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Failed Critics Podcast: Episode 202 – AND IT’S LIVE!

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Firstly, thanks to everyone who joined in on our live broadcast of episode 202 on our YouTube channel on Monday. We’re considering it a success – whether it was or wasn’t isn’t really up to Steve Norman, Owen Hughes and Andrew Brooker to decide! But people chatted to us during the show, we received messages via Twitter, and the live stream didn’t crash once. Huzzah!

This week’s podcast is pretty much a rip of the YouTube video edited into a more audio-friendly format. Jingles have been edited in, whilst the majority the references to stuff that happened visually that wouldn’t have made sense on an audio only podcast have been edited out.

What has been left in is our chat about this week’s film news, including another new Netflix movie acquisition starring Will Smith, directed by David Ayer, plus a set-top box that could potentially change the way we view cinema releases forever.

We’ve also got our round up of what we’ve been watching. Steve talks us through the generic but decent action film London Has Fallen; Owen discusses the first five episodes of the second season of Daredevil; and Brooker does his homework ahead of Batman v Superman by re-watching Nolan’s trilogy plus Man of Steel. Our new release reviews saw the team take in the safe-for-work porcelain doll horror The Boy, Ben Wheatley’s latest weird class-war narrative High Rise, and the thematic sequel to 2008’s monster movie, 10 Cloverfield Lane.

There’s even room for our regular film quiz and Steve’s reaction to Pudsey the Dog: The Movie, his booby-prize for losing last week’s quiz. Oh, and Owen’s mad rapping skills. Wiki-wiki-wild wild west…

Join us again next week as things return to normal for a review of DC’s newest blockbuster.



Watch the full un-edited live broadcast of the episode (with webcams an’ all) on our YouTube channel.

202nd Episode Extravaganza (sort of)

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Listeners to the podcast may have picked up recently that we have already zoomed past episode number 200 with little to no fanfare.


Shambolic as ever, we intend to do something slightly new and exciting for our 202nd episode. Something… different… to episode 150, with Steve Norman, Owen Hughes, Andrew Brooker and Paul Field, which went on for over five gruelling hours.

We thought we’d spare you (and ourselves) a repeat of that torturous – although admittedly fun to record – night of drinking, triple-triple bills and losing the will to live. Instead, today we are live streaming our 202nd episode via our YouTube channel and we want you to get involved.

Send us questions, shout (well, write) profanities at us or simply watch along without arousing suspicion. The choice is yours! But we kinda hope you’ll choose to ask us stuff. The only thing that will make this worth doing is your interaction.

Follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook to receive a link to the live broadcast shortly before it happens, or subscribe to our YouTube channel.

See you later!

The Failed Critics on YouTube

Not too long ago now, we promised to start a YouTube channel where we would preserve our favourite reviews on the podcast, some of our funniest moments and also our many, many shambolic gaffs. So far, we’ve uploaded a few clips taken from our archived older podcasts – and we’re on the look out for me!

Ever embarrassed yourself in public by laughing out loud like a lunatic at something we’ve said?

Ever re-evaluated your opinion on a particular film after a member of our crew reviewed it?

Ever pondered deeply at the profundity of one of our insightful discussions?

…..probably not the latter! But if you’ve got any favourite moments from the 170 podcasts we’ve recorded over the last three years, then we want to know.

For now, why not check out the following clips we’ve got on YouTube right now for some inspiration?

George, It’s Gone Wrong!

Episode: 008

Date: 12 June 2012

Podcast host Steve Norman became possibly the most animated he’s ever been on the podcast when explaining exactly where it went wrong with Star Wars and why George Lucas is to blame.

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Moebius & Kinky Duck

Episode: 150

Date: 3 April 2015

Reacting to being anonymously assigned the Kim Ki-duk dialogue-free art-house drama Moebius by another podcaster, in this clip Andrew Brooker attempts to explain the film to the rest of the team.

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Alien & Homosexual Oral Rape

Episode: 005

Date:22 May 2012

In this clip, taken from only the fifth ever episode of the podcast, Gerry McAuley explains why Ridley Scott’s science fiction horror Alien is one of his favourite films of the 1970’s.

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You can subscribe to our YouTube channel here and don’t forget to leave your suggestions for clips you’d like to hear again in the comments section below!

Kung Fury

Of course we watched Kung Fury.  We had to. It’s our job. But, as writer Nicholas Lay finds out, this Kickstarter backed 30 minute long 80’s parody is also pretty awesome!

by Nicholas Lay (@laidbaremedia)

Screen Shot 2015-05-31 at 23.33.59Ah the 1980s action movie parody/homage, always a more than welcome distraction from the daily grind of non-80s action movie-related real life. Having seen and heard a plethora of excited keyboard mashing regarding a certain Swedish short, Kung Fury (neat), the latest incarnation of the genre to sweep our fair world wide web, I owed it to my Sunday afternoon to chill the fuck out and give it a watch. It was a good decision. Dropping free-to-stream a few days ago, seemingly out of nowhere, writer/director David Sandberg’s action/cop/martial arts b-movie piss-take is exactly what you want from thirty minutes of mindless entertainment. I wouldn’t say I completely lost my shit over it – like most people online seem to have done – as it’s all been done before, with various aspects even appearing as recently as the video game spin-off Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, and soon to crop up again in the upcoming, no doubt step-too-far Iron Sky sequel. Having said that, it’s impossible not to appreciate the hell out of Sandberg’s larger-than-life creation.

For starters, the film is incredibly well made, with seemingly every penny of the $630k Kickstarter cash pledged being plunged into the production, and then some, to create a technical masterpiece of indie filmmaking. Unfazed by the scale of his vision versus the budget available, Sandberg utilises green screen and props with perfect balance, resulting in a look that’s part epic, part comical, and altogether full-on 80s. The opening flippin’-skateboard shot sets the tone for the countless outlandish action sequences that follow, peppered with old school Verhoeven-style head explosions, never-ending firearm clips, and highlighted throughout by increasingly insane superpowers, ridiculous weaponry, and mass kung-fu duels. Shot smartly and edited seamlessly, particularly the raw footage against the vast, varying green screen projected backdrops, and complete with a smile-inducing scratchy VHS-style overlay at times, such a well coordinated mish-mash – backed by a classic, synth-heavy score of the era – demonstrates that Sandberg, technically, is riding the crest of a wave that most bedroom-ridden keyboard warrior fanboy wannabes can only dream of.

Giving the action its relevancy by way of helping to emphasise its wholly ridiculous nature is a quality blend of writing, characters, and, here and there, performances. The plot is total and utter nonsense, as one would expect from this sort of crazy spoof-laden capering, with the usual 80s-influenced coming together of Nazis, dinosaurs, time travel, gods, guns, and gore more than present and correct. Anyone can mix this sort of stuff up in a script and hope it comes out funny, but numerous projects, from low budget YouTube clips to motion pictures are proof, more often than not, that this is not always the case. Sandberg certainly has a few moments of ‘meh’ present within his writing (the Viking-era scenes especially are fairly humdrum), but for the most part the premise, individual scenarios, and particularly the dialogue are nothing short of fucking hilarious – and I mean that in a good way.

So many little moments inspire genuine mirth, from the evil arcade-transformer-bot lasering with middle fingers raised and fumbling with a parking meter in order to salvage more quarters, to an overly camp Hitler screaming ‘Fuck you!” and opening fire at the police through a back-in-the-day brick mobile – the latter of which had me in the biggest fit of practically crying movie-related laughter since god knows when. Completing the 80s checklist is one of my favourite sequences, Kung Fury’s anime/superhero drawn encounter with a lisp-wielding, justice obstructing cobra, complete with subtle butt clenching/flexing on the part of our hero and a great bit of voice work by Frank Sanderson.

When it comes to the characters and their depictions, Sandberg himself – who somehow manages also to star in the titular role – leads the way with a downright hysterical deadpan performance, delivering each of his wonderfully clichéd one-liners and sketchy exposition with all the stereotypical macho bullshit of every 80s action star that ever lived. The fact that a fair old bunch of the other actors involved aren’t all that great doesn’t matter too much, as the consistently amusing nature of the characters themselves (including a half-man, half-triceratops with a British accent called, wait for it, Triceracop – for fuck’s sake) more than makes up for it. And that goes for the non-human characters/beings too, of whom, from the get go, you don’t even think about questioning in terms of either existence or motive.

Cutting so deep into fanboy action culture that it practically bleeds 1980s throwbacks, Kung Fury is a textbook example of the sort of entertainment the internet was made for. Slick, funny, and enjoyable from beginning to end with only a few minor hiccups, this shameless thirty-minute flick is an ideal way of killing that end-of-the-day office countdown on a dull midweek afternoon. Or you could just, you know, get really high and whack it on. Either way, Sandberg’s loving enthusiasm for his pet project shines through, and for that he is to be commended. In the end the whole thing turned out far better than expected thanks to his efforts to make damn sure it was all worth it, even getting period hero The Hoff onboard to complete the circle of 80s life.

So watch and appreciate it while it’s fresh as, no matter how funny it is for half an hour, this sort of thing can get real old, real fast. By that I mean, in my opinion, the production benefitted massively from the fact that Sandberg and his team didn’t manage to raise enough money to make a full-length feature film. Over ninety plus minutes the novelty tends to wear off around the thirty-minute mark (see Iron Sky for reference), meaning Kung Fury got it spot on. As a follow up of some kind already seems inevitable, however, I’ll make the case right now, if it has to be made, for a sequel/prequel/whatever to be shot in the same short format. I’m happy to be proved wrong of course, but with the deserved success the film is currently courting online, the more-than-likely difficult to sustain original concept of a feature length version could realistically be green lit, to which I say…

…I got your permit right here!

Kung Fury is available to watch for free over on YouTube:

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Failed Critics Podcast: An Advert!

Never actually listened to our podcast?

Only ever read our articles on the website?

Then why not try giving the following 60 second clip promoting our podcast a quick listen as we attempt to “string a few sentences together”!

Each week on the Failed Critics Podcast, the team review the latest cinema release, talk about what else they’ve seen in the past seven days and discuss the latest news from the film world (if it happens to have crossed their Twitter feeds prior to recording). Occasionally the team will also produce a themed Triple Bill, choosing three films each that fit a particular category.

If you want in depth reviews of the key components that make an individual movie good or bad, then you’re looking in the wrong place. If you want to listen to a group of people chat about film and be occasionally humorous with it, then that’s us.

In the meantime, if you’re new to the Failed Critics podcast and want to listen to more, but aren’t sure where to join in from, then the latest episode is always the best. We hardly ever have in-jokes or call backs to podcasts older than maybe one or two weeks, so hopefully you won’t feel left out!

The Failed Critics Podcast was created by James Diamond. It’s produced by Owen Hughes and presented by Steve Norman. Including (but not limited to) contributions by: Gerry McAuley, Carole Petts, Matt Lambourne, Callum Petch, Andrew Brooker, Mike Shawcross, Paul Field and James Diamond.

All music by Kevin MacLeod of http://incompetech.com (remixed by James Yuill from episode 150 onwards)

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