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]
Merry Wrestle-mas! Welcome to Spoiler Filled’s annual yuletide tradition of finding wrestlers hiding in obscure (and usually quality-lacking) Christmas films and subject ourselves to it for your listening pleasure. This time however, we may have found something a little different. Something that may actually be good! I Am Santa Claus is only our second foray into documentary film-making, but how can we resist when it features legendary wrestler Mick Foley attempting to achieve his dream of becoming Santa. And that’s not to undermine all the other weird and wonderful Santas on display in this fascinatingly watchable film.
It seems Rich may have a strange knack. A knack for finding peculiar, yet interesting rom-coms. This week he brings the Spoiler Filled gang Just Like Heaven, one of the highest high-concepts to be applied to this formulaic filmic framework. So was the film just like heaven or just like hell for the crew this week? Tune in to find out in a discussion about: ghostly logistics, ridiculously lavish accommodations, very friendly neighbours and that somewhat perplexing ending.
Dir: Mark Waters
Wri: Peter Tolan, Leslie Dixon, Marc Levy (Novel)
Cine: Daryn Okada
Edi: Bruce Green
Mus: Rolfe Kent
Prod: MacDonald/Parkes Productions, Dreamworks
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Jon Heder, Donal Logue, Dina Spybey-Waters
[Ep. 188, Rec, 01/2017]
We don’t know if he’s mentioned it before, but Will Smith isn’t Rich’s favourate actor. So it was a bit of a surprise when he brought the SF Crew The Legend of Bagger Vance to scrutinize. Could this be the film that softens his attitude towards him…? It would be quite the task for a film about golf, but come and see the result as we discuss such fodder as: Hollywood’s Magical Negro, the extremely spiritual world of golf (apparently), the fundamentally horrible romance and many, many rich, white people problems once again! And all this for just 5 dollars, guaranteed!
Dir: Robert Redford
Wri: Steven Pressfield (Novel), Jeremy Leven (Screenplay)
Cine: Michael Ballhaus
Edi: Hank Corwin
Mus: Rachel Portman
Production: Allied Filmmakers [USA]
Cast: Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Jack Lemmon, Bruce McGill, Joel Gretsch, Lane Smith, J. Michael Moncrief
Jamie just loves to punish us with video games movies, even though it is a universally accepted FACT that they are all bad. Although, to be fair, he has brought us probably one of the least-worst attempts at adapting one with ‘archeologist’s nightmare’ Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Some of us have nostalgic attachment; some of us don’t, but all of us have a lot to say this time round in a discussion that contains: villainous lounging, Daniel Craig’s atrocious American accent, British ‘comic’ relief, Lara Croft’s absolute perfection, punctuation problems and, of course, those infamous breasts.
Critically panned, but audience…OK’d (we guess), Equilibrium from 2002 plays like Brave New World meets The Matrix meets Nazi symbolism…but not really. Jamie offers this one up for emotionless scrutiny and possible incineration to the crew this week where we discuss such things as: non-threatening villains, throwing British comedians through walls, ‘gun’-fu, dog-xploitation and whether its more of a spoiler these days to reveal that Sean Bean doesn’t die in a movie.