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"Maximum thrash." (apologies if you've got this episode twice, something went haywire on the backend!) This week we celebrate the 32nd anniversary (weird) of Robocop 2. The first film has been in the top 10 since all the way back on episode 22, can the sequel fare as well? Join us as we discuss why you might bankrupt a city, animatronics, wrestling…
 
This week we reach the tenth and final proper (yeah, I said it) Star Trek film, Star Trek: Nemesis. As is often the case with Trek, it's a bumper episode. Klingon psychological warfare, the worst baddie in history, the problem with Riker's back, lots of griping about Data, and lots, lots more! And if this wasn't enough, we also get into a bit of Ob…
 
This week Sean Connery is sent to Io to sort out a corrupt mining colony, armed with a shotgun and in a bit of a mood. Also, we bring you the only comprehensive breakdown of the music in the club scenes in this film available anywhere on the internet. I think. Next week, we take our annual trek to the stars with Star Trek: Nemesis Get in touch! Vis…
 
"Chinese Woman Stares at Matt Damon: The Movie" This week, America and China throw a load of money at a JOINT VENTURE and end up with The Great Wall, a blockbuster action film with, er, Matt Damon as the lead. Matt Damon, seriously? We discuss the history of clapping, foxes, Alex has a quiz, Chris lets us know how much he looks chopping, and: Matt …
 
"Big Frack's got involved." This week we watch a film in which a hyperintelligent black blob is stuffed into a suspiciously old-looking child's monster truck. Also, Chris gives us a science lesson about the lack of wheels in nature, Sam has a problem with quip timing in films in general, and Alex just wants to have fun. Also, Sam drops a late twist…
 
"Cirque de Horny" This week we're back to our full complement as Chris returns for the razzle dazzle of filmmaking to join us for a thorough look at Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky! As well as working through the plot, we have time to discuss Alex's trip to Legoland, the new Avatar 2 trailer, lucid dreaming, alternate endings, an much, much more! Next …
 
Chris is still away on location so Alex and Sam soldier on for a second DUO REVIEWO. This time, it's Alex's birthday pick, Cowboy Bebop, the film of the anime of the manga of the same name. Join us as we discuss the perils of adapting TV shows for film, which other films this film really really rips off, and get whistful for our missing co-host, es…
 
This week we return to our Disney flop trilogy for the final instalment, Tomorrowland. We take an exhaustive look at this film's lumpy plot, problematic romantic leads, and then descend into hell as we unpeel the strange message behind this film. Ayn Rand, Noah's Ark, the end of the world, and queueing - it's a long episode with a dramatic conclusi…
 
It's an Easter miracle- SFRS returns! After covid lays waste to one host another one goes AWOL, but finally we are back with a new episode! Chris is off on business so Alex and Sam attempt the rare duo rating, taking a look at cyberpunk 'classic' Johnny Mnemonic. If you want your own copy of Johnny M, rate us on iTunes or Spotify and drop us a line…
 
Disney flop series continues with The Black Hole, a film with a confusing tone, an absence of plot, but most importantly a film that is absolutely dominated by the presence of V.I.N.C.E.N.T. the robot. Join us for robot wisdom, Henry Hoover history lessons, and much more! Next week our third and final Disney flop is Tomorrowland! Get in touch! Visi…
 
This week we begin another trilogy of films, a look at some of Disney's biggest flops. And there's no bigger flop in the history of film than John Carter, the story of a American civil war pacifist who gets whisked off to Mars and jumps a lot. It's not great. Also, there's a flop-based quiz! Next week, it's The Black Hole! Get in touch! Visit the W…
 
Our ill-timed naval military sci-fi trilogy concludes with 1984's The Philadelphia Experiment. Based on a 'real' but obviously not real conspiracy theory, a ship goes invisible and two dudes fall through time. Standard. We also discuss a very unlikable leading man, why automatic cars are no good (or good, depending who you ask), and indulge in a li…
 
"Still pollutin'" Naval science fiction season continues (it's a thing) with The Final Countdown, a Douglas family affair in which an aircraft carrier goes back in time and...not a lot else happens? Nevertheless, we discuss a lotta history, a lotta production stuff, make time for an erotic docking sequence, get lost in a classic SFRS confusing time…
 
"It's too late to eat a burrito, too many complex carbs" With our trademark bad-timing in full effect we begin a trilogy of science fiction films about battleships, starting with, er, Battleship. Chicken burritos, "football", and a film so terrible we resort to actually playing Battleship(s). This podcast Also, what's in the dome? (We recorded thes…
 
"I know wheat." Our 2017 review ends with a crash-landing on a spooky kooky planet with an in-depth look at Alien: Covenant. An evil android, a nice android, an expendable crew and a plot that makes absolutely no sense- sounds like a modern Alien film to me! Next week we play a quick game of Battleship. Brace. Get in touch! Visit the Website! Buy o…
 
"Zero bantz had." This week we skip Chris' choice of 2017 film for boring technical reasons, and instead watch listener-picked Valerian. Good character design, a terrible script and the least appealing leading man in the history of cinema can't stop us from taking an in-depth look at this very French, very odd film. Next week, it really will be Ali…
 
We continue our 2017 season of films in Alex's pick, Life! This week Chris brings lots of actual scientific information, Alex fails to see an obvious twist, and Sam has no time for bantz. Next week, we conclude our look at 2017 with Alien: Covenant! Get in touch! Visit the Website! Buy our Merch! Download the soundtrack! See the list so far! And we…
 
This week we break from our 2017 recap to SPOILER the hell out of the latest Matrix film, which came out in stages across the festive period. Admin drama, unprecedented Saturday night recording, eating on mic (sorry), a film of two halves, love and hate for Keanu and a whole lot more. Also, watch out for secondary SPOILERS for Spider-man: No Way Ho…
 
Hello there, it's SFRS! It's a new year so we start, as is tradition, with three picks of films from 2017, as our five year moratorium on rating rolls over once more. First up, we take a close look at The Humanity Bureau, one of 362 films Nicolas Cage has made in the past decade. Also, weird things France like, Peter Venkman blowback, correspondenc…
 
We end the year with our annual look back at the past 52 weeks. The highs, the lows, the films we forgot we watched and the films we wish we could forget. There's also an end of year quiz, a look ahead to 2022 and we pick the first three films we'll be watching in the new year. Thanks to all our listeners, new and old, for sticking with us through …
 
It's the night before Christmas and all through the house your smart speakers and phones should be blasting out SFRS. It's a bumper Christmas episode as we take our annual trip back to a galaxy far, far away. Unfortunately, this time we're stuck with Attack of the Clones. Still, there's lots to talk about: Incompetent jedis, Anakin red flags, the u…
 
The hits keep coming with another BIG FRANCHISE film, it's...oh, it's Jurassic Park III. Alex hosts and brings two quizzes along for the ride as we discuss bad parenting, worse parenting, a lot of weird plot points, talking raptors, and how to procure T-Rex urine. Next week, it's either the christmas show or Attack of the Clones...watch this space!…
 
We're back from a brush with Covid (and a cold) to bring you more science fiction rating goodness - this week, we've got one! It's Ivan Reitman's seminal Ghostbusters, the original and the best. Join us for ghost history, Venkman cancellation queries, a Moranis love-in and lots and lots of quotes. Next week, we keep the blockbusters coming as we he…
 
This week we begin with a bonus John Lewis christmas advert spoilercast before tackling Chris' birthday pick, the weird Robin William's vehicle Toys. We pick up where we left off with Bicentennial Man with not really getting the leading man's appeal, discuss how much the design saves this film, and ponder one of history's worst soundtracks. Next we…
 
This week it's time for some classic '70s disaster action as Sean Connery battles a giant rock hurtling towards Earth. Join us for a suprisingly good Connery impression, a classic Alex quiz, best Bond, Scottish independence hot takes, some top class lamp analysis, a lot of HARD SCIENCE and a CLIFFHANGER! Next week, we very belatedly celebrate Chris…
 
This week we watch a bunch of people have relationship problems on a space ship in indie sci-fi 'drama' Space Station 76 Everyone likes Dr. Bot, no one likes the soundtrack and then we all have a breakdown and talk about the Dune podcast that actually came out last week... Also, we hear about Chris' latest celebrity friends, Alex's latest second-ha…
 
Denis Villenueve's Dune has finally released and so we cling on to some well tailored Atreides coattails and pump out a classic SFRS spoilercast! We're all here, we've all seen the film, and we all have a lot to say. Will everyone actually agree that this is a modern masterpiece? Will we upset fans of the Lynch film again? And just how much of the …
 
WE'RE BACK! 168 weeks ago Sam turned 37 and chose Alita: Battle Angel for his birthday pick! Alex turns up with a binder full of notes, Chris and Sam watched it so long ago they've forgotten the film, and everyone is in agreement that this is a weird, weird film. Also, big James Bond spoilers, eating on the pod, Billie Eilish impressions, Chris rev…
 
Chris is still in the land of showbiz so Sam and Alex tackle the second half of The Animatrix! Samurai fights, ghost houses and absolute robot insanity, it's the episode that's got everything. Except a third host. Next week, we're running on fumes. There'll be a show but...just stick with us, okay? GIVE US 5 STARS ON ITUNES! Get in touch! Visit the…
 
Chris is off on a super secret shoot so it's left to Alex and Sam to keep this train rolling. With the trailer for The Matrix Resurrection tearing up the internet we take the opportunity to indulge our love of Japanese animation with a two part in depth look at The Animatrix. We run through the first four of the nine shorts and start a brand new ra…
 
Idiocracy is in the news a lot lately, because a lot of people like to write things like "5 ways that Idiocracy predicted the future" and "You won't believe these 11 things Idiocracy got right - number 7's a doozy!" all the while not realising the great irony of the content of said articles and existence of the whole clickbait mill of adverts that …
 
Daft Punk split up and eventually we get round to honouring their legacy by watching their arty flick Electroma. Join us for some Daft Punk hot takes, Chris takes up the mantle of Poppins Advocate and Alex is briefly a poet. Next week we remain massively on topic with current zeitgeist favourite Idiocracy. GIVE US 5 STARS ON ITUNES! Get in touch! V…
 
M. Night Shyamalan returns to the list with Signs, in which Mel Gibson and family fight off an alien invasion. We discuss the problems with a water-averse alien invading Earth, how asthma works, and try to answer the most important question of all- how long does it take to defrost a chicken? Next week we commiserate Daft Punk splitting up (about 40…
 
Last week's admin controversy spills over into this week's episode as Chris struggles to become our Social Media Officer, and then eventually we talk about Space Jam because a sequel came out about 48 years ago and we're just getting round to it. Elsewhere, Chris recommends a futurist, Alex has got a quiz, and Sam pitches the InsuranceVerse. Despit…
 
It's part 2 of our Earth-stopping double bill! This time, Keanu Reeves is playing to his 'strengths' as emotionless blank slate Klaatu and Jennifer Connelly is the most loosely defined scientist we've seen in some time. Join us to learn some maths, find out where the only blue McDonald's in the world is, and what happens to cats when the apocalypse…
 
Season 3 (or maybe 4?) begins as we reach episode 201 and start a classic remake double bill. This week, it's the 1951 original The Day The Earth Stood Still. Listen as we discuss what olden days people thought about UFOs, how most tropes are older than we think, and the ethics around Alex moving into Sam's caravan park whilst owning a gun. Next we…
 
We're back! After weeks of travel and turmoil the three of us finally reconvene to record our 200th episode! 200!? Yes, it's a bit mad. Four years and 6 months after we started we finally have an occasion momentous enough to justify watching the wonderful/terrible Alien³! Well, we actually watch the 'Special Edition' (or 'Assembly Room'/'Workprint'…
 
The countdown to 200 reaches its terrifying conclusion with Chris' pick for favourite film. Sam and Alex finish their nostalgia quizzes, get off topic with Fast & Furious and reveal what film we'll be watching on episode 200! (If this isn't your thing, don't worry - we'll be back with new films from episode 200 onwards!) GIVE US 5 STARS ON ITUNES! …
 
The countdown to 200 continues with the dark middle chapter of our nostalgia trilogy. Sam and Alex continue their trip down memory lane, fire some quiz questions at one another and then settle down to listen to another classic episode of SFRS! (If this isn't your thing, don't worry - we'll be back with new films from episode 200 onwards!) GIVE US 5…
 
For the next three weeks we approach our 200th episode with buckets of nostalgia and self indulgence. Sam's moving house and Chris is on holiday so join Alex and Sam for a trip down SFRS memory lane. Behind the scenes gossip, duelling quizzes, and then a rerun of Alex's favourite episode of the pod! (If this isn't your thing, don't worry - we'll be…
 
What does the name Midnight Special bring to mind? A cocktail? A club night? A group activity banned in several countries? Surprise! It's none of those, it's a film about a kid with weird eyes being chased across America by the feds and a cult. Seriously, if anyone knows why this film is called what it is, please let us know. Next week, the start o…
 
We make our annual trip back into the world of Star Trek, with Insurrection, the penultimate 'proper' Trek film. Picard and crew are out to thwart the most boring plot in the history of the galaxy, or are they accidentally making things worse? Also, another Star Trek quiz, where you should keep Data's manual and the problem with actors being actors…
 
At some point in the past we said we would watch D.A.R.Y.L. and at an unspecified time later someone contacted us and said 'Hey, you still need to watch that film.' Well, we don't know who you were, we forgot saying it, but now we're watching D.A.R.Y.L. Join us as we immediately get wildly off topic with Crocodile Dundee, discuss carnivorous robots…
 
We emerge from post-lockdown life and consequently get too busy to podcast. But don't worry, we're back, with a film no one has seen, no one wants to see, and no one should see. So, business as usual, then. Next week, D.A.R.Y.L. GIVE US 5 STARS ON ITUNES! Get in touch! Visit the Website! Buy our Merch! Download the soundtrack! See the list so far! …
 
It's the future, again, and this time cops are getting trained in a computer by a sadistic AI. What could possibly happen next? Join us as we really go off Russell Crowe, wonder how Brett Leonard keeps getting to make films and marvel that Denzel Washington already had an oscar when he signed on to this... Next week, it's Impostor! GIVE US 5 STARS …
 
These days, kids love battle royale games, like Fortnite and all that. Back when we were young kids loved Battle Royale, an ultraviolent film about 40 schoolkids trying to kill one another. Join us as we take a trip down DVD memory lane, try and work out why anything is happening and play Battle Royale Top Trumps Next week, it's Virtuosity! GIVE US…
 
This week we're going deeper underground and celebrating the release of Godzilla Vs. Kong with Hollywood's first attempt at bringing the king of monsters to the west. Join us as we discuss the star (?) power of Matthew Broderick, the likelihood of losing a giant lizard in New York and the Devlin/Emmerich Rating System. Next week we watch Fortnite f…
 
This week we watch the super low budget indie time travel film Primer! Join us as we struggle to work out how time travel works, struggle to work out how time travel works, and finally struggle to work out how time travel works. Next week we're going deeper underground, it's 1998's Emmerich/Devlin Godzilla! GIVE US 5 STARS ON ITUNES! Get in touch! …
 
So, it's come to this. Alex celebrates his birthday by breaking pod rules and picking a film we shouldn't technically see for another 3 years, or preferably never. Yes, it's Ready Player One, and yes, Sam has a lot to say. Next week it's Primer! GIVE US 5 STARS ON ITUNES! Get in touch! Visit the Website! Buy our Merch! Download the soundtrack! See …
 
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