Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Review by Dearbhla Shirt I am a sucker for a Christmas film – and no, I don’t think November is too early to start watching them. As a festive movie connoisseur, I know what it takes to make a film suitable for the holidays. Jingle Jangle (David E. Talbert, 2020) has it all: a grumpy oldContinue reading “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey”

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”