Skip to main content
The Back Row

The Back Row

By What I Watched Tonight
Join Matt Hudson in The Back Row for all things movies. Views, retrospective reviews, rankings, opinions, annual lists, guest interviews and more - there's more going on in the back row than you might think!

The Back Row from What I Watched Tonight - the home of Rotten Tomatoes certified movie reviews. Find them all at www.whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk

Join us on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight), send emails/voice messages to thebackrow [DOT] wiwt [AT] gmail [DOT] com and please rate, review and the share the show wherever you can!
Listen on
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Breaker Logo

Breaker

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Overcast Logo

Overcast

Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo

RadioPublic

Spotify Logo

Spotify

Stitcher Logo

Stitcher

TuneIn Logo

TuneIn

Fantasia International Film Festival Preview 2020
Matt and Jon Berk preview the forthcoming Fantasia International Film Festival and give their thoughts on the offerings and offer some pre-festival intriguing recommendations too. The festival begins on August 20th 2020. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight). Find Jon at berkreviews.com, @berkreviews on Twitter, Instagram and Letterboxd. Original music by Ali Macphee. See you in the back row.
52:54
August 12, 2020
LOTR: The Two Towers - Retrospectives
This episode, Matt is joined by Denmark's finest export Anders Holmes to discuss The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. The guys dive into everything they loved about the movie (plus a few things that maybe they didn't) so lend us your ears and thank us later. Retrospectives sees Matt talking his favourite movies with a guest who just so happens to love that same movie. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight). Original music by Ali Macphee. See you in the back row.
1:38:30
August 11, 2020
The Dark Knight - Retrospectives
This episode, Matt is joined by the busiest man in film fandom - Thomas Clark from Clark FIlm. They're discussing 2008's The Dark Knight in all it's glory and dive into everything they loved about the movie (plus a few things that maybe they didn't) so lend us your ears and thank us later. Retrospectives sees Matt talking his favourite movies with a guest who just so happens to love that same movie. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight). Original music by Ali Macphee. See you in the back row.
1:45:11
August 4, 2020
Million Dollar Baby - Retrospectives
Matt is joined by Caroline Ames from Lets Go To The Movies.co.uk to discuss the majestic Million Dollar Baby - Clint Eastwood's multi-Oscar winning flick. They dive into everything they loved about the movie (plus a few things that maybe they didn't) so lend us your ears and thank us later. Retrospectives sees Matt talking his favourite movies with a guest who just so happens to love that same movie. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight). Original music by Ali Macphee. See you in the back row.
1:38:48
July 28, 2020
Blindspotting - Retrospectives
Joining Matt in The Back Row this week is the Statesman to my Kingsman, Jon Berk from berkreviews.com. Together they're discussing 2018's Blindspotting - Directed by Carlos Estrada Lopez and starring Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal and Janina Gavankar amongst others. They dive into everything they loved about the movie (plus a few things that maybe they didn't) so lend us your ears and thank us later. Retrospectives sees Matt talking his favourite movies with a guest who just so happens to love that same movie. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight). Original music by Ali Macphee. See you in the back row.
1:36:13
July 21, 2020
LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring - Retrospectives
Joining Matt in The Back Row this week is the King of Wales, Luke Summerfield, and together they're discussing 2001's epic The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition, of course). They dive into everything they loved about the movie (plus a few things that maybe they didn't) so lend us your ears and thank us later. Retrospectives sees Matt talking his favourite movies with a guest who just so happens to love that same movie. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight). Original music by Ali Macphee. See you in the back row.
1:35:17
July 14, 2020
Jaws - Retrospectives
Christopher Pattison - AKA Oz Movie Geek - joined Matt in The Back Row this week to discuss Steven Spielberg's classic Jaws. They dive into everything they loved about the movie (plus a few things that maybe they didn't) so lend us your ears and thank us later. Retrospectives sees Matt talking his favourite movies with a guest who just so happens to love that same movie. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight). Original music by Ali Macphee. See you in the back row.
1:40:51
July 7, 2020
Ex Machina - Retrospectives
This episode is all about Ex Machina from 2014 and joining Matt in The Back Row is WIWT legend, the jewel of the Southern Hemisphere and all-round boss Morgan McGregor. They dive into everything they loved about the movie (plus a few things that maybe they didn't) so lend us your ears and thank us later. Retrospectives sees Matt talking his favourite movies with a guest who just so happens to love that same movie. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight). Original music by Ali Macphee. See you in the back row.
1:52:12
June 30, 2020
Apollo 13 - Retrospectives
Matt is joined in The Back Row by the Queen of Canada, Lora, who returns to the show once more. Together they discuss Ron Howard's Apollo 13 from 1995 and dive into everything they loved about it (plus a few things that maybe they didn't) so lend us your ears and thank us later. Retrospectives sees Matt talking his favourite movies with a guest who just so happens to love that same movie. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight). Original music by Ali Macphee. See you in the back row.
1:37:25
June 23, 2020
Alien - Retrospectives
Joining Matt in The Back Row for this episode is the only man who should be initialled JC, Jared Charles of The Burrow Reviews. Together they discuss Ridley Scott's 1979 classic Alien and dive into everything they loved about it (plus a few things that maybe they didn't) so lend us your ears and thank us later. Retrospectives sees Matt talking his favourite movies with a guest who just so happens to love that same movie. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight). Original music by Ali Macphee. See you in the back row.
1:39:16
June 16, 2020
The Blair Witch Project - Retrospectives
Joining Matt in The Back Row for this episode is the scarily cool Siobhan of the Dead. Together, they discuss 1999's infamous The Blair Witch Project and dive into everything they loved about it (plus a few things that maybe they didn't) so lend us your ears and thank us later. Retrospectives sees Matt talking his favourite movies with a guest who just so happens to love that same movie. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight) See you in the back row.
1:58:21
June 9, 2020
Knives Out - Retrospectives
Joining Matt in The Back Row for this episode is the greatest graphic/web designer in the galaxy and Disney buff - Isaac Pevy. Together, they discuss Rian Johnson's 2019 whodunit Knives Out and dive into everything they loved about it (plus a few things that maybe they didn't) so lend us your ears and thank us later. Retrospectives sees Matt talking his favourite movies with a guest who just so happens to love that same movie. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight) See you in the back row.
1:34:24
June 3, 2020
Jurassic Park - Retrospectives
Joining Matt in The Back Row for this episode is YouTube streamer, big movie fan and all-round legend - Ant aka AntShotFirst. Together they discuss Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic Jurassic Park - the guys dive into everything they loved about it (plus a few things that maybe they didn't) so lend us your ears and thank us later. Retrospectives sees Matt talking his favourite movies with a guest who just so happens to love that same movie. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight) See you in the back row.
1:36:37
May 26, 2020
The Prestige - Retrospectives
For this episode, Matt is joined by the coolest journalist/smuggler in the land, Eammon Jacobs, to discuss Christopher Nolan's The Prestige. Jackman, Bale, Johansson, Caine, Hall, Serkis, Bowie - yes. It's a great conversation about a wonderful movie, the guys dive into everything they loved about it (plus a few things that maybe they didn't) so lend us your ears and thank us later. Retrospectives sees Matt talking his favourite movies with a guest who just so happens to love that same movie. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight) See you in the back row.
1:30:42
May 19, 2020
Composers, Scores & Soundtracks...
Matt is joined by the Queen of Canada, Lora, to discuss their favourite composers, scores and...soundtracks! Plus more movie chat weaved in too, come join us! Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight) and catch Lora on Twitter (@loraren11 / @wannabeeme11) See you in the back row. mej1TG8owbs12tKL4DrT
2:07:26
February 22, 2020
The Best of 2019
Matt delivers his top twenty movies on 2019, including some honourable mentions and a few that maybe weren't quite so...good too. Check it out and see if you agree or disagree... Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight) See you in the back row.
17:52
January 4, 2020
La La Land - Retrospectives
Matt is joined by the Chicago King, Eric Eilersen, and together they into the City of Stars to discuss 2016's La La Land and, BOY, is it a great discussion! (It is) The guys dive into everything they loved about it (plus a few things that maybe they didn't) so lend us your ears and thank us later. Retrospectives sees Matt talking his favourite movies with a guest who just so happens to love that same movie. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight) See you in the back row.
1:37:13
October 17, 2019
Gladiator - Retrospectives
For episode 3 of Retrospectives, Matt is joined by the Hertfordshire Legend (tm), Katie Stubbs - AKA KATIIIIIEEEEE! Together, they discuss Ridley Scott's epic from 2000, Gladiator and converse about everything they loved about it (plus a few things that maybe they didn't). Lend us your ears and thank us later. Retrospectives sees Matt talking his favourite movies with a guest who just so happens to love that same movie. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight) See you in the back row.
1:39:48
October 12, 2019
Zodiac - Retrospectives
For this episode of The Back Row: Retrospectives, Matt is joined by the Jewel of Ukraine, Rose. The pair discuss David Fincher's Zodiac and converse about everything they loved about it (plus a few things that maybe they didn't). Lend us your ears and thank us later. Retrospectives sees Matt talking his favourite movies with a guest who just so happens to love that same movie. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight) See you in the back row.
1:31:41
September 27, 2019
The Exorcist III - Retrospectives
For this FIRST episode of The Back Row: Retrospectives, Matt is joined by the Pride of Cooper Angus, The Film Grump himself - Kevin Crighton. The pair discuss William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist III and converse about everything they loved about it (plus a few things that maybe they didn't). Lend us your ears and thank us later. Retrospectives sees Matt talking his favourite movies with a guest who just so happens to love that same movie. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight) See you in the back row.
1:39:36
September 20, 2019
The Matrix, Jurassic Chat, Star Wars and Sidney Crosby with Lora
In this latest episode, Matt is joined by the Queen of Canada, Lora, to talk movies and more movies. Expect to hear talk about the following - A League of Their Own, Contact, The Rise of Skywalker, The Matrix and Jurassic Park (plus Movie Duels, maple syrup talk and a bit of hockey too) Lend us your ears and thank us later. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight) See you in the back row.
1:19:42
July 30, 2019
SCRAWL Director Peter Hearn
Matt sat down with director Peter Hearn to discuss his recently released low-budget horror, SCRAWL - starring Daisy Ridley - plus the stories behind it, working with pre-Star Wars Daisy and what the future holds. Lend me your ears and thank me later! Find Peter on Twitter at @Hearnesque and @DeadAirMovie Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight) See you in the back row.
1:28:03
July 5, 2019
Talkin' Horror
BOO! Matt's talking all things horror in this latest episode. He gives his top echelon horror picks - also referring back to 2018's Death By Pod Horror Special with Terrelle Graham - and talks about some classics chillers, decades in horror, what's been dropping in modern horror and also takes YOUR top horror movies also. It's entirely up to you if you want to hide behind your sofa or your hands whilst listening, however, be prepared to (maybe) get scared...! MWAHAHAHAahem.   Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight) See you in the back row.
52:07
June 24, 2019
The Friedkin Files - The Guardian
In the second episode of an ongoing series highlighting directors, Matt dives into the back catalogue of William Friedkin, one of the rebels of  Hollywood and a man responsible for some of cinema's great moments and movies. This next look into The Friedkin Files takes us back to 1990's The Guardian - Friedkin's first foray back into horror since that other movie in 1973.   Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight) See you in the back row.
14:51
March 21, 2019
The Exorcist
To celebrate the first year of The What I Watched Tonight Show stable of podcasts, Matt got together with his first guest, Jon Berk, to discuss his favourite movie - The Exorcist. The guys go full spoilers discussing the merits and legacy of the horror classic. The power of Christ compels you to listen.   Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight) See you in the back row.
1:52:35
February 23, 2019
The Friedkin Files - Killer Joe
In the first episode of an ongoing series highlighting directors, Matt dives into the back catalogue of William Friedkin, one of the rebels of Hollywood and a man responsible for some of cinema's great moments and movies. This first look into The Friedkin Files takes us back to 2011's Killer Joe - the black comedy crime thriller with some fried chicken on the side.   Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight) See you in the back row.
14:13
February 11, 2019
2019 Oscar Noms Special
It’s that time of the year again! The Oscars are back in town and the  nominations for the 91st Academy Awards have been announced. In this  special, Matt dives into the major nominations giving his thoughts and predictions ahead of the glitzy gala in February 2019…   Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight) See you in the back row.
29:39
January 23, 2019
Anticipating 2019
Matt runs through the movies releasing in 2019 that have piqued his interest or just get him bloody excited to be alive - and some potential turkeys too. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight) See you in the back row.
33:00
January 10, 2019
2018's Best and Worst
2018 has been and gone leaving us with plenty of movie memories for better or worse. In this year-end rundown, Matt delivers and discusses his 20 best and worst movies from the year gone by - check it out and see if you agree with his choices or want to burn him at the stake. Spoilers abound, so beware. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight) See you in the back row.
1:26:22
January 1, 2019
The Force, Females and Fandom
Jenmarie from anakinandhisangel.com joins Matt in The Back Row for this debut episode where she discusses the Star Wars fandom, her near two-decade-old blog, Disney, and Style Wars - the SW based fashion adventure she is embarking on. Find Matt's Rotten Tomatoes Certified movie reviews at whatiwatchedtonight.co.uk and come talk movies on Twitter (@wiwt_uk) and Instagram (@whatiwatchedtonight) See you in the back row.
1:10:08
December 6, 2018