Arts & Culture, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

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 …


Arts & Culture

What does the next decade hold for art?

“What will art look like in the future?” is an impossible question to answer with accuracy; however when examining the two most significant challenges facing artists today, it can be determined what changes could influence the upcoming decade. One of the main challenges facing artists lies in the curator, who’s particular vision of art leads to their determining of trends …


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 …

The Halloween TV special that terrified a nation: A Ghostwatch retrospective

Picture, if you will, a world without being able to rewind the show you were watching on television. Unthinkable to people of a certain age, fact of life for another demographic. The technological advancement so many of us take for granted is the core of what makes today’s topic, BBC’s Ghostwatch from 1992, that much more terrifying. Ghostwatch tells the …

Breaking Of Wesson’s Boys: Winning society collaboration paints promising picture

The UL Drama Society and Film Society finally witnessed the fruits of their labors on Tuesday evening at the premiere of their new short film, The Breaking of Wesson’s Boys. The film was shown in the University Concert Hall in front of a sold-out audience, which included the members of the cast and crew. The Breaking of Wesson’s Boys is …

Why are people so interested by horror films? An Focal asks a horror film director

Given that Halloween is just around the corner, An Focal set out to discover the psychology of horror films. Why are people so fascinated by the horror genre? Paddy Murphy is a writer, producer, and director who deals almost exclusively within the horror genre. He notes Nightmare on Elm Street as his earliest memory of a horror film but, it …