Some seasonal February dark moments of the soul this fortnight, as Nick and Alastair tackle The Iron Claw and the new Mr & Mrs Smith show.

But first, Alastair’s seen new Netflix housing-scifi movie The Kitchen, while Nick’s reading the new Poison Ivy series from DC Comics.

And then the boys climb into the ring to tackle The Iron Claw (12:19), a movie which brings us all the bottomless sadness of real wrestling.

Lastly, less miserable but still not… total joy, it’s the Mr & Mrs Smith (26:37) show on Amazon Prime!

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair cover two different ends of the movie spectrum – thoughtful current Oscar-contender American Fiction and last year’s loud, slimy family adventure Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.

But first, to make up for covering a not-so-current film, Nick’s watched zeitgeisty reality show sensation The Traitors, while Alastair catches up with former podcast subject Disenchantment.

After all that, they get into serious literary criticism with American Fiction (15:40), in which Jeffrey Wright struggles to maintain his self-respect.

And last of all, it’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (29:38), the critically acclaimed cool-looking action movie featuring some rad dudes hanging out in the sewer. But is this fun kids’ film radical in other ways too?

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair go hard into 2024 with Oscar-nominated movie Poor Things and new Marvel series Echo.

But first, Alastair continues his annual Oscar marathon with Anatomy of a Fall, while Nick’s left the house for once to… see a theatrical spin-off of a Netflix show. Yes, it’s the Stranger Things prequel play The First Shadow.

And then they get into the shameless weirdness of Poor Things (14:07), in which Emma Stone makes a truly hilarious play for awards.

Last of all, time to watch Echo (28:06), the latest Marvel show spinning off from Hawkeye and Daredevil, and also serving as a prequel to… Daredevil again.

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As ever, Nick and Alastair spend the first episode of a new year mopping up the leftovers from the end of the last one, with What If… season 2 and Slow Horses season 3.

But first, Nick updates us on his big Christmas comics reading project, blasting through the whole of Deadly Class, while Alastair’s hit the cinema to see The Boy & The Heron.

Then they strap themselves down and hurl themselves into the multiverse once more to cover the latest episodes of What If… (12:49), including the traditional top 3 episodes from each of them.

And lastly, it’s already ranked highly in Nick’s TV chart, but time to really dig into the dirty secrets of Slow Horses season 3 (31:17).

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The New Year has begun! Which means it’s time for Moderate Fantasy Violence to talk about the previous one, as Nick and Alastair assemble once again to talk 2023.

But first… well, more 2023, but in a specific way, as Alastair’s seen Paradise and Nick’s watched The Diplomat.

And then we get into the main course – a quick overview chat and then a top five countdown of their favourites in the fields of both movies (9:47) and TV (35:47).

Who will be #1? Is it Barbie, or is that image a cunning decoy to throw you off the scent?

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It’s the MFV super-festive late-2000s nostalgia Christmas event, as Nick and Alastair cover the Doctor Who 60th anniversary specials, featuring David Tennant back as the Doctor, and new anime semi-sequel Scott Pilgrim Takes Off!

But first, Nick’s watched a whole other Netflix anime, in the form of robot murder-mystery Pluto, while Alastair’s eschewing the future for Roman times in Domina.

After all that, they finally return to the glory days of their early twenties with the Doctor Who specials (11:38) featuring the Fourteenth Doctor played by the Tenth Doctor, while also introducing the Fifteenth Doctor. Just to make everything clear.

And last of all, it’s time for Scott Pilgrim Takes Off (36:36) on Netflix, exploring the very notion of being a late-2000s manchild.

Multiple spoilers for both Who and Pilgrim scattered throughout their respective reviews – if anyone’s super-invested in either and hasn’t seen them, probably don’t listen to this yet. Especially the Pilgrim anime, there’s a lot of joy in experiencing that unspoilt.

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This fortnight, there’s all kinds of sinister things happening at the universities, as Nick and Alastair cover polarising dark academia movie Saltburn and edgy superkids-at-uni show Gen V, a spin-off from The Boys.

But first, Alastair’s seen thoughtful new relationship drama movie Past Lives, while Nick’s read Home Sick Pilots, a very good comic about haunted houses turning into robots.

And then, at last, time to head out to the posh underbelly of Saltburn (13:49), where our heroes manage not to explicitly spoil the film’s ending, but do discuss the general shape of it quite a bit. If you feel strongly about remaining unaware, you may want to watch the movie first.

Finally, Nick and Alastair go on exchange to Gen V (37:05), to find out how the superheroes do student hedonism and whether this spin-off justifies its own existence.

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Nick and Alastair enter the state-of-Marvel discourse like a glowing missile of relevance as they review both The Marvels and Loki season 2!

But first, Nick’s listened to Buffy-sequelling audio drama Slayers, while Alastair’s seen Oscar-contending murder movie The Killer.

After which, it’s time to get stuck into the hot stuff, as they talk about The Marvels (14:55, post-credits mega-spoilers from 25:29) and whether it deserves the buckets of bile thrown at it.

And finally, a similar chat for Loki season 2 (33:38, ending spoilers from 39:30), covering both whether it’s any good and what (if anything) it might all mean.

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Back to regular business for Nick and Alastair this fortnight, as they cover the final series of their beloved haunted-house sitcom Ghosts, plus scifi future-house movie Foe.

But before that, Alastair’s thrilled to see the arrival of Oscar movie season with Killers of the Flower Moon, while Nick’s finishing off old business with the final season of Netflix’s Sex Education.

After all that, they enter the hilarious afterlife of Ghosts (12:10) for the fifth and final time. Will the characters’ already-ended lives change forever? And does it matter either way?

Lastly, a trip to the climate apocalypse with bleak domestic scifi drama Foe (23:42), hoping neither one of us has been replaced by a robot.

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It’s our double-centennial episode! And to mark this frankly unnecessary amount of podcasting, we recommend more of our all-time favourites, with Nick bringing popular comic series Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye and Alastair supplying cult movie The Royal Tenenbaums.

But first, Nick’s finally completed his year-long mission to watch all of Justified and 2023 comeback show Justified: City Primeval, while Alastair’s headed out on his annual pilgrimage to London Film Festival where he saw movies like The Zone of Interest, Molli and Max in the Future and many more.

All that dealt with, it’s time to get stuck into Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye (15:08), the one piece of transforming-robot media Nick likes, featuring a group of misfit Transformers on an accident-prone journey across space. Will Alastair be able to tell all the similar-looking mechs apart?

And lastly, we cover The Royal Tenenbaums (32:52), a major work in Alastair’s personal cinematic journey. Will this be the one that finally makes Nick shut up and love Wes Anderson?

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