160 - The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Judey: ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 67%

In case you didn't know, we have a Patreon profile you can subscribe to and receive bonus content including full and mini episodes of the show for as little as $1 a month! One of the other things you can do is take part in our listener votes to decide the topic of future episodes of the show. We recently held a little tournament to select the topic of this episode and, to everyone's surprise, Brad Bird's 1999 classic, The Iron Giant, ran away with it. So here we are, talking about The Iron Giant.

Head to patreon.com/dimreturns to take part in our future episode polls!

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158 - Men in Black

Films covered in this episode:

Men in Black
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Judey: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 80%

Men in Black II
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Judey: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 67%

Men in Black 3
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Judey: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 70%

We were going to go with parody lyrics to "Men in Black" by Will Smith for this description, but nobody wants that. Here's an episode covering the Men in Black trilogy, as well as taking a look towards Men in Black: International.

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135 - Review of the Year 2018: Part 2

Films covered in this episode:

Deadpool 2
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 70%

Solo: A Star Wars Story
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 64%

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Allen: ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 67%

Incredibles 2
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 77%

Ant-Man and the Wasp
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 67%

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Allen: ✰ ✰
Judey: ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 37%

Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 70%

The Nun
Allen: ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 40%

The Predator
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 70%

Johnny English Strikes Again
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Judey: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 57%

Halloween (2018)
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 67%

Suspiria (2018)
Allen: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 50%

The Grinch
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 50%

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Chris: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 54%

Creed II
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Judey: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 65%

Aquaman
Allen: ✰ ½
Judey: ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 44%

Guest hosts: Calvin Dyson, Judey Bignell and Chris Hunter

It's that time, again! Diminishing Returns present their biggest episode ever: a solid three-hours looking back at the releases of 2018 covered on the show and more...

Sol and Allen are joined by Calvin Dyson, Judey Bignell and Chris Hunter to ring in the new year (or, to put it more accurately, ring out the old one). Also, there's a music quiz. All in all, it's bloody good listening.

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130 - Rocky: Part II

Rocky Balboa
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Judey: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 64%

Grudge Match
Allen: n/s
Judey: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 50%

Creed
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Judey: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 70%

Guest host: Judey Bignell

If last week was Rock-A, then this week is Rock-B, covering the remaining films in the Rocky franchise (Balboa and Creed) ahead of the release of Creed II.

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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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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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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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