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!
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.
Dir: Walter Hill
Wri: Walter Hill
Cine: Philip H. Lathrop
Edi: Tina Hirsch
Mus: Michael Small
Prod: Lawrence Gordon, Twentieth Century Fox, EMI Films
Cast: Ryan O’Neal, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani, Ronee Blakley
[Ep/220, Rec. 09/2018]
Time to raise those brows up high here at Spoiler Filled as we tackle some proper Shakespeare (Shakespeare in Love didn’t count) with Titus, one of the numerous adaptations from the 90’s Shakespeare explosion. Can the crew shake off those school-day bred prejudices against The Bard enough to enjoy this bold and striking film? What will they think of the acting, the costumes, locations style? Can we handle all the horribleness and gore? Will we even understand what’s going on? Tune in to find out.
Dir: Julie Taymor
Wri: Julie Taymor, William Shakespeare (Play)
Cine: Luciano Tovoli
Edi: Francoise Bonnot
Mus: Elliot Goldenthal
Prod: Clear Blu Sky Productions, Overseas Filmgroup
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Alan Cumming, Colm Feore, James Frain, Laura Frasier, Harry Lennix, Angus Macfadyen, Matthew Rhys, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Was Ocean’s Eleven a little too slick for you? Was Mission Impossible a little too action-packed? Was Hackers just a little too modern? Well, then we here at Spoiler Filled have found the perfect movie for you in 1992’s Dad Jokes: The Movie. OK, OK, that’s just our little nickname for the movie Sneakers though, to be fair, it is well deserved. “Computer dates”, various anagrams, cool Braille technology, Ben Kingsley’s funny run, Stephen Tobolowsky’s show-stealing and Dan Aykroyd’s real life slipping into the film are all things up for discussion in this surprisingly goofy action caper.
Warning, if you are not Welsh and don’t know what ‘daps’ are, you may not understand the first two minutes of this podcast. Enjoy!
Dir: Phil Alden Robinson
Wri: Phil Alden Robinson, Lawrence Lasker, Walter Parkes
Cine: John Lindley
Edi: Tom Rolf
Mus: James Horner
Prod: Universal Studios
Cast: Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, River Phoenix, David Strathairn, Stephen Tobolowsky
[Ep. 218, Rec, 08/2018]
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
Ya know, we do seem to blow through a fair few sports films here at Spoiler Filled. And prison based films come to think of it. We may not claim to know much about football (or soccer, for those who like to be wrong), but we do seem to be able to pick a decent football movie. Mean Machine is a fairly formulaic movie, but it seemingly does the impossible and gets a good leading performance out of a ex-sports star! So come and listen to us: express our curious love for Vinnie Jones, need more info about camp bookies, not care too much about all the clichés and get enjoyment out of abusing Danny Dyer (but probably not in the way you’d expect).
Dir: Barry Skolnick
Wri: Tracy Keenan Wynn (Original), Charlie Fletcher, Chris Baker, Andrew Day
Cine: Alex Barber
Edi: Eddie Hamilton, Dayn Williams
Mus: John Murphy
Prod: SKA Films, Paramount Pictures
Cast: Vinnie Jones, David Kelly, David Hemmings, Ralph Brown, Jason Flemyng, Danny Dyer, Jason Statham, Omid Djalili, Sally Phillips, Jeff Bell
[Ep. 213, Rec 07/2018]
What do the Spoiler Filled Crew like to get upto at the height of Summer? That’s right, build a snow fort and watch obscure foreign films! This week we’ve decided to take a respite from the midsummer sun and travel to cold, snowy, rural Quebec where we observe The Dog Who Stopped The War and ultimately learn that war is far more than just fun and games.
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.
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
Prod: Columbia Pictures
Cast: Henry Fonda, Dan O’Herlihy, Walter Matthau, Frank Overton, Larry Hagman
[Ep. 210, Rec. 06/2018]