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SUBMISSIONS OPEN - 10th Golden Thread

(Eoin Robinson)

"The Maynooth University Law Society are now accepting submissions for the 10th edition of the Golden Thread!To mark the 10th Anniversary of the Golden Thread, this years theme is 'A Decade in Law'What is the Golden Thread?The Golden Thread is the first student-run legal publication of the MU Law Department. The I'm of the journal is to provide a forum for students to publish their views and opinions on legal topics.Why should I write a submission?Having an article published in a legal publication can be excellent for exposure and may open a platform for other authors to connect and collaborate with you. It can also be an excellent and unique addition to CV. This year we will be publishing a hard-copy of the publication and it will be displayed in the MU Law Department. Each accepted author will be awarded a €50 OneForAll Voucher.What requirements should my submission meet?It is advised that submissions be short in length (between 1000-1500 words), however, longer submissions may be considered. MU students from all years are invited to make submissions. Please note that all submissions should be complete with footnotes, should be fully cited using the OSCOLA reference style and should be submitted no later than March 31st 2020.Any hints or tips?In order to ensure your submission stand out, we advise that you write on a contemporary legal topic. Submissions that have been submitted as a part of continuous assessment will be less likely to be published.If you are interested in making a submission, or if you would like more information, do not hesitate to send an email to law@mulife.ie addressed to Irina Ciocan with the subject title 'Golden Thread Submission.'If you have any queries please do not hesitate to send an email to law@mulife.ie."

'Joker' - Review

(Daniel Sheridan)

"'Joker' - Reviewed by Daniel SheridanIn Todd Philips's controversial film Joker, we learn the past of the most infamous characters in comic book history. With an amazing performance at the centre of the film, Joker has a lot of amazing qualities going for it, yet it is too bad that these are held down by its many flaws. I have always been a Joaquin Phoenix apologist from his strange performance art documentary I’m Still Here and his beautiful performance in The Master. Phoenix has proven to be one of the worlds most versatile actors and no more does it shine than in his performance of Arthur Fleck. His portrayal of a man broken down by society in this film is nothing short of mesmerizing. We follow his transformation from a man who only wanted to make people laugh to the sadistic character we all know from previous iterations. While I love Phoenix’s performance in this film I think he gave a far more realistic and nuanced performance of a man forgotten by society in Lynn Ramsey’s 2018 film You Were Never Really Here. Sometimes Fleck felt a bit uneven on his motives throughout the film, yet I do not put that down to Phoenix’s performance rather down to Todd Phillips and Scott Silvers script. Two other aspects of the film I really enjoyed were the score and the cinematography. The way Lawerence Sher framed Gotham made it feel like a lived-in world. The gritty colour grading and close-ups made us more engrossed in Fleck’s struggles, while it moves out too well choreographed wide shots at moments of his triumph. Similarly, Hildur Guðnadóttir’s score added to both the claustrophobic nature of Gotham city and the dreamlike perception Fleck has on reality. It is so hard to find composers who use their music to drive forward the story through their music alone, yet that is how I felt every time Guðnadóttir’s haunting violins creep into your ears. Where I feel the film falls flat is within its script and its direction. It is hard to separate Joker from the intertextual references that inspired its narrative as it is so ingrained in its DNA. When I watch Joker I never feel like I am watching something new, interesting or innovative because I have seen the same form of narrative done better in two Scorsese flicks. I am not saying it is wrong to have intertextual references and influences within works of art, for example, most of Hozier’s songs reference different Jazz standard artists that influenced his work and Yargos Lanthamos uses techniques similar to Stanley Kubrick to tell a story on the screen. Yet the difference between the likes of Hozier/Lanthimos and Phillips Is that they take their intertextual knowledge in order to create something new, which Joker never feels. Philips had nothing new to say so he called on films like Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy to say something for him. While I think you should see Joker I feel like it's not the masterpiece you have come to believe it to be. There is talent working on this film, yet they are squandered on a director that bit off more than he could chew."

'Sicario' - Review

(Daniel Sheridan)

"'Sicario' - Reviewed by Daniel SheridanSuspense is a tool used in the film to make the audience fear, not just for the safety of the characters on screen but also for themselves. This tool is most commonly associated with horror, the creaking door and the slow walks through the hallway of an abandoned house. Yet it was in 2015’s Sicario, where suspense feels real. Directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Tyler Sheridan Sicario is a gritty tale of gang violence, American Colonialism and an FBI agent thrown into the middle of it all. Villeneuve’s direction of the film is nothing short of masterful, creating tension out of mundane moments in the film, with simple shots and cuts, making the viewer feel on edge at every moment of the film. This is only heightened by the excellent cinematography of Roger Deaken who turns this tale of gangs vs the CIA into a wide scoped western. The collaboration between these two men creates one of the most engaging tales in recent cinema history. Through visual cues, the two manage to create mystery about their characters through visuals alone, rather than through what they say. Sheridan’s script also must be praised. Proving to be one of the most prolific thriller writers in recent history, Sheridan seems to have a fantastic understanding of the role mystery plays in a story. He never truly lets us understand the characters. With Benicio Del Toro’s Alejandro, remaining an enigma throughout the entire run of the film, regardless of the fact that we learn quite a bit about him. Where I think Sheridan’s script falls flat is in his treatment of Emily Blunt’s Kate Macy. He introduces her as a hard-hitting professional character, yet once Josh Brolin and Del Toro are introduced into the script Blunt’s character loses all agency becoming essentially an extra in her own story. I think this is due to the fact that Sheridan has an issue with writing female characters, with his later film Wind River doing the exact same to Elizabeth Olsen’s character and High Waters having little to no female characters at all. It adds this uncomfortable air of misogyny over the film that does not sit well with me. If you are looking for a film that will make you tense through every single frame of the film, Sicario is definitely a must. It’s a well-crafted mystery and beautiful cinematography and direction are enough to make this one of the more interesting thrillers of the previous decade, despite its flaws in the script."

REGISTRATION OPEN for Silken Thomas

(Eoin Robinson)

"Registration is now open for the 10th annual Silken Thomas Intervarsity Moot Court Competition! This event is kindly sponsored by Matheson. The competition will be taking place from FRIDAY 6th to SATURDAY 7th of MARCH 2020. Each year, this competition has drawn teams from both national and international universities to showcase their adversarial abilities as well as having attracted the attendance of esteemed judges such as Mr Justice John MacMenamin of the Supreme Court in the previous year. The competition will take place in the South Campus of Maynooth University, with the finals and a gala dinner taking place in Carton House. There will also be a dinner in Maynooth on the Friday night. All participants are welcome. The winners receive a monetary prize of €250. There will also be a best speaker award entitled the “Mr Justice Carney Best Speaker Award” in memory of the late Mr Justice Paul Carney who had judged the competition for many years. This year’s question concerns issues arising in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law. Teams are limited to two members. Written submissions must be submitted by 4 March 2020 at 11pm. Please register you interest to mootcourtnuim@gmail.com with your names, student numbers, email addresses and mobile numbers by 1 March at 5pm. If you have any questions, feel free to email our moot court convenors (Lonan & Jana) at mootcourtnuim@gmail.comSee you soon! Eoin Secretary Maynooth University Law Society "

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