ByMarc V. Ciafardini, writer at
Marc V. Ciafardini

This week we got to speak with writer/director John Michael McDonagh (The Guard starring Brendan Gleeson) about Fox Searchlight’s [Calvary](movie:420832). It’s a fascinating character study and a pensive thriller that plays like a modernized Western. Essentially, as you’ll learn, McDonagh ripped off High Noon, but he does a wonderful job reworking the bones of the classic film to make this compelling story. It’s a complex film that is not only suspenseful, and at times oddly hilarious, but it raises questions about a multitude of universal themes and beliefs not limited to religion alone.

Also, don’t be fooled by the header image. He may look like the baddie in any number of Guy Richie movies but it was fascinating talking to John about filmmaking. And he really enjoyed our interview. Really. So enjoy our session with John Michael McDonagh.

The film is written and directed by John Michael McDonagh and stars Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd and Kelly Reilly. Fox Searchlight’s Calvary opened in limited release on August 1st and begins expanding to larger markets this Friday, August 8th.

Marc V. Ciafardini writes for, a Dallas-based website that often focuses on movie reviews, interviews, film scores and the composers behind them.

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