Talking Stars Podcast S01 E20: ‘James Wan’

This marks our 20th episode! Shagadelic baby! 😉 Seriously though, in honor of Halloween, and to finish off our Horror October theme, we had a lively discussion on the master of horror himself, James Wan. He is known for directing films like Saw, Insidious, the Conjuring series and more. 

The blog film critics talking in this show are Damien, Darren, and Kira.



Talking Stars Podcast S01 E19: ‘Foreign Horror’


In this podcast we reviewed several foreign horror films including:

The Devil’s Backbone
Let the Right One In
The Orphanage

We hope you enjoy listening.

Related link:

Kira’s blog review of Let the Right One In

Talking Stars Podcast S01 E18: ‘Kate Winslet’

kate-winslet-essentialsIn this episode we discuss the films of the beautiful and talented Kate Winslet. Darren, Kira, and Damien share their favorites along with our esteemed guest Jay Cluitt who is known for being an excellent blog film critic on his own site: as well as being a podcast and blog lead writer at the LAMB. We are grateful for Jay being on our show and that he has agreed to return. Kate Winslet has starred in many Hollywood blockbusters, putting her on the A-List of actresses in the business.

Some films we discussed in this episode:

The Dressmaker (2015) stars as Myrtle ‘Tilly’ Dunnage
The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015) aka “Insurgent” stars as Jeanine Matthews
Steve Jobs (2015) stars as Joanna Hoffman
Divergent (2014) stars as Jeanine Matthews
A Little Chaos (2014) stars as Sabine De Barra
Movie 43 (2013) stars as Beth (segment “The Catch”)
Contagion (2011) stars as Dr. Erin Mears
The Reader (2009) stars as Hanna Schmitz
Revolutionary Road (2008) stars as April Wheeler
Little Children (2006) stars as Sarah Pierce
The Holiday (2006) stars as Iris
Finding Neverland (2004) stars as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) stars as Clementine Kruczynski
Plunge: The Movie (2003) stars as Clare
The Life of David Gale (2003) aka Leben des David Gale, Das (Germany) stars as Bitsey Bloom
Titanic (1997) stars as Rose DeWitt Bukater

Most recall her in Titanic and some recall her from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The fact is, she’s had a strong run of films through the years, some of which we cover in this episode. We would love to read your comments about Kate Winslet in the comments. If we really like them, we may mention them in an upcoming show. Speaking of that, if you are a film blog critic, in the movie business or otherwise passionate about films and want to be on the show, leave us a comment or get in touch with us through Twitter in the sidebar. In closing, we discuss trailers on the show and the ones we discuss in this episode are below. We recommend you view them before hearing our impressions at the end of the show.

Talking Stars Podcast S01 E17: ‘Lights Out’


Lights Out (2016)

Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello

Directed by

David F. Sandberg

Written by

Eric Heisserer, David F. Sandberg

Other Info

Fantasy, Horror
Rated PG-13
1h 21min

4 Stars (4 / 5)
Horror movies are built on scares. Some are hugely successful because they get the scares just right. Darren and Damien review ‘Lights Out’ and whether it’s scary or good by their standards. Have a listen and comment what you think! This is part of our “Horror October” series.

Talking Stars Podcast S01 E16: Horror Remakes

halloween2007Today the blog film critics discussed “Horror Remakes.”

We are:

If you enjoy this episode, let us know. If you’d like to be a guest on the podcast, let us know that as well. We are actively seeking blog film critics, actors, directors and movie cast members to appear on the show.

Please enjoy our spooky Halloween music intro to the episode >:-)

Talking Stars Podcast S01 E15: ‘Shadows Fall’ and ‘Train to Busan’

It’s October and you know what that means … Scary movies and Halloween themes here at the Talking Stars podcast.

In this episode Darren and I compare 2 films in our “Indie vs. Big Budget” format: Shadows Fall and Train to Busan. We have much to say about both.

Enjoy listening! The audio player is at the bottom of the post.



Your Blog Film Critics are:

If you enjoy this episode, let us know. If you’d like to be a guest on the podcast, let us know that as well.

Please enjoy our spooky Halloween music intro.