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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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Apr 14, 2021

Ben Bailey Smith (aka Doc Brown, Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review) and Robbie Collin (The Independent and also Kermode and Mayo's Film Review) and return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Ben’s choice Booksmart. Booksmart is the 2019 coming-of-age teen buddy comedy and directorial debut of actress Olivia Wilde. It stars Beanie Feldstein as Molly and Kaitlyn Dever as Amy, two best friends and high school seniors, both high achievers they realise the night before graduation they should have partied more. Determined to spend their last night of school partying and being wild. It would be derivate to say Booksmart is the female Superbad, Molly and Amy’s friendship feels much deeper and there is less emphasis on the gross-out comedy. Its strengths lie in its editing - fast and hard - and the chemistry between its two leads and it’s always great to see Lisa Kudrow in anything. That said, Booksmart often feels like several movies at once - partly due to it having four writers - and the amount of characters mean that the majority of the supporting cast feels underdeveloped and many of the subplots could have been cut.  

Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=212] Booksmart isn’t for everyone but it has plenty of appeal to a teen audience and anyone who was born after 1995. Scoring generously across all the categories gives Booksmart an overall score of 3.98. What do you guys think? Have you seen Booksmart? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

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More about Booksmart

For more info on Uncut Gems, you can visit Booksmart IMDb page here or  Booksmart Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Apr 7, 2021
Will Roe from The Times & Sunday Times - Who Killed CJ Davis? and Ben Williams from Rokkwood Audio return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Will’s choice The Dawn Wall. The Dawn Wall is a 2017 documentary about free climber Tommy Caldwell who, along with Kevin Jorgeson completed the first free climb of El Capitan in 2015. This was a 19 day climb and is considered one of the hardest climbs in history. The documentary is fairly standard in that we start with young Tommy in the Colorado Rockies learning to climb, then in a bizarre turn of events in 2000, Tommy and his then girlfriend Beth Rodden were captured in Kyrgyzstan by rebels. After returning from the traumatic kidnapping Tommy loses a finger in an accident and his marriage breaks down - it’s then he decides to take on El Capitan. Scores 

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The Dawn Wall is a story of commitment and determination - plus a lesson in pooping on a cliff face. Not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights! Recommendability for The Dawn Wall is pretty high, lower scores for repeat viewing and small screen (the documentary curse strikes again!) give an overall score of 3.60. What do you guys think? Have you seen The Dawn Wall? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

 

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Thanks to Episode #201 Crew of Ben Williams (@Rokkwoodaudio) from Rokkwood Audio and Will Roe (@Willroe2) from The Times & Sunday Times Podcast Find their Websites online at https://www.rokkwoodaudio.com/ And https://www.thetimes.co.uk/ Please make sure you give them some love

More about The Dawn Wall

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

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Mar 31, 2021
Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Sam Clements and Louise Owen from 90 Min Or Less Film Fest host Flixwatcher 200 episode specials - first up its Kobi’s choice Ghostbusters. Do we need a synopsis for Ghostbusters?!? Undoubtedly one of the greatest films of all time, written by Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis and directed by Ivan Reitman it stars Ackroyd as Ray Stanz, Ramis as Egon Spengler and Bill Murray as Peter Venkman with support from Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis and Ernie Hudson. Ghostbusters, a childhood favourite of pretty much every 80s child and cultural phenomenon mixes comedy, horror and action with universal appeal. If you’ve been to a kids school disco you’ve probably danced to the theme tune by Ray Parker Jnr. Scores 

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Unsurprisingly Ghostbusters scores fives across the board for recommendability - Liam H Dempsey on Twitter describes it as his religion. Scoring fours and above in the remaining categories gives Ghostbusters an overall score of 4.73 - making it number four in the Flixwatcher hall of fame. What do you guys think? Have you seen Ghostbuster? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

 

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Thanks to Episode #200.2 Crew of Sam Clements (@sam_clements) and Louise Owen from 90 Min Or Less Film Fest Find their Websites online at https://www.90minfilmfest.com// Please make sure you give them some love

More about Ghostbuster

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

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Mar 31, 2021
Did you ever wish you were 30, flirty and thriving as a teen?! If so we’ve got a treat for you for Flixwatcher 200 episode special with Helen’s choice 13 Going On 30. 3 Going On 30 is a 2004 fantasy rom com starring Jennifer Garner as Jenna Rink and Mark Ruffalo as Matt ‘Matty’ Flamhaff with Judy Greer and Andy Serkis co-starring. 13-year-old Jenna wants to be popular and grown up, when her birthday party doesn’t go to plan and she makes a wish to be 30 and through the power of magic dust wakes up and her dream has come true. Adult Jenna lives in her dream penthouse works for Poise magazine but she’s no longer friends with Matty, she doesn’t visit her parents and in her own words she is a “tough bitch”. Seeing her life through child Jenna’s eye’s she realises her dream life might not be as good as it seems. Driven by an utterly charming performance of wild-eyed innocence and comedy from Garner and top tier rom com Ruffalo 13 Going On 30 is a notch above your average romantic comedy, even if Kobi remains unimpressed. If you’re vaguely curious to watch Mark Ruffalo do the ‘Thriller’ dance this film is for you. Scores 
[supsystic-tables id=210] 13 Going On 30 scores pretty highly from Helen, Louise and Sam for recommendability, repeat viewing and small screen score but lower scores from Kobi in every category to give an overall score of 3.75. What do you guys think? Have you seen Super 8? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

 

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Thanks to Episode #200.1 Crew of Sam Clements (@sam_clements) and Louise Owen from 90 Min Or Less Film Fest Find their Websites online at https://www.90minfilmfest.com// Please make sure you give them some love

More about 13 Going on 30

For more info on 13 Going on 30, you can visit 13 Going on 30 IMDb page here or  13 Going on 30 Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Mar 31, 2021
 Kevin Lehane (screenwriter for Grabbers) and Will Collins (screenwriter for Wolfwalkers) from The Best Bits podcast join Flixwatcher to review Kevin’s choice The Karate Kid for episode 200! The Karate Kid is a 1984 martial arts cult classic written by Robert Mark (Taken/Transporter) Kamen and directed by John G. (Rocky) Avildsen. 16-year-old Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and his kind hearted single mum Lucille move from New Jersey to LA and while Daniel makes friends with Ali (Elizabeth Shue) by doing so he creates an enemy in her ex-boyfriend Johnny. Johnny just happens to be a student of the Cobra Kai dojo and to take on the bullies Danny learns karate with the help of the eccentric Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita). Is The Karate Kid more like Rocky or more like Dirty Dancing? Does it have an appropriate amount of karate for a film called The Karate Kid or is there too much romance? Who will give the lowest recommendability score - film chooser Kevin or first time watcher Helen? So many questions you’ll have to listen to find the answers.  
Scores 
[supsystic-tables id=209] The scores for The Karate Kid were completely unpredictable, scoring quite low overall for engagement (owing to its close to two hour run time) but more generously for small screen score givens an overall score of a very respectable 4.02. What do you guys think? Have you seen The Karate Kid? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

 

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Thanks to Episode #200 Crew of Will Collins (@WillumsFillum) and Kevin Lehane (@KevinLehane) from @bestbitspod Find their Websites online at https://twitter.com/bestbitspod And at http://linktr.ee/bestbitspod   Please make sure you give them some love

More about The Karate Kid

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

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Mar 24, 2021
Jonathan and Fil from the The Pod Charles Cinecas‪t‬ - the official podcast of The Prince Charles Cinema return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Jonathan’s choice Zodiac.   Zodiac is the 2007 David Fincher drama based on the real-life Zodiac Killer that not only killed but also terrorised the San Francisco police and the Chronicle. James Vanderbilt’s fantastic screenplay is based on the 1986 non-fiction book of the same name by Robert Graysmith. It stars stars Mark Ruffalo, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr, Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Elias Koteas, Donal Logue, John Carroll Lynch, Chloë Sevigny, Philip Baker Hall and Dermot Mulroney. Ruffalo plays Inspector Dave (real-life Bullitt/Dirty Harry) Toschi as the main police investigator with Edwards’ Insp. Bill Armstrong and Gyllenhaal plays Graysmith, political cartoonist turned investigator and Downey Jr plays Paul Avery, crime reporter at the Chronicle. Spoiler, the Zodic Killer was never caught, Fincher’s Zodiac is meticulously faithful to the real-life murders and attacks but less of you usual whodunnit and more an exploration of obsession (Graysmith is a mix of Boy Scout and detective on the side) and character, both Toschi and Avery’s lives become consumed by the Zodiac. Character and ambiguity are favoured over action scenes and machismo. Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=207] Despite the run time of two hours plus Zodiac still scores pretty highly across all categories and near the top of Flixwatcher and guests top Fincher films and scores a very impressive 4.49 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Super 8? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

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Thanks to Episode #198 Crew of Fil (@farawaysad) from The Pod Charles Cinecas‪t‬ – the official podcast of The Prince Charles Cinema and Jonathan (@TALL4ALL)  also from The Pod Charles Cinecas‪t‬ – the official podcast of The Prince Charles Cinema. Find their Websites online at https://thepccpodcast.captivate.fm/ And at https://princecharlescinema.com/PrinceCharlesCinema.dll/Home And at https://tall4all.bandcamp.com/album/manifest-destiny And at https://www.breadcrumbscollective.com/ Please make sure you give them some love

More about Zodiac

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

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Mar 17, 2021
 Iszi Lawrence (Terrible Lizards, The British Museum Membercast) and Simon Dunn (setisoppO podcast) return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Iszi’s choice Galaxy Quest.   Galaxy Quest is a 1999 comedy homage and parody of sci-fi of the 70s and Star Trek and its fans. It stars stars Tim Allen as Commander Taggart/Jason, Sigourney Weaver as Lieutenant Tawny Madison/Gewn, Alan Rickman as Dr. Lazarus, Tony Shalhoub as Tech Sergeant Chen, Sam Rockwell as Crewman #6 and Daryl Mitchell as Lieutenant Laredo/Tommy collectively the cast of 1980s tv sci-fi show - Galaxy Guest. While at a sci-fi convention the group are visited by aliens (in human form) and believing the crew to be real enlist their help to fight of the evil alien Roth'h'ar Sarris who has destroyed their home planet. You don’t have to be a Trekkie or a sci-fi nerd to appreciate and enjoy Galaxy Guest. Underneath the parody - there are some solid laugh out loud moments - is a huge heart for fans, who without it the shows and genre wouldn’t be what it is today.  
Scores 
[supsystic-tables id=208] Galaxy Quest scores pretty highly across recommendability and small screen to score a fairly decent 3.98 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Super 8? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

 

Find The Episode #198 Crew Online

Thanks to Episode #198 Crew of Simon Dunn (@sighdone) from the setisoppO podcast and Iszi Lawrence(@iszi_lawrence)  from terrible Lizards, The British Museum Membercast. Find their Websites online at http://www.simondunn.me.uk/ And at https://linktr.ee/iszi And At http://www.setisoppo.com/ And At https://iszi.com/   Please make sure you give them some love More about Galaxy Quest For more info on Uncut Gems, you can visit Galaxy Quest IMDb page here or  Galaxy Quest Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Mar 10, 2021
Sound designers Ben Meechan and Luke Gentry from Sona return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Ben’s choice Super 8. Super 8 is a 2011 alien invasion film directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. It stars Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning in the main child roles and Kyle Chandler, Noah Emmerich and Ron Eldard in the main adult roles. The premise of Super 8 is that while making a low budget zombie film for a competition a group of children witness a train crash. In the aftermath a series of strange events happen in their town - dogs running away and large power outings - leading to the military being involved and eventually an alien appears. Super 8 is the ultimate 80s nostalgia movie - it steals/homages from all the best 80s films like E.T, The Goonies and Stand By Me and in turn is a blueprint for Stranger Things and this is part of its downfall in that none of Super 8 feels remotely original or exciting. There are also at least three different narratives running through it, none explored with any great care or detail, the emotional moments don’t hit the mark and an ending that is spectacularly underwhelming. Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=206] Coming in at nearly two hours long it is far too long and unfocused to be as enjoyable as it should be - the long run time leads to a low repeat viewing score and Super 8 manages to score 3.23 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Super 8? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

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More about Super 8

For more info on Uncut Gems, you can visit Super 8 IMDb page here or  Super 8 Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Mar 3, 2021
Robbie Collin (The Telegraph and Kermode and Mayo's Film Review) and Ben Bailey Smith (aka Doc Brown, also Kermode and Mayo) join Flixwatcher remotely to review Robbie’s choice Uncut Gems. Uncut Gems is a 2019 Safdie (Josh and Ben) brothers breakout film starring Adam Sandler (in a career best performance) as Howard Ratner, a New York Jewish-American jeweller with a severe gambling problem. Supporting cast features Lakeith Stanfield as Demany, Howard’s business associate, Julia Fox as Howard’s girl on the side Julia, Kevin Garnett as himself and Idina Menzel as Howard’s estranged wife. Deep in debt, Howard sources a rare black opal from an Ethiopian Jewish mine which he intends to sell at auction to solve all his problems. His plan begins to fall apart when Kevin Garnett becomes obsessed with the stone and the repercussions lead to increasingly stressful (and also funny/surreal) encounters in the lesser seen on scene New York. Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=205] Not for the faint hearted - Uncut Gems may or may not cause you to fall off your chair and comes with a very high recommendability and engagement score to score a very respectable 4.33 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Uncut Gems? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

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More about Uncut Gems

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

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Feb 24, 2021
Fil and Jonathan from The Pod Charles Cinecas‪t‬ - the official podcast of The Prince Charles Cinema join Flixwatcher remotely to review Fil’s choice The Wolf of Wall Street. The Wolf of Wall Street is the 2013 Martin Scorsese-directed film based on the 2007 memoir of the same name from stockbroker Jordan Belfont. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfont, Jonah Hill as his business partner and friend, Donnie Azoff, Margot Robbie as his wife, Naomi Lapaglia, Matthew McConaughey as Mark Hanna (in a quite bizarre cameo), and Kyle Chandler as FBI agent Patrick Denham who eventually hunts him down. Not quite a rags to riches tale, more of a moderately successful to an insanely rich tale with very little redemption or morality but plenty of tits, ass, cocaine, and Quaaludes. Feelings for The Wolf of Wall Street were mixed Kobi and Fil were totally along for the three-hour thrill ride of excess and depravity, for Helen and Jonathan it was more like three hours of douche bags being douche bags.   Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=204] Scores for The Wolf of Wall Street were mixed, the three hours plus runtime led to a low repeat viewing score but some high engagement scores and recommend ability give it an overall score of 3.71. What do you guys think? Have you seen The Wolf of Wall Street? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #195 Crew Links

Thanks to Episode #195 Crew of Fil (@farawaysad) from The Pod Charles Cinecas‪t‬ - the official podcast of The Prince Charles Cinema and Jonathan (@TALL4ALL)  also from The Pod Charles Cinecas‪t‬ - the official podcast of The Prince Charles Cinema. Find their Websites online at https://thepccpodcast.captivate.fm/ And at https://princecharlescinema.com/PrinceCharlesCinema.dll/Home And at https://tall4all.bandcamp.com/album/manifest-destiny And at https://www.breadcrumbscollective.com/ Please make sure you give them some love

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For more info on The Wolf of Wall Street, you can visit The Wolf Of Wall Street IMDb page here or  The Wolf of Wall Street Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Feb 17, 2021
Helen O’Hara (Empire Podcast and magazine) and Helen Zaltzman (The Allusionist, Answer Me This! and Veronica Mars Investigations) join Flixwatcher remotely to review Helen O’H’s choice The Prestige. The Prestige is the 2006 mystery thriller starring Christian Bale as Alfred Borden and Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) as rival magicians in London at the end of the 19th century. Based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Priest is also stars Michael Caine as Cutter, Rebecca Hall as Borden’s wife Sarah, Scarlett Johansson as Angier’s stage assistant Olivia and David Bowie as Nikola Tesla. After a water tank trick ends in tragedy for Angier their rivalry and oneupmanship increases, Borden loses two fingers during a bullet catch and retaliates by injuring an audience member's fingers and killing a bird during Angier’s show. The arrival of the transported man trick leads Angier to Tesla who creates a machine capable of real magic. The Prestige is largely considered Nolan’s best film by fans, in the opening scene Cutter, explains the three parts to a magic trick: The Pledge, The Turn, and The Prestige - essentially the framework for all Nolan’s films but it’s The Prestige where he manages to pull it off without having to over-explain the concepts or melt the brain with time travel.   Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=203] Despite Helen Z not being a Nolan fan, the scores from the other Helens and Kobi, and usually for a Nolan film a high small screen score still awards The Prestige with an overall score of 4.06 overall. There was a lot of love for it from Twitter claiming it to be Nolan’s best. What do you guys think? Have you seen The Prestige? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #194 Crew Links

Thanks to Episode #194 Crew of Helen O’Hara (@HelenLOHara) from Empire Podcast and magazine and Helen Zaltzman (@HelenZaltzman)  from The Allusionist, Answer Me This! and Veronica Mars Investigations. Find their Websites online at https://www.empireonline.com/ And at https://www.theallusionist.org/ And at https://podfollow.com/answermethis/view And at https://www.veronicamarsinvestigations.com/ Please make sure you give them some love

More about The Prestige

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

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Feb 10, 2021
Brothers Sam and Ben Townsend from Universally Speaking podcast return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Sam’s choice Donnie Brasco. Donnie Brasco is a 1997 true crime drama based on the book Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia by Joseph D. Pistone, and Richard Woodley and directed by Mike Newell. It stars Johnny Depp as Joseph D. Pistone, an undercover FBI agent, and Al Pacino as Lefty (“Horsecock”) Ruggiero the Mafia hitman he befriends to infiltrate the Bonanno crime family in the 1970s. According to Pistone, this film adaptation is 85% true to life, which bits though he never revealed. Donnie Brasco was received pretty well on release, however, given the legacy of Goodfellas and The Sopranos it feels pretty pedestrian and unremarkable watched in 2020. It certainly doesn’t sell the glamorous Mafia lifestyle as Goodfellas does. Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=202] First-time watcher Kobi wasn’t entirely convinced and it is reflected in the scoring and not even dropping the f-bomb 185 times can make Donnie Brasco score higher than 3.55 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Donnie Brasco? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #193 Crew Links

Thanks to Episode #193 Crew of Sam Townsend (@stacktownsend) from  Universally Speaking podcast and Ben Townsend (@bentownsend77) also from Universally Speaking. Find their Websites online at https://www.bentownsendmusic.net/rhcp-podcast And at https://www.bentownsendmusic.net/ Please make sure you give them some love

More about Donnie Brasco

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

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Feb 3, 2021
Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish (from the award-winning 90s TV programme The Adam and Joe Show) join Flixwatcher remotely to review Adam's choice, Bugsy Malone. Bugsy Malone is a 1976 gangster musical comedy film. The directorial debut of Alan Parker stars child actors playing adult roles with Scott Baio (Bugsy Malone), John Cassisi (Fat Sam), and Jodie Foster (Tallulah) in the lead roles. Except these prohibition-era gangsters use splurge guns instead of bullets and cars are powered by pedals. It’s no surprise Bugsy Malone ended up as an extremely popular school production - even Adam and Joe made their own version at school - so don’t go into Bugsy Malone expecting an acting tour de force, that said Jodie Foster is easily the star of the show. Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=201] Bugsy Malone is best viewed as a child, possibly at school, sometime between 1976 and 1990 (probably!), not as an adult in 2020 or if you are Adam’s children. The recommend ability for Bugsy Malone was a mixed score and entirely dependant on your nostalgia levels. Fives across the board from Kobi and Joe help Bugsy Malone to score a very respectable 4.32 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Bugsy Malone? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #192 Crew Links

Thanks to Episode #192 Crew of Adam Buxton from the award-winning 90s TV programme( The Adam and Joe Show) and Joe Cornish also from the award-winning 90s TV programme( The Adam and Joe Show). Find their Websites online at https://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-adam-and-joe-show And at https://www.adam-buxton.co.uk/podcasts And at http://www.tomboyfilms.co.uk/directors/2885890/joe-cornish Please make sure you give them some love

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Jan 27, 2021
Jim Daly and Giles Paley-Phillips from Blank Podcast return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Jim’s choice Ghost. Ghost is a 1990 romantic thriller starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg (Oscar-winning Best Actress in this role), Tony Goldwyn, and Rick Aviles. Couple Sam (Swayze) and Molly (Moore) are renovating their Manhattan apartment when tragedy strikes with Sam being mugged and shot - as he is lying dying in the street his ghost leaves his body. Trapped between the afterlife and reality Sam turns detective with the help of psychic Oda Mae Brown (Goldberg) to track down his killer and discovers the fatal attack was not an accident. Ghost received very mixed reviews when released - an unusual mix of genres - romantic drama and dark thriller with some comedic moments from Jerry (Airplane!) Zucker was just a bit confusing. However, it was a HUGE box office success, helped by the now-infamous “Unchained Melody” pottery scene it was the highest-grossing film of 1990. Ghost has aged surprisingly well, Swayze and Moore have great chemistry and Goldberg is brilliant. The CGI is a bit ropey but it is just about forgivable.     Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=200] Ghost scored very highly for recommendability from Jim (for his first watch), Helen, and Kobi with a straight five, less high from Giles. Ghost did very well across the other Flixwatcher categories to score a very respectable 4.31 overall.   What do you guys think? Have you seen Ghost? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #191 Crew Links

Thanks to Episode #191 Crew of Jim Daly  (@jimdalycomedy) from Blank Podcast and Giles Paley-Phillips (@eliistender10) also from Blank Podcast. Find their Websites online at https://play.acast.com/s/theblankpodcast#:~:text=Everyone%20has%20those%20difficult%20blank,affect%2 And at https://ko-fi.com/blankpodcast And at https://linktr.ee/jimdalycomedy And at https://linktr.ee/GilesPaleyPhillips1   Please make sure you give them some love

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Jan 20, 2021
Simon Dunn (setisoppO podcast) and Iszi Lawrence (Terrible Lizards, The British Museum Member cast) join Flixwatcher remotely to review Simon’s choice Parenthood. Parenthood is a 1989 Ron Howard comedy ensemble film starring Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Keanu Reeves, Dianne Wiest, Jason Robards, Tom Hulce, and Joaquin Phoenix (in one of his earliest roles as Leaf). Martin plays Gill who is having a family crisis as his eldest son is having emotional problems and his wife Karen (Steenburgen) is expecting their fourth child. His older divorced sister Helen (Wiest) is having her own family problems with her children. Her younger son Garry (Phoenix) is withdrawn and secretive and her older daughter Julie (Plimpton) is dating Tod, presumed no good but turns out to be a dude while dealing with loneliness and lack of sex life. Their younger sister Susan is married to Nathan (Moranis) and is neglected as he is more interested in spending time with his precocious daughter. If that wasn’t enough life drama their younger brother Larry (Hulce) returns with gambling problems and his secret biracial son. Parenthood mixes some feel-good moments with some surprisingly bleak visions of parenthood. No film about parenthood would be with sentimentality and it just about gets away with it because it's actually genuinely funny. Iszi hated it, whereas Simon, Kobi, and Helen all enjoyed it - both as a nostalgia watch and as a good Steve Martin film. We did all agree that it should have ended on the ‘life is rollercoaster’ metaphor rather than the maternity ward end.     Scores 

[supsystic-tables id=199] Despite Iszi not enjoying anything about it Parenthood still manages to score a very respectable 3.95 overall.   What do you guys think? Have you seen Parenthood? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #190 Crew Links

Thanks to Episode #190 Crew of Simon Dunn   (@sighdone) from the setisoppO podcast and Iszi Lawrence(@iszi_lawrence)  from terrible Lizards, The British Museum Membercast. Find their Websites online at http://www.simondunn.me.uk/ And at https://linktr.ee/iszi And At http://www.setisoppo.com/ And At https://iszi.com/   Please make sure you give them some love

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Jan 13, 2021

Kamil Dymek and Al Horner from Script Apart podcast return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Kamil’s choice Step Brothers.

Step Brothers is a 2008 Adam McKay, Judd Apatow, Will Ferrel comedy starring Ferrel and John C. Reilly as middle-aged man-babies who still live at home and suddenly have to live together when their respective single parents become romantically involved. The supporting cast of Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins, and Adam Scott really deserve much better than this.

Step Brother's gross-out humor peaks with Brennan (Ferrel) rubs his balls on Dale’s (Reilly) drum kit. If that isn’t your thing then there is also a scene where the grown men are forced by children to lick dog shit. With a run time of 98 minutes, it is 98 minutes too long. This is a film that was clearly more fun to make than it is to watch. Even though it was made in 2008 the humor feels more dated than it should.

 

 

Scores 

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Definitely, a dude film that may still appeal to the 10-year-old boy demographic but offers very little for anyone else. Unsurprisingly Helen scores Step Brothers a generous 1 on recommendability, it receives more love from Kamil, Al, and Kobi - enough love to give it a score of 3.12 overall.

 

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Episode #189 Crew Links

Thanks to Episode #189 Crew of Kamil Dymek   (@KamilDymek) from Script Apart Podcast and Al Horner(@Al_Horner) also from Script Apart Podcast.

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And at https://www.al-horner.com/

And At https://www.scriptapart.com/

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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

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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!

 

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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=

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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