Aaaaaand we’re back. It’s the first podcast of 2019 and we’re tackling another big, Oscar-winning, mainstream movie (don’t worry, we wont make a habit of it) but only because no-one seems to talk about it anymore. Slumdog Millionaire made a huge impact when it was first released, but does this Dickensian-drama-meets-Bollywood-movie still offer so much 10 years later? Some of the crew think so, some don’t. Come and find out who in our discussion involving: cesspit diving, being surprised by the lack of whimsy, differing sympathy levels for orphaned, homeless children and whether that was really a Million Dollar Question! [Apologies for some sound-level issues in this one, sorry]
Merry Wrestle-mas! Welcome to Spoiler Filled’s annual yuletide tradition of finding wrestlers hiding in obscure (and usually quality-lacking) Christmas films and subject ourselves to it for your listening pleasure. This time however, we may have found something a little different. Something that may actually be good! I Am Santa Claus is only our second foray into documentary film-making, but how can we resist when it features legendary wrestler Mick Foley attempting to achieve his dream of becoming Santa. And that’s not to undermine all the other weird and wonderful Santas on display in this fascinatingly watchable film.
This week Abi brings 1980s staple Crocodile Dundee  to the table for Rich and Anthony to sniff at and judge. Listen in for the inevitable comparison to the “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, accusations of being Mills & Boon Down Under and flashbacks to Dot & The Kangaroo.
This week Rich, Abi and Jamie pour over Jamie’s pick of Prince Of Darkness – where Jesus was an alien, the Devil is locked in a mirror universe and the Devil’s son is a large tub of neon, green ooze. Oh Jamie, where do you find these things?
There’s also demonic pregnancy via knocking your elbow, Alice Cooper as a some kind of king of the homeless swarm and the mind-blowing revelation that John Carpenter may have been making all of this shit up while he was off his tits on drugs. We never would have guessed.
Oh, plus Rich and Jamie slam a series of Welsh towns for no other reason than they can.
This week Rich (not Jamie, it feels like one of Jamie’s but it’s not) brings a Field in England to be ploughed up and scrutinized by the Spoiler Filled combine harvester. Listen now to hear speculation about whether men in floppy hats with pointy sticks got high on mushrooms and arsed about in a field for an hour and a half or are in fact dead. Also musings on the inability of auto-subtitles (probably) to comprehend ye olde English and the baffling sight of black and white psychedelia. Also, who knew screaming could be so off-putting?
P.S. Monmouthshire was land in dispute during the period this film is set but was generally regarded as being part of Wales, so we’re saying it’s a Field in Wales. Also, yes, all women in Wales are either witches or succubi, some are even both.
I bet most of you know Brian De Palma as a director of cool crime dramas of the 80’s and 90’s, but it is his formative early years of the 70’s that has take the Spoiler Filled Crew’s interest, most specifically the oddity that is Phantom of The Paradise, a glam yet somehow drab allegory of the music industry. If you like your cult musicals with a bit of horror, Faust, Phantom of the Opera , Dorian Grey and incomprehensible bird symbolism then this is the film for you! Or maybe not as the case may be… This time we we are subjected to: Rock Palaces, unnecessary teeth removal, the original Birdman costume, ornate furniture we all crave and Beef, the wonderful Beef.
In true Spoiler Filled fashion, we begin our review or horror films in November. Some may call us tardy after Halloween has just passed, but we say who wants to follow the crowd. First on the chopping block is Jacob’s Ladder from 1990; a cerebral, atmospheric and somewhat divisive film amongst the Spoiler Filled Crew. Come and learn who the true horror fans are among us as we descend the ladder into the Lynch-ian/Cronenberg-ian depths of this film where we discuss: it’s famous influence on the Silent Hill franchise, ice baths, angelic chiropractors and how none of us managed to spot half of Tenacious D!
This week Rich, Abi and Anthony discuss Abi’s pick for the week, Miss Congeniality (2000), where Rich reveals he can sing, secretly wear women’s clothing that his not-so-hidden talent is being a c***. Listen in now to hear nostalgia for 90s movie technology tropes, the usual love for Michael Caine and the sudden realisation that rom-com construction is inherently flawed. Enjoy!
This week the Spoiler Filled crew go all the way back to the 1950s to watch Godzilla and see what the fuss is about. Listen in as Rich, Abi, Jamie and Anthony all reflect on its grim meditation on nuclear warfare, use of superweapons and how a funny costume almost derails the whole thing. There’s also a myriad of confusion over which classic Godzilla foe is which, an unexpected comparison to Thunderbirds and a not so unexpected comparison to the work of the Jim Henson workshop.
If you’re looking for film that epitomizes ‘cool’ then The Driver from 1978 may be the film for you. However, is this neo-noir thriller going to prove the theory that just because you’re cool doesn’t necessarily mean you have any substance. We all have slightly differing views this week on a film that was somewhat despised in it’s day, but is starting to show it’s influence on film and video games 40 years on. This time we focus on: fewer (but longer) car chases than we expect, Bruce Dern being Bruce Dern, humorous car demolition, 70’s “style” and getting confused somehow by the very simple plot.