Arts & Culture, Features, Fuinneamh

Is It Possible To Seperate The Art From The Artist?

By: Nicky Anderson Leaving Neverland is the latest documentary to grace our screens to have taken on a life of it’s own. The HBO documentary, which aired in the UK and Ireland on Channel 4, follows the stories of two men – Wade Robson and James Safechuck – surrounding their childhood and the sexual grooming and abuse they received from …


Rage Against The Machine: The Last Band That Mattered

By: Mike Finnerty You’ve all heard Killing In The Name at some stage in your life. Be it at prinks, on Grand Theft Auto, Costie’s, or that Christmas number one campaign in 2009, you’ve heard it. It was the calling card of the last truly socially relevant band, Rage Against The Machine. That intro riff hits with the force of …

Ageing Like An Old Bottle Of Vine

By Máire Nolan Vine’s time to shine, was, like it’s videos, really short-lived, but it left a legacy on the internet that will remain for years to come. The videos will still come up on your newsfeed lately, and yes, you will laugh at them. 2013-14 really was the peak of online creativity due to Vine. The mobile app was …

Us Review: Peele Outdoes Himself

By: Mike Finnerty Horror has always been a genre that’s a trojan horse for social commentary. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers is an allegory for McCarthyism-era paranoia, Night Of The Living Dead serves as commentary on race relations in 1960s America, and now over 50 years later, Jordan Peele’s Us is a profound comment on identity and in the late …

Whiplash: The Most Important Film Of The Decade

By: Mike Finnerty Whiplash will be shown on Monday, March 25th at the University Concert Hall in UL. You can buy tickets here.  It’s been five years since Damien Chazelle’s second film, Whiplash, premiered at Sundance. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the prestigious festival, and eventually went all the way to the Oscars, receiving a Best Picture Nomination …

This Hostel Life Author Melatu Uche Okorie Makes UL Return

By: Maxine Bramley The University of Limerick welcomed back Author of This Hostel Life Melatu Uche Okorie for the How I write, Ireland series. The Regional Writing Centre set up this in-depth interview series to invite established Irish writers to share some insight into creative writing for aspiring writers at the University. Okorie is a newcomer to the literary scene …

Why The Commitments Has Endured In Irish Culture

By: Katy Flannery “The Irish are the blacks of Europe, Dubliner’s are the blacks of Ireland, and North-Siders are the blacks of Dublin… so say it loud – I’m black and proud!” Alan Parker’s The Commitments is a brash, soulful, comical, musical adaption of the Roddy Doyle classic ‘The Commitments’, which is the first of the Barrytown trilogy. The film …

Grand Budapest Hotel At 5: An Institutional Film About An Institution

By: Jack Butler Grand Budapest Hotel plays tomorrow night at The Milk Market. Click on this sentence to see the Facebook event page.  Ah, Wes Anderson, what a quirky little gem you are. Discovered by James L. Brooks, you’ve blossomed into the only true auteur within the studio system, ever since Tim Burton abandoned us to make bad Johnny Depp …

Friday Night Lights: UCD Win UL-Held Battle Of Bands Intervarsity

By: Mike Finnerty UCD romped home to victory at Friday night’s Battle Of The Bands held in Stables. The UCD group, Greyface, won over their audience, and ultimately the judges, with their mix of Ghost/Dir En Grey shock rock aesthetic, ferocious screams mixed with rapped vocals, a dress-wearing bassist, and ferocious metal drumming. Speaking in the green room, frontman “Shaye” …