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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104 - Review of the Year 2018: Part 1

Films covered in this episode:

The Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Allen: ✰ ½
Calvin: n/a
Sol: n/a
Overall score: 30%

Annihilation
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 67%

Black Panther
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 70%

Tomb Raider
Allen: ✰ ½
Calvin: n/a
Sol: n/a
Overall score: 30%

Pacific Rim: Uprising
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: n/a
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 75%

Deep Blue Sea 2
Allen: ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰
Sol: n/a
Overall score: 30%

Avengers: Infinity War
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 77%

It's time to have our big Avengers: Infinity War discussion! (Oh, and all those other films... uh The Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Fifty Shades Freed, Black Panther, Tomb Raider, Pacific Rim: Uprising... but we all know you're here for The Avengers, right?)

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This episode is a continuation of the following episodes:
"
The Maze Runner"
"Sunshine"
"Captain America: The First Avenger"
"Oscars 2018"
"Tomb Raider"
"Pacific Rim"
"Deep Blue Sea"
"The Avengers"

Review of the Year episodes:
"Review of the Year 2016"
"Review of the Year 2017: Part 1"

"Review of the Year 2017: Part 2"
"Review of the Year 2018: Part 1"

103 - Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure

Films covered in this episode:

Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure
Allen: ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 27%

Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 44%

That's right, it's Star Wars time yet again. Now that Disney have committed to pumping out one of these things every single year, we're having to mine the bottom of the Star Wars barrel for films to cover. Case in point: this week, to tie in with Solo: A Star Wars Story, we bring you The Ewoks Adventure. We cover both Caravan of Courage and The Battle for Endor. That leaves three Star Wars movies and then we've covered all of them. And that'll be the end of it forever, right?

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Episodes in the Star Wars series:
"The Star Wars Trilogy"
"The Prequel Trilogy"
"Rogue One"
"The Force Awakens"
"Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure"

99 - The Avengers

Films covered in this episode:

The Avengers
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 80%

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 64%

We've covered Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok, the Captain America trilogy, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy volumes 1 and 2. Time to bring it all together in this delightful team-up episode.

(Yeah, we know. We've still got The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2 and 3, Ant-Man and Black Panther to deal with. That's phase 2).

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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"

We review Avengers: Infinity War in:
"Review of the Year 2018: Part 1"

98 - Live and Let Die

Films covered in this episode:

Live and Let Die
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 67%

It's Bond. You know the drill.

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95 - God's Not Dead

Films covered in this episode:

God's Not Dead
Allen: ✰ ✰
Calvin: ½
Sol: ½
Overall score: 20%

God's Not Dead 2
Allen: ✰ ✰
Calvin: ½
Sol: ½
Overall score: 20%

In the first ever Diminishing Returns Easter Special, we take on overblown Christian nonsense-film God's Not Dead, all ahead of the upcoming release of God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness which is clearly set to be one of 2018's film highlights. Also, God's Not Dead 2.

Warning: there's a whiff of antitheism about this one.

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94 - Pacific Rim

Films covered in this episode:

Pacific Rim
Allen: ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 47%

Pacific Rim: Uprising is upon us like some sort of kaiju invasion, so Diminishing Returns is getting into a proverbial jaeger so that it can take on the beast that is Pacific Rim. Is it any good? Opinions are split.

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We review Pacific Rim: Uprising in:
"Review of the Year 2018: Part 1"

93 - Tomb Raider

Films covered in this episode:

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 40%

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider:: The Cradle of Life
Allen: ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 47%

Diminishing Returns: Podcast:: Episode 93::: Tomb Raider:::: The Video Game, But Also the Film::::: Lara Croft:::::: Tomb Raider.

Yeah, we're doing Tomb Raider because there's a new Tomb Raider movie out soon. Also, there's a video game themed music quiz!

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We review Tomb Raider in:
"Review of the Year 2018: Part 1"

92 - Diamonds Are Forever

Films covered in this episode:

Diamonds Are Forever
Allen: ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 54%

It's Diminishing Returns. It's James Bond. It's Diamonds Are Forever.

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91 - Oscars 2018

Films covered in this episode:

Call Me By Your Name
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 67%

Darkest Hour
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 64%

Dunkirk
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 70%

Get Out
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 64%

Ladybird
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 70%

Phantom Thread
Allen: ✰ ✰
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 55%

The Post
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 70%

The Shape of Water
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 84%

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Allen: ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 67%

We're coming up to the 90th Academy Awards, so here's the 91st episode of Diminishing Returns, covering all of this year's Best Picture nominees, as well as some other bits and pieces including a retrospective look at a few of last year's award winners.

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Oscars episodes:
"Oscars 2017"
"Oscars 2018"