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: 7.5

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


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

Directed by

André Øvredal

Written by

Ian B. Goldberg, Richard Naing

Other Info

Fri 23 Dec 2016 UTC
IMDB Rating: 6.9

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#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.