PREVIEW of my interview with THE one and only Movierob

I’m promoting an interview with Movierob that will show up in the next episode of my podcast. I hope you can check out the interview, Movierob is a blog film critic to learn from! Enjoy my promo video, its less than 2 minutes. Hope you can also listen to the interview which will be longer. Thanks!

The Damien Riley Podcast #19 – Freedom and Activism in ‘Anthropoid’ & ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

In this podcast, I address some important parallels in two films I really enjoy: Anthropoid and The Grapes of Wrath. I talk about the way freedom and activism weave throughout. Below is a carbon coby of my Anthropoid review published today on ‘Riley Film Reviews

I hope you get a chance to enjoy these two films. Please leave me a comment, thank in advance, enjoy the day.

Biography films can be long and even boring sometimes. This is a break from that mold. We see the Czechs go after Hitler’s third man in charge. They call him the butcher. What seems an impossible task becomes a tenacious one and as Cillian Murphy’s character says “We are Czechs, we will never surrender!”


“Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich’s third in command after Hitler and Himmler.” -IMDB


Jamie Dornan Jan Kubis
Cillian Murphy Josef Gabcík
Brian Caspe Antonín
Karel Hermánek Jr. Ignác

Directed by

Sean Ellis

Written by

Sean Ellis, Anthony Frewin

Other Info

Biography, History, Thriller, War
Fri 09 Sep 2016 UTC
IMDB Rating: 7.2

Director Sean Ellis who gave us the funny and sexy Cashback., really made a sideline here for a gritty, violent biography. I don’t usually gravitate toward these films but I’m glad I did this time. A slow starter, this film does pick up with a passion and takes the audience along for a helluva ride.

Cillian Murphy plays the lead role. He’s an assassin from the resistance against Hitler. He sets out to kill Hitler’s third in command, after Himmler. Jamie Dornan also gives a powerful performance as the accomplice. Viewers may remember him from the not so stunning Fifty Shades of Grey.

The story is about a pair of Czechs whose country has been decimated by Hitler and his cronies. They set out to assassinate the third in command who has been put in charge of terrorizing and occupying Czechoslovakia . The hit many walls along their journey and the end is a scene of bittersweet historical fact.

I really liked this film in the way it presented the characters in a slow way but sped up during certain exciting scenes which kept my interest. It’s a must see for fans of World War Two films with an emphasis on the horrors of Hitler. I recommend it to historians and casual biography watchers alike. There are times it does go a little slow and I didn’t truly embrace the way the ending was presented even though I liked it very much.


The Damien Riley Podcast #18 – ‘Take Shelter’

I hope you enjoy my 2 min 30 second review of this film. See you next time!

Occasionally a movie comes along that you discover accidentally and it completely alters your definition of what a great movie is. Take Shelter is a 2011 movie directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, and Shea Whigham. Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.” -IMDB

#17 – My Best Picture Pick

It’s been a good Oscar season, a little mediocre but good. I enjoyed so many films this past year it’s always odd choosing from such a short list. I offer you this less-than-three-minute-episode to hopefully lead you over to read some of my longer written works. See you after the Oscars!

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#16 ‘The Girl With All the Gifts’ and Other Things Not Making Me Happy

Hi there, Damien Riley here. Welcome to my podcast I started in 2010. In this episode, I share updates from my life as well as movies I have seen recently. This episode signals my move to make this podcast more of an active project in my life. I hope you’ll check back and share the fun with me!

Charlie Ray La Pat recorded my Snippets. Thanks Charlie!

Okay, let’s start with the movies I’ve seen lately. There are 3 and I wasn’t fond of any. It happens.

Second and finally, welcome to my brain and my world! Get yourself a strong coffee and get ready!

Finally, I say goodbye and give a teaser about how this show will be good for you next time 🙂

Hope you’ll tune in next time to the Damien Riley Podcast.

The Damien Riley Podcast: Episode 5 Weekly Roundup – Movie Previews, Teaching, and Political Nakedness

TDRPprofilesquare800This week’s podcast, #5, is a weekly roundup: a summary of what I wrote on my blog last week.

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