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Video reviews! (Jack Reacher 2 review)

So it begins video reviews are finally here and while they are far from perfect this is the first video review I’m actually happy with posting. The idea here is that every single week I do a new video review for every new release I get to go and watch, which means you wont have to sit through an hour long podcast to get a new release review.

For my first review I thought I’d do a big blockbuster currently storming the uk screens and that is “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” starring Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders and Robert Knepper. Its a tame action thriller and you can see all my thought on it in the video link below.


Now as I said the quality of the video isn’t perfect and as the weeks go on and i do more reviews I’m hoping it gets better and better, but for the time being Im happy with the length and style I’m doing it in. If there is anything you think I should change (Thumbnail will change soon i know that’s horrible) please let me know either in person, You-tube or anything else you can find me on.

What does this mean for the podcast though? It means it’s changing but it isn’t gone. The podcast will no longer feature new releases and instead focus primarily on Trailers, Tv and older film reviews (like catch-up reviews and series reviews). The idea is to make the podcast around half an hour shorter than it is now and make it something you could easily listen to on a single bus journey.

As the weeks go on more and more types of videos will be added to the channel like top 5/10’s, Video essays and short films and hopefully youll be able to watch my channel grow with me.

I work endlessly hard on everything for this channel and it means so much when people actually go out of their way to watch these videos and podcasts. I Don’t expect anyone to do it so its all the better when people say they have.

Thankyou so much and enjoy the future of “My week in media”.



100 Film challenge

When I first got my Cineworld unlimited card people kept asking me “How are you gonna get your money’s worth?” And I always replied with “I’ll find a way”. From about 2 week in I started a Instagram account in which I reviewed everything I saw, and started a 100 film challenge. This would be my way of keeping track of every film I saw throughout the year, at the cinema, and each had a mini review. However reviews grew longer and a longer  and films started to be missed off eventually leaving the account to slowly die down. From there it looked like my 100 film goal was unlikely but like the true underdog story this is I bounced back and here I am having completed my original challenge. My account eventually became this blog and the blog the podcast.

In under a year of unlimited I have seen 100 different films. The key word there being different, if you count duplicate viewings I have seen 106-7 films all in just over 11 months. That’s a hell of a lot of films and if you look at statistics you can see how much money I’ve actually saved.

So if the unlimited card costs £208.80 and an average cinema ticket for a student costs £6.60 then it would only take 32 films to have got my money’s worth. This therefore means I have had my money’s worth 3 times over. To be exact without unlimited I would have spent £702.60 which is a £497.40 profit which shows that I really did get my money’s worth. But that’s not the important thing here, what’s important is that even though the Instagram account died I still kept a note on every film I saw, with a score attached to them. So I figured now that my 100 film challenge is over I would show my list to the world, so below is my 100 film list. From solace to Morgan it’s been a damn good year in film.


So there you have it my terrible rating system in all its glory, feel free to take me up on any of the scores there im always good for a film argument. What i will say they are relatively rough scores that i give as as soon as i see a film. None of these have been changed on reflection these are my instant thoughts on a  film. What’s best is have still have films to go this month so my target would have been smashed. I’m gonna have another challenge starting on my birthday (25th of september) and I hope to live up to this success here.

Here’s to another year of unlimited.


My 8th and 9th week in media!

So at this moment in time iTunes is an issue and with moving over to a new website and a variety of other projects at the moment it’s going to be some time before I can actually get back on iTunes and have everything sorted out. So to make up for the lack of an iTunes presence I’ve decided to put the podcast on YouTube. YouTube is going to become more and more prominent as time goes on as I’ve said multiple times I want to move away from the review podcast (want it to be more chatty than formal) and have actual video reviews for each and every film I watch. That hopefully will start before the end of the year, however James again made me some more images an I’ve now got a full YouTube channel in which every podcast gets uploaded to. Older podcast are going to be put on there but for now it’s just the new ones.

So the new podcasts. I didn’t make a blog post on that one as I was very busy but it was released and the reception I had from it was very good, too me it’s the best one I’ve had to date and I really enjoyed recording that despite a foray of terrible films. In that episode I reviewed “Nine Lives”, “Swallows and Amazon’s”, “The butterfly effect”, “Lights out” and a one minute review of “Hardcore Henry”. I hope you enjoy!

Time stamps-

Lights out- 4:47

Nine lives – 16:28

Hardcore Henry – 27:21

Swallows and amazons – 31:00

The butterfly effect – 38:36


In the latest podcast  5 minute reviews are now officially a thing (if you ignore the purge: election year review) and I’m really glad I’ve got to that point now. This is the most reviews I’ve ever got into a podcast, and it’s the same length as any of the previous ones which is great! One minute reviews are more prominent now, an will carry on being in the future, and more features will slowly be introduced in the coming weeks. Anyway this week I review the entire “Purge” trilogy, “David Brent: Life on the road” , “Pop star: Never stop, Never stopping”, ” Mechanic: resurrection”, “Bad moms” and “War dogs”. I hope you enjoy and please like an subscribe and tell me what you think!


Time stamps-

David Brent: Life on the road- 2:32

Mechanic Resurrection – 9:45

(One minute review) The Purge- 16:05

War Dogs- 18:00

Popstar: Never stop, Never stopping – 25:02

(One minute review) The Purge: Anarchy – 33:13

Bad moms – 35:09

The purge: Election year – 42:45


So there we have it two podcasts and so much more to come. My 5 short film project is coming along nicely and I’m well into making all 5 of them I hope to be able to release them all before the end of September and i hope that they are all quite thought provoking.

Dawson Roberts

My 6th week in media!

My 7th ever podcast!!! I’m now on ITUNES! finally i might add, after much work and effort i manged to get this on iTunes which explains the lack of changes this week. In the future i’m trying to get everything on YouTube and even make specific YouTube videos reviewing films because it seems like the next logical step. This would mean that the podcast would either stay as a review podcast but more chatty or would change into a more discussion and news based podcast (obviously still on media). But ignoring all that this week i Review the brand new entry to the DC franchise “Suicide Squad” and the previous entry “Batman Vs Superman”. Also reviewed is the BBC 1 drama “Happy Valley” and the gripping 2010 thriller “Buried”. I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to check me out on iTunes.

My 7th week in media + “TRANSITION”-TRAILER

My 8th ever podcast! My apologies for a few technical issues (Especially during the Mike and Dave review) will try to not make the same mistake next time. This week i review “The shallows”, “Mike and Dave need wedding dates”, “nerve” and “Petes dragon”. I’m trying out a new website, SoundCloud turned out to be a nightmare,  so as soon as I can iTunes should auto update however it may be a few days after this week’s initial release. You should be able to download the podcast off this website (on android you can anyway) or at least stream. When I finally get time I will attempt to put every episode on YouTube as well (most things are sorted for that though) as iTunes. So yeah enjoy this weeks podcast however underneath the link is a teaser for an upcoming project.

So if you haven’t already seen on my Twitter and Facebook I have another reason as too why this blog is heavily slacking. I’ve Decided that over the next few weeks I’m going to be making a series of 5, 1 minute long shorts each centering around something different. The first of which is called “TRANSITION” and more will be obvious when you see it.The idea is to help myself get better at filming and editing while also making something cool at the same time.i I admit this is quite a poor trailer however it’s not actually using any footage from the final film and more a teaser for the idea of the theme than anything else. The final films will be a lot more carefully made and will have a lot more thought into them this was just a test to see if what I wanted to do would work and I think it will now. I will be putting the final films everywhere I can (this is why them being 1 minute long helps a lot) and I hope you like what I’m attempting to do, enjoy!

Written by Dawson Roberts

My “Bourne” week in media 

My first and last ever “Bourne” podcast special! This week to celebrate the release of “Jason Bourne” I decided to watch and review ever Bourne film up to the new one (as I haven’t seen seen any of them until now). So in this is review “Identity” , “Supremacy” , “Ultimatum” and the spin off sequel “Legacy”. For this I have spent a lot more time critiquing each and every film for the review, as you may have seen on my Twitter (@Dawsbear), to give a better analysis of each film for people.

I really enjoyed actually sitting down and going through each film and will most likely start doing this for other franchises, for example I have never watched any “Indiana Jones” (besides crystal skull) and I just bought the boxset of that so I’ll review those soon. Other than the more time and effort I put in very little has changed and I thank people who spend the time actually listening to these. If you do listen let me know and tell me what you think. Thanks a lot and the next proper podcast should be out tommorow morning so enjoy that as well. Back to normal schedule next week (Monday morning release).

Time stamps-

Identity- 4.04

Supremacy- 15.48


Legacy- 38.18



My 4th week in media

My 4th ever podcast!! This week is a little different as films have been a bit scarce so i thought instead of missing a week id review the sudden surge of comic con trailers. So this week i review the film “Keanu” and the trailers for “Suicide squad”, “Justice league”, “wonder woman”, “Kong: Skull island” and “Blair witch”. This wont be a regular occurrence however if there is a big trailer and films are scarce a couple of trailer reviews may appear. More importantly though i have a new theme song and outro!! To save me from copyright hell and to allow me to put this on Itunes (something that will happen in the near future (probably next week)). This is all thanks to Mark Lomas and Isaac Jordinson who tried really hard to make me something and its turned out amazing. All props go to them and i cant imagine anything better :D. Other than that, the swoosh returns and due to this being recorded very early on a Sunday morning the sound gradually gets better as i wake up. In the next week there will be a Bourne Podcast and a podcast that will review all the huge summer blockbusters (finding dory,jason bourne, star trek beyond and BFG). As always thank you so much for reading this blog and listening to the podcast makes it feel like its really worth while.