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I review movies with sound effects and a few jokes to keep it interesting.








Ep. 79 – Somewhere in the Middle

I hope you enjoy listening. This is a great one to watch with your significant other. To read my written review of this film, visit Somewhere in the Middle at Riley on Film. Somewhere in the Middle (2015) TV-14 | 1h 30min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 March 2015 (USA) Four lovers find themselves caught in a tangle of intersecting relationships in this engaging, New York-set romantic drama that explores the ripple effects of love and obsession. Director: Lanre Olabisi Writer: Lanre Olabisi...


Ep. 78 – What You Been Watching Wednesday 4-18-2018

Films Covered: Nowhere Boy, Timbuktu, Milius, Get the Gringo, Bunnyman, Starry Eyes, My Bloody Valentine. Hope you enjoy! Damien


Ep. 77 – You Were Never Really Here

My Score 10/10. Now in theaters. At some level we all become the same person trying to get through her/his existence. Lynne Ramsey's film portrays Joe at that point. He's good at rescuing sex slaves but can he walk down the street without losing it? I've been a fan of Lynne Ramsay since I saw "We Need to Talk About Kevin." She stood out as a director with something to say, or maybe what she has to say is that we need to be talking about that level we are all on. You Were Never Really Here...


Ep. 76 – Static

Listen to my review of: Static (2012) Currently Streaming on Amazon Prime. My score: 6/10 Not Rated | 1h 23min | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 1 November 2012 (USA) A couple facing marital problems after losing their child finds their life together further complicated by a mysterious visitor. Director: Todd Levin Writers: Gabriel Cowan (screenplay), Gabriel Cowan (story) | 4 more credits » Stars: Milo Ventimiglia, Sarah Shahi, William Mapother


Ep. 75 – Red State

In this one I review Kevin Smth's "Red State." Red State (2011) R | 1h 28min | Action, Crime, Horror | 30 September 2011 (UK) Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda. Director: Kevin Smith Writer: Kevin Smith Stars: Michael Parks, Melissa Leo, John Goodman - Music By: Creo “Rock Thing” (Intro/Outro)


Ep. 74 – The Chernobyl Diaries

For a low-budget indie based on a sometimes deep other times silly premise, this film is pretty good. Once I stopped trying to figure out a twist, I let myself enjoy it. It also got me very interested in the history. Listen to me talk about that and more on this film in this episode. Chernobyl Diaries (2012) R | 1h 26min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 25 May 2012 (USA) Six tourists hire an extreme tour guide who takes them to the abandoned city Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the...


Ep. 73 – Ten Horror Movies That Scared Me

I appeared as a guest on the LAMBcast as part of a panel discussing "Films That Scared Us." I thought it would be fun, as I prepared for that, to write a post about ten films that scared me through the years. I've given 2 categories of scary: 1. Scary Films that are totally creepy in their totality or in a general way and 2. Scary film moments. Scary Films Halloween Tusk The Descent Insidious...


Ep. 72 – Elephant

I love movies where I feel like I am among the characters. This was certainly that sort of film. Gus Van Sant must have meant it that way in that there appears to be no agenda presented on how we can stop school shootings. But the shootings are there nonetheless. We track several students and a few teachers and parents going about their morning. Little is explained as everything the director wants us to see is merely shown. This was not an easy film to watch but I like how it allowed me to...


Ep. 71 – A Quiet Place

My score: 10/10. Depeche Mode sang, "Enjoy the silence." But I really don't thing anyone in this film is enjoying it. We are programmed to yell out when hurt, scared, or shocked. What would you do if that spelled your demise? This is the question I kept asking in in "A Quiet Place." A Quiet Place (2018) PG-13 | 1h 30min | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 6 April 2018 (USA) A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. Director: John Krasinski Writers: Bryan...


Ep. 70 – ‘Ready Player One’ and ‘About Schmidt’

Damien reviews 2 movies in this episode: A hugely popular new one and one from a while back with Jack Nicholson. Join Damien as he goes through these 2 films. If you have anything to add or suggest, that's what the comments are for! Next Week: Ep. 71 Elephant, Gus Van Zandt dir of Good Will Hunting. Be sure and watch the movie and then listen to Ep. 71, let's compare notes! Thanks for listening. Credits: Music By Creo "Rock Thing" (Awesome right?) Ad mentioned in the show: @comicswatching...


Ep. 69 – American Splendor

After picking this film based on its Metacritic score, I watched and learned of a unique talent in our times: Harvey Pekar (pronounced "Peek-are"). He was a comics artist who lived the artist's life. I was hugely inspired by his story and specifically, Paul Giamatti's portrayal of him in this film. I give it easily a 10/10 but be aware it is droll and sometimes very nerdy. In other words, it's not for everyone. The film really touched me though and I talk about how at length in this...


Ep. 68 – Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2

Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 are borderline spoof films based on the Karate, Kung Fu, and Samurai films of the 50's, 60's. and 70's. If you've seen these two films, you ay enjoy listening along as I give my reactions. If you haven't seen them, I don't reveal too man spoilers but I encourage my listeners to see the films I cover and then tune in after to compare notes with me. In my next episode (68), I am watching and commenting on the film "American Splendor" with Paul Giamatti. I hope you can...


Ep. 67 – Boston Marathon Bomb Movies

This week I talk about two amazing films I watched that center on the tragic Boston Marathon Bombing. It spawned at least two amazing movies. Both are unique and offer something special. If you've seen them, listen to my show and see if you agree with some of my perspectives. If not, I recommend you see them before listening but that's up to your preference on spoilers. The ones in my episode are minor if any. I hope you enjoy listening. Next week I cover "Kill Bill 1&2" if you care to...


Ep. 66 – A Wrinkle in Time

A taste of the future for this podcast, for example the running time of this show is 28 minutes. Should be around there from now on. Movie reviews with banter and kick ass background music for your day. Music credits are attributed verbally in the track. The review in this one is "A Wrinkle in Time." A film written in "child" should not be criticized by adults who do not speak the language. This is not your typical Disney standard of film release. At the same time, when watched with my two...


Ep. 65 – Thumper

I listened to one of my new subscriptions in my car today and got inspired to watch and review a movie called Thumper. S04EP03 Thumper (2017) - #iTunes Lance and Katie have a great show going. I subbed. @lancec50 @yeslistenMR — Damien Riley Podcast (@thedrpodcast) March 11, 2018 Thanks Lance and Katie! Keep up the good work.


Ep. 64 – A Ghost Story

In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife. A Ghost Story (2017) R | 1h 32min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 27 July 2017 (Australia) Director: David Lowery Writer: David Lowery Stars: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, McColm Cephas Jr. When I look at David Lowery's directing record, it isn't saying much that he did the remake/reboot of Pete's...


Ep. 63 – Swiss Army Man

My score: 10/10. The debut feature film from “Daniels,” aka directing duo Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, has a lot of people talking: mostly good, a tiny percentage bad, all expressive because this is an atypical movie that emanates expression. These guys are known for their quirky short films that reveal a human side struggling in a dark society. Swiss Army Man falls right into that category only in a feature length. Swiss Army Man Cast Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead...


Ep. 62 – Game Night

My rating: 5/10. A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery. Horrible Bosses was a pretty funny movie and it had some originality to it which kept the viewer on his toes. The same people made this film and it's a fun night out at the movies but not what it could have been or at least, what I expected from the marketing. Game Night (2018) R | 1h 40min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 23 February 2018 (USA) A group of friends who meet...


Ep. 61 – Check-Ins

This episode is a 5 minute summary of my "Check-Ins" on IMDB, including A Field in England, Darkest Hour, Monkey Shines, Prevenge, & Still/Born. From time to time I plan to post these summaries as a new series here called simply "Check-ins." Have a listen and if you have the time, leave me a comment with your thoughts on these films, my series or just to say hello.


Ep. 60 – Stand and Deliver

Listen to my 5 min review of this film. It's a true story of a teacher and his class that truly "Stood and Delivered" passing the AP calculus exam from a school that was one of the lowest in the state at the time. Stand and Deliver (1988) Cast Edward James Olmos, Estelle Harris, Mark Phelan Directed by Ramón Menéndez Written by Ramón Menéndez, Tom Musca Other Info Drama PG 1h 43min This film means a lot to me as someone who values education. I can only think of one other film that competes...


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