Film&TV, Fuinneamh

Green Book Review: Buddy Comedy Fails To Turn Page On Race Issues

By: Katy Flannery Green Book is a buddy story set in 1960’s America, that follows doctor Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a world-class African-American pianist and his newly appointed comrade Italian-American bouncer turned driver Tony [Lip] Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen). The film plays on the unlikely bi-racial friendship of the duo as they road-trip around the southern states. ‘Green Book’ is a …


Arts & Culture, Fuinneamh

Let There Be Rock: In Defence Of Greta Van Fleet

By: Mike Finnerty  Michigan rock group Greta Van Fleet took home Best Rock Album for their debut effort From The Fires at Sunday’s Grammy awards, seeing off Grunge statesman Alice In Chains, Swedish throwback Metal group Ghost, and Pop-Rock luminaries Weezer and Fall Out Boy in the process. Greta Van Fleet are probably the most love-it-or-hate-it band to come from …


These Secret Codes Will Change Your Netflix Viewing Experience

By: Erin Dyer WITH Valentine’s day just around the corner everyone is on the lookout for that perfect movie to watch (or not) with bae. However, after many hours of scrolling through all of Netflix’s “most recommended” or “recommended for you” lists, romance is definitely the last thing on anybody’s mind. Netflix is tailored to your algorithm. And while it …

The Cultural Conversation Surrounding “You” On Netflix

‘You’ is a drama that aired on Netflix in December 2018 and shot to popularity over the Christmas season. The show follows the beginning of what may seem to be your average boy – meets – girl love story. However, things take a dark turn as we soon realise that the prince charming of this tale is, in fact, the …

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 …

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 …

Give Us The Night Campaign Gains Traction

By: Nicky Anderson ‘We need to recognise nightlife’s contribution to the culture of this Island’ – Senator Fintan Warfield to the Seanad,  24 January, 2019. Give us the Night (GUTN) is an independent volunteer group of professionals within the music industry, who are campaigning to bring about a change to the licensing laws in Ireland, with particular regard to nightclubs. …

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 …