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The Failed Critic Podcast – Episode 6: The Raid

The Raid

Welcome to the Failed Critic Podcast Episode 6. This week the four of us entered a conversational cul-de-sac and in an attempt to bring some crimes against cinema to justice – only to find ourselves swinging aimlessly like a drunkard at kicking-out time in an effort to pin down this week’s big release The Raid.

We also discuss our favourite films that take place in less than 24 hours, and hear what the pod has to say on the long-awaited Moon Nazi epic Iron Sky. Plus James gets depressed beyond words by watching The Divide and (500) Days of Summer, Gerry picks a fight with Kevin Smith before his pod sabbatical, and Owen shocks us with a Zombie movie choice. And in an attempt to present a reasonably professional and relevant film awareness we even round up the best of the Cannes festival. Still stunned the Palm d’Or didn’t go to Sharknado!

Opening/Cannes/Good, Bad, or Ugly: 0:00 – 33:30

Triple Bill: 33:00 – 1:02:40

The Raid Review (spoiler free): 1:02:40 – 1:13:30

Spoiler Alert!: 01:13:30 – 1:29:39

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The Failed Critic Podcast – Episode 5: The Dictator

You may now bow before your benevolent leaders once more, you worthless listeners – for The Failed Critic Podcast is back, and ready to rule your collective backsides. This week we review Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest comedy The Dictator, present our favourite films from the 1970s, and talk about the films that have interested, entertained, or maybe even just bored us in the last week.

This week we have some brand new additions to the podcast. Firstly, we welcome Owen Hughes to the Failed Critic fellowship – he’s an entertaining and engaging bloke with an interest in some very obscure cinema. He still watches films on VHS!

We are also trying a new bonus feature this week – ‘Spoiler Alert’, where we will discuss the main review in further detail.

We apologise to all Gerry fans for his apparent absence for the last half-hour of the podcast – I’m assured he was still listening to us, but hadn’t seen The Dictator this week. What Gerry is here is Gerry-gold though.
Intro & The Good, the Bad, or the Ugly 00:00 – 24:30

Triple Bill: films of the Seventies 24:30 – 1:01:25

The Dictator (spoiler-free review) 1:01:25 – 1:18:13

Spoiler Alert: The Dictator 1:18:13 – 1:34:18

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The Failed Critic Film Podcast: Episode 4 – Dark Shadows

Hello Pod Pickers! Welcome to Episode 4 of the Failed Critic Podcast, and this week we dust off our dancing shoes, strike up the orchestra, and empty our spit valves as we name our favourite film soundtracks. Also in this episode we review this week’s big release – Dark Shadows, a rare collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. I wonder what that will be like. There’s some love for Jeff, Who Lives at Home, a little less for Being Elmo, and downright disdain for Apollo 18. Moon films without Nazis are so last year…

Intro / The Good, the Bad, or the Ugly: 0:00

Triple Bill: 21:05

Dark Shadows Review – Spoiler Alert!: 43:34

Total time: 1:04:13

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The Failed Critic Film Podcast: Episode 3 – Summer Preview

Once more unto the pod dear friends, once more! They may take our bandwidth, but they will never take our freedom! We’re just three boys, standing in front of our audience, asking you to love us. That’s right people, our Triple Bill this week is Great Speeches! Also in this week’s podcast we discuss our top picks from this summer’s releases that aren’t called Prometheus or The Dark Knight Rises; as well as new and future independent releases in the shape of Safety Not Guaranteed and Breathing.

Click below to listen to Steve’s reboot idea for a classic Disney franchise; Gerry’s rather desperate attempt to get free drinks in return for praise of the splendid Showroom Cinema in Sheffield; and James doth protesting rather too much about the Sex and the City Movie.

No spoilers, but if you do want to skip between sections, then the timings are:

Intro Summer Preview: 0:00

Triple Bill: 20:38

The Good, the Bad, OR the Ugly: 43:00

Total time: 1:11:00

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Bonus Feature! We have collated Youtube links to full versions of all of the speeches chosen for this week’s Triple Bill. They are unlabelled for those of you who may prefer the surprise…

James’ Choices:

3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32iCWzpDpKs

2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–IcPqrLDBA

1a. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9fa3HFR02E

1b. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG6IgF3ITMU&feature=related

Steve’s Choices:

3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lvL4Bzyumg

2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0-oinyjsk0

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l31UUl5SyXk

Gerry’s Choices:

3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmvnXKRfdb8

2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBjWHfBHKos

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IvPIWzQcUY

The Failed Critic Podcast – Episode 2: Avengers Assemble

Critics assemble! They have an army – we have the Failed Critic podcast, featuring Steve Norman, James Diamond, and Gerry McAuley.

This week the Failed Critics review the first BIG blockbuster of the summer Avengers Assemble, and discuss this weeks Triple Bill theme – Child Protaganists. We also have their thoughts on recent releases Lockout, and The Kid With a Bike, and a little-known gem called The Third Man – starring some up-and-comer called Orson Welles. There is also scintilating chat about frame rates, more Mighty Ducks chat, and one of the contributors gets all tongue-tied when proposing to Cobie Smulders. Also a little bit of bad language right at the end. It’s worth it though.

Spoiler Alert! If you want to avoid the Avengers review, then skip 6 minutes through to 31 minutes. Also, completely avoid the podcast if you’re desperate to avoid the endings of The Sixth Sense and My Girl.

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The Failed Critic Podcast – Episode 1

After quite literally days of planning, and whole hours of work going into it – the Failed Critic podcast has arrived! We know it’s just 3 blokes who barely know each other talking about films, but we’re pretty proud of it for a first go and hope that you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoed recording it. If you think we show any promise at all, please subscribe and spread the word.


The Failed Critic Podcast – Episode 1: The Cabin in the Woods

From the studio that brought you the Born Offside Podcast: the inaugural episode of the Failed Critic podcast, featuring Steve Norman, James Diamond, and Gerry McAuley.

This week the Failed Critics discuss the horror-genre game-changer The Cabin in the Woods, and discuss the three films they could watch forever in the Desert Island Movie Triple Bill. We also have their thoughts on films as diverse as Rocky, Primer, and the yet-to-be-released God Bless America. Meanwhile Steve ensures we’ll never get Keanu Reeves as a guest, Gerry ruins any chance he ever had with Rhianna, and James predicts the year that Ron Howard’s brother dies.

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The Failed critic goes aural…

Lloyd Dobler's Boom Box
The Failed Critics podcast - perfect for wooing your girlfriend loudly outside her house

Just a quick post to let you know that the inaugural Failed Critics podcast is being recorded this evening, and will be uop on this site on Wednesday evening.

I will be joined by almost total strangers Gerry and Steve as we discuss this week’s big release – The Cabin in the Woods.

We will also be discussing our top 3 ‘Desert Island Films’, the good and the bad movies we’ve seen this week, and who would play us in our inevitable Weinstein-backed, Oscar-nominated biopics.

I’m really excited for you all to hear this.