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

#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

Please leave us a comment!

#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:

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:
The tribute page:

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



“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


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
Fri 03 Mar 2017 UTC
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.
Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Becky – Film Music Central
Jason – Jason’s Movie Blog

Talking Stars – Summer Movie Preview

This show we each have pick what we think will be the top 9 Box Office successes of the Summer of 2017 (April to August), we are also going to pick the 3 movies we think will bomb in the Box Office. All our results are judged on the US Box Office results.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Becky – Film Music Central
Damien – Riley Film Reviews
Kira – Film and TV 101
Josh – Reffing Movies
Dan and Laura – Film Ink Podcast
The Lists
1. Spiderman: Homecoming
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
3. Wonder Woman
4. Despicable Me 3
5. Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Dead Men Tell No Tales
6. The Fate of the Furious
7. War For the Planet of the Apes
8. Dunkirk
9. Baywatch
1. The Mummy
2. Sandy Wexler
3. King Arthur
1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
2. Alien Covenant
3. Spiderman: Homecoming
4. Wonder Woman
5. War for the Planet of Apes
6. Dunkirk
7. The Fate of the Furious
8. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tale Know Tales
9. Valerian and the City of the 1000 Planets
1. The Mummy
2. Transformers: The Last Knight
3. King Arthur
1. Alien Covenant
2. Wonder Woman
3. Despicable Me 3
4. Baby Driver
5. It Comes at Night
6. The Mummy
7. The Dark Tower
8. Annabelle 2
9. War for the Planet of the Apes
1. King Arthur
2. Baywatch
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
1. Dunkirk
2. Alien: Covenant
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
4. Baby Driver
5. The Zookeepers Wife
6. Belko Experiment
7. Atomic Blonde
8. The Hitman’s Bodyguard
9. The Beguiled
1. The Emoji Movie
2. The House
3. Unlocked
1. Spiderman: Homecoming
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
3. Wonder Woman
4. Alien Covenant
5. The Fate of the Furious
6. The Emoji Movie
7. Baywatch
8. Atomic Blonde
9. Free Fire
1. Smurfs The Lost Village
2. Cars 3
3. Rough Night
1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
2. The Fate of the Furious
3. Transformers: The Last Knight
4. Spiderman: Homecoming
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales
6. King Arthur
7. Terminator 2 3D
8. All Eyes on Me
9. Alien Covenant
1. Smurfs Lost Village
2. The Mummy
3. Baywatch
1. Spiderman: Homecoming
2. Despicable Me 3
3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
4. Transformers The Last Knight
5. The Fate of the Furious
6. Cars 3
7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
8. Wonder Woman
9. War For the Planet of the Apes
1. Valerian and the City of 1000 Planets
2. Emoji Movie
3. King Arthur

Talking Stars #46 – Beauty and the Beast Preview & Life After Harry Potter

Today’s blog post text was provided by Darren.
Today’s show we are giving our thoughts about the upcoming release Beauty and the Beast, before taking a look at how the kids from Harry Potter films have gone onto since the franchise finished, as Emma Watson is stepping into the role of Belle in the Beauty and the Beast film.

What are you favourite roles these actors have gone onto to do after Harry Potter?

Who do you think is the biggest star since the franchise has finished?


Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Becky – Film Music Central
Damien – Riley on Film
Kira – Film and TV 101
Zoe –Zobo With a Shotgun

Opinion Battles – Favourite Video Game Adaptation

Favourite Video Game Adaptation

Over the past 25 odd years videos games have become a new stream of entertainment, so naturally Hollywood has decided to jump on the bandwagon and turn these lengthy stories into one of films, a lot get highly criticised but for the fans of film that never played the games we get certain stories that work on film. With the final chapter of the Resident Evil franchise coming to the cinema it is now time for us to pick our favourite video game adaptations.

If you want to take part in the next round of Opinion Battles we will be picking our Favourite Film from 1987, email your choices to by 19h March 2017.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Kira – Film and TV 101
Damien – Riley Film Reviews

Talking Stars Film Club – Dallas Buyers Club

The 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club is Becky’s first addition to the Talking Stars Film Club. The regular panel: Becky, Darren and Kira, discuss the film, which tells the real-life story of Ron Woodroof, a man diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980s when the disease was barely understood and was a sure death sentence. Not content with being told he has a few months to live, and finding the few legal treatments at the time ineffective, Ron seeks alternative treatments across the border in Mexico and later begins smuggling these treatments into the US, creating a “buyers club” where members pay for a share of these non-regulated treatments. Because these treatments are not regulated by the FDA, laws are passed that make it illegal for anyone in the US to use them, so it becomes a fight to determine if patients who are terminally ill have the right to seek out treatments that can help them, regardless of whether it’s regulated or not. The panel will discuss the message of the film, the lengths the two male leads went through to realize their roles and whether the film’s performance holds up four years after its premiere.

Becky – Film Music Central
Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Kira – Film and TV 101
Damien – Riley Film Reviews

Talking Stars #43 – Director Focus: ‘Ron Howard’

We may have Spoilers. Ron Howard might not be the first name you think when you hear the television show Happy Days but he is by far the most successful full time cast member from that show.

While I haven’t seen many episodes of the iconic show Ron Howard came from that show stepped behind the camera to win an Oscar. Ron Howard has taken on many different genres of film, some were a success others were not. Today we are going to talk about 4 of our favourites before looking at the ones we didn’t like or have yet to see.

Notes by Darren


Becky – Film Music Central
Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Kira – Film and TV 101
Damien – Riley Film Reviews


Carl – Listening to Film

Films Covered

  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Apollo 13
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Rush
  • A Beautiful Mind