The Umbrella Academy Season 2

Review by James McCleary I’ve never had much time for Tony Stark. The past ten or so summers of tentpole blockbusting have been dominated by the bullet-pointed angst of both his and his many copycats’ wealth, success and hyper-competence, and frankly I’m glad to be rid of him. That does not mean I am strictlyContinue reading “The Umbrella Academy Season 2”

The 32nd Galway Film Fleadh

Review by Gillian Doyle The 32nd year of the Galway Film Fleadh was undoubtedly a memorable one. Safety measures necessitated by Covid-19 could easily have led to the cancellation of the entire event, but instead the festival team, consisting of less than twenty people, pulled together and the fleadh ran online from July 7th toContinue reading “The 32nd Galway Film Fleadh”

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Review by Ben Pantrey It’s been less than a year since Toni Morrison’s death at the age of 88: an event which resulted in an outpouring of public grief from her wide and diverse base of readers. It has brought her to the attention of people who had perhaps overlooked her novels before. The Pieces IContinue reading “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am”

Dark Waters

Review by Niamh Muldowney A banana peel will take 2-5 weeks to decompose. A cardboard box will take around 3 months to decompose. Plastic Bottles can decompose between 500-1000 years. But PFOA cannot decompose naturally. And you probably have no idea what that is.  Mark Ruffalo’s latest film Dark Waters tells the story of RobContinue reading “Dark Waters”

Vivarium

Review by Luke Bradley Vivarium is the story of a young couple, played by Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg, who find themselves trapped in a mysteriously endless suburban estate following a house viewing. Soon realising they are the subject of a sick experiment by unseen extra-terrestrial overlords, they resort to their only given means ofContinue reading “Vivarium”

Call of the Wild

Review by Sonny Daly Call of the Wild ticks all the boxes when it comes to being a comforting vessel of escapism. Exhausted from shenanigans the night before, it seemed like nothing would perk up my cold soul that damp Thursday morning, but I found a warm light in the form of a goofy butContinue reading “Call of the Wild”

Underwater

Review by Johannes Black Underwater continues in the tradition of H. P. Lovecraft-inspired science fiction, with notable predecessors including Jack Arnold’s Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), James Cameron’s The Abyss (1989), and Barry Levinson’s much-understated Sphere (1998). It is exciting and blood-curdling terrain, whose B-movie possibilities have inspired a generation of filmmakers. It shouldContinue reading “Underwater”

Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey

Review by James McCleary The past three years have been an exceptional feat for DC Films in terms of successfully recovering from their disastrous attempts to imitate the Marvel formula, the culmination of which took the form of the critical and commercial monstrosity formerly known as Justice League. More than anything else, this quality uptickContinue reading “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey”

Mr. Jones

Review by Aaron Gorman Films based on true events possess a hard-to-capture emotional resonance.  When placed against a winter palette that suppresses any promise of colour, it’s easy to spot the ‘real’ people on screen starving during the Holodomor, Stalin’s genocidal famine of 1932-33.  Polish director Agnieszka Holland would have no doubt felt a responsibilityContinue reading “Mr. Jones”

Parasite

Review by Andrew Connolly Far more attention should have been paid to Parasite director Bong Joon-ho’s speech after being awarded the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. He challenged filmgoers to accept subtitles as a way to explore non-English cinema. Parasite is an incredible argument for why we should do so. Bong’s third foray intoContinue reading “Parasite”