We had to purge the memory of Dan Aykroyd’s turn in Nothing But Trouble last time on the podcast, so this time we turn to one of his most loved movie outings, The Blues Brothers. Despite it being one of Aykroyd’s and John Belushi’s famous movies, it still remains firmly a cult classic, even though it gave rise to the simplest Halloween costumes ever. We can see the flaws in the movie, but are they outweighed by the classic music, the ridiculous action and the cool comedy? Tune in to find out. HIT IT!
After watching the trailer for Dan Aykroyd’s only directing credit Nothing But Trouble, the Spoiler Filled Crew figured the film couldn’t possibly be as bad as the trailer made it look. And we were right! It was sooooooo much worse. Some of the crew can kinda see what he was going for, but all of them are still totally flummoxed by this insane miss-fire of a movie, whose “highlights” include; John Candy in drag, inconsistent cartoon logic, impractical booby traps, Chevy Chase on particularly obnoxious form, highly distracting, horrible make up effects and the most unexpected cameo from Digital Underground ever.
We follow on with the theme of Girl Power from our previous episode in the most subversive way we could think of. That is to say we’re reviewing a film about men dressed as women. And if you think this looks like a cheap rip-off of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, then you’re not wrong, but certainly has a little unique charm of it’s own. Chosen mainly for it’s ridiculous title, Too Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar, features: a very convincing performance by Leguizamo, a very funny bar-room ramble from Chris Penn, an extremely brief cameo from Robin Williams in Birdcage mode and just plenty of faux feminine charm.
We all remember the musical phenomenon that The Spice Girls were back in the 90’s here at the podcast and we all know what eventually comes of a pop culture sensation at the height of it’s power: The Cash-In Movie. This week we dissect Spice World: The Movie here on SFFCH, a terrible film by all accounts, but maybe we can find enough charm in it to get us through…
Time to break out the tin foil hats this week as we take a deep dive into The Philadelphia Experiment, a Sci-Fi movie based on the urban legends surrounding an alleged military incident during World War 2. What sounded like a cheesy B-Movie (seeing as it was directed by the man who brought you Mac & Me and Mannequin On The Move) turns out to be a surprisingly grounded despite its outlandish time travel story.
We have looked at Clint Eastwood as Actor/Director in the past in the hilariously bad The Rookie, but we thought we’d give him another chance by looking at his first work as Director in Play Misty For Me, a tense, psychological, stalker thriller where he plays a poetry reading jazz DJ on the receiving end of a crazed fans obsession. Fake bar games used as seduction, ponds in bedrooms, out of place jazz festivals, punching women out of windows and awkward woodland sex scenes are all up for discussion in this weeks podcast.
We are ready for a bit of Mediterranean flavour this week as we tackle another film produced in Italy. Italy is considered as the birthplace of Art cinema, famous for it’s Neo-realism movement, it’s subversive Spaghetti Westerns and, judging by this weeks film, it’s terribly exploitative and misogynistic crime movies. Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man follows the exploits of the inaptly named Fred and Tony, two trigger happy and a-little-bit-too-rapey cops who are apparently trying to take down a local crime boss, but mostly seem to be: slapping clothes off of women, making people bleed acrylic blood, burning various vehicles and going around being a little bit too heterosexual.
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.