We like a bit of crazy here at Spoiler Filled and Russian director Timur Bekmambetov usually delivers just the kind of weird we like. But perhaps his first international hit Nochnoy Dozor a.k.a Night Watch from 2004 is a little too much crazy for us to handle (despite someone actually having read the book for a change!)? There’s still plenty to enjoy in this slick looking movie however, such as: vampires, magicians, shape-shifters, parallel dimensions, blood curses, destructive crow tornadoes, living stuffed owls, creepy spider dolls and so much more we just don’t understand.
Dir: Timur Bekmambetov
Wri: Timur Bekmambetov, Laeta Kalogridis, Sergei Lukyanenko (Novel)
Cine: Sergey Tromifov
Edi: Dimitry Kiselev
Mus: Yuri Poteyenko
Prod: Channel One Russia, Bazelevs Company, Gemini Film
Cast: Konstantin Khabensky, Vladimir Menshov, Valeri Zolotukhin
Mariya Poroshin, Galina Tyunina
“Ooooo, look at all the pretty colours!” This, we highly suspect here at Spoiler Filled HQ, is how most people ended up watching this week’s film, the live-action adaptation of Dick Tracy from 1990. But perhaps we are soon to discover the hideous nature of the beast laying below. In this discussion, we discuss such things as: how there is such a distinguished cast in such a questionable movie, Madonna’s gangster voice, neon noir and all those god-damned melty faces.
Dir: Warren Beatty
Wri: Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr, Chester Gould (Comic)
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.
We have had our brushes with ‘obscure’ John Carpenter in the past, but this time we’re going all out with ‘classic’ John Carpenter as we charge on into the weird labyrinth that is Big Trouble in Little China from 1986. It’s a true-to-form midnight movie nostalgia-thon for most of the crew this week, but one of us has some dissenting words. Come and listen to whom bucks the trend in a film about fighting in various rooms, weird classic Hollywood impressions, nightmare fuel monsters that are barely seen and every vaguely Asian-looking actor Hollywood could muster in the 80’s. [ Except Mr Miyagi 😦 ]