Gus Van Sant has made some decent movies in his time, but one of them from his early work sticks out like a sore thumb, so to speak. Even Cowgirls Get The Blues was a ‘hippy’ novel from the 60’s which became a quirky comedy road movie in the 90’s and whilst it may have seemed a little edgy in the good ol’ days, it may have lost a little something to time. Come and listen to our chat about: drugging birds, none of us really noticing Keanu Reeves was a Native American, angry lesbians and floppy thumb prosthetics.
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!
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.
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]
Everyone believes it was Pulp Fiction that brought John Travolta’s career back to life, but they are wrong! It was actually a series of films about talking babies that brought him back to commercial success, and today the Spoiler Filled crew are looking at the second in the series Look Who’s Talking Too, a film that Rich dubs ‘Toilet Training: The Movie’. This time we are: all kinda glad we didn’t watch the first film, impressed by the conception effects, terrified of Mel Brooks playing a toilet and marvel at the amount of disturbing imagery in this light-hearted comedy.
Dir: Amy Heckerling
Wri: Amy Heckerling, Neal Israel
Cine: Thomas Del Ruth
Edi: Debra Chiate
Mus: David Kitay
Prod: Big Mouth Production, Tri-Star Pictures
Cast: John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Bruce Willis, Roseanna Barr, Olympia Dukakis, Elias Koteas, Damon Wayans, Gilbert Gottfried
[Ep. 209, Rec, 06/18]
Imagine a movie that is like Batman meets Dick Tracy meets Big Trouble in Little China. Now imagine that it is (somehow) boring and makes no sense. Well that’s The Shadow from 1994, a movie that seems to epitomize the phrase ‘style over substance’. Not even Ian Mckellen and Tim Curry (Tim Curry, people!) can lend this enough legitimacy. Up for discussion this time: Russell Mulcahy’s glass smashing obsession, that very distracting nose, suspending your bombs in the air needlessly and the unexpectedly sordid past of Max Wright.
Dir: Russell Mulcahy
Wri: David Koepp, Walter B. Gibson [Creator]
Cine: Stephen H. Burum
Edi: Peter Holness, Beth Jochem Besterveld
Mus: Jerry Goldsmith
Prod: Bregman/Baer Productions, Universal Pictures
Cast: Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Peter Boyle, Ian McKellen, Tim Curry
[Ep. 195, Rec, 02/2018]
Oh, the early Nineties! What were you thinking?! Stop trying to be an overblown, louder version of the 80s. That being said, we would never have been left with Freaked to sink our claws into, a film that revels in it’s extreme ugliness, crudeness and stupidity. Can it succeed in giving the the Spoiler Filled Crew a modicum of enjoyment despite that annoying MTV era attitude? Tune in to find out!
Dir:Alex Winter, Tom Stern
Wri: Tim Burns, Alex Winter, Tom Stern
Cine: Jamie Thompson
Edi: Malcolm Campbell
Mus: Kevin Kiner
Prod: Tommy, 20th Century Fox
Cast: Alex Winter, Randy Quaid, William Sadler, Megan Ward, Michael Stoyanov, Bobcat Goldthwait, Mr. T, Brooke Shields, Derek McGrath
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
Merry Wrestle-Mas, to one and all! Our very special Spoiler Filled festive tradition continues for year 3 and this time it’s the main man himself: “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan. Much like his wrestling career beforehand, he much utilize his great charisma to mask his general lack of ability in 1996’s Santa With Muscles, where he plays an amnesiac douche-bag millionaire who is convinced he is Santa and must save the local orphanage from closure. Now if you think that all sounds a little bit schmaltzy and cliché then you have no idea! So come and listen to us ‘enjoy’ this yuletide spectacle as we discuss: the film’s child logic, 60’s Batman Villains, bondage Santas, how a young Mila Kunis is somehow the best actor of the bunch and how the magic of Christmas is explained away through explosive, electric crystals.
Dir: John Murlowski
Wri: Jonathan Bond, Fred Mata, Dorrie Krum Raymond
Cine: Michael Gfelner
Edi: William Marrinson, Stephen R. Myers
Mus: James Covell
Prod: Legacy Releasing, Hit Entertainment, Cabin Fever Entertainment, Cineplex Odeon Films
Cast: Terry ‘Hulk’ Hogan, Ed Begly Jr, Don Stark, Robin Cross, Garrett Morris, Clint Howard, Steve Valentine, Mila Kunis, Aria Curzon
[Ep. 185, Rec 12/2017]
We hope your minds are like clean, hungry sponges this week listeners because we are tackling 90’s cult ‘classic’ The Lawnmower Man. Was it a movie ahead of it time with it’s cutting edge, 1992 computer graphics and prophetic sci-fi or were it’s lofty ambitions just too far out of reach? Either way, come and join our entertaining discussions of such fodder as: Pierce Brosnan’s topless scientist, taking the term mindf@#k a little too literally, giant golden heads and how it is both the most and least faithful Stephen King adaptation at the same time.
Dir: Brett Leonard
Wri: Brett Leonard, Gimel Everett, Stephen King (Novel, sorta)
Cine: Russell Carpenter
Edi: Alan Baumgarten, Lisa Bromwell
Mus: Dan Wyman
Prod: Allied Vision, Fuji Eight Company Ltd, Lane Pringle Productions, New Line Cinema
Cast: Jeff Fahey, Pierece Brosnan, Jenny Wright, Geoffrey Lewis, Jeremy Slate, Dean Norris
[Ep.184, Rec, 11/2017]