A podcast about movies that were disenfranchised. From expensive flops to burnout brands, Lucien and a rotation of guests discuss the Hollywood movies - both famous and forgotten - that never achieved the fullest of their franchise potential.
Where's The Damn Sequel?! is back, live from COVID lockdown, and ready to discuss the year's most baffling, awful and hopeless franchise starter: Disney's big-budget Irish fairy fantasy Artemis Fowl, directed by Kenneth Branagh and produced by... Robert DeNiro?? We break down the film's incoherent plot, paddywhackery script and the horror show that is Josh Gad as a giant dwarf.
Lucien and Shane sit down to reveal their respective lists of the best films of 2010-2019. From stories of childish wonder to spectacular blockbusters and sunny romances, it's a varied list that reflects the last ten years beyond the world of cinema.
It's the 50th episode of Where's The Damn Sequel?! and what better way to celebrate two years of great movie podcasting than by discussing perhaps our signature film, the source of our theme song: James Bobin's Muppets Most Wanted! Shane Kelly returns for this landmark edition of the podcast.
Would that this podcast were a time podcast! Lucien is joined by longtime podcast collaborator Eoghan Dobey to discuss Andrew NIccol's 2011 sci-fi thriller In Time, featuring time heists, time pirates and time banks. Would In Time make a better TV series? Why was the marketing so vague about the fabulous premise? And can anyone, literally anyone, remember the Puss In Boots spin-off?
Shane Kelly returns to cross-examine one of Lucien's weird favourites: David Dobkin's 2014 legal melodrama The Judge. We discuss the film's bonkers incest subplot, Robert Duvall shitting himself, an early standout turn from Succession's Jeremy Strong and the film's touching use of Coldplay and Thomas Newman. You're about to be Judged.
Lucien and returning guest Mick Barrett enter the Sanctum Sanctorum for the podcast's first MCU episode! Why is Doctor Strange one of the only Marvel movies Lu cares about? What can we expect from the Multiverse of Madness? Plus discussion of Marvel Studios' entire Phase 4 announcement and the last pre-Trump weekend in the Box Office Game!
Incredible thoughts, incredible minds, so many great ideas inside, it's a miracle this podcast can contain them. Mick Barrett joins the show to celebrate The Lonely Island's 2016 mockumentary masterpiece Popstar and deliberate the comedy trio's next project. Style boyz 4 life.
You're not just wrong, you're stupid. And you're ugly, just like your mum. In a special bumper-sized episode, Lucien is joined by Rob and Brendan to discuss the most unhinged and unique family comedy of the century: Mike Meyers in The Cat in the Hat: a film so twisted it caused Dr Seuss' widow to ban any other live-action adaptations of his work. We dig into the film's numerous great visual gags, glorious production design and Alec Baldwin performance. Plus: the Spies in Disguise challenge and the Box Office Game!
Hobbs... AND Shaw? In this economy?? In a special emergency episode (a nice way of saying "sorry for the poor audio"), Lucien is joined by Shane and Gemma for instant reaction to David Leitch's Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw. From Dwayne Johnson's Samoan self-mythologising to the film's contradictory gun politics and cameos from some truly insufferable comedy superstars, we dig (kinda) deep on the summer's biggest action movie. But believe us, it's no Mission: Impossible - Fallout.
So shiny, so chrome! Lucien is joined by Immortan Joe Moran to talk George Miller's petrol-fuelled dystopian epic Mad Max: Fury Road starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. Why did Warner Bros fund such an audacious project, and - in lieu of this movie's Best Picture nomination - what future potential does this franchise have? Plus we learn Joe's thoughts on Fred Durst's directorial debut, and we play the Box Office Game!
If Walter White can own two copies, we definitely deserve a sequel. Cian Hade returns to talk 2007's touching fantasy starring Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman and Jason Bateman. We dig into the bizarre decision to cast Hoffman in an expensive family movie, conceive of a genuinely brilliant sequel premise and play the Box Office Game!
Lucien and Brendan grab a universal remote and jump into Adam Sandler's 2006 high concept comedy Click, co-starring Christopher Walken(!), David Hasselhoff(!!) and... Dolores O'Riordan(!!!). What crazy antics could ensue in a Click sequel, and are there any comedy stars left in Hollywood who could get it made?
This week, Lucien and Shane are discussing the first movie in one of Hollywood's greatest crossover franchises. Yes, it's Universal's monster mash Dark Universe, which began in 2017 with The Mummy starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe and... uh... never continued. What great DU movies have we been deprived of? Would we date The Mummy? And why are all action scenes filmed at night so completely uninteresting?
We're doing a dream heist. We're back by popular demand. Come on everybody, strike up the band! Shane Kelly returns for Part 2 of our mega-sized Inception episode, where we dig into potential plot and casting for an Inception sequel and play the Box Office Game for July 2010.
Shane Kelly returns from limbo for a special two-part episode discussing Christopher Nolan's 2010 masterpiece Inception. In this first part, Shane and Lucien break down the original film and its various interpretations. Tune in for Part 2 where we dig into potential sequels and play the Box Office Game!
Boats N Hoes! Lucien is joined by Brendan Fernando Kelly Palenque to discuss Adam McKay's beloved Will Ferrell/John C. Reilly farce comedy. We analyse the film's unique rewatch appeal, the decade-long rumours of a sequel, McKay's development as a 'serious filmmaker' and remember just what a phenomenal period the Summer of 2008 was for American cinema.
Men, women AND children? In this economy?? Hannah Friedel is back to discuss 2014's internet-panic ensemble drama starring Adam Sandler, Ansel Elgort, Timothée Chalamet and Dean "Sex GIFs" Norris. We cover the various sexual issues explored by the film, the proceeding careers of its young cast, and Hannah turns the tables on Lucien for the Box Office Game (yes, we mention The Judge). Get ready to dive into the preachiest possible outcome of the premise "American Beauty meets Magnolia", from the director of Juno.
Sally Dobie joins Lucien to dissect the most recent big-screen Narnia adventure: 2010's scarcely-remembered Voyage of the Dawn Treader. They discuss the Christian overtones of Aslan, a Narnia-themed scandal in Lucien's primary school, casting suggestions for Puddleglum The Marshwiggle and whether Netflix's proposed CS Lewis adaptation will have the poor production value of its recent Lemony Snicket efforts.
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Christmas comes early to the podcast! Hannah Friedel returns to dive into Robert Zemeckis' holiday favourite. Is this Tom Hanks' best performance? How does the film tackle class and poverty in modern America? And is Zemeckis' 2009 A Christmas Carol effectively his version of a Polar Express sequel?
Bring out the cone of silence, cause Lucien and returning guest Michael McAndrew are discussing the 2008 Get Smart movie starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway! Plus: Bernie Sanders shares his thoughts on Detective Pikachu, and we play a fabulous 2008 edition of the Box Office Game.
Lucien is joined by friend and colleague Sally Dobie to talk 2008's Mark Waters-directed adaptation of The Spiderwick Chronicles, starring Freddie Highmore as twin brothers in a masterful Winklevossian performance. How does the film diverge from the books? Why can't Freddie do an American accent without smiling? Plus discussion of new releases Tolkien and Long Shot, and much more!
We've covered many DreamWorks animated classics on the podcast, but never their most iconic brand... this week we're diving into the inferior fourth Shrek movie with returning guest Hannah Friedel. What makes Rumpelstilskin such a compelling antagonist? Can Shrek ever recover from this existential crisis (for the character and franchise? And what are these movies without their trademark postmodern humour?
Lucien is joined by California Queen Hannah Friedel to discuss 2006's charming animated comedy Over The Hedge. Is this Bruce Willis's last great performance? What sort of animal could Christoph Waltz voice in the (damn) sequel? And is it enjoyable (or indeed possible) to have sex with a box turtle?
On April Fools Day, Lucien is joined by Cian Hade and James Kavanagh to discuss Robert Rodriguez's classic multi-dimensional kids adventure Sharkboy and Lavagirl: its early starring role for Taylor Lautner, use of 3-D and George Lopez's online dating life. Bring your red and blue glasses, it's gonna be a wild one!
What if a baby.... was a boss?! That's the question posed by DreamWorks' 2017 animated masterpiece The Boss Baby, starring Alec Baldwin, a favourite of Lucien's which Rob Cleaver-Redmond returns to help him discuss on this episode. What can we expect from The Boss Baby 2? What's Lucien's take on the Netflix spin-off Back In Business? And is this baby REALLY the boss?
Lucien and and first-time guest Rob Cleaver-Redmond head to Spooky Island to discuss the 2002 live-action Scooby-Doo movie, from its brilliant ensemble to the direct-to-DVD prequel that starred Hayley Kiyoko as Velma.
Where's The Damn Sequel is back with a hot new look for 2019! In a special episode to kick off the year, Lucien is joined by Cian Hade and Amy Colgan to discuss our predictions and personal picks for the 91st Academy Awards: how are there two great actors called Jim Cummings, and What About WIDOWS Tho??
Where's the damn sequel to the godawful 2005 CGI reboot of the beloved British cartoon, a film with three different titles and dub-jobs, and some of cinema's spookiest skeletons? Cian Hade returns for a brief episode on The Magic Roundabout.
Where's the damn sequel to Aardman's feature-length stop-motion adventure, which was bizarrely one of the most highly-anticipated movies of 2005. Lucien is joined by Eimear, Clodagh and Cian to discuss The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
Lucien and guests discuss the Twilight franchise, a pivotal game-changer for teen blockbusters that began in November 2008. How did the Twilight franchise run out of steam, how do the movies hold up a decade on, and is there potential for more film content adapted from Stephenie Meyer's vampire romance novels?
Where's the damn sequel to Joe Dante's totally bonkers, Brendan Fraser-starring cartoon caper; at once a meta-commentary on Warner Brothers itself, a James Bond homage and an effort to capitalise on the success of Space Jam?! Cian Hade returns to dive into the madness of Looney Tunes: Back in Action.
Where's the damn sequel to Brad Bird & Damon Lindelof's 2015 mega-budget sci-fi; one of the most fabulous failures in recent Hollywood memory; a film that sees George Clooney in a romantic relationship with a young robot girl and Britt Robertson show the world how wonderful she is, even in the most problematic of films. Lucien is joined by Cian Hade to discuss Disney's Tomorrowland.
Straight after attending an opening night screening, Lucien and Shane sit down to freak out over the astonishing masterpiece that is Chris McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible - Fallout. Prepare to hear two boys get very, very excited about a very silly film.
Lucien and returning guest Gemma discuss the totally inessential new sequel to 2008's hit ABBA musical from its kick-ass Cher performance to bizarre Godfather Part II-esque manipulation of time and character. And what of a Mamma Mia 3? Contains spoilers.
On a special episode, Shane Kelly joins Lucien to discuss (friend of the show) Brad Bird's long-awaited animated sequel. Did Incredibles 2 fulfil our crazy expectations, and what could Bird bring to a third Incredibles adventure? Contains some spoilers.
Lucien is joined by Cian Hade to discuss the disenfranchisement of Doug Liman's 2008 proto-superhero thriller JUMPER starring Hayden Christensen in his only post-Star Wars blockbuster role. Where, we ask, is the sequel to JUMPER?!
Where's the damn sequel to Christopher Nolan's 2014 wormhole wonder, the film that taught us the meaning of Murphy's Law? Shane Kelly joins Lucien to discuss Nolan's most evocative movie and the potential for an In2stellar.
Where's the damn fourth movie in the Men In Black franchise, dormant since 2012's MIB3? Michael McAndrew joins us to discuss the infamously expensive, Stuhlbarg-starring threequel, and whether the new Chris Hemsworth/Liam Neeson reboot will be any good.
Where's the damn sequel to Dreamworks Animation's 2004 Goodfellas parody/Will Smith reggae rhapsody that ruined the song "Car Wash" for a whole generation?! With a vintage VHS tape in hand, Lucien and guest Shane Kelly discuss the legacy of Shark Tale.
Where's the damn sequel to the big-screen spin-off of the biggest TV show in history?! Lucien and special guest Eimear Kelly discuss Spider-Pig, Springfield Under The Dome and several potential premises for The Simpsons Movie 2.
On a special episode of Where's The Damn Sequel?!, Lucien and special guest Gemma discuss the various false-start franchises of Mr. Shia LaBeouf, from HOLES and THE EVEN STEVENS MOVIE to his roles in INDIANA JONES and NYMPHOMANIAC.
Where's the damn sequel to Sam Raimi's profoundly misunderstood trilogy closer, the most expensive film ever made about Evil Goo, featuring the greatest jazz club sequence in movie history?! Lucien and Michael Culloty debate Sony/Marvel's Spider-Man 3.
Where's the damn sequel to Sacha Baron Cohen's classic 2006 mockumentary, the story of one Kazakhstan newsman with big dreams and bigger prejudices? Lucien, Michael and special guest Eimear discuss the potential for another Borat adventure.
Where's the damn sequel to the charming adaptation of Louise Rennison's coming-of-age novels, starring Georgia Groome and a fresh-faced Aaron Taylor-Johnson? Michael and Lucien are joined by Eimear and Gemma to discuss the 2008 beloved(ish) teen comedy.
Where's the damn sequel to DreamWorks Animation's brilliant 2010 supervillain comedy, starring Will Ferrell and David Cross: a classic overshadowed by the success of Despicable Me?! Lucien and Michael discuss Megamind (from the director of The Boss Baby).
Where's the damn sequel to Edgar Wright's cult favourite, a surreal slacker comedy/martial arts/video game mashup starring Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and the wonderful Mae Whitman. Lucien and Michael dive deep on Scott Pilgrim vs The World.
Where's the damn sequel to the beloved 2007 Disney musical starring Amy Adams in her greatest role?! (hint: it's currently in the late stages of development). Lucien and Michael discuss the classic that spawned no less than 3 Oscar-nominated songs!
Where's the damn sequel to the close-to-unwatchable 2006 dragon fantasy, starring a scene-stealing John Malkovich and Also Some Other Actors Who Are Less Interesting. Lucien, Michael and Jordyn discuss the enigma of Eragon.
Where's the damn sequel to Matthew Vaughn's spellbinding 2007 adaptation of the Neil Gaiman fantasy, starring Robert DeNiro as a gay pirate? Michael Culloty and Jordyn Mulvey join Lucien to ponder why a Stardust sequel was never made.
Where's the damn sequel to the endlessly-rewatchable alt-history adventures, starring Nicolas Cage at his very best? Shane Kelly joins Lucien to ponder why a third movie was never made, and if it still could be.