172 - Rambo: Diminishing Returns Part II - More Blood:: Rambo III and Rambo (IV)

Rambo III
Allen: ✰ ½
Gareth: ½
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 27%

Rambo
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Gareth: ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 47%

Diminishing Returns continues an exhaustive look at the First Blood film-franchise, better known as the Rambo series because they star Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo. Last week covered the first two films (First Blood and Rambo: First Blood Part II), leaving Rambo III and Rambo (the fourth one) for this week, as well as a speculative look at the upcoming Rambo: Last Blood.

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171 - First Blood

First Blood
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Gareth: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 80%

Rambo: First Blood Part II
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Gareth: ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 44%

We begin a two-week look at the Rambo franchise, starting with First Blood (aka Rambo), then moving swiftly onto Rambo: First Blood Part II. Because Rambo: Last Blood is on the horizon; that's why.

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168 - Diminishingump Roasturns

We're on our Summer hols and Allen actually has some acting work lined up for a change, so here's a very special outtakes episode in which esteemed film-maker Werner Herzog takes a look (listen?) at some previously unheard Diminishing Returns material from the archive.

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167 - The World's End

Hot Fuzz
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 70%

The final instalment in our look at Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's Cornetto Trilogy is The World's End. Reputedly the worst of the three, but will we be won over by the Pegg-Wright magic once again?

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166 - Hot Fuzz

Hot Fuzz
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 87%

Our Patreon-selected trilogy of episodes covering The Blood and Ice Cream (Cornetto) Trilogy continues with a look at Hot Fuzz - where we're joined by James Bond (and, therefore, Timothy Dalton) enthusiast: Calvin Dyson. Does it live up to the record-setting score set by Shaun of the Dead?

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165 - Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 100%

We kick off our first Patreon-selected season of episodes with a series looking at The Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy (aka The Three Colours Cornetto Trilogy, aka Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End).
Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, zombies and ice cream! How's that for a slice of fried gold? (Yeeeeeeeeeahh booooooooiiiiiii!)

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164 - Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Allen: ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 60%

Bet you didn't see this one coming; this week, we're doing John C. Reilly spoof-biopic Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and it features maybe the highest number of audio clips out of any episode we've done.

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163 - The Lion King

The Lion King
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 90%

The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 65%

The Lion King 1½
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 70%

Nants a podcast bagithi baba! Sithi uhm podcast! We're doing The Lion King Trilogy. You know the drill.

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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.

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159 - Toy Story

Toy Story
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 87%

Toy Story 2
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 80%

Toy Story 3
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 87%

A series that did a fairly wonderful job of avoiding diminishing returns: The Toy Story Trilogy:: Pixar's jewel in the crown... at least, that was the case before Toy Story 4. Will it be once the new film comes out? Based on early reviews, probably, yes... but they weren't out when we recorded this so we sound a lot more negative.

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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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157 - X-Men, Continued

Films covered in this episode:

X-Men: First Class
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 74%

X-Men: Days of Future Past
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 80%

X-Men: Apocalypse
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 67%

Guest: Calvin Dyson

From X-Men to Y-Men, as Diminishing Returns cap off the franchise with a look at the three remaining films yet to be covered on the show. For those keeping score, those films are X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse. Why? Because X-Men: Dark Phoenix is coming out and it's basically poised to be the end of the series (except for that pesky New Mutants film that everyone seems to have forgotten about).

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156 - X-Men

Films covered in this episode:

X-Men
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 77%

X2
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 74%

X-Men: The Last Stand
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 64%

Guest host: Calvin Dyson

As the X-Men franchise lumbers towards a close, so do we with our coverage of it. We've done the Wolverine movies, we've done Deadpool and now we're doing the original X-Men trilogy, with the prequel trilogy to follow next week.

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155 - Godzill-B

Films covered in this episode:

Godzilla (1998)
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Gareth: ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 54%

Godzilla (2014)
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Gareth: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 64%

Shin Godzilla
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Gareth: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 80%

Guest host: Gareth Allen

Our Godzilla mini-season continues with a look at the 1998 and 2014 American remakes of Gojira and the 2016 Toho film Shin Godzilla - all in the run-up to Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

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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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