What do the Spoiler Filled Crew like to get upto at the height of Summer? That’s right, build a snow fort and watch obscure foreign films! This week we’ve decided to take a respite from the midsummer sun and travel to cold, snowy, rural Quebec where we observe The Dog Who Stopped The War and ultimately learn that war is far more than just fun and games.
Well, what have we learned this week on Spoiler Filled from our watch of Baz Luhrman’s Strictly Ballroom? No, not about matters of the heart and following your dreams and all that nonsense. I’m talking about the way to improve any movie is to expect a straight-up, dance-based romance. That way you’ll never be disappointed. Other topics up for discusiion this week: Baz Luhrman’s distinctive style and the rating of his back catalogue, Australian humour, making product placement acceptable with sequins and far too many Australian impressions to count.
We hope you’re all in the mood to be well bummed out this week here at Spoiler Filled, because Jamie has found the perfect film for it in Sidney Lumet’s Cold War political thriller Fail Safe. Whilst most of the film may be just one-sided phone calls, opening of envelopes and men staring at blinking dots on screens, it is awfully tense and depressing. Although trust the Spoiler Filled crew to pick up on some oddities such as: Walter Matthau’s sex appeal, giant phones to Russia, metaphorical bullfights and probably the most fantastically selfless American President ever portrayed in cinema.
Dir: Sidney Lumet
Wri: Walter Bernstein, Peter George, Eugene Burdick [Novel]
Cine: Gerald Hirschfield
Edi: Ralph Rosenblum
Prod: Columbia Pictures
Cast: Henry Fonda, Dan O’Herlihy, Walter Matthau, Frank Overton, Larry Hagman
[Ep. 210, Rec. 06/2018]