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.
Host
Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Guests
Becky – Film Music Central
Damien – Riley Film Reviews
Kira – Film and TV 101
Josh – Reffing Movies
Dan and Laura – Film Ink Podcast
The Lists
Darren
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
Bomb
1. The Mummy
2. Sandy Wexler
3. King Arthur
Becky
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
Bombs
1. The Mummy
2. Transformers: The Last Knight
3. King Arthur
Damien
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
Bombs
1. King Arthur
2. Baywatch
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Kira
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
Bomb
1. The Emoji Movie
2. The House
3. Unlocked
Dan
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
Bomb
1. Smurfs The Lost Village
2. Cars 3
3. Rough Night
Laura
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
Bomb
1. Smurfs Lost Village
2. The Mummy
3. Baywatch
Josh
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
Bombs
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?

Host

Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Guests

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 moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk 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

Host

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

Guests

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.
Host
Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Panel
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

Host
Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Panel
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
of

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

Order:

Damien
Audrey
Zoe
Kira
Darren

*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:
Intro
Brief synopsis
NON SPOILER
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)


Split

Split

“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

Cast

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
PG-13
Fri 20 Jan 2017 UTC
117min
IMDB Rating: 7.4

Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy Future horror star?)

Dr Franklin

Other two girls

(Those shouldn’t take long)

Story (WITHOUT END CREDITS SCENE)

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?

Host

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

Cast

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
R
Fri 23 Dec 2016 UTC
86min
IMDB Rating: 6.8

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

Damien
Riley Film Reviews – Riley Film Reviews
Twitter – @rileyonfilm
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/rileyonfilm/

Darren
Movie Reviews 101 – https://www.moviesreview101.com/
Twitter – @newguyreview101
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NewguysMovieReviews101/

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

Panel

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

https://filmmusiccentral.com/2016/12/19/rogue-one-a-star-wars-story-my-thoughts/

Drew: Drew’s Movie Reviews

https://drewreviewmovies.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/rogue-one-a-star-wars-story-review/

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.

Host
Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Panel
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
-comments

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

Outro

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

Cast

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

Drama
R
Fri 09 Jan 1998 UTC
126min
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
Panel
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.

Talking Stars #31 – Top Ten Horror Films of 2016

Damien Riley and Darren Lucas are the featured blog film critics on this podcast show. They altered their appearance to be with you today.

In this episode, Darren and Damien talk about horror films released in 2016. It was a great year for horror they both agree. It was tough making a top ten with so many scares and creepy things on the silver screen. They both bring their personal top tens and weave them through the podcast to create an amalgamated list. We highly recommend the films that are listed here. Go have yourself a scare! If you’ve already seen a film, please comment and continue the conversation.

Hush

2017 may be just as good if not better for horror. Here is our Top Ten Horror of 2016 list. Each title is followed by links to Darren and Damien’s reviews on the films for further reading.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe
https://moviesreview101.com/2016/12/22/the-autopsy-of-jane-doe-2016/

http://rileyfilm.reviews/autopsy-jane-doe/

The Conjuring 2
https://moviesreview101.com/2016/07/04/the-conjuring-2-2016/

http://rileyfilm.reviews/movie-review-the-conjuring-2-compelling-story-of-the-warrens-told-by-james-wan/

Don’t Breathe
https://moviesreview101.com/2016/10/21/dont-breathe-2016/

http://rileyfilm.reviews/dont-breathe-2016/

Hush
https://moviesreview101.com/2016/05/16/hush-2016/

http://rileyfilm.reviews/hush/

K-Shop
https://moviesreview101.com/2016/07/31/movie-reviews-101-midnight-horror-k-shop-2016/kshop/

Ouija 2 Origin of Evil
https://moviesreview101.com/2016/11/07/ouija-origin-of-evil-2016/

http://rileyfilm.reviews/ouija-origin-of-evil/

The Purge Election Year
https://moviesreview101.com/2016/07/21/the-purge-election-year-2016/

http://rileyfilm.reviews/the-purge-election-year/

Shadows Fall
https://moviesreview101.com/2016/09/26/movie-reviews-101-midnight-horror-shadows-fall-2016/

Train to Busan
https://moviesreview101.com/2016/09/23/train-to-busan-2016/

http://rileyfilm.reviews/train-to-busan/

Under the Shadow
https://moviesreview101.com/2016/10/31/under-the-shadow-2016/

http://rileyfilm.reviews/under-the-shadow/

Talking Stars Podcast S01 E30 – ‘Animated Films of 2016’

Talking Stars Episode 30 Animated Films From 2016

This show has some spoilers.

In our latest episode, we are going to be looking back through 2016 at animated movies, we will be taking an in-depth look at 5 films while also giving quick comments on some of the remaining animated films from this year. We had at the least 51 animated films out this year and I bet most of you never heard of many of these, so we will not discuss most of them.

Host – Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Panel
Becky – Film Music Central
Damien –
Riley on Film
Kira –
Film and TV 101
Jason – Jason’s Movie Blog

Films Covered:

In Detailed Discussion,
· Angry Birds
· Zootopia
· Finding Dory
· Kubo and the Two Strings
· Moana

Quick discussion
· Kung Fu Panda 3
· The Secret Life of Pets
· Trolls
· Ice Age: Collision Course
· Sausage Party
· Stork

Blog critics’ Reviews
Here is a partial list of reviews from everyone involved in the show.

Film Music Central
·         Moana
 
Riley on Film
·          Kubo and the Two Strings
 
Movie Reviews 101
·         Moana
·         Finding Dory
·         Angry Birds Movie
·         Zootropolis
 
Film and TV 101
·         Finding Dory
 
Jason’s Movie Blog
·         Zootopia

Trailer – The Lego Batman Movie
Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.

Movies Watched List

Becky – Rogue One Star War Story
Damien – Nacho Libre
Darren – Charlie Bartlett
Kira – Jack Taylor
Jason – Collateral Beauty

Talking Stars Podcast S01 E29 – ‘Christmas Movies’

This is an episode we made about Christmas movies.

We hope you enjoy.

Please follow our blog and podcast and leave a comment.

Thank you for listening, see you at the movies in 2017!

Talking Stars

 

 

Talking Stars Podcast S01 E28 – ‘John Malkovich’

John Malkovich is a well known name in movies. What many people do not know is that he has spent many years gracing the live stage with his talents.
john_malkovich_at_a_screening_of_-casanova_variations-_in_january_2015He’s a commanding presence in film and on stage. Our panel unanimously respects him greatly and it comes across in our words this episode. As we normally do every other episode or so, we focused on an actor in this , a “star,” and we did some “talking” about him. We hope you’ll give it a listen and interact with us in the comments.


List of blog critics and rough outline:

Matt (Special Guest!) – Simplistic Reviews
Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Damien – Riley on Film
Kira – Film and Television 101
Becky – Film Music Central

Damien (Hosting) – (Gives historical summary/overview of the actor) covering: The Changeling
Kira – Con Air
Darren – Shadow of the Vampire
Matt (Our highly esteemed guest from Simplistic Reviews)- Rounders
Becky – Of Mice and Men

Trailer segment (something new we’ve been doing)
All critics will have a chance to comment briefly on the trailer for the new Mummy

What Have We Been Watching segment …

Kira’s Con Air review

Damien’s Changeling review

Darren’s reviews of: