Jul 18th, 2015 by filmbin
The Film Bin Vault has stirred back into life once again, as Rich has brought in the Luc Besson produced movie 'Wasabi' from 2001 for the delectation of all. Listen in as Rich, Abi and Oli chatter on about this French-Japanese comedic thriller and the fun entertainment contained therein, or you can get sidetracked as Oli disputes the validity of the meaningless term 'action movie' in general.
So, 'Wasabi' was well liked by all three of the Film Bin Crew present, with a lot of the love being reserved for the quintessentially French cliché character that was Momo, and some more for the well balanced nature of the film, and even interesting combative scenes. Is Jean Reno the 'French Bruce Willis'? Is this movie a French-Japanese Roger Moore-era James Bond film? Are there are any other boxes it could be forced into like a square jelly into a round mold? Could the Crew get any more unconsciously prejudiced? Oh, of course everyone speaks French overseas, it's a reversal of the normal English shortcut.
Points of interest: References to the Parisian bridge padlock issue, Rich wanting to be a teenage Japanese girl, the efficience of movie Japanese lawyers, golf fights, confusion over French women not being the same character, obscure clauses in wills, a bit of a disappointing finale, and more Momo! There were some editing issues with Rich and Abi drifting out of synch with Oli at times, but it has been corrected as much as possible. It may have been the Film Bin gremin.
The Film Bin Crew were paused and synched at 00:00:00 on the video tracks of the region 2 PAL DVDs. For more fan commentaries from around the world, check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House Of Commentaries. Yes, Zarban is living the podcast equivalent of a Roger Moore 'James Bond' movie, submarine car included.
Recorded: 25 June 2015.
Jul 18th, 2015 by filmbin
If it please thee, join Rich, Abi and Ant as they congregate around the grand round table in the Film Bin Vault and they discuss this week's movie for 'Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray', for lo they have summoned 'The Bride' from 1985, which pleased them not. Mayhaps 'tis was the confused variance in quality between the two stories, or the lumbersome performance of Sting that caused void within the pieces of Clancey Brown goodness? Nay, nay, how could it be so?! Couldst a film inspired by the venerable tome of Mary Shelley be so bad? Whyfore are so many people unlikeable? Wherefore is the Monster? Wandering with a dwarf in a mighty orbit around the manor? Ah, 'tis a shame. Bring forward the Bowie or the Elwes, for they might not have stung so hard.
(For those keeping track, this is the 97th released Spoiler Filled! Not long now!)
Recorded: 14 June 2015.
Jul 11th, 2015 by filmbin
It's still not number 100 on the released tally. We're getting closer, though...
Welcome to Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray, where on this occasion Ant has brought in the nasty sounding 'Sightseers' for the Film Bin Crew of Rich, Ant and Jamie to talk about this 2012 horror film which captures so well the ambivalence of the good old fashioned caravan holiday for serial killers. Or is it a sweet serial killer romantic comedy? It's hard to say, but there is a scary hen party to talk about, a suicide pact, a lot of creepiness and an ambiguous ending. The film receives a limited recommendation from the Film Bin Crew, who might be very disturbed, and as an editorial note we should state that Abi and Oli do not collect Clomp von Clomps. They have exactly one and it will stay that way!
Recorded: 10 May 2015.
Jun 27th, 2015 by filmbin
The Film Bin Crew have returned to the films of Joe Dante for his 1985 effort 'Explorers', which has more backstory to it than a dozen other movies! It's Abi's choice so listen in as she and Oli talk over a film that was part of their VHS childhoods, just as it was so for so many other people!
It's a curious film, one that was hit by a serious change in its production schedule, and one with a calamitously confusing and partly improvised spaceship sequence near the end that almost ruins it all. However, it is one of the rare optimistic science fiction films, which must not be forgotten! Also, it has Robert Picardo in multiple roles, which is never a bad thing. Never.
Points of interest: How little reference the film makes to 'Star Trek', the aforementioned schedule squeeze, the impressive hit rates of its child actors making it through to adult success, the evil Trisha, "the dreaded twenty minutes of Wak", the perils of optimistic tempting of fate in films, Jerry Goldsmith, and the problems with Dick Miller's character Charlie. Also, Oli keeps calling messing up Ben's name and calling him Darren, oddly, and makes a mistake about 'Cheers'. Ben's brother in 'Explorers' was the first person to speak in 'Cheers', not the second.
The Crew were watching region 1 NTSC DVD versions of 'Explorers', paused to begin at black at 00:00:00 on the video track. For more fan commentaries for film and television from around the world, check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House Of Commentaries. We ran out of funny things to say about Zarban weeks ago, but if he's really a space alien with hands on his antennae, we wouldn't be surprised!
Recorded: 14 June 2015.
Jun 21st, 2015 by filmbin
Don't let the file name fool you, this isn't the hundredth released episode! We lost a few on the way, which you'll never know about. Nyahahahahah. You'll definitely know when number one hundred lands, as it involves Munchausen...
Welcome to Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray, where on this occasion Jamie has brought in 'The Last Samurai' from 2003. Listen in as Rich, Jamie, Ant and Abi think about Tom Cruise and this epically long film. Yes, it is strange that they got Billy Connolly to play an Irish person, and that anyone likes Tom Cruise, or is it? Overall the Crew seemed to like the film, and noted Ken Watanabe's first English language performance, but would have liked the less ambiguous ending, and for it to be slightly less Hollywoody and dragged out in the middle. Oh, it's not totally unreasonable for a nobleman samurai to have learnt English, but it is unusual for a film to show to the US in a less than favourable light. Did the gun win out in the end anyway?
Recorded: 03 May 2015.
Jun 13th, 2015 by filmbin
Will a long hated disaster be reprieved or will Abi's choice of 1999's 'Wing Commander' prove to be the ultimate nail in its coffin. Yes, it's time for Rich, Abi and Ant to have a not too hate-filled chat about the movie, for Rich to try and talk about 'Star Trek' similarities despite not knowing anything about the show, for everyone to speculate about the games without having played them, and for some discussion on why the story really doesn't make much sense at all. Overall, it's not quite as bad a movie as its reputation, but the word 'generic' does pop up frequently and the Crew do seem to want to execute the Lillard character ruthlessly. That's normal, isn't it? Oh, and the Jivelander from the film 'Highlander' does appear in this movie. Go, Quarshie, go!
Recorded: 19 April 2015.
This time on Film Bin Commentaries we talk over the animated feature 'The Road To El Dorado' from 2002. Listen in as the Rich (the chooser) is joined by Abi and Oli (the others) to talk about this underrated Dreamworks picture, the only one to not make a profit on initial release. Is it that bad? Of course not! Is it the best animated movie ever? Of course not! It's somewhere in the middle.
What happens when you put Kevin Cline and Kenneth Branagh together as voice leads? You get a fun movie, of course! It's a fun film, full of colour, with some catchy music (mutter mutter Elton John), and one that's appreciated by the Film Bin Crew.
Points of interest: Rich really loves this film, Oli doesn't like Elton John, the at best tangential connection of Prince Philip of Great Britain, the Rudyard Kipling factor, the very dubious design of Chel for a kids movie, and lots of chatter about what happened to the native Americans in history. Also, who is the Winnie the Pooh connection this time? You'll have to either listen or look it up to find out!
We were paused at 00:00 on the video tracks of our region 2 PAL DVDs. For more fan commentaries for television and movies from around the world, check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House of Commentaries. Those myths of cities of gold had to come from somewhere...
Note: There is some slight sound distortion in places.
Recorded: 14 May 2015.
Get your massive wigs ready, as it's time once again for 'Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray', on this occasion chatting about Rich's choice of 'Plunkett & Maclean' from 1999. Listen in as Rich, Ant and Abi chat about this British bit of hokum, with a then soon to be famous starry cast. Is it a modernised historical drama? Is it an excuse to make everyone a bit dirty? Well, listen in and maybe you'll find out. It is rare to find a sympathetic Robert Carlyle character, the prototypes for the Armstrong and Miller airmen, and common people aplenty in a period romp. On the other hand they do have the old pocket bullet stopper trick, and a slightly problematic female character so the regular boxes are ticked.
Recorded: 14 April 2015.
May 30th, 2015 by filmbin
This time on Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray it is definitely time to break out your musical shoes and indulge in the British all-star ensemble movie '24 Hour Party People' from 2002. Yes, Abi has brought in the film about about the Manchester time bubble of music surrounding the producer and presenter Tony Wilson, and they all liked it. Listen in as Rich, Abi and Ant chat about the film, the fourth wall funnies, the massive ensemble cast, the abundance of cameos, and the willingness of the film to admit that some of it may just be lies. Yes, it may star the polarising Steve Coogan as Wilson, but he is good, and it is crammed with music from the Manchester era. Does that make you curious? Well, then, you had better listen in to find out more!
Recorded: 22 March 2015.
May 23rd, 2015 by filmbin
It's Jamie's turn again, and this time he has brought in 'Manhunter' from 1986 for the Film Bin Crew's attention on Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray. It's the 'Silence of the Lambs' precursor that no-one quite remembers, but is it any good? The Crew of Rich, Jamie and Abi seem to think so, as they touch on Michael Mann, 'Heat', the key in underplaying the Hannibal aspect of the film, the joy of directors leaving you to work out a few things yourself, the extremely silly stocking to the head, the innocence of not fetishising the killer, and continuity problems in the cereal aisle. Yes, there are cereal problems in a serial killer film? How did they resist the gag?! Also, can you really watch the Hannibal movies in any order? Answers on a postcard, please.
Recorded: 15 March 2015.