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Failed Critics (2012-2019 episodes)
58 minutes | Nov 9, 2022
Triple Bill: Turning TV into Films
Like buses, you wait for three years and then two come along at once, overcharge you, and make you late for work. Or something. Released at almost the exact same time as the previous episode, because why wait? This time, it's just Steve and Owen talking about stuff they've seen - including Disney+ series Andor, Disney+ movie See How They Run, and non-Disney+ Christmas movies - and think up some ideas for TV shows that deserve a spin-off movie. Like Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie. Only different. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
82 minutes | Nov 9, 2022
Up to no good again (again)
Surprise! We're back, sort of, for a couple of episodes at the very least. We do sure hope nothing's changed since we last stepped onto this feed in 2019. Steve is putting the memory foam back in his hosting chair seat, Owen is being as pretentious as always, as Brooker is, of course, reviewing horror movies. The more things change, the more they stay the same. There's quizzing, a round up of 'what we've been watching' that spans the last couple of weeks rather than years featuring Ghostbusters, Netflix's The Watcher, and the best/worst of FrightFest 2022 - plus a couple of new releases sneak their way in under the radar with reviews of All Quiet on the Western Front, the new Hellraiser movie, and a couple of words at most for Black Adam. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
Announcement: Failed Critics is back (and in a new home!)
A quick announcement from Failed Critics' new publisher and editor Tony Black discussing the return of Failed Critics and where to now find the podcast, plus a sneak peek at our first episode back with Tony, regular host Steve Norman, and guest Matt Lambourne. This feed will remain active as a storehouse for all 290+ episodes of Failed Critics between 2012-2019, but you can find the rebooted era of the show by subscribing at the following link here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/failed-critics-podcast/id1611135627 You can also find the podcast on Spotify and all good pod catchers if you type in 'Failed Critics Podcast'. We'll see you there! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
53 minutes | Mar 21, 2019
Failed Critics Podcast: Triple bill 2019 and that
Hosts Steve Norman and Owen Hughes had a day off work and decided to kill time by doing an impromptu podcast on stuff they've seen in 2019. It also means we edge one step closer to the magic episode 300 mark - just nine more to go. But, seeing as the last podcast they released was in June 2018, it's unlikely to be reached any time soon. The pair talk about what they've watched recently, including a chat about bizarre Japanese arthouse film Tetsuo, The Iron Man, and the wave of true crime documentaries lately. In triple bill, they each pick out their favourite new film of 2019, their favourite first-time watch of the year, and the worst film they've seen over the past three months or so. We'll be back.. probably.. at some point.. hopefully. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
71 minutes | Jun 5, 2018
Failed Critics Podcast: Solo: A Star Wars Podcast
We're back! Sort of. Host Steve Norman is back, at least, for another Star Wars special episode with regulars Paul Field and Dave Valentine booting misery guts Owen Hughes from the podcast. There's quizzing, japes, and of course more Solo: A Star Wars Story chat than you could shake a lightsaber at. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
83 minutes | Apr 27, 2018
Failed Critics Podcast: Avengers: Infinity War birthday special
Happy birthday to you guys! Yes, it's your birthday everyone. Or, rather, the Failed Critics Podcast turned six this week, which means happy birthday to us and all of our listeners who witnessed this Frankenstein's monster of a podcast come to life. To celebrate, hosts Steve Norman and Owen Hughes have put together a hastily arranged episode with a sneaky post-credits Avengers: Infinity War review. Also on the episode, we return to a classic format for the quiz section, before covering The Discovery, Money Monster, Alien 3 and Rampage in WWBW. Thanks to everyone who has ever downloaded, listened, shared, liked, commented on, complained about, subscribed, unsubscribed, or otherwise interacted with the podcast in some form or another throughout our existence. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
54 minutes | Mar 6, 2018
Failed Critics Podcast: Oscars That Never Were Triple Bill
We're back for a bit. No biggie. Just Steve Norman, Owen Hughes and Paul Field, hanging around recording a random triple bill podcast trying to ride the crest of interest that usually comes during the Oscars season. Resurrected from the near dead, the Failed Critics revive an old quiz - not an old quiz format, literally they replay an old quiz - and chat about what they've been watching lately. Paul revels in riotous horror Freehold, Owen revisits 10 Cloverfield Lane, and Steve rubbishes a bunch of Netflix Originals. In the triple bill section, there's chaos, confusion and regular shambolic behaviour as each critic picks a movie that missed that all important award nod from the Academy throughout history. Don't get too excited; this doesn't actually signal a return to a weekly format for FC. But we're on 288 episodes now. You'll probably see us appear in your feed at 12 other points throughout the year as we push for the magic 300, so don't unsubscribe just yet! If you want more regular podcasting goodness from Owen and Steve (and Tony Black!) then please subscribe, listen and rate to STT: Rewind over at SetTheTape.com/podcasts. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
90 minutes | Jan 8, 2018
Failed Critics Unplugged: Live in Oxford (Again)
Happy New Year and all that jazz. We're back from our end of year celebrations (sort of) as hosts Steve Norman and Owen Hughes head to a pub in Oxford to chat movies and TV with Character Unlock's Andrew Brooker. Recorded over a month ago in the same pub as our last live podcast, the trio run through what they've been watching lately, as well as a triple bill giving insight into what has caught their eye over the past year at the cinema, on Netflix and the goggle box. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
131 minutes | Dec 31, 2017
Failed Critics Podcast: FC Awards 2017
Another year down, and another awards ceremony concluded. Hosts Steve Norman and Owen Hughes are joined by a returning Paul Field to produce another quality end-of-year quiz, and to help us round-up the results from the Failed Critics Awards 2017. Our huge thanks go out to everybody who took the time to submit nominations in the various categories. We'll be posting the results as a list later in the week, but for now we hope you have a great New Year! We'll return soon for another special live episode recorded in Oxford earlier this year. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
97 minutes | Dec 24, 2017
Failed Critics Podcast: The Last Jedi
A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far, Far Away... Steve, Paul and Crisp Packet Dave returned for their annual Star Wars podcast and took an in-depth look at Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi. (Note: This review contains spoilers, a lot of them.) Elsewhere, there is the traditional quiz where football-loving Steve tries to hide his geek tendencies. And with 5 years of Failed Critics the lads look back at their 5 favourite films of the last 5 years, as well as their least favourite. We hope you all have a great Christmas and happy new year and all that jazz. We'll have the results of our end of year awards in the next episode. Don't forget to vote if you haven't already! Deadline for submissions is midnight on Boxing Day. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
62 minutes | Nov 30, 2017
Failed Critics Podcast: Justice League
Hopefully by now you will have caught up with DCEU's latest attempt at salvaging a flailing franchise with Justice League. Hosts Steve Norman and Owen Hughes run their beady eye over Zack Snyder/Joss Whedon's ensemble superhero flick, as well as chatting about some post-apocalyptic fiction and reviewing their favourite cough sweets. Yum. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
67 minutes | Nov 5, 2017
Failed Critics Podcast: Thor: Ragnarok
So very, very late this week that it's actually now "next week" but hey, at least it's here, right? Let's cut out the chit chat and get straight to it: Steve Norman hosts (and edits) this week as Owen Hughes and Brian Plank join for a review of the MCU's latest fantasy adventure with Thor: Ragnarok. In the absence of the news section, the trio run through some Netflix stuff, chat about what else they've been watching, and recommend you some stuff to watch during the week that's just been so is now entirely useless. Sorry about that. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
104 minutes | Oct 20, 2017
Failed Critics Podcast: London Film Festival 2017 Special
Welcome to another episode of the Failed Critics Podcast as hosts Steve Norman and Owen Hughes are joined by Callum Petch, fresh from this year's London Film Festival. We kick off the podcast with a chat about the ins and outs of the Festival itself as Callum explains what it's like being one of them proper critics that they have in London. He also rounds up five of the best (including Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, Irish Afghanistan animation The Breadwinner and NOT hip-comedy The Party) and a few of the rest. Of course, you can read back on all of Callum's diary entries from the BFI London Film Festival 2017 right here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
76 minutes | Oct 12, 2017
Failed Critics Podcast: Blade Runner 2049, Loving Vincent, and The Mountain Between Us
Welcome to another episode of the Failed Critics Podcast. This one is actually being published within a reasonable amount of time since the recording. Aren't we spoiling you, eh! In it, hosts Steve Norman and Owen Hughes chat about the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer as well as react to the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse news. In What We've Been Watching, Steve reviews survival romance drama The Mountain Between Us, starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, and Owen takes a trip to the cinema for Loving Vincent, the hand-painted animated mystery noir about the life and death of Vincent Van Gogh. However, the main release review this week is Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve's long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott's science fiction classic, starring Ryan Gosling as a replicant caught up in the search for a missing key. Would the film provide to be as divisive amongst our podders as the original was with the cinema audiences upon its release? You'll just have to listen to find out. Join us again next week for a London Film Festival special as we catch up with Callum Petch who has attended the prestigious movie event. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
59 minutes | Oct 4, 2017
Failed Critics Podcast: Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Only a week and a half late this time, it's our Kingsman: The Golden Circle podcast! Entering into the fool's golden circle that is the Failed Critics Podcast this week is Steve Norman, Owen Hughes, Tony Black and Brian Plank. The quiz was cut from the final audio due to being incredibly shit. Sorry. Maybe doing anagrams on the radio is not a great idea. But if you want to play along, you can find the questions that Steve et al struggled through at the bottom of this bumf. Elsewhere on the show: Steve reviewed BBC's dark comedy series Stag which has just been added to Netflix; Tony gets to grips with the new Star Trek Discovery episodes as well as sports drama Borg McEnroe; Brian watches the "very strange" Mr Biffo's Found Footage; and Owen is back on Shudder once again to watch the remastered 70's cult classic Phantasm. We'll be back next week (hopefully) with another podcast of some description. Probably about Blade Runner. QUIZ: Spot the odd one out. If you spot it, you get a point. If you know why it's the odd one out, you get 2 points. They are all name anagrams. QUESTION 1: a) Naked Borrower; b) Lank Rap Bin; c) Nobly Tack. QUESTION 2: a) Wet Math Van Hug; b) Guy Itchier; c) In Vec Hav Gun. QUESTION 3: a) Preteen Sir; b) Dry Voices; c) Panache moment. QUESTION 4: a) Asia Flub Hoe; b) Invader Gross Run; c) Men Am Thin. QUESTION 5: a) Tarhut C Rackle; b) Liphip K Kid-c; c) Ego Reg W Hubs. Q1 Answer = A - Andrew Brooker, he's the odd one out because b) Brian Plank and c) Tony Black were both meant to be on this episode, and Brooker wasn't, despite Steve emailing him the agenda before we recorded. Q2 Answer = B - Guy Ritchie, both Matthew Vaughn and Vince Vaughn have the same surname. Q3 Answer = C - Phantom Menace is a Star Wars film, whereas a) (Enterprise) and b) (Discovery) are Star Trek series. Q4 Answer = C - Tim Henman is a real tennis player, where as b) is Sverrir Gudnason, and a) is Shia LaBeouf, both of whom star in Borg McEnroe. Q5 Answer = C - George W Bush, he's a former president, whereas a) Arthur C Clarke and b) Philip K Dick are sci-fi writers. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
65 minutes | Sep 22, 2017
Failed Critics Podcast: Oooh Chinny Reckon
Welcome to the absolute best podcast we've ever recorded.... ooooh chinny reckon. Chinny. Reck. Kon. Oooh Jimmy Hill chinny reckon. Chinnnnny. Ok, ok. No, it's probably not the best podcast we've ever recorded, but it was still a lot of fun as hosts Steve Norman and Owen Hughes chat Korean revenge thrills in The Villainess with Paul Field, as well as trying to work out whether Darren Aronofsky's mother! was pretentious tosh, or if that is even a bad thing at all. The pod kicks off with one of Paul's famed Amazon Review quizzes before the trio run through a few notable winners from last weekend's Emmy awards. Steve finally watches Dangerous Game, the so-called "worst football film ever made" according to The Independent, whilst Owen struggles through a review of indie drama The Song of Sway Lake due to losing all his notes minutes before recording; and Paul discovers Australian horror Killing Ground. We'll be back again next week to review Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
52 minutes | Sep 10, 2017
Failed Critics Podcast: It (Spoiler Alert Special)
Just a short podcast for you all this week as Owen Hughes and Andrew Brooker float the idea of a very short It Spoiler Alert review special rather than take a week off. This is your second and final warning: do NOT listen to this episode unless you have seen the weekend's release of Stephen King's killer clown movie. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
65 minutes | Sep 6, 2017
Failed Critics Podcast: Spy Triple Bill
Leaping out of a moving aircraft with a Union Jack adorning their parachutes, before safely landing in the driver's seat of their sub-aquatic Aston Martin, it's your podcast hosts Steve Norman and Owen Hughes. Spinning around on his high-backed leather chair with a pussy in his lap, it's our special guest Paul Field, joining Owen and Steve for a special spy triple bill episode! Oh, drat! I wasn't supposed to tell you that. The cat is out of the bag, so I might as well reveal what else occurred on this week's show. Paul was back on quiz hosting duty for a rather smutty game of Bond or Bonk, before reviewing Danish comedy film Dan-Dream, from the makers of the popular Klown series. After revisiting Return of the Living Dead 3 recently, Owen sought out Brian Yuzna's body-horror social commentary directorial debut from 1989, Society, whilst Steve took a trip to the cinema to see what Steven Soderbergh's non-retirement looked like with Logan Lucky. We'll be back next week with a review of Stephen King's It. In the meantime, why not check out Paul's Underground Nights co-host's latest stand-up special which has been made available to stream for free via Amazon Prime Instant: http://amzn.to/2eOYzpC This podcast will self destruct in 1hr 3mins and 8secs. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
39 minutes | Aug 30, 2017
Failed Critics Podcast: FrightFest 2017
Spooktacular! Fangtastic! Unbelieva...ghoul...? Yes, it's our Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 special episode of the Failed Critics Podcast. Hosts Steve Norman-Bates and VoodoOwen Hughes drag Andrew 'PVCface' Brooker and Mike ShawcrossedTheWrongGuy straight from FrightFest and onto Skype for a podcast devoted entirely to the UK's largest genre film festival. Amongst the general chit-chat about the five-day event over the bank holiday weekend, we chat about over 15 different films, including: Leatherface; Cult of Chucky; 68 Kill; Better Watch Out; Tragedy Girls; The Bar; Mayhem; Double Date; Psychopaths; Freehold; Fanged Up; Jackals; Bloodshed; Mob; and not forgetting the Adam Wingard's Netflix Original Death Note. We'll be back next week with a spy thrillers triple bill. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
93 minutes | Aug 23, 2017
Failed Critics Podcast: Stephen King Triple Bill
Hosts Steve Norman and Owen Hughes do not podcast with their microphones; he who podcasts with his microphone has forgotten the face of his father. They podcast with their friends, Maaya Brooker and Liam, as the each pick their three favourite Stephen King movies for this week's triple bill episode, in addition to a review of the sci-fi / horror / fantasy author's latest big screen adaptation, The Dark Tower. Also on the podcast, Steve is back in the host's chair for the quiz pitting Owen's King knowledge against Maaya and Liam's, before the group chat about the news that vampire horror Nosferatu is getting a remake from Robert Eggers (The Witch). In What We've Been Watching, Steve speaks highly of new Netflix Original What Happened to Monday?, Liam plucks out period drama Lady Macbeth from Curzon's vast array of quietly quality features, and Maaya ignores all advice to take a trip to the cinema to see The Hitman's Bodyguard. We'll be back again next week for a round-up of FrightFest from horror aficionados Andrew Brooker and Mike Shawcross. Why not check out Brooker's preview piece on the horror film festival whilst you wait... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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