The Boys from County Hell

By James Mahon Mixing horror with comedy has never been particularly well executed in the modern film industry. Although an appealing combination, most directors and writers don’t seem quite able to create the correct blend of fear and laughter, often resulting in a total absence of both. The trio of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost andContinue reading “The Boys from County Hell”

‘In The Heights’

Review by Katie McKenna Lin Manuel Miranda’s fall from grace was sudden and public. Legitimate  criticisms about his hit musical ‘Hamilton’ glorifying slave owners soon  descended to lip biting memes on TikTok. However, a common theme  throughout Miranda’s career seems to be a lack of self-awareness, an  aggressively earnest belief in himself and an adamantContinue reading “‘In The Heights’”

Thunder Force

Review by John Dugan The novelty of the superhero genre has already lost its attraction to many viewers, as the formulaic films completely dominated the entirety of the last decade. Nevertheless, it appears studios will attempt any amount of alterations to achieve a new result, without really changing anything of substance. The most recent attemptContinue reading “Thunder Force”

Promising Young Woman

Review by Mia Sherry Bubblegum pop and neon colours are how Emerald Fennell’s debut, Promising Young Woman begins but not even the glitzy glamour of Fennell’s vision can make up for a tragically poorly-executed storyline.  A parable of the MeToo era, we’re introduced to Cassie (Carey Mulligan), alone and drunk in a lowbrow bar. JerryContinue reading “Promising Young Woman”

VMDIFF 2021 (3/4)

The third in TFR’s coverage of VMDIFF, with reviews by Cathal Eustace and Katie McKenna. Limbo Review by Katie McKenna The pantheon of British black comedies is filled with some of the all-time greats of the genre; Withnail & I (Bruce Robinson, 1987) and Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 1996) immediately coming to mind. I have noContinue reading “VMDIFF 2021 (3/4)”

VDMIFF 2021 (2/4)

The second in TFR’s coverage of VMDIFF, with reviews by Cathal Eustace and Katie McKenna. To All My Darlings Review by Katie McKenna With the likes of Normal People (Lenny Abrahamson, Hettie MacDonald), Wolfwalkers (Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, 2020) and the upcoming Conversations With Friends, it seems like we are in the midst of anContinue reading “VDMIFF 2021 (2/4)”