150 - Left Behind

Films covered in this episode:

Left Behind: The Movie (2000)
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ½
Overall score: 10%

Left Behind (2014)
Allen: ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 34%

Guest host: Calvin Dyson

Diminishing Returns go back to the meaty well of Christianity to celebrate Easter 2019. Last time, it was God's Not Dead. This time, it's Left Behind.

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148 - Pet Sematary

Films covered in this episode:

Pet Sematary (1989)
Allen: ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 60%

Pet Sematary II
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 60%

We don't want to be buried in a pet cemetery, but we'll cover the Pet Sematary movies in the run-up to the new adaptation of Stephen King's book. Sure!

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145 - For Your Eyes Only

Films covered in this episode:

For Your Eyes Only
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 50%

For your ears only (not really, it's for anyone who wants to listen, sorry)... but that shouldn't matter because it's Diminishing Returns returning to James Bond once more.

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144 - The Incredible Hulk

Films covered in this episode:

The Incredible Hulk Returns
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: n/s
Overall score: 70%

Hulk
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 45%

The Incredible Hulk
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 65%

With yet another entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe upon us in the form of Captain Marvel, here's a look back to the second film in the franchise: The Incredible Hulk.

We also take a look at the 1978 TV series, its spin-off movies and Ang Lee's 2003 Hulk.

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143 - All Diminishing, All Returns

Guest host: Calvin Dyson

Here, for you, are a selection of never-heard-before (and very old) clips from Allen's cutting-room floor. Hear cut discussion from episodes like Psycho, Alien and others, as well as the story about when Sol and Allen were going to get a pet chimp when they lived together and yet more cut material from that huge quiz episode we did to celebrate our episode-count turning 100.

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141 - Fifty Shades Freed

Films covered in this episode:

Fifty Shades Freed
Allen: ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 30%

Guest host: Calvin Dyson

The Diminishing Returns' annual Valentine's Day special sees out the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy with a look at Fifty Shades Freed. As ever, it's more of an excuse to talk about sex than a real celebration of (very bad) cinema.

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140 - Kevin Smith Season III

Films covered in this episode:

Red State
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Scott: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 64%

Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie
Allen: ✰ ✰
Scott: n/s
Sol: ✰
Overall score: 30%

Tusk
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Scott: ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 50%

Yoga Hosers
Allen: ✰ ½
Scott: ½
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 24%

Guest host: Scott Chambers

Much like the latter end of Kevin Smith's career, Kevin Smith Season trundles along to a whimpering finale with a look at Red State, Tusk, Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, Yoga Hosers and the many, many Kevin Smith projects that have been announced and will probably never happen.

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139 - Kevin Smith Season II

Films covered in this episode:

Jersey Girl
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 65%

Clerks II
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 75%

Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 70%

Cop Out
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰
Overall score: 40%

Kevin Smith continues with a look at the awkward Hollywood years...

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138 - We Need to Talk About Kevin (Smith): Kevin Smith Season

Films covered in this episode:

Clerks
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Brear: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 80%

Mallrats
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Brear: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 74%

Chasing Amy
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Brear: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 77%

Dogma
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Brear: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 77%

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Brear: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 64%

Guest host: Paul Brear

How do you follow up a season of episodes looking at a filmmaker as innovative and revered as Quentin Tarantino? By not even trying and just looking at the works of Kevin Smith, instead. In this, part 1 of Kevin Smith season, Diminishing Returns is joined by friend-of-the-show Paul Brear to discuss Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

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137 - Split

Films covered in this episode:

Split
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 74%

Guest host: Calvin Dyson

The twist is that M. Night Shyamalan Season wasn't over - that's right, we return to the infamous writer/director's work with a look at Split in anticipation of the upcoming film Glass. For obvious reasons, we take another big look at Unbreakable, too.

Also, spoiler alert for Split and some other past M. Night movies.

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133 - Mary Poppins

Films covered in this episode:

Mary Poppins
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 70%

Guest host: Calvin Dyson

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132 - Justice League

Films covered in this episode:

Justice League
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰
Chris: ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 50%

Guest host: Chris Hammond

This week, Diminishing Returns collides with the Spoilt Milk Movie Podcast as guest Chris Hammond joins Allen and Sol to discuss DC's best attempt at an answer to The Avengers: Justice League. There's talk of the DC universe in general seeing as Aquaman is out soon.

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Episodes in the DC Cinematic Universe series:
"
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"
"
Suicide Squad"
"
Wonder Woman"
”Justice League”

We also spoke about Justice League in:
"
Review of the Year 2017: Part 2"

129 - Rocky

Rocky
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Judey: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 77%

Rocky II
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Judey: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 67%

Rocky III
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Judey: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 57%

Rocky IV
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Judey: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 54%

Rocky V
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Judey: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 50%

Guest host: Judey Bignell

This week, it's the original Rocky series; that is Rocky through to Rocky V (which was originally intended as the conclusion to the series). Come back next week for Balboa and Creed, but in the meantime, enjoy some chat about classic '70s drama, Mr. T and inexplicable robots.

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128 - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Chris: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 67%

Guest host: Chris Hunter

This week, we return to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to give the film a proper, in-depth look. Do the same opinions hold or will Chris Hunter's love of Potter be enough to sway Allen and stop him from hating everything like he usually does?

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Episodes in the Harry Potter series:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
”Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

127 - How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Films covered in this episode:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Howard: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 70%

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Howard: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 60%

Guest host: Howard Jenkins

There's a show about films, many people have learned,
Where they shit on the films; it's called Diminishing Returns.

They shit with their mouths, they shit with their splanuses,
They shit with their writing, everything but their anuses.

This week, the gang gather to shit with their ghrishmas,
All over the film How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

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126 - Podcast of Horror III: Re-Animator

Films covered in this episode:

Re-Animator
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 84%

Bride of Re-Animator
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 57%

Beyond Re-Animator
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 57%

Guest host: Calvin Dyson

In the culmination of this run of horror-film-focused episodes, Diminishing Returns brings you one covering classic Lovecraftian zombedy Re-Animator and its two sequels. Oh, and there's Calvin and a music quiz.

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125 - Suspiria

Films covered in this episode:

Suspiria
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
David: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Sophie: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 65%

Inferno (1980)
Allen: ✰
David: n/a
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Sophie: n/a
Overall score: 35%

Mother of Tears
Allen: ½
David: n/a
Sol: ✰
Sophie: n/a
Overall score: 15%

Guest hosts: Sophie Harris and David Denyer

This week, we're joined by Sophie Harris and David Denyer to discuss seminal giallo classic Suspiria, the little-known sequels that form The Three Mothers Trilogy (Inferno and Mother of Tears), the upcoming 2018 Suspiria remake and their respective soundtracks.

Is Dario Argento a genius? Is he a hack? Or is he a hack on purpose to the point that it equates to being a genius? Listen and decide!

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