Films on Trial

Films on Trial

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Five lads from Liverpool, talking about films
The Last Jedi
Dec 13 • 74 min
This week the gang put Star Wars: The Last Jedi on trial. Is it a new hope? Or is it a phantom menace? This week, Ausy is acting as the defense, and arguing that it’s a force to be reckoned with. Joel is acting as the prosecution and arguing that it’s…
Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Nov 29 • 69 min
This week the gang put Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald on trial. Is it magical? Or is it criminal? This week, Alex is acting as the defense, and arguing that it’s a fantastic film worthy of the Hit List. Ausy is acting as the prosecution and…
Cutthroat Island
Nov 28 • 58 min
This week the gang put Cutthroat Island on trial. Is it buried treasure? Or is it a smelly poop deck? This week, Dave is acting as the defense, and arguing that it’s a swashbuckling classic worthy of the Hit List. Gav is acting as the prosecution and…
Wolf of Wall Street
Nov 15 • 63 min
This week we put Wolf of Wall Street on trial. Is it a sure fire investment or is it a stock market crash? Joel is acting as the defense, and arguing that you should buy, buy, buy! Alex is acting as the prosecution and trying to sell, sell, sell. Ausy and…
Godfather part 3
Nov 8 • 64 min
This week Godfather Part 3 is on trial. Is it an offer we can’t refuse? Or is it a horse’s head in the bed? This week, Dave is acting as the defense, and arguing that it’s a fine end to a great saga, and worthy of the Hit List. Ausy is acting as the…
Pet Sematary
Oct 31 • 71 min
The new Pet Sematary is out next year so we've decided to put the 1989 version on trial. Gav has chosen this for his halloween horror pick and will be defending it, with Alex trying to put it to sleep. We have our good friend Mike joining us this week and…
Final Destination
Oct 25 • 66 min
This week the gang put Final Destination. Is it a well executed film? Or is it a film that should be executed? It’s a continuation of our Halloween Horror Month, where each of the gang picks one of their favourite (and underrated) horror films to defend…
Woman in Black
Oct 19 • 64 min
This week the gang put Woman in Black on Trial. Is it a triumphant return for Hammer? Or a horrific hammer blow? It’s a continuation of our Halloween Horror Month, where each of the gang picks one of their favourite (and underrated) horror films to defend…
Interview With The Vampire
Oct 11 • 57 min
This week the gang put Interview with the Vampire on Trial. Is it bloodthirsty? Or does it just plain suck? It’s a continuation of our Halloween Horror Month, where each of the gang picks one of their favourite (and underrated) horror films to defend…
Venom
Oct 10 • 58 min
This week the gang put Venom on Trial. Is it venomous or tedious? Joel is acting as the defense, and trying to get the film symbiotically bonded to the Hit List. Gav is acting as the prosecution and trying his best to bite off it’s arms, legs and head.…
Hocus Pocus
Oct 4 • 60 min
This week the gang put Hocus Pocus on Trial. Is it hubble bubble? Or is it toil and trouble? It’s the start of our Halloween Horror Month, where each of the gang picks one of their favourite (and underrated) horror films to defend throughout October.…
2001: A Space Odyssey
Sep 28 • 55 min
This week the gang put 2001: A Space Odyssey on Trial. Is it the dawn of man? Or the end of days? Alex is acting as the defense, and trying to take the next evolutionary step by getting the film placed on the Hit List. Gav is acting as the prosecution and…
The Predator
Sep 25 • 56 min
This week the gang put The Predator on Trial. If it bleeds, should we kill it? Gav is trying his best to get to the choppa, and get the film placed on the Hit List. Alex is acting as the prosecution, and trying to skin Gav’s arguments and hang them upside…
Romeo and Juliet (1996)
Sep 6 • 65 min
Alex is back off holidayband is defending Baz Lurmans Romeo and Juliet. is it a fun and novel way to tell such an iconic story or is this just a nonsensical piece of hipster shit? obviously there is also the usual news, jokes, impressions and wittisisms .…
Machinist
Aug 29 • 55 min
This week the Machinist is on trial. Arguably Christian Bale's greatest ever dramatic performance but is it overshadowed by the dramatic physical transformation that he undertook to play the role? There's also some star trek news, a quiz about actors…
Hacksaw Ridge
Aug 22 • 71 min
Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge is on trial this week. Can Joel convince Gav that this is a tasteful retelling of a true story that manages to capture the essence of the war and deliver real context and compassion for the horrors of war? Can Alex persuade Gav…
The Meg
Aug 15 • 57 min
We took a trip to the cinema to put a new film on trial this week. Joel is the judge, as Gav and Dave try to convince him about which list The Meg belongs on. Can Gav turn up the charm and prove that this film has an enormous bite, or will Dave show that…
The Greatest Showman
Aug 8 • 62 min
The Greatest Showman is on trial this week, with Dave defending this hugely popular musical and Gav prosecuting. Should it be judged as an inaccurate biopic of a controversial figure or is it a fun family musical with a crowd-pleasing soundtrack?Support…
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Aug 1 • 66 min
It's the first martial arts films to be put on trial and one that causes a fair bit of disagreement. Is Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon long, boring with ridiculous wire work or is it a visual feast that bridges the gap between east and west? Joel is…
Incredibles 2
Jul 25 • 59 min
Incredibles 2 is on trial this week. Ausy is in the defence chair justifying why this sequel should be placed in the hit list while Joel has the honour of prosecuting. All presided over by this weeks judge, Alex. Can Alex remain impartial after his…
Donnie Darko
Jul 18 • 69 min
Donnie Darko is up on trial this week with Alex trying to articulate his rage enough to give a decent prosecution and Gav trying to get it a place on the hit list. Ausy is in the role of judge this week, with Dave and Joel giving their genuine opinions as…
Prometheus
Jul 11 • 61 min
It's the turn of Prometheus to be put on trial this week with Joel defending and Dave prosecuting. Does it leave too many questions unanswered or is it an intriguing and beautiful look into how the Alien story began? Gav is in the role of judge with Alex…
Gravity
Jul 4 • 54 min
This week the gang put Gravity on Trial. Is it interstellar or lost in space? Alex is defending this week, and trying his best to get it placed on the Hit List, whilst Gav prosecutes. Ausy and Captain Dave are the character witnesses, whilst Joel has the…
Magic Mike
Jun 26 • 59 min
This week we put Magic Mike on trial. Is it magic? Or just tragic? Joel will be trying his best to defend the film, whilst Gav is prosecuting. Alex and Austin will lend their genuine opinions to the proceedings as the character witnesses, and Dave will be…
Shadow of a Vampire
Jun 20 • 48 min
Shadow of a Vampire is on trial in this episode. A great take on the vampire genre or just a pain in the neck?Support Films on Trial
Jurassic World 2
Jun 13 • 59 min
We had a group outing to watch Jurassic World 2. Then we put it on trial. There are definitely spoilers in here so don't listen to this if you are worried about any spoilers. Is it another gigantic smash hit or is it finally time to let this franchise die…
Avatar
Jun 4 • 73 min
The much-loved Avatar is on trial this week with Alex defending and Gav prosecuting. There's also news about another Sherlock Holmes movie and what this means for Robert Downey Junior regarding his role as Iron man, mixed enthusiasm about Rambo V and how…
Solo: A Star Wars Story
May 31 • 60 min
Gav and Ausy went to watch Solo this week. Captain Dave is this week's judge while they put it on trial. Is this going to be the best origin story in the galaxy or is Dave right to have a bad feeling about it? This episode definitely contains spoilers for…
Watchmen
May 22 • 72 min
This week Joel is prosecuting Watchmen and Dave is trying to get it on the Hit List. The crew also discuss the trailer for Jurassic World 2, the upcoming Tommyknockers remake with James Wan directing and who the guys believe are the most naturally…
Suicide Squad
May 15 • 63 min
Gav is ready to rip Suicide Squad apart this week, with Joel trying to put it back to gather on put it on the Hit List. The crew also discuss what the most rented movie was of 2017, the recently announced Toy Story 4 and there's some Rock news about an…
Tree of Life
May 8 • 69 min
The Tree of Life is on trial this week, with Alex desperately trying to get it a place on the Hit List and Dave prosecuting. The crew also discuss the recently released Ready Player One as well as the all important Rock news for this week. Also a quiz…
Avengers: Infinity War
May 2 • 74 min
It's probably the biggest blockbuster release in recent memory and the guys are wasting no time in putting Avengers: Infinity War on trial. Is it a cynical corporate grab for our wallets with no real flair, or is it the action movie to end all action…
Hateful 8
Apr 23 • 73 min
This week is “The Hateful Eight”! Is it a worthy homage to classic westerns, or is it as welcome as poisoned coffee at a tea party? There’s also more Rock news, some boring non-Rock news and a game of Hateful or Grateful: can you work out which Quentin…
Rampage
Apr 15 • 70 min
The recently released Rampage is on trial this week. Gav is defending his hero Dwayne Johnson, and trying to get this film a place on the Hit List, with Alex prosecuting. There's also news about the sad passing of Milos Forman, known for directing One…
Death of Stalin
Apr 10 • 66 min
Gav is in the role of defence this week with Ausy trying to prevent The Death of Stalin getting a place on the Hit List. There's also news about an upcoming film based on the life of Shia LeBeouf, produced by Shia LeBeouf. Will this add insight and…
The Dark Knight
Apr 3 • 72 min
The caped crusader is in the dock this week. Does The Dark Knight shine brightly or is it just about a man running around with his underpants on the outside? Gav defends this week, with Alex desperately trying to prevent it going on the Hit List. There's…
Face/Off
Mar 26 • 65 min
The 90s action blockbuster Face/Off is on trial this week with Dave trying to get it a place on the Hit List and Alex doing his best to stop him. News this week is based on the winners and losers of the Oscars 2018 with everyone happy to see Jordan Peele…
Tomb Raider (2018)
Mar 21 • 76 min
** Spoiler Alerts** - This episode contains spoilers and they aren't announced before they appear… If you're going to watch Tomb Raider then watch it before you listen to this episode. It's a special episode this week! Four of the crew have been to see…
Breakfast Club
Mar 13 • 70 min
This week we have the Breakfast Club on trial and Ausy steps up for another go at prosecuting. Can he convince the Judge that this film is overrated? Or will Gav take the bull by the horns and get it on the Hit List? As ever this episode is filled with…
Blood Diamond
Mar 7 • 69 min
Yes, this week Leonardo Di Caprio is back in the dock as we put Blood Diamond on trial. This film explores the diamond industry in a war torn Sierra Leone and tries to shed light on some of the abhorrent practices and conditions facing the people caught…
Leon
Feb 27 • 79 min
Is Leon a professional hitman of a film? On the face of it Leon has all the makings of a great film but, does it fall short in some areas? Can a film truly be a hit when it has such an uncomfortable behind the scenes story? We try to decipher whether Leon…
Field of Dreams
Feb 5 • 65 min
This week we have Field of Dreams on trial. Does this film hit it out of the park or should it be sent back to the dugout for striking out?Support Films on Trial
Episode 33: Bronx Tale
Jan 30 • 56 min
This week's movie is "A Bronx Tale". This coming of age story was Robert De Niro's first directorial role. Did he manage to stop A Bronx Tale being just another gangster picture that we've all seen before, and bring something new to the table? Is this a…
Episode 32: Masters of the Universe
Jan 23 • 55 min
We put He-man Masters of the Universe on trial. This 1987 film tried to cash in on the successful cartoon series and the popular toy franchise, but did it do them justice? Gav and Dave discuss the Razzies, and Alex tries to drum up interest for a film…
Episode 31: Super Mario Brothers
Jan 8 • 63 min
Super Mario Brothers is on trial. Did this 1993 movie do the addictive computer game justice, or should we flush it down the toilet and leave it in the sewers? We discuss the golden globes, are we about to see a rise in female leading roles for…
Episode 30: Pulp Fiction
Jan 4 • 58 min
Happy 2018 everyone! We are back in court this week and we've got Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction in the dock. Will it be worthy to go on the hit list or should it be stuck next to where Walken keeps his watches? We discuss the new Alex Garland film…
Bonus episode - 2017 review
Jan 2 • 50 min
The guys get together to discuss the ups and downs of films in 2017. Nothing officially on trial this week, just plenty of opinions about Star Wars and the big news stories in the movie industry this year. Back to normal scheduling on Friday!!Special…
Episode 28: Jingle all the way
Dec 27, 2017 • 69 min
This week sees the last of the Christmas specials, as Gav puts his favorite festive film on trial. Acting as prosecution is Joel, whilst Dave will be playing the role of character witness. Alex is taking on the difficult role of the judge, as he has to…
Episode 27: Gremlins
Dec 21, 2017 • 80 min
With two of the gang's films not making the Hit List, the Christmas spirit is low. Will Gremlins make it onto the hit list, or will it end up being put through the blender? Dave will be doing his best to defend his choice, with Gav prosecuting. There's…
Episode 26: Trading Places
Dec 11, 2017 • 73 min
It's week 2 of Christmas Month! Also, its our Christmas day out, so because we have guests with us. this week is also a Jury special! Trading Places is on trial. This film launched Eddie Murphy's career, but is it a Christmas classic, or does it need to…
Episode 25: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Dec 4, 2017 • 56 min
This week is the start of the Christmas season. Normally the films are picked at random but this week each member gets to pick a film to defend. The rest of the roles are still picked at random. This week Joel defends National Lampoon's Christmas…
Episode 24: Jurassic World
Nov 27, 2017 • 67 min
Gav and Joel have been debating this film for a long time. Finally they put it to the ultimate test, and put it on trial. Can Joel secure it on the hit list or will Gav convince Alex as judge that it should have never been brought back to life? There's…
Episode 23: Titanic
Nov 22, 2017 • 62 min
The guys put the 1997 blockbuster Titanic on trial this week. Should this movie be hailed as one of cinema's great voyages, or should we have let go? Dave has another week off to continue with building his scale model of the Titanic ship he was going to…
Episode 22: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Nov 13, 2017 • 63 min
This week Dave is on holiday so Austin steps in to provide character witness for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Gav defends and Joel prosecutes, while Alex listens on to pass judgement. This weeks quiz: "Robber or Keeper" can…
Episode 21: Ghostbusters (2016)
Nov 6, 2017 • 74 min
Is the 2016 version of Ghostbusters heavenly, or a slimy mess? The crew are on call to find out, with Dave defending and Alex prosecuting this week. They also discuss the Jurassic World sequel, whether or not Wonder Woman will get any nominations for…
Episode 20: Rec
Nov 4, 2017 • 76 min
It's the turn of Rec to go on trial this week with Gav prosecuting and Joel trying to defend his choice in the last of our horror season. Should it be on the hit list or put under quarantine? There's also news about the Beetlejuice sequel, the new trailer…
Episode 19: Demon Knight
Oct 26, 2017 • 69 min
Is Demon Knight a welcome tale to the EC Comics universe? Or should it be sealed in the crypt? Gav puts this film forward as part of Horror Month, and will be defending it against Dave. The gang also discusses Silence of the Lambs being downgraded to a 15…
Episode 18: The Ring
Oct 15, 2017 • 70 min
Is The Ring the scariest film ever made, or should it be thrown down a well and forgotten about? Alex has put this film forward as part of Horror Month on the podcast and will be defending it against Joel. The crew also discuss Kate Winslet joining the…
Episode 17: Sleepy Hollow
Oct 11, 2017 • 58 min
This week we begin our Halloween Horror Month, where the crew pick their favourite underrated horror film to put on trial. Dave is kicking us off this week with Sleepy Hollow. Is it a Gothic horror classic or does it completely lose it's head? As he has…
Episode 16: Blade Runner
Oct 3, 2017 • 81 min
The team take on Blade Runner this week with Dave defending and Gav prosecuting. Is it artificial and heartless or a true vision of our future? There's also a small review about the newly released Kingsmen 2 film, discussion of whether political…
Episode 15: The Notebook
Sep 27, 2017 • 67 min
Is The Notebook worth remembering or better left forgotten? Alex is prosecuting this time, with Gav trying his best to defend and keep up his recent winning streak. There's also movie news about an L.A. Confidential tv series in the works, the new David…
Episode 14: Dracula
Sep 24, 2017 • 67 min
It's the turn of Dracula to be put on trial! Will Dave drive a stake through its heart or will Joel manage to get it eternal life on the hit list? There's also reaction to the news that J.J. Abrams will be returning to direct Star Wars IX, The Handmaid's…
Episode 13: Gattaca
Sep 15, 2017 • 82 min
It's Gattaca on trial this week; an imposter or an underdog worthy of validation? Alex is trying to get it on the hit list this episode, with Gav putting arguments forward for why it should be exposed as a fraud. There's also news about the new Joker…
Episode 12: It
Sep 6, 2017 • 69 min
In anticipation of the new It being released this week the gang are putting the 1990 version on trial, with Gav defending (and still attempting to bag his first win) and Alex trying to stop it getting on the hit list. Is it a horror classic or just a…
Episode 11: Air Force One
Aug 28, 2017 • 71 min
Air Force One is on trial this week, with Joel putting forward his arguments for why it should be on the hit list and Dave doing his best to shoot him down. There's also news about a possible Logan-esque Knight Rider film, discussion of the Hitman's…
Episode 10: Lethal Weapon - Jury Special!
Aug 24, 2017 • 75 min
It's a jury special this week! The regular crew are joined by four jury members who will listen to the arguments and cast their vote to see if Lethal Weapon is crazy good or just too old. With Dave in the role of defender and Joel prosecuting, what will…
Episode 9: Tomorrow Never Dies
Aug 22, 2017 • 73 min
Tomorrow Never Dies is on trial this week. Should the gang let it live, or let it die? Gav is in the role of prosecutor, going head to head with Alex and trying to get his first win. Will it finally happen for him? There is also discussion about Angelina…
Episode 8: Spider-Man 3
Aug 17, 2017 • 65 min
This week the gang put Spider-Man 3 on trial. Is it a web-slinging classic, or does it fall down the waterspout? They also discuss Avengers: Infinity War, Superman's moustache, the John Wick universe, and the trailer for The Disaster Artist. Also, this…
Episode 7: Starship Troopers
Aug 7, 2017 • 66 min
This week the gang put Starship Troopers on trial. Is it a sci-fi gem, or does it get lost in space? They also discuss Kingsmen 2, Daniel Craig, The Exorcist and the trailer for Cult of Chucky. Also, this week we quiz Dave on his knowledge of the many…
Episode 6: Suspiria
Jul 27, 2017 • 66 min
This week the gang put Suspiria on trial. Is it an iconic horror masterpiece, or does it fail to deliver the scares? There will also be plenty of news, trivia, banter and Quiz Dave! This week we test Dave on whether he can distinguish between deaths in…
Episode 5: Star Wars IV: A New Hope
Jul 26, 2017 • 71 min
This week the gang put Star Wars IV on trial. Is it a new hope, or does it have no hope at all? There will also be plenty of news, trivia, banter and Quiz Dave! This week we test Dave on his knowledge of Star Wars porno pseudonyms! Check out our website;…
Episode 4: Con Air
Jul 14, 2017 • 52 min
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 the perfect podcast for you. We aim to settle those raging debates once and for all, as we put Films on Trial. This week the gang put…
Episode 3: The Hangover
Jul 13, 2017 • 41 min
This week the team put The Hangover on trial. Is it a sobering comedy for the ages, or a cocktail of bad humour and worse characters? There will also be plenty of news, trivia and banter. Check out our website; www.filmsontrial.org Follow us on Twitter;…
Episode 2: Pirates of the Caribbean 4
Jul 12, 2017 • 54 min
This week the team put Pirates of the Caribbean 4 on trial. Is it an underrated cinematic masterpiece, or a big hot mess? There'll also be plenty of news, trivia and banter. Check out our website: www.filmsontrial.org Follow us on Twitter:…
Episode 1: Alien 3
Jul 11, 2017 • 49 min
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 brand new podcast for you. We aim to settle those raging debates once and for all, as we put Films on Trial This week the team put…