188: SFFCH – Just Like Heaven [2005]

188 Just like Heaven

It seems Rich may have a strange knack. A knack for finding peculiar, yet interesting rom-coms. This week he brings the Spoiler Filled gang Just Like Heaven, one of the highest high-concepts to be applied to this formulaic filmic framework. So was the film just like heaven or just like hell for the crew this week? Tune in to find out in a discussion about: ghostly logistics, ridiculously lavish accommodations, very friendly neighbours and that somewhat perplexing ending.

Dir: Mark Waters
Wri: Peter Tolan, Leslie Dixon, Marc Levy (Novel)
Cine: Daryn Okada
Edi: Bruce Green
Mus: Rolfe Kent
Prod: MacDonald/Parkes Productions, Dreamworks
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Jon Heder, Donal Logue, Dina Spybey-Waters
[Ep. 188, Rec, 01/2017]

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187: SFFCH – Hunt For The Wilderpeople [2016]

184 Hunt for the Wilder
“We didn’t choose the podcast life, the podcast life chose us!”

We have explored New Zealand a few times here at Spoiler Filled, but we have perhaps kept it’s greatest treasure for the end of the trilogy: Comedy! And right now there is only one name that stands above the rest: Taika Waititi. So this week we take a look at his work Hunt For The Wilderpeople from 2016, a film about outcasts, rebellion, nature, family, the obligatory Rhys Darby cameo and the skux life. Don’t know what that is? Then you’d better tune on for this weeks episode to find out.

*Insert obligatory Lord of the Rings reference here*

Dir: Taika Waititi
Wri: Taika Waititi, Barry Crump (Novel)
Cine: Lachlan Milne
Edi: Luke Haigh, Tom Eagles, Yana Gorskaya
Mus: Lukasz Buda, Samuel Scott, Conrad Wedde
Prod: Defender Films, Piki Films, Curious
Cast: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Rhys Darby, Oscar Kightley
[Ep. 187, Rec 12, 2017]

186: SFFCH – Doctor Who: The Movie [1996]

187 Dr Who the Movie
We have been dabbling with time travel here at Spoiler Filled (maybe why this episode is a little late, oops) and what better way to usher in the new year than by looking at Doctor Who: The Movie from 1996? Right? Well, if you can think of any other New Years based movies than please let us know, because we struggled. Eric Roberts camping it up, Paul McGann ‘British-ing’ it up, Sylvester McCoy being unceremoniously machine gunned, bendy mirrors, medieval eye portals and very little actual time travel abound in this somewhat sterile American adaptation.

Dir: Geoffrey Sax
Wri: Matthew Jacobs
Mus: John Debney, John Sponsier, Louis Febre
Cast: Paul McGann, Eric Roberts, Daphne Ashbrook, Sylvester McCoy, Yee Jee Tso

[Ep. 186, Rec 12/2017]

184: SFFCH – The Lawnmower Man [1992]

185 The Lawnmower Man

We hope your minds are like clean, hungry sponges this week listeners because we are tackling 90’s cult ‘classic’ The Lawnmower Man. Was it a movie ahead of it time with it’s cutting edge, 1992 computer graphics and prophetic sci-fi or were it’s lofty ambitions just too far out of reach? Either way, come and join our entertaining discussions of such fodder as: Pierce Brosnan’s topless scientist, taking the term mindf@#k a little too literally, giant golden heads and how it is both the most and least faithful Stephen King adaptation at the same time.

Dir: Brett Leonard
Wri: Brett Leonard, Gimel Everett, Stephen King (Novel, sorta)
Cine: Russell Carpenter
Edi: Alan Baumgarten, Lisa Bromwell
Mus: Dan Wyman
Prod: Allied Vision, Fuji Eight Company Ltd, Lane Pringle Productions, New Line Cinema
Cast: Jeff Fahey, Pierece Brosnan, Jenny Wright, Geoffrey Lewis, Jeremy Slate, Dean Norris
[Ep.184, Rec, 11/2017]

164: SFFCH – East is East

164 East is East

Ah the 70’s. A time of spousal abuse, rape-y dogs and subtle paedophile jokes, at least from the portrait painted by this week film East is East, a British-Asian comedy from 1999. Ant brings this one to the table with the question: how come a film about a Muslim family in the 70’s is the most British film he has seen? So come and join the gang this week as they attempt to answer this, fall over themselves trying to remember the huge casts names and get far more mileage out of the word ‘vagina’ than you thought possible.

[Ep.164, Rec. 05/2017]

163: SFFCH – Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

163 Lara Croft Tomb Raider

Jamie just loves to punish us with video games movies, even though it is a universally accepted FACT that they are all bad. Although, to be fair, he has brought us probably one of the least-worst attempts at adapting one with  ‘archeologist’s nightmare’ Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.  Some of us have nostalgic attachment; some of us don’t, but all of us have a lot to say this time round in a discussion that contains: villainous lounging, Daniel Craig’s atrocious American accent, British ‘comic’ relief, Lara Croft’s absolute perfection, punctuation problems and, of course, those infamous breasts.

[Ep. 163, Rec. 05/2017]

161: SFFCH – The Last Detail

161 The Last Detail

It’s the ‘Return of the Returning Directors IV’ this week as Abi presents the whole crew with The Last Detail from 1973 which was directed by Hal Ashby, whose film Being There has been scrutinized in the past. Jack Nicholson and Otis Young play a couple of not-so-gay (in all senses of the word) sailors who must escort  a young and naive Randy Quaid to prison for a minor crime and come across many adventures and philosophical difficulties as they decide to show him a good time on the way. Be prepared for a lot of ‘colourful’ language in this one as we deal with such things as: excessive bitchin’, ‘hat’ acting, the lameness of semaphore,  ‘silent movie’ prostitutes and barbeques in blizzards.


[Ep. 161, Rec, 04/2017]

160: SFFCH – Jack and Sarah

160 Jack and Sarah

It’s just Rich and Ant this week getting all broody and romantic over British ‘comedy-drama’ (don’t call it a Romantic Comedy) Jack and Sarah from 1995. Ant remembers this being a big deal when it first came out back in the Brit Rom-Com explosion of the 90’s, but no-one else seems to recall. Perhaps we will discover why in our discussion about floppy-haired posh blokes with the surname Grant, jarring spousal deaths, Judi Dench being upstaged, Ian McKellen playing drunk wonderfully and blandness blandness blandness.

[Ep. 160, Rec 04/2017]

159: SFFCH – Equilibrium

159 Equilibrium

Critically panned, but audience…OK’d (we guess), Equilibrium from 2002 plays like Brave New World meets The Matrix meets Nazi symbolism…but not really. Jamie offers this one up for emotionless scrutiny and possible incineration to the crew this week where we discuss such things as: non-threatening villains, throwing British comedians through walls, ‘gun’-fu, dog-xploitation and whether its more of a spoiler these days to reveal that Sean Bean doesn’t die in a movie.

[Ep. 159, Rec 03/2017]