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!
Directed by: Donald Petrie.
Written by: Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford, Caryn Lucas.
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt, Candice Bergen, William Shatner, Ernie Hudson.
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.
This week, Rich flogs a dead horse by bringing Jury Duty to the Spoiler Filled table for Abi and Anthony to ‘enjoy’. Listen in as Rich learns the hard way not to nominate films you haven’t seen, Anthony has an adventure in inverted commas and Abi laments the butchery of a potentially middling screenplay. There’s also a painful look back at 90s gay jokes as well as Pauly Shore’s catch phrases in general. Enjoy!
Director: John Fortenberry.
Writers: Barbara Williams, Samantha Adams, Neil Tolkin.
Starring: Pauly Shore, Tia Carrere, Stanley Tucci.
For the purposes of rehab, Abi brought this film to the table this week in the hopes of purging the lingering confusion from watching it a year ago and somewhat succeeds. Listen in as Jamie and Abi teach Rich the difference between astrology and astronomy, Jamie slags off Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals and Rich embraces his inner old man, waving his stick at those damn hippies. There is also a rare ‘Let’s Speculate On The Play Time!’ that Rich hated almost as much as ‘Let’s Speculate On The Book Time!’. Enjoy!
Director: Milos Foreman
Writers: Gerome Ragni, James Rado, Michael Weller
Cast: John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D’Angelo, Annie Golden, Dorsey Wright, Don Dacus.
Movies can be ruined if one of it’s plot twists becomes more famous than movie. Ant thought that’s what he was bringing to the table this week with The Crying Game, but it seems the rest of the Spoiler Filled Crew were not as clued-in as he thought. Could the first half of this film be a movie all of its own? Is it annoying when you communicate through bartenders? What the hell is wrong with Forest Whitaker’s voice? And just what did everyone make of that infamous twist? All this and more answered in this weeks podcast!
Dir: Neil Jordan
Wri: Neil Jordan
Cine: Ian Wilson
Edi: Kant Pan
Mus: Anne Dudley
Prod: Palace Pictures, Channel Four Films, British Screen, Miramax
Cast: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Miranda Richardson, Forest Whitaker, Adrian Dunbar, Jim Broadbent, Ralph Brown
“Is it ‘speculate on the book’ time?! I love ‘speculate on the book’ time!”
This week Abi, Jamie and Anthony use a review of McCabe and Mrs Miller as a flimsy excuse to talk about M*A*S*H again to annoy Rich because they’re both directed by Robert Altman. Along the way we argue about hats and coats (as usual) and which dead animal their made out of, as well as the different American and British terms for hangover cures and naughty gamblers. Come join us around the red tablecloth now!
Footnote: The coat was seal, the hat was velour and the guy in Ratatouille is called Linguine. Peace!
Milquetoast – a very timid, unassertive, spineless person, especially one who is easily dominated or intimidated… aka Sylvester Stallone’s character in this movie. Listen in as Rich gets oddly Yiddish with his vernacular and Abi and Anthony struggle to get a word in edgewise about this infamous 90s actioner as well as offering up the chilling reminder that many of us still have mums out there that might be embarrassing us right now to total strangers. <shudder>
This week, Jamie brought us Strange Brew (The Adventures of Bob and Doug McKenzie), a Canadian drunk comedy from 1983 with a plot that defies understanding or even description. (Oh, how we tried.) After an opening salvo of dodgy Canadian impersonations by the males of SFFCH (Abi, being of Canadian heritage, chose not to participate) everyone concerned gets down to the knotty business of trying to understand comedy that was meant for an audience in a time and a place so very remote from SFFCH HQ with mixed results. But who liked what and why? Listen now to find out.
This week we all decided to see what all the fuss was about and watch Xanadu, a film that purports to be about a muse coming down to earth to inspire an artist to enter into a partnership with a retired band-leader and open a nightclub but is actually about nothing at all and is very upsetting for all concerned. Listen as Rich, Abi, Anthony and especially Jamie unravel as they try to get to grips with the assault on the eyes and ears that is Xanadu.