Episode 43: Special Features

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DIMINISHING RETURNS: A comedy podcast about movie sequels, prequels, spin-offs and reboots. Hosted by Allen and Chris. WARNING: Contains Scottish accents and spoilers.

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In the spirit of DVD special features here’s a collection of deleted scenes, bloopers and err….a lot of Chris swearing.

Yeah that’s right we actually edit stuff out of the pod!
Anyway, here’s some bloopers, asides, tangents and general stuff we enjoyed that we couldn’t fit into their particular episodes. Normal service will resume next episode.

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Episode 42: 2017 Year End Review

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In This Episode:

It’s Christmas time -we hope you had a happy holiday, however you spent it. In this episode we discuss our top 10 films of the year, the most disappointing sequels of the year and our festive favourites we like to spend the Yuletide bingeing on!

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Thanks to everyone that’s joined us over the last year. We have some exciting episodes planned for 2018, including a Shane Black classic, some kinky romance and for our 50th episode we are going to treat ourselves. So don’t forget to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts so you don’t miss an episode .

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Episode 41: The Force Awakens

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We’d suffered through the prequels, hope had died, but Disney’s multi-billion dollar purchase of Lucasfilm would ensure a slew of future Star Wars cinematic outings. Kick staring the post Lucas phase was JJ Abrams Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Part sequel, part remake, part Soft Reboot. Could it live up to expectations? Was this just an exercise in fan service? And why does Harrison Ford look so engaged in this film?

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In this episode we discuss:
We get down to talking the likely hood of Scottish accents ruining Star Wars (oh the irony), real world First Order parallels, Max Landis comment of Rey as a Mary Sue and look at how the new kids of the franchise fare in this brave new step for a Galaxy far, far away.

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Allen & Chris have also drafted in a friend of the show to help get us up to speed with the franchise. With our pal, Judy Frary, giving us a run down of the plot of the original Star Wars films. The only one mall issue. She hasn’t seen any of the films at all, but does seem well acquainted with Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs.

 

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Episode 40: BUFF GOTH

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In between ‘franchise’ episodes (where we delve into a particular film or series of films) we have episodes where we talk about wider trends in sequel culture, sequel news, talk trailers in our Trailer Talk segment and whatever the hell else we like.

In this episode:

We go ga-ga for Goggins, chat The Crow reboot casting, muse on a surprise box office hit we seem to have forgotten about and is Brad Bird Ayn Rand fixated?. Plus Chris sums up the whole Harry Potter franchise based on his seeing only one and a half Potter movies.

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COMING SOON ON DIMINISHING RETURNS:

With Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII, The Last Jedi hitting our screens this holiday season. We thought we’d get you ready by reviewing The Force Awakens. May The Force Be With You.

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Episode 39: Predator & Predator 2

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IN THIS EPISODE:

It’s the only Hollywood  ‘predator’ we’ve any love for. The awesome Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger was released 30 years ago. Despite lukewarm reviews at the time it’s now regarded as a genre classic. The 1990 Danny Glover starring sequel is less well regarded however.  Though it does have a cult following due in part to one major Easter egg. And with Diminishing Returns favourite, Shane Black, at the helm for an upcoming sequel, due next year, it seemed like the right time to hunt these two down?

 

The set of Predator sounded like an amazing and insane adventure in, and of itself. The boys chat about on set antics, prima donna actors in monster suits, a litany of bad-asses, Danny Glover as an action hero, NO GIRLS ALLOWED! John McTiernan’s career trajectory, the many deaths of Bill Paxton (RIP) and the political power of the Predator cast.

 

Along the way Chris reconnects with lil’ Chris and Allen gets annoyed at the cultural misappropriation of Voodoo.

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Episode 38: Fictional Creepy

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IN THIS EPISODE:

In between ‘proper’ episodes (where we delve into a particular film or franchise) we’ll be doing bonus episodes where we talk about wider trends in sequel culture, sequel news, new trailers and whatever the hell we like.

It’s almost Halloween so Chris and Allen get spooky and avoid discussing all the horrible news, coming from the fallout of the Weinstein scandal, focusing instead on fictional creepy! So there is talk of the status of the Maniac Cop reboot, Lone Wolf & the Cub details, upcoming Puppet Master sequels and news on an upcoming sequel to 1978’s I Spit On Your Grave.  There is also a horror movie themed quiz.

Allen also show his deft touch with improv comedy and launches a competition while Chris worries about solo attendance at a Dr Who exhibition and tries to shut the competition down.

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COMING SOON ON DIMINISHING RETURNS:

We take a look at John McTeirnan’s Predator, on the eve of its 30th anniversary, and compare it to the Arnie-less follow up starring Danny Glover in Predator 2 (1990)

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Episode 37: Friday the 13th Parts 4, 5 & 6

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IN THIS EPISODE:

It’s October, which means two things. Halloween is almost upon us and secondly Allen and Chris will be returning to Crystal Lake for more Friday the 13th movies.
Last year  they covered the first three installments in the horror franchise so this time, in what’s fast become a Halloween tradition,  they looked at the next three movies in the franchise. Featuring the incorrectly titled Part IV: The Final Chapter, Part V: A New Beginning which set up the beginning of a whole new plot thread that was ultimately ignored and Part VI: Jason Lives.

 

Along the way there are discussions of analogous nudity, the Crystal Lake library system, the evolution of Tommy Jarvis – three actors in three movies! and of course the enigma that is Crispin Glover.

 

Jason Lives may have a strong claim for the best in the series, and for Allen’s money that’s helped in no small part by having Alice Cooper provide music the soundtrack. Cooper had been previously approached to provide the title track to The Man With the Golden Gun, but he missed out on that gig. Jason Voorhees seems like a much better fit for Cooper than Roger Moore anyway.

 

The boys also try in vain to unravel the franchise timeline, Allen has to defend Part Four and Chris just may have a discovered a new favourite film. Wow! We can’t wait for next year.

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