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Do you like films? Do you like debating whether a film is a cinematic triumph, or if it’s a big hot mess? Well, we’ve got a just the podcast for you. We aim to settle those raging debates once and for all, as we put Films on Trial
We’re five lads from Liverpool and each week we will act as judge, prosecution, defence and witness, as we recreate a courtroom scenario, and decide whether a much loved (or hated) film should end up on the Hit List or not. Film trivia, quizzes, banter, terrible impressions, musical interludes, and lots of debating.
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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan[b] is a 2020 American mockumentary comedy film directed by Jason Woliner in his feature directorial debut. The gang do some seriously bad Borat impressions, a quiz, and discuss if this is The King Of the Castle or like wizards sleeve.
Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas

2020-11-0959:07

Odd Thomas is in the hot seat this week. A dead cert or does it give up the ghost? Dave and Gav argue this is a cheesy but fun adaptation of a Dean Koontz novel that showcases Anton Yelchin and is fun for everyone. Joel and Alex very much disagree, pointing out the unbelievably bad script, awful performances and grating soundtrack. All this and an impression of Willem Dafoe and a quiz about Dean Koontz adaptations.
The Crazies

The Crazies

2020-11-0201:05:45

The Crazies is on trial this week. An infectious zombie romp or does it make you lose your mind? Gav and Joel argue this remake improves on the original and has a strong lead trio that you can't help but get behind. Ausy and Dave don't believe this has enough of the social commentary of the original and plays fast and loose with the rules of zombie films. All this and a genuine, corn-fed, home-grown Iowa impression and a topical quiz all about pandemic movies.
Hubie Halloween

Hubie Halloween

2020-10-2601:14:34

Hubie Halloween is on trial this week. The fright of your life or a yellow stain? Ausy and Gav defend this week, pointing out the fun, daft humour that we need in 2020, with an undercurrent of social commentary on America in the 21st Century. Dave and Alex could not disagree more, saying the lack of jokes and poor taste make this a shallow waste of space. All this and an impression of Hubie himself and a quiz all about Adam Sandler roles!
Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak

2020-10-1901:08:56

Crimson Peak is on trial this week. Built to last or a house of cards? Joel has picked this for Halloween Horror Month and defends it with Dave. They point out the masterful direction by Guillermo Del Toro and excellent performances by a top flight cast. Ausy and Alex look at the predictable plot and uninteresting script that make this a boring dud. On top of this we have an impersonation of an English gentleman and a quiz all about horror films!
Under The Skin

Under The Skin

2020-10-1901:07:30

Under The Skin is in the hot seat this week. Out of this world or does it go up in flames? Alex defends this sci-fi horror, talking about the beautiful imagery, a career topping performance from Scarlett Johansson and an original approach to story telling. Gav and Ausy are on the attack, pointing out the boring extended shots that go nowhere and the absence of any meaningful dialogue. All of this with a Scottish impression and a quiz all about films set in the land of the brave.
Constantine

Constantine

2020-09-2459:44

Constantine is being judged this week. On the righteous path or the highway to hell? Joel and Alex point out the interesting blend of noir with the battle between heaven and hell, as well as discussing the incredible supporting performances from Tilda Swinton and Peter Stormare. Gav and Dave prosecute, pointing out that this comic book adaptation bears little resemblance to the source material and is too sombre for it's own good. On top of this we have an impression of Peter Stormare and a quiz all about Keanu Reeves films!
Insidious

Insidious

2020-09-1601:12:24

Insidious is on trial this week. A haunting experience or one that will make you see red? Ausy and Dave argue that tired horror tropes, poor sound mixing and cheap jump scares are not James Wan's best efforts. Gav and Alex disagree, pointing out the innovative direction, superb cast of villains and terrifying use of violins. All this with a quiz about James Wan and an impression of Tiny Tim! www.filmsontrial.co.uk
Tenet

Tenet

2020-09-1601:26:53

Tenet is in the dock this week. Does time fly or do you want to throw yourself overboard? Dave and Joel argue this is a mind bending and original classic, superbly directed by Christopher Nolan. Alex and Gav feel their minds were broken watching a confusing plot played out by uninteresting characters. All this and an impressive impression of Michael Caine turning Russian and a quiz all about Nolan and time travel films! www.filmsontrial.co.uk
Project Power

Project Power

2020-09-1655:30

Project Power is in the hot seat this week. Hot like a shrimp or a tough pill to swallow? Joel defends this week, looking at the great action sequences, fun powers and strong performances by Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and newcomer Dominique Fishback. Ausy and Alex are on the attack saying that the premise and set up of the film writes a cheque that the second half doesn't cash. All this and a retro trailer voice impression and quiz all about drugs in movies! www.filmsontrial.co.uk
Big Fish

Big Fish

2020-08-3101:10:59

Big Fish is on trial this week. Will the defence reel the judge in or does the prosecution have it hook, line and sinker? Ausy and Alex argue that this is Tim Burton's most mature film that deals with big issues around life and death whilst showing a fairytale version of 50s America. Dave and Gav point out this is overly sentimental and gets bogged down in a complicated and scattered series of short stories. All this and a classic southern belle impression and a quiz about Tim Burton's frequent collaborators. www.filmsontrial.co.uk
Deep Blue Sea

Deep Blue Sea

2020-08-3101:04:52

Deep Blue Sea is in the hot seat this week. Is there more below the surface here or will it get chewed to pieces? Dave and Joel defend, calling this the poster child for 90s disaster movies that doesn't fail in it's aim to entertain. Gav and Ausy are on the attack, saying this is a film that constantly shifts genres and makes up the rules as it goes along. Besides this we have an impression of Stellan Skarsgård being eaten by a shark and an incredibly geeky quiz about smart monsters. www.filmsontrial.co.uk
Eagle Versus Shark

Eagle Versus Shark

2020-08-2901:05:42

Eagle vs. Shark takes the hot seat this week. Does it fly high or plumb the depths? Ausy and Alex defend, pointing out the deep emotions that run below the surface of this awkward romcom and touching performances by the leads. Gav and Joel prosecute, saying that this romcom is light on both romance and comedy and tries so hard to be unconventional it ends up being boring. On top of this we have a pretty good kiwi impression and a quiz all about sharks! www.filmsontrial.co.uk
Batman and Robin

Batman and Robin

2020-08-2901:14:23

Batman and Robin is on trial this week. A beautiful blossom or the bane of the franchise? Gav and Alex defend, saying that this was groundbreaking in the genre, exploring the wacky roots of Batman before everything got dark and gritty. Joel and Dave prosecute, pointing out that this barely resembles a Batman film fans would recognise and any script with this many ice puns can't be acceptable. All this with a slightly french Schwarzenegger impression and a quiz about Batman villains! www.filmsontrial.co.uk
Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl

2020-08-0901:18:41

We've been a little slow in editing and publishing recently due to lockdown issues but rest assured the episodes have all been recorded and will start coming in thick and fast. The descriptions will get back to normal soon too. We promise! Anyway, to continue the impromptu bird month, Artemis Fowl goes on trial this week. A spring chicken or a giant turkey? Ausy and Dave are on defence and look at how the book has been adapted for a new audience and why a new generation of children will love it. Joel and Alex prosecute, pointing out the ludicrous plot, the mountains of exposition and why Judi Dench as the Chief of Fairy Police doesn't work. Besides all this there's a decent Irish impression and an in depth quiz with questions ranging from famous film grandchildren to Celtic Mythology in cinema. www.filmsontrial.co.uk
Birdman

Birdman

2020-07-1501:11:04

Birdman is in the dock this week as we continue on an avian theme for the rest of the month. A sell out run or a total flop? Alex and Dave defend and point out the original story and incredible performances whereas Gav and Ausy feel an ambiguous ending and unchallenging roles make this a dud. To top this off we have a batman/birdman impression and a quiz all about meta-cinema! www.filmsontrial.co.uk
Lovebirds

Lovebirds

2020-07-1452:37

Lovebirds is in the hot seat this week. A sweet song or a dirty splatter falling from a great height? Gav and Ausy defend, talking about the excellent performances and witty script. Joel and Dave disagree, saying that this is no more than a rehash of other more successful films. There's also an attempt at a New Orleans drawl and a bird-based quiz! www.filmsontrial.co.uk
After such a great response form the Disney+ challenge, we decided to try it again but for Amazon... With so much to choose from we limited it to horror films on Prime. You can't begin to imagine the films we picked for each other. www.filmsontrial.co.uk
Dunkirk

Dunkirk

2020-06-1001:09:06

Dunkirk takes the stand this week. Is it a meticulous recount of an important event in British history or does it get bogged down in patriotism? Ausy and Dave and Alex prosecute until the latter realises he's meant to be defending it. They point out the lack of any real protagonist and the "stiff upper lip" approach of the script and actors. Gav, later joined my Alex, defends by highlighting the incredible cinematography, score and attention to detail. There's also a quiz based on War films and an impression of Churchill. But which Churchill do we mean? www.filmsontrial.co.uk
We're many many weeks into coronavirus lockdown now and have decided that we really need to inflict further inconvenience on each others isolation experiences. Did we decide to pick out some Disney gems or the most obscure Disney durge... no prizes for guessing correctly. www.filmsontrial.co.uk
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Comments (2)

Erik B. Anderson

The guy who said Mandy is boring must be pulling our leg. Is he just playing Devil's advocate so they can fill up time? What a waste.

Jul 30th
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