Blogger, podcaster, author, Darren Mooney is one of the hardest working names in the Irish critical community. A long-time writer on award-winning the m0vie blog, his one-stop shop for all things pop culture, Darren also contributes regularly to the Irish film monthly magazine CinÉireann and curates both the Scannain podcast and The 250, where he and Andrew Quinn look at IMDB’s list of the top 250 films of all time. (Full Disclosure: This writer has appeared on both podcasts.) Darren has recently published his latest book, Christopher Nolan – A Critical Study of the Films, a history covers Nolan’s complete filmography, tracing his career from film student to indie darling to Oscar-nominated auteur. Film In Dublin caught up with Darren to talk about his movie memories, influences as a writer, and experiences in the toxic waters of online backlashes.
‘Kefin’ Mahon is a true podcast expert. Between wrestling podcasts How2Wrestling and the Attitude Era Podcast and the film-focused Cinema Swirl, UK-based Kefin Mahon and various tiffin loving Brit co-hosts go through the weird and wild world of wrestling and the joy of some beloved films respectively. Cinema Swirl sees big-bearded Kefin host alongside Sam Chaplin, who has somehow managed to go through life having never seen most of the massively popular films that have shaped popular culture, from Back to the Future to Lord of the Rings. With Cinema Swirl having recently returned from a hiatus, Film In Dublin spoke to Kefin about how his co-host is finding his journey through the pop-culture canon, who introduced Kefin himself to these films in the first place and more.