TalkieGazette.com is an ever expanding amateur movie guide, written by regular moviegoers like you. You won’t find a lot of lofty analysis here, or desperate attempts to sound clever (it comes naturally – kidding!) – just honest opinions of each and every movie we see.

Talkie Gazette?

When figuring out what to call the blog, we thought about two elements the name of the site had to communicate to visitors. 1) This is a blog about all movies, new and old. 2) This was a blog, and an informal newsletter of sorts, so the domain name also had to make reference to that.

Talkies was a term used to describe the very first motion pictures that incorporated synchronized sound. The first full length motion picture to use this technology was The Jazz Singer back in 1927. Gazette is just another word to describe a public journal or newspaper. So there you have it, TalkieGazette.com.


Each review on the site will be formatted in a specific way. Organized into sections: Two cents (or pence), movie prep, best format, and then a nod to a specific moment or element in the movie.

Putting in our ‘two cents’, we hope to quickly express our opinion of the film in an efficient and friendly manner. There will also be very little time spent (if at all) regurgitating the movie’s main plot points. The ‘movie prep’ section will attempt to communicate what we believe is the essential knowledge you’ll need before watching a particular film. Something that will help prepare you enough so that you get the maximum amount of enjoyment possible from your movie going experience.

The ‘best format’ section is our recommendation of the best way to watch this film. Some films justify the extra cost to see them on an IMAX or 3D screen. Some other films don’t qualify their need for a huge theater screen at all, and would be just as effective at home on your TV or tablet. The last section in each review will highlight a specific moment or element that we liked or disliked in the movie. Be that a particular performance, or visual experience, or line of dialog.


Each movie review on talkiegazette.com will receive at least one rating between 0 (horrible) and 50 (classic). If another contributing writer wants to add their two cents (or pence), an extra rating score will be added. The final rating for the movie will then be an average of the scores collected. The rating the movie receives is represented by the total shaded section of stars (up to 5) above the review text. Here’s what those ratings suggest:

4.5 → 5 Stars (45 – 50/50) This is a classic movie, and the kind of film that gets re-released every 5, 10 or 20 years because its impact was so great. Very few films on talkiegazette.com will receive this rating.
3.5 → 4 Stars (35 – 40/50) A really great film, that might one day get five stars depending on its impact with movie lovers over the years.
2.5 → 3 Stars (25 – 30/50) A good film. This is recommended viewing. While it maybe lacking in some respects, we feel it’s still worth your time and money to watch.
1.5 → 2 Stars (15 – 20/50) This film will have more problems than good points. But it will have some redeeming qualities, and we’ll try to focus on those for you.
0 → 1 Star (0 – 10/50) This is a bad film. It has too many flaws to recommend you spend any time or money on it. Though it might have one or two redeeming qualities, it won’t be enough to ignore the movies many problems.