Bad episode titles, published at 3am, and two miserly gits moaning about the world? It can only be the return of Failed Critics Podcast in 2017!
Hosts Steve Norman and Owen Hughes are on their Todd for the first podcast of the new year to talk about Scorsese’s latest drama, Silence, as well as supernatural hocus pocus shenanigans in The Invitation. The pair also end up chatting about the iconic Steven Spielberg after Steve’s first ever watch of The Color Purple – and perhaps more surprisingly, Owen’s first ever watch of Schindler’s List.
In the news, there’s a chat about Carrie Fisher’s passing, which leads to a discussion about the use of CGI to replace actors in movies. We also quickly skim through the winners and losers of the recent Golden Globes and the speeches that were worth paying attention to.
Join us again next week for reviews of La La Land and Manchester by the Sea.
DISCLAIMER: If you’ve downloaded this podcast in order to torture ears belonging to either you or somebody else with horrendous screeching sounds and unbearably loud-then-quiet distortion, then you’ve come to the wrong place. Steve and Owen somehow managed to keep the podcast from trying to destroy itself and have produced their first actual audible episode of 2015. Quite the achievement, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Not only is the sound quality bearable, but our debutant guest this week, Andrew Brooker, chimes in with some great reviews of Foxcatcher, Into The Woods and The Salvation that are well worth a listen.
The trio also mull over the results of last weekend’s Golden Globes; review the upcoming Reese Witherspoon movie Wild; and lay into Olivier Megaton for somehow making Taken 3 worse than it was expected to be. There’s even time for Steve and American sports fan Brooker to discuss Draft Day and for Owen to go on even more about Bruce Lee with Enter The Dragon.
Join us next week for reviews of new releases American Sniper and Whiplash.
Well, not quite. We are back to feature length this week though, with a packed agenda that includes a full run down on the Golden Globe awards, reaction to the latest BBFC guidance, and casting news in the Marvel and Star Wars universes.
The new releases this week include Oscar favourite 12 Years a Slave, as well All is Lost, and The Railway Man. In What We’ve Been Watching Steve finally catches one of last year’s biggest films, Owen finally watches one of Woody Allen’s biggest films, and James sets off on a world cinema odyssey.
Join us next week for our review of The Wolf of Wall Street, and the team’s reaction to the Oscar nominations announcement.
Welcome 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.
It’s coming to that time of year. The time of year that is pretty much the reason I set up Failed Critics in the first place. It’s End of Year Review time, and the inaugural Failed Critics Film Awards, or the FCFAs, or the Failees…
Our first ever awards are taking place in the crucial run-up to the Oscars, and it has already been said that the Failures (we seriously need a catchy name, which doesn’t insinuate the stench of disappointment) are a bellwether for the Golden Globes and the Oscars. I think I said it on the podcast. It seems like the kind of thing I would say.
But while the intellectual great and good of the Failed Critics fraternity are busy arguing, voting, and horse-trading over most of this year’s categories (including Best Performance, Best Foreign-Language Film, and Best Soundtrack/Score) we’re giving the great unwashed a chance to share in the feeling of smug self-satisfaction that comes from voting in a prestigious BEST FILM award.
All you need to do is tell your 5 favourite films from 2012 (in order of preference) – and the only qualifying criteria is that the film must have been released theatrically in 2012.