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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 23, 2020
Amy and Harry from Mum and Mummer Podcast return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Amy’s choice Blindspotting. Blindspotting is a 2018 comedy-drama starring Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal as childhood best friends Colin and Miles. Colin is on the last three days of his probation, trying to stay on the straight and narrow. After hanging out with his pal Miles he witnesses a police shooting of a black civilian and doesn’t report it, he starts to experience hallucinations and nightmares as a result of his guilt. Miles, short-tempered and loud is growing increasingly frustrated by the gentrification of Oakland and starts using violence to express his anger. Blindspotting gives breath and depth to the odd couple/buddy film by exploring racial bias and social inequality. The performances are outstanding, Diggs’ Colin is both the everyman trying to get by and political poetry powerful. While Casal brings a vulnerability to the brash and privileged Miles. Blindspotting manages to be both uncomfortable and familiar - moving between bromance bants and social commentary.     Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=197] Blindspotting scores highly on recommendability and will a run time of 95 it also scores highly on engagement - definitely worth a watch - 4.04 overall score.   What do you guys think? Have you seen Blindspotting? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #188 Crew Links

Thanks to Episode #188 Crew of Amy   (@mumandmummerpod) from Mum and Mummer Podcast and Harry (@mumandmummerpod) also from Mum and Mummer podcast. Find their Websites online at https://play.acast.com/s/3ba2ab68-24f6-43dc-ab49-372137c9e466 And https://www.instagram.com/mumandmummerpod/?hl=en Please make sure you give them some love

More about Blindspotting

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

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Dec 16, 2020

Ben Travis (Empire Magazine) and James King (Radio 2) return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Ben’s choice Unfriended.

 

Unfriended is a 2014 video-meeting footage supernatural horror film (yes that is a genre!) told entirely through a screencast of a MacBook. High school student Laura Barns commits suicide following the abuse she receives after being filmed drunk and passing out at a party in a clip that went viral. One year on, Laura’s former best friend Blaire and her friends - Mitch, Jess, Ken, and Adam are chatting online when a mysterious user called "billie227" enters the chat and things begin to get weird and creepy.

Unfriended is unlikely to become a cult film classic - despite being released in 2014 the use of Skype ages the film more than its years - and it will probably be eclipsed by the Zoom focussed Host that came out in 2020. Unfriended is ambitious in its attempt to bring together teen bullying revenge and supernatural horror together - over Skype.

Where Unfriended falls down is when it doesn’t quite follow through with its setup - the ending is a bit weak and the ghost spirit capable of anything feels a bit meh and some of the deaths are questionable. The issue of cyberbullying however remains topical and explores the multiple platforms where bullying and abuse can take place.

Scores 

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With a runtime of 83 minutes, there are definitely worse uses of your time than giving Unfriended ago. Unfriended scores pretty highly on recommendability, less high on repeat viewing, and for the first time ever we highly recommend viewing on your laptop and scores 3.70 overall!

 

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

 

Episode #187 Crew Links

Thanks to Episode #187 Crew of Ben Travis   (@BenSTravis) from Empire Magazine and James King (@jameskingmovies) from Radio 2.

Find their Websites online at https://www.empireonline.com/

And https://www.amazon.co.uk/Be-More-Keanu-James-King/dp/1529110327/ref=sr_1_1?crid=PBQGVU2AF9LT&dchild=

And https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_two

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More about Unfriended

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

 

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Dec 9, 2020
Ben Williams from Rokkwood Audio and Will Roe from The Times & Sunday Times Stories of Our Time podcast join Flixwatcher remotely to review Ben’s choice The Peanut Butter Falcon.   The Peanut Butter Falcon is a 2019 coming of age/odd-couple road movie starring Shia LaBeouf as Tyler (angry, on the run, misunderstood) and Zack Gottsagen as Zak an escapee from a care facility with Downs Syndrome, trying to follow his dreams) and Dakota Johnson as Eleanor as the care facility worker sent to being Zak home. Thrown into the paths of the unlikely friendship is John Hawkes Duncan who is chasing Tyler for money owned and revenge and Thomas Haden Church as Zak’s hero the wrestler The Salt Water Redneck. The Peanut Butter Falcon was the sleeper hit of 2019, it is impossible not to be caught with its Twainesque charm and laidback pace, helped by genuine chemistry between its two leads. The casting of Zack Gottsagen is a welcome move towards inclusivity in mainstream film and you’d be dead inside to not be moved by his optimism and humor. Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=193] Helped with having a runtime of 98 minutes, The Peanut Butter Falcon scores very highly on recommendability from everyone and pretty high on the small screen too to score 4.46 overall. Highly recommended!   What do you guys think? Have you seen The Peanut Butter Falcon? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #186 Crew Links

Thanks to Episode #186 Crew of Ben Williams (@Rokkwoodaudio) from Rokkwood Audio and Will Roe (@Willroe2) from The Times & Sunday Times Stories of Our Time podcast. Find their Websites online at https://www.rokkwoodaudio.com/ And https://www.thetimes.co.uk/ Please make sure you give them some love

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Dec 2, 2020
Sound designers Luke Gentry and Ben Meechan from Sona (https://www.sona.co.uk/) join Flixwatcher remotely to review Luke’s choice A Quiet Place.   A Quiet Place is the directorial debut from John (Jim from The Office) Krasinski, starring Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe as the Abbott family. Set in the not too distant future, humans and animals have been nearly wiped out by sightless, stabbing, ruthless aliens with hypersensitive hearing where the smallest noises incur a deadly attack. Following a devastating tragedy, the Family is trying to survive and rebuild relationships. A Quiet Place manages to blend post-apocalyptic science fiction and horror while sensitively exploring father and daughter relationships and grief. The inclusion of American Sign Language (ASL) as a form of communication and casting Simmonds who is deaf was a welcome move to inclusivity.   Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=192] A Quiet Place scores highly on recommendability and engagement but low on small screen. The collective cinema experience simply could not be replaced at home - support your local cinema to keep films being made for cinema. The overall score for A Quiet Place is 3.70, we hope the sequel will come to the big screen soon.   What do you guys think? Have you seen A Quiet Place? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #185 Crew Links

Thanks to Episode #185 Crew of Sound designers Luke Gentry and Ben Meechan from Sona ().  Find their Websites online at https://www.sona.co.uk/ Please make sure you give them some love

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Nov 25, 2020
Rachael and Faye from Her Dark Materials return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Rachael’s choice Kikis’ Delivery Service.   Kiki’s Delivery Service is a 1989 Studio Ghibli animated film, written, produced, and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It tells the story of a young witch, Kiki, who moves to a new town to find herself and master her witchery. With her cat Jiji, she starts helping out at a bakery, using her flying skills to deliver special packages. Beware of watching Kiki’s Delivery Service on Netflix - the original subtitled version is much better than the sub-par subbed Disney version. The original version has some wonderful Japanese pop from Yumi Matsutoya and the voicing of Jiji affects the tone and actions so much that it changes the character completely. Kiki’s Delivery Service is rare for an animated children film in that the primary goal isn’t to meet a prince or boy and be married - it’s all about her finding herself and honing her skills so she can become the best version of herself. Tombo is merely an annoyance - not the ideal. The majority of the supporting characters are all strong females too. Ultimately Kiki has a talking cat and who wouldn’t want one of them?   Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=191] Kiki’s Delivery Service scores well on recommendability - less highly on the repeat viewing due to the sheer number of Studio Ghibli films out there to watch. A slightly lower engagement score means Kiki’s Delivery Service scores 3.72 overall. The first Studio Ghibli for Flixwatcher, we hope we’ll review some more!   What do you guys think? Have you seen Kiki's Delivery Service? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #184 Crew Links

Thanks to Episode #184 Crew of Rachael (@rach_makes) and Faye (@fayeleyyy ) both from Her Dark Materials podcast.  Find their Websites online at https://www.hdmpod.co.uk/ And at https://rachmakes.bigcartel.com/ Please make sure you give them some love

More about Kiki's Delivery Service

For more info on Kiki's Delivery Service, you can visit the Kiki's Delivery Service IMDb page here or the Kiki's Delivery Service Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Nov 18, 2020

Esther Lisk-Carew and Jass Thethi from Well Spoken Tokens return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Esther’s choice Clueless.

 

Clueless is the 1995 teen comedy from Amy Heckerling loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma. Set in Beverly Hills Cher (Alicia Silverstone) with her best friend Dionne (Stacey Dash) are the popular girls at High School who give newcomer Tai (Britanny Murphy) a makeover and play matchmaker to her teachers to get perfect grades. It also stars Paul Rudd in his breakout role as Cher’s stepbrother Josh.

From its grunge lite soundtrack (Radiohead, No Doubt) Calvin Klein references, and Cher’s entire wardrobe there is no escaping the 90s - and that isn’t a bad thing! Clueless reinvented the teen genre and led the way for films like 10 Things I Hate About You and to some extend Legally Blonde. The makeover trope in Clueless may begin superficial but at its heart is that actually being a good person is more important and it's okay to just be yourself.

Scores 

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Despite being 25 years old Clueless doesn’t feel dated or an old film, Clueless is funny, has lots of heart and it’s only one hour and 37 minutes long. Generous scores all round for recommendability and small screen score give Clueless a very respectable overall score of 4.42.

 

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Episode #183 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #183 Crew of Esther Lisk-Carew (@shegeekbham) and Jass Thethi (@JassKThethi ) both from Well Spoken Tokens Podcast. 

Find their Websites online at https://anchor.fm/well-spoken-tokens

And at https://intersectionalglam.org

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More about Clueless

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

 

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Nov 11, 2020
Paul and Wayne from The Countdown: Movie and TV Reviews podcast return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Paul’s choice Children of Men.   Children of Men is the 2006 Alfonso Cuarón adaptation of the novel of the same name starring Clive Owen, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Pam Ferris, and Charlie Hunnam. Set in 2027 after two decades of infertility society is on the brink of collapse. The UK has become a police state and the Army rounds up asylum seekers and imprisons or executes them. A former activist turned civil servant Theo (Owen) is contacted by his ex-wife Julian (Moore) to arrange transit papers for a young refugee Kee (Ashitey). After they are ambushed early into their journey Theo discovers that Kee is pregnant and he must help her reach the Human Project ship. Children of Men is pretty dark and apart from drinking Carling the dystopian depiction of London is pretty spot on - given it is peak 2020 it doesn’t feel that fictional. Owen carries the film as the everyman trying his best to get Kee to safety - he drinks, he smokes, he loses his shoes. The real star is Cuarón direction which features two extraordinary long one-shot sequences. Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=189]   What do you guys think? Have you seen Children of Men? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #182 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #182 Crew of Paul and Wayne both from The Countdown: Movie and TV Reviews podcast.  Find their Websites online at https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-countdown-movie-and-tv-reviews/id979577413?mt=2 And at https://twitter.com/thecountdownpc?lang=en Please make sure you give them some love

More about Children of Men

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Nov 4, 2020
Brothers Ben and Sam Townsend from Universally Speaking podcast join Flixwatcher remotely to review Ben’s choice, Watchmen. The Watchmen in question is the 2009 Zack Snyder film based on the DC Comics of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. It stars Malin Åkerman (Silk Spectre II), Billy Crudup (Doctor Manhattan), Matthew Goode (Ozymandias), Carla Gugino (Silk Spectre), Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Comedian), and Patrick Wilson (Nite Owl II). Bringing Watchmen to the screen was never going to be an easy task, it was claimed to be unfilmable and took over ten years, and various directors to finally bring it to the big screen. The Snyder cut was never going to please everyone if it pleased anyone at all. Told through Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are a-Changin the opening credits rattle through the forming of the costumed Minutemen of the 1940s through to the arrival of the Watchmen and their involvement in the Vietnam War and their apparent downfall after vigilantism is made illegal in the late 70s. The main story begins in 1985 when The Comedian is murdered bringing the retired Watchmen back together to figure out who is on a mission to kill the remaining (anti) heroes. Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=188] Lacking in subtlety and emotion Synder’s Watchman does pack a huge visceral punch. It’s loud, glossy, violent, and impossible to look away it is also a bit scrappy and favors style over substance. With a runtime of two hours and 40 odd minutes, you do have to commit but as a stand-alone film, for the most part, Watchmen does work. The recommendability for Watchmen from Flixwatcher and guests is mixed and it scores low on the small screen to give an overall score of 3.55. What do you guys think? Have you seen Watchmen? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #181 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #181 Crew of Ben Townsend (@bentownsend77) from Universally Speaking Podcast and Sam Townsend (@stacktownsend) also from  Universally Speaking Podcast. Find their Websites online at https://twitter.com/universallyrhcp And at https://www.bentownsendmusic.net/  Please make sure you give them some love

More about Watchmen

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Oct 28, 2020
Thea Gilien and Matt Houlihan from The Podcast Review Show return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Thea’s choice Big Night.   Big Night is a 1996 comedy-drama co-directed by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci. It stars Tucci and Tony Shalhoub as two Italian immigrant brothers, Secondo and Primo. Minnie Driver, Alison Janney, and Isabella Rossellini co-star as their love interests. Their jointly owned restaurant is struggling, they are losing business to rival Italian ‘Pascal’s’ (Ian Holm) and losing customers as Primo refuses to “Americanize” their food to keep the customers happy. Pascal tells Secondo that Louis Prima will dine at their restaurant and this will save the business so he and Primo put their differences aside to cook and prepare the perfect feast for the ‘Big Night’ Big Night largely flew under the radar when it was released in 1996 but has since grown a loyal following, however, the opinion of Flixwatcher and guests was divided. Thea and Kobi were prepared to overlook the dodgy Italian accents and unbelievable love interests, Helen and Matt were less convinced. Matt did not like it at all, saying Big Night is trite, with unbelievable characters with an over lit and badly choreographed climatic party night scene. Don’t hold back Matt!     Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=187] The scores for Big Night from Thea and Kobi were generous, from Matt less so (with a big fat zero for recommendability, repeat viewing, and engagement) but despite this Big Night still manages to score 3.16 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Big Night? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #180 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #180 Crew of Thea Gilien from The Podcast Review Show and Matt Houlihan also from  The Podcast Review Show(@Podreviewshow) Find their Websites online at https://linktr.ee/PodReviewShow Please make sure you give them some love

More about Big Night

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

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Oct 21, 2020
Wayne and Paul from the Countdown podcast join Flixwatcher remotely to review Wayne’s choice Out of Sight.   Out of Sight is the 1998 Steven Soderbergh comedy crime adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel of the same name starring George Clooney as sexy bank robber Jack Foley and Jennifer Lopez as sexy U.S Marshal Karen Sisco. Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Dennis Farina, Nancy Allen, Steve Zahn, Catherine Keener, and Albert Brooks co-star with cameos from Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson. During a prison break out Sisco ends up in the car boot (trunk for you Americans) with Foley. Unable to resist the charms of Clooney, Sisco follows him through his next caper under the guise of arresting him for his crimes while also spending a romantic evening with him. Out of Sight is a sexy cat and mouse film, despite being a (non-violent) bank robber it's hard not to fall for Foley/Clooney and enjoy the colorful supporting character's interactions. Is this the sexiest movie ever made? Quite possibly, Clooney and Lopez have genuine chemistry and while this isn’t a rom-com it’s an extremely enjoyable two hours and three minutes.   Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=186] Fun and flighty with a great ensemble cast Out of Sight scores very highly on the recommend ability, less highly on the repeat viewing (due to the two hours run length) but it manages to score a very respectable 4.23 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Out Of Sight? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #179 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #179 Crew of Wayne from The Countdown Podcast and Paul also from  The Countdown Podcast. Find their Websites online at https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-countdown-movie-and-tv-reviews/id979577413 And at https://twitter.com/thecountdownpc Please make sure you give them some love

More about Out Of  Sight

For more info on Out Of Sight, you can visit the Out Of Sight IMDb page here or the Out Of Sight Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Oct 14, 2020

Al Horner and Kamil Dymek from Script Apart podcast join Flixwatcher remotely to review Al’s choice The Truman Show.

 

The Truman Show is the 1998 comedy-drama that also falls into the science fiction and touches on deep psychological traumas. Pre-dating reality TV, The Truman Show stars Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) as the unsuspecting star in his own TV show that follows him 24-7. The supporting characters are his wife, Meryl (Laura Linney), his best friend Marlon (Noah Emmerich), and his true love Sylvia (Natascha McElhone), Ed Harris exists as Christof the creator of The Truman Show on the outside controlling Truman’s narrative.

We join Truman as he is experiencing a sort of mid-life crisis, unusual events happen that cause him to begin to question his reality - spotlights fall from the sky, single streams of rainfall on him and his estranged/presumed dead father reappears. He becomes increasingly more suspicious and reconnects with Sylvia and manages to escape from his home and cameras which leads to a dramatic showdown with Christof at sea.

 

Scores 

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It is fair to say The Truman Show is a modern classic, watching it leaves you with more questions (existence, reality, artificiality, destiny, free will, God) than answers. It is genuinely thought-provoking and despite the high-concept incredibly warm and full of heart. The Truman Show deservedly scores high across all Flixwatcher categories to score a very high 4.50 overall.

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Episode #178 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #178 Crew of Al Horne ( @Al_Horner ) from Script Apart Podcast and Kamil Dymek (@KamilDymek) also from  Script Apart podcast.

Find their Websites online at https://www.scriptapart.com/

And at https://www.al-horner.com/

And at http://www.kamildymek.com/about-2/

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More about The Truman Show

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Oct 7, 2020
Brian from New Zealand and Dan LeFebvre from Based on a True Story podcast join Flixwatcher remotely to review Brian’s choice Hereditary.   Hereditary is Ari Aster’s horror tragedy directorial debut starring Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, and Milly Shapiro. After the death of her secretive and creepy mother, miniatures artist Annie (Collette) attends an open support group and tells the group about her mother's overbearing relationship with her equally creepy daughter Charlie (Shapiro). Her son Peter (Wolff) is reluctant to take his creepy sister to a party but gives in to his mother's pressure and while at the party Charlie suffers an allergic reaction. When driving at speed to take Charlie to the hospital in a freak turn of events Peter is responsible for decapitating Charlie. The death of Charlie sends Annie further into grief and leads her to Joan who sets up a seance to communicate with Charlie. Through further investigation of her mother's belongings and history, Annie reveals a history of spells, the occult, and a plan to bring the spirit King Paimon to life with three headless sacrifices.   Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=184] Not for the fainthearted, Hereditary is part an exploration through family grief and part supernatural thriller with some inventive decapitations and jump scares. Ambitious and richly detailed, Hereditary definitely rewards on the rewatch, if you can get through the first watch. The scores for Hereditary on recommendability are mixed and more favorable from Brian and Helen generally to give an overall score of 3.37. What do you guys think? Have you seen Hereditary? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #177 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #177 Crew of Brian from New Zealand and Dan LeFevbre (@DanLefeb)  from  Based on a True Story podcast. Find their Websites online at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/ Please make sure you give them some love

More about Hereditary

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Sep 30, 2020
Harry and Amy from Mum and Mummer Podcast join Flixwatcher remotely to review Harry’s choice Burn After Reading.   Burn After Reading is the 2008 sex farce caper from the Coen Brothers starring John Malkovich, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton. McDormand and Pitt are dimwitted gym employees who stumble across a memoir from disgraced Malkovich. Mistaking it for top-secret documents they end up in a blackmail plot that goes wrong and at the same time, Clooney and Swinton are having an affair. Coming straight after the critical success of No Country for Old Men the reaction to this Coen effort was mixed, to say the least. It might be Harry’s favorite Coen caper, but it’s possibly Helen’s least favorite Coen film. On the positive, though it is only 96 minutes long.   Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=183] Despite Helen’s low scores Burn After Reading still manages to score a very respectable 4.16 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen  Burn After Reading? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #176 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #176 Crew of Harry   (@mumandmummerpod)  and Amy (@mumandmummerpod) both from  Mum and Mummer podcast. Find their Websites online at https://twitter.com/mumandmummerpod And at https://www.justgiving.com/funhttps://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lolashairdraising/lolashair And at https://www.instagram.com/mumandmummerpod/ Please make sure you give them some love

More about Burn After Reading

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Sep 23, 2020
Giles Paley-Phillips and Jim Daly from Blank Podcast join Flixwatcher remotely to review Giles’ choice The Big Lebowski.   The Big Lebowski is the 1998 comedy from the Coen Brothers starring Jeff Bridges as The Dude (Jeff Lebowski), John Goodman as unhinged Vietnam Vet Walter, Steve Buscemi as their bowling pal Donny who end up embroiled in a case of stolen rugs and mistaken identity with another Jeff Lebowski, his trophy wife Bunny (Tara Reid), his daughter Maude (an outstanding Julianne Moore) and three German nihilists (including Peter Stormare, Aimme Mann, and Flea) - narrated by Sam Elliot. The plot, loosely, is centered around a fake kidnapping of Bunny where The Dude ends up being the go-between for Jeff Lebowski and the German nihilists. A series of events leads to the ransom money being lost, some bowling, loads of weed and White Russians, a severed toe, nude painting, a marmot, and an erection doodle. Completely bonkers yet enduring, mainly in part to Bridges Dude, a man, who despite repeated beatings and having his rug pissed on still remains a Dude throughout. The Big Lebowski is also a love letter to bowling - gorgeous cinematography and sounds of falling pins.   Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=182] The Big Lebowski unsurprisingly scores very highly across all Flixwatcher categories (full five marks across all from Giles) and scores a very respectable 4.67 overall. The Dude abides. What do you guys think? Have you seen  The Big Lebowski What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #175 Crew Links

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Sep 16, 2020
James King from Radio 2 and Ben Travis from Empire Magazine join Flixwatcher remotely to review James’s choice Twilight.   Twilight (2008) is the first film in the Twilight Saga series based on the romantic fantasy novels of the same name starring Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart, directed by Catherine Hardwick. Twilight focuses on the romantic relationship between Bella Swan (Stewart) and the mysterious Edward Cullen (Pattison) who as well as being incredibly handsome with great hair also a 104-year-old vampire. This first installment also sets the scene for the following films and introduces the history and rivalry between vampires and werewolves. When it was released in 2008 it was, to quote James King “The must-see movie of the year”, it also launched Pattison and Stewart into superstardom. Slated on its release by critics - many of them middle-aged men - not teenage girls who for many of them the story of a teenage girl falling in love with a sexy vampire was just the film they wanted to see. With a run time of over two hours, it’s probably a bit too long but it is enjoyable - particularly the ferocious animal attraction between Bella and Edward.   Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=181] Twilight scores highly on recommendability - definitely feels like now is a good time to revisit it and holds its own in the teen movie genre. Twilight loses some points with engagement and scores 3.68 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen  Twilight? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #174 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #174 Crew of  James King     (@jameskingmovies) from Radio 2 and Ben Travis (@BenSTravis)  from  Empire Magazine. Find their Websites online at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Be-More-Keanu-James-King/dp/1529110327/ref=sr_1_1?crid=PBQGVU2AF9LT&dchild= And at https://www.empireonline.com/ Please make sure you give them some love

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Sep 9, 2020

Esther Lisk-Carew and Jass Thethi from Well Spoken Tokens join Flixwatcher remotely to review Jass’s choice BlacKkKlansman.

 

BlacKkKlansman is a 2018 Oscar-Winning (Best Adapted Screenplay) Spike Lee joint starring John David Washington and Adam Driver.

 

BlacKkKlansman is based on the 2014 memoir by Ron Stallworth. Set in 1970s Colorado Springs it tells the story of the first African-American detective in the police department who manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan chapter with the help of Flip (Driver) Zimmerman.

Even though BlacKkKlansman is set in the 1970s a lot of the themes running through it are still very prevalent in today’s America. Lee using artistic license adds dry humour and moments of light relief whilst tackling the unpleasant and disturbing KKK.

 

Scores 

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Up there with Do The Right Thing, BlacKkKlansman is contemporary and Lee at his best. Unsurprisingly BlacKkKlansman scores very highly across all the categories - particularly in the recommendability category to score a very respectable 4.58 overall.

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

 

Episode #173 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #173 Crew of  Esther Lisk-Carew     (@shegeekbham) from, Well Spoken Tokens and Jass Thethi (@JassKThethi) also from Well Spoken Tokens.

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Sep 2, 2020

Matt Houlihan and Thea Gilien from The Podcast Review Show join Flixwatcher remotely to review Matt’s choice Being John Malkovich.

 

Being John Malkovich is a 1999 surreal comedy-drama from the weird and wonderful mind of Charlie Kaufman and visionary director Spike Jonze - both making their debuts with this. John Cusack, Catherine Keener, Cameron Diaz star alongside John Malkovich playing himself in a career-best performance.

Cusack plays Craig Schwartz, an unemployed puppeteer and fair to say control freak sex pest, who discovers a portal into John Malkovich’s head behind a filing cabinet in a room of the 7 1/2 floor of LesterCorp. Diaz plays his injured animal obsessed dowdy wife Lottie. Schwartz falls instantly in love with Keener’s Maxine, a sexy, hardheaded, and manipulative bitch who ends up in a sex farce love triangle with Malkovich but only when he is being controlled by Lottie or Schwartz.

 

Scores 

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It is fair to say Being John Malkovich is not your average rom-com, if there was one word to describe it surreal would be it. Its best not to try and think too much about the logistics of the portal into John Malkovich’s head and enjoy the weird and wonderful journey instead. If you’ve always wanted to see John Malkovich’s face on the body of a woman this is the film for you! Despite being pretty bonkers Being John Malkovich scores highly across all categories to score a very respectable 4.20 overall.

What do you guys think? Have you seen  Being John Malkovich? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

 

Episode #172 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #172 Crew of  Matt Houlihan    (@Podreviewshow) from,  The podcast Review Show and Thea Gilien  (@Podreviewshow) also from The Podcast Review Show.

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Aug 26, 2020
George and Charlie from the Retro Ramble Podcast return to Flixwatcher remotely to review The Martian.   The Martian is a 2015 science fiction comedy-drama starring Matt Damon and directed by Ridley Scott, based on the Andy Weir novel of the same name. Matt Damon is Mark Watney - astronaut and botanist - left for dead by his crew when they are forced to make an emergency departure from their colony on Mars, who uses remarkable resources and knowledge to grow potatoes to keep himself alive while waiting for rescue. Supporting cast includes Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover, and Benedict Wong - but it’s Damon’s film, winning a Golden Globe for his efforts. The Martian is a believable space movie in that it explains the science in a way that is easy to understand and in the hands of Ridley Scott the landscapes and technology are equally as believable. Ignore the science and it’s a human survival story and you can’t root for Watney. Is it better than the book? That’s for you to decide!   Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=178] The Martian scores highly on recommendability. But with a run time of 2 hrs 21 mins, the repeat viewing and small screen scores are lower. An excellent film but best watched on the big screen, The Martian scores 3.60 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen  The Martian? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #171 Crew Links

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Aug 19, 2020
Chris and Matt from the Movie Bunker Podcast return to Flixwatcher to review Chris’ choice Boyhood.   Boyhood is Richard Linklater’s 2014 coming of age drama spanning 2001-2013 in real-time of the life of Mason as he grows up in Texas. Starring Ethan Hawke (Mason Snr), Ellar Coltrane (Mason), Lorelei Linklater (Samantha), and in an Oscar-winning role Patricia Arquette (Olivia). And that’s it. Mason Snr and Olivia split up and Mason and Samantha grow up - over three hours. If that’s not your bag then you’ll probably struggle to get over the initial gimmick of being recorded over real-time. If affecting drama played out with amazing performances with warmth and passion Boyhood is for you.   Scores

[supsystic-tables id=177] Scores for Boyhood were mixed - recommendability is high from Chris, Helen, and Kobi less so for Matt. It’s near three hour run time lets the score down for repeat viewing but Boyhood scores 4.03 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen  Boyhood? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #170 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #170 Crew of Chris  (@ChrisOlden) from,  the Movie Bunker Podcast and  Matt (@Saint_matt) also from the Movie Bunker Podcast. Find their Websites online at http://moviebunkerpodcast.com/ and at http://www.thealaskanpipeline.com/ Please make sure you give them some love

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Aug 12, 2020
  Steve Cross and Greg Akerman (Chaotic Adequate) return to Flixwatcher to review Steve’s choice Road House.     Road House is a 1989 action film starring Patrick Swayze as Dalton a ‘cooler’ (specialist bouncer) hired to protect a newly refurbished roadside bar from violence by using violence. Sam Elliot co-stars as Dalton’s mentor and Kelly Lynch as sexy female doctor. If you like your films with lots of tits and punching in the balls look no further. The dialogue in Road House is as fascinating as it is ridiculous. There is a Monster Truck for no other reason that it’s cool to have a Monster Truck and Swayze rips a man's throat out with his bare hands.   Scores

[supsystic-tables id=176] If you were a teenage boy in the 80s this could well be your guilty pleasure glove. To get the most out of Road House get really, really drunk. With a run time of two hours Road House drops some point on repeat viewing and engagement but manages to score a very respectable 3.93 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen  Road House? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #169 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #169 Crew of Steve Cross  (@steve_x) from, Chaotic Adequate Podcast and  Greg Akerman  (@gregory_akerman) also from Chaotic Adequate Podcast. Find their Websites online at https://chaoticadequate.wordpress.com/ and at http://www.scienceshowoff.org/ and at https://gregorywilliamakerman.wordpress.com/podcasts/ Please make sure you give them some love

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Aug 5, 2020
  Cressida Ward and Daniel Levine from Food Tryb Table podcast join Flixwatcher to review Cressida’s choice Reservoir Dogs.     Reservoir Dogs is the debut feature-length film from Quentin Tarantino. Released in 1992 it stars Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen, Quentin Tarantino, and Edward Bunker as diamond thieves caught up in a heist gone wrong when one of the gang is discovered to be an undercover cop. It features what we now know and recognize at Tarantino traits - violent crime, pop culture references, profanity, and nonlinear storytelling - possibly marking the arrival of modern cinema as we know it. Uncharacteristically though for a Tarantino film though the runtime is a punchy 99 minutes.   Scores

[supsystic-tables id=175] Iconic, violent, endless quotable, the answer to your hipster Halloween costumes, Tarantino might have made much better films since but Reservoir Dogs paved the way for independent filmmaking and is essential Tarantino viewing. Reservoir Dogs scores 3.79 overall, losing a couple of points on repeat viewing and small screen. What do you guys think? Have you seen  Reservoir Dogs? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #168 Crew Links

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Jul 29, 2020
  Dan LeFebvre (Based on a True Story) and Brian from New Zealand join Flixwatcher remotely to review Dan’s choice Inglourious Basterds.     Inglourious Basterds (2009) is the seventh film from Quentin Tarantino and stars Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl and Mélanie Laurent. Set during World War 2 it tells an alternate history story of two plots to assassinate Nazi leaders - one by a French Jewish cinema owner (Laurent) whose family were murdered by Hans Landa (Waltz) and the second by a group American Jewish soldiers led by Aldo Raine (Pitt) who instill fear into Nazis for their reputation of scalping Nazi officers that cross their paths. Inglourious Basterds has everything you’d expect from a Tarantino film - violence (often and bloody), chapters, borrowing from popular culture, pop soundtrack, meticulous dialogue, and black humour Scores

[supsystic-tables id=174] Inglourious Basterds scores strongly across recommendability and engagement - dropping points on repeat viewing in part due to its two hour and 33 minute run time - to score overall a respectable 3.8. What do you guys think? Have you seen Inglourious Basterds? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #167 Crew Links

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Jul 22, 2020
Amon Warmann (Empire Magazine) and Scott Davis (Hey You Guys) return to Flixwatcher to review Amon’s choice Inside Man.     Inside Man is a 2006 heist thriller from Spike Lee starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, and Christopher Plummer. Inside Man begins with Dalton (Owen) sat in an unidentified cell explaining how he has committed the perfect robbery. Cut to masked robbers calling each other “Steve” taking down a Manhattan bank dressed as decorators. The police and Det. Frazier (Washington) arrive and begin their negotiations. It quickly becomes apparent that it is the robbers have the upper hand and there are multiple misdirections and false executions. The plot thickens when the bank's wealthy but dubious founder is involved and seeks the help of “fixer” Madeline (Foster). Inside Man has everything you’d expect from a Spike Lee joint including his trademark dolly shot, Denzel being cool as f**k, and a score that includes “Chaiyya, Chaiyya Bollywood Joint”.     Scores

[supsystic-tables id=173] Inside Man scores very, very highly on recommendability and it definitely benefits from repeat viewing. Smart and slick, Inside Man scores overall a very respectable and deserved 4.35. If you’ve ever wanted to hear Jodie Forster being called a “magnificent c**t” this film is for you. What do you guys think? Have you seen Inside Man? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #166 Crew Links

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Jul 15, 2020
Charlie and George from the Retro Ramble Podcast join Flixwatcher remotely to review Charlie’s choice The Lincoln Lawyer.   The Lincoln Lawyer is a 2011 drama/thriller film based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Michael Connelly and directed by Brad Furman. It stars Matthew McConaughey as The Lincoln Lawyer Mick Haller (so-called because his Lincoln car is his office) and has strong support from Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, Josh Lucas, John Leguizamo, Michael Peña, Bryan Cranston and William H. Macy. Haller is hired to defend the son (Phillippe) of a wealthy Los Angeles businesswoman in an assault case, but the high profile case quickly turns after similarities with a previous case Haller worked arise. Part courtroom drama part whodunit, The Lincoln Lawyer is a fairly enjoyable film. Carried by McConaughey who (according to Helen’s chart) is the beginning of the McConaissance with The Lincoln Lawyer.       Scores

[supsystic-tables id=172] The Lincoln Lawyer scores pretty well in the Flixwatcher categories, very high on the small screen but its low repeat viewing brings the overall score to 3.6. What do you guys think? Have you seen The Lincoln Lawyer? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #165 Crew Links

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Jul 8, 2020
Chris Hewitt (Empire Magazine) and James Dyer (Empire Magazine and Pilot TV Magazine) return to Flixwatcher (remotely) to review Chris’ choice The Fugitive.       The Fugitive is a 1993 action-thriller starring Harrison Ford as Richard Kimble on the hunt for the one-armed man who may or may not have killed his wife and Tommy Lee Jones as U.S Marshal Samuel Gerard hot on his heels. Famous at the time for two specific special effects moments - the train crash and the dam dive - are only minor moments in the whole film. For a film with a run time of over two hours, the film (just about) manages to sustain a high level of tension. Strangely nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars (it didn’t win) the real star of the film is Tommy Lee (also nominated and won Best Supporting Actor). He gets all the best lines and is clearly having a lot of fun. Ford is the most un-Ford, acting mostly with his crinkly face and moving around largely unnoticed. The Fugitive isn’t perfect - the flashback scenes are a bit clumsy and it feels very 90s and you have to question the evidence for convicting Kimble in the first but there is something about the classic cat and mouse genre being played out by two superstars that make it an enjoyable piece of 90s film. Scores

[supsystic-tables id=171] The Fugitive smashes it out of the park for recommendability - with fives from everyone and super high across the other categories bringing the overall score to 4.78. Meaning there is a new JOINT number one (with When Harry Met Sally) in the Flixwatcher scores! What do you guys think? Have you seen The Fugitive? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #164 Crew Links

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