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Apr 5, 2016

As a kind of twin movie to Disney's now iconic Cool Runnings, Dexter Fletcher's new movie looks at the 1988 Calgary Olympics other under dog, Eddie the Eagle. With Taron Edgerton of Kingsman as the titular character, we look at all the obstacles that Eddie has on his way to achieve the true Olympic spirit. In this review we look at how fact compares with fiction, how it compares with Cool Runnings, as well as other characters played by Hugh Jackman, Keith Allen and Christopher Walken. Is Eddie the Eagle truly an uplifting movie about triumph? Listen on to find out.


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Mar 29, 2016

This week we go in depth to one of 2016's most anticipated films, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We look into this film with full SPOILERS, discussing the controversial choice of Ben Affleck for Batman, the loose morals the characters inhabit when it comes to killing, as well as THAT ending, and ask what we could expect of future DC films (including the much derided Aquaman film). Directed by Zack Snyder, and also starring Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams and Jesse Eisenburg, is this film really as bad as what everyone says? Listen to our podcast review to find out.

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Mar 22, 2016

This kind-of sequel to 2008's Cloverfield removes it's focus from the chaotic streets of New York to a claustrophobic Texan bunker. When Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes up strapped to a wall after a horrific car crash, she is told by the unnerving Howard (John Goodman) that a terrible attack has left the atmosphere inhabitable, and her family most certainly dead. Unsure what to believe, she uses the help of fellow bunker-dweller Emmett (John Gallagher Jr,) to try and work out the truth. First time director Dan Trachtenburg and producer J.J. Abrams have created a tense and chilling sci-fi thriller with Hitchcockian overtones, and a sequel that proves much better than the original in 10 Cloverfield Lane.

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Mar 15, 2016

This week we give Richee his Virgin Viewings of the Robert Zemeckis survival classic Cast Away. First released in 2000, Cast Away sees Tom Hanks play a Fed Ex workaholic who's plane is crash landed in the ocean, leaving him to be washed up on a desert island, learning how to survive with scraps of his old life. We discuss our different interpretations of the films ending, the writing process of the film, and, of course, Hanks island confidant Wilson. 

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Mar 8, 2016

The Coen Brothers return with an all star cast in their tale of golden era Hollywood and communist kidnappers. Much attention has been paid to the create an authentic 1950's look to the film, but what about the plot, which feels like its been thinned out a little to make way for all the celebrities. Listen to our review of Hail, Caesar!, which also stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum and Alden Ehrenreich amongst others. Also, we have a look at the trailer for the new all-female Ghostbusters film, as well as all the controversy its generated. 

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Mar 1, 2016

Sasha Baron Cohen is back as mega-chav Nobby in this spy spoof. Also starring Mark Strong as his long lost brother, Grimsby (or The Brothers Grimsby in America) plows us with crude joke after crude joke, but just how funny is it? And has the chav mockery well and truly over now? Listen to our podcast review to see what we think about these issues. Directed by Louis Leterrier, and also starring Isla Fisher, Penelope Cruz and Rebel Wilson.

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Feb 27, 2016

To round up our Informal Cannibal February, we take a look at one of the most controversial films ever, Ruggero Deodato's 1980 cult classic Cannibal Holocaust. Notorious for its shocking imagery and real life animal killings, this video nasty has come out the other end of being banned to become, well, a really good film. Meta and thought provoking while being equally deplorable, we discuss the fascinating story behind Cannibal Holocaust. Stars Robert Kerman, Carl Gabriel Yorke and Francesca Ciardi.

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Feb 23, 2016

The Western trend continues into February with S. Craig Zahler's directorial debut Bone Tomahawk. Starring Kurt Russell as the town sheriff, along with Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins, Bone Tomahawk has these guys traverse the desert to rescue Wilson's wife, Lili Simmons, from cave dwelling cannibals. Despite its promising premise, something just seems to falter in this film, something we can't discuss without SPOILERS, so check out our podcast review and ask yourself, how long will it be until cannibals join the "sexy monsters" trend?

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Feb 20, 2016

This low budget debut from Stephen Fingleton is a brooding take on the much romanticised post-apocalyptic future, except this future is lonely and primitive. Staring Martin McCann, Mia Goth and Olwen Fouere, The Survivalist is a thought provoking drama, and in our review we discuss what works, what doesn't, and whether the apocalypse is really worth looking forward too.

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Feb 16, 2016

The movie fans were so excited for has finally come out, The Merc with a Mouth has finally made his big screen come back, with Ryan Reynolds playing our titular anti-hero. We discuss the violence, sex, and swearing, plus all the 4th-wall breaking and the directorial stylings of Tim Miller in his big screen debut. In our spoiler filled podcast, we ask if maybe Deadpool is most enjoyable comic book film ever? Listen to our podcast review to find out.

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Feb 9, 2016

Ben Stiller is back as the really, really, ridiculously good looking Derek Zoolander, but he has fallen on hard times since his last outing in 2001. With his School for Kids Who Can't Read Good collapsing and killing his wife, plus his son being taken away, Derek has become a recluse. However, when an opportunity to make a fashion come back, as well as see his son again, comes into reach, Derek finds himself traveling to Rome. With the previous stars of the last film, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell, returning, as well as new cast and cameo's including Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Justin Beiber and Neil deGrasse Tyson, Zoolander 2 is a silly and laugh out loud comedy. Whose for frozen-choco-latte-gelato??!!

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Feb 2, 2016

Tom McCarthy gives us a subtle and devastating look into the real life crimes committed by the church, of which a small Boston Globe news team broke to the world in the early 2000's. Starring Michael Keatn, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams among others, Spotlight is supremely acted and written, and stands a very real chance of winner best film at this years Academy Awards. Listen on for our full review.

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Jan 26, 2016

Adam McKay, the director behind Anchorman and Step Brothers, gives us an all star cast to tell the tale of how the housing market in America spectacularly burst, and the people who profited off the crisis.The Big Short includes performances from Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Brad Pitt among others, and while you cannot doubt that they are good actors, what exactly is it about this film that makes it so, well, off? With a confusing tone, patronizing attitude and hyperactive editing, does this film really deserve to win the best picture Oscar at this years Academy Awards? Listen on to find out.

(Apologies for the crackling in the audio. We think we've found a solution, and so next week should be back to normal.)

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Jan 19, 2016

Could this be the film that see's Leonardo DiCaprio finally win the Oscar for best actor? The Revenant, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, tells the true story of Hugh Glass, a frontiersman who survived a bear attack and went on to take revenge on the man who buried him alive and killed his son. With some incredible cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant also stars Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter in a what balances a fine line between artifice and realism.

(Unfortunately we are still experiencing a ghost in our machine that is causing some crackling in our recording. Huge apologies, and please bare with us as we investigate this matter more.)

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Jan 12, 2016

Quentin Tarantino is back with his second foray into the wild west, this time seeing a bounty hunter and his prisoner get delayed en route to her hanging. With an incredible score by the legendary Ennio Morricone, we discuss what makes The Hateful Eight such an enjoyable film (and how much of that is down to the intermission?). Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh, make sure you check out our review of Tarantino's eighth film.

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Jan 9, 2016

We got some comments for not including this film in our End of Year Award Show, so we thought we better make a point of watching Matthew Vaughn's spy caper Kingsman. Starring Colin Farrell, Taron Egerton and Samuel L. Jackson in the story of a young chav trained up to be a gentleman spy, just, of course, as humanity is about to be destroyed, Kingsman might just be one of the most divisive films we've reviewed in a long time. WARNING: We talk about some adult subject matter in this review.

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Jan 5, 2016

The Danish Girl stars our two top rated actors from last year, Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, is the story of Lili Elbe, one of the first recorded receipitants of gender reassignment surgery. Directed by Tom Hooper, and also starring Ben Wishaw, Matthias Schoenaerts and Amber Heard, The Danish Girl boasts some impressive acting and gorgeous sets, but is it a little bit too much style of substance? Listen on to find out.

(Huge apologies for the occasional pop and crackle in this weeks episode. We are using some new equipment and suffering some teething problems with them.)

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Dec 29, 2015

So 2015 has come to an end, and so we get to look back at the best and the worst of the films we have reviewed on the podcast. Find out which film wins Robot Friend of the Year, Why Did it Happen?, as well as the usual Best Actor, Best Actress and, of course, Film of the Year.

Thank you everyone that has supported us, listened to the podcast, read the blog and had fun with us on twitter and facebook. Thank you everyone, and see you in 2016!

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Dec 22, 2015

WARNING: This is a SPOLIER filled podcast! Because, honestly, how else can you talk about one of the most anticipated films in recent times? J.J. Abrams has taken over the helm from George Lucas to create a sequel worthy of the originals. With John Williams manning the score, practical effects back in the frame, and humour amongst the drama, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the most fun you'll have at the cinema, whether your a Star Wars fanatic or a newcomer to the franchise. With the original cast of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford joined by the fresh faces of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Issac, we delve into this space opera and come up with a few of our own theories, as well as a break down of the good and the bad (but mainly good) of Star Wars Episode 7.

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Dec 19, 2015

On this Saturday Special it is Layla's turn to get her Virgin Viewings of the notorius Star Wars Prequels: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. After George Lucas' masterstroke with the original trilogy, just what exactly went wrong with Darth Vader's backstory? We examine the script, the acting and the CGI of the prequels in our last episode before finally getting to talk about the latest in the series, The Force Awakens.

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Dec 15, 2015

Can you believe that Layla has got to adulthood without ever seeing Star Wars? Crazy, but with The Force Awakings coming to cinema's very soon, we thought it was right time to address this problem. Focusing on the orginal 1977-1983 trilogy, Richee introduces Layla to the story and the characters, and we discuss what makes these films so iconic, as well as the CGI that was added to the 2004 re-edit. But the real question is: did Layla enjoy it? Find out in our Star Wars special.

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Dec 8, 2015

Fed up of the usual sickly sweet films distributed at Christmas? Well, Michael Dougherty's Krampus may be the film for you. Based on the once banned Alpine folklore beast, Krampus see's the horned god and his minions punish a family who loose the Yuletide spirit. With a foray of comedic actors, including Adam Scott, Toni Collette and David Koechner, as well as Emjay Anthony as the young Max, whose woes cause all their troubles, we look into this comedy-horror to see what worked and what didn't. Don't forget to stick around after the song, as we delve deeper into spoiler territory and discuss the film's ending.

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Dec 1, 2015

Black Mass see's what has been dubbed as Johnny Depp's return to acting, as he play's real life crime lord James "Whitey" Bulger in this FBI corruption thriller. Directed by Scott Cooper, Black Mass contains some big name stars, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon and Dakota Johnson joining Depp, but do these famous faces distract from the story? And what's with Cumberbatch's accent? Find out in our podcast review.

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Nov 24, 2015

The hugely popular film franchise, based on the books by Suzanne Collins, comes to an end with this fourth film, directed by Francis Lawrence. Katniss finally gets to take her revenge on the evil President Snow, but what kind of world is she leading everyone to, especially when she's got the slightly dubious Alma Coin backing her. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, we look at the influence of the series, as well as questioning whether it was successful or not.

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Nov 17, 2015

This Aaron Sorkin scripted and Danny Boyle directed biography of Apple's late visionary takes a different route to uncovering the subtleties of Steve Jobs, focusing on backstage arguements to three of his biggest product launches. With an exceptional cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogan and Jeff Daniels, Steve Jobs is a unique exploration into the complex character of this controversial figure.

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