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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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Oct 30, 2019

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

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

Scores

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

Episode #130 Crew Links

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

More about Moonstruck

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

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Oct 23, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #129 Crew Links

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

More about The Thing

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

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Oct 16, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #128 Crew Links

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

More about 20th Century Women

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

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Oct 9, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #127 Crew Links

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

More about Calibre

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

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Oct 2, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #126 Crew Links

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

More about Blue is the Warmest Colour.

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

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Sep 25, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #125 Crew Links

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

More about Looper.

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

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Sep 18, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #124 Crew Links

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

More about Always Be My Maybe

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

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Sep 11, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #123 Crew Links

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

More about The Terminator

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

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Sep 4, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #122 Crew Links

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

More about Life of Brian

  For more info on Life of Brian, you can visit  Life of Brian IMDb page here or  Life of Brian Rotten Tomatoes page here.  

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Aug 28, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #121 Crew Links

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

More about The Breaker Upperers

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

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Aug 21, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #120 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #120 Crew of  Aisling Bea and Latitude   Find their websites online at: Please make sure you give them some love    

More about Back to the Future

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

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Aug 14, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #119 Crew Links

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

More about Anima

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Aug 7, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #118 Crew Links

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

More about The Princess Bride

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

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Aug 4, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #117 Crew Links

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

More about Hard Eight

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

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Jul 24, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #116 Crew Links

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

More about Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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Jul 17, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #115 Crew Links

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

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Jul 3, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #114 Crew Links

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

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Jun 26, 2019

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

Scores

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

Episode #113 Crew Links

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

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

More about A Ghost Story

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

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Jun 19, 2019

It’s Episode 112! Comedians Alice Fraser (The Bugle & Tea With Alice) and Myq Kaplan (Broccoli and Ice Cream) return to review Alice’s choice Fast & Furious 6. Fast & Furious 6 is the sixth outing in the Fast & Furious franchise. Did you want more plot? Fast & Furious 6 sees the previous films plots of street racing left behind in a screech of tyres, featured returning characters Luke (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) Hobbs and Owen (Luke Evans) Shaw and brought back Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and brought much more of an action vibe to the franchise.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=117] Unlikely to win over haters Fast & Furious 6 has everything you’ve come to expect and enjoy from a Fast and Furious film and if that’s your bag you’ll enjoy this. If it isn’t there are plenty of other films on Netflix you can try. Fast and Furious doesn’t require much brainpower to watch and it scores a pretty respectable 3.8 overall.   What do you guys think? Have you seen Fast & Furious 6? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

Episode #112 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #112 Crew of Myq Kaplan (@myqkaplan) from Broccoli and Ice Cream podcast and Alice Fraser (@aliterative) from The Bugle & Tea With Alice Find their websites online at: http://myqkaplan.com/  and  http://www.alicecomedyfraser.com/ Please make sure you give them some love

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

More about Fast & Furious 6

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Jun 12, 2019

It’s Episode 111! Clarisse Loughrey (Independent and Kermode and Mayo) and Adelle Drover (Roll Credits) join Flixwatcher to review Clarisse’s choice Snowpiercer. Snowpiercer is a 2013 dystopian science fiction action film by Korean genius Bong Joon-ho starring Chris (Steve Rogers) Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Song Kang-ho, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt and Ed Harris. Despite being released in America in 2013 its biggest UK release was May 2019 on Netflix. In an attempt to combat global warming (take note planet) climate engineering goes wrong and turns the planet into a barren iced wasteland and the only survivors left are travelling, in order of class (upper at the front having orgies, middle class in the middle and the lower class at the back eating cockroach protein bars and keeping the travel running) on Snowpiercer as it travels at speed to no apparent destination. Following the abduction of two children from the back of the train Evans launches a mission to get to the front of the train to take control and violence and bizarreness ensues, including Octavia Spencer cracking an egg on a child’s face.  

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=116] There was a LOT of love for Snowpiercer, especially Clarisse but there was a record number of reviews tweeted too (thanks everyone!) and rightly so, only losing points on repeat viewing (over two hours is a long repeat viewing) and some for small screen but high all round for recommendability and engagement, scoring 4.11 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Snowpiercer? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #111 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #111 Crew of Clarisse Loughrey (@clarisselou)(Independent and Kermode and Mayo) and Adelle Drover(@adelledrover)  from Roll Credits   Find their website online at:  https://www.independent.co.uk/author/clarisse-loughrey  and https://www.rollcredits.net/   Please make sure you give them some love  

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

More about Snowpiercer

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Jun 5, 2019

It’s Episode 110! Jeanette and Daryl from Sudden Double Deep join us to review the 2017 documentary Faces Places.

Faces Places follows director Agnès Varda and photographer and muralist JR as they journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship. On their journey, they meet ordinary people and take their photos which are then printed larger than life and pasted to buildings and other large scale objects.

 

Faces Places in an hour and a half of celebrating the ordinary and making everyday beautiful. It’s also a wonderful entry-level piece for anyone interested in the work and films of Agnès Varda.

 

Scores

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Don’t be put off by being subtitled or that it sways in and out of conceptual art, with a run time of an hour and a half you’ll be left smiling and feeling a little bit better about the world after. There was a lot of love for Faces Places from guests and Flixwatcher and it scores 4.14 overall.

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

 

Episode #110 Crew Links

 

Thanks to the Episode #110 Crew of Jeanette (@missjsoundtrack) and Daryl from the Sudden Double Deep (@SDDFilmPodcast)

 

Find their website online at:

https://suddendoubledeep.com/

 

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Flixwatcher Spotify Playlist

 

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

 

More about Faces Places

 

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

 

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May 29, 2019

It’s Episode 109! Helen O’Hara (Empire Magazine) and Zoe Jeyes (the home of podcasting Kings Place) join to Flixwatcher to discuss Helen’s choice Hearts Beat Loud. Hearts Beat Loud is a 2018 American comedy-drama with a stellar cast that includes Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner and Toni Collette. Grumpy record store owner Offerman is facing the closure of his store and his only daughter living home for the university while also dealing with his mother's dementia and the on and off affections of his landlady but manages to also write an awesome pop tune with his daughter on the side. Hearts Beat Loud could be High Fidelity’s sweeter, less of dick, Spotify friendly sibling. It features some nice niche music moments including karaoke to Chairlift’s Bruises and up-selling of Animal Collective and that 90s nostalgia.  

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=114] With a runtime of one hour and 37 mins it zips along in a breezy way and is a joy to spend time with. There was a LOT of love for Hearts Beat Loud, it even gets a five for recommendability from Kobi, giving it a very high 4.46 score overall (making the top ten in the rankings). What do you guys think? Have you seen Hearts Beat Loud? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #109 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #109 Crew of Helen O’Hara (@HelenLOHara) from Empire magazine and Zoë Jeyes (@zozrat) from the home of podcasting Kings Place   Find their websites online at:  https://www.empireonline.com/ and https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/   Please make sure you give them some love  

Flixwatcher Spotify Playlist

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

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May 22, 2019

It’s Episode 108! Mat Whitecross and Eran Creevy return this time for Matt’s choice The Other Side of the Wind the last film directed, co-written, co-produced and co-edited by Orson Wells, released in in 2018 by Netflix after more than 40 years in development. To say The Other Side of the Wind is experimental is an understatement - shot in 1970 it was meant to be Wells’ big comeback but continued into the 1980s and was caught up in various legal and financial troubles and languished in film purgatory, despite some attempts after his death, until Netflix gave it a new lease of life. The plot is a film-within-a-film narrative, following the last day of a Hollywood director (assume based on Wells) as he hosts a screening of his last film (assume this film) and the film footage screened is his satire on avant-garde European and Hollywood cinema of 1970s. How you feel about this film very much depends of your relationship with Wells and his work and history, it is ultimately a filmmakers film, and there is very little more than that, other than a period piece for the decline of classic Hollywood and the arrival of auteurs.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=113] Definitely, a companion piece to the documentary They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead and The Other Side of the Wind scores mixed reviews from guests and Flixwatcher. Overall scoring 3.3, helped along by some solid fives from Matt.  

What do you guys think? Have you seen The Other Side of the Wind? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

Episode #108 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #108 Crew of Eran Creevy and Mat Whitecross (@MatWhitecross) Please make sure you give them some love

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

More about The Other Side of the Wind

For more info on The Other Side of the Wind, you can visit The Other Side of the Wind IMDB page here or The Other Side of the Wind Rotten Tomatoes page here.

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May 15, 2019

It’s Episode 107! Cariad Lloyd (Griefcast) and Edith Bowman (Soundtracking With) return, this time for Cariad’s choice Don’t Think Twice. Don’t Think Twice is a 2016 comedy drama about an improv troupe (The Commune) in New York written, directed and starring Mike Birbiglia. It also stars Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs. The Commune’s harmony is threatened when a scout from a Saturday Night Live-style show - Weekend Live - comes to see their show and offers an audition to two of the members. If the thought of an improv comedy drama fills you with dread, don’t fear, it is as much a film about friendship as it is about the improv scene. At 92 minutes you can easily give this film a good and have an hour and a half with wonderful company with bonus Ben Stiller.  

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=112] Don't Think Twice scores very generously across all the categories, helped by its zippy runtime of 92 minutes to score a very respectable 4.28 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Don’t Think Twice? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!  

Episode #107 Crew Links

  Thanks to the Episode #107 Crew of Edith Bowman (@edibow) and Cariad Lloyd (@thegriefcast) from the Griefcast and Soundtracking with Edith (@soundtrackinguk)   Find their websites online at:   https://play.acast.com/s/griefcast  and  http://www.edithbowman.com/   Please make sure you give them some love  

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May 8, 2019

Its Episode 106! Hannah (LWL) and Ella (Culture Whisper) return for Ella’s choice Miss Stevens. Miss Stevens is a 2016 drama directed by Julia Hart starring Lily Rabe in the titular role and Timothée Chalamet. Miss Stevens chaperones three drama students to a weekend state drama competition and that’s the plot. At the same time the students are competing against each other at the event reciting their favourite drama pieces there is drama in real life. Miss Stevens is struggling with the death of her mother and on a personal journey through grief but distracted by the advances of a sleazy teacher and the complicated affections of a teenage Timothée. The star of the show is Chalamet, acting his chops off for the competition and everyone in the film, the result of this leaves everyone else looking a bit average. Ultimately, Miss Stevens is a road trip for her, but her journey is eclipsed by how good Chalamet is and while he is brilliant he takes the focus away from her and into his less developed character. There is also an awkward subplot of their romantic attraction that the film didn’t need to have.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=111] Miss Stevens is not quite the profound and moving experience the filmmakers want it to be but it’s still an interesting film and a must view for any Chalamet fans. That said at 86 minutes you won’t regret spending time with it and it zips along with a breezy soundtrack. Miss Stevens scores 3.29 overall, scoring strongly on small screen. What do you guys think? Have you seen Miss Stevens? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

Episode #106 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #106 Crew of Hannah Woodhead (@goodjobliz) and Ella Kemp (@efekemp) from Truth & Movies podcast (@TruthAndMovies) Find their websites online at: hewoodhead.co.uk and  howmanystars.co.uk Please make sure you give them some love

Flixwatcher Spotify Playlist

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