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2017 is finally upon us! To commemorate the end of what has been a rollercoaster year in the world of entertainment, join Queen’s Radio in grabbing some popcorn and looking back at the best of what the world of cinema had to offer in 2016.

Who doesn’t love a good movie? QR certainly does! For the past 12 months, we have watched everything from gripping dramas to side-splitting comedies (click here to check out our film reviews), but, of course, we all all have our favourites and they are quite the eclectic mix. So, which movies made our personal Hollywood “Walk of Fame”? This is what some of Queen’s Radio’s members had to say:

Matt Kirk – Presenter of Maximum RPM

Eye in the Sky: This insanely gripping war drama, starring Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman, is unlike any film you’ll ever watch. There are no laughs; there is very little action; and there is a ton of dialogue. Dropping the viewer deep into the world of drone warfare and the intense political negotiations surrounding whether to destroy a building in Kenya that houses high-ranking terrorists intent on conducting a suicide attack, but also, risk international condemnation for the death of a young girl who could be fatally caught in the crossfire, it is unforgettable cinematic experience! It will challenge your morality; it will chill you to your core; and it will force a tear from the most hardened of eyes – utterly phenomenal!


Eilís Lee – Head of Events/Presenter of Wednesdazed & Confused

Hunt for the Wilderpeople: After cult classic What We Do In The Shadows, Taika Waititi directs possibly the funniest, most heartwarming, yet hilariously surreal buddy comedy/road movie/bittersweet coming-of-age “dramedy” it’s possible to make. Newcomer Julian Dennison’s chemistry with Sam Neill (love that man) is INCREDIBLE, and believe me when I say ridiculous running gags and Tupac references are just part of what makes the film and proves that New Zealand film-making is so much more than just The Lord of the Rings. Literally don’t have words to describe it. Please watch it!


Rachel Young – Head of Music/Co-Presenter of Sonic Sessions

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: For almost every Harry Potter fan, this film was a total joy – I know It was for me. So much so that I actually saw it 3 times in one week! It was so exciting to discover more about another time period in the wizarding world, reminding us all of J.K. Rowling’s powerful imagination and making us nostalgic for her magical universe once more. Eddie Redmayne was particularly brilliant in this film – he was born to be a part of the wizarding world and I can’t wait to see where this new series go next. A fantastic film!

Click here to check out Queen’s Radio’s review of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


Addison Patterson – Deputy Head of Music

Sing Street: This coming of age comedy/musical was an all-round fantastic watch. Set in Dublin in 1985, it succeeds in being hilarious, heart-wrenching and nostalgic while dealing with important/dark issues of abuse in schools and poverty. Most impressively, it managed to be artsy and still have a strong and compelling narrative – reminiscent of Richard Ayoade’s Submarine, but far superior in almost every respect. A really exciting contribution to Irish cinema and a fantastic soundtrack to go with it!


Alex Reid – Presenter of The Deep Dive

Swiss Army Man: A film about a depressed dude and a farting corpse. Sounds ridiculous; is ridiculous; but I legitimately left with my life view significantly shifted. Would recommend to anyone (granted, dependent on your tolerance of fart jokes).


Chris Hastings – Head of Online Content and Promotion


Click here to read Chris’ *SPOILER FREE* review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Matthew Kirk

Matthew Kirk

Host of 'Maximum RPM' 2014-2017
Winner of 'Radio DJ of the Year' at Oxygen.ie's National Student Media Awards (SMedias) 2017 - three cheers for heavy metal!
For opportunities, please contact: matthew.kirk@queensradio.org
Matthew Kirk