We journey back to a time we at Spoiler Filled refer to as BLOTR, or ‘Before Lord Of The Rings‘, where Fantasy films were their own special kind of schlocky and this weeks film, Red Sonja, belongs in a particularly Dark Age of the period. It’s essentially Conan the Barbarian, but if Conan was a minor role, and not actually Conan, and replaced with an inexperienced female model and an annoying kid. So if you are looking for some uncomfortable Asian stereotypes, uncomfortable looking (if elaborately varied) clothing and some very uncomfortable acting, then you’ve come to the right place!
Dir: Richard Fleischer
Wri: Clive Exton, George MacDonald Fraser
Cine: Giueseppe Rotunno
Edi: Frank J. Urioste
Mus: Ennio Morricone
Prod: Dino De Laurentiis Company, MGM/United Artists Entertainment Company
Cast: Brigitte Nielsen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sandahl Bergman, Ernie Reyes Jr, Paul L. Smith, Pat Roach
It seems Rich may have a strange knack. A knack for finding peculiar, yet interesting rom-coms. This week he brings the Spoiler Filled gang Just Like Heaven, one of the highest high-concepts to be applied to this formulaic filmic framework. So was the film just like heaven or just like hell for the crew this week? Tune in to find out in a discussion about: ghostly logistics, ridiculously lavish accommodations, very friendly neighbours and that somewhat perplexing ending.
Dir: Mark Waters
Wri: Peter Tolan, Leslie Dixon, Marc Levy (Novel)
Cine: Daryn Okada
Edi: Bruce Green
Mus: Rolfe Kent
Prod: MacDonald/Parkes Productions, Dreamworks
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Jon Heder, Donal Logue, Dina Spybey-Waters
[Ep. 188, Rec, 01/2017]
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
Jamie just loves to punish us with video games movies, even though it is a universally accepted FACT that they are all bad. Although, to be fair, he has brought us probably one of the least-worst attempts at adapting one with ‘archeologist’s nightmare’ Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Some of us have nostalgic attachment; some of us don’t, but all of us have a lot to say this time round in a discussion that contains: villainous lounging, Daniel Craig’s atrocious American accent, British ‘comic’ relief, Lara Croft’s absolute perfection, punctuation problems and, of course, those infamous breasts.
Before The Lord of the Rings movies made them kind of legitimate, fantasy films were well weird. Especially in the 80’s and especially in Jamie’s choice of 1985’s Legend, directed by Ridley Scott. Now we all have a general respect for Scott’s movies here at Spoiler Filled, but this one really takes the biscuit. But what should we have expected from a film with such a troubled history, with several different versions out there with different soundtracks. We all tried to watch the original theatrical cut, but it seems we all ended up watching different things. None of which made any sense. Not even Tim Curry, as spectacular as he is, can save this film, but my god did he try. If you can bring yourself to face it, come and listen to us complain about: weird marriage rituals, the lack of rules, Tom Cruise squatting too much, why anyone, even the bloody devil, would want to marry the princess and why our favourite character is dispatched obscenely quickly.