Episode 47: The Karate Kids Are Alright

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

In This episode:

Allen gets to nerd out this news segment where he talks up Karate kid sequel: Cobra Kai, Dungeons and Dragons (again), a Steve Martin remake (of a remake) and asks why Die Hard won’t die.
In there Chris asks what’s Evangeline Lily been up to since Lost, how few movies he’s seen and taking his life in his hands to get to the recording.

Trailer Talk:

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Ant Man and The Wasp

Mission Impossible: Fallout

Solo: A Star Wars Story

COMING SOON ON DIMINISHING RETURNS: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life if you want to do the prep.

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Episode 46: Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker.

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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 THIS EPISODE:

Do you want to hear two cis-gender, Scottish men talk dirty about two of cinemas most erotic movies of all time? Of course you do, you’re a human being with feelings, needs and desires and we are hilarious!

So hear Allen and Chris get sexy in this post Valentine’s special.  They pick over the smash-hit film adaptations of EL James’ first two blockbuster books. It started off as Twilight fan fiction before being reshaped into the non-supernatural tale of a virgin and a kinky billionaire. As the third film, Fifty Shades Freed, is released- the Fifty Shades series is undoubtedly a cultural juggernaut, but are they good films?

No, obviously. But we watched the first two installments anyway.

 

We discuss sexual awakenings, how darker is Darker than Grey?, Christian Grey’s method, Kim Basinger’s previous work in the field, Chronicles of Riddick (somehow) and giggle about sex stuff, like real grownups.

 

We also talked about Vancouver doubling unconvincingly for Seattle, but you won’t hear that as the section was cut for time. You can, however, watch this great video about the topic.

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Episode 45: Out with the Old, in with Keanu

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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.

TRAILER TALK:

Oceans 8

Deep Blue Sea

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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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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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