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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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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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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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"

85 - Back to the Future

Films covered in this episode:

Back to the Future
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 87%

Back to the Future Part II
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 74%

Back to the Future Part III
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 80%

The long-awaited listener vote episode is finally here! Listen as we explore 1985 followed by 1955 followed by 1985, 2015, alternate 1985, 1955, 1885, then 1985 again (in that order) with this episode covering Back to the Future Parts I - III. As always, we pitch our own ideas for sequels to the trilogy and there's a Christopher Lloyd audio quiz, too. Great jigawatts[sic]!

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82 - Christmas Special: Love Actually

Films covered in this episode:

Love Actually
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 47%

Here's an early Christmas gift: a Diminishing Returns holiday episode. Yes, we're doing Love Actually instead of Die Hard (you'll hear why in the episode, itself). There's also a Christmas movie music quiz in there which is jolly good fun.

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Diminishing Returns Christmas Specials:
"It's a Wonderful Life"
"
Love Actually"

80 - Star Wars season: The Force Awakens

Star Wars season:
Part 1: "The Prequel Trilogy"
Part 2: "Rogue One"
Part 3: "The Force Awakens"

Films covered in this episode:

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 67%

The final part in the trilogy of the Diminishing Returns Star Wars season.

We've covered The Prequel Trilogy, we've covered Rogue One and, now, we're covering Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Is it the shot in the arm Star Wars needed or is it a shot-for-shot remake of A New Hope without the charm? We get into it, plus what we're expecting from The Last Jedi, here!

Oh, and, like in our recent On Her Majesty's Secret Service episode, there's a Star Wars music quiz, too. Think you can distinguish between music that's really part of the Star Wars franchise and music that isn't? Then listen and play along at home.

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The Star Wars Music Quiz

If you haven't listened to the episode yet, then don't read ahead as the following is a list of answers for the Star Wars music quiz. If, however, you listened to it, liked the sound of one of those songs and want to go and listen to the full version, here's a reference list to help you out:

1. "Medley: Star Wars - 12" Version" by Meco (from the album Music Inspired by Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk)
2. "Tiki Tiki Babeloo" by The Minions (from the movie Despicable Me 3)
3. "Ewok Celebration and Finale (Nyub Nyub)" by John Williams (from the movie Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi)
4. "Ewoks Theme Tune" from the cartoon series Ewoks
5. "Chewbacca" by Supernova (single)
6. "The Imperial Suite" by Michael Giacchino (from the movie Rogue One)
7. "Lapti Nek" by Joseph Williams (from the movie Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi)
8. "Highly Illogical" by Leonard Nimoy (single)
9. "What Can You Get a Wookie for Christmas?" by Meco (from the album Christmas in the Stars)
10. "Gay Bar (Dagobah Remix)" by Electric Six (from the album Fire)
11. "The Threepenny Opera" by Bea Arthur (from the stage musical The Threepenny Opera)
12. "Goodnight, But Not Goodbye" by Bea Arthur (from The Star Wars Holiday Special)

Episodes in the Star Wars series:
"The Star Wars Trilogy"
"The Prequel Trilogy"
"Rogue One"

"The Force Awakens"

We review Star Wars: The Last Jedi in:
"Review of the Year 2017: Part 2"

75 - On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Films covered in this episode:

On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Allen: ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 54%

We've covered the original Connery run of Bond movies. Now it's time to look at George Lazenby's short-lived turn in those spy shoes. Is Lazenby any good? Is "Bond" a codename? Is the world ready for a fat James Bond? All these questions and more are answered in this week's edition of Diminishing Returns!

This episode also features The Big Bond Theme Quiz. Will Allen successfully identify the official James Bond music from the spoofs and imitations? Listen to find out!

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The James Bond Music Quiz

If you haven't listened to the episode yet, then don't read ahead as the following is a list of answers for the James Bond music quiz. If, however, you listened to it, liked the sound of one of those songs and want to go and listen to the full version, here's a reference list to help you out:

Practice question 1. "Theme from Spy Hard" by 'Weird Al' Yankovich (from the movie Spy Hard)
Practice question 2. "We Have All the Time in the World" by Louis Armstrong (from the movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service)
Practice question 3. "Suantum of Quolace" by Joe Cornish (from the radio show Adam & Joe)

1. "Operation Kid Brother" by Christy (from the movie Operation Kid Brother)
2. "Cat People"  by Electric Six (from the album Mimicry and Memories)
3. "Good Sign, Bad Sign" by Monty Norman (from the unproduced stage musical A House for Mr. Biswas)
4. "Li Xiang" by Stephen Chow (from the movie From Beijing with Love)
5. "For Your Eyes Only" by Blondie (rejected Bond theme for For Your Eyes Only)
6. "Thunderball" by Johnny Cash (rejected Bond theme for Thunderball)
7. "Goldfinger" by Peter Serafinowicz as Ringo Starr (spoof rejected Bond theme from the TV series The Peter Serafinowicz Show)
8. "Theme from Hot Fuzz" by David Arnold (from the movie Hot Fuzz)
9. "Nobody Does It Better" by Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge (from the TV series I'm Alan Partridge)
10. "Fuckin' in Another Man's Clothes" by Electric Six (from the album Mimicry and Memories)
11. "Millennium" by Robbie Williams (from the album I've Been Expecting You)
12. "An Omen of Things to Come" by Electric Six (from the album Roulette Stars of Metro Detroit)
13. "Supremacy" by Muse (from the album The 2nd Law)
14. "SPECTRE" by Radiohead (rejected Bond theme for SPECTRE)
15. "Beautiful Stranger" by Madonna (from the movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me)
16. "Title Theme" from the video game Spy Muppets: License to Croak
17. "Snake Eater" by Cynthia Harrell (from the video game Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater)
18. "If You're Gonna" by Natasha Bedingfield (from the video game GoldenEye: Rogue Agent)
19. "Danger! High Voltage" by Electric Six (from the album Fire)
20. "Devil May Care" by SAL (from the audiobook Devil May Care)

Episodes in the James Bond series:
"
Dr. No"
"
From Russia with Love"
"
Goldfinger"
"Thunderball"
"You Only Live Twice"
"On Her Majesty's Secret Service"
"
Diamonds Are Forever"
"
Live and Let Die"
”The Man with the Golden Gun”
”The Spy Who Loved Me”