Episode 45: Out with the Old, in with Keanu

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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 THIS EPISODE:

It’s the first bonus episode of the 2018 and as usual In between ‘proper’ episodes (where we delve into a particular film or franchise) we talk about wider trends in sequel culture, sequel news, new trailers and whatever the hell we like.

Allen and Chris return to talk new beefs, plot twists and trailers.
So let’s Crank again with Neveldine/Taylor, hope we get an Excellent sequel for Bill and Ted and address the The Last Jedi controversy. Along the way Allen has a boy band flash back and Chris goes to war on Aaron Sorkin and Steven Spielberg.

We also refer several times to the AV Club’s series A History of Violence by Tom Breihan.

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Coming Soon:

Our next franchise episode will cover Fifty Shade of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker just ahead of the release of Fifty Shades Freed. Come get sexy with us.

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Episode 44: Lethal Weapon 1 & 2

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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 This Episode:

We’re back, we’re bad! Allen’s ginger, Chris is mad!
That’s right kids, our first franchise ep of 2018 we get into Shane Black era Lethal Weapon, inspired by our friends at Spocklight: The Audio Podcast who had an actual interview with director Richard Donner.

It’s well documented on the show that we love some Shane Black. So imagine a movie written by him. Add Richard Donner at the helm with the infectious chemistry of (pre-meltdown) Mel Gibson and Danny Glover and release it in 1987. Which looks, in retrospect, like the greatest year for cinema.

Buddy cop movies are nothing new. Whether it’s Akira Kurosawa’s Stray Dog (1949) or Freebie & the Bean (1974) through to 48 Hrs (1982) and Beverly Hills Cop(1984). The Lethal Weapon franchise arguably solidified it as a genre in of itself. Inspiring all manner of imitators from K9 and Turner & Hooch (1989) to Bad Boys (1995) and Rush Hour (1998) and the inspired lunacy of Tango & Cash (1989) and spawned a spoof in National Lampoon’s Lethal Weapon 1 (1993).

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Mismatched partners forced to get along in order to crack the case, before they kill each other, it’s an action movie staple. And no one does it better than Shane Black. He created Riggs and Murtaugh then went on to give the world The Last Boy Scout, Last Action Hero, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Other Guys and even found time to slip some buddy elements into Iron Man 3.

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Episode 43: Special Features

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In This Episode:

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

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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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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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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