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: ‘Horror Remakes’

This is from my podcast, Talking Stars. I recorded with my blog film critic friends this morning. It’s a horror theme for the month. You can listen to the episode in the player below, just scroll down.
halloween2007Today we discussed “Horror Remakes.”

We are:

If you enjoy this episode, let us know. If you’d like to be a guest on the podcast, let us know that as well. We are actively seeking blog film critics, actors, directors and movie cast members to appear on the show.

Please enjoy our spooky Halloween music intro to the episode >:-)

Posted first at Talking Stars

Talking Stars Podcast: ‘Guess Who – Character Edition’

This podcast appeared first on Talking Stars where I am a co-host.

guesswhoPodcast Show Notes:
Darren leads us in a trivia game about characters and actors in movies. This was our first try at this. It went very well and we think we can do it better next time where some of the questions possibly could be answerable by Damien ;) At the end we all share a film we’ve seen recently (no spoilers).
Members of the panel are:

Round 1
Michael Keaton, Bradley Cooper, Jack Black, Tom Hiddleston, Robin Williams

Round 2
Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Harrison Ford, Oscar Isaacs, Clive Owen

Care to be a guest on Talking Stars? Leave us a comment or another form of contact and we will get back to you. Contact Damien at or anyone else on the cast.

The Damien Riley Podcast: S02 E02 – ‘Why I Have a Million Blogs?’

  Since I began blogging,

or self-publishing my writing and media to the internet, I’ve always maintained more than one blog. My blogs are like books and chapters of my life. When I look around at other bloggers’ sidebars, I see there are many other people out there who do the same. Then, of course, there are those with one blog. It’s all they say they’ll ever need. bloggingatozI think I wish it were that easy but I will tell you there are advantages to be had from maintaining multiple blogs. (No, it was just tongue in cheek I don’t have a million) In this podcast episode, I’m going to tell you a few of the advantages I have found, then you can decide if maintaining multiple blogs is worth exploring.
For posterity, this is:

The Damien Riley Podcast: ‘Why I Have a Million Blogs?’ – Season 2 Episode 2

Now that we have that out of the way, onto the episode.

brother_wp-3400I have 4 separate WordPress blogs, or “installs” as we call them. Of those 4, three have their own domains. One is a free-hosted blog on I should probably explain quickly what “free hosted” and “self hosted” mean. It’s as simple as this: free-hosted blogs are offered quickly and have really long urls. The owner of the disk where your blog content lives can put restrictions on you. At the same time, they usually have a help area if something goes wrong which you sometimes can’t find if you are using your own server for a “self hosted” blog.

Three of my blogs are self-hosted

so I can tweak them, get plugins, and even put ads on them if I choose to. It’s a much more open source system that you can tweak to have excellent SEO, and this get more visitors/fans.

Ok, so now that I have explained that a bit, let’s look at the value (to me) of maintaining my 4 separate blogs.

  • Riley on Film – My movie reviews and discussion of all things film.
    I started this blog and purchased a domain because I found that my movie critic friends prefer to visit and comment on blogs that feature one thing: movie reviews. Specifically, I wanted to be included in some exclusively online groups like LAMB and part of their requirement for acceptance is that the blog be exclusively about movie reviews. I have since learned that a “movie friendly” title and url looks good to promoters and can get you retweets and mentions. This kind of exclusive branding can’t exist on a general or personal blog. Sometimes, you have to branch off to set yourself as a sub-brand or you’ll be ignored.
  • Damien at the Speed of Life – My online diary powered by experiences, writing prompts, and photos.
    Interesting story on this one. This was one of my first really serious domains. I committed myself to developing an “online diary.” It worked out well and I connected with many casual bloggers doing the same thing. Unfortunately, most people in this camp were on free hosted blogs and didn’t understand or respect my ads, my sponsored posts, even my experiments with podcasting. As a result, visits dropped over time. I felt like a big fish in a little pond and an island disconnected from other coasts. Now, I have Riley Central for my experimenting. This blog DATSOL as I call it in my notes is devoted to my diary and writing prompts as well as memes I run across that look interesting. Now I have a look similar to the online diarists and personal bloggers I interact with.
  • Dynamite Lesson Plan – As a teacher, I have always kept a teaching diary that includes opinions, editorials, methods, and conversation on all things education k6 and beyond.
    This is simply a teaching diary where I publish my findings from the field. To date, I have sold more advertising on this site than any other. It’s not always easy to get motivated to write on this one. The more money I make (this month $140) the more motivated I get but I have considered letting this one go a few times.
  • Riley Central – YOU ARE HERE: Where all my stuff comes together, including ‘The Damien Riley Podcast.‘ This is my central space where all my online stuff comes together. I have syndication set up through a plugin that pipes in everything I publish on all my blogs. It’s a concept I am proud of, it’s like a home page. In theory, one could follow everything I do by following the RSS feed on Riley Central.


Closing statement: I hope you understand a little more why I have multiple blogs now. It is very time-consuming but has been worth it to me. Perhaps you might try it if you have some of the same desires.

Announcements: I want to give a shout out to Darren Lucas. We’ve been tinkering with a podcast called Talking Stars. It’s still in its early stages so I’m not posting a link just yet.  That work encouraged me to revive my own podcast. Darren is a great podcast speaker as well as movie reviewer. You can find him at:

Movie Reviews 101 –

Twitter – @newguyreview101

Facebook –

To quote Darren at the end of a recording session: “And we are out!”

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Podcast ‘Talking Stars Episode Two – 1980s Steven Spielberg’ I am co-Host

indysnakeI have enjoyed recording the first few episodes of ‘Talking Stars’ with Darren Lucas. Every time we record one, I get a college education on what works and what I can do better in podcasting. I hope you enjoy our 2nd podcast in this season (S01 E02) where Darren and I discuss Spielberg Movies of the 1980s.

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Podcast: ‘The Truth About Blog Prompts’

I filmed this podcast at about 6:30am Friday morning in my car parked in front of an abandoned, closed, boarded up bar called “The Jet Room” that’s where I got my idea for Season 2’s podcast name: “Chats from the Jet Room.” I hope to do several at this haunting and electrifying location.

Season 2 Episode 1


I cross-post my video blogs on YouTube.

I drive by this place on my way to work. It’s has such a cool sign but it almost seems haunted. Both are the reasons I chose it as a theme for my Season 2 of my podcast.

They say the best movies and tv shows are filmed early in the morning. I chose to talk about “Blog Posts.” I didn’t pick this topic, it picked me, out of years of bittersweet frustration an tiny rewards through the years doing them. I wanted to vent and rant and maybe inform but will anyone care to watch and listen? Time will tell. I’ve been writing blog prompts and memes for so many years sometimes I just have to vent about their uselessness to me.

Bloggers: do you ever wonder if that is all there is that we are doing here? Well I do. This is just a rant and maybe an encouragement to other bloggers out there who feel this with me. Climb aboard, we can continue bitching together ;) I’ve tried a few new effects on this episode to keep it short, sweet (hopefully), and interesting (again I hope). It’s here as well as Youtube so if you dig it, please to give it love props in both places. I’m looking forward to this season, I have a lot of ideas to share and I have added to my skill set for making podcasts. It’s a little shaky, I’ll work on that for next time. Thanks!!!

Show info:

The Truth About Blog Prompts
The Jet Room Chats
The Damien Riley Podcast
Season 2 Episode 1

Background song “Thunder and the Rain (instrumental)” written and performed by “me” Damien Riley and is licensed under a Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International

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