Diminishing Returns continues an exhaustive look at the First Blood film-franchise, better known as the Rambo series because they star Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo. Last week covered the first two films (First Blood and Rambo: First Blood Part II), leaving Rambo III and Rambo (the fourth one) for this week, as well as a speculative look at the upcoming Rambo: Last Blood.
We're on our Summer hols and Allen actually has some acting work lined up for a change, so here's a very special outtakes episode in which esteemed film-maker Werner Herzog takes a look (listen?) at some previously unheard Diminishing Returns material from the archive.
The final instalment in our look at Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's Cornetto Trilogy is The World's End. Reputedly the worst of the three, but will we be won over by the Pegg-Wright magic once again? Thank you to our Patreons who voted for this series at patreon.com/dimreturns
Our Patreon-selected trilogy of episodes covering The Blood and Ice Cream (Cornetto) Trilogy continues with a look at Hot Fuzz - where we're joined by James Bond (and, therefore, Timothy Dalton) enthusiast: Calvin Dyson. Does it live up to the record-setting score set by Shaun of the Dead?
We kick off our first Patreon-selected season of episodes with a series looking at The Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy (aka The Three Colours Cornetto Trilogy, aka Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End). Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, zombies and ice cream! How's that for a slice of fried gold? (Yeeeeeeeeeahh booooooooiiiiiii!)
Bet you didn't see this one coming; this week, we're doing John C. Reilly spoof-biopic Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and it features maybe the highest number of audio clips out of any episode we've done.
In case you didn't know, we have a Patreon profile you can subscribe to and receive bonus content including full and mini episodes of the show for as little as $1 a month! One of the other things you can do is take part in our listener votes to decide the topic of future episodes of the show. We recently held a little tournament to select the topic of this episode and, to everyone's surprise, Brad Bird's 1999 classic, The Iron Giant, ran away with it. So here we are, talking about The Iron...
A series that did a fairly wonderful job of avoiding diminishing returns: The Toy Story Trilogy:: Pixar's jewel in the crown... at least, that was the case before Toy Story 4. Will it be once the new film comes out? Based on early reviews, probably, yes... but they weren't out when we recorded this so we sound a lot more negative.
We were going to go with parody lyrics to "Men in Black" by Will Smith for this description, but nobody wants that. Here's an episode covering the Men in Black trilogy, as well as taking a look towards Men in Black: International.
From X-Men to Y-Men, as Diminishing Returns cap off the franchise with a look at the three remaining films yet to be covered on the show. For those keeping score, those films are X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse. Why? Because X-Men: Dark Phoenix is coming out and it's basically poised to be the end of the series (except for that pesky New Mutants film that everyone seems to have forgotten about). For bonus and exclusive Diminishing Returns content, head to...
As the X-Men franchise lumbers towards a close, so do we with our coverage of it. We've done the Wolverine movies, we've done Deadpool and now we're doing the original X-Men trilogy, with the prequel trilogy to follow next week.
Disney have done that thing that they keep doing where they remake their old films. This time, they're messing around with Aladdin. Hear talk of the animation process, shifting political standards, Robin Williams and the introduction of an instant classic new Diminishing Returns comedy character...