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Welcome to the m0vie blog. It’s a small, one-person website that serves as my own personal sounding board for… well, just about anything pop culture related. My name is Darren Mooney, and I run things around here with the occasional (and appreciated) bit of help. We’ve been open for business since 2009, and it’s actually worked out much better than I ever hoped. I started it a place to ramble about movies and other nonsense.

I’m a pop culture nerd (with a law degree) and author (check out my book) who has been published in The Trinity Film Review, writes a semi-regular feature over at comicbuzz.com (Ireland’s largest comic book website) and has been know to write the odd theatre review for entertainment.ie (Ireland’s largest entertainment website).

Anyway, I do all this as a hobby, so it’s not going to be a 24 hours a day news service or anything like that. Still, I occasionally get to see movies early, and thus share my thoughts with the world.

I don’t like using star ratings or anything like that (for a variety of reasons), but you can get a good idea of how I feel about a film by looking at the first and last paragraphs of any given review.

Oh, and I’m dead proud of the fact that we won the Irish Blog Award for Best Pop Culture Blog in 2011. I have no idea how it happened, but it was awesome. Similarly, I’ve published a book collecting some thoughts on film, mostly culled from this weblog. It’s called Pass the Popcorn and is available from Amazon.com for only $0.99.

2012 has been a bumper year thus far. I’m now a member of the Online Film Critics Society, which is neat and a massive honour. And, apparently, the National Archives have deemed this site worth preserving for its cultural value. That should be up soon. As if that weren’t enough, I’m also a finalist of the Blog Awards Ireland.

There is now advertising on the website thanks to the nice folk at wordpress.com, but it only pays a pittance and rest assured that I channel all of that back into the blog. DVDs and blu rays are very expensive, and it’s nice to have even a small amount of money available to justify crazy spends.

Anyway, if you want to contact me, please do so here.

Oh, and have a nice day, enjoy your stay and feel free to take a look at some of the wonderful links on display. The rhyming was entirely unintentional.


Darren Mooney

Thanks to Matt and Don over at straightfacecomics for doing up a little comic-themed avatar for myself. A testament to their ability is that they made me look almost handsome. Anyway, give ’em a look if your interested in a little bit of humour to brighten up your day – they do three strips a week. You can find them here.

44 Responses

  1. Hi,

    I have a couple of questions about your blog:

    1) Is it OK with you if I spread some link love and link to your blog? I think my visitors would like your blog.

    2) I noticed on your blog that you link to other blogs… do you think its possible for you to link to my blog myairshoes.com?

    Please let me know what you think. Thanks for your time.


  2. Hi, I write a webcomic. We do a lot of movie references and I was wondering if you’d like to do a review for us on your blog. If you’re remotely interested drop me a line and we’ll hammer out the details. (url and my email are in the comment info.)

  3. Hi,

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  4. I like your blog – so far. I’m new to this sort of thing as well. checkout my blog if you fancy:



  5. im pretty new in the blog world too,i hope to learn from you guys too!

  6. Hey Darren,

    I am starting a superhero movie site and was wondering if you would be interested in contributing – if so please email me.



  7. Hey, can’t find your email address on the blog, could you get back to me as I’d like to drop you a line and get your thoughts on something.


  8. Hi Darren,
    Thanks for adding my blog link, I appreciate it!
    I’ve put in a link to yours too.
    Just to let you know, the url of my blog has changed to http://movienewsfirst.com/
    in case you need to change it:)
    Tks! Olive

  9. Hugely Impressed and (if I’m honest) a little intimidated by your blog Darren.

    How you manage to crank out so much material so consistently is beyond my comprehension.

    You have given me something to aim at Darren, cheers.


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  12. Hey Darren,

    Great site and nice work.

    We just launched a new movie site, Rankography, and I wanted to discuss a way we could help each other. On Rankography, you can register and set up a profile that describes your blog and includes a link to your sit.

    For us, we want highly knowledgeable movie bloggers to come to the site and rank their favorite movies in several categories because that adds value for all members.

    Ultimately, RG is a discovery tool to find great movies in categories that you really like.

  13. Hey Darren,

    I couldn’t find your contact details on your blog – could you drop me an email? I’d just like to drop you a mail and get your thoughts on something?

    Thanks 🙂

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  15. Hello,

    Do you mind if I link to your site from my fashion sites?



  16. Hi, nice to meet you !

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  18. Hey Darren, just put up a fresh post about James Bond January, hope you’re still up for contributing stuff?

    It’d be appreciated if you could spread the love as this is growing exponentially, so the more the merrier!



  19. Hello Darren,

    My name is Dazz and I run a site called Dazz’s Movie Reviews to which it does what it says on the tin. I was just wondering, if it was possible, if we could do a link exchange. I would put a link to your site on mine and you would put a link to my site on yours.

    Thanks for your time. Oh and I love the Tron review and shall favourite your site! 🙂

    Also, could it be possible if you could e-mail me at: dudedazzreviews@hotmail.co.uk

    Thanks again


  20. awesome blog 😀

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  22. Hi Darren, really dig your blog. Just had a question, do you plan to review Kieron Gillen’s Uncanny run?

    • Thanks Nick. I restrict myself to hardcovers, so there’s relatively little of the run available. I will definitely be covering his AvX tie-in (and Consequences) when it is released as part of the mammoth “companion” volume this month. Look for those in July-ish, around the time of The Wolverine. I’ll be doing a big X-Men month. Also hoping to do a big Superman month, if this month of Star Trek doesn’t kill me first.

  23. I’d like to nominate you to the Versatile Blogger award. I think your blog is great! Keep up the good work 🙂 Here is the link to the post : http://animatedanna.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/the-versatile-blogger-award/

  24. Dear them0vieblog,

    I like your blog and the idea behind it. I think I´ll put it to my favorites. Keep up the good posts.


  25. I just found your blog. As an avid X-Files fan it felt like finding an easter egg – it’s great to see new (and very informative!) reviews coming out!

    Thanks! Looking forward to browse through your site!


  26. You have a really good blog. Feel free to check out mine at



  27. Hello, I will start by saying i just read your
    non review-review of monster squad! The movie was cute, but I loved your piece on the movie!! I like your style of writing and how you really touched on the characters and plot Ect. I have recently become slightly obsessed with movie reviews and have even written a few on imdb (mostly movie I didnt like). Iv been considering trying to pursue it a little more professionally. I’m courious on how to get into it and how you started your blogging

    • I just started blogging through wordpress.com. They’ve been great. I’ve been lucky to enjoy some support and attention since then. (I fear, as much by luck as by skill.)

      • Hey Darren, is now a bad time? Would it be a ridiculous idea of me to ask you if you’ve considered doing a review of scream 5 (2022), and if so when you think it’ll be released? Am I being unreasonable asking this? Would it be impossible to let me now? Loved your other scream reviews and just saw the new movie and think it has a lot to be said about it, I really enjoyed it. Ready to chat when you are.

  28. Hello, I will start by saying i just read your
    non review-review of monster squad! The movie was cute, but I loved your piece on the movie!! I like your style of writing and how you really touched on the characters and plot Ect. I have recently become slightly obsessed with movie reviews and have even written a few on imdb (mostly movie I didnt like). Iv been considering trying to pursue it a little more professionally. I’m courious on how to get into it and how you started your blogging and how you got people to start reading your articles. Inwould love to hear from you.
    A fan
    Summer reighn J.

  29. I’ve been looking through your blog. I like it.

  30. Love your site.. Really intelligent analysis and reviews.

  31. I’ve been going through practically every Star Trek review you’ve written as I watch, and am consistently blown away by the level of depth in your reviews. They’re more like post-mortems in a way, placing historical context to every episode, comparing to trends, including background production notes… far and away the greatest resource for Star Trek analysis I’ve seen online, and I’m stunned to find that they’re all written by just one man.

    Just wanted to thank you so much for your work!

  32. I really enjoyed your post on American psycho, you are a beautiful writer. I’m actually watching the movie for the 10th time as i write this and your thoughts are so crisp. Can I follow you anywhere else? Socials?

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