Darren’s Wednesday Trip into World Cinema – Norway – Troll Hunter (2010)

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 spending my week in Sweden and escaping the hands of the evil Hypnotist, I headed just across the border to Norway, in Norway I got to team up with a documentary film crew that were joining forces with a lone hunter claiming he hunts down Trolls in the countryside. With camera in hand I know this week is going to be very interesting for myself.

Troll Hunter



Short SaleYou want to see a fun found footage film that isn’t just screaming at the camera? Well you need to look no further, as this mockumentary style film explores the unknown threat in the Norwegian countryside. We have a unique look at different types of trolls that you will remember all of the sequences with them. This also comes from director Andre Ovredal who bought us the exceptional Autopsy of Jane Doe this year.

Let me know what you think of Troll Hunter.

I will be setting back out to see next week as I head off to Iceland for my latest adventure.

A – Z Challenge – Thriller – A – Alfred Hitchcock

A – Z Challenge – Thriller – A – Alfred Hitchcock

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

For this letter, I got A

My Pick

Alfred Hitchcock

ReasonLet me start with four film titles, Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, North by Northwest. When you see just those four films you will know how to make a thriller that hasn’t dated, never stops keeping you guessing and films people still talk about today over 50 years later. Alfred Hitchcock could easily be considered the greatest thriller directors, often imitated never emulated.

Diving into other thrillers he directed that aren’t too bad either, we have Torn Curtain, The Birds, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rope and Dial M for Murder. Seeing all these films you could easily have a full education in how to make a thriller from the greatest master in film thriller directing.

Come back next Sunday to see what Damien picks for his choice for B.

Talking Stars Episode 54 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Spoilers will come up during this show. Today we look into the latest Marvel offering The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, did this sequel come off or will it just fall into the standard sloppy sequel?

Darren – Movie Reviews 101


Damien – Riley on Film
Becky – Film Music Central
Renate – Popcorn & Film


Darren’s Cinema Pick of the Week – King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Darren’s Cinema Pick of the Week

Each week new movies come out, each week I seem to see at least one film at the cinema thanks to my Odeon Limitless Card (£17.99 a month to see as many as I want a month). Sometimes I do regret my choice but other times I find myself surprised.

Let’s see what the pick of this week will be.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

PlotRobbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not.

Will I like it? Well, I haven’t heard the best of things about this film but if I watch to see just how bad it could be maybe I will enjoy.

Darren’s Wednesday Trip into World Cinema – Sweden – The Hypnotist (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.

With our latest guest coming from Sweden I felt it would only be the correct choice to start my world adventure just across the North Sea in Sweden.

The Hypnotist

GenreCrime – Thriller


Short SaleOff the back of the brilliant ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ trilogy comes another suspenseful crime thriller adapted from a novel, we have director Lasse Hallstrom (known for Hachti, Cider House Rules, Chocolat and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) as well as director most of the ABBA videos. The film itself follows a detective working with a famous psychologist to solve the case of a missing person with the only witnesses being a traumatized young boy.

Let me know what you think of The Hypnotist

Next week I plan on going on the short trip to Norway, any prediction or suggestions are welcome.

Talking Stars Episode 53 Cinema Manager – Sports Heptathlon Draft

NON-Spoiler Show. Continuing the sports blogathon hosted by Kira and Josh, we are going to have ourselves a good old fashion draft to select 7 sports movies to show in a fictional cinema to show over one week to see who gets the most tickets sold, each player will have to pick 7 different sports too. We would like you to come and vote for who you think has made the best team.


Host – Darren – Movie Reviews 101


Damien – Riley on Film
Kira – Film and TV 101
Josh – Reffing Movies

The Teams


  • Nacho Libre
  • Here Comes the Boom
  • Breaking away
  • McFarland USA
  • Kicking and Screaming
  • Rudy
  • Big Blue


  • Invicitus
  • Eddie the Eagle
  • Any Given Sunday
  • Rush
  • The Fighter
  • The Wrestler
  • Cool Runnings


  • Warrior
  • Creed
  • The Crash Reel
  • Dodgeball
  • Gridiron Gang
  • Foxcatcher
  • Shaolin Soccer


  • Cars
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Remember the Titans
  • Point Break
  • Blades of Glory
  • Escape to Victory
  • The Descent

Reckless (2015)

Movie Reviews 101

recklessDirector: Mora Stephens

Writer: Mora Stephens, Joel Viertel (Screenplay)

Starring: Patrick Wilson, Lena Headey, Ray Winstone, Richard Dreyfuss, John Cho, Dianna Agron, Christopher McDonald, Alexandra Breckenridge


Plot: A family man has it all until he risks losing everything due to his inability to fight off his obsessive temptation for other women.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Strong Thriller


Story: Reckless starts as we meet Federal Prosecutor Sam Ellis (Wilson) who is on the verge of a bright political future. When Sam’s latest case may require the witness to be a high earning former escort he finds himself drawn into the website and with his wife Jeannie (Headey) away takes the risk and calling for an escort.

When Sam decides to move on with his political career to become District Attorney but his obsession…

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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.


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



With a special message from – Damien – Riley on Film

Films Covered

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