Talking Stars Episode 51 – Actor Focus Bill Paxton

Today we return to an actor focus, we focus on the late, great Bill Paxton who sadly passed away earlier this year.

bill

In this show we may get into a few spoilers but we are trying to avoid any major ones. We are looking at this great actor’s work through the years with Movie Rob joining us for the discussion. Rob and myself both pick a film to try and sell to Kira to watch.

Host – Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Guests

 

With a special message from – Damien – Riley on Film

Films Covered

  • Aliens
  • Near Dark
  • Twister
  • Titanic
  • Frailty
  • Tombstone
  • Nightcrawler
  • Apollo 13
  • Thunderbirds
  • True Lies

#50 Movie Fights!

We’re pleased to present you with a discussion of sport films Million Dollar Baby and Hoosiers in a mock sports competition format.

img_1714-2Today we had Josh from Reffing Movies hosting the show. It’s a fiesty one with Kira and Damien battling it out over their respective films. Both films had to be in keeping with the sports theme of Kira and Josh’s current “Play to the Whistle” Blogathon. In one corner, Damien has Hoosiers, a basketball drama starring Gene Hackman and Barbara Hershey.

Damien and Kira talk trash like professional wrestlers in he show, it’s a lot of fun (for us anyway). Hope you’ll have a listen! Tell us what you think. We would really like to get some comments from you listeners so please don’t be shy and if you think you’d like to be on our podcast, let us know that as well! Thank you very much for listening and participating through commenting.

#49 Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino has many amazing films. We discuss some of them in terms of his style and technique as a director. This was fun, I think it gave a sense of how his work reaches people in all parts of the globe in powerful ways. Kira hosted this show. We covered the films below. -Damien

Kira (Host) – Reservoir Dogs
Damien – Pulp Fiction
Audrey – Inglorious Bastards
Darren – Deathproof
Josh – Django

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#48 Chariots of Fire – Film Club Discussion

The notes for this episode were prepared by (me) Damien. It’s my turn to present and lead the podcast with a favorite film. “Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.” -Wikipedia Also joining me as usual are Darren, Kira and a special guest appearance by Sabrina a new friend of the show.

Ironically I have been pushing the team for shorter shows. Since I started doing that, I have led some of the longest episodes. Maybe shorter isn’t necessarily better. We’ll see how our unique style of show continues to evolve. This one had a lot of meaning to me and so I allowed myself to elaborate longer than usual. The running time is just over a hour, so it’s not that long.

As a quick aside here at the get-go I want to recommend our own Kira’s sport movie themed blogathon Play to the Whistle currently taking submissions.

 

She is partnering with Josh of Reffing Movies, also a friend of Talking Stars, we’ve had him on a couple times and hope to see him here more.

The Panel:
Damien Riley (Hosting today)
Kira Comerford
Darren Lucas

Special Guest:
Sabrina

The panel went around and shared their impressions by answering questions.

Here are a few questions we cover in the episode: Abrahams was not accustomed to losing and didn’t take it very well. He referred to his last Olympic race as “. . . ten lonely seconds to justify my whole existence.” What did he mean by this? What was running to him? Was this a healthy attitude?

Was Liddell correct in refusing to run on Sunday in a “respectful but firm resolve to do what was right?” The Prince of Wales asked him to be patriotic and run on Sunday for the benefit of his country. Here, two parts of the same Pillar of Character conflict. Think about what Liddell said about why he ran. What choice would you have made? Why?

Was Abrahams correct in being sensitive to anti-Semitic comments by others?

What was a part you especially liked about this film? disliked?

Then the blog film critics gave their ratings.

Sabrina’s answers to questions about Chariots and specifically the lead actor Ian Charleson. Sabrina is the curator and owner of an Ian Charleson appreciation site. Ian plays Eric Liddell in the film and sadly passed away too soon at the age of 40 of AIDS. He was a remarkable talent. She kindly answered some questions about him and Chariots for our broadcast.

Questions for Sabrina:
1. Please tell us about yourself and your twitter page about Ian Charleson.

2. You mentioned the film is “unforgettable.” I would agree. What makes it special do you think?

3. What are your favorite scenes with Charleson?

4. Clearly there is irony in a gay man playing Liddell. What can a Culture if #equality get from this film by way of message?

5. Tell us about Charleson other work apart from this films. What do you think are his best performances?

We thank Sabrina for adding to the show. The sites she mentioned are linked here:
Sabrina’s blog:
ianshonour.blogspot.de
The tribute page:
iancharlesontribute.wordpress.com

Next the critics did a “Whatchya Been Watching.”

Finally in the concluding segment. My final thoughts on the film and our discussion, I thank the panel, any give other announcements.

#47 Logan Review

Logan

Logan

“In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.” -IMDB

Cast

Hugh Jackman Logan
Patrick Stewart Charles
Dafne Keen Laura
Boyd Holbrook Pierce

Directed by

James Mangold

Written by

James Mangold, Scott Frank

Other Info

Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
R
Fri 03 Mar 2017 UTC
141min
IMDB Rating: 8.5

This show will contain Spoilers
In this show we discuss the movie Logan, X-Men Universe and just who could take over as Wolverine in the future.
Host
Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Guests
Becky – Film Music Central
Jason – Jason’s Movie Blog