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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136 - Laurel & Hardy and Way Out West

Films covered in this episode:

One Good Turn
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 64%

Thicker than Water
Allen: ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 64%

Way Out West
Allen: ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 60%

Stan and Ollie
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 75%

Guest host: Calvin Dyson

In anticipation of upcoming John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan awards grab, Stan and Ollie, Diminishing Returns indulge Calvin's love of Laurel & Hardy by looking at their careers, a couple of their shorts and their best known feature: Way Out West. Did I say in anticipation of Stan and Ollie? That's not quite accurate because Sol's already seen it. So that film gets reviewed as well.

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