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Failed Critics Podcast: FC Awards 2017

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.

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Failed Critics Awards Voting 2017

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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 documentary
  • Best British film
  • Best film not in the English language
  • Best soundtrack
  • Best performance
  • Best programme
  • Best podcast
  • Worst film

*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.

VOTING HAS NOW ENDED – THANKS FOR TAKING PART!

Failed Critics Podcast: Awards 2016 – part 2

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Fanfare, please! It’s the final part of our Failed Critics Awards 2016 podcast. We’ve got the full list of all the films to make it onto our top 10 of the year, as voted for by you folks.

Also in part 2, Steve Norman, Owen Hughes, Andrew Brooker and Callum Petch reveal which have been the best performances of 2016 from both male and female actors. Spoiler: Mob Handed star, Yvette Rowland, didn’t make the shortlist – but did Mob Handed make it onto our worst 3 films of the year? Or even our top 10? You’ll just have to listen to find out.

If you missed the podcast yesterday, you can go back and listen to part 1 to find out what our best documentaries, British films, “foreign muck” and soundtracks are.

We’ll be back in the New Year, but until then, we’d just like to express our enormous gratitude to everybody who took the time to vote in this year’s Failed Critics Awards. We’re always surprised at just how many of you there are who are willing to give us any amount of your time, either to listen to the podcast, read our reviews or submit votes. Thanks and here’s hoping you’ll stick with us in 2017!

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Failed Critics Podcast: Awards 2016 – part 1

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Welcome to the first part of this year’s Failed Critics Awards!

Rather than force you to sit through a two-hour podcast only days after our three-hour compilation “best of” episode came out, we’ve split this year’s awards in half.

In part one, hosts Steve Norman and Owen Hughes are joined by Andrew Brooker and Callum Petch to scowl, whoop and whine about the winners in:

  • Best documentary
  • Best British film
  • Best film not in the English language
  • Best soundtrack

As well, of course, as our end of year quiz!

We’ll be back tomorrow (new year’s eve!) with the winners in our best male / female performances, worst films of the year and the big one: Our top 10 movies of 2016 – as voted for by you, our listeners and readers.

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Failed Critics Podcast: Secret Sandra Xmas Special

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We left some mince pies and a nip of sherry out in a vain attempt to attract someone jolly onto the Christmas special podcast this year but instead we ended up with Steve Norman, Owen Hughes, Brian Plank and Tony Black.

Festive frivolities ensue on our very merry podcast with a Christmas-themed quiz to kick things off before a plug for our Failed Critics Awards 2016 (which you can vote for here before 27 December) and a glimpse at what we might be picking for each category.

You can thank Tony’s autocorrect for the invention of our Secret Sandra section of the show. Anonymously exchanging movies amongst each other in a ‘secret santa’ format, we somehow only exchanged one lump of coal. Steve ended up watching quirky black comedy I Love You, Philip Morris, whilst Brian unwrapped The Internet’s Own Boy (a documentary about Aaron Swartz) and Tony mulled over topical horror-comedy Krampus. Meanwhile, Owen sulked in the corner at being made to watch Kevin James’s Netflix Original, True Memoirs of an International Assassin.

We stuffed the Failed Critics Podcast Christmas turkey with a few new releases just for good measure (and to hide the taste of our giblets). There’s a few choice words for Office Christmas Party (look out for Brooker’s written review tomorrow – it’s a doozy) and a word of warning for those hoping to catch Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation. We even make room for a wrap-up of Season One of Westworld.

Join us again in a couple of days for our Rogue One: A Star Wars Story special!

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Failed Critics Awards Voting 2016

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Everybody loves lists. Reading them, writing them, or even voting in them – as has happened every December since we began collecting results in 2012 for the annual Failed Critics Awards.

Last year saw us achieve our highest ever number of votes as Mad Max: Fury Road smashed all that came before it to reach top spot on our final 10. Without such a clear runaway leader emerging this year, whatever film you’re voting for has much more of a chance of reaching top spot than in any other year.

To vote, simply complete the form below listing as many (or as few) submissions for each of the following categories:

  • Top 10 films of 2016*
  • Best male performance
  • Best female performance
  • Best documentary
  • Best British film
  • Best film not in the English language
  • Best soundtrack
  • Worst film

*that’s films released in the UK in 2016 only (e.g. Spotlight counts as it was released here in January 2016, but La La Land doesn’t as it isn’t released in the UK until January 2017. If in doubt, add a ‘/releaseinfo’ to the IMDb URL (e.g. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3783958/releaseinfo))

Voting closes at midnight on Tuesday 27th December. 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.

VOTING HAS NOW CLOSED – THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATIONS! RESULTS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON THE AWARDS PAGE

Failed Critics Podcast: End of Year Awards 2015

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Votes have been counted, booze has been consumed and a resulting two hour long podcast has been produced, examining each of the winners (and some of the losers) in this year’s Failed Critics Awards.

With Steve Norman absent, it’s up to Matt Lambourne to step in and host our final podcast of the year as Owen Hughes runs through who has won what in all eight of the different categories that our listeners have submitted votes in. Accompanying them both are special guests Callum Petch and Phil Sharman, who duke it out in the opening quiz, before laughing/lamenting the choices for:

Best soundtrack of 2015

Best documentary

Best film not in the English language

Best British film

Best male performance

Best female performance

Worst film of 2015

and of course the definitive Top 10 films of the year.

Thank you to everybody who spared 5 minutes to send in your picks for each of the above – and thanks to all of you who have downloaded our podcast over the past 12 months. You’ve made this year the most successful in our relatively short history and without you, it’d just be Steve and I talking over Skype each week to an invisible audience. Which, quite frankly, would be a bit weird. So thanks for sparing us that indignity, at least!

We’ll be back again the first week of January to review Joy, The Danish Girl and no doubt some other stuff too.

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Vote in the Failed Critics Awards 2015

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With only four podcasts left until the end of 2015 (that’s how we measure time around here) that can mean only one thing: It’s time for you all to vote in this year’s Failed Critics Awards!

Last year we had a record number of voters and with a bit of luck, we hope even more of you will get involved this year too.

To vote, simply complete the form below listing as many (or as few) submissions for each of the following categories:

  1. Top 10 films of 2015*
  2. Best male performance
  3. Best female performance
  4. Best documentary
  5. Best British film
  6. Best film not in the English language
  7. Best soundtrack
  8. Worst film

*that’s films released in the UK in 2015 only (e.g. Whiplash counts, Creed doesn’t)

Voting closes on Sunday 27th December. 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.

[VOTING HAS NOW CLOSED]

Failed Critics Podcast: End of Year Special!

Like our beloved founder and his gut/disdain for the films of Seth MacFarlane, we’re sure that you can’t contain your excitement for the 2014 Failed Critics Awards any longer! It’s that most magical time if year again, where four people who’ve seen some films this year are shunned by their family, set up in a dark corner of the house with their laptop and some booze, and talk you through the good, the bad, and the ugly in cinema from the last twelve months.

Steve and Owen are joined by Matt Lambourne and prodigal son James Diamond as they attempt to better last week’s quiz (not hard), discuss the year’s films in a calm and rational manner (considerably harder), and try and make it sound like it was at least recorded on the same continent (hmmmmm…).

We all want to thank each and every one of you for listening over the last twelve months. God knows why you still do, but we love you for it. Have a great Christmas and a brilliant New Year! We’ll be back in the first week of January with a slightly different format and our review of Birdman.

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Failed Critics Awards 2014

interstellar 2This time of year always comes around so quickly. No sooner have you sat down to finally get around to loading up Netflix and catching up on some of those films you’ve missed over the last 12 months than we’re asking you to vote in our end of year awards.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, you can flick through our reviews or listen to some of our podcasts over the past year.

To vote for your top 10 films of 2014, top 5 performances, worst 3 films and a few other categories that we’re sure you’re just dying to tell us all about, simply visit our awards page and complete the submission form: https://failedcritics.com/failed-critics-awards/

Voting closes on Monday 22nd December 2014 at 5pm.

Failed Critics Podcast: An Unexpected Listener and The Desolation of Steve

The Hobbit TDOSWelcome to this week’s Failed Critics podcast, please excuse us if our heads were a little bigger, and our chests puffed out a little more after finding out that our download figures have gone through the roof (well, the roof of a kennel perhaps). We’d like to welcome all of our new listeners, and hope you’ll stick around.

This week sees us review the latest installment of Peter Jackson’s latest sojourn to Middle Earth, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. James gets emotional (obviously) watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Steve gets festive watching Arthur Christmas, and Owen gets scared watching The Host (the Korean creature feature, not the Twilight-style alien thing from earlier this year).

We also discuss the Golden Globe nominations, as well as taking it in turns to plead for votes for our favourite films in this years Failed Critics Awards. Don’t forget to vote!

This is the last regular podcast of the year, so have a good Christmas, and we’ll be back on New Year’s Eve with our review of the year, and the results of the poll.

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Failed Critics Podcast: 2012 in Review/Failed Critics Awards

2012 in FilmWelcome to our first ever End-of-Year Review and the inaugural Failed Critics Awards! Get your tuxedo on, raid the free bar, and join Steve, James, Gerry, and Owen as they discuss their highlights from 2012, and their thoughts on the winners as chosen by contributors to Failed Critics. As well as the prestigious Top Ten Films of the Year, we also award the best performances, foreign-language film, documentary, and soundtrack of great year for film.

Not only that, but we also review our last batch of films for the year – including our thoughts on Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher, Ang Lee’s sumptuous Life of Pi, and Ben Wheatley’s caravanning ‘comedy’ Sightseers.

We’ll be back on the 14th January with our review of Les Miserables – and we would like to wish all of our listeners a very happy New Year!

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