124 - Halloween II

Films covered in this episode:

Halloween II (1981)
Allen: ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Scott: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 50%

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
Allen: ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰
Scott: ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 43%

Halloween 5
Allen: ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰
Scott: ✰
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 28%

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
Allen: ½
Calvin: ✰ ½
Scott: ½
Sol: ✰
Overall score: 18%

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
Allen: ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Scott: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 50%

Halloween: Resurrection
Allen: ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ½
Scott: ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 38%

What's that you say? We've already done Halloween? Yes, but back then, Calvin was the only one who'd seen all of the sequels. In this episode, Sol and Allen have endured the lot of them so that you can enjoy a real blow-by-blow account of each of Michael Myers' antics.

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Episodes in the Halloween series:
Halloween
”Halloween II”

123 - The Spy Who Loved Me

Films covered in this episode:

The Spy Who Loved Me
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 64%

That Johnny English episode last week was just to whet your appetites for our next Bond episode - and this time we're doing one of the most beloved films in the entire series. Will this be the one to finally win Sol and Allen over? Don't hold your breath...

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122 - Johnny English

Films covered in this episode:

Johnny English
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 60%

Johnny English Reborn
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 60%

Guest host: Calvin Dyson

To coincide with the release of the third installment in a franchise that nobody asked for, we bring you the 122nd installment of a podcast that nobody asked for! That's right, this week, James Bond super-fan, Calvin Dyson, is back to discuss nobody's favourite spy-spoof series, Johnny English!

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Special Extended Cut

As Allen says at the end of this episode, as a special treat for you guys, we’re making the full-length, unedited version of the episode available for your listening pleasure here. Enjoy:


121 - American Beauty

Films covered in this episode:

American Beauty
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Judey: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 90%

Guest host: Judey Bignell

A listener requested an American Beauty episode and we responded with an American Beauty episode. If you'd like to request a film for us to cover in the future, then head over to iTunes and leave us a review mentioning what film you want us to look at and we might just do it.

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120 - Little Shop of Horrors

Films covered in this episode:

The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Daryn: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 60%

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Daryn: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 94%

Guest host: Daryn Ashcroft

Remember when we did Mamma Mia!? It was so awful that we had to do a good musical to make up for it. That's where Little Shop of Horrors comes in, with a brief look at the original 1960 film and the 1986 musical remake. 
This week, Sol and Allen are joined by Daryn Ashcroft from Films Remembered Badly and there's a music quiz where the gang have to identify what movies various musicals are based on thrown in for good measure. Did you guys know that there's a musical adaptation of Catch Me If You Can?

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119 - Predator

Predator
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 60%

Predator 2
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 65%

Predators
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 65%

You know what pre-dates those Alien vs. Predator films that we've already covered? Pre-dator
Also, the second one, but not the third one. We cover all three, this week in anticipation of Shane Black's upcoming The Predator.

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Episodes in the Predator series:
Alien season: The Alien vs. Predator Duology
"Predator"

118 - The Conjuring

Films covered in this episode:

The Conjuring
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 60%

The Conjuring 2
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 65%

Diminishing Returns is haunting your ears with this look at both Conjuring movies in anticipation of the release of The Nun. Annabelle gets a quick mention, too. It's not even Halloween yet but shit's getting spooky.

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117 - Beverly Hills Cop

Films covered in this episode:

Beverly Hills Cop
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Gareth: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 80%

Beverly Hills Cop II
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Gareth: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 47%

Beverly Hills Cop III
Allen: ✰
Gareth: ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 30%

Guest: Gareth Allen

Doo doo doo do do doo doo, doo doo doo doo do do doo, doo doo doo do doo doo do doo doo. This week is the Beverly Hills Cop trilogy and Allen's brother has popped in to join us along with Eddie Murphy Bond.

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116 - Quentin Tarantino Season: Vol. 3

Quentin Tarantino Season:
Vol. 1
Vol. 2

Vol. 3

Guest host: Calvin Dyson

Quentin Tarantino Season closes out with a bang. The OG Diminishing Returns gang reunite to look at Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, as well as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek movie.

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Films covered in this episode:

Inglourious Basterds
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 90%

Django Unchained
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 80%

The Hateful Eight
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 75%

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115 - Quentin Tarantino Season: Vol. 2

Quentin Tarantino Season:
Vol. 1
Vol. 2
Vol. 3

Guest host: Conor Murray

Quentin Tarantino Season continues with Volume 2 - although, this is a legitimately new volume. We didn't just record one really long podcast, chop it in half and then release it as two separate episodes. This week, we look at Kill Bill and Grindhouse (Planet Terror and Death Proof) as well as exploring Tarantino's relationship with music and feet.

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Films covered in this episode:

Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Conor: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 74%

Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Conor: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 70%

Grindhouse
Allen: n/s
Conor: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 70%

Planet Terror
Allen: n/s
Conor: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 60%

Death Proof
Allen: ✰
Conor: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 47%

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114 - Quentin Tarantino Season: Vol. 1

Quentin Tarantino Season:
Vol. 1
Vol. 2
Vol. 3

Films covered in this episode:

Reservoir Dogs
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Dan: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 77%

True Romance
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Dan: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 65%

Pulp Fiction
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Dan: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 94%

Natural Born Killers
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Dan: n/s
Sol: n/s
Overall score: 60%

Four Rooms
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Dan: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 45%

From Dusk Till Dawn
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Dan: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 84%

Jackie Brown
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Dan: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 74%

Guest host: Dan Straw

Diminishing Returns kicks off Quentin Tarantino Season with this episode looking at Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown and everything in between! 

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113 - Fight Club

Films covered in this episode:

Fight Club
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Brear: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 94%

Guest host: Paul Brear

The nth rule of Fight Club is everyone must make hacky parodies of the "rules of Fight Club" scene from Fight Club. And this week, Diminishing Returns is no exception, as they take on the retro-evaluated classic.

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112 - Mission: Impossible

Films covered in this episode:

Mission: Impossible
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 65%

Mission: Impossible II
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 45%

Mission: Impossible III
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 55%

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 60%

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 55%

Stunts! Action! Crazy action stunts! This week, Diminishing Returns take on one of the most surprisingly resilient action movie franchises out there. It's rival to the James Bond series, Mission: Impossible.

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111 - Mamma Mia!

Films covered in this episode:

Mamma Mia!
Allen: ✰ ½
Judey: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 47%

Guest host: Judey Bignell

Diminishing Returns ventures into uncharted waters in its first episode since the loss of Calvin. In his place, this week, is Judey Bignell and the one-third-new trio explore 2008's inexplicable smash hit Mammia Mia! With Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! soon upon us, Calvin felt we had to cover the jukebox musical behemoth, then he buggered off so that he wouldn't have to sit through it.

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110 - The Man with the Golden Gun

Films covered in this episode:

The Man with the Golden Gun
Allen: ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 57%

The Diminishing Returns team continue their Bond journey by going nipple to nipple with Christopher Lee as Scaramanga and asking why Roger Moore is making James Bond such a nasty piece of work.

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109 - Ant-Man

It's Marvel time again! This week, the boys take on one of the lesser-seen MCU outings, Ant-Man, in anticipation of Ant-Man and the Wasp.

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Films covered in this episode:

Ant-Man
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 67%

 

 

 

 

Episodes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series:
"Iron Man"

"Guardians of the Galaxy"
"Spider-Man"
"Thor"
"Captain America: The First Avenger

"The Avengers"
"Ant-Man"

108 - What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Films covered in this episode:

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 67%

In which Calvin trades in #calvinssharks for hagsploitation and the Diminishing Returns trio take a look at the classic Psycho knock-off What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?.

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105 - Jurassic Park

Films covered in this episode:

Jurassic Park
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 94%

The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 40%

Jurassic Park III
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 64%

Jurassic World
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 77%

It's a T. Rex-sized episode, this week, as we cover Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III and Jurassic World. Is Jurassic Park a masterpiece? Is The Lost World, much like the Frankenstinnian dinosaurs it's about, an afront to nature? Is Jurassic World actually a comedy? All this and more on Diminishing Returns!

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