X-Men 2

X-Men 2

The Mummy Returns

100 episodes ago, I covered The Mummy (1999). It's still the greatest movie ever made. The Mummy Returns, the 2001 sequel to The Mummy, was always going to struggle to live up to the fun, charismatic original (especially in my eyes)Nowadays, The Mummy is revered as a modern class ...  Show more

Toy Story 2

Sweet mother of Abraham Lincoln! Toy Story 2 has a story to tell!Yes, it's the first Pixar sequel, momentous in its own right, but it started off as a Disney direct-to-video sequel, with a character called Senorita Cactus and a talking Bullseye, voiced by Martin Short....Then it ...  Show more

Labyrinth

Through dangers untold, and hardships unnumbered, It's my birthday and because I ask for so little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave, I've brought you a gift! Here's the third annual birthday episode - a special episode based on one of the defining movi ...  Show more

Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno)

Most of us grew up on adaptations of fairy tales; on stories of princesses, animal companions, and ultimately a happily ever after ending.Guillermo del Toro successfully interprets and deconstructs the fairy tale in his 2006 masterpiece Pan's Labyrinth, by blending a nightmarish ...  Show more

Alien

In space, no one can hear you scream.Thankfully though, they can hear a podcast. I think. Comparisons to Jaws aside, Alien remains one of the seminal science fiction horror movies of all time, generating fear through its H.R. Giger designed sets and creature work, and the copious ...  Show more

Last Action Hero

Last Action Hero had everything going for it. An in-demand script which enticed the biggest action star in Hollywood in Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Shane Black re-write, a credible action director in John McTiernan, a huge production budget (for the time) and a huge marketing budget ...  Show more

Jaws

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water this summer season, the cultural and societal behemoth that is Jaws finally makes an appearance in the waters around Verbal Diorama. But, don't worry, it's probably just a boat propeller killing all these random victims. ...  Show more

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road is not the movie you'd expect after the three very masculine Mad Max movies that came before it, but it's the Mad Max movie we needed. While arguably Tom Hardy's titular Max is side-lined by Charlize Theron's Imperator Furiosa, it's done for a good reason - to ...  Show more

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

From the same studio who brought you Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and the producers of literally everything great that came out in the last 10+ years comes the best movie of 2021.Yep, I said it.The Mitchells vs. The Machines is the best movie of 2021. No hyperbole, either.T ...  Show more

The Frighteners

The Frighteners is more important than you realise.Not only was it a landmark of visual effects in 1996, it also starred one of the biggest Hollywood stars of the 80s/90s in his last live-action leading role: Michael J. Fox. Directed by Peter Jackson, The Frighteners languishes n ...  Show more

Deadpool

Wade Wilson: mercenary, talker, fourth-wall breaker and extremely self-aware comic book super-anti-hero. In a cinematic world where superheroes are commonplace, it makes sense for Deadpool to be the perfect tonic. A hero who isn't a hero, but is super.Deadpool, as a character, is ...  Show more

The Room / The Disaster Artist (ft interview with Greg Sestero) (+AMA!)

To celebrate the 100 episodes preceding it, here's a special episode about Tommy Wiseau's cult classic disasterpiece The Room, and the movie all about the making of The Room, The Disaster Artist.The Room holds a special place in many peoples' hearts, despite often being labelled ...  Show more

Avengers: Endgame

So, Infinity War finished, Thanos won. He snapped away half the universe's population and what was left?Less people, a cleaner environment and more resources to go around? Sure. Thanos was right on that point, but there was also international grief, overwhelming loss and an inabi ...  Show more

Avengers: Infinity War

Remember when Joss Whedon's The Avengers was the ultimate in superhero team ups? A mere six years later, brothers Joe and Anthony Russo, fresh off Captain America: Civil War, upped the ante and delivered the ultimate ultimate superhero team up - with more action! More characters! ...  Show more

Avengers: Age of Ultron

I'd wager that if you ask anyone at random what their favourite Avengers movie, Age of Ultron would rarely be the first choice. The middle child of the franchise, this was the one that had the most riding on it, and it suffered for its great ambitions.Because Age of Ultron, retro ...  Show more

The Avengers (2012)

I am Em of Verbal Diorama, and I am burdened with glorious purpose. Because really, aren't we all here for Loki, God of Mischief, the wonderful Tom Hiddleston just chewing every inch of CG scenery?But he's not the only highlight of this movie, because pretty much everything about ...  Show more

The Monster Squad

In 1987, Fred Dekker made a little movie that did so badly it was pulled from US theatres after just two weeks....Like all cult classics though, The Monster Squad showed it had nards, and only grew in audiences estimations through VHS and TV screenings, through to DVD and Blu-ray ...  Show more

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

"We're men. We're men in tights. We roam around the forest looking for fights. We're men. We're men in tiiiiiights. We rob from the rich and give to the poor, that's right!"Robin Hood: Men in Tights isn't here to be fine art, this is no Criterion Collection inductee. It's the sim ...  Show more

Beetlejuice

All you need to do to summon him is say his name three times....Beetlejuice!Beetlejuice!Beetlejuice!For many, this is one of Tim Burton's greatest moments as a director. The sharp, macabre, funny story of Adam and Barbara Maitland, a recently deceased couple who find the living a ...  Show more