Actor Focus – Nicole Kidman Number 2

Actor Focus – Nicole Kidman

During this month, we are each pick out a film or television performance from Nicole Kidman to share, this months was Kira’s choice.

This red-haired Australian bombshell made her film debut in 1983 and still is an actress who appears in Oscar nominated movies like Lion, but picking a film to suggest comes off easier for myself than you would imagine.

My Pick

The Others (2001)

The Reason I picked this filmWhen you get an A-List star in horror you often get a complete miss, but with the Others Kidman owns this role. The film follows a mother who lives in darkness because her children are photosensitive, she becomes paranoid the house in haunted but you will be in for a shock when you learn the truth.

This is a horror people will always recommend by horror fans because of the draw of the big name in Kidman and I will always be one to follow the trend on recommending this horror gem.

Come back next week to see what Damien selects from Kidman’s work.


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 E24: ‘Jake Gyllenhaal’

14artsbeat-jake-blog480 From a demonic looking bunny to a left-handed prize-fighter, our actor in this episode has run the gamut of roles. Still very young in his career, he has made more different types of movies than some career actors do in a lifetime.

All three of the blog critics on today’s panel are huge fans of Mr. Gyllenhaal. When it was suggested as a topic for review, we all immediately started throwing out titles. We couldn’t get to all of them in this episode but we covered more than three. Nocturnal Animals is his latest endeavor at the time of posting this. We hope to cover that film in a future episode as well. He definitely prompts discussion in this episode. Hope you can have a listen.

We had fun (as always) recording this for you out there. Please let us know any reactions you have good or bad in the comments. If you like the style of the show and think you’d be comfortable as a guest blog critic, please let us know that as well. To anyone and everyone listening to this show on a regular basis, we express or thanks! and love of course 🙂 This show helps us do what we love: talk about films. Thank you!

Talking Stars Podcast S01 E23: ‘Leonardo DiCaprio’

leonardo-dicaprio-east-los-angeles-oscarLeonardo DiCaprio is one of the most recognizable faces in film. In this episode, we cover a few of his films and have some discussion about his work.

The panel of blog film critics is as follows:
Audrey – 1001 Movies and Beyond
Mike Sales – Midlands Movies
Kira – Film and Television 101
Darren – Movie Reviews 101
(Damien was away this episode)

FIlms discussed:
The Man in the Iron Mask
Catch Me If You Can
The Departed
Django Unchained

Also Some Tarantino

If you have something you’d like to add about Leo DiCaprio, or if you’d like to be a guest on our show, please contact us by email or leave us a comment!

Talking Stars Podcast S01 E22: ‘Matthew McConaughey’

matthew_mcconaughey_governors_awardsIn this episode we talk about the films of a famous actor whose career spans from courtroom epics like A Time to Kill to sci-fi blockbusters like Contact as well as epic historical dramas like Amistad. That’s only naming 3. Yes, Matthew McConaughey is just that versatile. We discuss these and more of his films in this episode.

Our blog film critics for this panel are:

Damien – Riley on Film
Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Kira – Film and Television 101

Talking Stars Podcast S01 E18: ‘Kate Winslet’

kate-winslet-essentialsIn this episode we discuss the films of the beautiful and talented Kate Winslet. Darren, Kira, and Damien share their favorites along with our esteemed guest Jay Cluitt who is known for being an excellent blog film critic on his own site: as well as being a podcast and blog lead writer at the LAMB. We are grateful for Jay being on our show and that he has agreed to return. Kate Winslet has starred in many Hollywood blockbusters, putting her on the A-List of actresses in the business.

Some films we discussed in this episode:

The Dressmaker (2015) stars as Myrtle ‘Tilly’ Dunnage
The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015) aka “Insurgent” stars as Jeanine Matthews
Steve Jobs (2015) stars as Joanna Hoffman
Divergent (2014) stars as Jeanine Matthews
A Little Chaos (2014) stars as Sabine De Barra
Movie 43 (2013) stars as Beth (segment “The Catch”)
Contagion (2011) stars as Dr. Erin Mears
The Reader (2009) stars as Hanna Schmitz
Revolutionary Road (2008) stars as April Wheeler
Little Children (2006) stars as Sarah Pierce
The Holiday (2006) stars as Iris
Finding Neverland (2004) stars as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) stars as Clementine Kruczynski
Plunge: The Movie (2003) stars as Clare
The Life of David Gale (2003) aka Leben des David Gale, Das (Germany) stars as Bitsey Bloom
Titanic (1997) stars as Rose DeWitt Bukater

Most recall her in Titanic and some recall her from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The fact is, she’s had a strong run of films through the years, some of which we cover in this episode. We would love to read your comments about Kate Winslet in the comments. If we really like them, we may mention them in an upcoming show. Speaking of that, if you are a film blog critic, in the movie business or otherwise passionate about films and want to be on the show, leave us a comment or get in touch with us through Twitter in the sidebar. In closing, we discuss trailers on the show and the ones we discuss in this episode are below. We recommend you view them before hearing our impressions at the end of the show.

Talking Stars Podcast S01 E11: ‘Favorite Character Screen Introductions’

*This episode may contain spoilers.
willycanePodcast Show Notes:
Most movie lovers can remember certain characters bursting onto the screen in unforgettable scenes. The challenge to our three movie critics today was to summon some favorites and share them on the podcast. It made for a lively discussion and touch the neurons of quite a few memories both vintage and recent.

The order of the episode is as follows:

1. Ice Breaker: Each critic brings one film we have seen recently as a spoiler-free discussion. Darren starts.

2. We all bring 2 favorite character screen intros each. Becky Starts.

3. We each bring and discuss a film we wish we could have seen and why we would have or want to see the film from this year (preferably not something that has come out in the last 2 weeks or so this also offers a follow up chat for later shows too where we can get into spoilers.) Damien Starts

Films mentioned:
The Man Who Knew Infinity, House of Frankenstein, Howl of the Wolfman, The Family Fang, The Empire Strikes Back, Fast and the Furious, Silence of the Lambs, Ocean’s Eleven, Jurassic Park, Alien, Sing Street and more.

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