British movie podcast of the week: Flixwatcher

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A podcast that’s nearly five years old and dedicated to movies you can find on Netflix, here’s why Flixwatcher is well worth a listen.

For many of us, it’s been an entire year since the country was first locked down for Coronavirus, a year since most of us started working from home, not to mention an incredibly hard-working year for all the amazing key workers. It’s also been the year of streaming service domination, and the irrefutable ruler of them all is Netflix.

With a streaming service almost overflowing with content, how do you pick what to watch though? As luck would have it, you can always rely on Flixwatcher to help you decide.

Kobi Omenaka and Helen Sadler first met about five years ago when they both joined a film quiz team. They both clearly had an impressive knowledge on cinema, and came to the timeless realisation of “why don’t we start a podcast?”. Immediately they realised they might struggle to cover the latest cinematic releases, but focusing on Netflix seemed the ideal choice. It was accessible, low-cost and full to the brim with all genres.

At the end of 2016, Flixwatcher posted its first episodes.

The premise is straightforward: Helen and Kobi invite guests on for each episode, and it’s up to the guest to choose the film; the only stipulation being that it must be available on Netflix UK at the time of recording. Flixwatcher is now almost 200 episodes in, and while content comes and goes on Netflix, the quality of episodes on Flixwatcher remains stellar, with guests including director Gareth Evans, actor Aisling Bea and journalist Helen O’Hara amongst many other well known names in film, TV, radio and journalism.

While the guest hosts are always terrific, Flixwatcher is anchored in the down-to-earth, relatable and charming hosting partnership of Helen and Kobi. Discussion is always erudite, despite them maybe sometimes not completely enjoying a guest’s pick!

To help listeners decide whether a featured film is for them, each film is scored in four categories: “Recommend-ability”, Repeat Viewing, Small screen and Engagement, with an Overall average score. No spoilers, but I’ve been reliably informed that Episode #115 Bee Movie may not “bee” a particularly high scorer…

Episodes of Flixwatcher are always insightful, delightful and engaging, and with almost 200 episodes to choose from, not only are you spoiled for your listening pleasure choice, you can also (content dependent) watch the film on Netflix before you listen, to make the experience extra worthwhile. 

Netflix and chill? How about Flixwatcher and chill?

Recommended episode: Episode 100: Inception (20 March 2019) – 


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