film, TV and music criticism

Revisiting The Miracle Worker.’ Current Affairs issue 41, March-April 2023.

In Defense of South Park.’ Current Affairs issue 40, January-February 2023. Republished online 10 April 2023.

Blu-Ray Review: In Bruges.’ Cineaste Vol. XLVIII, No. 2, Spring 2023.

Letter: Elvis Seen as a Horror Film.’ Cineaste Vol. XLVIII, No. 2, Spring 2023.

Crooked Marquee’s Bad Romances: Something Wild.’ Crooked Marquee, 6 February 2023.

My Year of James Bond.Paste Magazine, 18 January 2023.

You Thought You Knew Elvis.’ Current Affairs issue 39, November-December 2022. Republished as ‘Elvis Like You’ve Never Seen Him Before’ online 29 January 2023.

In The Last Horror Film, Sleaze Meets the Meta-Slasher.’ Certified Forgotten, 28 November 2022.

Review: The Banshees of Inisherin.’ Cineaste Vol. XLVIII, No. 1, Winter 2022. Preview here.

Lucio Fulci: So Much More Than The Godfather of Gore – Don’t Torture a Duckling at 50.’ Fangoria, 25 October 2022.

Pieces Isn’t Exactly What You Think it Is.’ Crooked Marquee, 23 August 2022.

The Kids Haven’t Changed, You Have.’ The Sundae, 31 July 2022.

New Look at New York, New York.’ Film in Dublin presents Pretty Deadly Films issue 10, July 2022.

Entering The Twilight Zone.’ Current Affairs issue 36, May-June 2022. Republished online 22 August 2022.

In Defense of Chasing Amy, 25 Years Later.’ Crooked Marquee, 4 April 2022.

The People’s Tramp.’ Current Affairs issue 35, March-April 2022. Republished online 6 June 2022.

John Carpenter’s Pure Cinema.’ No Cinema! issue 4: The John Carpenter Issue, 2022.

The Plumber Is a Sour Clash of Class and Gender.’ Certified Forgotten, 22 February 2022.

Film Diaries: Lisztomania (1975).’ In The Mood Magazine issue 3, February 2022.

Gimmicks Aside, The Tingler is Fucking Fantastic.’ Unwinnable, 21 January 2022.

The many joys of the Soviet Sherlock Holmes.’ Episodes, 5 November 2021. Republished on The Sundae, 26 March 2023.

Film Diaries: Head (1968).’ In The Mood Magazine issue 2, November 2021.

Michael Collins Remains an Irish Cornerstone 25 Years Later.’ Paste Magazine, 25 October 2021.

Circle Calls Our Conscience To a Vote.’ Certified Forgotten, 12 August 2021.

Revisiting Steven Spielberg’s Undersung Masterpiece, Catch Me If You Can.’ Film Daze, 5 August 2021.

Cancelled Too Soon: Mindhunter.’ The Sundae, 26 July 2021.

Teen Movies and Melancholy Nostalgia.’ Film in Dublin presents Pretty Deadly Films issue 6, June 2021.

How Christopher Landon is Reinventing the Slasher Movie.’ Fangoria, 17 June 2021.

God Help Bobby and Helen: Panic in Needle Park at 50.’ Crooked Marquee, 16 June 2021.

Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows Transcends the Genre It Pioneered.’ Fanbyte, 4 June 2021.

A Woman Waging War: Ms .45 at 40.’ Crooked Marquee, 26 April 2021.

Ivan Vasilievich Changes Profession.’ Exploits: An Unwinnable Publication issue 37, April 2021. Republished on The Sundae, 27 June 2021.

The Noirs of Melville.’ Current Affairs issue 30, March-April 2021. Republished online 20 June 2021.

The Social Network and Me: A Love Story.’ The Sundae, 3 March 2021.

Hollywood, the Bush Years, and America’s Memory Hole.’ Current Affairs, 24 November 2020.

Taskmaster’s Alex Horne actually fronts another show that you might not have heard of.’ Digital Spy, 5 November 2020.

A Film Less Likely.’ Film Stories issue 19, October 2020.

Anti-Drama and Hobbyism in Paterson.’ Film Daze, 12 September 2020.

Mythic Quest and the Pursuit of Anti-Capitalist Media.’ Current Affairs, 12 August 2020.

We Are the Sunshine Nation.’ The Sundae, 4 August 2020.

Phase IV.’ Exploits: An Unwinnable Publication issue 29, August 2020. Republished on The Sundae, 27 June 2021.

God Sent Me To Piss The World Offfour part series. The Sundae, May 2020.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.’ Exploits: An Unwinnable Publication issue 25, April 2020. Republished on The Sundae, 27 June 2021.

Gender Troubles in The Crying Game.’ The Sundae, 6 January 2020.

What Gets Lost.’ Current Affairs issue 23, January-February 2020. Republished online 9 July 2020.

Bad Lieutenant and the Cacophony of God.The Sundae, 1 December 2019.

Review – The Irishman.’ Scannain, 9 November 2019.

Saint Lady Bird of Sacramento.’ The Sundae, 14 January 2019.

A Mid-Life Crisis in North Dakota.’ The Sundae, 3 September 2018.

Why Would You Need To Guard A Dead Man Stuck In A Two-Foot Refrigerator?’ Bright Wall/Dark Room issue 62, 15 August 2018.

Sofia Coppola’s Sad Rich People.’ The Sundae, 5 February 2018.

Weekend at Bernie’s Is Not the Film You Think It Is.’ The Sundae, 19 December 2017.

Duct Tape on Armchairs: Frasier and the Working-Class Sitcom.’ The Sundae, 23 July 2017.

Martin Scorsese’s Violence of Grace.’ The Sundae, 2 April 2017.


Today in the Twilight Zone.’ Current Affairs issue 36, May-June 2022.

Mandatory Viewpoint Diversity.’ Current Affairs issue 33, November-December 2021. Republished online here, April 2023.

The Merch Primary.’ Current Affairs, 9 June 2019.

academic writing

“Why Don’t You Go Down to Wall Street and Get Some Real Crooks?”: Capitalism and Masculinity in GoodFellas, Casino, and The Wolf of Wall Street.’ The Journal of Film and Video. Forthcoming.

Word and Image in Alison Bechdel’s Memoirs.’ The Journal of Modern Literature. Forthcoming, 2024.

‘”These Are the Rooms We’re Not Supposed To Go In. But Let’s Go Anyway!”: Fun and Mischief Amongst the Perpetual Crisis of Precarity in The Florida Project.’ Paper presented at Irish Association for American Studies Annual Conference, University of Limerick, 29 April 2023.

Review: Media Crossroads: Intersections of Space and Identity in Screen Cultures.’ Cineaste Vol. XLVII, No. 4, Fall 2022.

Homoerotic Allusions in Echo’s Bones.’ Paper presented at Lost Bodies: Beckett, Gender & Sexuality Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 8 July 2022.

“She’s got gaps. I’ve got gaps”: a neurodiversity reading of Rocky (1976).’ Paper presented at AHSS Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Limerick, 10 June 2022. Awarded joint first prize.

Justice and the “Triple Goddess” Archetypes in Anna Maria Hall’s Mabel’s Curse (1837).’ The Golden Thread: Irish Women Playwrights, Volume 1 (1716-1992). eds. David Clare, Fiona McDonagh, and Justine Nakase. Liverpool University Press, 2021.


The Enduring Moral Insight and Satirical Power of Charlie Chaplin and The Twilight Zone: Current Affairs Podcast, 2 September 2022.

Network: The 250 episode 290, 9 July 2022.

The Conversation: The 250 episode 279, 27 March 2022.

It Happened One Night: The 250 episode 273, 12 February 2022.

The Sundae Presents, co-host 2021–present.

As Good As It Gets The Sundae Presents

  1. As Good As It Gets
  2. A Night to Dismember
  3. The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?
  4. Ishtar
  5. The Happening
  6. Miami Vice
  7. Samurai vs Cowboy: Best of Seven
  8. Watchmen
  9. Morvern Callar