It’s a film we’ve always wanted to watch here at Spoiler Filled Film, because of the wonderful Alan Rickman for some and because of the mad monk himself for others, and we finally had the opportunity. Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny was a TV movie from 1996, just on the cusp of the new golden age of television, which blends the myths and facts of Rasputin’s later life in the presence of Russian royalty.
Ho boy! Jamie wanted some villainous John Lithgow this time around and by golly did we get it. That and sooo much more. Raising Cain is a Brian De Palma directed thriller that we had never heard of here at Spoiler Filled, which is surprising considering the amount of crazy this film has to offer. This time, the SF Crew ponder the questions: Is this meant to be a serious film or is it a parody? Who watched the best version as some of us watched the events in a different order? Is all we want in life to see John Lithgow in drag? Tune in to find out the answers.
Our resident sociopaths Larry and Richard are back for some more corpse stealing and bothering in, the even more inexplicable than the original, Weekend At Bernie’s 2. This time, Voodoo reanimates the corpse of Bernie to dance his way into revealing the location of his stolen fortune. Yes, you did read that correctly. Seems those 80’s executives started lacing that cocaine with something psychedelic when they became 90’s executives, it’s the only way to explain this insane movie. Rich loves it. Ant has nostalgia. Abi gets by by making up her own plot.
The 90’s was having a decent run of movie remakes of 60’s TV shows, with such fare as The Fugitive, Mission Impossible and Maverick achieving success. And then came 1998 with its remakes of Lost in Space and the subject of out podcast this week The Avengers. Based on the eccentric British spy show, the movie is suitably weird and wacky, but perhaps not in the way that Spoiler Filled Crew can get behind. Colourful teddy bear conferences, polite sword fighting, murderous clones, giant wasp robots, villainous Eddie Izzard and the weather being the true nightmare of the British people are all up for discussion this week.
Ant remembers liking Mr. Baseball when he watched it in his youth, but can’t quite remember why. Turns out it was probably all he half naked men in this American/Japanese culture clash sports movie. In this discussion there is: surprise at how small the actual culture clash element is (seeing as, you know, its the only thing that really differentiates it it from other baseball movies), debate on levels of noodle slurping, disbelief at the main love story and confusion how the movie seems to make baseball harder to understand for us sports n00bs.
We dodge a bullet this week as Rich tries to watch another Pauly Shore movie, but fate intervenes and sends us The In-Laws, an action comedy from 1979. And we are all very thankful. Is Peter Falk the CIA agent he claims to be or is he the master criminal he appears to be? Will he drive Alan Arkin, the father of his daughters fiancee, insane with his antics? Will they get involved in the most peculiar ‘car chase’ ever? Are all Central American dictators obsessed with gauche art and hand puppets? Will they get out of their hi-jinks in time to get to the wedding? Tune in to find out!
Ah, live-action Hollywood remakes of a Japanese anime! They’ve have had a very bad rep in the past, but this week we take a look at Alita: Battle Angel from 2019, an adaptation that has been garnering some good will. The whole crew still have their doubts though, we have been spurned so many times before. Is this the best Hollywood anime adaptation? Can we reconcile the cheesy parts with the dark violent parts? Are we all just a little bit too old for all this? Tune in to find out.
This week Abi was hoping for a nostalgic flirtation with an old childhood favourate as she brings Romancing the Stone, an action-adventure romance movie, to the table. However, it seems a little more experience in the adventure genre over the years has revealed the flaws in this one. The crew are underwhelmed by Robert Zemeckis’ early action attempts, remember that Danny Devito is funny and short, wonder how many villain stereotypes can be wrapped up in one person and go on a weirdly long tangent on the beauty of the Welsh population.
Also, R.I.P Kirk Douglas, this podcast was recorded just before his passing.
Start with a some romantic mysticism, add a few harrowing social issues, sprinkle in some laughable dialogue and garnish with a good helping of psychic interactions with ground-up plants and you have the recipe for The Mistress of Spices; a bizarre romantic drama about an Indian woman torn between her love for a handsome architect and her dedication to the mystical art of The Spices. We’re sure it’s all a metaphor for reconciling different cultures, beliefs and one’s own past and present, but we can’t help but be drawn in by the silliness of it all.
What could be so scary about two old ladies living alone in a suburban house? Well, that’s what we’re going to discover this week on SFFCH as Rich brings to the table the wonderfully tense and discomforting What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, a movie famous for it’s its off screen antics just as much for its on screen action.