Superman I & II

In this episode MovieRob & Damien (host) discuss the DC character Superman and the first two films beginning in 1978. They also discuss the notorious ‘Donner Cut’ of the sequel that was released in 2006.

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Fans are polarized on this film and the original sequel was released in 1980. Talking Stars hopes to cover other Superman installments in future episodes. Please let us know your feedback. 

Links mentioned: Damien: http://www.rileyonfilm.com/ @rileyonfilm

Rob: http://movierob.wordpress.com/ @realmovierob

Darren and Kira have this week off.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndSp1zM_8cY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y8iRvQdSGA

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/superman-inside-story-director-richard-879894

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Talking Stars Episode 58 Original v Remake – Planet of the Apes

Talking Stars Episode 58 Original v Remake – Planet of the Apes

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Spoilers will appear here

In this episode, we debut the Original v Remake on the Planet of the Apes movies (1968) and (2001) version. We will look at the stars, director, effects, make up, music and story. which one do you think is the best of the series to date.

Host

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Guests

Damien – Riley on Film
Carl Wonders – Listening to Film

At the Cinema Friday – It Comes at Night

Ever since we did our podcast episode on Summer’s Most Anticipated Films, I’ve been eager to see this film. Well, I finally saw it in the cinema and it wasn’t worth being eager about, not even in the slightest.

Among many hilarious tweets, these are two notable ones I was able to recall, look up, and embed for your joy:

Now, my review which appeared first on my Riley on Film site.

If a film is a thriller, posing as a horror, and being undeniably a mystery, how would I rate it? I think I’d find the most dominant genre and start there. This film works as a thriller but fails completely as a mystery. It has 3 jump scares but to me that doesn’t a horror movie make. It was hard for me to understand what the director tried to do here. This is no feel good night out film, to be sure.

Trey Edward Shults directed this along with Krisha (2015). Krisha is also a heavily depressing and unsatisfying film. Perhaps this could be a trademark in the making. In his other film, we have a woman going to a family reunion with people she hasn’t seen for years because she has been an addict and locked up in rehab. It’s awkward comment after awkward comment and it appears to be filmed on an iphone at a family thanksgiving. We can see from both these film this director foster discomfort on screen. The big question then becomes: “Why?” If you have an answer, please leave it in the comments.

Joel Edgerton is the patriarch male in the house in the woods. He plays the role well but I can’t imagine the purpose of the things he does, gun and/or axe in hand. I enjoyed him in The Gift, where he played a high school friend returning to torture a childhood bully. That was the biggest film I recall seeing him in.

This a story about a family of 3 in the woods who wear gas masks and fear their own infection by unknown outsiders. They join with another couple, forcefully and hash out tense relationships in the house, never going out at night.

We’ve seen the psychopath who demonizes innocent people in Frailty and so many other films of this theme. We’ve seen the “compound” doomsday prepper who is out to protect himself and/or his loved ones like 10 Cloverfield Lane. We’ve also seen much of what we see in this film as far as the woods and creepiness therein in the Walking Dead only this film has no zombies. This film adds nothing to the common theme. Moreover, the mystery in the film is never explained.

Final Thoughts
With so many dark issues facing us as a culture that sees films, why make such a negative, violent film? I’m confused as to the message of the director. I think it might be that if you kill one person, you’ll never be able to stop, but who knows. When the credits rolled, a watcher said, “What the fucking fuck?” I agree completely. As far as the ending of this marginal film goes. It lost points for posing as horror but most of all it lost for not concluding its own mystery. It does ok as a thriller. I don’t recommend this film.

4/10

Netflix Title Tuesday – Somewhere in the Middle

Hey there romance/drama fans: I’ve got a new Netflix title to recommend.

This film is streaming now on Netflix. Why do lovers do what they do? What if you knew what happened ten minutes before a breakup, what would you do differently? The viewer gets that opportunity in several situations in this film and that makes it a compelling, alluring comedy, romance, drama. By splicing in what happened before and a little after scenes, we see the situations twice and we have more insight into the relationships on-screen.

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Somewhere in the Middle
“Four lovers find themselves caught in a tangle of intersecting relationships in this engaging, New York-set…” -IMDB

Cast
David Craig Diaz Worker #1
Johanna Finn Worker #2
Cassandra Freeman Billie
Dennis Rubin Green Nelson

Directed by
Lanre Olabisi

Written by
Lanre Olabisi

Other Info
Comedy, Drama, Romance

2015
90min
IMDB Rating: 8.4

The director, Lanre Olabisi, is not clearly known by name but he does a great job in this independent drama. It’s a delight to find relationship films that really work like this that are in the independent realm. I hope to see more from him.

Charles Miller is the strongest actor in the film. There are also some honorable mentions in the talents of Cassandra Freeman and Marisol Miranda.

In the story, Sofia is a relationship addict and is seeing a therapist in his home office. On her first visit she meets someone in the home who she is not clear the identity of. The brother of the therapist is having troubles with his marriage and appears to be the stalker sort. As more is revealed, initial scenes reveal a truth “somewhere in the middle” about these characters. It’s true to life because sometimes when we know more of the whole story, we realize first impressions are not always the truth.

I liked the characters and the story was well written. Some of the sex scenes are a little brazen and therefore unbelievable but for the most parts, I felt the characters could be real people. I identified with some of the significant parts because they were true to life.

FINAL THOUGHTS
This film is streaming now on Netflix. It’s a gem in the romantic drama genre. If you’re looking for a film to talk about with your wife/husband/spouse, this is a good one for that. It is an independent small budget film with no movie stars but the performances are solid along with the writing (also written by the director). For fans of the genre(s), though there isn’t much comedy here, I recommend this film.

7/10

Film Club – Out of the Furnace (2013) – Kira’s Pick

Hosting this week: Kira from Film and TV Reviews 101
Panel: Damien and Darren

Out of the Furnace (2013)
R | 1h 56min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 6 December 2013 (USA)
Available from $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn’t follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.
Director: Scott Cooper
Writers: Brad Ingelsby, Scott Cooper
Stars: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana

Show outline:

INTRO –
Who’s here etc

First impressions –
Film in a sentence

Main part (full spoilers) –
Performances: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson (any others?)
Story

Final thoughts/recommendations? To include twitter things

Game – Woody Harrelson film
Round 1 – Storyline
Round 2 – Cast & characters
Round 3 – Why not to see the others?

What we’ve been watching.

Over and out.

Tuesday’s Netflix Title – Backcountry (2014)

This film is streaming now on Netflix. I was moving last Tuesday and missed my column. Please forgive me. This is in attempt to catch up! I always thought tents were too thin to be safe when camping. I recall camping last year and hearing strange noises outside the tent. It was quite scary. That’s the fear this drama/thriller is built upon … oh yeah and a big ass black bear.

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Backcountry (2014)
Cast

Missy Peregrym, Eric Balfour, Nicholas Campbell

Directed by

Adam MacDonald

Written by

Adam MacDonald

Other Info

Horror, Drama, Thriller
Rated R
98min

It’s not the most intricate of plots. IMDB lists it as: “An urban couple go camping in the woods and find themselves lost in the territory of a predatory black bear.” There is a little relationship tension that paves the film but mostly you have this impending Bear threat and the events leading up to meeting the bear are indeed frightening. I am not so sure I would label it horror but there are certainly some scary moments.

This film takes place in the Canadian wilderness, there are may nature-lover sights to behold. Alex (Jeff Roop) seems to know what he’s doing in the outdoors and wants to have an experience deep into it with Jenn (Missy Peregrym), his lawyer girlfriend. The relationship tension is already there but comes to a high point when they run across Brad (Eric Balfour), a wilderness guide walking around mysteriously all alone. It’s hard to tell if he is flirting with Jenn but yes or no, Alex is threatened. After that encounter, Alex shows his prowess is anything but. They become completely lost with no sustenance. It becomes a couple against nature trying to survive. The scenes with the bear come at their weakest point. The scares are worth the wait but in my opinion, there should have been more considering the length of the character development.

This is a great film for hiking and camping people. It’s also akin to a horror movie if you want to be scared. (I loved the bear scares). It shows nature as indifferent to people. The bear doesn’t know their drama or their weakness … he’s just hungry. It took a little long to see the bear and the story in my opinion was a little thin. Still it will bring scares, excitement, and thrills to your family room. If that sounds like some light thriller fun, go see it! I recommend it.

3/5

This post appeared first on Riley on Film.

A – Z Challenger – Thrillers – D – Drone (2017)

A – Z Challenge – Thriller

Every Sunday between Damien, Kira and myself we are going through the alphabet and select anything from a Film, Director, Scene, Location, Item from a film or Reasons Thrillers Exist.

For this letter, I got D

My Pick

Drone

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Reason – For my letter I decided to pick a film that has only just be released, this thriller follows a private contracted drone pilot who must face the consequences of one of his missions when a Pakistan business man holds him family hostage as his family’s secrets get revealed. My quick sell is that this film has Sean Bean in.

Darren’s Wednesday Trip into World Cinema – Finland – Iron Sky (2012)

In my own feature on Talking Stars, I have decided to go around the world and search for the films people are missing, I will be trying to cover as many different country with this feature, so let’s fasten our seat belts, board the plane and set sail to worlds unknown.

After narrowly escaping one group of maniacs I headed back to main land Scandinavia and a fresh country, Finland. But not everything is how I remember as the news is covering a story about how the Nazis have had a secret base on the moon for years and are planning to return to Earth.

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GenreHorror/Comedy/Sci-Fi

CountryFinland

Short SaleThis is a crazy adventure that is so far out there you can just sit back and enjoy the crazy concept behind it all. I feel this is one for you all to enjoy, so go and check it out.

Talking Stars Episode 57 A-Z Horror Challenge – A

This week’s podcast episode is now live on Wordpress! #horror #podernfamily

Talking Stars Episode 57 A-Z Horror Challenge – A: In our latest challenge, we have put together a show where Damien and Myself are going to going through the alphabet suggesting horror films, talking about characters, directors or themes used in horror films.

NON-Spoiler Show

Come and listen to for the latest idea and let us know if you want to join us on certain letters or give us some suggestions on ones we might have missed.

Host

Damien – Riley on Film
Darren – Movie Reviews 101

A-Z Thriller Challenge – Con Air

A freshly paroled former US Ranger finds himself trapped on-board a prison airplane that gets hijacked by the criminals it is carrying.

After a drunken brawl leaves a man dead, ex-US Ranger Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) is charged with manslaughter and is sent to jail three months before his daughter is born. Years later, he is eligible for parole and it finally looks like he’ll get to meet his little girl in person. His ride home is a prison plane that transfers convicts between prisons in different states, and unfortunately for Cameron, he boards the plane that happens to get hijacked by the criminally insane but highly intelligent Cyrus ‘The Virus’ Grissom (John Malkovich) and a few other cons who contributed to the plan. With the authorities remaining one step behind the convicts for quite some time, it is up to Cameron to make sure that his reunion with his family doesn’t have to wait any longer than it already has, while doing everything he can to help those who also hadn’t planned on their trip panning out this way either.

I first watched Con Air a couple of years ago, and I have to say I enjoyed it just as much now as I did then, although it has to be said that it is little more than Die Hard on a plane – Nicolas Cage even has the matching vest! While it may not be the most earth-shattering film ever to be made, nor the best film of either of the three main actor’s careers, it certainly has it’s plus points that make it a fun watch.

This film contains perhaps one of the best, and definitely the most quoted Nicolas Cage line of all time. I can’t imagine anyone else saying ‘Put the bunny back in the box,’ quite like he did. This is one of my favourite roles of his and I think quite a few people feel the same way. Cage channelled his inner John McClane as Cameron, and no matter how many times I found his dialect borderline ridiculous, I couldn’t help but find myself rooting for him to ground that plane and get himself home.

John Malkovich is the main reason I rewatched this film recently. He certainly is an actor who has shown us how wide his range of abilities truly is. As Cyrus ‘The Virus’, he took on the role of the ultimate menace to society, and I have to say that he was a very good villain. If you don’t know by now, I am someone who really enjoys seeing an intelligent person doing bad things on-screen (and I don’t mean good actors starring in bad films when I say that). Criminal masterminds are up there with some of my favourite movie villains, and I thought Malkovich and Cage both complimented each other quite well with their approaches to their characters, which is maybe why Con Air works as well as it should for me.

As I’ve said, the plot for this film could be mistaken for being the instalment of the Die Hard franchise that took place on a plane that they couldn’t get Bruce Willis to sign on for. However, I wouldn’t say I’m a film snob and so I love a run-of-the-mill action flick as much as anyone else. It’s quite easy-going and doesn’t require too much brainpower, so while it may be quite conventional as far as action thrillers go, it provides a couple of hours’ worth of fun explosions and decent characters that make it worth your time.

On the whole, I would say that Con Air certainly isn’t ground-breaking, but is worth seeing if you’re a fan of anyone in it, or if you just have nothing else to do. There’s plenty of action, some big explosions, a few laughs (not entirely sure if all are intentional) and a little bit of the lovey-dovey stuff for the hopeless romantic in all of us. It’s a solid film that I would say everyone should check out at some point.

This review was first posted on Film And TV 101