Episode 27: The Suicide Squad

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Terrible people are brought together to work as a team… but enough about the hosts of this podcast. With the upcoming release of Wonder Woman we look at an earlier DC Extended Universe film, Suicide Squad.

DC had just released the dour Batman V Superman: Yawn Of Justice, which was heavily criticised for it’s dark tone, while it’s great rival Marvel had success with Guardians Of The Galaxy, a super quippy ensemble film featuring reluctant heroes. Reluctant, third-tier, not famous heroes….

What was DC to do with their own not-famous-reluctant-heroes ensemble flick?

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Episode 26: Alien Covenant Spoiler Free Review

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Allen and Chris bring a close to Ridley Watch. With the release of Alien Covenant Chris brings you the only review you need. No need to worry, it’s spoiler free!

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Episode 25: But is James McAvoy Happy?

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Allen and Chris discuss David Bowie’s most famous part, sex robots, Jeff Goldblum and the career of James McAvoy.

Trailer Talk:

Blade Runner 2049

Spider-Man Homecoming

Wonder Woman

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Whiskey Galore

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

 

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Episode 24: Escape from New York & L.A.

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Allen and Chris cheer on Snake Plissken as he fights the man, the system and poor depth perception.

We know you may be sick of hearing about Trump’s first 100 days in office so take your mind off current affairs as we discuss the ‘Escape From….’ series , set in a dystopian future where authoritarian demagogue presidents wall off undesirables. *Allen and Chris look to camera*

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Episode 23: Death & Twins

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.

In this episode:

Allen debuts another impersonation. We have Eddie Murphy news. So. Much. Transformers. Potentially a new economics spin-off, Carrie Fisher and future Star Wars
And our new segment, Addendum-dum-dum-dumb!

Trailer Talk:

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Thor: Ragnarok

Justice League

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Episode 23: Fury Road & Mad Max Films

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Out running the Blu Ray release of Mad Max: Fury Road- Black & Chrome, by a few weeks, Chris & Allen have taken a detour from terrible movies to celebrate one of the most exhilarating franchises of all time. We do our best to sum up and examine the evolution of the series. From 1979’s hugely successful Ozploitation classic, Mad Max, through the Road Warrior the troubled Beyond Thunderdome and on to the Fury Road, where the recasting of the lead roll would see Tom Hardy take over the driving and reboot the franchise.

 

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Thunderdome comps by Drew Struzan V. Final artwork by Richard Amsel.

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Episode 22: Mid-Afternoon of the Creeps

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Chris and Allen discuss various directors and their hokey cokey approach to projects. They’re in, they’re out, they’re shaking it all about. There’s also some Last Jedi cast news, some unlikely comebacks and, after seeing Kong: Skull Island, Chris may be starting a new game of pin the dong on the Kong!

We also muse on the passing of Bill Paxton, a real talent that we will sorely miss. Then Allen get a little creepy as talk moves to the upcoming Wonder Woman.

Trailer Talk:

Wonder Woman

WW Shield

Finally DC look like they finally have a movie that has the right balance of action, laughs and spectacle to challenge Marvel for some solid summer box office. Gal Gadot looks like a great fit for the role and the World War I setting looks like an interesting backdrop to proceedings.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

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The wind has surely gone from the sails of this franchise. With Johnny Depp’s personal issues clouding our judgment a little. The most notable take away from the trailer is that the movie is taking a little detour into the Uncanny Valley with a de-aged Cpt. Jack Sparrow.

Power Rangers

A TV to Cinema reboot for a perennial kids show. But with Allen recounting that even his seven year old son has outgrown Power Rangers who is this franchise for? Still it looks slick and well put together, just not for us.

Despicable Me 3

One awkward party aside Chris has no connection to this franchise. Allen, however, is a fan. The first two Despicable Me movies are for kids but more than work for grown ups. The Minions spin-off was a blip that invested too much in the army of little, yellow, hench men and their life before joining forces with Gru.

 

So hopefully this third outing will right the ship. As Steve Carell returns as the reformed super villan Gru, now reassessing his career change in the wake of a professional embarrassment after failing to take down an 80’s inspired criminal.

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#TRYPOD:

With NPR launching the #trypod initiative, to try and encourage new listeners for podcasts as a whole Chris and Allen thought they’d recommend some of their favourite listens.

We’d also encourage you to recommend Diminishing Returns to as many people as possible. As we always say we’re 100% self funded and independent and rely on support from listeners to spread the word. Rating, reviewing and sharing really does make a difference for podcasts, whether scrappy little outsiders like us or smash hits like Serial.

So why not try out The Hashtag Show, The Black Tapes, The Football Ramble, The Dana Gould Hour and The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast as recommended by Chris.

Or I Was There Too, The Faculty of Horror, Doug Loves Movies, The Parapod or Maltin on Movies which are favourites of Allen.

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