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.


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

The Conjuring 2

Don’t Breathe



Ouija 2 Origin of Evil

The Purge Election Year

Shadows Fall

Train to Busan

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

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 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:

Talking Stars Podcast S01 E27 – ‘Saw Franchise’

For James Wan, director, in the beginning was Saw. This first grisly, mind-bending thriller/horror film didn’t gross all that much but it spawned many many sequels making the franchise one of the most successful in the horror genre. In this podcast, we discuss the entire Saw franchise in detail, brain crunching traps included. Don’t miss this episode. Below are the stats on the film that started it all.

One of the features of Saw that truly sets it apart is the challenges and traps that are part of the game. It’s no fun, make no mistake, to somehow avoid a bear trap crushing your skull and that’s just one of the grisly inventions in the film. But there is a battle of intellect going on here. Saw says those who do not appreciate life don’t deserve life. Interesting. I wonder how we would fare?

Ready? Do you want to play a game?

We hope you enjoy the podcast.

Talking Stars Podcast S01 E26 – ‘Doctor Strange’

The blog critics of Talking Stars discuss the Marvel film Doctor Strange! You may be surprised who liked it least! All in all, we thought the visuals were amazing and there is definitely a wide open door for a sequel. Get all the info on this film along with our uncensored views as you listen to this episode of the podcast.


Doctor Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong

Directed by

Scott Derrickson

Written by

Stan Lee, Jon Spaihts

Other Info

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Fri 04 Nov 2016 UTC
IMDB Rating: 8.0

The panel in this episode consists of Darren from, Kira from, and Damien from