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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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May 1, 2019

It’s Episode 105! Sam and Louise from the Picturehouse and 90 Minutes or Less Film Fest podcasts return for Sam’s choice The Holiday.

The Holiday is a 2006 Nancy Meyers (What Women Want, Something’s Gotta Give) romantic drama/comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as pre-Airbnb home swappers and Jude Law and Jack Black as their respective if not wholly convincing love interests.

Set at Christmas is it a guaranteed feature on TV over Christmas despite not being particularly Christmassy other than continuing to give an illusion of picturesque snow in a (fake) English village, rather than the slush fest it is in reality. Diaz swaps her massive LA home for Winslet’s tiny village cottage and encounters a drunk and charming Law. Winslet is depressingly obsessed with a complete slimeball at work and trying to wean herself off him meets an old man and for no romantic reasons ends up with Black.

If you can buy Jack Black as a romantic lead and that Winslet would ever be rejected by anyone ever you’ll probably enjoy this. If you haven’t seen it before, it might have something to with the terrible film posters, it isn’t as bad as you might expect it to be. It is too long - over two hours - it could easily be 90 minutes.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=110]The runtime definitely loses The Holiday points on repeat viewing and engagement - it doesn’t need the full two hours and fifteen minutes - however it still manages 3.78 overall.

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

Episode #105 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #105 Crew of Louise and Sam Clements (@sam_clements)  from 90 Minute or Less Film Fest. @90minfilmfest

Find their website here: https://ninetyminfilmfest.podbean.com/

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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 Holiday

For more info on The Holiday, you can visit The Holiday IMDB page here or  The Holiday Rotten Tomatoes page here.

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Apr 17, 2019

Its Episode 104! Gareth and Miriam (fellow Shabbos Rollers quizzers at the Bigger Boat Film Quiz) return for Gareth’s choice, Gerald’s Game. Gerald’s Game is a 2017 Netflix film by Mike Flanagan based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. It stars Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood. A weekend away to spice up the marriage between Jessie and Gerald takes an unexpected and unfortunate turn when Gerald has a heart attack and dies, with Jessie handcuffed to the bed. This happens early on and the rest of the film is focused on whether Jessie will find the mental and physical strength to escape or will she die handcuffed to the bed. No spoilers here but let’s say the outcome is not for the faint-hearted or anyone really, it will take a certain strength to make it through.  

Scores

[supsystic-tables id='109'] Overall Gerald’s Game scored quite high from everyone apart from Miriam and takes a bit of a hit in the repeat viewing (when you’ve watched it you’ll know why!) but scores a very respectable 3.52 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Gerald’s Game? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

Episode #104 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #104 Crew of Miriam Silverman @mymimsicle and Gareth Dimelow  @gdimelow 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!

More about Gerald’s Game.

For more info on Gerald’s Game, you can visit the  Gerald’s Game IMDB page here or the  Gerald’s Game Rotten Tomatoes page here.

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Apr 10, 2019

It’s Episode 103 and Flixwatcher are joined by British filmmakers Eran Creevy and Mat Whitecross to review the 2019 Netflix produced Triple Frontier. Triple Frontier boasts an all star cast of Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal, direction from J. C Chandor with the story by Mark Boal. They are a group of Special Operations soldiers who reunite for a heist to steal a lot of money from a South American drug lord.   The first half of the film is the classic get the gang back together and the second half is the fallout from them stealing more money than they expected to steal. Which is the films major downfall, the motivation for the heist is they think they deserve to steal this money that isn’t theirs and the chain of events are triggered by their bigger greed of stealing more than originally planned to take. If you can buy this as a major plot point then you’ll probably enjoy this film.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=108]Triple Frontier has all the elements that should make a great heist film but fails to deliver, it lacks the tension and surprise that is required to make this anything more than a standard action flick. Given the talent involved it is a massive disappointment. Overall Triple Frontier scores just 2.78.  

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

Episode #103 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #103 Crew of Eran Creevy and Mat Whitecross (@MatWhitecross) 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!

More about Triple Frontier

For more info on Triple Frontier, you can visit  Triple Frontier IMDB page here or Triple Frontier Rotten Tomatoes page here.

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Apr 3, 2019

It’s Episode 102 of Flixwatcher podcast. Kelly and Sam from Curzon Cinema Podcast to review Sam’s choice Thelma and Louise. Thelma and Louise is the 1991 Ridley Scott directed film written by Callie Khouri (Nashville) which won its only Oscar for Original Screenplay. It stars Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in the title roles and a very famous and naked first appearance of Brad Pitt. A girls weekend away escalates quickly into a manhunt after Louise shoots a man who attempts to rape Thelma, they plan an escape to Mexico with Harvey Keitel’s potentially sympathetic police officer on their tail.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=107] Thelma and Louise is a feminist classic before making feminist classics was a thing, it’s ending is so ingrained in popular and film culture and it’s impossible not feel and love the two title characters. It has dated a little but that doesn’t detract from the films overall themes of friendship. Overall Thelma and Louise scores a very respectable 4.25.  

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

Episode #102 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #102 Crew of Sam Howlett @SamHowlett_1 and Kelly Powell @ks_powell from the Curzon Film Podcast @CurzonCinemas Find their website online here: https://www.curzoncinemas.com/ 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!

More about Thelma and Louise

For more info on Thelma and Louise, you can visit  Thelma and Louise IMDB page here or Thelma and Louise Rotten Tomatoes page here.

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Mar 27, 2019

It’s Episode 101! Comedians Myq Kaplan (Broccoli and Ice Cream) and Alice Fraser (The Bugle & Tea With Alice) join Flixwatcher to review The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is the Netflix 2018 Coen Brothers western anthology film. There are six vignettes in this film, with a number of high profile actors including Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Neeson, Tom Waits and Zoe Kazan, varying in length and tone. The stories range from a singing cowboy, a grizzled old prospector and a sinister impresario, what ties them all loosely together is death. There is death everywhere and often without reason or meaning, and definitely gruesome or bloody.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=106] The Ballad of Buster Scruggs divided audiences much like Flixwatcher and guests. There was more love from Myq and Kobi than Alice and Helen and the reviews from Twitter we’re equally mixed. The overall scores reflected this as The Ballad of Buster Scruggs scores 3.03. What do you guys think? Have you seen The Ballad of Buster Scruggs? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

Episode #101 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #101 Crew of Myq Kaplan (@myqkaplan) from Broccoli and Ice Cream podcast and Alice Fraser (@aliterative) from the 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

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 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

For more info on The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, you can visit  The Ballad of Buster Scruggs IMDB page here or The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Rotten Tomatoes page here.

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Mar 20, 2019

For this special Flixwatcher episode Cathy and Dave from the Cinemile host Kobi and Helen for Kobi’s film choice Robocop! Robocop (the original Paul Verhoeven cyberpunk action film version of course) was the favourite film of nine year-old Kobi, it’s the story of futuristic Detroit where crime is high and the solution is to implant a dead cop into a robot. It should be noted Robocop is not suitable for nine year-olds!! Being Verhoeven it is almost excessively violent, a rogue ED209 peppering an unfortunate employee, Murphy being shot to pieces and the toxic goop incident being particularly graphic and grisly. Surprisingly Robocop hasn’t aged too badly, the stop motion effects from Rob Bottin still look pretty convincing and the performance from Peter Weller adds genuine character and empathy to Robocop. The plot and dialogue maybe haven’t aged as well and forget about the actual science, but it could have been much worse.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=105] No one loved revisiting Robocop more than Dave, not even nine year-old Kobi would have given such high scores! It’s no Back To The Future so a 4.5 from Kobi for recommendability, so much love from Dave (probably too much love) which brings Robocop an overall score of 3.87. “Excuse me, I have to go. Somewhere there is a crime happening." What do you guys think? Have you seen Robocop? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

Episode #100.2 Crew Links

Thanks to the Flixwatcher Podcast Bonus episode #100.2 crew Cathy Cullen (@cathycullen) and Dave Corkery (@thisiscorkery) of The Cinemile (@TheCinemile) and Shitegeist (@Shitegeistpod) Find their websites online at: http://www.shitegeistpod.com/  and  https://www.thecinemile.com/ 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!

More about Robocop

For more info on Robocop, you can visit the  Robocop IMDB page here or the Robocop Rotten Tomatoes page here.

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Mar 20, 2019

We’re celebrating 100 episodes of Flixwatcher! As a treat, we have TWO bonus episodes! Hosting in this episode are the Cinemile’s Cathy and Dave and the guests are Helen and Kobi! In this episode, we’re reviewing Jordan Peele’s Oscar winning debut Get Out, a satirical American horror from 2017. Get Out is not your typical horror, it manages to be terrifying, provocative, funny and shocking - it’s impossible not to be completely engaged in this film. Get Out benefits from a standout cast of Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener, is visually stunning (the Sunken Place), is genuinely terrifying, surprisingly and fiercely intelligent. It also happens to have some fantastic gory bits too.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=104] No surprises that Get Out scores pretty highly across all the scores from Flixwatcher and Cinemile, with fives for recommendability from Helen and Cathy (only a 4.5 from Kobi and Dave) overall Get Out scores a very respectable 4.55. What do you guys think? Have you seen Get Out? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

Episode #100.1 Crew Links

Thanks to the Flixwatcher Podcast Bonus episode #100.1 crew Cathy Cullen (@cathycullen) and Dave Corkery (@thisiscorkery) of The Cinemile (@TheCinemile) and Shitegeist (@Shitegeistpod) Find their websites online at: http://www.shitegeistpod.com/  and  https://www.thecinemile.com/ 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!

More about Get Out

For more info on Get Out, you can visit the  Get Out IMDB page here or the Get Out Rotten Tomatoes page here.

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Mar 20, 2019

Happy birthday to us! It’s episode 100! Joining us for our special birthday are Edith Bowman (Soundtracking with Edith Bowman) and Cariad Lloyd (Griefcast) and we’re reviewing Christopher Nolan’s 2010 masterpiece Inception.

It’s best not to try and unpick Inception - top line is it is a story about dreams, grief, memory and folding streets soundtracked to Edith Piaf. At first watch it is simply visually stunning, from exploding European streets, Escher staircases and a mind bending anti-gravity fight scene.

It is also blessed with one of the best ensemble casts of recent years, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard, Pete Postlethwaite (in one of his final performances), Michael Caine and Lukas Haas. If that doesn’t pique your interest then nothing will.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=103] Inception unsurprisingly scores high across most of the categories except the small screen (scoring a very low 2.5 from Kobi) and overall scores 4.46, very high! There was a LOT of love for Inception from Twitter too.

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

Episode #100 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #100 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/

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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 Inception

For more info on Inception, you can visit the  Inception IMDB page here or the Inception Rotten Tomatoes page here.

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Mar 14, 2019

This is episode 99. Hannah from LWL Truth and Movies and Ella from Cuzon Film and Culture Whisperer join Flixwatcher to review Hannah’s choice Nightcrawler. Nightcrawler is the 2014 film debut from Dan Gilroy starring Jake Gyllenhaal as entrepreneur/psychopath Louis/Lou Bloom. Set in LA it is a biting satire and black humoured look at the murky world of true crime TV. Bloom ends up finding success being a first on the scene of a crime/accident to film the action/victims to sell to ruthless TV producer Rene Russo. Gyllenhaal really gives himself to this film, physically and as a character, gone is the beautiful Jake we’ve come to love and in is creepy, Patrick Bateman meth addict Jake. He is supported by an excellent cast of Russo with Riz Ahmed as an unlucky production assistant and Bill Paxton as a rival cameraman/collateral damage.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=102] Overall Nightcrawler scores a very high 4.15, it won’t be for everyone’s taste as it is pretty dark but if that’s your bag then go ahead and enjoy. Listen to the end to hear bonus Little White Lies scores too. What do you guys think? Have you seen Nightcrawler ? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

Episode #099 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #099 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

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 Nightcrawler

For more info on Nightcrawler, you can visit the Nightcrawler IMDB page here or the Nightcrawler Rotten Tomatoes page here.

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Mar 6, 2019

It’s episode 98! Corrina and Sarah from Picturehouse Podcast return for Corrina’s choice, the 2000 Christian Bale film American Psycho.

American Psycho is a 2000 film by Mary Hannon based on the 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis starring Christian Bale, Reece Witherspoon, Jared Leto, Willem Dafoe and Chloë Sevigny - if that doesn’t get you excited then go home now.

Misunderstood on its release, loosely thrown into the horror pile for its strangely minimal violence onscreen (most is implied and it doesn’t even come close to the book) despite being a darkly hilarious journey into white privilege, toxic masculinity and rampant consumerism.

Despite Ellis himself saying he didn’t think the film was necessary it feels more necessary in today’s ever more unbelievable society and feels every bit as uncomfortable. If anything it deserves a revisit just for Christian Bale’s performance. Before he focused on physical transformations, Batman and winning Oscars he very nearly killed his career with this hilarious and disturbing performance (apparently inspired by Tom Cruise - the person not one of his characters), the studios wanted Leo di Caprio and what a different film that would have been.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=101]
Unsurprisingly American Psycho scored very generously across all categories and guests and scores a very high 4.37 overall.

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

Episode #098 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #098 Crew of Corrina Antrobus (@corrinacorrina) and Sarah Cook (@CookieNScreen) from Picturehouse Podcast (@CentralPictureH)

Find their websites online at:

https://corrinacorrina.net/  and  https://moviesonweekends.com/

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!

More about American Psycho

For more info on American Psycho, you can visit the American Psycho IMDB page here or the American Psycho Rotten Tomatoes page here.

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Feb 27, 2019

It’s episode 97! Stephanie and Ems from The Mighty Foof return to review Arrival, Stephanie’s choice. Arrival is a 2016 science fiction film from Denis Villenenue starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. Arrival is not your typical alien invasion film, it’s much deeper and thoughtful and there’s no green aliens with long fingers. Aliens arrive on earth and refreshingly don’t want to wipe out humanity but instead communicate with Amy Adams linguist. Scores [supsystic-tables id='100'] Arrival is all about Amy Adams, her performance is incredible and you believe in the aliens because of her. What is also incredible is Jóhann Jóhannsson’s amazing soundtrack. Unsurprisingly Arrival scores pretty highly across all Flixwatcher categories and comes in at 4.37 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Arrival ? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

Episode #097Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #097 Crew of Emma  and Stephanie from The Mighty Foof ( @TheMightyFoof ) Find their website online here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-mighty-foof/id1409816749 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!

More about Arrival

For more info on Arrival , you can visit the Arrival IMDB page here or the Arrival Rotten Tomatoes page here.

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Feb 20, 2019

It’s Episode 96! Sofie Hagen (Secret Dinosaur Cult and Made of Human) and Imriel Morgan (Wanna Be & Shout Out Network) return for Sofie’s choice 22 July.

22 July is a 2018 film from Paul Greengrass, it is a fictional dramatisation of the real life events from 2011 when Anders Behring Breivik committed horrific violence on the island of Utøya and Oslo.

The film could be viewed as three parts. The first part shows the calculated destruction and massacre that Breivik inflicts upon defenceless teens as they try and escape. The second part is standard drama, giving a voice to the victims as they try to recover and Breivik in court. The final part is a rushed attempt at offering hope and some kind of reconciliation of guilt for those who survived.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id='99']The end result is over two and half hours of messy filmmaking, while its intentions are to tell the victims stories and maybe to show the strength of family but it is still unbearably bleak. Overall 22 July scores 2.53 - let down by recommendability and that it’s over two and half hours.

What do you guys think? Have you seen 22 July? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

Episode #096 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #096 Crew of Imriel Morgan (@ImiMorgan)  from Wanna Be Podcast (@WannaBePodcast) and Shout Out Network(@ShoutOutLdn) and Sofie Hagen (@SofieHagen)  from Made of Human (@podmoh) and Secret Dinosaur Cult (@SecretDinoCult)

Find their website online here: https://www.wannabepodcast.com/  and  http://www.sofiehagen.com/

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!

More about 22 July

For more info on  22 July, you can visit the 22 July IMDB page here or the 22 July Rotten Tomatoes page here.

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Feb 13, 2019

 

It’s Episode 95! Josh and Boyd (Footballistically Arsenal) return for Josh’s choice, the award-winning documentary Icarus.

Icarus is 2017 documentary from Bryan Fogel, an amateur cyclist who looks into whether he can improve his performance by injecting drugs. In the process of looking into finding someone to help him dope he accidentally uncovers a legacy of historic doping by the Russian athletics team, as you do.

What starts out as a Supersize Me guinea pig project ends up being one of the biggest whistleblowing documentaries in sport ever uncovered, it even won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

The end result is a mixed bag, the scandal documentary uncovers is mind-blowing and has thrilling elements but it also suffers from being a bit flabby and unfocused (as you expect from a story that didn’t exist when the filming started).

Scores

[supsystic-tables id='98']Kobi scored Icarus a whopping 4.75 for recommendability (no Back to the Future but close!) and it scored reasonably generously across the other categories (except repeat viewing) to score 3.33 overall. A fascinating documentary well worth a watch.

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

Episode #095 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #095 Crew of Boyd Hilton (@boydhilton) and Josh Landy (@Josh_Landy) from Footballistically Arsenal()

Find their website online here:
http://playbackmedia.co.uk/podcasts/footballistically-arsenal/

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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 Icarus

For more info on  Icarus, you can visit the Icarus IMDB page here or the Icarus Rotten Tomatoes page here.

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Feb 6, 2019

It’s Episode 94! Louise and Sam from 90 Minute or Less Film Fest join Flixwatcher for Louise’s choice The Birdcage (which is not a 90 minute film!) https://ninetyminfilmfest.podbean.com/ The Birdcage is a 1996 remake of La Cage aux Folles starring Robin Williams (Armand) and Nathan Lane (Albert) as a gay couple who own a Miami drag club, who are forced to play a straight couple and entertain Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest at a dinner party. It also features a Hank Azaria performance wearing very little apart from denim hotpants. The Birdcage was the 9th highest grossing film in American in 1996, while that seems surprising it is a testament to the draw of Robin Williams. While The Birdcage is a good 40 minutes longer than it should be the performances from Williams and Lane make it just about worth the inflated runtime.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=97']With a run time of 1 hour and 59 minutes The Birdcage scores low on repeat viewing and engagement, however, Williams and Lane and the dinner party bring enough fun for The Birdcage to score overall 3.47. What do you guys think? Have you seen The Birdcage? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

Episode #094 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #094 Crew of Louise and Sam Clements (@sam_clements)  from 90 Minute or Less Film Fest. @90minfilmfest Find their website here: http://standardissuemagazine.com 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!

More about The Birdcage

For more info on The Birdcage, you can visit The Birdcage IMDB page here or  The Birdcage Rotten Tomatoes page here.

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Jan 30, 2019

It’s Episode 93! Miriam and Gareth, fellow Shabbos Rollers, join Flixwatcher to review Joe (Adam & Joe) Cornish’s debut film Attack the Block. As well as being Cornish’s debut it is also John Boyega’s first film too, starring as Moses. A gang leader whose Bonfire Night features mugging, being arrested and battling aliens. Showing his influences on his sleeve, Attack the Block takes e.t, Aliens, Signs and Star Wars and transplants them into the social housing towers of south London.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id='96'] Mixing sci-fi and horror with a sort of coming of age story Attack the Block manages to be both spectacularly cinematic and terribly British at the same time while throwing in some social commentary for good measure. Scoring highly from Miriam, Gareth and Kobi but a lit lower from Helen, Attack the Block scores a very respectable 3.63 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Attack the Block.? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

Episode #093 Crew Links

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More about Attack the Block.

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Jan 23, 2019

It’s Episode 92! Kelly and Sam from the Curzon Film Podcast join us for Kelly’s choice the award-winning 2018 film Roma from Alfonso Cuarón. Roma is a semi-autobiographical memoir to his childhood in 1970s Mexico. Cuarón wrote, directed, produced and edited this film and is unsurprisingly his most personal film to date. It wouldn’t be out of place to declare Roma a masterpiece. It tells the story of Cleo the live-in housekeeper of a family in Mexico against the backdrop of the Corpus Christi Massacre and the marital breakdown of the parents. Roma moves between banal normality, washing the floors and cleaning the house to extreme drama, a still birth and near drowning and moments of joy in the everyday with visits to the cinema and holidaying with the family.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id=95] Roma was unfortunately let down by the small screen score - it’s black and white cinematography deserves the big screen and the scores reflect this, overall Roma scores a very respectable 4.3.

Episode #092 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #092 Crew of Sam Howlett @SamHowlett_1 and Kelly Powell @ks_powell from the Curzon Film Podcast @CurzonCinemas Find their website online here: https://www.curzoncinemas.com/ Please make sure you give them some love

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More about Roma

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Jan 16, 2019

It’s Episode 91! Joining us to review the 2017 documentary Out of Thin Air are returning guests Taylor (her choice) and Hannah from Drunk Women Solving Crime.

Out of Thin Air mixes interviews and dramatisation to investigate the mystery surrounding the disappearances of Guðmundur Einarsson and Geirfinnur Einarsson in 1974 in Iceland and the subsequent arrests and imprisonments of six suspects, at which point things are definitely not what they seem.

The story itself the perfect true crime stuff, two people disappear and to this day have never been found. The suspects are arrested, some of them have shady backgrounds and (despite little evidence) are convicted and then the twist, in 2013 a report brought forward the motion to retrial the suspects.

This documentary, however, fails to really capture the mystery and intrigue and it ends up being a bit confusing and at worst, quite boring. True crime fans will probably enjoy this as would anyone who remembers the case but as a piece of documentary cinema, it doesn’t deliver the goods.

Scores 

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Flixwatcher and guests were mostly in agreement about Out of Thin Air and despite some of its weaknesses it still scored 3.25 overall.

Episode #091 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #091 Crew of Hannah George @taylorglennUK and Taylor Glenn @taylorglennUK from Drunk Women Solving Crime podcast @drunkwomenpod

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Jan 9, 2019

Happy New Year it’s Episode 90! We’re starting 2019 with returning guests JoJCast’s Jo and Jay, reviewing Jo’s choice Pride.

 

Pride is a 2014 British film true story of the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign during the 1980s that supported and raised funds for the miners during the strikes.

It’s easy to lump this in with the likes of The Full Monty - Pride does have moments of humour but it’s not the driving force. Its story was very nearly lost and if you know it then you’ll realise how it’s almost unbelievable - while the film does employ some artistic license most of what is depicted is the truth. So important is its story it could have been leaden with over sentimentality or sugarcoated over some of the more serious elements.

It’s not a documentary or a biopic, it’s a starting point for learning more about the story and the work LGSM, a documentary would certainly be welcomed though. Pride has such a wide appeal that you can’t feel for everyone involved, supported by an excellent cast that includes Dominic West, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Paddy Considine is it unsurprising Flixwatcher and guests gave it a lot of love.

Scores

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Pride scores very highly in all categories and overall a very respectable 4.32, highly recommended if you haven’t watched it already. 

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

Episode #090 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #090 Crew of Jay and Jo from JoJCast’s  (@jojcast)

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More about Pride

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Dec 19, 2018

Ep #089 Allied with Stephanie and Emma From The Mighty Foof Podcast

It’s Episode 89! Ems and Stephanie from The Mighty Foof join Flixwatcher to review the 2016 Robert Zemeckis film Allied starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.

 

Allied pitches itself as a wartime spy thriller early on but quickly descends into dreary wartime melodrama, not even the wonderful Marion Cotillard can save this cumbersome disappointment.

On paper this should have been so much more, but unintentional comedy moments (sex in a sandstorm) and complete lack of passion between Pitt and Cotillard make it not only disappointing but a bit embarrassing for all involved.

 

There isn’t enough spying or action to make it the wartime thriller it thinks it might be and the romance unconvincing. There are some highlights, the costumes deserved its lone Academy Award nomination and the Casablanca scenes have some fun.

Scores

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Allied surprisingly scores 3.47 (despite the low scores from Kobi). There really is no reason to watch this film four times though, once is more than enough if you manage to make it through its laborious run time of two hours and four minute run time.

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

Episode #089 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #089 Crew of Emma  and Stephanie from The Mighty Foof  @TheMightyFoof

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More about Allied

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Dec 12, 2018

It’s Episode 88! Olly Man (Modern Mann) and Alix Fox (Unexpected Fluids) to review Olly’s choice the 1975 Woody Allen comedy Love and Death. Unbelievably Love and Death comes in between the bonkers Sleeper and largely considered his masterpiece, Annie Hall. The tail end of what is often referred to as his ‘earlier funnier ones’ and Love and Death is funny and silly. This comes before what is now largely an unwatchable experience, Manhattan, and the obsession with girls clearly more than half Allen’s age. Did we mention it’s silly? So silly. Some of the visual gags and slapstick are still funny and it’s so ridiculous at times that it zips along quite nicely with its 95-minute run-time. It also features a perfect performance by Diane Keaton who gets as many of the brilliant gags and witty dialogue - which doesn’t happen much for actresses at all, let alone the 70s.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id='91'] Love and Death is no Annie Hall and the scores reflect this, scoring 3.48 overall, it’s definitely more recommended than Manhattan. What do you guys think? Have you seen Love and Death? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

Episode #088 Crew Links

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Dec 5, 2018

It’s Episode 87! Not Another Book Podcast return one last time for Books and Rhymes choice the 2014 documentary Iris, about the 97 year old fashion icon Iris Apfel. Who is Iris and why would you make a documentary about her? Two questions that the documentary doesn’t really answer. This documentary follows Iris around as she shops for the unusual and colourful clothes and accessories she is now know for, gives speeches on fashion and style and hanging around with her adorable husband. Her fame as we know her now arrived about 2005 after an exhibition of her clothes by The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art but she achieved success with the textile company she owned with her husband prior to this.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id='90'] As a documentary, Iris doesn’t really teach you much about her life or Iris behind the clothes and accessories. It merely captures on film a snapshot of her life, which feels like a wasted opportunity to learn more about this fascinating person. Iris scores more generously from our guests than from Flixwatcher and Iris scores a respectable 3.1 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Iris? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

Episode #087 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #087 Crew of Books and Rhymes @BooksAndRhymes, Post Colonial Child @postcolonialchi, and Book Shy Books @bookshybooks, from Not Another Book Podcast @NABookPodcast. Find their website online here: https://linktr.ee/nabookpodcast Please make sure you give them some love

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Nov 30, 2018

It’s Episode 86! Imriel Morgan (Wanna Be Podcast and Shout Out Network) and Sofie Hagen (Made of Human and Secret Dinosaur Cult) join us for Imriel’s choice, the 2018 Netflix film To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Based on the novel of the same name by Jenny Han, directed by Susan Johnson and starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo. While there is nothing particular new or surprising about the plot of To All The Boys, what is surprising and refreshing is the characters and loveliness flowing through the whole film. The lead, Lara, is played by Vietnamese born actress Lana Condor, which considering most female leads in rom coms are white Americans is a pretty big deal. What makes it even more of a bid deal is they don’t draw attention to it or make a plot point, boom! Zipping along at 99 minutes the film is a breeze and the chemistry between the two leads is always believable. Scores [supsystic-tables id='89']There was a lot of love for To All The Boys from everyone, a LOT of love, nearly so much love that it toppled newly crowned Flixwatcher champion When Harry Met Sally off the top. Nearly but not quite, but scoring a very respectable 4.78. They’ve just announced a sequel so watch this now! What do you guys think? Have you seen To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

Episode #086 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #086 Crew of Imriel Morgan (@ImiMorgan)  from Wanna Be Podcast (@WannaBePodcast) and Shout Out Network(@ShoutOutLdn) and Sofie Hagen (@SofieHagen)  from Made of Human (@podmoh) and Secret Dinosaur Cult (@SecretDinoCult) Find their website online here: https://www.wannabepodcast.com/  and  http://www.sofiehagen.com/ Please make sure you give them some love

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Nov 21, 2018

It’s Episode 85! JoJCast’s Jay and Jo join us to review probably the greatest romantic comedy ever made, When Harry Met Sally. Can men and women ever truly just be friends? Is the question When Harry Met Sally asks throughout its weaving in and out of Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) lives though the years. Directed by Rob Reiner and written by Nora Ephron is responsible in part for every other romantic comedy to follow since. The reason why? It’s brilliant. It’s an hour and a half of dazzling brilliance. Not a second is wasted, it’s funny and cute, Crystal and Ryan get equally great lines, Carrie Fisher and it’s set in New York. Scores [supsystic-tables id='88']Very few romcoms are When Harry Met Sally, and while we expected it might score high we didn’t predict it would be the film to topple What We Do In The Shadows from being the highest rated Flixwatcher. Scoring a massive 4.78 we have a new champion. Twitter agreed with us too. Go and celebrate with some Pecan pie. What do you guys think? Have you seen When Harry Met Sally? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

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Nov 14, 2018

It’s Episode 84! Returning guests Boyd and Josh from Footballistically Arsenal return for Boyd’s choice the 1995 David Fincher serial killer noir Se7en. Amazingly Josh had NEVER seen Se7en prior to coming on Flixwatcher, he did not know what was in the box. If you also do not know what’s in the box STOP READING AND WATCH THE FILM NOW. Morgan Freeman is the cop on his last case working with the young gun Brad Pitt in his first case in the new department on the trail of a madman/genius working his way through the seven deadly sins in a variety of gruesomely inventive murders. Scores [supsystic-tables id='86']Unsurprisingly Se7en scores highly across all categories (Boyd scores it a perfect 20) and comes out overall 4.57 - a very high score for a very fine film. What do you guys think? Have you seen Se7en? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

Episode #084 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #084 Crew of Boyd Hilton (@boydhilton) and Josh Landy (@Josh_Landy) from Footballistically Arsenal() Find their website online here: http://playbackmedia.co.uk/podcasts/footballistically-arsenal/ Please make sure you give them some love

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Nov 7, 2018

It’s Episode 83? The brothers de Semlyen Nick (Empire Magazine) and Phil (Time Out) return for Nick’s choice, the 1985 John Landis film Into the Night.

Starring Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfeffier with a cameo appearance from David Bowie and numerous famous and obscure directors.

It’s fair to say this is one of Landis and Goldblums leader know films despite its era and cast, probably because it’s a very strange film.

Surprisingly frequently violent and really, really dark it is also punctuated by moments of comedy and moments that wouldn’t be out of place in a David Lynch film. There isn’t really much point in trying to explain the plot, if you’re a fan of any of its stars or directions involved and haven’t seen it yet it’s definitely worth a watch. If you’re a film buff you can always just watch it and play spot the director!

Kobi isn’t sure what he thinks of it and Helen thinks it’s weird - Into the Night has many similarities with Midnight Run but without the funny, sweet buddy moments and more nudity.

Scores

[supsystic-tables id='85']The Blues Brothers it isn’t, Into the Night scores low across all the categories (except small score) but still manages to scrap a overall score of 2.62, not essential but not too terrible either.

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

Episode #083 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #083 Crew of Phil de Semlyen @PhildeSemlyen from Time Out Film @timeout and Nick de Semlyen @NickdeSemlyen from Empire Magazine @empiremagazine

Find their website online here:

https://www.timeout.com/ and https://www.empireonline.com/

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