154 - Godzilla

Films covered in this episode:

Godzilla (1954)
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Gareth: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 77%

Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Gareth: n/s
Sol: n/s
Overall score: 60%

Godzilla Raids Again
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 30%

Mothra vs. Godzilla
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Gareth: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 44%

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 30%

Invasion of Astro-Monster
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 60%

Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 40%

Son of Godzilla
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 30%

Destroy All Monsters
Allen: n/s
Howard: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 50%

All Monsters Attack
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 40%

Godzilla vs. Hedorah
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 60%

Godzilla vs. Gigan
Allen: n/s
Howard: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 50%

Godzilla vs. Megalon
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 30%

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 40%

Terror of Mechagodzilla
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 30%

The Return of Godzilla
Allen: ✰ ½
Gareth: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 47%

Godzilla 1985
Allen: ✰ ✰
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 35%

Godzilla vs. Biorante
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 40%

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 50%

Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 40%

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 40%

Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 30%

Godzilla vs. Destroyah
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 60%

Godzilla 2000
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 50%

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
Allen: n/s
Howard: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 60%

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 50%

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 60%

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 50%

Godzilla: Final Wars
Allen: n/s
Gareth: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 40%

A hulking behemoth of an episode, tackling the first 50 years of Godzilla movies. That's 28 films, plus two American re-edits. We'll be getting to the 1998 and 2014 remakes next week, too.

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153 - Aladdin

Films covered in this episode:

Aladdin (1992)
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Howard: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 84%

The Return of Jafar
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Howard: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 47%

Aladdin and the King of Thieves
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Howard: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 57%

Disney have done that thing that they keep doing where they remake their old films. This time, they're messing around with Aladdin. Hear talk of the animation process, shifting political standards, Robin Williams and the introduction of an instant classic new Diminishing Returns comedy character...

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152 - Pokemon

Films covered in this episode:

Pokemon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back
Allen: ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 37%

Pokemon: The Movie 2000
Allen: n/s
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰
Overall score: 35%

Pokemon 3: The Movie
Allen: n/s
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 40%

Pokemon: Mewtwo Returns
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 30%

Pokemon 4Ever: Celebi - Voice of the Forest
Allen: n/s
Calvin: ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 30%

Pokemon Heroes: Latios and Latias
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰
Overall score: 20%

Pokemon: Jirachi - Wish Maker
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 30%

Pokemon: Destiny Deoxys
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 30%

Lucario and the Mystery of Mew
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 30%

Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰
Overall score: 20%

Pokemon: The Rise of Darkrai
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 30%

Pokemon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 30%

Pokemon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰
Overall score: 20%

Pokemon: Zoroark - Master of Illusions
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 30%

Pokemon: White - Victini and Zekrom
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰
Overall score: 20%

Pokemon: Black - Victini and Reshiram
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ½
Overall score: 10%

Pokemon: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 40%

Pokemon: Genesect and the Legend Awakened
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ½
Overall score: 30%

Pokemon: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰
Overall score: 20%

Pokemon: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 40%

Pokemon: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰
Overall score: 20%

Guest host: Calvin Dyson

Diminishing Returns go back to the video game well for a discussion of the Pokemon franchise in the run-up to Detective Pikachu. For those not in the know, Calvin is almost as into Pokemon as he's into James Bond.

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151 - Avengers: Infinity War

Films covered in this episode:

Avengers: Infinity War
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰
Howard: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 83%

Guest host: Howard Jenkins

It had to be done. With the upcoming release of Avengers: Endgame, the biggest cinematic event since Infinity War, Diminishing Returns take a look at the state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And this time, Sol's enlisted a ringer.

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