Interview: Jason Momoa, Ben Affleck & Ray Fisher (“Justice League”)

The world is in trouble again and this time Batman (Ben Affleck) can’t save it on his own, so he enlists the help of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) to bring together an elite group of Superheroes to make sure that evil does not conquer the world.

With Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash(Ezra Miller) and Cyborg(Ray Fisher), joining Wonder Woman and Batman, the Justice League is born and ready to take on anyone who threatens the world’s peaceful existence.

Recently I got to catch up with Jason, Ben and Ray to find out how they feel about seeing themselves on the big screen; why this is one of their favourite superhero film experiences; who they consider to be the superhero in their lives; and where they’re taken “Justice League” to next.

Justice League is in cinemas on Friday

 

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Interview: Gal Gadot & Henry Cavill (Justice League)

Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and Henry Cavill (Superman) are two of the nicest movie stars/super heroes I have ever met. I caught up with them to find out how they feel about being a part of the “Justice League”, how they deal with hanger and who they call their Superhero.

Justice League is in cinemas on 17th November.

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Interview: Brendan Gleeson (“Paddington 2”)

I will never tire of talking to Brendan Gleeson. He always has something interesting to share and a great laugh. Usually we are talking about adult films like “Calvary”, “Live By Night” and “Hampstead”. But not this time. This time we spoke about “Paddington 2”! Why he loved being a part of it, who has had the biggest impact on his life, why he would do anything for the Coen Brothers and what it was like working with his sons.

“Paddington 2” is in cinemas now.

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Interview: John Kavanagh (“Conor McGregor: Notorious”)

“Conor McGregor: Notorious” has achieved the biggest opening of any Irish film so far this year at the Irish Box Office, taking in over €170,000.

The documentary takes us on Conor’s journey – from the humble beginnings of his career right to the very top.

One of the men that has helped Conor rise to the top is his coach, John Kavanagh.

I caught up with John to talk about the humble beginnings, never giving up on his dreams – even when the going got really tough, how he deals with seeing his mates getting beat up in the ring, not losing the run of himself, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and how much longer he thinks Conor can keep going.

“Conor McGregor: Notorious” is in cinemas now.

 

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Interview: Taika Waititi on Thor Ragnarok, the glam life & not changing for Hollywood

Thor Raganok director, Taika Waititi, was in Dublin on Sunday to introduce his film to Dublin audiences.

While in town, he chatted with press, surprised an audience preparing to watch his film “What We Do in the Shadows”, was part of a Q&A at the premiere of Thor (I was lucky enough to host that hilarious Q&A) and also enjoyed some of the local nightlife.

I caught up with him to talk about his unique take on cinema, what he thinks of people in the industry who complain about junket life, not changing for Hollywood and lots more.

The hilarious, fun, Thor Ragnarok is in Irish cinemas now.

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Movie Review: Why “My Little Pony: The Movie” is Good For Cinema

My Little Pony: The Movie  is unashamedly made for the fans. It sticks to its formula of the ponies are about to have a big event but some “baddie” wants to ruin it (in this case it’s Tempest Shadow who wants to take over Canterlot), so it is up to Twilight Sparkle and her gang of ponies to use the magic of friendship to save the day.

These days you can’t go to an animated film without there being jokes written especially for the adults accompanying the little ones to that film. My Little Pony:The Movie doesn’t go there. It stays loyal to it’s fan base and has made a film with only them in mind.

Based on that, this review isn’t going to be written from my perspective. Instead, it’s going to be written from the perspective of my six year old (or as she likes to remind everyone, six and a half year old).

She had been looking forward to this film since she saw the trailer, over the summer, on one of the kids’ stations she was watching. The countdown to October 20 has truly been on since then.

For me, it was thrilling to see her get so excited about going to the cinema. To see that going to the cinema is still consider a major event.

On the day of the screening, she picked out her outfit, packed her bag and talked about the film all the way to the cinema.

The minute the lights went down in the cinema, I could see her jump in her seat, gasp with the excitement of what was about to happen, and she may have also let out a tiny squeal.

A short was screened before the feature. She loved the colour, brightness and fun of the short but was also happy when it was over because it meant that it was time for the big event.

The big event didn’t disappoint. It gave her (and all fans) everything she wanted. The most popular ponies were in it, there were new ponies and even brand new creatures. There was colour bursting from the screen, adventure and lots of songs.

I spent most of the film watching the smile on my six (and a half) year old’s face.

I loved the way she excitedly grabbed my hand so we could “chair dance” to the musical scenes. I also loved the way she grabbed my hand when she wanted some reassurance during the, in her words, not so nice scenes (not that there are many of these – but you need a couple of mean pony moments so the “good ponies” can save the day).

When I wasn’t watching my six (and a half) year old, I was trying to guess the slew of famous voices coming off the screen. Sia’s was the most obvious – not necessarily because of her voice, but because her pony, Songbird Serenade, has the same hairstyle as her! Joining Sia are Emily Blunt, Uzo Aduba, Zoe Saldana and Kristin Chenoweth.

When the movie was over, I asked my six (and a half) year old, what she thought. The conversation went like this

“What did you think of the movie?”
“It was great”
“Why?”
“There’s friendship. The ponies help each other. Twilight Sparkle has magic and saves the ponies from the evil girl. There’s funny parts. Oh and there’s singing and dancing and there are mermaids (seaponies)!”
“Would you watch a film about the seaponies?”
“Yes” (there’s another franchise that could rake in money)
“Would you watch this film again.”
“Yes.”

That “Yes” right there overrides what any movie critic writes about this film. That “Yes” is what’s most important because it’s the little ones like my six (and a half) year old that this film was made for.

What we older ones can be happy about, is the fact that movies like this will hopefully start a life long love affair with movies and going to watch them in a cinema.

My Little Pony: The Movie is in cinemas now (and all of the merchandise is in toy stores now)

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INTERVIEW: Jane Goldman on “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” and the “Games of Thrones” Spin Off

Jane Goldman’s films are like no others. She has written films such as “Star Dust”, “Kick Ass” and the original “Kingsman”, to name but a few. She is back with her latest offering, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”.

I was thrilled to be able to sit down with Jane to find out where the mad ideas for “Kingsman” come from, how she convinced Elton John to say yes and has the latest on the “Game of Thrones” spin off.

 

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