Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
We're back to discuss the newest instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Lewis also reviews The Banshees of Inisherin (I'm not spell-checking that) and The Menu!
November 27, 2022
The Woman King, Smile, and Black Adam
This week we sit down to discuss all the news we missed in October, and all the films we watched in October. But the main events are Gina Prince-Bythewood's historical epic The Woman King starring Viola Davis, Sam tackles the latest horror box-office hit Smile, and Lewis talks about Dwanye 'The Rock' Johnson's long-awaited DC blockbuster Black Adam. We recorded this episode last week so some of the info may be a little dated.
November 10, 2022
Halloween Ends - Late Halloween Special
Jordan-Luke McDonald returns to the pod to discuss the final instalment of David Gordon Green's Halloween reboot trilogy in our late Halloween special. Sam discusses a horror marathon that included the likes of The Thing, The Shining and The Exorcist and the subject of Marvel fatigue is yet again debated.
November 01, 2022
Avatar, Blonde, and Don't Worry Darling
After a month hiatus, we are back to discuss everything we missed in September. Any news including Disney's annual D23 convention, our picks for the next James Bond. We get into Crimes of the Future, Jaws, E.T., Man God, 3000 Years of Longing, and a whole host of other classics, but the main events of this episode are the 4K remaster re-release of James Cameron's AVATAR in IMAX 3D, Andrew Dominik's divisive Marilyn Monroe film Blonde, and Olivia Wilde's latest thriller Don't Worry Darling starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles.
October 07, 2022
NOPE and Bullet Train
After a long break, we have a lot to discuss so join us to enjoy all the news out of San Diego Comic-Con, and get into the Warner Bros Discovery debacle with Batgirl. After that, it's finally time for Sam and Lewis to take a look at Jordan Peele's hotly-anticipated third film, the sci-fi horror NOPE with Daniel Kalyuua and Keke Palmer, and David Leitch's action comedy Bullet Train.
August 30, 2022
Episode 100 - Desert Island DVDs 2
HAPPY 100TH EPISODE EVERYONE! Thank you to all who've supported us over the last 2 and a bit years! We celebrate our centenary of episodes with a special ep where we each select 5 films and 3 TV shows to bring with us to a desert island with us (which is a completely original idea and not at all inspired by any long-running radio shows). Sam and J-L did this in August of 2020, and since we have swapped hosts and Sam has changed his opinions a lot, so we thought we'd revisit the format. Here's to the next 100!
August 01, 2022
We're back! At long last! We tackle the mammoth that is Baz Luhrmann's Elvis which features Austin Butler as 'The King' and Sam takes a look at The Black Phone, a new Blumhouse horror starring Ethan Hawke. Aside from this, we have mini-reviews of Jurassic World Dominion, Lightyear, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande and Obi-Wan Kenobi. ELVIS REVIEW STARTS at 1:20:00
July 03, 2022
MEN (w/ Ethan Simmie)
Ethan Simmie of the 24 Minutes of A24 podcast joins Sam to discuss Alex Garland's new folk horror MEN, as well as the A24 brand and catalogue in general! Find Ethan on twitter at @EthanSimmie and his podcast at @24minutesofA24 TIMESTAMPS: A24 discussion: 0:54-14:55 What We've Watched (including Climax, The Bob's Burgers Movie, The Northman, Kenobi and more): 14:55-28:32 Kenobi (Ep 3 + controversy): 28:33-34:50 MEN (spoiler free): 49:30-1:04:12 MEN (w/ spoilers): 1:04:12- the end. Apologies for some of the microphone issues Sam had this week!
June 08, 2022
Top Gun: Maverick and Obi-Wan Kenobi
Sam and Lewis discuss the new blockbuster smash Top Gun: Maverick, a legacy sequel to the 80s classic (though not considered as much by the members of this podcast) starring Tom Cruise as the iconic Pete "Maverick" Mitchell. There's a look at Obi-Wan Kenobi, a new Disney+ series that attempts to fill in the blanks between the prequel and original trilogies for the titular Jedi, and review Gaspar Noe's new film Vortex. Both hosts have extended discussions of Noe's career and filmography, namely the 2019 film Lux Aeterna. TIMESTAMPS: What We've Watched (Focus on Gaspar Noe): 2:55-31:50 Vortex review: 39:00-44:48 Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 1+2: 44:48-57:54 Top Gun: Maverick review: 1:01:30-1:36:17
May 31, 2022
Everything Everywhere All At Once
Lewis and a very ill Sam look at one of the most critically acclaimed films of recent times, Everything Everywhere All At Once, a new film from Daniels starring Michelle Yeoh! We also discuss some new Disney news (including She-Hulk), Doctor Who, Cannes, and rapping. Timestamps: What we've watched: 04:30-19:08 News: 19:08-33:30 EEAAO: 33:30-55:20
May 19, 2022
Doctor Strange 2 and Moon Knight
Journey with us into the multiverse of madness (and moon-ness?)! We look at two new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Sam Raimi's Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness and Moon Knight starring Oscar Isaac. Sam goes into great detail about the New French Extremity, which currently has a season running at the BFI, we look at the BAFTA TV awards, the new Doctor Who and Lewis updates us about his Bond-athon. Timestamps 13:18-31:22 New French Extremity 31:22-37:45 The New Doctor 37:45-43:58 BAFTA TV Awards 44:00-1:01:41 Moon Knight 1:01:41-1:26:12 Doctor Strange (Spoiler-free) + Avatar 2 1:26:12-2:04:45 Doctor Strange (Spoilers)
May 11, 2022
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent and Benedetta
In our first in-person recording, we tackle The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, the new Cage-in-a-Cage action-comedy, and Lewis looks at Paul Verhoeven's new drama Benedetta. We also discuss the large number of films we've seen recently including Eraserhead, Breathless, Spirited Away, The Conversation, 8 and 1/2 and more...
April 30, 2022
Follow us on our journey of revenge as we tackle Robert Eggers' new Viking epic The Northman starring Alexander Skarsgaard, Nicole Kidman and Anya Taylor-Joy. Lewis also gives a review of new Netflix LGBT+ coming-of-age series Heartstopper, based on a successful graphic novel, and Sam gives his brief thoughts on the newest episode of Moon Knight!
April 22, 2022
The Godfather Trilogy
Sam rambles his way through his first-time thoughts on Francis Ford Coppola's legendary Godfather trilogy (which turns 50 this year), whilst Lewis recalls his own opinions and compares the mob classics to Scorsese's Goodfellas. We look at the new directors cut of the third installment, The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. Also... Is It Cake?
April 18, 2022
We're back! And at last, awards are out of the conversation! Prepare for quickfire 5 minute reviews of everything we haven't had time to review over the last month. We tackle Turning Red, X, The Worst Person in the World, The Phantom of the Open, Apollo 10 1/2, The Nan Movie, Ali & Ava and (now last week's episode of) Moon Knight!
April 13, 2022
Alternative Oscars 2022: Winners
We announce the winners of the 2022 Now Showing Alternative Oscars! Thank you to everyone that voted, and congratulations to the winners!
April 06, 2022
Morbius, Sonic 2 and Moon Knight
Lewis and Sam discuss two new cinema releases, Sony's newest instalment into their universe of Spider-Man side characters, and the new sequel to the 2020 Sonic the Hedgehog adaptation, as well as the first episode of new Disney+ MCU series Moon Knight starring Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke.
April 05, 2022
2022 Oscars Reactions
The 94th Academy Awards finally happened! After months of discussing possible nominees, possible wins and upsets, the ceremony has happened and given us our fair share to talk about; from the slap and the awful jokes that defined this year's Ceremony to the Oscars themselves, we take a deep dive into one of the most memorable Oscars in recent years (for all the wrong reasons).
March 31, 2022
2022 Oscar Predictions
Our final predictions! We look through all the big categories at this years Oscars and give our predictions and personal picks. Sam also talks for 20 minutes about old movies. Apologies for Sam's mic.
March 25, 2022
Alternative Oscars 2022: Our Picks
JL joins us to run through all of our personal choices for the 2022 Alternative Oscars! Apologies for Sam's audio in the first 12 minutes.
March 18, 2022
Alternative Oscars 2022: Nominations
Jordan-Luke McDonald joins us to announce the nominations for the 2022 Now Showing Alternative Oscars, voted for by you! We announce all 23 categories, and have a brief discussion about the nominees.*
March 17, 2022
The Batman spoiler discussion (w/Neil Vagg)
We're joined by the wonderful podcaster, critic and comic expert Neil Vagg to look once again at The Batman; here we discuss all our spoiler-ey thoughts, but don't fret if you haven't seen it yet! In the first hour we discuss our favourite Batman movies, what we've watched and do another brief spoiler-free review! Find Neil at @neilvagg on Twitter, and his website is getyourcomicon.co.uk
March 09, 2022
First Look: The Batman (Spoiler-free)
We have seen The Batman! We give our immediate and spoiler-free thoughts on Matt Reeves' new take on the caped crusader. No other films, no guff, just our reviews (and Loose Women).
February 28, 2022
Uncharted and Death on the Nile
Sam and Lewis look at Tom Holland-led action flick Uncharted, based on the popular game series, and Kenneth Branagh's second adaptation of Agatha Christie's Poirot, Death on the Nile. Also talk of Superbowl trailers, Amy Schumer and The Beatles.
February 22, 2022
2022 Oscar Nominations Reactions
Sam and Lewis discuss the surprises, the disappointments, the locks and the snubs from the 2022 Oscar nominations! Sam also gives mini-reviews of CODA, Passing, Being the Ricardos and The Lost Daughter.
February 17, 2022
Moonfall, Jackass Forever and The Eyes of Tammy Faye
After dealing with the fury of a lost episode, Sam and Lewis take on disaster movie Moonfall, new heartfelt Jackass installment "Jackass Forever" and the Oscar-nominated biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye starring Jessica Chastain.
February 09, 2022
Drive My Car
A very tired Sam and a slightly drunk Lewis look at Ryusuke Hamaguchi's new drama Drive My Car, which is currently the frontrunner for Best International Feature Film at the upcoming Oscars! Sam also goes into great detail about his unusual cinema experience.
February 01, 2022
Belfast and Nightmare Alley
Sam and Lewis delve into Kenneth Branaugh's new semi-autobiographical drama Belfast, about a young boy growing up in the Troubles, and Nightmare Alley, Guillermo del Toro's new noir crime thriller starring Bradley Cooper about a carny with a useful skill. Also talk of Pinocchio and Snow White!
January 26, 2022
Scream and The Tragedy of Macbeth
In a painfully Sam-heavy episode, we (Sam) look at the newest installment in the Scream franchise, as well as the series overall, and we both look at The Tragedy of Macbeth, Joel Coen's adaptation of the legendary Shakespeare play, and discuss how accessible it is for the average Joe! We (Sam) also look at Parallel Mothers, The Matrix Resurrections, Shiva Baby, the SAG Awards, Moon Knight and more!
January 21, 2022
Licorice Pizza and Titane
We discuss two massive films that Lewis loves dearly, Paul Thomas Anderson's newest creation Licorice Pizza starring Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman and Julia Ducournau's erotic body-horror madness Titane starring Agathe Rousselle. We also look in some length at the latest Golden Globes, including a rather irritating snub. Titane spoilers from 1:35:40-1:55:40
January 14, 2022
Don't Look Up
We look at Adam McKay's new enviro-comedy Don't Look Up starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence but not before reviewing Hawkeye, discussing Spider-Man: No Way Home's Oscar chances, discussing the disconnect between viewers and awards movies and fairly in-depth reviews of The Exorcist, Spider-Man 3 and Daredevil!
January 10, 2022
Now Showing Awards 2021 (Part 2)
In this grand end-of-year special Sam and Lewis look back and give awards for the best films they've reviewed in 2021, both classics and new releases! From The Big Lebowski and Romeo + Juliet to Spider-Man and Nomadland, the best actors, directors, films and more all get credit! In part 2 we look at the biggest awards, including lead acting awards and the best and worst films we looked at in 2021!
January 05, 2022
Now Showing Awards 2021 (Part 1)
In this grand end-of-year special Sam and Lewis look back and give awards for the best films they've reviewed in 2021, both classics and new releases! From The Big Lebowski and Romeo + Juliet to Spider-Man and Nomadland, the best actors, directors, films and more all get credit! Part one covers TV awards, technical awards, Supporting Actor and some unfunny comedy categories Sam made up.
January 05, 2022
Spider-Man: No Way Home
This is it! The big one! Sam and Lewis take a deep dive into Spider-Man: No Way Home, the biggest superhero blockbuster of the year. Spoiler-free review starts at 00:20:30 Spoiler section begins at 00:50:40
December 16, 2021
West Side Story
Hola! We look at West Side Story, the new Spielberg adaptation of the classic musical, and compare it to the acclaimed 1961 version. We also discuss Resident Evil, Disney's aversion to adult content and much more. Thanks for 2000 listens!
December 13, 2021
House of Gucci and The Power of the Dog
We discuss big new release House of Gucci, the newest Ridley Scott film starring Jared Leto and his ridiculous Italian accent; we also look at Netflix drama The Power of the Dog directed by Jane "The Champion" Campion; Scooby Doo this Crap!
December 05, 2021
King Richard and tick...tick...BOOM!
Todays two films are connected by the praise their leading actor has received recently! Firstly King Richard, a heartfelt biopic that centres in on the life of Richard Williams, tennis coach and father of the Williams sisters, which has led some to say that the Best Actor Oscar is already in the hands of Will Smith; secondly we look at tick...tick...BOOM!, the theatrical adaption of Jonathan Larson's semi-autobiographical musical monologue which features a performance from Andrew Garfield that has been similarly heaped in praise.
November 24, 2021
Spencer and Red Notice
We discuss Pablo Larrain's new Princess Diana biopic Spencer starring Kristen Stewart and Netflix's big budget action flick Red Notice starring The Rock, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds; spoilers: we get very passionate. Sorry Gal.
November 19, 2021
Eternals and Disney+ Day
Former host J-L returns to discuss new MCU instalment Eternals, which boasts an impressive cast and is directed by the love of Lewis' life Chloe Zhao but has faced much criticism, and all the big news from the first Disney+ Day, a yearly event similar to DC's Fandome, where Disney announced a whole host of new shows and movies!
November 14, 2021
Last Night in Soho, Scott Pilgrim and Baby Driver
Sam and Lewis look at three films from one of the UK's best living directors, Mr Edgar Wright! Sam reviews moving-comic-book/action/comedy/romance Scott Pilgrim vs The World (which he somehow has never seen), Lewis looks back at Baby Driver and tries to overlook the now questionable cast before moving on to new release Last Night in Soho, a stylised time-jumping horror starring Thomasin Mckenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy!
November 05, 2021
The Halloween Episode
In this belated Halloween special, we look at three films in the Halloween franchise, which includes a current cinema release! Brandon joins the pod to discuss the 1978 John Carpenter original Halloween, the 2018 David Gordon Green soft-reboot/sequel of the same name and the recent 2021 installment Halloween Kills! Halloween Kills spoilers: 1:36:00-1:52:30
November 02, 2021
The French Dispatch and Dear Evan Hansen
In one of our spiciest ever episodes, Sam and Lewis clash when discussing controversial musical Dear Evan Hansen and Wes Anderson's newest creation The French Dispatch, which features an impressive ensemble.
October 26, 2021
In this episode, Sam and Lewis take on the behemoth that is Denis Villeneuve's Dune. We also discuss some news from DC's recent 'FanDome'.
October 23, 2021
The Last Duel and Venom: Let There Be Carnage
With Sam unavailable, former co-host Jordan Luke McDonald steps it to discuss the newest installment in the (well named) Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters, Andy Serkis' Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Ridley Scott's new medieval epic The Last Duel, which stars an impressive cast including Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jodie Comer and Adam Driver! Venom Spoilers: 32:00-41:40
October 20, 2021
The Green Knight and The Guilty
In this much-delayed episode, we look at David Lowery's adaptation of the Arthurian legend, The Green Knight which has been given a dual Prime and limited theatrical release in the UK; we also look at The Guilty, which is a new Netflix thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal looking at a 911 operator dealing with a kidnapping. The Many Saints of Newark is also discussed.
October 13, 2021
No Time To Die
The names Houston, Sam Houston. We look at Daniel Craig's Bond swansong No Time To Die, whilst also musing over where the franchise will go next and looking back at what made Daniel Craig so good as 007 when we talk about his first 4 films! Spoilers section from 0:40:13 - 1:17:03
October 04, 2021
The Classic Bond Episode
We return after a short hiatus to look at three classic Bonds and three of their classic films! We look at Sean Connery in the iconic Goldfinger, Roger Moore clash with Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me and Pierce Brosnan take on the angry guy from Trainspotting in The World Is Not Enough! We finish the episode by ranking the films in terms of gadgets, villians, Bond girls, theme songs and the Bonds themselves.
September 29, 2021
Respect, Malignant and Copshop
In our shortest episode for some time, we speed through reviews for John Wick-esque Netflix action flick Kate starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gerard Butler-led action thriller Copshop, the newest horror creation from James Wan "Malignant" and Aretha Franklin biopic Respect which features a standout performance as Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul.
September 14, 2021
Shang-Chi, Candyman, & Annette
This week Sam & Lewis are joined by Brandon to look at Nia DaCosta's horror Candyman, Lewis talks about Leos Carax's divisive Annette, and we dive into Marvel's latest superhero release: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
September 06, 2021
The Shakespeare Episode
This week we look at three films that are adaptations of the works of William Shakespeare: Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood (Macbeth), Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio, and Richard Eyre's King Lear with Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, & Florence Pugh. This does contain spoilers for several Shakespeare plays and all the films discussed. We promise it's not as pretentious as it sounds.
August 27, 2021
Free Guy, Snake Eyes and Don't Breathe 2
We look at three of the big new releases in the UK this week, Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds, GI:Joe Origins - Snake Eyes and Don't Breathe 2. We also take a quick look at The Courier and moan about HBO Max.
August 21, 2021
Stillwater, Zola and Jungle Cruise
Sam and Lewis take a look at three very different films that are showing currently in UK cinemas.
August 11, 2021
The Suicide Squad(s)
Jordan-Luke returns to the podcast to discuss 2016's Suicide Squad and the sequel that it spawned, the creatively named "The Suicide Squad"! Spoilers: 1:22:15 - 1:46:14
August 04, 2021
Old and Space Jam: A New Legacy
In an episode with some of the show's most controversial opinions and passionate reviews, Sam and Lewis look at M Night Shamalyan's new high-concept thriller Old and a sequel to one of the most beloved films of the 90s, Space Jam. Lewis also discusses his thoughts on Nowhere Special, The Croods 2 and Deerskin, and the pair discuss the start of the new series of Ted Lasso! Old spoilers - 1:13:03-1:33:00
July 26, 2021
The Fear Street trilogy, Loki and The Forever Purge
In a slightly spooky, mildly horror themed episode Brandon joins Sam to discuss the three Fear Street films released on Netflix over the last month, the newest Disney Plus series Loki starring Tom Hiddleston and the fifth instalment in the Purge series, The Forever Purge. Forever Purge spoilers: 45:50-50:35 Fear Street Part 3: 1666 spoilers: 1:28:22-1:41:30
July 19, 2021
The Football Episode
In this (now outdated) Euro 2020 football special, one football fanatic (Sam) tries to help explain the wonders of the beautiful game to someone who couldn't care less (Lewis) through the form of three football films; 1997's Fever Pitch, a rom-com starring Colin Firth about an obsessive supporter, the 2009 biopic The Damned United which sees Michael Sheen take on the larger-than-life character of Brian Clough during his short tenure at Leeds United and the 2019 documentary Diego Maradona which looks at the life, both on-pitch and in private, of the titular Argentinian footballer during his time at Napoli. The intro song will return soon, I promise.
July 13, 2021
Now Showing: Black Widow, F9 and Supernova
Today we take a spoiler-free look at Marvel's first feature release in 2 years, we look at F9 (aka Fast and Furious 9 aka F9: The Fast Saga) and discuss the Fast and Furious series as a whole and we look at Supernova, a personal and emotional look at dementia within a relationship. We can only apologise for the lack of intro song this week, but I couldn't find the file.
July 08, 2021
BONUS: Our Genre Top 5s and Top 10 of 2021 so far (Part 2)
In the second half of this bumper-length episode, Sam and Lewis look at our top 5 superhero films, romance films and family/kids films before rattling off our top 10 films that have been released in 2021 so far (in the UK).
June 28, 2021
BONUS: Our Genre Top 5s (Part 1)
In part one of this very long episode, Sam and Lewis sit down to talk about our top 5 favourite films of all time in different genres including Sci-Fi, Horror, Comedy, and Musicals.
June 25, 2021
Now Showing: Luca, In The Heights and The Father
In this feature-length episode, we look at three big blockbuster releases; 2x Oscar winner The Father, Lin-Manuel Miranda musical In The Heights and the newest Disney Pixar animation Luca. Super-speedy review of Loki ep2 in there too.
June 19, 2021
Now Showing: The Conjuring 3, Loki and Feel Good
Sam and Lewis are joined by our new horror correspondent, Brandon, to cover the newest installment in the Conjuring franchise, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It; we take a look at the first episode of new MCU show Loki, we review Mae Martin's Netflix comedy-romance-drama show Feel Good and we discuss Bo Burnham's new special, Inside.
June 14, 2021
Now Showing: Cruella and A Quiet Place Part II
Sam and Lewis talk about two of the biggest new releases in UK cinemas, Cruella and A Quiet Place Part II. The original A Quiet Place gets a review as well, and Sam and Lewis ramble about the cinema and their big pet peeves.
June 03, 2021
Now Showing: Return of the Cinema (again...)
As the cinema returns, Sam and Lewis give quickfire 5-minute reviews of Judas and the Black Messiah, Army of the Dead, Minari, The Unholy, Those Who Wish Me Dead, Mortal Kombat, Spiral: From the Book of Saw, Peter Rabbit 2, The Terminator, Taxi Driver and Thelma & Louise. Sam gets very passionate about Judas and the Black Messiah. Farewell J-L!
May 29, 2021
BONUS: 2021 Cinema Preview
Instead of our usual reviews, Sam and Lewis take a look at all the films that are going to be released when cinemas return to the UK on the 17th of May and the year ahead! We talk Oscar films that are touching the silver screen for the first time, eagerly awaited blockbusters, the packed superhero schedule and some of the films we are the most interested in personally. We also discuss our favourite scenes of 2020-2021. (Apologies for Sam frequently using the American dating system)
May 15, 2021
Now Showing: Nomadland, Fargo and Three Billboards
In our Frances McDormand special we look at the three films that she won her Best Actress Oscars for; 2020 Best Picture winner Nomadland, 1996 Coen Brothers snowy crime comedy Fargo and 2017 drama Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri! (Spoilers within for all). Morrisey even gets a mention.
May 07, 2021
And the Oscar goes to... (Part 2)
In the second half of our Oscars special, Sam and Lewis discuss the "big awards" such as Best Picture, Best Director and the highly controversial Best Actor.
May 01, 2021
And the Oscar goes to... (Part 1)
Sam and Lewis take a look at the 93rd Academy Awards in this 2 part special! All the highs, lows, controversies and pleasant surprises are discussed from one of the strangest Oscars of all time. #AllHailPaddington
April 29, 2021
Now Showing: Promising Young Woman and Love and Monsters
Lewis is back to discuss the 5 time Oscar nominee Promising Young Woman, which features a stunning performance by Carey Mulligan as a woman who is hellbent on getting revenge for her friend's rape. We take a look at VFX nominated Love and Monsters, a comedy adventure set 7 years after the "monsterpocalypse". PYW spoilers from: 0:45:55-1:08:05
April 22, 2021
Now Showing: Sound of Metal and Thunder Force
Lewis steps in to discuss the Best Picture nominated Sound of Metal, the (possible Worst Picture candidate) Melissa McCarthy-led Superhero parody Thunder Force with a bit of BAFTA and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier talk thrown in for good measure.
April 15, 2021
Now Showing: The Mauritanian and Run
Brandon steps in for an unavailable J-L to discuss Kevin McDonald's newest film, the emotional and unbelievable true story The Mauritanian which stars Tahar Rahim as a wrongfully detained Guantanamo inmate, and Run, a psychological thriller starring Sarah Poulsen looking at a mother who deceives her disabled daughter. Some minor The Falcon and the Winter Soldier talk in there, too. Run spoilers from 36:15-45:55
April 09, 2021
ALTERNATIVE OSCARS 2021
Sam and J-L are joined by former guest Lewis to give their alternative nominations (and winners) for this year's Academy Awards!
March 30, 2021
Now Showing: ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE and TFATWS
Sam and J-L take a look at the new definitive 4 hour cut of the Justice League and the newest Disney+ original series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
March 23, 2021
2021 Oscars Nominations Reaction (ft. Will Mavity)
Sam and J-L are joined by Will Mavity of Next Best Picture to give their reactions to the 2021 Oscar nominations and their thoughts on the potential winners!
March 16, 2021
WandaVision and MCU Special (ft. Josh Webb) - Part 2
Part 2 of our MCU Special with Josh Webb of The Marvel Report focuses on our expectations and hopes for the upcoming MCU films and shows, as well as a discussion of MCU vs. DCEU.
March 09, 2021
WandaVision and MCU Special (ft. Josh Webb) - Part 1
Josh Webb of The Marvel Report joins us to discuss all things WandaVision, MCU, comics and more! Prepare for some tangents!
March 07, 2021
I've Never Seen... THE BIG LEBOWSKI and NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
In this Coen Brothers special, Sam and J-L take a look at two money-recovering capers, No Country for Old Men and The Big Lebowski. Wandavision episode 8 is also given a spoiler-filled review, man.
March 03, 2021
Now Showing: I CARE A LOT
Jordan-Luke and Sam take a look at the new crime thriller/dark comedy I Care A Lot starring Rosamund Pike, take a spoiler-filled dive into Wandavision episode 7 and discuss some MCU rumours!
February 24, 2021
Now Showing: NEWS OF THE WORLD
Happy Valentines! We take a romantic look at your favourite romantic films, do a romantic quiz and tackle a new film starring one of the many loves of Sam's life, Tom Hanks; also a spoiler-filled look at Wandavision episode 6 and some SnyderCut talk.
February 16, 2021
Now Showing: MALCOLM & MARIE, GREENLAND and BLISS
Sam and J-L are joined once more by Brandon to discuss the latest Netflix original Malcolm & Marie starring John David Washington and Zendaya, as well as two new releases on Prime Video - disaster movie Greenland and the sci-fi romance Bliss. A week of films featuring fractured relationships before Valentine's Day! WandaVision episode 5 (with spoilers): 22:20 — 32:45 Greenland: 32:45 Bliss: 42:55 Malcolm & Marie: 57:53 — 91:16
February 09, 2021
Now Showing: IT'S A SIN and THE DIG
Sam returns after a week away to join J-L in a look at poignant Russell T. Davies drama It’s A Sin and Carey Mulligan’s latest excavation-based romp The Dig. Wandavision episode 4 and the important Kong v Godzilla debate get the Now Showing treatment.
February 03, 2021
Now Showing: ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI, WANDAVISION and THE WHITE TIGER
With Sam absent through illness, J-L takes the host hotseat alongide guest Lewis to discuss Regina King's One Night In Miami, new Netflix film The White Tiger and Wandavision, the first MCU series on Disney+. Dave Franco's directorial debut The Rental also gets a mention. Get well soon Sam! Minor Wandavision spoilers from 59:00 to 70:05
January 26, 2021
THE NOW SHOWING AWARDS 2020
J-L decides from the best films that we discussed in 2020 as Sam throws up a series of nominations! Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to all that listened to the Now Showing Podcast throughout 2020!
January 10, 2021
Now Showing: SOUL and DEATH TO 2020
Sam and JL take a look at Charlie Brooker's comedy retrospective Death to 2020 before diving in to Soul, Pixar's newest feature film. Brief spoiler section from 1:15:45-1:21:58
December 30, 2020
Now Showing: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
Sam and J-L look at the much anticipated Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis, in our Christmas Eve episode.
December 24, 2020
Now Showing: WONDER WOMAN 1984, ROSE ISLAND and THE PROM
Sam and J-L are joined once again by friend of the show Boe! The trio take turns in reviewing Italian adventure comedy Rose Island, musical The Prom and the latest DCEU release Wonder Woman 1984.
December 17, 2020
Now Showing: MANK and CITIZEN KANE
Sam and J-L take a look at David Fincher's new Netflix original ‘MANK’ and the classic that inspired it: Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane. Christmas, HBO Max and empty Blu-Ray cases all get a mention.
December 08, 2020
Now Showing: HILLBILLY ELEGY and UNCLE FRANK
An all on-demand episode sees Sam and J-L look at Ron Howard's newest film Hillbilly Elegy from Netflix, which has been in many Oscar conversations, and the new Amazon Prime drama film Uncle Frank starring Paul Bettany. The tear-jerking Netflix short film If Anything Happens I Love You is also discussed.
November 28, 2020
Q&A: Our new segment, horror’s descent and Dick Van Dyke’s accent
In our first ever Q&A, we’re joined by listener Brandon to cover a variety of topics that range from “What’s the worst film you love?” to “What film would you use to represent America”!
November 08, 2020
BONUS: HIS HOUSE and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
Sam and J-L are back with a spooky Halloween special! Horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street gets mixed reviews from the two hosts, whilst new Netflix horror His House gets an in-depth review; the duo give their thoughts on the state of cinema in the wake of the UK's second lockdown. RIP Sean Connery.
October 31, 2020
Now Showing: BORAT 2, PIXIE and REBECCA
J-L and a self-isolated Sam take a look at the Amazon Original sequel 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm'. Plus Sam gives his gloomy thoughts on Netflix's Hitchcock remake Rebecca, starring Arnie Hammer and Lily James, whilst J-L looks at Irish indie film Pixie. Follow us on Twitter at @NowShowingFilm!
October 27, 2020
Now Showing: THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 and KAJILLIONAIRE
Sam and J-L take a look at Miranda July’s newest film Kajillionaire before discussing the newest Netflix original, The Trial of the Chicago 7. Pizza Time.
October 22, 2020
Now Showing: SAINT MAUD and TWD: WORLD BEYOND
This week, the dynamic duo take a look at the new A24 horror Saint Maud, but not before delving into the world of The Walking Dead and it’s newest spinoff - World Beyond; taking a look at The Haunting of Bly Manor; and analysing the intricacies of the Rocky franchise. TIMESTAMPS: Saint Maud (spoilers start): 83:10 Saints Maud (spoilers end): 100:20
October 12, 2020
Now Showing: ENOLA HOLMES and SCHEMERS
Sam and J-L point their magnifying glasses at a pair of rather different new releases, Scottish indie film Schemers and new Netflix original Enola Holmes! Elementary, my dear Houston. TIMESTAMPS: Enola Holmes (spoilers start): 1:24:00 Enola Holmes (spoilers end): 1:36:58
September 29, 2020
Now Showing: BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC and THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME
Sam and J-L are back to take a look at the newest instalment of the Bill and Ted franchise. The duo also take a look at the new Netflix original The Devil All The Time and a couple of UK crime dramas. Most bodacious.
September 20, 2020
Now Showing: THE NEW MUTANTS and I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
Sam and Jordan-Luke are once again joined by Boe. The trio talk about the final film in the Fox X-Men franchise - The New Mutants - as well as Charlie Kaufman's new Netflix film, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, and retouching upon Christopher Nolan's TENET. TIMESTAMPS: Tenet (spoiler start): 60:10 Tenet (spoiler end): 61:30 The New Mutants (spoiler start): 72:40 The New Mutants (spoiler end): 96:15
September 11, 2020
Now Showing: TENET
Sam and Jordan-Luke are joined by friend of the podcast Boe to talk about Christopher Nolan’s newest blockbuster TENET! The DC Fandome is also discussed, with a focus on the new trailer for The Batman. TIMESTAMPS: Tenet (non-spoiler): 52:15 Tenet (with spoilers): 1:19:15 End of Tenet spoilers: 1:36:15
August 28, 2020
Now Showing: Return of the Cinema
The boys are back with a special look at six current films - Unhinged, Project Power, An American Pickle, Proxima, Babyteeth and The Hunt all get quickfire reviews in this episode celebrating the return of the silver screen!
August 21, 2020
BONUS: Desert Island DVDs
A special bonus episode! 5 films, 3 TV shows, a luxury item and a snack to enjoy on a desert island! J-L and Sam give you their silver screen spin on radio classic Desert Island Discs.
August 07, 2020
EP6: I've Never Seen... 12 Angry Men and Psycho
Sam and Jordan-Luke take a look at two more classics this week. J-L recommended the 1957 legal drama 12 Angry Men from Sidney Lumet, whilst Sam suggested Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 renowned thriller Psycho. The pair also discuss the latest film and TV news, take a look at the new biopic Radioactive - and talk about finally returning to the cinema!
July 31, 2020
EP5: I've Never Seen... Saving Private Ryan
Sam and J-L are joined by Now Showing veteran Izaac to discuss the Spielberg war-epic Saving Private Ryan. The crew look over the latest film news, discuss pickles (again) and have a quiz about all things Ryan.
July 24, 2020
EP4: I've Never Seen... The Woman In Black, Whiplash and The Old Guard
Sam and Jordan-Luke take a look at new Netflix original The Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron, before delving into two personal favourites: the 2012 horror The Woman in Black and the 2014 drama Whiplash.
July 17, 2020
EP3: I've Never Seen... The Shining
Sam and Jordan-Luke are joined by their first guest - football journalist and friend @SportsJonny. The trio take a look at the 1980 horror classic 'The Shining', but not before discussing what else they’ve been watching and some news from the industry. Seth Rogen turns himself into a pickle.
July 10, 2020
EP2: I've Never Seen... Goodfellas and Get Out
Sam and Jordan-Luke are back for the second episode of the new and improved Now Showing podcast! In this episode, we take a look at the 1990 gangster epic Goodfellas, which J-L had never seen before, and the 2017 horror Get Out, which Sam had missed out on until recently. We also talk about what we have been watching in the last week and discuss a few pieces of recent industry news.
July 03, 2020
EP1: I've Never Seen... Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 (Part 2)
The second part of the new iteration of the Now Showing podcast! In this part we look in detail at both Ridley Scott's 1982 classic Blade Runner, based on the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick and the 2017 sequel it spawned, Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049. TIMESTAMPS: Blade Runner (with spoilers): Aprox. 2:00-39:40 Blade Runner 2049 (non-spoiler) 39:40-58:53 Blade Runner 2049 (with spoilers) 58:53-1:11:20
June 27, 2020
EP1: I've Never Seen... Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 (Part 1)
After a lengthy absence, Sam is back with the beginning of a Now Showing series, with the help of new co-host Jordan-Luke McDonald, entitled I've Never Seen..., in this episode we'll talk about the podcast, what we've been watching and some news in the world of film before reviewing both of the Blade Runner films. This episode has been split into two parts due to it's length - this part consists of our news, podcast discussion and personal viewing experiences. The reviews will be released soon in part 2.
June 26, 2020