Film&TV

Birds of Prey Review

By James Roulston Mooney ‘Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)’ is the new DC film in their universe. It serves a spin-off to ‘Suicide Squad’, acknowledging it multiple times throughout the film. David Ayer, director of the problematic 2016 film, returns as a producer on DC’s new project. Directed by Cathy Yan and starring Oscar-nominee …


How the Oscars got it right

By Mike Finnerty After years of dubious Oscar wins, the Academy finally copped on and gave Oscars to films that deserve it. Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite has made history by becoming the first-ever foreign-language film to win Best Picture. The Korean cinema maestro also took home Oscars for Directing and Original Screenplay, making him the first person to win 3 Oscars …

Richard Jewell Review

Clint Eastwood’s most recent release is the somewhat controversial film Richard Jewell. The true story of the F.B.I’s botched investigation in to the 1996 Olympic bombing. The tag line for the film is “The World Will Know His Name And The Truth.” Paul Walter Hauser, who appeared in “I, Tonya” (2017), BlacKkKlansman”(2018) and tv’s Cobra Kai (2019) plays the titular …

Uncut Gems Review: Sandler Shines in Tense Safdie Brothers Flick

By: Mike Finnerty Comedy actors going straight and turning in critically acclaimed, award-winning performances is a narrative that is as old as film itself. Jim Carrey, Tom Hanks, Steve Carrell, Eddie Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, the list is vast. And now you can add Adam Sandler to the list. If you want the short version of this review, watch Uncut Gems …

The Irishman review: Masterful Marty’s wrestle with mortality is pure cinema

If you’re reading this review and weighing up whether to watch The Irishman, what are you still doing here? Go watch it, and come back to this review. Leave it open in another tab. Still here? Let’s begin. 2019 has been a strange year for films. The mid-budget film has died a death, superhero films are more popular than ever, …

SexEd documentary director discusses Ireland’s more liberal society, filmmaking process

SexEd is a documentary by filmmaker Tatiana Evonuk, and the director said the documentary she hopes the documentary “starts a conversation in the culture.” Speaking to An Focal, Tatiana describes the documentary as “a communal effort influenced heavily by deeply negative and ongoing social effects the Catholic Church and its doctrine continue to have on young people’s perception or level …

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 …

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 …