197: SFFCH – On The Buses [1971]

197 On the Buses

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]

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186: SFFCH – Doctor Who: The Movie [1996]

187 Dr Who the Movie
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

[Ep. 186, Rec 12/2017]

164: SFFCH – East is East

164 East is East

Ah the 70’s. A time of spousal abuse, rape-y dogs and subtle paedophile jokes, at least from the portrait painted by this week film East is East, a British-Asian comedy from 1999. Ant brings this one to the table with the question: how come a film about a Muslim family in the 70’s is the most British film he has seen? So come and join the gang this week as they attempt to answer this, fall over themselves trying to remember the huge casts names and get far more mileage out of the word ‘vagina’ than you thought possible.

[Ep.164, Rec. 05/2017]

137: SFFCH – Dead Man’s Shoes

137-dead-mans-shoes

Ant had to make up for his previous choice of ‘Xanadu’ and what better way than to contrast a campy, trashy musical with some gritty, violent, British drama. So he did with this weeks choice of ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’, a 2004 effort from cult British filmmaker Shane Meadows. This time, Ant, Rich and Abi try to get to grips with a film that makes for some uncomfortable watching, ponder over just what the genre of this film is (in a good way, for a change), are constantly reminded that people are just awful and discuss whether regional British accents can be a little tricky.

[Ep. 137, Rec. June 2016]