197: SFFCH – On The Buses [1971]

197 On the Buses

Ah, nobody does comedy quite like us Brits, aye? That dry wit, that surrealism, that misogyny… This week we take a look at the uniquely British tradition of making a feature length movie out of a popular sitcom format with On The Buses from 1971. Can the material hold up over 90 minutes? Does it still appeal to a modern audience? How often can Rich say ‘It was a different time’? Tune in and find out!

 

Dir: Harry Booth
Wri: Ronald Chesney, Ronald Wolfe
Cine: Mark McDonald
Edi: Archie Ludski
Mus: Max Harris
Prod: Hammer Film Productions, EMI Elstree, MGM-EMI
Cast: Reg Varney, Bob Grant, Stephen Lewis, Doris Hare, Michael Robbins, Anna Karen
[Ep. 197, Rec 03/2018]

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196: SFFCH – Cloak and Dagger [1984]

196 Cloak and Dagger

We think we’ve done it! We think we’ve found the most screwed-up kids film from the 80s including: murder, gun violence, espionage, amputated villains, mental illness and bombs concealed in little girls toys. And it’s also a big old advert for Atari. Cloak and Dagger is a kind of prototype Home Alone without the consistent family tone, just ripe for the picking here at Spoiler Filled.

Dir: Richard Franklin
Wri: Cornell Woolrich, Tom Holland
Cine: Victor J. Kempe
Edi: Andrew London
Mus: Brian May
Prod: Universal Pictures
Cast: Henry Thomas, Dabney Coleman, Michael Murphy, Christina Negra
[Ep. 196, Rec 03/18]

195: SFFCH – The Shadow [1994]

195 The Shadow

Imagine a movie that is like Batman meets Dick Tracy meets Big Trouble in Little China. Now imagine that it is (somehow) boring and makes no sense. Well that’s The Shadow from 1994, a movie that seems to epitomize the phrase ‘style over substance’. Not even Ian Mckellen and Tim Curry (Tim Curry, people!) can lend this enough legitimacy. Up for discussion this time: Russell Mulcahy’s glass smashing obsession, that very distracting nose, suspending your bombs in the air needlessly and the unexpectedly sordid past of Max Wright.

Dir: Russell Mulcahy
Wri: David Koepp, Walter B. Gibson [Creator]
Cine: Stephen H. Burum
Edi: Peter Holness, Beth Jochem Besterveld
Mus: Jerry Goldsmith
Prod: Bregman/Baer Productions, Universal Pictures
Cast: Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Peter Boyle, Ian McKellen, Tim Curry
[Ep. 195, Rec, 02/2018]