A filmed called Magic, that’s actually about murderous ventriloquism, starring Welsh acting God Anthony Hopkins and directed by Santa himself Richard Attenborough certainly appealed to the Spoiler Filled Crew this week, and from very different angles for everyone. Did we manage to find the least schlock-iest film based around killer dummies or does it all become a little bit ‘Goosebumps’ despite the talent behind it? Tune in to find out!
It’s musical time again! Break out your swirly skirts, your false sense of spirituality and your inability to settle down and come and experience Gypsy with the Spoiler Filled crew. It’s a film about the life of Gypsy Rose Lee (sort of), burlesque (sort of) and difficult relationships with parents (it’s mainly this). Prepare yourself for some forgettable songs, hoarse singing voices, constant screwball comedy, strange vaudeville acts, child labour, very tame striptease and a tour-de-force performance by Rosalind Russell who very thematically steals the show.
Now that’s out of the way, we can chat about the first live-action adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from 1990 with a little decorum. Ah, who are we kidding?! Come and listen to us all return to little children as our fond memories of the cartoon show perhaps give this movie a little more of a pass than it deserves, despite how dated we have to admit it has become.
What’s this!? Snow in my Western instead of sand and dirt?! Ok, Ok, we figure you’ve probably seen The H8teful Eight but this one came first! And if you think that film was grim and violent, just wait ’til you see where it got it’s inspiration from! The Great Silence is this week’s film, a somewhat subversive look at the classic trope of the American Western told by Italians, with a crazy German too. So come and join our discussion on: lots of men in coats shooting guns (and appendages), too much talk of chicken eating, getting ‘loco’ for Loco and whether the producers were right to demand a different ending.
Aaaaaand we’re back. It’s the first podcast of 2019 and we’re tackling another big, Oscar-winning, mainstream movie (don’t worry, we wont make a habit of it) but only because no-one seems to talk about it anymore. Slumdog Millionaire made a huge impact when it was first released, but does this Dickensian-drama-meets-Bollywood-movie still offer so much 10 years later? Some of the crew think so, some don’t. Come and find out who in our discussion involving: cesspit diving, being surprised by the lack of whimsy, differing sympathy levels for orphaned, homeless children and whether that was really a Million Dollar Question! [Apologies for some sound-level issues in this one, sorry]
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.
Break out your magnifying glasses and wax those moustaches because we’re getting in the mood for a bit of mystery this week on Spoiler Filled. We finally get around to tackling the work of Agatha Christie by looking at the 1982 adaptation of Evil Under The Sun, starring Peter Ustinov as her famous detective Hercule Poirot. So come and listen as we sleuth our way through the film and discover such interesting facts as: Ant’s recent connection to murder mysteries, Brits abroad, Noon-Day guns, Diana Rigg and Maggie Smith bitching it up to the max and the costumes. Oh my, the costumes!
Dir: Guy Hamilton
Wri: Anthony Shaffer, Barry Sandler, Agatha Christie (Novel)
Cine: Christopher Challis
Edi: Richard Marden
Mus: Cole Porter
Prod: EMI Films, Titan Productions, Mersham Productions, UNiversal Pictures
Cast: Peter Ustinov, Jane Birkin, Colin Blakely, Nicholas Clay, James Mason, Roddy McDowall, Sylvia Miles, Denis Quilley, Diana Rigg, Maggie Smith
[Ep. 208, Rec, 05/18]
A film with baddass priests? Check. A film with Clancy Brown? Check. A film with a weird mixed tone and fallen into obscurity? Check Check Check. Alright, we’re all sold! This week at Spoiler Filled, we delve into 2012’s Hellbenders, a film about priests living a sinful lifestyle in order to help them drag demons back to hell. Can it possibly live up to that title and premise? Tune in and Find out!
Dir: J. T. Petty
Wri: J. T. Petty
Cine: Ryan Samul
Edi: Jacob Craycroft, Joel Plotch
Mus: Jeff Grace
Prod: Circle of Confusion, Off Hollywood Pictures, Ambush Entertainment, UnLTD Productions, The Film Arcade
Cast: Clifton Collins Jr, Clancy Brown, Andre Royo, Robyn Rikoon, Macon Blair, Stephen Gevedon, Larry Fessenden, Dan Fogler
[Ep. 189, Rec, 01/2018]
We have been dabbling with time travel here at Spoiler Filled (maybe why this episode is a little late, oops) and what better way to usher in the new year than by looking at Doctor Who: The Movie from 1996? Right? Well, if you can think of any other New Years based movies than please let us know, because we struggled. Eric Roberts camping it up, Paul McGann ‘British-ing’ it up, Sylvester McCoy being unceremoniously machine gunned, bendy mirrors, medieval eye portals and very little actual time travel abound in this somewhat sterile American adaptation.
Dir: Geoffrey Sax
Wri: Matthew Jacobs
Mus: John Debney, John Sponsier, Louis Febre
Cast: Paul McGann, Eric Roberts, Daphne Ashbrook, Sylvester McCoy, Yee Jee Tso