Freelance journalist and video editor, writing words and creating pictures for BBC, JACKfm and Reach PLC. Co-editor of independent pop-culture website SetTheTape.com. Podcaster and editor of FailedCritics.com.
Happy birthday to you guys! Yes, it’s your birthday everyone. Or, rather, the Failed Critics Podcast turned six this week, which means happy birthday to us and all of our listeners who witnessed this Frankenstein’s monster of a podcast come to life.
To celebrate, hosts Steve Norman and Owen Hughes have put together a hastily arranged episode with a sneaky post-credits Avengers: Infinity War review.
Also on the episode, we return to a classic format for the quiz section, before covering The Discovery, Money Monster, Alien 3 and Rampage in WWBW.
Thanks to everyone who has ever downloaded, listened, shared, liked, commented on, complained about, subscribed, unsubscribed, or otherwise interacted with the podcast in some form or another throughout our existence.
After a winter hiatus, James and Paul are back with a new episode of Underground Nights.
In this episode, the pair take a look at James’s secret passion that he’s finally telling the world about: romcoms. The boys count down their top five in the genre, offer an early sneak peak review of the new Mark Murphy comedy, For Love or Money, and Paul forces more recommendations on his co-host.
There’s even time for James to review new release, Love, Simon, and they are still banging on about why Oscar films are boring. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show, leave us a review on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts, and for UK audiences, check out Mullinger’s live stand up special for free on Amazon Prime, Anything is Possible.
We’re back for a bit. No biggie. Just Steve Norman, Owen Hughes and Paul Field, hanging around recording a random triple bill podcast trying to ride the crest of interest that usually comes during the Oscars season.
Resurrected from the near dead, the Failed Critics revive an old quiz – not an old quiz format, literally they replay an old quiz – and chat about what they’ve been watching lately. Paul revels in riotous horror Freehold, Owen revisits 10 Cloverfield Lane, and Steve rubbishes a bunch of Netflix Originals.
In the triple bill section, there’s chaos, confusion and regular shambolic behaviour as each critic picks a movie that missed that all important award nod from the Academy throughout history.
Don’t get too excited; this doesn’t actually signal a return to a weekly format for FC. But we’re on 288 episodes now. You’ll probably see us appear in your feed at 12 other points throughout the year as we push for the magic 300, so don’t unsubscribe just yet!
If you want more regular podcasting goodness from Owen and Steve (and Tony Black!) then please subscribe, listen and rate to STT: Rewind over at SetTheTape.com/podcasts.
Happy New Year and all that jazz. We’re back from our end of year celebrations (sort of) as hosts Steve Norman and Owen Hughes head to a pub in Oxford to chat movies and TV with Character Unlock’s Andrew Brooker.
Recorded over a month ago in the same pub as our last live podcast, the trio run through what they’ve been watching lately, as well as a triple bill giving insight into what has caught their eye over the past year at the cinema, on Netflix and on the goggle box.
Another year down, and another awards ceremony concluded. Hosts Steve Norman and Owen Hughes are joined by a returning Paul Field to produce another quality end-of-year quiz, and to help us round-up the results from the Failed Critics Awards 2017.
Our huge thanks go out to everybody who took the time to submit nominations in the various categories. We’ll be posting the results as a list later in the week, but for now we hope you have a great New Year!
We’ll return soon for another special live episode recorded in Oxford earlier this year.
Steve, Paul and Crisp Packet Dave returned for their annual Star Wars podcast and took an in-depth look at Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi. (Note: This review contains spoilers, a lot of them.)
Elsewhere, there is the traditional quiz where football-loving Steve tries to hide his geek tendencies. And with 5 years of Failed Critics the lads look back at their 5 favourite films of the last 5 years, as well as their least favourite.
We hope you all have a great Christmas and happy new year and all that jazz. We’ll have the results of our end of year awards in the next episode. Don’t forget to vote if you haven’t already! Deadline for submissions is midnight on Boxing Day.
Come on folks, put the tinsel down and mince pies back in the cupboard for just one second and take five minutes out of your busy schedules to vote in the return of the annual Failed Critics Awards.
We’ve made some slight changes to the format from last year, but still hope to receive even more votes than last year. Some categories have been rejigged – top 5 male and top 5 female performances is now simply top 10 performances, and the documentary category now allows you to include documentary series and not just those that received a theatrical release – whilst a couple of additions have made their way into the selection.
To vote, simply complete the form below listing as many (or as few) submissions for each of the following categories:
Top 10 films of 2017*
Best British film
Best film not in the English language
*Remember, that’s films that made their general release in the UK between 1 January until 31 December. Ergo, La La Land or Moonlight would count, despite being released in the US in 2016, whereas The Shape of Water and Molly’s Game would not as they are not due for release here until 2018. If you’re still unsure, bring the film up in IMDb and add /releaseinfo to the end of the url and look for ‘UK’.
Voting closes at midnight on Tuesday 26 December. Can’t say fairer than that; I’ve even left you time to watch and vote for Star Wars this year, should you so desire.
The winners will be revealed on our End of Year Awards podcast, released a few days later. A list will also be posted on our Failed Critics Awards page.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, you can flick through our reviews or listen to some of our podcasts over the past year.
Hopefully by now you will have caught up with DCEU’s latest attempt at salvaging a flailing franchise with Justice League. Hosts Steve Norman and Owen Hughes run their beady eye over Zack Snyder/Joss Whedon’s ensemble superhero flick, as well as chatting about some post-apocalyptic fiction and reviewing their favourite cough sweets. Yum.
The stars align for hosts Owen Hughes and Paul Rutland who make their final trip to the Bucks 101 Radio studio to chat about topics that probably sum their tastes up more than any other episode produced across the two years, five series and 8,600 downloads of Front Row. Owen reviews the indie found-footage horror film sequel Creep 2, whilst Paul returns from his trip to Twickenham to watch live NFL football.
If you’ve ever downloaded one of our podcasts, tuned in to our live radio broadcasts (at facebook.com/bucks101radio or by searching ‘Bucks 101 Radio’ on TuneIn), suggested songs for us to play, interacted with us on Twitter or done anything else at all to support us over these past couple of years, then we both want to say a huge THANK YOU to you all. It’s been our pleasure to make these shows and hopefully you’ve enjoyed them too on some level.
If you want to keep in touch with us, you can find Paul on Twitter @p_rutland96 or Owen at @ohughes86. You can keep supporting future University of Buckingham media and journalism students by listening to Bucks 101 Radio during term time, leaving comments on TuneIn and Facebook, and generally being as lovely for them as you were with us.
So very, very late this week that it’s actually now “next week” but hey, at least it’s here, right? Let’s cut out the chit chat and get straight to it: Steve Norman hosts (and edits) this week as Owen Hughes and Brian Plank join for a review of the MCU’s latest fantasy adventure with Thor: Ragnarok. In the absence of the news section, the trio run through some Netflix stuff, chat about what else they’ve been watching, and recommend you some stuff to watch during the week that’s just been so is now entirely useless. Sorry about that.
With no Failed Critics Podcast this week (you’ll have to wait for our Thor: Ragnarok review next week), it means your sole audio-pleasure must instead be derived from Owen Hughes and Paul Rutland’s Bucks 101 Radio show Front Row.
The latest bitesize podcast from their hour-long radio show this week features a chat about The Big Moon (again) after Owen ventured into Oxford for their gig straight from the Q Awards, before reviewing Netflix Original horror-comedy The Babysitter. Paul’s usual sports round-up is somewhat sacrificed so that he can reveal the greatest living sportsman – and it’s probably not who you’re expecting it to be – and much like the BBC News headlines, Trump dominates Roll the Dice.
Front Row is back on Bucks 101 Radio for its fifth and final series as hosts Owen Hughes and Paul Rutland chat about hand-painted animated movie Loving Vincent, the England football team, and a trip to Oxford that left Owen with egg mayonnaise on his face, and trousers, and hands.