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#49 Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino has many amazing films. We discuss some of them in terms of his style and technique as a director. This was fun, I think it gave a sense of how his work reaches people in all parts of the globe in powerful ways. Kira hosted this show. We covered the films below. -Damien

Kira (Host) – Reservoir Dogs
Damien – Pulp Fiction
Audrey – Inglorious Bastards
Darren – Deathproof
Josh – Django

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#48 Chariots of Fire – Film Club Discussion

The notes for this episode were prepared by Damien. It’s my turn to present and lead the podcast with a favorite film. “Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.” -Wikipedia Also joining him as usual are Darren, Kira and a special guest appearance by Sabrina a new friend of the show.

Chariots of Fire

Chariots of Fire

“Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.” -IMDB


Ben Cross Harold Abrahams
Ian Charleson Eric Liddell
Nicholas Farrell Aubrey Montague
Nigel Havers Lord Andrew Lindsay

Directed by

Hugh Hudson

Written by

Colin Welland

Other Info

Biography, Drama, Sport
Fri 09 Apr 1982 UTC
IMDB Rating: 7.2

Ironically I have been pushing the team for shorter shows. Since I started doing that, I have led some of the longest episodes. Maybe shorter isn’t necessarily better. We’ll see how our unique style of show continues to evolve. This one had a lot of meaning to me and so I allowed myself to elaborate longer than usual. The running time is just over a hour, so it’s not that long.

As a quick aside here at the get-go I want to recommend our own Kira’s sport movie themed blogathon Play to the Whistle currently taking submissions.


She is partnering with Josh of Reffing Movies, also a friend of Talking Stars, we’ve had him on a couple times and hope to see him here more.

The Panel:
Damien Riley (Hosting today)
Kira Comerford
Darren Lucas

Special Guest:

The panel went around and shared their impressions by answering questions.

Here are a few questions we cover in the episode: Abrahams was not accustomed to losing and didn’t take it very well. He referred to his last Olympic race as “. . . ten lonely seconds to justify my whole existence.” What did he mean by this? What was running to him? Was this a healthy attitude?

Was Liddell correct in refusing to run on Sunday in a “respectful but firm resolve to do what was right?” The Prince of Wales asked him to be patriotic and run on Sunday for the benefit of his country. Here, two parts of the same Pillar of Character conflict. Think about what Liddell said about why he ran. What choice would you have made? Why?

Was Abrahams correct in being sensitive to anti-Semitic comments by others?

What was a part you especially liked about this film? disliked?

Then the blog film critics gave their ratings.

Sabrina’s answers to questions about Chariots and specifically the lead actor Ian Charleson. Sabrina is the curator and owner of an Ian Charleson appreciation site. Ian plays Eric Liddell in the film and sadly passed away too soon at the age of 40 of AIDS. He was a remarkable talent. She kindly answered some questions about him and Chariots for our broadcast.

Questions for Sabrina:
1. Please tell us about yourself and your twitter page about Ian Charleson.

2. You mentioned the film is “unforgettable.” I would agree. What makes it special do you think?

3. What are your favorite scenes with Charleson?

4. Clearly there is irony in a gay man playing Liddell. What can a Culture if #equality get from this film by way of message?

5. Tell us about Charleson other work apart from this films. What do you think are his best performances?

We thank Sabrina for adding to the show. The sites she mentioned are linked here:
Sabrina’s blog:
The tribute page:

Next the critics did a “Whatchya Been Watching.”

Finally in the concluding segment. My final thoughts on the film and our discussion, I thank the panel, any give other announcements.

#47 Logan Review



“In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.” -IMDB


Hugh Jackman Logan
Patrick Stewart Charles
Dafne Keen Laura
Boyd Holbrook Pierce

Directed by

James Mangold

Written by

James Mangold, Scott Frank

Other Info

Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Fri 03 Mar 2017 UTC
IMDB Rating: 8.5

This show will contain Spoilers
In this show we discuss the movie Logan, X-Men Universe and just who could take over as Wolverine in the future.
Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Becky – Film Music Central
Jason – Jason’s Movie Blog

Talking Stars – Summer Movie Preview

This show we each have pick what we think will be the top 9 Box Office successes of the Summer of 2017 (April to August), we are also going to pick the 3 movies we think will bomb in the Box Office. All our results are judged on the US Box Office results.
Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Becky – Film Music Central
Damien – Riley Film Reviews
Kira – Film and TV 101
Josh – Reffing Movies
Dan and Laura – Film Ink Podcast
The Lists
1. Spiderman: Homecoming
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
3. Wonder Woman
4. Despicable Me 3
5. Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Dead Men Tell No Tales
6. The Fate of the Furious
7. War For the Planet of the Apes
8. Dunkirk
9. Baywatch
1. The Mummy
2. Sandy Wexler
3. King Arthur
1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
2. Alien Covenant
3. Spiderman: Homecoming
4. Wonder Woman
5. War for the Planet of Apes
6. Dunkirk
7. The Fate of the Furious
8. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tale Know Tales
9. Valerian and the City of the 1000 Planets
1. The Mummy
2. Transformers: The Last Knight
3. King Arthur
1. Alien Covenant
2. Wonder Woman
3. Despicable Me 3
4. Baby Driver
5. It Comes at Night
6. The Mummy
7. The Dark Tower
8. Annabelle 2
9. War for the Planet of the Apes
1. King Arthur
2. Baywatch
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
1. Dunkirk
2. Alien: Covenant
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
4. Baby Driver
5. The Zookeepers Wife
6. Belko Experiment
7. Atomic Blonde
8. The Hitman’s Bodyguard
9. The Beguiled
1. The Emoji Movie
2. The House
3. Unlocked
1. Spiderman: Homecoming
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
3. Wonder Woman
4. Alien Covenant
5. The Fate of the Furious
6. The Emoji Movie
7. Baywatch
8. Atomic Blonde
9. Free Fire
1. Smurfs The Lost Village
2. Cars 3
3. Rough Night
1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
2. The Fate of the Furious
3. Transformers: The Last Knight
4. Spiderman: Homecoming
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales
6. King Arthur
7. Terminator 2 3D
8. All Eyes on Me
9. Alien Covenant
1. Smurfs Lost Village
2. The Mummy
3. Baywatch
1. Spiderman: Homecoming
2. Despicable Me 3
3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
4. Transformers The Last Knight
5. The Fate of the Furious
6. Cars 3
7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
8. Wonder Woman
9. War For the Planet of the Apes
1. Valerian and the City of 1000 Planets
2. Emoji Movie
3. King Arthur

Talking Stars #46 – Beauty and the Beast Preview & Life After Harry Potter

Today’s blog post text was provided by Darren.
Today’s show we are giving our thoughts about the upcoming release Beauty and the Beast, before taking a look at how the kids from Harry Potter films have gone onto since the franchise finished, as Emma Watson is stepping into the role of Belle in the Beauty and the Beast film.

What are you favourite roles these actors have gone onto to do after Harry Potter?

Who do you think is the biggest star since the franchise has finished?


Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Becky – Film Music Central
Damien – Riley on Film
Kira – Film and TV 101
Zoe –Zobo With a Shotgun

Opinion Battles – Favourite Video Game Adaptation

Favourite Video Game Adaptation
Over the past 25 odd years videos games have become a new stream of entertainment, so naturally Hollywood has decided to jump on the bandwagon and turn these lengthy stories into one of films, a lot get highly criticised but for the fans of film that never played the games we get certain stories that work on film. With the final chapter of the Resident Evil franchise coming to the cinema it is now time for us to pick our favourite video game adaptations.

If you want to take part in the next round of Opinion Battles we will be picking our Favourite Film from 1987, email your choices to by 19h March 2017.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Kira – Film and TV 101
Damien – Riley Film Reviews

Talking Stars Film Club – Dallas Buyers Club

Thanks to Becky for hosting and preparing the notes for this episode.

The 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club is Becky’s first addition to the Talking Stars Film Club. The regular panel: Becky, Darren and Kira, discuss the film, which tells the real-life story of Ron Woodroof, a man diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980s when the disease was barely understood and was a sure death sentence. Not content with being told he has a few months to live, and finding the few legal treatments at the time ineffective, Ron seeks alternative treatments across the border in Mexico and later begins smuggling these treatments into the US, creating a “buyers club” where members pay for a share of these non-regulated treatments. Because these treatments are not regulated by the FDA, laws are passed that make it illegal for anyone in the US to use them, so it becomes a fight to determine if patients who are terminally ill have the right to seek out treatments that can help them, regardless of whether it’s regulated or not. The panel will discuss the message of the film, the lengths the two male leads went through to realize their roles and whether the film’s performance holds up four years after its premiere.

Becky – Film Music Central
Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Kira – Film and TV 101
Damien – Riley Film Reviews

Talking Stars #43 – Director Focus: ‘Ron Howard’

We may have Spoilers. Ron Howard might not be the first name you think when you hear the television show Happy Days but he is by far the most successful full time cast member from that show.

While I haven’t seen many episodes of the iconic show Ron Howard came from that show stepped behind the camera to win an Oscar. Ron Howard has taken on many different genres of film, some were a success others were not. Today we are going to talk about 4 of our favourites before looking at the ones we didn’t like or have yet to see.

Notes by Darren


Becky – Film Music Central
Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Kira – Film and TV 101
Damien – Riley Film Reviews


Carl – Listening to Film

Films Covered

  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Apollo 13
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Rush
  • A Beautiful Mind

Talking Stars Episode 42 Oscar Prediction Part Two – ‘Best Picture’

We may have Spoilers here but we are going to try not to ruin these films.

In part 2/2 of this show we are going to be looking at what film we want to win.
Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Becky – Film Music Central
Damien – Riley on Film
Kira – Film and TV 101
Jia Wei – Film and Nuance

Talking Stars Episode 41 Oscar Prediction Part One

We may have Spoilers here but we are going to try not to ruin these films.

In part one of this show we are going to be looking at who we WANT to win, who we THINK will win and picking an extra choice we BELIEVE should have been given a chance.

Part One:
We are focusing on
• Best Supporting Actress
• Best Supporting Actor
• Best Director
• Best Actress
• Best Actor

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Becky – Film Music Central
Damien – Riley on Film
Kira – Film and TV 101
Jia Wei – Film and Nuance

Talking Stars #40 – ‘Rom Coms’

Show Notes: What makes a good ROM COM? 4 blog film critics set out to discover the answer.
9AM – Pre show chatter. I will be aim to direct a running time of
50 mins or less.
*Segment One – Intro show and panel

Hosting – Damien of Riley Film Reviews
Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Kira – Film and TV 101
Audrey – 1001 Movies and Beyond
Zoe – Zobo With a Shotgun

*Segment Two – Panel Shares their Film(s) We’ll start with our first
pick and if we have time we’ll try a second. First a quick go around

“What makes a good ROM COM?” Then the reviews.



*Segment Three – Shameless Plugs/Current Projects (Go around)

*Segment Four – Host thanks the panel. Final word from Host then he
says: We are out.

We talked about the possibility of sharing 4 more ROM COMS on a future show.

Talking Stars #39 – ‘Split’

The team discusses this movie that attempts to portray disassociative identity disorder. It’s a discussion film that is for sure.
Basic show outline:
Brief synopsis
First Thoughts (5 Words Review) (Trying Something new building on Kira’s idea last week)
SOFT SPOILER Talk (Because it’s hard to talk about this film without spoilers)



“Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.” -IMDB


James McAvoy Dennis/Patricia/Hedwig/The Beast/Kevin Wendell Crumb/Barry/Orwell/Jade
Anya Taylor-Joy Casey Cooke
Haley Lu Richardson Claire Benoit
Jessica Sula Marcia

Directed by

M. Night Shyamalan

Written by

M. Night Shyamalan

Other Info

Horror, Thriller
Fri 20 Jan 2017 UTC
IMDB Rating: 7.3

Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy Future horror star?)

Dr Franklin

Other two girls

(Those shouldn’t take long)


James McAvoy characters/performance

Favourite of Kevin’s personalities?

The End Credits Impact?

Marks out of 24 or 5?

Where does this rank in the M Night Films (Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water,

Last Airbender, The Happening, After Earth and The Visit).

Talking Stars #38 – Children Of Men

The following may contain spoilers.

This week on Talking Stars, it was time for another round of Film Club. Picking the film to be discussed today was Kira, your hostess for the show. She chose Children Of Men, the 2006 sci-fi drama set in 2027 where women have somehow become infertile, yet one has miraculously become pregnant.

Considering she says she is not a fan of science-fiction,  Kira had plenty to say about the film. Joining her was Darren and Damien as usual. They chatted about the performances, storyline and the reasons why Kira chose this as her first pick for Film Club.

After discussing Children Of Men,  a short quiz followed to see how well everyone had paid attention to the film when they watched it.

As always, everyone shared what they’ve been watching recently after the show.

Reviews From Our Blog Film Critics

Darren (Movie Reviews 101) – Children Of Men

Kira (Film And TV 101) – Children Of Men

Get In Touch!

Do you have any thoughts on today’s show? Or do you love talking movies? Either way, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! We’re always on the lookout for feedback on our shows and guests to make appearances. Drop us a line sometime 🙂

Talking Stars Episode 37 – ‘Talking Stars Awards 2016’

NON-Spoiler Show

Today we have our first full Awards Show after giving Animation, Horror and Television their own shows. In this show we are going to pick our best Popcorn, Sci-Fi, Western and Thriller along with our own pick for Best and Worst Film.

Each person will select two films per category with the winner being selected on the show.

What films would you pick as your winners?


Becky – Film Music Central
Damien – Riley on Film
Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Kira – Film and TV 101

#36 – ‘The Autopsy of Jane Doe’

When this film was being marketed a few months ago, horror fans I know were surprised to see a film that centered completely around an autopsy. As fans of the film now know, it is just exclusively that but a bit more. So, is it boring or amazing? That’s what Darren and Damien look at today! Come join us.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

“A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harboring dark secrets.” -IMDB


Brian Cox Tommy
Emile Hirsch Austin
Ophelia Lovibond Emma
Michael McElhatton Sheriff Burke

Directed by

André Øvredal

Written by

Ian B. Goldberg, Richard Naing

Other Info

Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Fri 23 Dec 2016 UTC
IMDB Rating: 6.8

If you want to contact us you can do so at:

Riley Film Reviews – Riley Film Reviews
Twitter – @rileyonfilm
Facebook –

Movie Reviews 101 –
Twitter – @newguyreview101
Facebook –

Podcast show file:

#35 – ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

This show will have spoilers in it

In the first episode of season 2, we will be joined by guest stars Drew from Drew’s Movie Reviews and Carl Wonders as we discuss Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the latest addition to the Star Wars story and the first standalone film.

Host: Becky -Film Music Central


Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews

Carl Wonders

Discussion Points

General thoughts on the film

Thoughts on Darth Vader’s two scenes

Thoughts on “resurrection” of Grand Moff Tarkin

Director Krennic as villain

Thoughts on the Rebel Heroes: Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, K-2SO, Saw Gerrera, Chirrut and Baze Malbus

The Easter Eggs for Episode IV and Star Wars Rebels

The musical score, use of Williams’ original music

Reaction to no opening crawl

Conclusion: Is Rogue One a worthy addition to the Star Wars canon?

What has everyone been watching recently? Reaction to Alien: Covenant trailer

Podcaster reviews

Becky: Film Music Central

Drew: Drew’s Movie Reviews

Talking Stars #34 – ‘6 Most Anticipated Films of 2017’

NON-Spoiler Show

2017 is here and what better way to start the year than to look at the films we are most looking forward to seeing, we have yet more superhero movies, plenty of ape movies, horror sequels galore, Stars Wars Episode 8 and Cars 3.

The shows format is that we all picked 6 and counted down from 6 – 1 like you would expect most countdowns to go.

Let us know what films you are looking forward to seeing in 2017 below.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Becky – Film Music Central
Damien – Riley on Film
Kira – Film and TV 101
Audrey – 1001 Movies and Beyond
Mike Sales – Midlands Movies

Talking Stars #33 – ‘Hitchcock’

Alfred Hitchcock has had an influence on film-making, this is not contested anywhere in the field of motion pictures. He is an iconic figure whose suspenseful films have stood the test of time are studied and enjoyed even today. In a way, because this audience is primarily film lovers, he needs no introduction.

Today, the blog film critics get together and talk about his films. His tone and personal fingerprint are admired by many. The panelists are no exception. We welcome a guest panelist today who is well known in blogging and literary circles as a classic film writer and podcaster: Kristen Lopez. Thanks Kristen!

In this episode, we had an enjoyable time talking about the films of Hitchcock. We hope to hear your feedback on the show or the man himself in our comments. Enjoy this our episode #33, ‘Hitchcock!’

Bare bones show notes:

*Damien – from Riley Film Reviews is hosting this episode and presenting:
Spellbound, Psycho

1.* Damien opens, presents the panel

*Darren Lucas – Movie Reviews 101

*Kira Comerford – Film and TV 101

*Kristen Lopez (Our Cohort via the LAMBcast)
Journeys in Classic Film
Ticklish Business

2. Quick intro to Hitchcock and his films, host & panel can share their perspective

3. Damien goes first: Spellbound, Psycho, (if time) North by Northwest

4. Darren: North by Northwest

5. Kristen: Marnie, Suspicion

6. Kira: Rear Window

(go around again for movie #2)

7. Trailer commentary: We all watch a trailer and comment and share what we think.
“The Founder”

8. Watchlist sharing!
Each critic brings a no-spoiler share to the table of what theiy’ve been watching.

Thank the panel … Each panelist shares a recent project/plug


Talking Stars #32 – ‘Good Will Hunting’

This show will contain Spoilers

Film Club is the newest feature we are going to bring to you, each month a different host will bring the rest a film from the past for us all to watch, review and talk all about.

Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting

“Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.” -IMDB


Robin Williams Sean Maguire
Matt Damon Will Hunting
Ben Affleck Chuckie Sullivan
Stellan Skarsgård Prof. Gerald Lambeau

Directed by

Gus Van Sant

Written by

Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

Other Info

Fri 09 Jan 1998 UTC
IMDB Rating: 8.3

I have the pleasure of bringing the first film and my choice is Good Will Hunting the multiple Oscar winning film from writers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and director Gus Van Sant. We have starring Damon and Affleck themselves alongside Robin Williams, Stellan Skarsgard, Minnie Driver and Casey Affleck.

The plot of the film is simple, Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.
So let’s see what we think about the film.
Host – Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Damien – Riley Film Reviews

Kira –
Film and TV 101
Films Covered
·         Good Will Hunting
Podcasters Reviews
Here is a list of reviews we try to always include from everyone involved in the show.
Movie Reviews 101
In this show we picked our Top 3 Performance from Matt Damon, Robin Williams and Ben Affleck, what would be your top 3 for these 3 actors?
Trailer – The Great Wall
A mystery cantered around the construction of the Great Wall of China.
Choose – Cinema/Netflix/DVD/Free TV/Just No

Damien – Free TV
Darren – DVD
Kira – Just No
Movies Watched List

Damien – Ripper Street
Darren – Million Dollar Arm
Kira – In Plain Sight

What did you think of Good Will Hunting? Please let us know in the comments. Also, we are always looking for blog film critics to make guest appearances on our panel. Please let us know if you are interested.