Arts & Culture, Features, Fuinneamh

The Art of Preserving Irish with Manchán Magan

What can certain words of the Irish language tell us about our culture? For writer Manchán Magan, answering this question has spurred his latest book ‘Tree Dogs, Banshee Fingers and other Irish Words for Nature.’ Reuniting with publishing house Gill and illustrator Steve Doogan, it serves as a sequel to his bestselling ‘Thirty Two Words for Field.’ The idea originated …


Film&TV, Fuinneamh

Thirteen Films of Halloween: Friday the 13th

Going by other film franchises in the same genre, one would assume that the first film in a series with as many movies as Friday the 13th (12 to be exact) would turn out to be the best. John Carpenter did it with ‘Halloween’, Wes Craven with ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ and Tobe Hooper with ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’. …


Thirteen Films of Halloween: Scream

The overall legacy of Wes Craven’s major hit ‘Scream’ can be summed up like this, without its existence, the horror genre or put it, the slasher genre would be dead and buried with its many hulking killers fading away into direct-to-video mediocrity. Fans can thank screenwriter Kevin Williamson, along with director Wes Craven for rejuvenating the genre to the masses, …

Thirteen Films of Halloween:Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter (1984)

The Friday the 13th series is a funny one for me, not only is it thrashy by nature with it’s B-movie feel and questionable acting, but it can also be a lot of fun. With the fourth instalment ‘Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter’, it has everything one would expect from a Friday movie. It has sex, nudity, …

Lana Del Rey: Blue Banisters Review: A Glamorous Return

Lana Del Rey is a pop culture enigma who shrouds herself in references to vintage Americana, vulnerability and controversy. Diehard Lana fans like myself broached the onset of her eight studio album with uncertainty. The American singer is no stranger to pushing back release dates with Norman Fucking Rockwell’s wait delayed for months, agonising for fans desperate for more lovelorn …

The Last Duel Review- The Battle of Making a Good Historical Epic

TW: Scenes of rape and sexual violence appear in this movie. This medieval movie is based on the true story of the duel between Sir Jean de Carrouges, a celebrated knight in 14th century France, and his former friend Jacques Le Gris in 1386. Despite fighting side by side in many wars with the English, and Le Gris even being …

Thirteen Films of Halloween: A Nightmare on Elm Street

By 1984, the slasher genre was in its peak, Halloween (1978) may not have started the genre, but it popularised it into the mainstream. In 1984, Jason Voorhees and the Friday the 13th series was already on its 4th instalment to box office success but was rebuffed by critics alike upon each yearly release. Enter Wes Craven, the maestro behind …

Thirteen Films of Halloween: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is all about sensationalism, what can make the viewer turn away in such disgust that they are oddly drawn into finishing the rest of the movie. Released in the fall of 1974, director Tobe Hooper created such a visceral experience that the legacy of a family of cannibals with the face-wearing and chainsaw wielding Leatherface in …

‘Impressive Dynamism’- No Time To Die Review

‘No Time To Die’ is a fitting end to Daniel Craig’s run as the iconic James Bond which includes impressive action scenes, emotion-evoking moments and the Englishman’s best performance in the role. The movie is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, who is best known for True Detective season one and is written by Pheobe Waller-Bridge, whose talents can also be …