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.
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.
Rich wanted a little more ‘adult’ about his animation this week on Spoiler Filled and thats certainly what he got with his choice of Ralph Bakshi’s science fantasy epic Wizards. Although it seems that by making an animation more ‘adult’ all you do is draw lots of boobs. Fairies, ‘Columbo’ impersonating wizards, robot assassins named Peace and just so much more weirdness abounds in this allegorical, apocalyptic affair.
Dir: Ralph Bakshi
Wri: Ralph Bakshi
Cine: Ted C. Bemiller
Edi: Donald W. Erst
Mus: Andrew Belling
Prod: Bakshi Productions, Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Bob Holt, Jesse Welles, Richard Romanus, David Proval, Steve Gravers, Mark Hamill
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]
This week we set our sights on what is considered one of the best student films ever created….No wait! Come back listeners! This is not your usual student film full of hokey acting, cheap sets and bad special effects….well, not too much of it anyways. Not when the student in question is John Carpenter!Dark Star is the expanded version of Carpenter’s original student film about four men on a deteriorating spaceship in deep space going a bit loopy. Beach-ball aliens, makeshift musical instruments, philosophizing bombs and surfing on space debris are all highlights in this original and off-beat concept.
Dir: John Carpenter
Wri: John Carpenter, Dan O’Bannon
Cine: Douglas Knapp
Edi: Dan O’Bannon
Mus: John Carpenter
Prod: University of Southern California, Jack H. Harries Enterprises, Bryanston Pictures
Cast: Dan O’Bannon, Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm, Dre Pahich, John Carpenter, Barbara Knapp
[Ep. 193, Rec 02/2018]
Awwww, A Boy and his Dog! Well that just sounds delightful, doesn’t it….? NO! Just…no. If you’re expecting cute, fluffy puppies and heartwarming adventures this week on Spoiler Filled then you are gonna be sorely disappointed. However, we still encourage you to break out your popcorn troughs and apply your white make-up as we all get a bit grim and uncomfortable about this gritty (and far too rape-y) post-apocalyptic sci-fi.
Dir: L. Q. Jones
Wri: L. Q. Jones, Alvy Moore, Wayne Cruseturner, Harlan Ellison (novel)
Cine: John Arthur Morrill
Edi: Scott Conrad
Mus: Tim McIntire, Ray Manzarek, Jamie Mendoza-Nava
Prod: LQ/JAF Productions
Cast: Don Johnson, Susanne Benton, Ron Feinberg, Jason Robards
[Ep. 190, Rec. 01/2018]
Abi was watching wrestling (of course) and thought of Al Pacino (obviously!), so this week the Spoiler Filled Crew are watching Serpico, a gritty slice of 70’s cinematic americana based on the life of cop, whistleblower and all-round cool dude Frank Serpico. This time around Abi herself is pressured into whistleblowing, Rich dreams of slapstick crossovers, Jamie keeps reminding us that everybody is dead and everyone marvels at the many, many beards of Al Pacino.
Dir: Sidney Lumet
Wri: Waldo Salt, Norman Wexler, Peter Maas (Novel)
Cine: Arthur J. Ornitz
Edi: Dede ASllen
Mus: Mikis Theodorakis
Production: Artists Entertainments Complex Inc, Produzion De Laurentiis International Manufacturing Company S.P.A, Paramount Pictures
Cast: Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe
[Ep. 175, Rec, 08/2017]
It’s the ‘Return of the Returning Directors IV’ this week as Abi presents the whole crew with The Last Detail from 1973 which was directed by Hal Ashby, whose film Being There has been scrutinized in the past. Jack Nicholson and Otis Young play a couple of not-so-gay (in all senses of the word) sailors who must escort a young and naive Randy Quaid to prison for a minor crime and come across many adventures and philosophical difficulties as they decide to show him a good time on the way. Be prepared for a lot of ‘colourful’ language in this one as we deal with such things as: excessive bitchin’, ‘hat’ acting, the lameness of semaphore, ‘silent movie’ prostitutes and barbeques in blizzards.
Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando and Randy Quaid in one film. Will there be an acting-insanity overload or will one of these notorious nut-balls steal the show? Well, if the picture above is anything to go by, one person may have an advantage. This week, Abi brings us The Missouri Breaks, a non-typical and almost forgotten about western from 1976. Things up for discussion this time are: Nicholson’s hairiness, Brando’s Irish mumblings, whether Harry Dean Stanton belongs in Peaky Blinders, being rude to donkeys and stealing kisses from horses.
It’s the return of another director we’ve touched on in the past and it’s a whole different kind of mental this time as we attempt to comprehend the wondrous insanity that is John Boorman’s Zardoz from 1974. We should have been clued in by our past viewing of Exorcist II as to the quality of Boorman’s work, but how could we turn down such an iconic “bad” movie. Notice the inverted commas there, as perhaps we find this film surprisingly complex. We keep the mentions of Sean Connery’s pants to a minimum somehow, but we do indulge in a couple of impressions. Sho Shorry.