It’s musical time again! Break out your swirly skirts, your false sense of spirituality and your inability to settle down and come and experience Gypsy with the Spoiler Filled crew. It’s a film about the life of Gypsy Rose Lee (sort of), burlesque (sort of) and difficult relationships with parents (it’s mainly this). Prepare yourself for some forgettable songs, hoarse singing voices, constant screwball comedy, strange vaudeville acts, child labour, very tame striptease and a tour-de-force performance by Rosalind Russell who very thematically steals the show.
Now that’s out of the way, we can chat about the first live-action adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from 1990 with a little decorum. Ah, who are we kidding?! Come and listen to us all return to little children as our fond memories of the cartoon show perhaps give this movie a little more of a pass than it deserves, despite how dated we have to admit it has become.
What’s this!? Snow in my Western instead of sand and dirt?! Ok, Ok, we figure you’ve probably seen The H8teful Eight but this one came first! And if you think that film was grim and violent, just wait ’til you see where it got it’s inspiration from! The Great Silence is this week’s film, a somewhat subversive look at the classic trope of the American Western told by Italians, with a crazy German too. So come and join our discussion on: lots of men in coats shooting guns (and appendages), too much talk of chicken eating, getting ‘loco’ for Loco and whether the producers were right to demand a different ending.
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.
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.
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.
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]