I bet most of you know Brian De Palma as a director of cool crime dramas of the 80’s and 90’s, but it is his formative early years of the 70’s that has take the Spoiler Filled Crew’s interest, most specifically the oddity that is Phantom of The Paradise, a glam yet somehow drab allegory of the music industry. If you like your cult musicals with a bit of horror, Faust, Phantom of the Opera , Dorian Grey and incomprehensible bird symbolism then this is the film for you! Or maybe not as the case may be… This time we we are subjected to: Rock Palaces, unnecessary teeth removal, the original Birdman costume, ornate furniture we all crave and Beef, the wonderful Beef.
In true Spoiler Filled fashion, we begin our review or horror films in November. Some may call us tardy after Halloween has just passed, but we say who wants to follow the crowd. First on the chopping block is Jacob’s Ladder from 1990; a cerebral, atmospheric and somewhat divisive film amongst the Spoiler Filled Crew. Come and learn who the true horror fans are among us as we descend the ladder into the Lynch-ian/Cronenberg-ian depths of this film where we discuss: it’s famous influence on the Silent Hill franchise, ice baths, angelic chiropractors and how none of us managed to spot half of Tenacious D!
This week Rich, Abi and Anthony discuss Abi’s pick for the week, Miss Congeniality (2000), where Rich reveals he can sing, secretly wear women’s clothing that his not-so-hidden talent is being a c***. Listen in now to hear nostalgia for 90s movie technology tropes, the usual love for Michael Caine and the sudden realisation that rom-com construction is inherently flawed. Enjoy!
Directed by: Donald Petrie.
Written by: Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford, Caryn Lucas.
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt, Candice Bergen, William Shatner, Ernie Hudson.
This week the Spoiler Filled crew go all the way back to the 1950s to watch Godzilla and see what the fuss is about. Listen in as Rich, Abi, Jamie and Anthony all reflect on its grim meditation on nuclear warfare, use of superweapons and how a funny costume almost derails the whole thing. There’s also a myriad of confusion over which classic Godzilla foe is which, an unexpected comparison to Thunderbirds and a not so unexpected comparison to the work of the Jim Henson workshop.
If you’re looking for film that epitomizes ‘cool’ then The Driver from 1978 may be the film for you. However, is this neo-noir thriller going to prove the theory that just because you’re cool doesn’t necessarily mean you have any substance. We all have slightly differing views this week on a film that was somewhat despised in it’s day, but is starting to show it’s influence on film and video games 40 years on. This time we focus on: fewer (but longer) car chases than we expect, Bruce Dern being Bruce Dern, humorous car demolition, 70’s “style” and getting confused somehow by the very simple plot.
Dir: Walter Hill
Wri: Walter Hill
Cine: Philip H. Lathrop
Edi: Tina Hirsch
Mus: Michael Small
Prod: Lawrence Gordon, Twentieth Century Fox, EMI Films
Cast: Ryan O’Neal, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani, Ronee Blakley
[Ep/220, Rec. 09/2018]
Time to raise those brows up high here at Spoiler Filled as we tackle some proper Shakespeare (Shakespeare in Love didn’t count) with Titus, one of the numerous adaptations from the 90’s Shakespeare explosion. Can the crew shake off those school-day bred prejudices against The Bard enough to enjoy this bold and striking film? What will they think of the acting, the costumes, locations style? Can we handle all the horribleness and gore? Will we even understand what’s going on? Tune in to find out.
Dir: Julie Taymor
Wri: Julie Taymor, William Shakespeare (Play)
Cine: Luciano Tovoli
Edi: Francoise Bonnot
Mus: Elliot Goldenthal
Prod: Clear Blu Sky Productions, Overseas Filmgroup
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Alan Cumming, Colm Feore, James Frain, Laura Frasier, Harry Lennix, Angus Macfadyen, Matthew Rhys, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Was Ocean’s Eleven a little too slick for you? Was Mission Impossible a little too action-packed? Was Hackers just a little too modern? Well, then we here at Spoiler Filled have found the perfect movie for you in 1992’s Dad Jokes: The Movie. OK, OK, that’s just our little nickname for the movie Sneakers though, to be fair, it is well deserved. “Computer dates”, various anagrams, cool Braille technology, Ben Kingsley’s funny run, Stephen Tobolowsky’s show-stealing and Dan Aykroyd’s real life slipping into the film are all things up for discussion in this surprisingly goofy action caper.
Warning, if you are not Welsh and don’t know what ‘daps’ are, you may not understand the first two minutes of this podcast. Enjoy!
Dir: Phil Alden Robinson
Wri: Phil Alden Robinson, Lawrence Lasker, Walter Parkes
Cine: John Lindley
Edi: Tom Rolf
Mus: James Horner
Prod: Universal Studios
Cast: Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, River Phoenix, David Strathairn, Stephen Tobolowsky
[Ep. 218, Rec, 08/2018]
We journey back to a time we at Spoiler Filled refer to as BLOTR, or ‘Before Lord Of The Rings‘, where Fantasy films were their own special kind of schlocky and this weeks film, Red Sonja, belongs in a particularly Dark Age of the period. It’s essentially Conan the Barbarian, but if Conan was a minor role, and not actually Conan, and replaced with an inexperienced female model and an annoying kid. So if you are looking for some uncomfortable Asian stereotypes, uncomfortable looking (if elaborately varied) clothing and some very uncomfortable acting, then you’ve come to the right place!
Dir: Richard Fleischer
Wri: Clive Exton, George MacDonald Fraser
Cine: Giueseppe Rotunno
Edi: Frank J. Urioste
Mus: Ennio Morricone
Prod: Dino De Laurentiis Company, MGM/United Artists Entertainment Company
Cast: Brigitte Nielsen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sandahl Bergman, Ernie Reyes Jr, Paul L. Smith, Pat Roach
This week, Rich flogs a dead horse by bringing Jury Duty to the Spoiler Filled table for Abi and Anthony to ‘enjoy’. Listen in as Rich learns the hard way not to nominate films you haven’t seen, Anthony has an adventure in inverted commas and Abi laments the butchery of a potentially middling screenplay. There’s also a painful look back at 90s gay jokes as well as Pauly Shore’s catch phrases in general. Enjoy!
Director: John Fortenberry.
Writers: Barbara Williams, Samantha Adams, Neil Tolkin.
Starring: Pauly Shore, Tia Carrere, Stanley Tucci.
For the purposes of rehab, Abi brought this film to the table this week in the hopes of purging the lingering confusion from watching it a year ago and somewhat succeeds. Listen in as Jamie and Abi teach Rich the difference between astrology and astronomy, Jamie slags off Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals and Rich embraces his inner old man, waving his stick at those damn hippies. There is also a rare ‘Let’s Speculate On The Play Time!’ that Rich hated almost as much as ‘Let’s Speculate On The Book Time!’. Enjoy!
Director: Milos Foreman
Writers: Gerome Ragni, James Rado, Michael Weller
Cast: John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D’Angelo, Annie Golden, Dorsey Wright, Don Dacus.