as well as a Beginners’ …