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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, 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 ...
 
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Alien Covenant is on trial this week. Does it give us a good feeling deep down or will it rip us apart? Gav and Joel say this is a return to form after Prometheus, offering fans the carnage they expect but also delivering some interesting ideas along the way. Ausy and Alex point out that this is a sequel to Prometheus which does nothing to mend the…
 
This week marks the first episode in our Ridley Scott season, as the guys put House of Gucci on trial. Is it the Fun House, or the House of Horrors? Alex and Dave are defending and say that the film is style and substance, with some great performances from Adam Driver and Lady Gaga. Gav is prosecuting however, and he argues that the film abandons t…
 
Something's Gotta Give is on trial this week. Is the naked truth this is a classic or is it squeaky bum time? Alex has chosen this film for romcom season as he hates it so very much. With Joel he points out a cringeworthy script and pointless plot points amongst other grievances. Dave and Ausy think he needs to calm down and enjoy an easy watch wit…
 
Just Go With It is on trial this week. Good advice or should we take it with a pinch of salt? Dave and Alex defend, pointing to a simple but interesting story that provides plenty of laughs. Gav could not disagree more, calling it pedestrian, outdated and, perhaps worst of all, an Adam Sandler movie. All this with an impression of Sandler himself a…
 
Wedding Crashers is on trial this week. A fairytale meeting of two comedic greats or will this end in tears? Joel and Ausy argue that a strong cast keeps the laughs coming and that there's an interesting story beneath the comedy. Gav and Alex argue that Wedding Crashers does not stand the test of time, with outdated views on women, men and pretty m…
 
This week, Monster-in-Law is on trial. Is it a white wedding, or a sham marriage? Gav and Dave argue that this is a charming film and a fine cinematic return for Jane Fonda. Joel counters that it lacks charisma and is very forgettable. There's an impression(?) of Jane Fonda, and a quiz all about movie in-laws www.filmsontrial.co.uk/209 Support Film…
 
Clueless is in the hot seat this week. Should we take pride in it, or terminate with prejudice? Ausy and Gav say this is an essential 90s movie, with surprising depth to the characters and top notch actors. Dave says this film is trapped in the decade it was made and takes playing happy families a little too far. All this with a spot on impression …
 
Don't Look Up is on trial this week. A shooting star or does it fall to earth with a crash? Ausy and Alex say this film manages the near impossible task of being entertaining whilst showing the end of all life on earth. Dave and Gav say that a lack of subtlety and heavy handed swipes at pretty much everything mean any message is completely lost. Al…
 
Matrix Resurrections is on trial this week. Does it wash away the sins of Matrix Revolutions or sometimes, is dead better? Joel and Gav go before Judge Dave and plead that an ambitious story that isn't afraid to take risks makes this a winner. Alex and Ausy point to a nonsensical, self-indulgent plot that manages to further destroy the legacy of th…
 
Spiderman: No Way Home is on trial this week. A delicately woven plot or a tangled sticky web? Gav defends, looking at an ambitious plot that doesn't play it safe and brings a great resolution to not just one but three story arcs spanning 20 years. Dave says this is a fat cash cow that Sony and Marvel intend to milk for many years and that paying f…
 
This week West Side Story (1961) is on trial. Is it jet setting or swimming with sharks? Alex and Dave are prosecuting and think that the film is dated and underpinned by a weak story, whereas Gav and Ausy are defending and argue that it is a technically one of the greatest musicals ever made. There's a quiz about Christmas films, an impression of …
 
For our 200th episode 2 part special, the gang put No Time To Die on trial. Is it a thunderball or does it (sky)fall from grace? Part 1 will cover the trial. Gav and Ausy are on defence and state that it's a textbook James Bond movie. The Daves are prosecuting and argue that it's too serious and shooting itself in the foot. There are lots of great …
 
The Night of The Hunter takes the stand this week. Will we love it with all our heart or hate it's guts? Alex and Dave defend, saying a masterful performance by Robert Mitchum is the cherry on top of a film packed with thrills and chills. Gav prosecutes, saying that a promising start ends up turning into farce and that there's a good reason why thi…
 
This week, The Bodyguard is on trial. Is it a bulletproof vest, or is it a bullet in the chest? Joel and Ausy argue that it's a timeless classic, with a great central love story and a fantastic soundtrack. Gav and Alex argue that it's a got a weak story and a uninspiring romance. There's a quiz about Kevin Costner and other cinematic Kevins, plus i…
 
This week The Postman is on trial. Is it 'next day delivery', or is it "sorry we missed you"? Dave and Ausy praise the direction and the message of hope in this post apocalyptic film, whereas Gav and Joel argue that the film is too long and self-indulgent. There's a quiz about correspondence in movies, an impression of Postman Pat, plus lots of gre…
 
This week Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is on trial. Okay Is it robbing from the rich to give to the poor? Or is it robbing from the poor to give to the rich? There are lots of great discussions, plus a quiz about movie soundtracks that have been number one in the UK music charts. www.filmsontrial.co.uk Support Films on Trial…
 
The Suicide Squad (2021) is in the hot seat this week. Does James Gunn hit the bullseye or has he jumped the shark? Ausy and Gav defend, pointing out a stellar cast and refreshing take on the dark side of superhero comics. Alex and Dave disagree, looking instead at the lack of emotional depth between the characters and the excessive violence. All t…
 
Knives Out is in the hot seat this week. A cut above the rest or a stab in the dark? Gav is in defence, looking at a stellar story that balances a clever whodunnit with fascinating insights into American society. Joel and Alex are on offence, pointing out a bloated A-list cast that defies belief and weak core to the story. All this with our go at a…
 
This week, Army of the Dead is on trial. Is it an ace up the sleeve? Or does it break the bank? In a stripped back episode this week, Gav argues that the Zack Snyder is having a blast and the result is a big, fun movie. Dave disagrees and says that it lacks character developments and that the plot is all over the place. There's no quiz this week, b…
 
This week Terminator: Genisys is in the hot seat. The beginning of something good or a rotten apple? Gav and Joel defend, arguing that this action film is packed with great action and manages to reinvigorate the tired franchise. Ausy and Alex do not agree, pointing out the incomprehensible plot and wooden performances that will annoy die-hard fans …
 
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