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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 29, 2020

Felix Trench (Wooden Overcoats and Quid Pro Euro) and Tom Crowley (Wooden Overcoats and Crowley Time) join Flixwatcher to review The Twelve Tasks of Asterix.

The Twelve Tasks of Asterix is a Belgian/French 1976 animation feature film based on the Asterix comic books. It is the only Asterix animated film (to date) that is based on original material rather than existing comic books. In this film, Asterix and Obelix are tasked to complete a series of 12 tasks inspired by the Twelve Labours of Hercules. If they perform these better than the appointment challenger, observed by Caius Tiddlus, then they would be declared Gods. The Twelve Tasks of Asterix relies very, very heavily on stereotypes (sometimes pretty racist by today’s standard) and it’s humour draws strongly on the Monty Python sketch show vibes. Definitely an “old fart film” appealing to what is possibly now a narrower but still in existence fan base. Scores

[supsystic-tables id=161] At 82 minutes it is just about bearable for the non Asterix fan (Helen), this isn’t a film you watch for a good story or even an engaging plot - it’s more time spent with characters you know inside out and the nostalgia that comes with it. Definitely one for the Asterix fan and less likely to win over any new fans, The Twelve Tasks of Asterix scores 3.63. What do you guys think? Have you seen The Twelve Tasks Of Asterix? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #154 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #154 Crew of Felix Trench (@FelixTrench)  from Wooden Overcoats and Quid Pro Euro and  Tom Crowley (@atomCrowley)  from Wooden Overcoats and Crowley Time.   Find their websites online at https://www.podchaser.com/creators/felix-trench-107ZzomSpf and at  https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/crowley-time-with-me-tom-crowley/id1438849221 Please make sure you give them some love    

More about The Twelve Tasks Of Asterix

  For more info on The Twelve Tasks Of Asterix, you can visit The Twelve Tasks Of Asterix IMDb page here or The Twelve Tasks Of Asterix Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Apr 22, 2020

Matt Brothers (Spocklight Podcast) and Amelie Thomas (Fatal Attraction Podcast) return to Flixwatcher to review Matt’s choice Friday Night Lights.

Friday Night Lights is a 2004 American football drama directed by Peter Berg based on Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream, a non-fiction book by H. G Bissinger based on the story of the 1988 Permian High School Panthers football team from Odessa, Texas. Berg went on to develop the story in the television series of the same name. The film starts at the pre-season practice session for the Panthers, expectations are high for both the players and coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton). Drama hits quickly when star player James “Boobie” Miles is injured in practice and ends up sustaining a further injury in the opening game. Drawing criticism from a passionate and slightly terrifying town, for whom the Panthers are everything. Without their star player, the Panthers struggle to live up to expectations of the season and fall victim to many sport film tropes. Friday Night Lights the film suffers where the television series excels by having space to flesh out the characters, by focusing on so many characters in a relatively short space of time they feel almost stereotypes rather than real people.

[supsystic-tables id=160] How much enjoyment you’ll get from Friday Night Lights may depend on your knowledge and love of American football. However, it’s hard not to get behind the players and be caught up with the thrill and lights of the game. Friday Night Lights scores 3.14 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Friday Night Lights? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #153 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #153 Crew of Matt Brothers ( @MattBrothers2 )  from Spocklight Podcast and Amelie Thomas  (@TheOnlyCleoLuna)  from fatal Attraction Podcast.   Find their websites online at https://spocklight.podbean.com/ and at  https://player.fm/series/fatal-attractions Please make sure you give them some love    

More about Friday Night Lights

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

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Apr 15, 2020

Greg Akerman and Steve Cross (Chaotic Adequate podcast) join Flixwatcher to review Greg’s choice Happy Death Day.

  Happy Death Day is a 2017 comedic horror film from Blumhouse starring Jessica Rothe trapped and reliving the same day until she is brutally murdered directed by Christopher (Paranormal Activity) Landon. Essentially a horror version of Groundhog Day, in Happy Death Day Theresa/Tree (Rothe) is forced to relive the same day over and over - except in this version it always ends with her brutal death - on her birthday. The only way to stop the loop is by trying to figure out who is trying to kill her. What Happy Death Day lacks in horror or gore it makes up for it with humour and absurd deaths. While Happy Death Day retreads familiar time loop cliches and tropes it does so it an unapologetic and ridiculous way that if you can forgive all that you’ll have a lovely time. Scores

[supsystic-tables id=159] Despite Steve hating pretty much everything about it, Happy Death Day still scores a fairly decent 3.57 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Happy Death Day? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #152 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #152 Crew of Greg Akerman (@gregory_akerman)  from Chaotic Adequate podcast and Steve Cross  (@steve_x) also from Chaotic Adequate Podcast.   Find their websites online at https://chaoticadequate.wordpress.com/ and at  https://www.comedy.co.uk/fringe/2015/gregory_akerman/ and also at http://www.scienceshowoff.org/ Please make sure you give them some love    

More about Happy Death Day

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

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Apr 8, 2020

Scott Davis (Hey You Guys) Amon Warmann (Empire Magazine) join Flixwatcher to review Scott’s choice Groundhog Day.

Groundhog Day is a 1993 romantic comedy starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, co-written and directed by Harold Ramis. Murray plays Phil Connor, a TV weatherman sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event who for reasons unknown ends up living the same day over and over again until he gets the day right. Hard to believe now but when it was released Groundhog Day, despite favorable reviews wasn’t a hit. It wasn’t until the late 90s and Murray finding his groove with Wes Anderson that Groundhog Day finally found the audience it rightly deserves. So iconic it coined the phase for we now use to describe a reoccurring situation.   Scores

[supsystic-tables id=158] Any worries you might have about Groundhog Day not having aged well are unwarranted - it’s still hilarious, amazingly warm-hearted and a little bit dark around the edges. Scoring very highly across all Flixwatcher categories - including perfect fives in recommendability and even first time watcher Amon enjoyed it enough to give it a high repeat viewing. Losing only a couple of points Groundhog Day scores a very high 4.71 overall and takes 3rd place in the Flixwatcher rankings. What do you guys think? Have you seen Groundhog Day? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #151 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #151 Crew of Scott Davis (@ScottWritesFilm)  from  Hey You Guys and Amon Warmann   (@AWarmann) from Empire Magazine and Fade to Black podcast   Find their websites online at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLytMEVetwf9_A9xF8e7NDTQw9Vn0icOKf and at  https://www.empireonline.com/ Please make sure you give them some love    

More about Groundhog Day

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

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Apr 2, 2020

James King BBC Radio 2 (previously Radio 1) Rhianna Dhillon (BBC 6music, also previously Radio 1) return to Flixwatcher to review James’ choice John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (JW3) picks up exactly where Chapter 2 ends, Wick (Keanu Reeves) is now “excommunicado” after an unauthorized killing on the grounds of The Continental Hotel and is on the run from every hitman in New York. JW3 takes the ante that was upped in JW2 and turns everything up to 11. The mythology of the High Table is expanded, Wick travels to Casablanca, there are horse fu and attack dogs, even more, ultra-violence, more humour, and Jerome Flynn. Chances are if you enjoyed JW and JW2 you’ll probably like JW3 (possibly it could be your favourite in the franchise so far), if you didn’t you’ll probably give this one a miss. If you’ve always wanted to see John Wick kill someone with a book then this film is the one for you. Scores

[supsystic-tables id=157] Rhianna remains unconvinced but it’s Kobi’s favourite of the franchise so far, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum scores 3.46 overall. Want to know what Flixwatcher and guests thought of JW2? Check out the previous episode What do you guys think? Have you seen John Wick: Chapter 3 -parabellum? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #150.2 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #150.2 Crew of Rhianna Dhillon (@RhiannaDhillon)  from BBC 6 music, previously Radio 1 and James King (@jameskingmovies) BBC Radio 2   Find their websites online at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4f2hhz3XJBtCsyhdBjmwQ20/whats-rhianna-dhillon-been-listening-to and  https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-History-80s-Teen-Movie/dp/1635765846 Please make sure you give them some love    

More about John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

  For more info on John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, you can visit John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum IMDb page here or John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Apr 1, 2020

For this week JW2 James Dyer (Empire Magazine and Pilot TV Magazine) and Chris Hewitt (Empire Magazine) join Flixwatcher (remotely) to review James’ choice John Wick: Chapter 2.

  John Wick: Chapter 2 (JW2) is the second film in the John Wick franchise, Keanu Reeves returns as John Wick and Chad Stahelski returns to direct. Having come out of retirement to avenge the death of his dog Wick now wants to go back in retirement but can only do this by clearing his debt in the form of a marker (a novelty-sized coin). Rejecting the marker is a violation of one of the two rules of the underworld and Wick is forced to carry out one last hit. JW2 brings the action and high kill count from JW and adds extra while taking some of the action to Rome and weaving in a little more of the mythology. JW2 is everything you would expect, drawing on martial arts and using stunt choreography over special effects keep the fight scenes fresh. Chances are if you enjoyed JW you’ll probably like JW2 (possibly it could be your favorite in the franchise so far), if you didn’t you’ll probably give this one a miss. In John Wick Reeves has created the ultimate fanboy dream hitman, after a long period in the wilderness of terrible films he has finally found his groove. He is clearly enjoying every second, his deadpan delivery (much mocked in many of his other films) just works and he gets to flex his gun-fu muscles. With a death count of 128 and an ending perfectly set up for JW3 there is a lot for fanboys to enjoy. Scores

[supsystic-tables id=156] If you’ve always wanted to see John Wick kill someone with a pencil this film is the one for you. JW2 scores highly on recommendability but lose points on the small screen score (best experienced on the big screen was universally agreed) to score 3.75 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen John Wick Chapter 2? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #150.1 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #150.1 Crew of  James Dyer  (@jamescdyer) from Empire Magazine and Pilot TV Magazine(@empiremagazine)  and Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewitt) from Empire Magazine   Find their websites online at http://jamesdyer.co/ and  https://www.empireonline.com/   Please make sure you give them some love    

More about John Wick Chapter 2

  For more info on John Wick Chapter 2, you can visit John Wick Chapter 2 IMDb page here or John Wick Chapter 2 Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Mar 25, 2020

Georgie Grier (The Screenster Podcast) and Hannah Russell (Mags Creative: Deliciously Ella, Honestly with Clement Telford) return to flixwatcher to review Georgie’s choice the 2014 biographical drama Wild.

  Based on the memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Reece Witherspoon stars as Cheryl Strayed who, despite having zero hiding experience decides to walk the Pacific Crest Trail after the death of her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern), divorce, abortion, and heroin addiction. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) with an adapted screenplay by Nick Hornby and Oscar nominated performances from Witherspoon and Dern make Wild a remarkable journey of determination and self discovery - resisting the usual temptation for over sentimentality and smugness. In a fairly linear style, we follow Cheryl as she sets off packing too much gear and massively out of her depth in the Mojave Desert, through flashbacks and hallucinations we learn of (and vicariously feel) her past trauma and life. Complimenting Witherspoon’s remarkable performance is the stunning landscape of The Pacific Crest Trail - 2,653 miles of dramatic mountain ranges. Scores

[supsystic-tables id=155] Wild scores highly across recommendability, let down only by the repeat viewing and small screen scores and scores 3.98 (so nearly a four!) - highly recommended. What do you guys think? Have you seen Wild? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #149 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #149 Crew of  Hannah Russell (@hannahruss) from Mags Creative: Deliciously Ella,(@mags.creative) Honestly with Clemmie Telford and Georgie Grier (@georgie_grier) from The Screenster Podcast   Find their websites online at https://www.magscreative.co.uk/ and  https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-screenster-podcast/id1453025577   Please make sure you give them some love    

More about Wild

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

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Mar 18, 2020

p>Ella Watts from Orphans podcast, BBC Sounds, and Becky Brynolf from And Then What podcast return to Flixwatcher to review Ella’s choice How to Train Your Dragon.

 

How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 animated fantasy loosely based on the book of the same name by Cressida Powell, directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, and produced by DreamWorks (and it’s also Ella’s favorite film).

Set in Viking times, Hiccup is an aspiring but failing Viking and keen to follow tradition by slaying dragon. By chance, he manages to trap the rarest (and dangerous) dragon the Night Fury (Toothless) but realizes that he can’t kill it and befriends it instead. Essentially How to Train Your Dragon is a film about the unknown and your fears but also learning to accept differences and with the main character with a physical disability.

 

 

Scores

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How to Train Your Dragon is a charming film that is universally appealing (not just for kids) that benefits from an emotive score and some of the best DreamWorks animations to date. How to Train Your Dragon scores generously across all the Flixwatcher categories but let down only by the small screen score - do catch it on the big screen where you can- and scores 3.91 overall.

What do you guys think? Have you seen How to Train Your Dragon? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

 

Episode #148 Crew Links

 

Thanks to the Episode #148 Crew of Becky Brynolf ( @rabbitinahat ) from And Then What podcast (@andthenwhatpod) and Ella Watts @GejWatts from Orphans podcast (@OrphansAudio)

 

Find their websites online at https://soundcloud.com/user-585702036 and  https://www.orphanspod.com/

 

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More about How to Train Your Dragon

 

For more info on How to Train Your Dragon, you can visit How to Train Your Dragon IMDb page here or How to Train Your Dragon Rotten Tomatoes page here.

 

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Mar 11, 2020

Amelie Thomas (Fatal Attraction Podcast) and Matt Brothers (Spocklight) join Flixwatcher to review Amelie’s Choice La La Land.   La La Land is a 2016 musical from director Damien (Whiplash) Chazelle starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone that nearly won the Best Picture at the Oscars. Mia (Stone) is a struggling/aspiring actress in LA who has a series of chance encounters with Sebastian (Gosling) a struggling and unforgivingly rude jazz pianist. They eventually fall in love only to realize that their own ambitions and the obvious fact they are clearly not compatible and break up. More divisive than Marmite, La La Land drew many criticisms for being a musical without any particularly memorable songs (among other criticisms) - which wouldn’t matter but by not having the songs it betrays the musical genre. To others though it’s a romantic story with fated lovers set against the LA backdrop. Watch it and decide for yourself.

 
 

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=153] Strong support in the scoring for La La Land from guests Amelie and Matt and Kobi but less enthusiasm from Helen brings the overall score to 3.58. A mixed reception from Twitter echos the feelings in the studio. What do you guys think? Have you seen La La Land? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #147 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #147 Crew of Amelie Thomas  (@TheOnlyCleoLuna) from Fatal Attraction Podcast and Matt Brothers  (@MattBrothers2) from Spocklight.   Find their websites online at:https://player.fm/series/fatal-attractions and https://spocklight.podbean.com/   Please make sure you give them some love    

More about La La Land

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

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Mar 4, 2020

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

 
Prisoners is a 2013 thriller directed by Denis Villeneuve starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Paul Dano. Two girls are abducted from outside their homes and one of their fathers (Jackman) takes matters into his own hands after key the suspect (Dano) is arrested but subsequently released. As a result of Detective Loki (Gyllenhal) then has two cases to try and solve and time is running out for both the missing girls and the prime suspect. Prisoners is a bleak film - no plot that centers around child abduction was ever going to be Disney lite - but it starts dark and then goes darker, and darker still. In another directors hands and without the acting chops of Jackman, Gyllenhal and Dano Prisoners could quickly fall into torture porn/violence for violences sake - it’s a fine line but it (just about) doesn’t cross it.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=152] You’ll spend most of the film working out who are the good guys and who are the bad guys, whilst trying to figure out who took the girls - be prepared for two hours of intense concentration. For something, so dark Prisoners scores fairly well in the Flixwatcher categories and scores a fairly high 3.97 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Prisoners? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #146 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #146 Crew of Caitlin Quinlan (@csaquinlan) and Steph Watts (@stephwatts) from Bechdel Fest (@BechdelTestFest) and Who Is She podcast   Find their websites online at: http://bechdeltestfest.com/podcast/ https://caitlinquinlan.contently.com/ and https://about.me/stephwatts   Please make sure you give them some love    

More about Prisoners

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

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Feb 26, 2020

Becky Young (Anti Diet Riot Club) and Honey Ross (The Body Protest) join Flixwatcher to review Becky’s choice The Wife. The Wife is a 2017 drama starring Glen Close and Jonathan Pryce, directed by Björn Runge and based on the novel of the same name by Meg Wolitzer. Pryce plays Jonathan Castleman, a celebrated author, so celebrated he receives the Nobel Prize and travels to Stockholm with his loyal wife Joanie (Close) to receive the honor. Through flashbacks we learn of their early years - he is the tutor and she is the student - their affair and subsequent relationship. It quickly transpires that it all may not be as it seems and Joanie’s stoic veneer begins to falter. The Wife is Close’s film - she won the Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress for her performance, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress but lost out (was robbed!!) to Olivia Coleman. She is incredible and The Wife is worth watching for her alone.

Scores
 

[supsystic-tables id=151] Unsurprisingly The Wife scores very highly across all Flixwatcher categories and scores a very respectable 4.19 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen The Wife? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #145 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #145 Crew of  Becky Young (@AntiDietRiot/@Sloppy_spice) from Anti Diet Riot Club   and   Honey Ross @PinkProtest/@HoneyKinny) from The Body Protest Find their websites online at http://antidietriotclub.co.uk/and https://audioboom.com/channels/4993418 Please make sure you give them some love    

More about The Wife

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

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Feb 19, 2020

Frank Didymus (Queer Intersectional Healthcare Activist) and Andrew Johnstone (sometimes podcaster occasional Digital Humanist) return to Flixwatcher to review Frank’s choice The Silence of the Lambs.   The Silence of the Lambs is the 1991 adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel of the same name starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins (both Oscar-winning performances) and directed by Jonathan Demme. Clarice Starling (Foster), trainee FBI agent is brought in to help track down a serial killer “Buffalo Bill” by enlisting the help of the brilliant psychiatrist but cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lector (Hopkins). It won the ‘big five’ at the Academy Awards - Actor, Actress, Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay - only the third film to ever do so. Every one it deserves, Demme direction is both grotesque and compulsive, slow-burning and unbelievably tense, extremely dark but also occasionally funny.  

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=150] Unsurprisingly The Silence of the Lambs scores highly across pretty much all of the Flixwatcher categories - overall it scores an impressive 4.68 - making it the current 4th top-ranked Flixwatcher film. What do you guys think? Have you seen The NeverEnding Story? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #144 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #144 Crew of  Andrew Johnstone (@podcastsquared) from sometimes podcaster occasional Digital Humanist and Frank (on their podcast debut!) Didymus (@transrmn) (Queer Intersectional Healthcare Activist)   Find their websites online at: https://www.andrewdjohnstone.com/ and  https://transrmn.wordpress.com/ Please make sure you give them some love    

More about The Silence of the Lambs

  For more info on The Silence of the Lambs, you can visit  The Silence of the Lambs IMDb page here or  The Silence of the Lambs Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Feb 12, 2020

Illustrators David Litchfield and Sam Gilby return to Flixwatcher to review David’s choice, Back to the Future Part 2.     Back to the Future Part 2 reunited Michael J Fox’s Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd’s Doc, however, Crispin Glover did not return and Elizabeth Shue joined as Marty’s girlfriend Jennifer. Both Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale returned to direct and write respectively. It was filmed back to back with Part 3 and was the third highest-grossing film of 1989. BTTF 2 picks up exactly where BTTF ended. They go back to the future (2015) to save their future children but Marty picks up an almanac and inadvertently changes the future. They return to 1985, which is now changed - and it’s not good - and they have to fix things by going back to 1955 (again). It’s fair to say BTTF 2 is not the five star classic BTTF is. The plot feels a bit tired, the product placement tie-ins are jarring (Michael Jackson), the vision of 2015 doesn’t really work and Fox playing his own future daughter is just weird! Watching BTTF 2 with 2020 eyes it’s hard to ignore some of the films misogyny - Jennifer being knocked out early on to avoid her hindering the rescue mission - and nothing can hide some of the terrible make up effects (Lorraine’s fake boobs) and the absence of Glover.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=148] Not as fun or warmed hearted as BTTF this sequel will still hold a special place for die hard fans but maybe not earn many new first time watch fans. Back to the Future Part 2 scores 3.61 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen The Thing? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #143 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #143 Crew of Illustrators Sam Gilbey (@samgilbey) and David Litchfield (@dc_litchfield)   Find their websites online at: https://samgilbeyillustrates.bigcartel.com/ and https://www.davidlitchfieldillustration.com/   Please make sure you give them some love    

More about Back to the Future part 2  

  For more info on back to the Future part 2 , you can visit Back to the Future part 2 page here or Back to the Future part 2 Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Feb 5, 2020

Ben (@TopFilmTip) and Rich (Betamax Video Club podcast) join Flixwatcher to review Ben’s choice the Oscar nominated animation I Lost My Body.

  I Lost My Body is a 2019 French animated film based on the book Happy Hand by Guillaume Laurant (who also co-wrote the screenplay) and directed by Jérémy Clapin. It won the Nespresso Grand Prize (critics choice) at Cannes making it the first animation to do so. I Lost My Body is almost two stories, one is the story of a severed hand, dancing and fighting its way across Paris while having to defend itself against rats and pigeons to rejoin its owner. The second is a sad story of orphan Naoufel, who fails at delivering pizza but by chance meets Gabrielle who opens his world to other opportunities. Scores

[supsystic-tables id=148] I Lost My Body is best watched non dubbed with subtitles to get the full Paris flavours and charms and with a run time of 81 minutes, it’s very much worth your attention. I Lost My Body scored fairly well, let down a little by repeat viewing but still scores a respectable 3.21 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen I Lost My Body? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #142 Crew Links

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Jan 29, 2020

Rhianna Dhillon (BBC 6music, previously Radio 1) and James King BBC Radio 2, also previously Radio 1) join Flixwatcher to review Rhianna’s choice Sense and Sensibility.

Sense and Sensibility is the 1995 Ang Lee directed adaptation of the Jane Austen classic starring Emma Thompson (winning Best Adapted Screenplay), Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant I’m supporting roles. It tells the story of the Dashwood girls, who after the death of their father are left in “ruin” with only their half brother John to look after them financially. After they are moved to a more modest house the older sisters Elinor (Thompson) and Marianne (Winslet) fall in love with various characters, with their respective ‘sense’ and ‘sensibility’ reflected in their interactions. An absolute must for any Austen fan, this version allowed Thompson to bring her own flourish to a well loved classic and it was largely well received. Questionable whether non Austen aficionados would find it as charming, especially given its two hour run time. Scores

[supsystic-tables id=147] There was mostly a lot of love for Sense and Sensibility and it scored generously on recommendability but slight lower on engagement due to the two hour run time, giving an overall score of 3.89. What do you guys think? Have you seen Sense and Sensibility? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #140 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #140 Crew of  Hannah Russell (@hannahruss) from Mags Creative: Deliciously Ella,(@mags.creative) Honestly with Clemmie Telford and Georgie Grier (@georgie_grier) from The Screenster Podcast   Find their websites online at https://www.magscreative.co.uk/ and  https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-screenster-podcast/id1453025577   Please make sure you give them some love    

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Jan 22, 2020

Hannah Russell (Mags Creative: Deliciously Ella, Honestly with Clemmie Telford) and Georgie Grier (The Screenster Podcast) join Flixwatcher to review the 2013 Richard Curtis romantic drama About Time.

Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) is let into a secret by his father James (Bill Nighy) that all the men (yes, the men only) can travel back in time. Tim uses this opportunity to go back in time to stalk/make Mary (Rachel McAdams) fall in love with him. There is more time travel that services his own best interests (if he prevents his sister from being involved in a car crash he would have a son instead of a daughter) and again when he nearly forfeits having another child because it would stop him traveling back in time to spend more time with his father.

It’s two hours about a very selfish man or a charming romantic drama depending on how you look at things. Ignoring any inconsistencies about the logistics of time travel About Time favours male white privilege and all of the female characters are poorly written (Mary’s only interest is Kate Moss).

Scores

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Both guests and Kobi found it charming and heartwarming, let’s just say Helen was less favourable towards it! Despite low scores across the board from Helen About Time scores 3.86 overall.

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

 

Episode #140 Crew Links

 

Thanks to the Episode #140 Crew of  Hannah Russell (@hannahruss) from Mags Creative: Deliciously Ella,(@mags.creative) Honestly with Clemmie Telford and Georgie Grier (@georgie_grier) from The Screenster Podcast

 

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More about About Time

 

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Jan 15, 2020

Ali Plumb (BBC Radio 1) and Ally Wybrew (Empire Magazine) return to Flixwatcher to review Ali’s choice Moneyball. Moneyball is a 2011 baseball film based on true events starring Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jonah Hill.

Directed by Bennett (Capote, Foxcatcher) Miller and co written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin it tells the story of the Oakland Athletics baseball 2002 season where manager Billy (Pitt) Beane with the help of Peter (Hill) Brand uses sabermetrics to (controversially) recruit players on a small budget. How you feel about Moneyball largely depends on how you feel about baseball in general and how interested you are in the use of statistics in sport - if neither of these things get you going Moneyball may not be your film. Pitt puts in a decent performance that includes him eating in many scenes but it’s Hill that gives the surprising performance as his semi reluctant assistant. Moneyball isn’t without the sports movie cliches and it is as macho as you’d expect from a baseball film. The zinging Sorkin script gives it both its energy but by being so fast for non baseball aficionados it’s sometimes difficult to keep up and understand what’s going on. Scores

[supsystic-tables id=144] Despite being very, very niche Moneyball scores a fairly respectable 3.91 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Moneyball? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #139 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #139 Crew of Ally Wybrew (@AllyWyB) from Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) and Ali Plumb (@AliPlumb) from BBC Radio 1   Find their websites online at https://www.empireonline.com/   Please make sure you give them some love    

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Jan 8, 2020

Happy 2020 everyone!! Viv Groskop (How to Own a Room) and Rosie Wilby (The Breakup Monologues) return to Flixwatcher to review Viv’s choice, Goodfellas. Goodfellas is the 1990 gangster crime epic from Martin Scorsese starring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci based on the non-fiction book Wiseguy. It tells the rise and fall of mob wannabe Henry Hill from 1955 to 1980.   Arguably the greatest mob film ever made, Goodfellas was the inspiration for The Sopranos and Scorsese’s directorial choice of freeze frames, fast cutting and the long tracking shots influenced nearly every director after. The acting is impeccable - Joe Pesci won Best Supporting Actor for his role as the unpredictable and violent Tommy and as you’d expect from a Scorsese film its soundtrack is not only awesome but it helps the pacing of each decade.  

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=143] However, it’s not for everyone, there is an argument that Goodfellas does glamourise violence and the mob lifestyle but given that no one ends up unscathed in the end is definitely not glamorous it’s a flimsy argument. It is violent and sweary and at two hours 25 minutes it’s not a short watch. This Scorsese classic scores a very strong 4.19 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Goodfellas? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #138 Crew Links

  Thanks to the crew of episode 138 Rosie Wilby (@rosiewilby) from The Breakup Monologues and Viv Groskop  (@VivGroskop )from How to Own a Room   Find their websites online at https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Own-Room-Brilliant-Speaking  and www.rosiewilby.com Please make sure you give them some love    

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Dec 18, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #137 Crew Links

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

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Dec 11, 2019

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

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

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

Scores

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

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

Episode #136 Crew Links

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

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Dec 4, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #135 Crew Links

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

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Nov 27, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #134 Crew Links

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

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Nov 20, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #133 Crew Links

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

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Nov 13, 2019

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

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

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

Episode #132 Crew Links

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Nov 6, 2019

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

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

Scores

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

Episode #131 Crew Links

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

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