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Flixwatcher: A Netflix Film Review Podcast

Every week the Flixwatcher crew team up with other podcasters to talk about what to watch on Netflix! Flixwatcher is hosted by Helen Sadler and Kobi Omenaka. Every episode discusses and rates a film from Netflix as chosen by special guests from other podcasts using our unique Flixwatcher scoring system. We tackle classic films including Woody Allen's "Manhattan" and "Pulp Fiction" , Netflix Originals such as "Amanda Knox" and "Beasts of No Nation" through to bargain bin b-movies such as Sharknado 3. The choice what to watch on Netflix is given wholly to the podcaster guests. Team Flixwatcher has no say in what they watch from the huge Netflix library! Tune in every week to get Netflix film recommendations and rejections with spoilers guaranteed! If you are ever struggling with what to watch on Netflix then this is the podcast for you! If you do want to skip to the end that is when you'll get all of our film scores using our unique Flixwatcher Netflix scoring system! Tell your friends AND SUBSCRIBE!
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Dec 18, 2019

Suzy Buttress (Casual Birder Podcast) and Sara-Mae Tuson (Fable Gazers) return to Flixwatcher to review Suzy’s choice Mystic Pizza. Mystic Pizza is a 1988 romantic drama starring Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor and Annabeth Gish that also features Matt Damon’s film debut. Not a huge hit on its release, Mystic Pizza has gained a dedicated cult following in recent years and the film is carried by a wonderful performance by Roberts. Despite its age Mystic Pizza has a surprisingly strong girl power ethic running though it. Lili Taylor’s Jojo gets cold feet on her wedding day and wants to enjoy sex before marriage and Roberts Daisy is much more than the pretty girl of the story. All this while they work at the famous Mystic Pizza restaurant.  

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=142] Mystic Pizza scored more generously from Flixwatcher than guests on recommendability and high marks for small screen but let down by engagement (competing with The Ashes in Helen’s house) giving it an overall score of 3.28. What do you guys think? Have you seen Mystic Pizza? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #137 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #137 Crew of  Sara-Mae Tuson  from Fable Gazers @fable_gazers and Suzy Buttress from Casual Birder Podcast @CasualBirderPod   Find their websites online at: http://fablegazers.libsyn.com/ and http://casualbirderpod.libsyn.com/ Please make sure you give them some love    

More about Mystic Pizza

  For more info on Mystic Pizza My Maybe, you can visit  Mystic Pizza IMDb page here or  Mystic Pizza Tomatoes page here.  

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Dec 11, 2019

Scarlett Russell (Sunday Times Style and Secrets of the Side Hustle podcast) and Anna Smith (Girls on Film, Metro and Time Out) return to Flixwatcher to review Scarlett’s choice Good Will Hunting.
Good Will Hunting is a 1997 film written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and directed by Gus Van Sant. Damon plays Will, a genius with issues who works as a janitor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who solves impossible mathematical puzzles for fun. When he’s not doing that, he spends his time drinking and fighting with Affleck’s Chuckie.

When Will solves a particularly difficult mathematical puzzle and is found out he is given an opportunity to turn his life around with the support of Robin Williams’ Sean, a psychology teacher. Minnie Driver makes his life more complicated and gives a refreshing performance as Will’s love interest Skylar.

It would be a shame for this film to be remembered for its association with Harvey Weinstein’s Miramax, rather than the brilliant and nuanced (and Oscar winning) performance from Robin Williams or that Damon wrote this when he was 20. While it is debatable as to whether this has aged well it definitely shows how much things in Hollywood in a short period of time, it is universally agreed that the loss of Robin Williams is felt by everyone.

Scores

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Despite the mixed reactions for Good Will Hunting, it still scored well. Flixwatcher scored it generously for recommendability and there some high scores for small screen. Good Will Hunting scores 4.3 (exactly!)

What do you guys think? Have you seen Good Will Hunting? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

Episode #136 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #136 Crew of  Anna Smith @annasmithjourno from Girls on Film,  Metro and Time Out and Scarlett @ScarRoseRussell  from Sunday Times Style and Secrets of the Side Hustle Find their websites online at:  http://annasmithjourno.com/ and https://play.acast.com/s/secretsofthesidehustle Please make sure you give them some love

More about Good Will Hunting

For more info on Good Will Hunting, you can visit  Good Will Hunting IMDb page here or  Good Will Hunting Rotten Tomatoes page here.

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Dec 4, 2019

Andrew Johnstone (sometimes podcaster occasional Digital Humanist) and Frank (on their podcast debut!) Didymus (Queer Intersectional Healthcare Activist) join Flixwatcher to review Andrew’s choice The Never Ending Story. A contender for the worst use of puppets in film, The Never Ending Story is a 1984 fantasy adventure from director Wolfgang (Das Boot) Petersen featuring an awesome theme song from Giorgio Moroder and a freaky looking flying skin coloured dragon dog creature.   The story is pretty bleak, Bastian is grieving for the loss of his mother and living with an unsupportive father and is also bullied, frequently. He steals a book and retreats to a creepy attic space to read it where he enters the magical world of Fantastica. Except there isn’t much fantastic about it, its very depressing and there is a lot of death. A lot. Artax the horse dies about 20 minutes it and it doesn’t even end on a high note.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=140] Quite terrifying, very confusing and you’ll probably have this confused in your memory with Labyrinth or The Dark Crystal, The Never Ending Story isn’t the cult 80s classic Stranger Things wants you to believe it is. Not surprisingly The Never Ending Story scores a very low 2.13 overall, proving that having a kick ass song doesn’t get you high points. What do you guys think? Have you seen The NeverEnding Story? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #135 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #135 Crew of  Andrew Johnstone (@podcastsquared) from sometimes podcaster occasional Digital Humanist and Frank (on their podcast debut!) Didymus (@transrmn) (Queer Intersectional Healthcare Activist)   Find their websites online at: https://www.andrewdjohnstone.com/ and  https://transrmn.wordpress.com/ Please make sure you give them some love    

More about The NeverEnding Story

  For more info on The NeverEnding Story, you can visit  The NeverEnding Story IMDb page here or  The NeverEnding Story Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Nov 27, 2019

Liz Campbell (Wooden Overcoats, No Space for Heroes) and Zac Fortais-Gomm (The Orphans) return to Flixwatcher to review Zac’s choice The Cabin in the Woods. The Cabin in the Woods is a 2011 horror/mystery/sort of comedy. Directed by Drew Goddard with a screenplay from Joss Whedon it also features an early Chris (Thor) Hemsworth performance. The Cabin in the Woods begins like many other teen horror films with a group of college students who decide going away to stay in a remote house in the middle of nowhere. Ignoring the warnings from weirdos they quickly become part of a game that is much bigger than the viewer (probably) expected.   The premise is that they are all part of a ritual to appease the blood gods and Sigourney Weaver (in a fun cameo) and messing with this will unleash every monster imaginable. The Cabin in the Woods has some fun playing with typical horror stereotypes and but in over winking at the audience it neglects the audiences interest in the outcome of the characters.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=139] A mixed film - it does some of the horror well, some parts are pretty funny (Curt’s death) and the monsters in the monster store are pretty creepy - but it asks too many questions and it feels a bit half baked. The reaction from Flixwatcher and guests was also a bit mixed, The Cabin in the Wood scores 3.84 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen The Cabin in the Woods? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #134 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #134 Crew of  Liz Campbell @LizxCampbell from Wooden Overcoats @OvercoatsWooden and No Space for Heroes and Zack Fortais-Gomm @zackfg from The Orphans @orphansAudio   Find their websites online at: https://www.woodenovercoats.com/ and  https://www.orphanspod.com/ Please make sure you give them some love    

More about The Cabin in the Woods

  For more info on The Cabin in the Woods, you can visit  The Cabin in the Woods IMDb page here or  The Cabin in the Woods Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Nov 20, 2019

Comedians Funmbi Omotayo (Quotas Full) and Dane Baptiste (Questions Everything) return to Flixwatcher to review Funmbi’s choice, Training Day.   Training Day is a 2001 film from Antoine Fuqua and written by David Ayer, it stars Ethan Hawke as rookie officer Jake Hoyt on his first day with live wire Detective Alonzo Harris played by Denzel Washington earning him his second Best Actor Oscar. Training Day isn’t a typical buddy cop movie, things get dark pretty quickly, Denzel’s Alonzo doses Hoyt with PCP laced marijuana which he forces him to smoke at gunpoint and what follows is a day of robbery, corruption, and murder. all this is in the eyes of Alonzo ‘part of the job’. Training Day is all about Denzel. Clearly enjoying playing (a rare) bad guy role and bringing some humanity to a character that is a complete psychopath. Ethan Hawke just about manages to keep up but it’s Denzel’s film - a great performance but on reflection maybe not worthy of all the Oscar nominations it received.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=138] Despite a dubious and unintentionally laughable ending Training Day scores very highly across recommendability and only loses points on repeat viewing to score a very respectable 4.26 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Training Day? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #133 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #133 Crew of Dane Baptiste @DaneBaptweets from Questions Everything and Funmbi Omotayo @funmbi from Quotas Full   Find their websites online at:  https://danebaptiste.co.uk/ and https://soundcloud.com/quotas-full Please make sure you give them some love    

More about Training Day

  For more info on Training Day, you can visit  Training Day IMDb page here or  Training day Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Nov 13, 2019

Ally Wybrew (Empire Magazine) and Ali Plumb (BBC Radio 1) join Flixwatcher to review Ally’s choice Legally Blonde. Legally Blonde is a 2001 romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods, the seemingly ‘dumb blonde’ who goes to Harvard to study law and impress her ex-boyfriend.

Legally Blonde could easily be awful, there is a LOT of pink and there is a Chihuahua called Bruiser, but the film's message that you can be what you want to be with hard work and determination and the performance from Witherspoon makes it an enjoyable and surprising film.   There is great satisfaction to be had when she realises her ex-boyfriend is a complete douche bag and she is much better than him. Equally satisfying is Elle keeping her promise to the high profile client they are defending (a brilliant Ali Larter) and court triumph following her sexual harassment from her senior professor. Scores

[supsystic-tables id=137] Legally Blonde has aged reasonably well, what Elle Woods might have to say in the forthcoming third installment coming in 2020 remains to be seen though. Scoring generously across all categories Legally Blonde’s overall total is 3.7 What do you guys think? Have you seen Legally Blonde? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #132 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #132 Crew of Ally Wybrew (@AllyWyB) from Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) and Ali Plumb (@AliPlumb) from BBC Radio 1   Find their websites online at https://www.empireonline.com/   Please make sure you give them some love    

More about Legally Blonde

  For more info on Legally Blonde, you can visit Legally Blonde IMDb page here or Legally Blonde Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Nov 6, 2019

Becky Brynolf (And Then What podcast) and Ella Watts (Orphans podcast) join Flixwatcher to review Becky’s choice A Simple Favour. A Simple Favour is a 2018 black comedy from director Paul (Bridesmaids) Feig starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively.

Anna Kendrick plays single mum vlogger Stephanie who becomes friends with Blake Lively’s ultra-glam Emily after their two sons become friends after sharing a few afternoon martinis. Initially jealous of Emily’s designer house and steamy romance with her husband Sean (Henry Golding) Stephanie soon ends up being caught up in a murder mystery after being asked to do a ‘simple favor’ by Emily. Things get even more mysterious and more bizarre as Stephanie starts to investigate and post her findings on her vlog.   Everyone involved in making this looks like they are having a whale of a time, particularly Blake Lively, who is sexy, camp and frequently hilarious. While the plot twists, turns and thickens it doesn’t throw many surprises along the way - the red herrings are pretty obvious and the viewer is often a step ahead of its characters. That said, A Simple Favour is a lot of fun to watch.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=136] Despite not being the lesbian/bi mystery murder romp Ella had hoped for A Simple Favour still has a lot going for it, unlikely to be a classic but mostly enjoyable and great to see two female leads owning a film. A Simple Favour scores a respectable 3.53 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen A Simple Favor? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #131 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #131 Crew of Becky Brynolf ( @rabbitinahat ) from And Then What podcast (@andthenwhatpod) and Ella Watts @GejWatts from Orphans podcast (@OrphansAudio)   Find their websites online at https://soundcloud.com/user-585702036 and  https://www.orphanspod.com/   Please make sure you give them some love    

More about A Simple Favor

  For more info on A Simple Favor, you can visit A Simple Favor IMDb page here or A Simple Favor Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Oct 30, 2019

Caitlin Quinlan and Steph Watts from Bechdel Fest and Who Is She podcast join Flixwatcher to review Caitlin’s choice Moonstruck.

Moonstruck is an utterly bonkers Oscar winning romantic comedy starring Cher and Nic Cage. Cher plays Loretta, an unlucky in love widow who gets engaged to Johnny (Danny Aiello) but ends up falling for his brother Nic Cage’s Ronny. Ronny, also unlucky in love having lost his fiancée when he lost his hand (mostly just his fingers really) in a bread machine.
 
Unbelievably now Moonstruck won three Oscars, Cher scooped best actress, Olympia Dukakis won best supporting actress and it took home best original screenplay. It’s fair to say 1987 was an odd year for cinema. It’s also fair to say Moonstruck is an odd film, alongside Cher & Nic Cage getting frisky under the moon there are other various infidelities going on.
 

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=135] There is a definitely a certain fondness for Moonstruck - you either have it or you don’t though - if you don’t it’s hard feel much for it and it possibly hasn’t aged that well. There was a lot of love for it on Twitter and helped by Caitlin’s very generous scoring Moonstruck manages a surprising 4.06 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Moonstruck? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #130 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #130 Crew of Caitlin Quinlan (@csaquinlan) and Steph Watts (@stephwatts) from Bechdel Fest (@BechdelTestFest) and Who Is She podcast   Find their websites online at: http://bechdeltestfest.com/podcast/ https://caitlinquinlan.contently.com/ and https://about.me/stephwatts   Please make sure you give them some love    

More about Moonstruck

  For more info on Moonstruck, you can visit Moonstruck IMDb page here or Moonstruck Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Oct 23, 2019

It's Episode 129! Illustrators Sam Gilbey and David Litchfield join Flixwatcher to review Sam’s choice, John Carpenters The Thing. The Thing is a 1981 sci-fi horror directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell. Not to be confused with the 2011 version, The Thing or The Thing from Another World from 1951. The film opens with a dog being chased across an ice landscape by a Norwegian helicopter, they fail to kill the dog and accidentally blown themselves up. What follows is a delicious mix of isolation paranoia, gross body horror and big action moments. You may not have seen it, but you’ll probably be familiar with the line “you’ve got to be fucking kidding’ and the disembodied head spider scuttling across the floor. With a score by Ennio Morricone and some excellent dog acting, The Thing has aged reasonably well. The Rob Bottin special effects are as ridiculous and gross as they were in the 80s, even if they do look a little rubbery now.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=134] Scoring fairly high across all categories (with slightly less from Kobi) The Thing scores an impressive 4.27 overall. There was a lot of love/general terror for The Thing from Twitter too. What do you guys think? Have you seen The Thing? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #129 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #129 Crew of Illustrators Sam Gilbey (@samgilbey) and David Litchfield (@dc_litchfield)   Find their websites online at: https://samgilbeyillustrates.bigcartel.com/ and https://www.davidlitchfieldillustration.com/   Please make sure you give them some love    

More about The Thing

  For more info on The Thing, you can visit The Thing IMDb page here or The Thing Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Oct 16, 2019

Its episode 128 Louisa Maycock (Girls on Tops) and Jake Cuningham (Random Acts and Ghibliotheque podcast) return, this time for Louisa’s choice, Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women. 20th Century Women is a 2016 coming of age comedy-drama written and directed by Mike Mills with a stellar cast of Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig and Billy Crudup, and introducing Lucas Jade Zumann (not Timothée Chalamet!) It’s 1975 Santa Barbara and Dorothea (Benning) is trying to bring up her son Jamie (Zumann) on her own and making him the best feminist she can with the help of lodgers Abbie (Gerwig with pink hair) and carpenter and mechanic William (Crudup) and neighbour Julie (Fanning). The film follows Jamie through his various rites of passage but also through the life changing moments of Abbie and Dorothea’s realisation that she can’t control his life but she and those around him can guide and advise. This would make a perfect double bill with The Virgin Suicides.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=133] There was a lot of love for 20th Century Women - Lousia started Girls on Tops because of this film - and it scores highly across all categories from Flixwatcher and guests and scores 4.48 overall. Highly recommended. Sadly due to the shut down of Twitter we couldn’t share your scores, we suggest you just watch the film! What do you guys think? Have you seen 20th Century Women? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #128 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #128 Crew of Jake Cunningham (@jakehcunningham) from Ghibliotheque and Louisa Maycock(@louisamaycock), co-founder and creative director of Girls on Tops tees(@girlsontopstees)   Find their websites online at: http://jakehcunningham.com/  and https://www.girlsontopstees.com/   Please make sure you give them some love    

More about 20th Century Women

  For more info on 20th Century Women, you can visit the 20th Century Women IMDb page here or the 20th Century Women Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Oct 9, 2019

It’s Episode 127. Ben from Excuse the Mess and composer Anne Nikitin return to review Ben’s choice, the 2018 thriller/horror film Calibre. Calibre is a British thriller with strong leanings towards horror by Matt Palmer featuring an original film score by our guest Anne! It stars Jack Lowden as Vaughn Martin McCann as Marcus who are old friends who go on hunting trip in the Scottish Highlands. It isn’t long until they are involved in a devastating incident that leads to a catastrophic chain of events, mainly involving violence. Calibre manages to maintain a high level of tension - a sweaty mix of guilt and fear from the two leads - throughout its 101-minute runtime. The isolated setting and uncomfortable encounters with the locals only add to the building sense of foreboding as the viewer is left wondering what will happen next.  

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=132] Calibre scored generously across all categories, particularly high in recommendability and scores 4.21 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Calibre? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #127 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #127 Crew of Film and TV score composer Anne Nikitin (@annenikitin)  and Ben from Excuse the Mess podcast (@etmpod)   Find their websites online at: http://www.annenikitin.com/ and https://www.etmpodcast.com/ Please make sure you give them some love    

More about Calibre

  For more info on Calibre, you can visit  Calibre IMDb page here or  Calibre Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Oct 2, 2019

It’s Episode 126. Rosie Wilby (The Breakup Monologues) and Viv Groskop (How to Own a Room) join Flixwatcher to review Rosie’s choice, Blue is the Warmest Colour. Blue is the Warmest Colour is a 2013 French language film starring Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos. Based on a graphic novel by Julie Maroh and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche also won the Palme d'Or with both actresses given the award too. The film follows Adèle from the end of her school days as a 15 year old through her (passionate sexual) relationship with Emma (with the blue hair) and the period that follows their breakup. Famous for its lengthy lesbian sex scenes and later allegations regarding Kechiche’s behaviour and conditions while filming, it is fair to say Blue is the Warmest Colour invites mixed reactions.  

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=131] The reactions from Flixwatcher and guests were equally as mixed. With a run time of three hours Blue is the Warmest Colour isn’t a film you can casually dip into or watch comfortably in company. Rosie’s enthusiasm wasn’t enough to save Blue is the Warmest Colour from Viv’s dislike and not even Flixwatcher could help it score more than 2.98 overall, however Twitter was slightly more generous. What do you guys think? Have you seen Looper.? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #126 Crew Links

  Thanks to the crew of episode 126 Rosie Wilby (@rosiewilby) from The Breakup Monologues and Viv Groskop  (@VivGroskop )from How to Own a Room   Find their websites online at https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Own-Room-Brilliant-Speaking  and http://rosiewilbynews.blogspot.com/ Please make sure you give them some love    

More about Blue is the Warmest Colour.

  For more info on Blue is the Warmest Colour, you can visit  Blue is the Warmest Colour  IMDb page here or  Blue is the Warmest Colour Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Sep 25, 2019

It’s Episode 125 Jonathon and James from Black Men Can’t Jump in Hollywood join Flixwatcher,  this time with guest Corinna standing in for Helen to review Rian Johnson’s 2012 sci fi Looper. Looper stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (with some weird things going on with his face to make him look like a younger Bruce Willis) at time-traveling hitmen. That is the basic premise anyway. Looper dazzled critics when it was released with its auteur turned blockbuster direction from Johnson (his debut was the neo-noir mystery Brick), mind-bending time travel concept and strong cast. However, six years after its release and as a repeat viewing it feels less special and possibly problematic (what is going on with Joesph Gordon-Levitt’s face?)  

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=130] On reflection, once you start looking closely there are quite a few holes and this is reflected in the scores for repeat viewing and the overall score of 3.23 for Looper. What do you guys think? Have you seen Looper.? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #125 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #125 Crew of  Jonathon @jonbraylock and James @James3rdComedy from Black Men Can’t Jump in Hollywood @blackmenpodcast   Find their websites online at: http://james3rdcomedy.com/  and  http://www.jonbraylock.com/ check out their podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/black-men-cant-jump-in-hollywood/id1023264209?mt=2 Please make sure you give them some love    

More about Looper.

  For more info on Looper, you can visit  Looper IMDb page here or  Looper Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Sep 18, 2019

It’s Episode 124. Joining Flixwatcher are Sara-Mae Tuson (Fable Gazers) and Suzy Buttress (Casual Birder Podcast) to review Sara-Mae’s choice Always Be My Maybe. Always Be My Maybe is a 2019 romantic comedy starring Ali Wong (Sasha) and Randall Park (Marcus) (who also wrote the screenplay) as best friends who after an awkward sexual encounter end up falling out and don’t speak to each other for 15 years until Sasha returns home to open a restaurant.   Always Be My Maybe is a Netflix original according to Netflix in July 2019 the film was viewed by 32 million households in its first four weeks of release. It is also refreshingly diverse in its leads and actually very funny. Featuring a cameo from Keanu Reeves in a scene that brilliantly pokes fun at pretentious fine dinning and ends with a great Uber joke.  

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=129] Helped by its too likeable leads and a zippy runtime Always Be My Maybe scores a respectable 3.84 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Always Be My Maybe? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #124 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #124 Crew of  Sara-Mae Tuson  from Fable Gazers @fable_gazers and Suzy Buttress from Casual Birder Podcast @CasualBirderPod   Find their websites online at: http://fablegazers.libsyn.com/ and http://casualbirderpod.libsyn.com/ Please make sure you give them some love    

More about Always Be My Maybe

  For more info on Always Be My Maybe, you can visit  Always Be My Maybe IMDb page here or  Always Be My Maybe Tomatoes page here.  

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Sep 11, 2019

It’s Episode 123! Comedians Dane Baptiste (Questions Everything) and Funmbi Omotayo (Quotas Full)  join Flixwatcher to review Dane’s choice, The Terminator. The Terminator is the 1984 sci fi classic from James Cameron starring Arnie as the Terminator, Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor and Michael Biehn as Kyle Reese. The Terminator is sent back in time to 1984 from 2029 to kill Sarah Connor to prevent the leader of the resistance John Connor being born. Reese is sent back by John to protect her and (spoiler!) ensure that John Connor does exist.   The Terminator is still as brilliant as it was in 1984, Terminator 2: Judgement Day might be funnier and have the best special effects ever but this film is more iconic. Everything from the futuristic score by Brad Fiedel, Stan Winston’s amazing animatronics, Arnie’s iconic sunglasses, and the ‘I’ll be back’ line still feels fresh and exciting.  

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=128] Unsurprisingly The Terminator scores highly across recommendability and repeat viewing, if you’ve not seen it in a while you’ve probably forgotten about the flash of Arnie’s member. The Terminator scores a very deserving 4.35 overall. We had a huge response from Twitter who also gave it a lot of love. What do you guys think? Have you seen The Terminator? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #123 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #123 Crew of Dane Baptiste @DaneBaptweets from Questions Everything and Funmbi Omotayo @funmbi from Quotas Full   Find their websites online at:  https://danebaptiste.co.uk/ and https://soundcloud.com/quotas-full Please make sure you give them some love    

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Sep 4, 2019

It’s episode 122 ! Liz Campbell (Wooden Overcoats, No Space for Heroes) and Zack Fortais-Gomm (The Orphans) join Flixwatcher to review the Monty Python 1979 feature film Life of Brian. Life of Brian is the story of Brian who is accidentally mistaken for Jesus in a series of absurd events and spends the film avoiding his mother and an ever growing group of followers, ending in a musical crucifixion scene.   Considered blasphemous on its release it was unbelievably banned or given an 18 certificate (preventing it from being shown) by 39 local authorities in the UK on its release and outright banned by Ireland and Norway.  

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=127] As with most Monty Python this a bit hit and miss, there are moments of genius (what did the Romans ever do for us?) and then there’s a scene midway through with aliens. The scores were as equally mixed from guests and Flixwatcher and scores 3.01 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Life of Brian? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #122 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #122 Crew of  Liz Campbell @LizxCampbell from Wooden Overcoats @OvercoatsWooden and No Space for Heroes and Zack Fortais-Gomm @zackfg from The Orphans @orphansAudio   Find their websites online at: https://www.woodenovercoats.com/ and  https://www.orphanspod.com/ Please make sure you give them some love    

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Aug 28, 2019

It’s Episode 121 Anna Smith (Girls on Film, Metro, Time Out) and Scarlett (Sunday Times Style and Secrets of the Side Hustle) join Flixwatcher to review Anna’s choice The Breaker Upperers. The Breaker Upperers is a 2018 New Zealand comedy from Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami who wrote, direct and star the film. It also features the boy from Boy (Jordan Rolleston) and a cameo from Jermaine Clement. The Breaker Upperers is an agency run by Mel and Jen who provide an easy way out for people who can’t end their own relationships, in an increasingly bizarre situation including faking disappearances and fake pregnancy. The film benefits mainly from its two main characters willingness to go all the way, it’s closest comparisons would be Bridesmaids or the Wedding Crashers even, but without the need to go the gross-out gags. While on the outside it might be about people too lazy to break up their failed relationships it’s actually more about friendship and learning to grow with each other.  

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=126] There are really, really funny moments (dream sequence Celine Dion karaoke) and then some uneven less funny moments (striptease for a lesbian police officer that runs a bit too long) and it sometimes feels a bit like a sketch show rather than a feature film. That said if you’re a fan of this slightly quirky Kiwi humor you’ll find a lot to enjoy. Best enjoyed with a group of friends, The Breaker Upperers scores a very respectable 4.13 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen The Breaker Upperers? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #121 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #121 Crew of  Anna Smith @annasmithjourno from Girls on Film,  Metro and Time Out and Scarlett @ScarRoseRussell  from Sunday Times Style and Secrets of the Side Hustle Find their websites online at:  http://annasmithjourno.com/ and https://play.acast.com/s/secretsofthesidehustle Please make sure you give them some love    

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Aug 21, 2019

It’s episode 120 and it’s a special LIVE at Latitude Festival Flixwatcher with comedian, writer, actress and all kinds of awesome Aisling Bea reviewing Back to the Future. As you’ll hear from Andy from The Listening Post we had a few technical hitches at the start but don’t worry you’ve not missed much! We jump in just as Aisling is giving her favourite Back to the Future scenes.   Who hasn’t seen Back to the Future? Well, at least two people who came to listen to this podcast hadn’t. For them Back to the Future is the 1985 time travelling DeLorean classic from Robert Zemeckis starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd.  

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=125] Unsurprisingly there was a LOT of love for Back to the Future - big love - it even got a rare full marks for recommendability from Kobi. For this special live episode the Latitude audience was the fourth reviewer and scores were indicated by enthusiastic whooping! Back to the Future scores a very high 4.06 - let down only by its low small screen score. What do you guys think? Have you seen Back to the Future? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #120 Crew Links

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More about Back to the Future

  For more info on Back to the Future, you can visit  Back to the Future IMDb page here or  Back to the Future Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Aug 14, 2019

It’s episode 119 Film and TV score composer Anne Nikitin and Ben from Eat the Mess podcast join Flixwatcher to review the Thom Yorke and Paul Thomas Anderson collaboration Anima. Anima is the third solo album from Thom Yorke, it is also a short 15 minute film featuring the tracks Not the News, Traffic and Dawn Chorus. As you’d expect from Thom Yorke Anima is a surreal, dreamlike journey that starts of a dreary, commuter train and ends with hope (?) on a bus in the morning light and in between there is gravity defying dancing.  

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=124] The end result is a beautiful collaboration of music and cinema, it is a joy to see Thom Yorke dance aided by some incredible choreography from Damien Jalet. Not just for Radiohead fans - Anima scores generously across all categories and scores a very high 4.63 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Anima? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #119 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #119 Crew of Film and TV score composer Anne Nikitin (@annenikitin)  and Ben from Eat the Mess podcast (@etmpod)   Find their websites online at: http://www.annenikitin.com/ and https://www.etmpodcast.com/ Please make sure you give them some love    

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Aug 7, 2019

It’s Episode 118! Andy Goddard and Ciara Baxendale from Wooden Overcoats, your number one podcast sitcom for rival funeral directors, return to review Andy’s choice The Princess Bride. Chances are that even if you’ve never seen The Princess Bride you’ll know at least one quote from it. Adapted by William Goldman from his novel and directed by Rob Reiner it is peak 80s cult classic. A story within a story, Westley (Cary Elwes) must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup (Robyn Wright) from Prince Humperdinck and features Christopher Guest, Andre the Giant and Billy Crystal.  

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=123] There was a lot of love for The Princess Bride from Andy, Ciara, Kobi and our followers on Twitter - not so much love for it from Helen and scores 3.97 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen The Princess Bride? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #118 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #118 Crew of Ciara Baxendale (@CiaraBaxendale)and Andy Goddard (@SoundOfAGoddard) from Wooden Overcoats (@OvercoatsWooden)   Find their website online at https://www.woodenovercoats.com/ Please make sure you give them some love    

More about The Princess Bride

  For more info on The Princess Bride, you can visit  The Princess Bride IMDb page here or  The Princess Bride Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Aug 4, 2019

It’s Episode 117! Jake from Ghibliotheque and Louisa co-founder and creative director of Girls on Tops tees join Flixwatcher for Jake’s choice Hard Eight. Hard Eight is the debut film from Paul Thomas Anderson starring PTA regulars John C Reilly and Philip Baker Hall, and Gwyneth Paltrow with cameos from Philip Seymour Hoffman and Samuel L Jackson. This 1996 film is massively different to Boogie Nights that came out the year after in both story, style and tone.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=122] Hard Eight is a more reserved, slow and atmospherically dark film. The characters are difficult to like and at times the lack of plot makes for frustrating viewing. Hard Eight is a must for any PTA completist and Jake, less essential for everyone else. There was less love for Hard Eight from Louisa and Helen and it scores 3.24 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Hard Eight? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #117 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #117 Crew of Jake Cunningham (@jakehcunningham) from Ghibliotheque and Louisa Maycock(@louisamaycock), co-founder and creative director of Girls on Tops tees(@girlsontopstees)   Find their websites online at: http://jakehcunningham.com/  and https://www.girlsontopstees.com/   Please make sure you give them some love    

More about Hard Eight

  For more info on Hard Eight, you can visit the Hard Eight IMDb page here or the Hard Eight Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Jul 24, 2019

Daryl and Jeanette from Sudden Double Deep return to Flixwatcher to review Daryl’s choice Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 version of the classic John le Carre novel directed by Tomas Alfredson, starring the cream of British (albeit male) actors including Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Graham, Toby Jones and John Hurt.   In short, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is about finding a mole in M16 during the height of the Cold War in 1973. A lot more happens around that but to try and give a respectable summary wouldn’t do the complex plot justice.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=121] Some people might be infuriated by it’s purposeful slow pace but if you stick with it you’ll be richly rewarded. It is worth it just to watch Gary Oldman swimming in Hampstead Heath mens ponds with his prescription glasses on - if that hasn’t sold it then nothing will. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy scores pretty high across all categories from everyone and scores a very recommendable 4.21 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #116 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #116 Crew of Jeanette (@missjsoundtrack) and Daryl from the Sudden Double Deep (@SDDFilmPodcast)   Find their website online at: https://suddendoubledeep.com/   Please make sure you give them some love    

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  For more info on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, you can visit the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy IMDb page here or the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Jul 17, 2019

It’s Episode 115! Ciara Baxendale and Andy Goddard from Wooden Overcoats, your number one podcast sitcom for rival funeral directors Bee Movie is about Barry (Jerry Seinfeld, who also wrote it) the bee who doesn’t want to work in a hive so escapes, meets Renée Zellweger (who he may or not be in love with) and launches a court case against humans who are stealing honey. The legend goes that someone watched Bee Movie 357 on Netflix - if you’ve seen Bee Movie you will find this baffling. It’s fair to say Bee Movie is a bizarre film, it starts off fairly harmless with bee puns but quickly descends into a weird comment on communism and humanity. There are no obvious reasons why this film got made.  

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=120] Bee Movie unsurprisingly scores low across all categories and scores 1.81 overall, not the lowest score ever - That Thing You Do can keep it’s wooden spoon for now. What do you guys think? Have you seen Bee Movie? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #115 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #115 Crew of Ciara Baxendale (@CiaraBaxendale)and Andy Goddard (@SoundOfAGoddard) from Wooden Overcoats (@OvercoatsWooden)   Find their website online at: https://www.woodenovercoats.com/ Please make sure you give them some love    

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Jul 3, 2019

It’s Episode 114! Adelle Drover (Roll Credits) and Clarisse Loughrey (Independent and Kermode and Mayo) return to Flixwatcher to review Adelle’s choice the 2004 zombie romcom Shaun of the Dead. Shaun of the Dead is the first in the Cornetto Trilogy of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg post Spaced feature films. Pegg is Shaun, a directionless Londoner caught up in a zombie apocalypse while trying to get back together with his girlfriend with his best mate Ed (Nick Frost) in tow.   At a run time of 99 minutes Shaun of the Dead manages to fit in numerous nods to all your favourite zombie films, Spaced references, classic lines “you’ve got red on you”, cameos from the who’s who of British comedy, Queen on the soundtrack and a commendable level of gore. A proper cult classic.  

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=119] Watching Shaun of the Dead feels a lot like hanging out with your best mate and is also a friendly welcome to the zombie sub genre. Shaun scores highly across all categories with a lot of love from Clarisse and Helen scoring 4.45 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Shaun of the Dead? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #114 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #114 Crew of Clarisse Loughrey (@clarisselou)(Independent and Kermode and Mayo) and Adelle Drover(@adelledrover)  from Roll Credits   Find their website online at:  https://www.independent.co.uk/author/clarisse-loughrey  and https://www.rollcredits.net/   Please make sure you give them some love    

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  For more info on Shaun of the Dead, you can visit the Shaun of the Dead IMDb page here or the Shaun of the Dead Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Jun 26, 2019

It’s Episode 113! Zoe Jeyes (the home of podcasting Kings Place) and Helen O’Hara (Empire Magazine) return to Flixwatcher to discuss Zoe’s choice A Ghost Story. A Ghost Story is a sort of time travelling, supernatural love story of sorts. Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck are a nameless couple about to move house when tragedy strikes in the form of a car crash that kills Affleck. Following Mara’s visit to the hospital, Affleck becomes a ghost with a sheet over him. Unable to move on Affleck becomes trapped in the house they shared long after Mara leaves, terrorises a Spanish family and tries to retrieve a note left in a hole in the wall by Mara. That’s basically it, oh and Mara eats a pie.  

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=118] A Ghost Story is either your cup of tea or your cup of rancid bog water - you’ll either love it, be massively frustrated or just bored by it. However, it is only an hour and a half so if you’re curious do give it the time. This mixed bag of feelings towards it ends up giving a score of 3.18 overall. the rankings). What do you guys think? Have you seen A Ghost Story? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #113 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #113 Crew of Helen O’Hara (@HelenLOHara) from Empire magazine and Zoë Jeyes (@zozrat) from the home of podcasting Kings Place   Find their websites online at:  https://www.empireonline.com/ and https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/   Please make sure you give them some love  

Flixwatcher Spotify Playlist

  It has to be Putting on the Ritz, but there is no Gene Wilder version so we have added the Mel Torme Version!  

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  For more info on A Ghost Story, you can visit the A Ghost Story Loud IMDb page here or the A Ghost Story Loud Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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