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85 - Back to the Future

The long-awaited listener vote episode is finally here! Listen as we explore 1985 followed by 1955 followed by 1985, 2015, alternate 1985, 1955, 1885, then 1985 again (in that order) with this episode covering Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III. As always, we pitch our own ideas for sequels to the trilogy and there's a Christopher Lloyd audio quiz, too. Great jigawatts!

Duration: 01:35:28

84 - Another Diminishing Returns Outtakes Episode

Our previous outtakes episode went down pretty well, so here's another one. Don't worry; we're all fine. We just wanted to burn this episode off before it got even more outdated than it already is - plus it meant that we could chill out after not taking a week off the show over Christmas. This episode contains previously unheard outtakes from: - "Oscars 2017" - "Live-Action Disney Remakes" - "Guardians of the Galaxy" - "Suicide Squad" - "Review of the Year 2017: Part 1" and - "Thunderball"

Duration: 01:00:00

83 - Review of the Year 2017: Part 2

We follow up our first Review of the Year 2017 episode with a look back at the last six months of film releases. This episode contains reviews of: - The Mummy (2017) - Transformers: The Last Knight - Despicable Me 3 - War for the Planet of the Apes - Death Note (2017) - It (2017) - The LEGO Ninjago Movie - Kingsman: The Golden Circle - Blade Runner 2049 - Cult of Chucky - Jigsaw - Thor: Ragnarok - Justice League - The Disaster Artist - Star Wars: The Last Jedi and - Jumanji: Welcome to the...

Duration: 02:56:08

82 - Christmas Special: Love Actually

Here's an early Christmas gift: a Diminishing Returns holiday episode. Yes, we're doing Love Actually instead of Die Hard (you'll hear why in the episode, itself). There's also a Christmas movie music quiz in there which is jolly good fun.

Duration: 01:47:36

81 - Jumanji

The Last Jedi is here. Star Wars season is over. That's it for Star Wars (until the week after next). In its place, we bring you an episode on 1995 family classic Jumanji. We look back to the Robin Williams-fueled '90s nostalgia-fest in anticipation of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (and we touch on the sort-of-but-not-quite-sequel Zathura, too).

Duration: 01:15:16

80 - Star Wars season: The Force Awakens

The final part in the trilogy of the Diminishing Returns Star Wars season. We've covered The Prequel Trilogy, we've covered Rogue One and, now, we're covering Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Is it the shot in the arm Star Wars needed or is it a shot-for-shot remake of A New Hope without the charm? We get into it, plus what we're expecting from The Last Jedi, here! Oh, and, like in our recent On Her Majesty's Secret Service episode, there's a Star Wars music quiz, too. Think you...

Duration: 01:43:16

79 - Star Wars season: Rogue One

Star Wars season continues in the run up to the release of The Last Jedi. We did the prequel trilogy last week, so now we're following on with the next film in the series' internal chronology: Rogue One. How does it stack up against all the "real" Star Wars movies in the Skywalker saga?

Duration: 01:18:13

78 - Star Wars season: The Prequel Trilogy

That's right, Star Wars season: a trilogy of episodes dedicated to the Star Wars movies we didn't cover in our last episode looking at the original trilogy. With the upcoming release of The Last Jedi, in the coming weeks, we'll be turning our attention to Rogue One and The Force Awakens. This week, however, we're tackling the infamous prequel trilogy made up of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of...

Duration: 01:42:24

77 - The Room

Diminishing Returns takes on "the worst movie of all time", Tommy Wiseau's infamous 2003 disasterpiece, The Room. Is it really that bad? Also, what's the deal with this James Franco movie coming out called The Disaster Artist?

Duration: 01:37:32

76 - Wonder Woman

Exactly what the world needed: three white men telling the world how to feel about feminism. That's right, Diminishing Returns turns its three heads to Wonder Woman! Gal Gadot and Chris Pine proving that DC movies don't have to be shit! Why Wonder Woman? Why now? Because Justice League is out soon. Justice League! It's probably going to be rubbish but maybe it won't be! Woohoo! Diminishing Returns!!!

Duration: 01:09:31

75 - On Her Majesty's Secret Service

We've covered the original Connery run of Bond movies. Now it's time to look at George Lazenby's short-lived turn in those spy shoes. Is Lazenby any good? Is "Bond" a codename? Is the world ready for a fat James Bond? All these questions and more are answered in this week's edition of Diminishing Returns! This episode also features The Big Bond Theme Quiz. Will Allen successfully identify the official James Bond music from the spoofs and imitations? Listen to find out!

Duration: 01:59:19

74 - Podcast of Horror II: The Blair Witch Project (with Eduardo Sánchez)

It's the 2nd Diminishing Returns Halloween special! And with special guest, director of The Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sanchez! We've done this two years running, so it's now officially an annual tradition. Celebrate with us by listening as we discuss and review The Blair Witch Project, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 and 2016's Blair Witch (the third one with a similar name to the first one). Not only do we do the usual thing of pitching our own ideas for what the next sequel should be,...

Duration: 02:06:33

73 - Thor

It's another Marvel episode. We've done Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy; this time, it's Thor and Thor: The Dark World. You know the drill.

Duration: 00:59:09

72 - Saw

It's still October, so it's still the run-up to Halloween so we're still indulging in celebrating horror franchises! Hot on the heels of last week's episode covering the 6-part Child's Play series, we're now taking a look at the even larger Saw franchise spanning seven Saw movies from Saw to Saw 3D, all in the run-up to the new film, kickstarting the franchise: Jigsaw.

Duration: 01:54:39

71 - Child's Play

In movie circles, October is basically just "horror month". We get our horror month off to a great start with this episode; a restrospective of the Child's Play (aka Chucky) series, spanning Child's Play, Child's Play 2, Child's Play 3, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky and a look at the upcoming Cult of Chucky. As always, as well as weighing in on the films, we pitch our own ideas for sequels to the long-running series sequels.

Duration: 01:37:59

70 - Blade Runner

It's a cult favourite but what lies beneath the hype? We break down the pros and cons of Ridley Scott's dystopian classic Blade Runner and take a look at the many different versions of the film.

Duration: 01:11:12

69 - The Godfather

In a bid to do something special for the 69th edition of Diminishing Returns, we bring you an episode covering The Godfather, often regarded as the greatest film ever made. We also cover The Godfather: Part II, also often regarded as the greatest film ever made. Oh, and The Godfather: Part III, extremely rarely regarded as the greatest film ever made. This may go down as the most controversial episode of the show's run because... let's just say maybe we don't all love the series...

Duration: 01:26:08

68 - Kingsman: The Secret Service

This ought to tide the Bond fans over for a little while: an episode covering 2014's Kingsman: The Secret Service and looking forward to Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Given Calvin's tastes, it's safe to assume that James Bond comes up a lot in this episode, alongside Colin Firth, Matthew Vaughn, Samuel L. Jackson and a whole heap of other things.

Duration: 01:27:09

67 - The LEGO Batman Movie

But we haven't done The LEGO Movie yet! It's fine. It's fine. We're doing LEGO Batman first. It's more fun. Yes, this week, we're looking at, reviewing and pitching sequels to The LEGO Batman Movie, tying into the upcoming release of the upcoming The LEGO Ninjago Movie. Oh, and there's a listener competition at some point - so have a listen and keep your eyes peeled on our social media accounts and website ( for more details.

Duration: 01:09:11

66 - It

In anticipation of the new film adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 novel, It, we take a look at the book, a look at the 1990 mini-series (or TV movie, depending on who you ask) and, of course, the upcoming film that will be swapping Tim Curry for Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise, "the dancing clown". This episode is absolutely full of Tim Curry and full of clowns.

Duration: 01:12:33

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