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.



“[imdblive:plot]” -IMDB



Directed by


Written by


Other Info

IMDB Rating: [imdblive:rating]

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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.