211: SFFCH – Strictly Ballroom [1992]

211 Stricly Ballroom

Well, what have we learned this week on Spoiler Filled from our watch of Baz Luhrman’s Strictly Ballroom? No, not about matters of the heart and following your dreams and all that nonsense. I’m talking about the way to improve any movie is to expect a straight-up, dance-based romance. That way you’ll never be disappointed. Other topics up for discusiion this week: Baz Luhrman’s distinctive style and the rating of his back catalogue, Australian humour, making product placement acceptable with sequins and far too many Australian impressions to count.

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210: SFFCH – Fail Safe [1964]

210 Fail Safe

We hope you’re all in the mood to be well bummed out this week here at Spoiler Filled, because Jamie has found the perfect film for it in Sidney Lumet’s Cold War political thriller Fail Safe. Whilst most of the film may be just one-sided phone calls, opening of envelopes and men staring at blinking dots on screens, it is awfully tense and depressing. Although trust the Spoiler Filled crew to pick up on some oddities such as: Walter Matthau’s sex appeal, giant phones to Russia, metaphorical bullfights and probably the most fantastically selfless American President ever portrayed in cinema.

Dir: Sidney Lumet
Wri: Walter Bernstein, Peter George, Eugene Burdick [Novel]
Cine: Gerald Hirschfield
Edi: Ralph Rosenblum
Mus: …
Prod: Columbia Pictures
Cast: Henry Fonda, Dan O’Herlihy, Walter Matthau, Frank Overton, Larry Hagman
[Ep. 210, Rec. 06/2018]

209: SFFCH – Look Who’s Talking Too [1990]

209 Look whos talikng too

Everyone believes it was Pulp Fiction that brought John Travolta’s career back to life, but they are wrong! It was actually a series of films about talking babies that brought him back to commercial success, and today the Spoiler Filled crew are looking at the second in the series Look Who’s Talking Too, a film that Rich dubs ‘Toilet Training: The Movie’. This time we are: all kinda glad we didn’t watch the first film, impressed by the conception effects, terrified of Mel Brooks playing a toilet and marvel at the amount of disturbing imagery in this light-hearted comedy.

Dir: Amy Heckerling
Wri: Amy Heckerling, Neal Israel
Cine: Thomas Del Ruth
Edi: Debra Chiate
Mus: David Kitay
Prod: Big Mouth Production, Tri-Star Pictures
Cast: John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Bruce Willis, Roseanna Barr, Olympia Dukakis, Elias Koteas, Damon Wayans, Gilbert Gottfried
[Ep. 209, Rec, 06/18]

208: SFFCH – Evil Under The Sun [1982]

208 Evil Under the Sun

Break out your magnifying glasses and wax those moustaches because we’re getting in the mood for a bit of mystery this week on Spoiler Filled. We finally get around to tackling the work of Agatha Christie by looking at the 1982 adaptation of Evil Under The Sun, starring Peter Ustinov as her famous detective Hercule Poirot. So come and listen as we sleuth our way through the film and discover such interesting facts as: Ant’s recent connection to murder mysteries, Brits abroad, Noon-Day guns, Diana Rigg and Maggie Smith bitching it up to the max and the costumes. Oh my, the costumes!

Dir: Guy Hamilton
Wri: Anthony Shaffer, Barry Sandler, Agatha Christie (Novel)
Cine: Christopher Challis
Edi: Richard Marden
Mus: Cole Porter
Prod: EMI Films, Titan Productions, Mersham Productions, UNiversal Pictures
Cast: Peter Ustinov, Jane Birkin, Colin Blakely, Nicholas Clay, James Mason, Roddy McDowall, Sylvia Miles, Denis Quilley, Diana Rigg, Maggie Smith
[Ep. 208, Rec, 05/18]

205: SFFCH – The Quiet Man [1952]

205 The Quiet Man

John Ford and John Wayne helped to revitalize the Western films in the 1930s and onward with both becoming synonymous with the genre. But macho, action entertainment was not all they were good for it seems as Ant brings to the table The Quiet Man, a sentimental, romantic ‘dram-edy’ set in 1920’s Ireland. Now, despite this being a fairly light-hearted affair, and a very popular award winner when it was released, we bleeding-heart liberals may have a few eyebrows to raise over some of the issues on display in this schmaltzy, cinematic classic.

Dir. John Ford
Wri: Frank S. Nugent, Maurice Walsh (story)
Cine: Winton Hoch
Edi: Jack Murray
Mus: Victor Young
Prod: Argosy Pictures, Republic Pictures
Cast: John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen
[Ep. 205, Rec. 05/2018]

204: SFFCH – Wizards [1977]

204 Wizards

Wizards [1977]
Rich wanted a little more ‘adult’ about his animation this week on Spoiler Filled and thats certainly what he got with his choice of Ralph Bakshi’s science fantasy epic Wizards. Although it seems that by making an animation more ‘adult’ all you do is draw lots of boobs. Fairies, ‘Columbo’ impersonating wizards, robot assassins named Peace and just so much more weirdness abounds in this allegorical, apocalyptic affair.

Dir: Ralph Bakshi
Wri: Ralph Bakshi
Cine: Ted C. Bemiller
Edi: Donald W. Erst
Mus: Andrew Belling
Prod: Bakshi Productions, Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Bob Holt, Jesse Welles, Richard Romanus, David Proval, Steve Gravers, Mark Hamill

[Ep.204, Rec. 05/2018]

203: SFFCH – Critters (1986)

This week Rich, Abi and Anthony discuss Critters from 1986, a film about some tiny, hairy bastards that break out of space police custody, pick Earth to hideout on and ‘nom’ down on the residents. Only a foul-mouthed young boy, his family and two piss-poor bounty hunters can stop them. Listen in as Rich and Anthony discuss Gremlins, Abi praises Scott Grimes and everybody loves Billy Zane. Enjoy!

Dir: Stephen Herek
Wri: Stephen Herek, Domonic Muir, Don Keith Opper
Cine: Tim Suhrstedt
Edi: Larry Bock
Mus: David Newman
Prod: New Line Cinema, Sho Films, Smart Egg Pictures
Cast: Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy ‘Green’ Bush, Scott Grimes, Nadine Van der Velde, Don Keith Opper, Ethan Philips, Terrence Mann, Billy Zane!!!
[Ep. 203, Rec, 04/2018]

200: SFFCH 200th Anniversary – Moonlight [2016]

200 Moonlight

Our ability to blather on about movies knows no bounds, it seems, as we achieve yet another milestone here at Spoiler Filled Film. We celebrate our bicentenary with a very special guest suggestion of Moonlight from 2016. Now, we’re not ones to shy away from difficult topics here at SFFCH, of which Moonlight has a few, but we do tend to steer clear of high-profile Oscar winners. So, with this being the most modern film we have ever touched upon too, we have a new challenge on our hands. Did this film deserves it’s award wins or was it just caught up in a diversity drive from Hollywood? Does it appeal to 4, white, (mostly) heterosexual chums from Wales? Tune in to find out!

Dir: Barry Jenkins
Wri: Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney (Story)
Cine: James Laxton
Edi: Nat Sanders, Joi McMillon
Mus: Nicholas Britell
Prod: A24, Plan B Entertainent, Pastel Productions
Cast: Trevante Rhodes, Andre Holland, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Alex Hibbert, Jaden Piner, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae
[Ep. 200, Rec. 04/18]

199: SFFCH – King of the Kickboxers [1990]

199 Kick of the Kickboxers

It may be a little bit late (only a few years, sorry 😦 ), but we’ve managed to squeeze one more fan request in before our special bicentenary. King of the Kickboxers a.k.a. No Retreat, No Surrender 4 a.k.a. Karate Tiger 4 is a shameless rip-off…ahem…homage of various 80’s, Hong Kong, martial arts movies starring acting virtuoso and Spoiler Filled favourate Loren Avedon. Come and listen to us celebrate ‘So-Bad-It’s-Good’ movies as we discuss such delights as: Avedon’s surprising ‘splits’ talent, taking the term ‘maverick cop’ to it’s absolute limit and living with a chimp that likes dirty talk.

Dir. Lucas Lowe
Wri: Keith W. Strandberg
Cine: Viking Chiu
Edi: Marco Mak, Hung Poon
Mus: Richard Yuen
Prod: Imperial Entertainment, Seasonal Film Corporation
Cast: Loren Avedon, Richard Jaeckel, Billy Blanks, Sherrie Rose, Keith Cooke

[Ep. 199, Rec. 03/18]

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]