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The Watching Men

The Watching Men

By Karl Madden
Mark and Karl delve into the week's digital media news, movie reviews and headlines. Paying special interest in fantasy, sci-fi, action and adventure movies and TV shows.
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The Watching Men 021 - Enola Vision
This week Karl and Mark look at the upcoming addition to the Sherlock Holmes-verse with the Netflix funded Enola Holmes, the little sister of Sherlock Holmes. They continue their viewing of Snowpiercer before turning their attention to Will Farrell's Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.
June 30, 2020
The Watching Men 020 - Piercer Confidential
This week Karl and Mark return to continue their opinions as they watch Snowpiercer before moving onto their thoughts about the fairly recent Netflix movie, Spenser Confidential.
June 23, 2020
The Watching Men 019 - Snow Force
The Watching Men return and this time Karl and Mark have actually been watching some stuff, but I’m sure they'll find some things to grumble about anyway. They review two new shows on Netflix (in the UK at least), Space Force, starring Steve Carell and Snowpiercer, based on the movie by Bong Joon-ho and starring Jennifer Connelly. Watch out, spoilers ahead.
June 09, 2020
The Watching Men 018 - A Rocky Avatar
The Watching Men are back once again as Karl and Mark look at a few stories from the entertainment field. Firstly Mark gets pretty excited about some free WWE content as well as the imminent arrival of a Rocky documentary. Meanwhile, Karl is happy to see James Cameron arrive back in New Zealand to shortly resume work on Avatar 2. If you are a user of YouTube please subscribe to our new The Watching Men Channel.  The video of this week's episode is also available here. Or follow us on Twitter, @watching_men
June 02, 2020
The Watching Men 017 - The Bill & Ted Cut
Karl and Mark return once again as discussing if cinemas might be in a spot of bother as recent surveys show views prefer watching new movies at home. Bill & Ted might go 'woke', but probably not really, only time will tell. Amazon snaps up the rights to the 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' series and looks like we are finally going to get to see the Zack Snyder cut of Justice League. Plus, as a special (for you to decide) bonus we recorded this week's episode on video too. Check it out on... ...and let us know what you think.
May 27, 2020
The Watching Men 016 - Strange New Trek
Karl and Mark are back to discuss the recent announcement of a Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and we catch up on the YouTube soap opera Mark has been following...He really needs to get out more.
May 19, 2020
The Watching Men 015- The Mandalorian Extraction
Karl and Mark return after their short break and Mark is still fascinated by the continuing Suzy Lu saga. Eventually the guys settle down to discuss that Boba Fett is set to make an appearance in the second season of The Mandalorian. They round out the episode reviewing Netflix’s Extraction movie.
May 12, 2020
The Watching Men 014 - After Frasier
Mark catches Karl out by changing the show topic, but eventually they settle down to discuss the second season of After Life by Ricky Gervais, which leads to the main stream adoption of geekish culture (for want of a better term).
April 28, 2020
The Watching Men 013 - Splash Wars
As the recent Disney+ Splash controversy rocks Twitter, Karl and Mark ask if, in this age of digitally streaming, do movie companies have the right to retroactively change their creations to meet today's standards or even remove them entirely if they feel it is appropriate?
April 21, 2020
The Watching Men 012 - Trolls: Endgame
This week Universal reported huge numbers for their VOD release of ‘Trolls World Tour’ so we ask the question, what this may mean for cinemas after our various lock-downs end and might studios be more receptive to Premiering their premium content straight to video on demand services?
April 14, 2020
The Watching Men 011 - The Great Outland
This week Mark quizzes Karl about some of his guilty pleasure movies. When we had the idea of quizzing Karl interpreted it as probing some his choices while Mark seemed to take it more in the literal sense.
April 06, 2020
The Watching Men 010 - The Perks of Being a Picard
Karl and Mark are back once again with the plan to go through some of Karl’s guilty secret movies, unfortunately all that goes by the way side once Mark starts in on the Star Trek Picard finale.
March 31, 2020
The Watching Men 009 - The Old Man & The Starship
After a little longer than anticipated The Watching Men return to critique the Picard series before it's upcoming finale...or maybe that should be finally it's almost over?
March 24, 2020
The Watching Men 008 - The Living Skyfall
Mark and Karl finally return to conclude their discussion of all the previous James Bond movies, just in time for premiere of the new James Bond movie...oh, they’ve rescheduled it for a November release...Great. Oh well, they carry on regardless, just as Bond would.
March 10, 2020
The Watching Men 007 - Thunderfinger
This week The Watching Men reach their 007 episode and so what else can they do but look over the legacy of the James Bond movies? Well, they look over around half of the movies as time is against them, like a ticking countdown clock, but they will return next week to complete the series and look ahead to the latest offering from the British super spy.
February 24, 2020
The Watching Men 006 - Planes, Trains and 12 Angry Men
This week The Watching Men briefly cast their beady little eyes over the Oscars before moving onto Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) and how it has been received, or not, by some non-going movie audiences. The lads then turn their attention to some of their favourite all-time movies (that are not the obvious choices...well, at least they don't think they are anyway).
February 11, 2020
The Watching Men 005 - Lethal License Fee
Mark and Karl return as The Watching Men once again to continue their views on Star Trek Picard. Apple may be buying MGM content. Apple TV+ sets up Foundation series in Ireland. The UK Government is looking into decriminalising BBC licence fee evasion. Adam Sandler signs up for more Netflix projects and more animation is coming to Netflix too.
February 03, 2020
The Watching Men 004 - Obi-Wan Picardi
This week The Watching Men share their thoughts on the new Star Trek Picard series. There's news of an earlier than expected launch of Disney+ across Europe. Doctor Who won't be regenerating any time soon and Star Wars is now in a bother about Obi-Wan Kenobi. Plus we say goodbye Monty Python's Terry Jones and go through the entertainment news roundup of the week.
January 27, 2020
The Watching Men 003 - Better Call Picard
This week on The Watching Men they discuss how The Watchmen isn’t getting a second season, even though it was never meant too. Better Call Saul is returning to Netflix but the end is in sight. Jack Reacher is coming to Amazon Prime. Doctor Who’s viewing figures are still falling and Star Trek Picard is almost here, but will it be what we are expecting? Plus a quick news round-up of other stories this week.
January 20, 2020
The Watching Men 002 - Another Quantum Leap
Having got Rise of Skywalker out of their system The Watching Men return with the weeks TV and Movie news (yes, there is still a little Star Wars in there, sorry), including Baby Yoda costs $5 million. Also, Quantum Leap might be getting a remake for NBC’s upcoming streaming service and we take a look at some of the winners of Critics' Choice Awards 2020.
January 13, 2020
The Watching Men 001 - Review : Rise of Skywalker
Mark and Karl kick off their new podcast with a very lengthy review and run through of Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker. They won’t all be this long...honest.
January 11, 2020