FRED Watch Podcast
The FRED Watch team view and review an assortment of films that range from the obscure to the mainstream.
Phillip and Wayne discuss the B-grade sci-fi comedy Mystery Science Theater 3000 – The Movie (1996). It’s a film that Phill loved as a teen, but Wayne is less than impressed…
Original broadcast: 25 January 2018.
Wayne introduces Phillip to one of his all-time favourite Australian films, the underrated Ozploitation classic Fortress (1985). Phill confesses to not liking scary movies, but will he be captivated by this Outback thriller?
Original broadcast: 15 February 2018.
Phillip introduces Wayne to one of his all-time favourite films—World War I: The Musical! Will Wayne sing along to Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)?
Original broadcast: 15 March 2018.
Wayne re-introduces Phillip to, what he considers, the greatest love story ever written for a male audience. But as they discuss, Rocky (1976) is a multi-layered sports movie with one of the most charismatic protagonists ever put to screen.
Original broadcast: 19 April 2018.
BONUS ANZAC DAY EPISODE:
Phillip introduces Wayne and special guest Ashley to the theatrical cut of the made-for-television drama All Quiet on the Western Front (1979).
As a war historian, this is one of Phillip’s favourite films of the genre, but will Ashley and Wayne join him on the front line?
Original broadcast: 25 April 2018.
Phillip introduces Wayne to the comedy I Love You Phillip Morris (2009). More than a simple review, the boys also discuss queer representation in cinema and television.
It’s a thoughtful, entertaining chat that raises questions… and attempts to answer them too!
Original broadcast: 17 May 2018.
Wayne introduces Phillip to the controversial drama Romper Stomper (1992). Listen carefully, and you’ll hear the two friends increasingly grow frustrated with each other’s point of view.
So, since the boys disagree on almost every point of discussion relating to the film, what will their respective scores be?
Original broadcast: 21 June 2018.
Phillip introduces Wayne to the made-for-television comedy Holy Flying Circus (2011).
The film is about a fascinating debate relating to censorship arising with the release of the classic Life of Brian (1979). But, as Monty Python fans, the boys aren’t sure the filmmakers hit the mark.
Original broadcast: 19 July 2018.
Wayne introduces Phillip to the fascinating film The Imposter (2012). The boys love a good documentary, but how do they feel about one that has such an unreliable primary source?
Original broadcast: 16 August 2018.
Phillip and Wayne are joined by special guest Ashley to discuss and debate Belated Media’s review and hypothetical videos relating to the Star Wars prequels: The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002), and Revenge of the Sith (2005).
Here, they review the series What If the Star Wars Prequels Were Good? (2012-2015).
Three videos of a nerd ranting about the Star Wars prequels. Three nerds sitting around a microphone arguing about said videos. The boys are sure to disagree…
Original broadcast: 20 September 2018.
Wayne introduces Phillip to another one of his favourite Australian films, the coming-of-age tale, The Black Balloon (2008).
For Wayne, it is a beautiful domestic drama that champions the strength of family and challenges the notions of normality. For Phillip, the story’s themes hit close to home…
Original broadcast: 18 October 2018.
Phillip, Wayne, and special guest Ashley let their curiosity get the better of them and watch the B-grade sci-fi This Island Earth (1955).
Phillip and Wayne see the film’s potential, while Ashley delivers the most conflicted FRED Watch review ever… Wait for his rant!
Haven’t seen This Island Earth? You can watch it for free here.
Original broadcast: 15 November 2018.
BONUS WORLD AIDS DAY EPISODE:
Wayne introduces Phillip to one of the most significant mainstream Hollywood films in queer cinema history, Philadelphia (1993).
While acknowledging that the film has its flaws, the boys were moved by its message and the film’s effectiveness to capture a period driven by fear.
Original broadcast: 1 December 2018.
Wayne brings Superman (1978), his favourite superhero film of all time, to Phillip, Ashley, and special guest Kendall.
While Ashley and Kendall share Wayne’s nostalgic childhood memories, Phillip experiences Richard Donner’s genre masterpiece for the first time… with a slew of superhero blockbusters to compare it with!
Original broadcast: 20 December 2018.
BONUS CHRISTMAS DAY EPISODE:
Because everything is better with the Muppets, Phillip and Wayne revisit the classic family musical The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)!
Original broadcast: 25 December 2018.
Phillip brings Thunderbirds Are Go (1966) to Wayne; the first big screen rendition of the popular supermarianation television series.
But the boys discover that the film suffers from poor pacing, meaningless plot points, and what would have to be one of cinema’s longest and weirdest wet dreams… involving Cliff Richard and The Shadows.
Original broadcast: 17 January 2019.
Wayne introduces Phillip to the cult classic movie Malcolm (1986), starring Colin Friels, John Hargreaves, Lindy Davies, and one of Australian cinema’s most iconic moments!
It is a nostalgic favourite of Wayne’s, but will Phillip’s sides split for this crime caper?
Original broadcast: 21 February 2019.
Phillip introduces Wayne to his all-time favorite film (outside of the Star Wars franchise, of course!)—the epic war drama Zulu (1964).
It marked the big screen debut of Michael Caine and is an example of imperial narratives, so does the film still hold up from a contemporary perspective?
Original broadcast: 21 March 2019.
Wayne introduces Phillip and special guest Kendall to his all-time favourite queer film—Beautiful Thing (1996).
Groundbreaking in its representation of a same-sex relationship between two teenagers, will the team still find Jamie and Ste’s love story a beautiful thing?
Original broadcast: 18 April 2019.
COMING SOON: Horrible Histories: Frightful First World War Special (2014), Shaun of the Dead (2004), and Batman (1989).
Seen any of these movies? Let us know your thoughts and score out of five in the comments!