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Each week we will act as judge, prosecution, and defence 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 ensue as we put Films on Trial.
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Saltburn

Saltburn

2024-02-2601:13:49

Saltburn is on trial this week. Will we lap it up or is it better left to rest in peace? Gav argues that a strong cast and big moments make this a fun ride guaranteed to get everyone talking. Dave and Alex say shocking scenes can't distract them from a shoddy plot that lacks any real point. All this with an impression of an Oxbridge student and a quiz all about disturbing scenes in films. www.filmsontrial.co.uk/246
Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer

2024-02-1201:01:54

Oppenheimer is on trial this week. Is it worth the hype or a 3 hour dud? Gav and Ausy say this is a spectacular, original piece of filmmaking that delves into a dark corner of human history. Dave says the film tries too hard to make Oppenheimer a sympathetic character whilst littering the plot with historical inaccuracies and amalgamated characters. All this with an impression of the biggest science man of all time, Albert Einstein! www.filmsontrial.co.uk/245
Barbie

Barbie

2024-01-2901:16:12

Barbie is in the hot seat this week. Does it make every day the best day ever or is it somehow always doing something wrong? Dave defends, highlighting a beyond stellar cast and a thought provoking story that is also thoroughly entertaining. Gav and Alex do not feel it is fantastic however, saying they can't get past the fact it is essentially a feature length advert full of irrelevant cameos. All this with an impression of both the lead singers of Aqua and a quiz all about toys in movies! www.filmsontrial.co.uk/244
Spy Kids

Spy Kids

2024-01-2101:00:26

This week, Danny Trejo season continues, as the gang put Spy Kids on trial. Is it a spy hit, or a spy miss? Gav argues that the film is an enjoyable and fun film that kids can still enjoy to this day, whereas Dave disagrees and says that it was poor back in the day, and definitely hasn't aged well. There's an impression of Antonio Banderas and a quiz all about the man himself, Danny Trejo. www.filmsontrial.co.uk/243
Machete

Machete

2023-12-2352:33

This week Machete is on trial. Is it a machete, or is it a butter knife? Dave argues that it's a bombastic grindhouse movie full of laughs and violence. But Gav disagrees and says that it's very one note, and that although it made an enjoyable 3 minute trailer, it didn't translate well to a full feature film. There's no judge this week, so both lads have to reach a general consensus. Will they be able to do it? Give it a listen and find out! www.filmsontrial.co.uk/242
X

X

2023-12-0658:58

X (2022) is on trial this week. An afternoon delight or better with the lights off? Gav defends, saying this is a homage with a fresh look at sex within the slasher sub-genre of horror. Dave does not agree, saying that the need for a second film (Pearl) to make sense of the first does not bode well. All this with a synopsis read out in a southern drawl and a quiz all about over the top horror deaths. www.filmsontrial.co.uk/241
Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

2023-11-0401:13:36

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) is on trial. Are we as happy as a hog in slops or is it all hat and no cattle? This ain't Gav's first rodeo when it comes to horror, but he believes this is a classic of the genre with gruesome scenes that don't rely on gore and the introduction of the iconic villain Leatherface. For Alex this dog don't hunt, with the actual massacre lasting only 5 minutes tops and a total absence of tension throughout. All this with a mind-bending quiz and an impression of a rootin' tootin' Texan. www.filmsontrial.co.uk/240
The Mighty Ducks

The Mighty Ducks

2023-09-3001:05:44

The Mighty Ducks is on trial this week. Does it take to the water or is it skating on thin ice? Ausy and Gav have cherished memories of this film as an important part of their childhood, learning about teamwork and the positive consequences of drink driving. Alex does not agree, saying a weak plot and an emphasis on winning above all else makes this a lame duck. All this with an impression of Donald Duck himself and a quiz all about hockey in films! www.filmsontrial.co.uk/239
Backdraft

Backdraft

2023-09-1501:16:16

Backdraft is in the hot seat this week. Does it flame high or give us heartburn? Alex and Gav defend, saying this is the definitive film about firefighters that has incredible practical effects and a solid cast. Dave points to a weak plot, poor script and unrealistic action that ultimately makes it go up in smoke. All this with a quiz about firefighters in films and an off-the-cuff impression of Donald Sutherland. www.filmsontrial.co.uk/238
Revenge of the Sith

Revenge of the Sith

2023-09-0201:20:38

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith is on trial this week. Does it get itself in Hoth water or is it a happy Endor? Joel and Dave say Lucas finally got it right with this one, delivering exactly the Star Wars film fans were waiting for. Ausy and Alex say lessons were not learned, with terrible dialogue and far too much CGI fluff. All this with an impression of the Emperor and a Star Wars quiz! www.filmsontrial.co.uk/237
Doom

Doom

2023-08-1901:06:11

Doom is on trial this week. A ripping tale or one to make us tear up? Gav and Ausy argue this film took what is a very basic game concept and fleshed it out with exciting action and a solid cast. Joel and Alex say they took a very basic game concept and ignored it completely, deciding to rip off Aliens and Resident Evil instead. All this and an impression of both the Rock and a gritty Karl Urban with a quiz all about famous weapons in movies. www.filmsontrial.co.uk/236
What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come

2023-08-0401:11:11

What Dreams May Come is in the hot seat this week. Is it heaven sent or hell bent? Dave and Ausy say incredible visuals and a deeply emotional story make this a unique take on what comes after. Gav and Joel would rather not find out, with shallow sentimentality and weak characters making this a dud. All this with an impression of Robin Williams and Max Von Sydow and a quiz all about Joel's guilty pleasures. www.filmsontrial.co.uk/235
Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick

2023-07-2401:18:59

Top Gun: Maverick is on trial this week. Does it take our breath away or is it in the danger zone? Ausy and Alex say spectacular practical action sequences with a tight story and great cast hit the target dead on. Gav says it misses the mark, with a tired rehashed plot, lack of interesting characters and constant jingoism. All this with a quiz based around the Top Gun movies! www.filmsontrial.co.uk/234
Fast & Furious 7

Fast & Furious 7

2023-07-0101:11:02

Fast & Furious 7 is on trial this week. Has it got a full tank of diesel or are we going for a walk? Alex and Ausy say this is a mad action blockbuster that continually outdoes itself. Gav and Joel can't get past how insance the action is and find the lack of any attempt of character or plot too much to handle. All this with an impression of Vin Diesel and a quiz all about movie sevens. www.filmsontrial.co.uk/233
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King is on trial this week. A light in the darkness or a web of lies? Ausy and Dave say this is the most faithful and beloved adaptation of the classic fantasy novel we are ever going to get. Joel and Alex counter that there are unavoidable flaws in the original story that make this film dull and never-ending. All this with an impression of Gollum and a quiz all about Lord of the Rings! www.filmsontrial.co.uk/232
The Phantom Menace

The Phantom Menace

2023-05-2601:16:38

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is on trial this week. Is this the way or do we have a bad feeling about this? Alex and Joel defend, comparing this original and lovingly made prequel to the more focus grouped fan service films that came after. Gav and Dave list a multitude of basic filmmaking errors, adding that Lucas may have been wrong in thinking his audience was interested in galactic taxation as a central plot point. All this with an impression of a Sith lord and a quiz all about Star Wars! www.filmsontrial.co.uk/231
What's Love Got to Do with It? is on trial this week. Is it simply the best biopic ever? Dave and Ausy say phenomenal, career-defining performances from Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne take this to the very top. Joel and Alex say that this is only for diehard fans of Tina Turner, with some poor direction and plot points that even Tina herself was not happy about. All this with an impression of David Bowie and a quiz on musicians in film. www.filmsontrial.co.uk/230
This week we put Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on trial. A cat-astrophe or positively paw-some? Joel and Dave aren't kitten around when they say this is the best Marvel film in a long time that has great action and furmidable performances. Gav and Ausy have their claws out as they say this is far infurior to what came before and that the plot had them chasing their tail. All this with an impression of Ulysses Klaue and a hissterical quiz about the making of this film. www.filmsontrial.co.uk/232
Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen

2023-04-1501:09:39

Olympus Has Fallen is in the dock this week. A storming, capital film or a bunch of trumped up nonsense? Gav and Dave argue that a fine central performance from Gerard Butler and some gritty action scenes make this one to be remembered. Ausy and Alex say that there is far too much grit in a film that does not deserve such a great cast. All this with faultless impressions and a dynamite quiz! www.filmsontrial.co.uk/231
Nope

Nope

2023-03-2001:15:40

This week sees the finale of the Michael Wincott season as the gang put Nope on trial. Is it a close encounter or is it a near miss? There are lots of great arguments for and against, plus a quiz all about the many deaths of Michael Wincott. Hope that you enjoy! www.filmsontrial.co.uk/230
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Comments (3)

Michael Williams

terrible review. 1st one I listened to from them and it was annoyingly woke. white saviors and the like.

Jun 26th
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Erik B. Andersn

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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