Jamie is truly in his element this week as he brings Singles from 1992 to the table, a film steeped in the music scene of early 90’s Seattle. Abi, too, is in here element as the film features Matt Dillon. Rich should be in his element given his track record with offbeat Rom Coms, but perhaps this one is a little too conventional. So come and listen whether we decide if this film is either a symphony of splendor or some bland background music.
After watching the trailer for Dan Aykroyd’s only directing credit Nothing But Trouble, the Spoiler Filled Crew figured the film couldn’t possibly be as bad as the trailer made it look. And we were right! It was sooooooo much worse. Some of the crew can kinda see what he was going for, but all of them are still totally flummoxed by this insane miss-fire of a movie, whose “highlights” include; John Candy in drag, inconsistent cartoon logic, impractical booby traps, Chevy Chase on particularly obnoxious form, highly distracting, horrible make up effects and the most unexpected cameo from Digital Underground ever.
We follow on with the theme of Girl Power from our previous episode in the most subversive way we could think of. That is to say we’re reviewing a film about men dressed as women. And if you think this looks like a cheap rip-off of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, then you’re not wrong, but certainly has a little unique charm of it’s own. Chosen mainly for it’s ridiculous title, Too Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar, features: a very convincing performance by Leguizamo, a very funny bar-room ramble from Chris Penn, an extremely brief cameo from Robin Williams in Birdcage mode and just plenty of faux feminine charm.
We all remember the musical phenomenon that The Spice Girls were back in the 90’s here at the podcast and we all know what eventually comes of a pop culture sensation at the height of it’s power: The Cash-In Movie. This week we dissect Spice World: The Movie here on SFFCH, a terrible film by all accounts, but maybe we can find enough charm in it to get us through…
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]