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Sep 18, 2018

 

Thirty-one years after the original movie, The Predator sees the return of the ugly aliens in this Shane Black directed sequel. Starring Boyd Holbrook as Quinn McKenna, an elite army sniper and the lone survivor of a Predator attack, he mails some stolen alien tech to his family and his son somehow manages to learn how to work it, leading the army and an even more deadly Predator to chase after him. While the premise may sound silly, the plot is unfortunately more laboured then that, and with tonal inconsistencies, some bad editing and an unfunny script, The Predator does not add much to a franchise that has been on a steady decline. Co-starring Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jacob Tremblay.

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Intro and outro music by Leigh Spence of Dancing with the Gatekeepers and The Leigh Spence Moment.

Sep 11, 2018

Extolled as one of the best Stephen King adaptations out there, Rob Reiner's classic 1990 interpretation of Misery is finally watched by Layla in her Virgin Viewings of the film. Starring James Caan as a successful writer who wants to branch out from the stories he has become famous for, he is saved from a blizzard by his number one fan, a certain Annie Wilkes, played excellently by Kathy Bates, who won the Oscar for this role. Filled with Hitchcockian suspense and oppressive camera work, Misery details the terror of being held hostage by someone who claims to have your best interest at hand. 

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Sep 4, 2018

Johnny Knoxville is back at the stunt's in Action Point, directed by Tim Kirkby. Based on the notorious American amusement park Action Park, we see Knoxville head a dangerous and fun park, based on the premise of what you can do, plus personal responsibility, whose good times may be at an end when the land is trying to be brought out and law suits start coming in. While clearly harking back to the anarchy of Jackass, there is an uncomfortable amount of rose-tinted nostalgia to this film, which doesn't add much to this generally empty premise. Co-starring Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Chris Pontius, and Johnny Pemberton.

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Intro and outro music by Leigh Spence of Dancing with the Gatekeepers and The Leigh Spence Moment.

Aug 28, 2018

This week Layla gives Richee his Virgin Viewings of the 1997 Satoshi Kon anime classic Perfect Blue. With scenes that meld into one another and a twisting, unsettling story, we witness former pop idol Mima transition to becoming an actress in this realistic animation. With gory scenes and unnerving characters, Perfect Blue is most successful in its contrast between reality and fiction and the horror when those two worlds are at odds with one another, along with its vivid and visceral experience of going through that process yourself as you watch it. 

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Aug 21, 2018

Matt Groening mocked the present with The Simpsons, ridiculed the future with Futurama, and now is back to lambast the past with Disenchantment. This Netflix exclusive animation tells the story of debauched princess Bean, her own personal demon Luci, and misery-loving elf Elfo, in a series that pokes fun at the dark ages and the fairy tales it inspired. However, Disenchantment proves a lost opportunity when it comes to parodying the medieval period and its ideas, and the stilted jokes and characterisation leaves the series wanting. Featuring the voices of Abbi Jacobson, Eric Andre, Nat Faxon and John DiMaggio. 

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Aug 14, 2018

It's a big shark movie starring Jason Statham. If that sounds like fun to you, then you'll enjoy this film. The Meg, directed by Jon Turteltaub, sees a megalodon rise up from the hidden depths of the Mariana Trench to rampage the seas of China. Co-starring Bingbing Li, Ruby Rose, Rainn Wilson and Shuya Sophia Cai, The Meg is that big budget summer blockbuster that everyone loves. Well, except maybe Layla... Contains mild spoilers.

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Intro and outro music by Leigh Spence of Dancing with the Gatekeepers and The Leigh Spence Moment.

 

Aug 7, 2018

After credit spoilers at 14:49

Following on from the fallout of Infinity War, we a less dramatic outing for Marvel in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Directed by Peyton Reed, we get to see what Scott Lang was up to while everyone else was out trying to save the universe. Involving the quantum realm, ghosts and ankle tags, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a much more standard and domestic fair, but not one without laughable and impressive moments. Plus, we ponder what all this could mean for the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Intro and outro music by Leigh Spence of Dancing with the Gatekeepers and The Leigh Spence Moment.

Jul 31, 2018

SPOILERS AHEAD! We are back with a Netflix review and this week it's Ben Young's Extinction. This sci-fi thriller sees husband and father Peter suffering from strange, frightening dreams, which are starting to effect his home life. The dreams then seem to be coming true, and he has to work through the chaos to same his family and figure out what is really going on. While Extinction develops and interesting premise, does it really utilise well it's strengths, especially the awesome Michael Peña? Also starring Lizzy Caplan, Mike Colter, and Israel Broussard. Plus, special five minute ramble about Mission: Impossible - Fallout at the end.

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Intro and outro music by Leigh Spence of Dancing with the Gatekeepers and The Leigh Spence Moment.

Jul 24, 2018

Taking place in 2028, Drew Pearce's Hotel Artemis tells the story a hospital for criminals in among a water riot in LA. With interesting characters and a stellar cast, we are treated to a fascinating version of the future, with a wonderfully grimy Art Deco hotel as our setting, but the script leads little in the way of truly memorable storytelling. Starring Jodie Foster, Dave Bautista, Stirling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Charlie Day and Jeff Goldblum.

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Jul 17, 2018

Fourteen years after the first film, Brad Bird and Pixar return with Incredibles 2. Trying to make superheroes legal again, Helen (Elastigirl) is called up to restore the reputation of supers in the public eye, with Bob (Mr Incredible) staying at home to look after the kids. Mix in with that a nefarious villain called Screenslaver, then you have a sequel that's lively, imaginative, and truly lives up to it's predecessor. Starring Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener.

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Jul 10, 2018

The directorial debut of Marvel storyboard artist Federico D'Alessandro, Netflix exclusive Tau takes looks into the life of an AI who makes friends with a human and acts out against it's creator. While trying to go down a horror path, Tau fits much more comfortably within it's sci-fi leanings, and borrows liberally from a smorgasbord of influences, including 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Amityville Horror, and even a hint of Batteries Not Included. Starring Maika Monroe, Ed Skrein and Gary Oldman.

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Jul 3, 2018

Based on the true story of a bunch of friends who played a continuous game of tag well into adulthood, Jeff Tomsic's TAG sees this story come to the big screen with slo-mo action scenes and some surprising moments of darkness. Starring Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Josh Hamm, Hannibal Buress and Jake Johnson as adult friends going to extremes to tag each other, and reigniting their friendship with each slap.

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Jun 26, 2018

Layla is treated to her Virgin Viewings of Wes Craven's 1977 classic The Hills Have Eyes in this episode. Looking at this iconic and influential horror, we discuss the various tropes and themes it brings up, including nature vs nurture, Americana folk horror, and the "monstrous ugly" trope. Starring Micheal Berryman, Susan Lanier and Janus Blythe.

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Jun 19, 2018

Ari Aster's debut feature length film Hereditary may be pulling in all the comparisons, from The Babadook and The Witch to even The Exorcist, but how does it really fare on its own merit? Starring Toni Colette as a mother grieving the death of her own mother, we see ghostly apparitions and disturbing utterances haunt her and her family, until an awful tragedy rips the families secrets wide open. Co-starring Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne and Ann Dowd, Hereditary is a masterclass of tension, but what about that notorious ending (no spoilers).

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Jun 12, 2018

Spoilers kick in at 14:28

What's more exciting then an exploding volcano? A black market auction, right? And what could possibly top the Indominus Rex from the first film? A goddamn Indoraptor, right? Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom comes back bigger and dumber with Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt trying the dinosaurs from the environment and dastardly bad guys. Also starring Jeff Goldblum, Ted Levine and Rafe Spall, we ponder all the rather convenient moments the film conjures up, plus we wonder what possible sequels Fallen Kingdom could bring up. (Gothic Dracula dino's, anyone?)

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Jun 5, 2018

Spoilers from the onset. If you need to talk to someone about issues raised in this show, find information on who to contact here. 

The controversial second season of Netflix's 13 Reasons Why does not hold back from the issues it raised in the first season, but without the book to structure it, and the series support itself? With the trial over Hannah's suicide starting in court, Clay and his friends have to try and find some crucial evidence and persuade key witnesses to testify to save Hannah's name. With all the strong images from the first season back again, and with some extra, can the show justify itself, and does it still have something to say? Starring Dylan Minette, Katherine Langford, Alisha Boe, Kate Walsh and Derek Luke.

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May 29, 2018

Did you ever wonder how Han Solo got the Millennium Falcon? His blaster? Those dice that are somehow a big deal? Well, look no further, as Ron Howard's origin story to Star Wars most infamous rogue, Solo: A Star Wars Story, gives us all the answers. Alden Ehrenreich stars as the young Han, keen to get back to his lost love Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke), as well as prove himself to a bunch of high-stakes thieves (Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, and Jon Favreau). Of course, he also meets up with bff forever Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), as well as the infamous Lando Clarissian (Donald Glover). However, with its troubled production and lackluster box-office, is Solo really the big hit that it wants to be? Richee and Layla discuss it out in this podcast review.

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May 22, 2018

This is a spoiler-free and spoiler-full podcast review. Spoilers come in at the 15 minute mark.

Following on from the huge and surprising success of 2016's first Deadpool film, David Leitch's sequel, with the inspired name of Deadpool 2, gives the audience back what they loved from the first film. Ryan Reynold's is back as Wade Wilson, and when a tragedy strikes him personally, he is called to help a young mutant (Julian Dennison) and start up the X-Force to defeat cyborg-from-the-future Cable (Josh Brolin). Also starring Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin, and some unsuspecting cameo's, Deadpool 2 gives the audience what it wants, but is it enough? 

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May 15, 2018

Coming out in 1995, The Usual Suspects was a hit, winning Academy Awards for its screenplay and for Kevin Spacey in its supporting role, but has it really withstood the test of time? Directed by Bryan Singer, and with a script by Christopher McQuarrie, we are left to wonder who the hell Keyser Soze is and what's he doing influencing the lives of five unlikely criminals. Co-starring Stephen Baldwin, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne and Kevin Pollak, The Usual Suspects has sustained its reputation over the years, but does it really deserve the love it gets? And just how effective is its notorious twist?

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May 8, 2018

Contains minor spoilers.

Following on from the success of Train to Busan, Yeon Sang-ho directs South Korea's first superhero movie, Psychokinesis. Ryu Seung-ryong stars as Shin, a middle-aged security guard who gains psychokinetic powers after drinking from a comet-tainted spring, who then decides he's going to help his once abandoned daughter Roo-mi (Shim Eun-kyun) stand up against the big business developers who destroyed her fried chicken shop. While the film does delve into whimsy and sentimentality, there is some genuine authoritarian horror, but does it reach the heights of Train to Busan? Also starring Park Jung-min and Jung Yu-mi.

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May 1, 2018

Non-spoiler review up until 13:56, then its full-on spoiler territory.

The build up for Avengers: Infinity War has been almost a decade in the making, and now the Marvel heroes come up against their biggest enemy. Directed by The Russo Brothers,  Josh Brolin plays Thanos, a villain seeking to bring balance back to the universe with his massive gauntlet and the six Infinity Stones. The only problem is it requires the death of half the living beings in all the universe. Infinity War brings together nearly all the characters from Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and the other solo franchises to their biggest battle yet, but can they succeed? We discuss what works with the film, our personal gripes, and what we hope to see for the franchise in the future. Plus, what does Thanos have in common with David Attenborough and Friedrich Nietzsche? Listen on to find out.

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Apr 24, 2018

This week we delve into a Virgin Viewings, where one of us gives the other a favourite film to watch, and this time it is Richee's turn to watch Michael Powell's infamous 1960 psychological thriller, Peeping Tom. After creating such classics as The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus with Emeric Pressburger, Powell nearly destroyed his career with this film, which scored disastrous reviews. However, Peeping Tom has gone on to become a cult classic, becoming a precursor to the contemporary slasher film. Starring Carl Boehm as a film maker obsessed with capturing the last look of fear on his victims faces. Also starring Anna Massey and Moira Shearer, has Layla succeeded in showing Richee a Virgin Viewings he'll actually enjoy? Listen on to find out. 

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Apr 17, 2018

Giant monsters! Destruction! Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson! Everything you could want from a modern disaster movie, right? Directed by Brad Peyton, and based on the video game, Rampage is a simple story about a bunch of big animals that go berserk and the one sensitive but strangely indestructible man that can bring them down. Co-starring Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Joe Manganiello, we look at what this film does right and wrong, and why it could of done with camping it's self up a bit.

We also refer to Pacific Rim Uprising in this podcast, and you can listen to our review of that film here.

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Apr 10, 2018

Based on the stage play by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson, Ghost Stories, also directed by Nyman and Dyson, follows a twisting narrative that contemplates the very nature of ghosts. Paranormal skeptic Professor Goodman (Nyman) is sent to solve three increasingly bizarre haunting's that send his own beliefs into doubt. Co-starring Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse and Alex Lawther, Ghost Stories delivers a mediation on why we choose to believe in ghosts, and the dangers of not acknowledging the ghosts in our past.

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Apr 7, 2018

One of our favourite TV shows of last year is now back with it's second season, so we check in with Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet to see how the Hammond's are dealing with life after wife and mother Sheila is turned into a zombie. With all the problems that murdering and eating people has, can it really top the suburban nightmare of keeping up with the neighbours, being a good parent and staying sane in front of your boss? Plus, with the first season being so successful, does the second season keep up the laughs and gore? Staring Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Liv Hewson, Skyler Gisondo and Mary Elizabeth Ellis.

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