Tn2’s Must-Watch Indie Movies A round-up of award season’s biggest names in independent cinema

December has rolled around, along with this year’s batch of films vying for their spots in the upcoming awards season. The timing is certainly interesting, as the dark underbelly of Hollywood sex abuse seems to be exposed more and more … Continue reading Tn2’s Must-Watch Indie Movies A round-up of award season’s biggest names in independent cinema

Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is “enchanting” The Florida Project powerfully depicts "generations earnestly trying to find a mutual language"

Sean Baker’s latest film is a testament to the power of a child’s imagination in the face of adversity. Set in a struggling motel overshadowed by Walt Disney’s Magical Kingdom, The Florida Project follows the adventures and misfortunes of six-year-old … Continue reading Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is “enchanting” The Florida Project powerfully depicts “generations earnestly trying to find a mutual language”

A Big-Budget Descent into Mayhem: “Justice League” Entertaining, fast-paced, expensive and predictable.

●●●○○ ‘Surprisingly pleasant’ is how I would sum up the overall experience of watching Justice League. Predictably action packed, a lot of awkward sexual tension and plenty of great CGI-aided violence. For superhero fans, Justice League ticks many of the … Continue reading A Big-Budget Descent into Mayhem: “Justice League” Entertaining, fast-paced, expensive and predictable.

Horror Film in the Making: “She Forgives” Former TN2 film writer and Trinity graduate Sarah-Kate Fenelon is in New York and producing "She Forgives," a gut-wrenching horror film exploring female empowerment and revenge.

After a night of infidelity, Rainn takes his girlfriend, Evelyn, on a romantic country retreat to try and restore her faith in their relationship, but it all comes to a bloody end when Evelyn discovers the truth about what really … Continue reading Horror Film in the Making: “She Forgives” Former TN2 film writer and Trinity graduate Sarah-Kate Fenelon is in New York and producing “She Forgives,” a gut-wrenching horror film exploring female empowerment and revenge.

The Rise and Fall of Hollywood The Weinstein allegations are indicative of wider fractures within Hollywood. But how did a small farming village become the centre of showbiz and glamour - and can it regain that past prestige?

Hollywood, California, is a city which is deeply ingrained in our consciousness. The word ‘Hollywood’ invokes images of sun-scorched studios, rolling film projectors, red carpets and of course, that iconic sign, loudly broadcasting the region’s consequence to the planet. This … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of Hollywood The Weinstein allegations are indicative of wider fractures within Hollywood. But how did a small farming village become the centre of showbiz and glamour – and can it regain that past prestige?

IFI French Film Festival – the highlights and lowlights From the insipid "Ishmael's Ghosts" to the ironic "Happy End".

The French can stomach the baser truths about humanity that the Irish can’t. Why is this important? In grappling with life’s seedier elements, their cinema bypasses blockaded avenues of the interior – loosening the coils of your willed ignorance. Morbidity … Continue reading IFI French Film Festival – the highlights and lowlights From the insipid “Ishmael’s Ghosts” to the ironic “Happy End”.

Feminist Film Series: The Male Gaze "You are a woman with a man inside watching a woman. You are your own voyeur.”

“Male fantasies, male fantasies, is everything run by male fantasies? Up on a pedestal or down on your knees, it’s all a male fantasy: that you’re strong enough to take what they dish out, or else too weak to do … Continue reading Feminist Film Series: The Male Gaze “You are a woman with a man inside watching a woman. You are your own voyeur.”

Happy Death Day – Review Molly Peters finds Happy Death Day to be entertaining and "tolerable".

Happy Death Day was everything I expected it not to be — it was good. Funny, action packed, and at times scary, this film was, at the very least, an entertaining watch. Less than amazing but more than tolerable, it … Continue reading Happy Death Day – Review Molly Peters finds Happy Death Day to be entertaining and “tolerable”.

“Paddington bear is the friend you wish you had.” Paddington 2 proves to be just as good, if not better, than the first film.

If there ever was a role model to come to fruition in this dark age, he could be found at your local movie theatre. Wearing a blue duffle coat, a matching red hat and boots, and rarely without a delicious … Continue reading “Paddington bear is the friend you wish you had.” Paddington 2 proves to be just as good, if not better, than the first film.

‘Suburbicon’ Should Have Stayed in the Past George Clooney’s latest foray into directing has proven a flop.

●●○○○ I am disappointed to report that George Clooney’s latest foray into directing has proven a flop, to say the least. With a disjointed plot, and an unsatisfactory commentary on racism in late 1950s America, Suburbicon leaves much to be … Continue reading ‘Suburbicon’ Should Have Stayed in the Past George Clooney’s latest foray into directing has proven a flop.

Yorgos Lanthimos’ Elegantly Grotesque “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” It is an exceptional achievement in the art of pushing an audience to the limits of unease.

●●●●● During my teens, I went through a bit of a Faith No More obsession. If it was even tangentially related, I bought and listened to it. One of those numerous side-project albums (Delìrivm Còrdia by Fantômas) still sticks in my … Continue reading Yorgos Lanthimos’ Elegantly Grotesque “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” It is an exceptional achievement in the art of pushing an audience to the limits of unease.