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Alrighty Then! A Jim Carrey Selectrospective – The Movie Robcast

Would it be cheesy to describe episode 91 as “suh-MO-kin’!”? It would? Okay, we’ll Carrey on at a slightly more measured tone. 

With Sonic the Hedgehog still one of the country’s most recent movie releases despite hitting cinemas in February, the two Robs decided to delve deep into Jim Carrey’s catalogue and review more than the blue-rinse speed hog. Although they do talk Sonic, don’t worry.

For Rob Wallis in 1994, Carrey was a formative movie influence. For Rob Daniel, more advanced in years and considerably creakier, Carrey was an annoyance besmirching the good name of cinema. Ironically, both the Robs learnt to like Jim through The Mask, that zany family movie that happily still holds up today.

The Robs look at how Mr...

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Extraction & Gangs of London – The Movie Robcast

The Movie Robcast reaches its 90th episode! And we’re marking the occasion with bang, looking at Chris Hemsworth’s explosive actioner Extraction and Gareth Evan’s brutal crime epic Gangs of London.

The Robs find a particularly familiar whiff to Extraction. But, they take the opportunity to invoke the oeuvre of straight-to-rental favourite Scott Adkins when discussing how closely Chris Hemsworth’s movie sticks to action movie beats. They also take time to ponder the business savvy of titling a film “Avengement” as Adkins did. Tune in for why it makes more sense than you’d think.

Then onto Gangs of London. Rob D binged the whole series, while Rob W only had time to watch the first episode, so the discussion is spoiler free...

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Moonraker – The Movie Robcast

For multiple obvious reasons, No Time to Die has been moved back to November. But we still wanted to give you a Bond episode for April.

There were twenty-four 007 missions from which to choose, including some of the most influential films ever made. So, why did we go for Moonraker, the Bond film typically dismissed as the Star Wars rip-off with a double-taking pigeon?

The short answer is because Rob W likes it. The longer answer is, because Rob W likes it and Rob D was scared Rob W would go full-on Jaws if he didn’t get his way. That’s also the false answer.

The real reason is because Moonraker is a fascinating Bond film...

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Home Premiere Round-Up – The Movie Robcast

Episode 88 sees the two Robs taking a deep dive into four films fast-tracked to home rental when Coronavirus closed cinemas.  Bloodshot, Military Wives, Emma and The Hunt. With such a mixed bag, it should be no surprise to read it’s a case of good and bad (not much ugly though). 

There is only one real stinker in the bunch, another that never quite finds the correct tone, one is an absolute blast, and another is a Top 10 of the Year contender.  But, which is which? You’ll have to listen to find out… although you may be able to guess which one will not be a candidate for best of the year lists.

The Robs are remote recording again, still sticking to the rules of social distancing. During the episode, Rob W is brought light refreshment from a family member...

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Mulan (1998) – The Movie Robcast

The Robs originally planned for the first episode in April to be Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan. But, with that being another Coronavirus-related postponed movie, they thought why not go back to the 1998 version? Particularly as Rob D had not actually seen that one, despite always planning to. As a wise franchise one said, life finds a way…

So, with Disney+ handily launching the week of record, Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis took a look at the 1998 Mulan. This then turned into an epic discussion of the film, the Disney Renaissance of the 1990s, Disney’s classic movies (specifically Lady and the Tramp), the success (or not) of the “live action” remakes, racial sensitivity and the wonders of Chinese action cinema. 

You’d never guess the Robs are stuck inside, would you? One of them...

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Podcasting in the Time of Coronavirus – The Movie Robcast

Episode 86 of The Movie Robcast sees the Robs remote recording. Abiding by social distancing measures, they’re in their respective abodes, but that doesn’t stop them from covering a wide range of movie topics and other affairs of state.

Unsurprisingly, top of the list is the Coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 took quite a turn for the dramatic since the last episode, with first cinemas and theatres closing, then pubs and restaurants, then the whole country being put into lockdown.

So, Contagion and Outbreak are part of the discussion, along with thoughts on what will happen to cinema releases if the pandemic stretches into the summer.

It’s not all doom and gloom though...

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Pixar’s Onward – The Movie Robcast

In episode 85 of The Movie Robcast, Robs Daniel and Wallis go on an epic journey while reviewing Pixar’s Onward.

Well, they’re outside in the middle of London again as Rob Wallis is on his lunchbreak and they have to find shelter because it starts raining. It seemed epic at the time.

As they are discussing a fantasy movie, Rob W has opportunity to bust out his Gollum impersonation. It really is something rather special.

Conversation inevitably moves onto the impact of the Coronavirus. As this was recorded on March 11th, the Robs still think Disney’s live-action Mulan will be the next movie they cover. The beautiful fools...

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The Invisible Man (2020) – The Movie Robcast

Episode 84 of The Movie Robcast casts an eye over the latest telling of The Invisible Man. From the Blumhouse stable and directed by Upgrade creator Leigh Whannell, it boasts Elisabeth Moss in the lead role as an abused woman who fears her ex may be closer than she realises.

One of the Robs enjoyed this take on the classic, the other had more trouble seeing the good stuff. But, it makes for a lively discussion and they both agree this remake of a classic Universal monster is far superior to the 2017 redo of The Mummy.

Rob Wallis also points out that, while The Mummy was an indisputable stinker, the podcast episode reviewing it was rather funny. So, in an act of shameless promotion, here it is again for those intrigued…
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As this was recorded on Tuesday 3rd March...

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Parasite – The Movie Robcast

The Movie Robcast is on a roll! Three episodes in one week, it must be awards season. But, we couldn’t let Parasite’s UK theatrical release come and go without us reviewing this record-breaking, Oscar winning triumph.

So, the two Robs take a close view at Bong Joon-ho’s latest movie. This could be the director’s best yet, and when you remember his previous films include The Host and Memories of Murder that is saying something.

Any discussion of Parasite also has to go into spoiler territory, which the Robs duly do. Don’t worry, we give a clear warning so you won’t accidentally stumble into areas you don’t want to hear until you’ve seen the movie.

As this was originally supposed to be a joint episode with Birds of Prey, we had to specially record an intro from a wet and chilly...

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Birds of Prey – The Movie Robcast

In episode 82 of The Movie Robcast, Robs Daniel and Wallis review Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn Suicide Squad spin-off.

To do full justice to the movie, its comic origins and add an important female point-of-view on this female-led movie, Rob Daniel also sits down with friend of the podcast Sarah Johnson for her take. Sarah has a fantastic knowledge of all things Birds of Prey, Harley Quinn and movies, coupled with impeccable taste, so it was great to have her on!

The wide-ranging discussion covers Harley Quinn in the comics and in the movies, the Birds of Prey team, the Gotham Sirens, the John Wick stunt team’s involvement in the film and whether or not it’s any darn good...

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