The Beverly Hills Cop franchise REVIEWED – on the Damien Riley Podcast

Have you listened to this one yet? I had the pleasure of Hermione Flavia as my guest on these episode. We review all tree of these landmark action/comedy films from the 1980’s. Have a listen.

Announcing another great guest! Hermione Flavia ( on twitter @hermioneflavia ) agreed to appear on the show and when we talked about movies to cover, she came up with “Beverly Hills Cop” which I agreed with right away. I had a lot of fun with her recording the show! Have a listen and enjoy.

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
R | 1h 45min | Action, Comedy, Crime | 5 December 1984 (USA)

A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.
Director: Martin Brest
Writers: Daniel Petrie Jr. (screenplay), Danilo Bach (story) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton

I’m a big fan of the franchise and of Eddie Murphy’s work. It was very exciting to rewatch and discuss these films with her! What you hear in this episode is our discussion on these 3 films. We take a few birdwalks but were pretty good about coming back on topic 🙂 WHICH as you may know is a bit of a challenge for me sometimes. She’s agreed to come back and we’re making plans for her to be on the show again very soon.

My guest today is Hermione Flavia from Wildfire Movies. Check her out on Instagram as well: hermioneflavia.

Ep. 100: The Martian

Listen to this episode on The Damien Riley Podcast

Films made from novels are usually great in my opinion. I think screenwriting a story without a famous novel behind it may be fading by convention. “The Martian” is one of those hip cool novel-to-movie examples.

I read the first few chapters before seeing the movie. The understated humor and NASA space themes drew me in right away. That and the universal praise of the critics put seeing this one at a high priority. “Star Wars” proved a global love for space movies. “Castaway” did the same for survival films. It’s likely “The Martian” draws from both audiences along with readers of the novel. It’s already being given “Blockbuster” status in the press. In the story, a manned mission to Mars goes wrong and an astronaut, thought to be dead, is left behind. He uses his ingenuity and tenacity to survive. The movie is well over 2 hours and I wasn’t bored once. I give this one a perfect 10/10.

from The Damien Riley Podcast of Movie Reviews https://thedamienrileypodcast.com/ep-100-the-martian/
via IFTTT

Ep. 99: Pulp Fiction

Listen to this episode on The Damien Riley Podcast

I talk through a plot summary and review of Pulp Fiction.

Pulp Fiction (1994)
R | 2h 34min | Crime, Drama | 14 October 1994 (USA)

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writers: Quentin Tarantino (stories), Roger Avary (stories) | 1 more credit »
Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson

As usual I’m posting my rough rewatch notes below:

Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer in restaurant.

Casual talk to throw you off.

Taran is really big on the right music

Next scene travolta (Vincent) and Sam Jackson are arguing logic of whats more serious, cuningulus or a foot massage. This mindless, unrelated dialog is meant to throw the iewer off

Jacksons character recites a Bible passage about wrath before he execites people

23 mins into it you have a 3rd scenario. Bruce Willisvand Ving Raimes. Accepting a payoff to throw his fight.

Rosanna Arquette and Eric Stoltz, the heroine dealers

Marcellas wife Mia) Uma Thurman needs a chaperone to take her out. Vincent is chosen for the job.

Their famous dance

Mis finds heroin and snorts it, over doses. Vincent takes her to Stolz and Arquette and they inject adrenaline into her heart.

Willis kills the other boxer in the ring. Bets on homself and leaves town.

Marcella finds Willis character in a pawn shop.

They fall into a dark spiral of gimp hell

Driving around Vincent shoots Marvin in the face

Harvey Keitel is the fixer

Story comes full circle when Vincent and Jules are in the diner as the holdup resumes

from The Damien Riley Podcast of Movie Reviews https://thedamienrileypodcast.com/ep-99-pulp-fiction/
via IFTTT

Ep. 98: In Darkness

Listen to this episode on The Damien Riley Podcast

A cool new suspense film! (These are just my unedited notes) In Darkness – Notes A blind musician hears a murder committed in the apartment upstairs from hers that sends her down a dark path into London’s gritty criminal underworld.

In Darkness (2018)
1h 50min | Thriller | 25 May 2018 (USA)

A blind musician hears a murder committed in the apartment upstairs from hers that sends her down a dark path into London’s gritty criminal underworld.
Director: Anthony Byrne
Writers: Anthony Byrne, Natalie Dormer
Stars: Natalie Dormer, Emily Ratajkowski, Ed Skrein

Director: Anthony Byrne (Ripper Street, Peaky Blinders, The Last Kingdom) Wow!
His partner is Natalie Dormer, sophia in the film.

Orchestra playing to a movie being made very cool

Sophia is a concert pianist.
Natalie Dormer born 11 February 1982 is an English actress. She is best known for her roles as Anne Boleyn on the Showtime series The Tudors (2007-10), as Margaery Tyrell on the HBO series Game of Thrones (2012-14), Irene Adler on the CBS series Elementary (2013-15), and as Cressida in the science-fiction adventure films The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) and Part 2 (2015). She has been nominated for Best Performance at the Gemini Awards for her work in The Tudors. She has also been nominated for a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for her performance in Game of Thrones.

her other senses like hearing and feeling touch take over and are in Hanst to compensate for her lack of sight

she talks to a girl in the lobby Veronique who apparently is being abused by her spouse as she’s practicing her piano she begins to hear them fighting

she falls if you fell or if you fall do you lick your blood or do I put on your clothes I think I would wipe it on my clothes

The abused woman Veronique jumps out her window. murder?

Inspector is Mills (Neil Maskell of Kill List and High Rise)

The co conspirators:

Joely Richardson
For Joely, the theatre must be in her genes. Born in Marylebone, London, England, she is the daughter of director Tony Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave, granddaughter of Sir Michael Redgrave, niece of Lynn SRedgrave, and sister of Natasha Richardson. Former husband Tim Bevan is a producer. However the genes were slow – as a child she saw her older sister Natasha interested in acting but she was imagining a career in tennis. Her father put his foot down, and tennis was out. British by birth, she considers herself a sort of honorary Yank, having attended boarding school at Thacher in Ojai, California. Beginning in the ’80s film became her life, from small parts in Wetherby (1985) to BBC dramas such as Lady Chatterley (1993) to today’s Disney studio going to the dogs in 101 Dalmatians (1996).

Ed Krein (Pushed his sister to her death- Father ordered it
Ed Skrein grew up in North London, graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins, and is one of the most highly versatile artists of his generation. He was selected by Screen International as one of their “Stars of Tomorrow” in 2013, which showcases the next generation of talent from the UK.

Most recently, Skrein starred as the villain Ajax in Marvel’s and Twentieth Century Fox’s box office hit, Deadpool (2016), directed by Tim Miller and alongside Ryan Reynolds. The film shattered box office records, nearing $500 million worldwide. Deadpool (2016) chronicles the story of Marvel comic book character Deadpool (Reynolds), a former Special Forces operative turned mercenary who adopts an alter ego after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers.

Skrein also recently starred in the Danish drama, The Model (2016), directed by Mads Matthiesen, who won the “World Cinema – Dramatic” award for his film, Teddy Bear at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Model (2016) follows an emerging fashion model attempting to enter the Parisian fashion scene who develops a deadly obsession for top fashion photographer Shane White (Skrein). Nordisk Film Distribution released the film in Denmark on February 11th.

This year, Skrein will appear in the comedy crime film, Kill Your Friends (2015), directed by Owen Harris (Black Mirror) and alongside Nicholas Hoult and James Corden. Based on John Niven’s 2008 novel, the film accounts the story of a 27-year-old A&R man working at the height of the Britpop music craze and going to extremes in order to find his next hit. Kill Your Friends (2015) screened at Cannes and was purchased by Well Go USA Entertainment, which will release the film on April 1st.

Last year, Skrein starred in the action crime thriller reboot, The Transporter Refueled (2015), directed by Camille Delamarre and produced by Luc Besson and Mark Gao (Lucy, Taken Trilogy). Skrein portrayed the lead role of Frank Martin, a former special-ops mercenary who now spends his life as a transporter of classified packages for questionable people on the other side of the law.

In 2013, Skrein appeared in the critically-acclaimed and BAFTA and Critics Choice Television Award winning HBO series, Game of Thrones. Skrein portrayed the character Daario Naharis, originally a lieutenant in the “Second Sons,” who takes over the company after killing his superiors and aligns with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).

In 2012, Skrein starred in Revolver Entertainment’s critically-acclaimed drama Ill Manors, written and directed by Ben Drew. The film revolves around the lives of eight characters as they struggle to survive on the streets. It takes place over the course of seven days, each story blending into the others, painting a gritty picture of a world on the brink of destruction.

Other film credits include The Sweeney, Tiger House, Piggy, Northmen: A Viking Saga, Sword of Vengeance and Goldfish. Other television credits include The Tunnel.

Ed Skrein currently resides in London.

At the funeral, Upon being taken back to the victim’s father’s apt, Sofia steps on something encased in glass.

After visiting with the brother, Sofia realizes she has the usb. The dead woman put it in her jacket pocket.

from The Damien Riley Podcast of Movie Reviews https://thedamienrileypodcast.com/ep-98-in-darkness/
via IFTTT

The Dark

Welsh legends and ghost sightings permeate this film. Is the daughter really dead? That is the question. Sean Bean’s character as her father seems to be the stoic sensible one while her mother Maria Bello’s is more desperate to believe anything. Was anyone duped? That’s what we waited to see through the running time of this film.

The Dark (2005)
R | 1h 33min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 26 January 2006 (Germany)

In mourning over the tragic drowning of their daughter Sarah, James and Adèle are visited by Ebrill, a young girl who claims she died 60 years ago – and bears a startling resemblance to Sarah.
Director: John Fawcett
Writers: Simon Maginn (novel), Stephen Massicotte (screenplay)
Stars: Sean Bean, Maria Bello, Sophie Stuckey

The director John Fawcett is also a producer, known for Ginger Snaps (2000), and Orphan Black (2013). Ginger Snaps has achieved cult status and is always a hoot to watch for it’s horror and teen ridiculous nature. Orphan Black is a tv show I really enjoyed, mostly due to the lead actress. Both of these works took enormous chances in doing something different. That’s probably why both were so successful.

Sean Bean and Maria Bello do a good job but since Sean Bean is so eponymous with The Lord Of The Rings, I couldn’t help but expect him to pick up a sword or slay and Orc. He wants his ex to accept their daughter is dead because he is rational, not unfeeling. Bello will not accept this and that’s what takes us into the supernatural portion of this film.

I’d have to say this one is a lot more predictable than Fawcett’s other two works I have mentioned. For that reason, I would recommend it as a light mystery/horror but not one you would clear your schedule to see. It does drag on a bit and doesn’t keep you guessing much with it’s simple story line. Add it to your Amazon Prime “worth watching” list, but maybe not your “must see” one.

6/10

from The Damien Riley Podcast http://bit.ly/2KYLAvU
via IFTTT