Now we all like George Miller’s style here at Spoiler Filled (especially one of us *cough* Jamie *cough*), but how will he handle his first time directing something which isn’t Mel Gibson in a post apocalyptic wasteland? So, we’re taking a look at his first Hollywood outing with The Witches of Eastwick from 1987. Our expectations are all over the shop for this ‘feminist parable’ given Miller’s eclectic back catalogue, but we certainly all have something to say about this ahead-of-the-time movie. Expect some sexual cello playing, booby dolls, Rich playing Devil’s advocate (quite literally) and to never look at cherries the same way again.
Dir: George Miller
Wri: Michael Cristofer (screenplay), John Updike (Novel)
Cine: Vilmos Zsigmond
Edi: Hubert C. de la Bouillerie, Richard Francis-Bruce
Mus: John Williams
Prod: Guber-Peters Company, Kennedy Miller
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Veronica Cartwright, Richard Jenkins, Carl Struycken
It’s not very often that a film based around a single joke is very successful, but perhaps Abi has found the exception to the rule in Tucker and Dale vs Evil, a comedy horror from 2010 which asks the question: What if those creepy-looking, horror-movie-redneck-serial-killer types are just really nice, misunderstood guys? We got a lotta love for Alan Tudyk, find Joss Whedon parallels and try not to over-explain too many jokes.
Dir: Eli Craig
Wri: Eli Craig, Morgan Jurgenson
Cine: David Geddes
Edi: Bridget Durnford
Mus: Michael Shields, Andrew Kaiser
Production: Eden Rock Media, Looby Lou, Reliance BIG Pictures, Urban Island, Magnet Releasing
Cast: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss, Chelan Simmons
[Ep. 178, Rec. 09/2017]
“Is it ‘speculate on the book’ time?! I love ‘speculate on the book’ time!”
This week Abi, Jamie and Anthony use a review of McCabe and Mrs Miller as a flimsy excuse to talk about M*A*S*H again to annoy Rich because they’re both directed by Robert Altman. Along the way we argue about hats and coats (as usual) and which dead animal their made out of, as well as the different American and British terms for hangover cures and naughty gamblers. Come join us around the red tablecloth now!
Footnote: The coat was seal, the hat was velour and the guy in Ratatouille is called Linguine. Peace!
Milquetoast – a very timid, unassertive, spineless person, especially one who is easily dominated or intimidated… aka Sylvester Stallone’s character in this movie. Listen in as Rich gets oddly Yiddish with his vernacular and Abi and Anthony struggle to get a word in edgewise about this infamous 90s actioner as well as offering up the chilling reminder that many of us still have mums out there that might be embarrassing us right now to total strangers. <shudder>