Riley on Film – Launched!

rileyonfilm-press-square-600x600I’ve gone and started another blog about movies. Before you go and think me manic, I had a very good reason.

Most cinephile sites and groups do not let personal blogs in. They want movie themed blogs only. Since I had 175 movie reviews to my name and more coming out of me by the day, it seemed reasonable to adapt to their demands. I’ll still post occasional teasers about my reviews here but my movies reviews will soon live only there at: Riley on Film. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the movie site.

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I always make new blogs only when I feel they will be of value to my reader. … Read the rest

Fellow Movie Reviewer Darren Lucas and I Chat About “Tusk”

Reposting May 25. Original post date is May 1, 2016. Adding this text: “This was our first podcast. He is based in the UK and I in The California high desert. We used Skype and a time zone site as our tools.


Darren and I are set to record another podcast this Sunday. One step at a time, if all goes well, there are plans to create a dedicated podcast blog of this and include other blog movie reviewers in the lineup so stay tuned! Our Sunday podcast will be in the films of M. Night Shyamalan We may call you! Until then, please have a listen and leave us … Read the rest

Sing Street

Imagine this: You’re 15 years old and your parents have announced they are separating (because divorce isn’t permitted in Ireland). You love a girl who has an older boyfriend. A bully gives you a black eye every day AND the other one is blackened by your school master. What do you do to thrive in this? How about write some songs with a loner friend and start a band! There you have this film’s basis, and what fun it is from there!


The Baytown Outlaws

“All right you got a job. You clean toilets or cut grass or whatever the hell it is you do. This is what I do. I shoot people in the face.” Brick Oodie

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Info from: IMDB
The Baytown Outlaws (2012)
R | 1h 38min | Action, Comedy, Crime

When three redneck brothers agree to help a woman save her godson from an abusive stepfather, they become targets on the run from an odd cast of characters.

Director: Barry Battles
Writers: Barry Battles, Griffin Hood
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Eva Longoria, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

This film is for uncomfortable silences with dates for your daughter as you’re waiting for her to get … Read the rest

The Jungle Book (2016)

This is a trip through the jungles of India adults and children will never forget. Disney nailed it with this one.

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I liked the cartoon from 1959 and I figured this might be boring. I was happily wrong! This is one of the best family movies I’ve seen in a long time, probably since Disney’s all animated feature, “Meet the Robinsons.”

The Jungle Book is a 2016 American fantasy adventure film directed by Jon Favreau, written by Justin Marks and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s eponymous collective works and inspired by Walt Disney’s 1967 animated film of the same name,[5][6] The Jungle Book is a live-action/CGI

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Small budget films achieve suspense and horror through little or no financial means. That’s one reason I love watching them. “Spring” makes the grade as a love story with a spoonful of creepy … Make that two.

Spring is a 2014 American romantic science fiction horror film directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.[3] The film stars Lou Taylor Pucci and Nadia Hilker. Wikipedia

4 Stars (4 / 5)
I’m in the zone of avoiding spoilers at all costs today. For that reason, this is a short review. Nothing in the film is interesting except the parts that would be spoiled. The girl is well cast, the guy is meh. Oh yes, … Read the rest