195: SFFCH – The Shadow [1994]

195 The Shadow

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]

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170: SFFCH – Dick Tracy [1990]

170 Dick Tracy

“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)

Edi: Richard Marks

Cine: Vittorio Storaro

Mus: Danny Elfman

Production: Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners, Mulholland Productions

Cast: Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, Madonna, Glenne Headley, Charlie Korsmo, Dustin Hoffman, William Forsyth, Paul Sorvino, James Caan, Dick Van Dyke.

[Ep. 170, Rec, 07/2017]