Back to School

In the second in TFR’s Beginnings series, two contributors present us with their homages to high school. Ladybird Written by Seirce Mhac Conghail The last few weeks of secondary school hold a distinctly unstable feeling. Structures which may have existed for years, for perhaps what has been up until then a lifetime, begin to crumbleContinue reading “Back to School”

Hubie Halloween

Review by Peter Horan On the haunting and melancholic “Halloween,” Californian singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers sombrely whispers, “Baby, it’s Halloween / And we can be anything.” This Halloween, Adam Sandler has decided to be – you guessed it – a kindly moron with a silly voice. For Sandler, why be “anything,” when you can simply beContinue reading “Hubie Halloween”

The 77th Venice Film Festival

Article by Mia Sherry Mandatory mask wearing. Temperature checks. Enforced social distancing. No, this wasn’t a hospital wing, this was the 77th Venice Film Festival, the first of its kind since the COVID-19 pandemic swept through Europe and effectively ended not just film festivals but the cinema-going experience et al.  I was in a uniqueContinue reading “The 77th Venice Film Festival”

Bill & Ted Face the Music

Review by Seirce Mhac Conghail As the last in a series which began in the 80s, Bill & Ted Face the Music (Dean Parisot, 2020) is as goofy, whacky, and hyperactive as any of the previous movies. Yet in this idiot comedy, the idiots have to wise up. The film finds them as middle-aged, beer-belliedContinue reading “Bill & Ted Face the Music”

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Review by James McCleary In a year as violently unprecedented as 2020, it is frankly absurd to note the number of films that, seemingly out of sheer coincidence, have proven to mirror the ideas, trends and imagery of this historic pandemic. Tenet (Christopher Nolan, 2020) frames its protagonists as immobile and mask-clad, trapped within aContinue reading “I’m Thinking of Ending Things”

Mark Cousins: Women Make Film

Article by Niamh Muldowney 29th of February 2020, the evening the first case of Covid-19 in Ireland would be announced. But, that morning, director Mark Cousins was in town to introduce his latest film, Women Make Film, at the Dublin International Film Festival. Two other film students from Trinity, Giorgiomaria Cornelio and Markéta Ní Eithir,Continue reading “Mark Cousins: Women Make Film”


The fifth in TFR’s Lockdown Recap series, capturing our quarantine viewing habits and the changing nature of cinema. Following the closure of cinemas around the world, movie-goers turned to online streaming as it became more accessible. Here, Peter Horan discusses a favourite from MUBI’s recently-opened library. Berlin: Symphony of a Great City Written by PeterContinue reading “Streaming”


The fourth in TFR’s Lockdown Recap series, capturing our quarantine viewing habits and the changing nature of cinema. At the beginning of the pandemic, many found themselves turning to dystopian cinema as a form of escapism. Here, two of our contributors focus on their favourites. Dante’s Peak Written by Jane Stockwell Quarantine saw a massiveContinue reading “Apocalypse”