178: SFFCH – Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil [2010]

179 Tucker and Dale

It’s not very often that a film based around a single joke is very successful, but perhaps Abi has found the exception to the rule in Tucker and Dale vs Evil, a comedy horror from 2010 which asks the question: What if those creepy-looking, horror-movie-redneck-serial-killer types are just really nice, misunderstood guys? We got a lotta love for Alan Tudyk, find Joss Whedon parallels and try not to over-explain too many jokes.

Dir: Eli Craig
Wri: Eli Craig, Morgan Jurgenson
Cine: David Geddes
Edi: Bridget Durnford
Mus: Michael Shields, Andrew Kaiser
Production: Eden Rock Media, Looby Lou, Reliance BIG Pictures, Urban Island, Magnet Releasing
Cast: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss, Chelan Simmons
[Ep. 178, Rec. 09/2017]

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175: SFFCH – Serpico [1973]

175 Serpico

Abi was watching wrestling (of course) and thought of Al Pacino (obviously!), so this week the Spoiler Filled Crew are watching Serpico, a gritty slice of 70’s cinematic americana based on the life of cop, whistleblower and all-round cool dude Frank Serpico. This time around Abi herself is pressured into whistleblowing, Rich dreams of slapstick crossovers, Jamie keeps reminding us that everybody is dead and everyone marvels at the many, many beards of Al Pacino.

Dir: Sidney Lumet
Wri: Waldo Salt, Norman Wexler, Peter Maas (Novel)
Cine: Arthur J. Ornitz
Edi: Dede ASllen
Mus: Mikis Theodorakis
Production: Artists Entertainments Complex Inc, Produzion De Laurentiis International Manufacturing Company S.P.A, Paramount Pictures
Cast: Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe
[Ep. 175, Rec, 08/2017]

174: SFFCH – Repo Man [1984]

174 Repo Man

Jamie and Rich get their testosterone on this week talking about cars, punks, aliens, vaporisations, conspiracies and midnight movies as they discuss cult sci-fi comedy film Repo Man. Join them as they wonder what happened to Emilio Estevez, plant love and kisses on Harry Dean Stanton, the punk soundtrack, the ‘wackiness’ of it all and trust them to find the Welsh trash-lady reference.

Dir: Alex Cox
Wri: Alex Cox
Cine: Robby Muller
Edi: Dennis Dolan
Mus: Tito Larriva, Steven Hufsteter
Production: Edge City
Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez, Tracey Walter, Olivia Barash, Fox Harris
[Ep. 174, Rec 08/2017]

171: SFFCH – Triangle [2009]

171 Triangle

171 SFFCH Triangle [2009]

Ant plucks out this cheap and standard looking horror film from deep down in the film bin this week called Triangle from 2009. Expectations are low from the poetically three-pointed panel of him, Rich and Jamie, but is there something more mysterious and mind-bending waiting in store for them. Come and join them all try and wrap their brains (and maybe intestines) around this twisty tale which includes such flotsam and jetsam as: slapstick axe-throwing, numerous Shining references, symbolic seagulls, perplexing paradoxes and surprisingly very little mention of the Bermuda Triangle, weirdly.

Dir: Christopher Smith

Wri: Christopher Smith

Cine: Robert Humphreys

Edi: Stuart Gazzard

Mus: Christian Henson

Production: UK Film Council, Dan Films, Icon Film

Cast:: Melissa George, Michael Dorman, Rachael Carpani, Henry Nixon, Emma Lung, Liam Hemsworth

[Ep.171, Rec 07/2017]

170: SFFCH – Dick Tracy [1990]

170 Dick Tracy

“Ooooo, look at all the pretty colours!” This, we highly suspect here at Spoiler Filled HQ, is how most people ended up watching this week’s film, the live-action adaptation of Dick Tracy from 1990. But perhaps we are soon to discover the hideous nature of the beast laying below. In this discussion, we discuss such things as: how there is such a distinguished cast in such a questionable movie, Madonna’s gangster voice, neon noir and all those god-damned melty faces.

Dir: Warren Beatty

Wri: Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr, Chester Gould (Comic)

Edi: Richard Marks

Cine: Vittorio Storaro

Mus: Danny Elfman

Production: Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners, Mulholland Productions

Cast: Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, Madonna, Glenne Headley, Charlie Korsmo, Dustin Hoffman, William Forsyth, Paul Sorvino, James Caan, Dick Van Dyke.

[Ep. 170, Rec, 07/2017]

169: SFFCH – The Legend of Bagger Vance [2000]

169 Bagger Vance

The Legend of Bagger Vance [2000]

We don’t know if he’s mentioned it before, but Will Smith isn’t Rich’s favourate actor. So it was a bit of a surprise when he brought the SF Crew The Legend of Bagger Vance to scrutinize. Could this be the film that softens his attitude towards him…? It would be quite the task for a film about golf, but come and see the result as we discuss such fodder as: Hollywood’s Magical Negro, the extremely spiritual world of golf (apparently), the fundamentally horrible romance and many, many rich, white people problems once again! And all this for just 5 dollars, guaranteed!

 

Dir: Robert Redford
Wri: Steven Pressfield (Novel), Jeremy Leven (Screenplay)
Cine: Michael Ballhaus
Edi: Hank Corwin
Mus: Rachel Portman
Production: Allied Filmmakers [USA]
Cast: Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Jack Lemmon, Bruce McGill, Joel Gretsch, Lane Smith, J. Michael Moncrief

[Ep. 169, Rec. 07/2017]

133: SFFCH: Xanadu

133-xanadu

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.

[Ep. 133, Rec 29/05/16]

132: SFFCH – You Don’t Mess with The Zohan

132 You Dont mess with the ZohanAdam Sandler is…an acquired taste. Like liquorice or mouldy cheese. So how will our filmic taste buds react to Abi’s choice of 2009 action comedy You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, where he plays an Israeli counter-terrorist with ambitions of becoming a hairdresser. It is certainly an eyebrow-raising concept with some unexpectedly political comments, but can the more jaded among us still be won over by Sandler’s shtick? So, better make sure you have tons of hummus on hand, crank up your Mariah Carey and come and listen to us discuss unexplained levitating villains, excessive crotch-thrusting, literal fire-fighting and so many stereotypes that we don’t really understand.

{Ep. 132, Rec. 25/05/16]

131: SFFCH – Pack Up Your Troubles

131 Pack Up Your Troubles

We dive into our oldest film review this week with Rich’s choice of ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’ from all the way back in 1932. Now, we are all aware of the very iconic Laurel and Hardy, but how much do we really know about their work? ‘Turns out not very much past their short films. (Did you know they wore blue and yellow jackets?) Will we be able to handle them in a feature length dose where we find them drafted into the army and also bringing up an orphan child? Join Rich Abi and Ant this time as they ponder the out of date comedy references, reminisce about the old Laurel and Hardy cartoon and really learn that comedy and tragedy are intertwined, with such themes up for discussion as domestic abuse, child abduction and good men dying in war.

[Ep. 131, Rec 15/05/16]

130: SFFCH – Legend [1985]

130 Legend(1)

Before The Lord of the Rings movies made them kind of legitimate, fantasy films were well weird. Especially in the 80’s and especially in Jamie’s choice of 1985’s Legend, directed by Ridley Scott. Now we all have a general respect for Scott’s movies here at Spoiler Filled, but this one really takes the biscuit. But what should we have expected from a film with such a troubled history, with several different versions out there with different soundtracks. We all tried to watch the original theatrical cut, but it seems we all ended up watching different things. None of which made any sense. Not even Tim Curry, as spectacular as he is, can save this film, but my god did he try. If you can bring yourself to face it, come and listen to us complain about: weird marriage rituals, the lack of rules, Tom Cruise squatting too much, why anyone, even the bloody devil, would want to marry the princess and why our favourite character is dispatched obscenely quickly.

[Ep. 130, Rec. May 2016]