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.
It finally happened. We let Jamie gush about Mad Max directly and not have to skirt around another movie to do so. This dystopian, pre-post apocalyptic, revenge action movie stands a little apart from the other entries in the Mad Max franchise as their is still a semblance of normal society before it descends into the apocalyptic insanity of the latter movies. What will the Crew make of one of Jamie’s most formative films? Tune in to find out! N.B. As with most Australian films we touch upon here, be ready for plenty of silly accents from the Spoiler Filled Crew.
Richard has brought his own nostalgic Don Bluth movie to the table in the past and now it’s Ant’s turn to do the same as he reveals The Secret of NIMH to the Spoiler Filled Crew. Back in the early 80s, Disney were in a bad patch and this is where Don Bluth truly shone with his early and darker films that harked back to the glory days of Animation whilst also dealing with more complicated themes and action. Whilst this film is heralded as a bit of a nostalgic classic, we make no secrets in finding some of its flaws whilst going through it’s finer points.
We don’t do this very often, but this week we cast our lights onto 1969’s Midnight Cowboy because we got a viewer request! (Thanks to Karl in Penarth, Howdy Partner!) It’s a movie about a Texan hustler seeking work and a better life in New York and his dealings with a streetwise con man. This time around, Everybody’s Talkin’ about: Unhealthy relations with Grandparents, Andy Warhol-esque parties, Bob Balaban’s bathroom blowjob and unexpected psychedelia.
We’ve watched a few films staring Harry Dean Stanton on the podcast before, but never with him in the lead role. They are few and far between sadly, but i guess we got ‘lucky’ with Jamie’s choice this week. It is the directional debut of prolific ‘that-guy’ actor John Carroll Lynch (look him up, you’ll know him), stars the prolific ‘weird-movie’ director David Lynch (no relation) and even though it has a very simple plot, we still have some difficulty summing it up. Be prepared for unexpected Mariachi singing, runaway tortoises, chain smoking, stoned Liberace and shouting profanities at gardens.
“Oh Mr Sandman, bring me a movie. Make it a Sci-Fi where you die when thirty.
Give it some sex, some cats and an old Mall, and weird things through which we all must trawl”
Why did Abi want to watch 1976’s Logan’s Run? Was it for the dystopian view of a future filled with promiscuous sex, cosmetic surgery and a society run by computers? Was it for the 70’s Sci-Fi aesthetic? Was it for the performance of the ever wonderful Peter Ustinov? Or was it because of Michael York’s fabulous hair? Either way, we all found something of our own to enjoy this week, in a discussion about: slow-motion sex clubs, floating death Segways, cat poetry and going for a ride on the Carousel of Death!
Ah, Weekend at Bernie’s! What were those 80’s executives snorting when they came up with this one!? Well, the Spoiler Filled Crew are somewhat thankful they did as some have fond memories of this ridiculous oddity. However, someone may have a slightly less nostalgia-tinged opinion of this dumb farce. Yes, it is centered on the one joke of pretending a dead guy is alive. Yes, the main protagonists are insane arseholes and yes, the best performance is from the man pretending to be a corpse, but come on! It’s Weekend at Bernie’s! Right? Right?!
This week Anthony thought we all needed a bit more Nicolas Cage in our lives. Or is it Nic Cage? Dammit Jamie, you’re never around to explain your crackpot theories when we need you! With this in mind, Anthony offered up The Rock to be mauled and manhandled by Abi and Rich. Listen in as the three of them discuss the merits of deadly, shiny green balls, Sean Connery’s ever compelling accent and the possibly of the movie being considered one of Michael Bay’s best. Ah, the halcyon days before he got entangled with CGI robots. They also wrestle with the question ‘How many explosions is too many explosions?”, try to hammer down rules about puns and relish in the brief but picante bouts of Cage’s mania that we’d all been so looking forward to. Enjoy!
This week Rich, Abi, Anthony and Jamie settle in to talk about the 1989 adaptation of Stephen King’s book ‘Pet Sematary’ and, oh, how we regret it. Listen in now to hear a rare instance of ‘Muse On The Book Time!” because one of us actually read it for once and Rich’s attempt at a Maine accent. There’s also giving props to Clancy Brown for being absolutely corking in the sequel, heaping praise on the Ramones and an inevitable wrestling reference through the conduit of a shoe.