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The one with The Post, The Cloverfield Paradox and Black Panther


This week we review The Post, Black Panther and The Cloverfield Paradox.


It’s Valentines night so let’s talk Marvel’s Black Panther over a candlelit pint.

Some news and a brief reminiscence at the career of the late John Mahoney before Simon and Mat rip into the reviews. The pair of them look at Steven Spielberg’s The Post, the Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks-starring journalist flick looking at the first great scandal of the Nixon presidency: The Pentagon Papers. Is it the film of the year, or just a Trump-baiting wannabe?

Then a look at The Cloverfield Paradox, a masterpiece of marketing or a film-shaped lump of bad news? With a cast that include David Oyelowo, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris O’Dowd and Daniel Bruhl, surely such as surprise has to be good?

Finally Mat went and saw Marvel’s latest, Black Panther. Is it just another ho-hum superhero flick, or has something genuinely different appeared. How does the first overtly black (and African) superhero flick do? Well, you’ll have to listen to find out.

As ever jokes, pisstakes and Simon sings (again).

Episode Credits

Includes Physionics by Stephan Siebert which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. Based on a work available at www.stephansiebert.com



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Trailer Round-up!

A lot of new trailers have dropped recently, so here are some that have caught our eye, maybe not for the best of reasons…

Renegades: TBD

First up, from Europacorp comes Renegades:

Looks like a modern day take on Kelly’s Heroes, with a lot more explosions, and considerably worse acting. May be worth watching if you are in an Expendables mood…


The Circle: April 2017

Hem… moving on to another Europacorp production, this is Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in The Circle:

I haven’t read the book, but it seems to be a dystopian look at a world ruled by Google. Not much to go on in the trailer, but the subject matter and cast are interesting. I reckon this is one to watch.


Spectral: December 2016

Netflix now and the Netflix only release, Spectral:

Reminds me a lot of Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within, but looks  interesting with a great cast and terrific special effects . Perhaps a bit cliched, but significant in stating Netflix’ intentions.


Patriots Day: February 2017

“Marky” Mark Wahlberg reunites with his Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon director Peter Berg for Patriots Day, centered around the Boston bombing 2013.

I was skeptical about this film when I heard about it. Oh no, here’s a load of American jingoism again. both trailers look like they are trying to tell a true story carefully and respectfully. Deepwater Horizon was similar and extremely well done, so I have high hopes for this. Still can’t forgive them the loss of an apostrophe, though….


The Mummy: June 2017

Universal is determined to have another universe franchise so is re-inventing it’s legendary Monsters – you know Frankenstein, Dracula and, kicking it all off, The Mummy with Tom Cruise.

Naturally the Cruiser does lots of running, there’s some intrigue (is Cruise dead or not?) Russell Crowe being enigmatic and Sofia Boutella as the Mummy. Lots of interesting ideas and concepts, so probably worth following, though I’m a bit disappointed that it’s clearly not as fun as the Steven Sommers capers of the 2000’s.


Transformers: The Last Knight: June 2017

Back to , well, madness really. Transformers: The Last Knight

Anthony Hopkins on voice over, triple-headed dragons, “Marky” Mark, robots, explosions, Nazis, knights on horseback and a plot involving King Arthur. I want some of what they are smoking!


John Wick: Chapter 2: Feb 2017

John Wick was one of the action standouts of recent years, so it’s good to see a sequel with little change in John Wick: Chapter 2

So he’s got another dog, and another car, he’s in another city and has gained the wrath of Ruby Rose and the support of Laurence Fishburne. The first one was really really good, this looks more of the same.


XXX:The Return of Xander Cage: January 2017

More Ruby Rose in XXX: The Return of Xander Cage

Big name cast – terrible looking movie.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2: April 2017

Finally, let’s end on some joy – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

Colourful, funny, beautifully animated, and full of all the snarky, piss-taking merriment we loved so much in the first film. Drax is especially funny and I cannot say enough about Baby Groot.