Feb 28th, 2014 by filmbin
Feb 24th, 2014 by filmbin
Original Airdate (Canada): 19 January 1995.
Film Bin Commentaries continues to work its way through 'Due South' with Abi and Oli, as they reach 'A Hawk And A Handsaw'. This is a bit of a hard one as they both seem to love the episode but find little of note to say despite this being the episode with the sharpened belt buckle, strait jackets, diabolically evil research pharmacists, David Marciano perfecting the quickly escalating panic, another of the best Fraser monologues ever, Paul Gross's oddly peaked hair, the Blue Room, and two separate ledge rescues. What's there to talk about really?
We were watching region 2 PAL DVD versions of 'A Hawk And A Handsaw', and were synched at 00:00 at the beginning of the episode, which was an inexplicably grey screen. You can find a massive and magnificent listing of fan commentaries from all around the world at www.zarban.com, The House Of Commentaries. Zarban is not a werewolf.
Recorded: 2nd February 2014.
Rating: Green Plus.
Feb 23rd, 2014 by filmbin
Suddenly our massive hats and sideburns have become appropriate here in the Film Bin Vault. No longer is it arcane and bizarre that we declaim "It's Christmaaaas!" at regular intervals. No, finally it all makes sense, as Slade has entered the Film Bin pantheon thanks to Abi's choice for the latest commentary. Please join Abi, Rich and Oli as they enter the murky world of non-biographical music films which still nonetheless might be slightly accurate.
So, in 'Slade In Flame' there are many many points of interest, and they're not all Dave Hill's hair (We apologise for the Dave Hill abuse ahead of time). From Abi's selection - 'The `Citizen Kane` of Rock Musicals'? Really, Kermode, you are deluding us! - to the music and indictment of the music industry, including the pressures on trying to adjust to new lives without losing contact with the real world.
Amongst all the terrible clothes, ridiculous sideburns and ludicrous wallpaper there's a solid story at the core of this film, and it's well worth viewing. Just be careful to not step into dodgy bingo halls and never NEVER never go to pirate radio stations. Except, yes, go to pirate radio stations. They must have been so awesome.
We were watching region 2 PAL DVD versions of 'Slade In Flame', and were synched to start at 00:00, black just before the film proper fades in. You can find lots of fan commentaries from all around the world at www.zarban.com, The House Of Commentaries. Zarban flies a lot, but never specifies how. He might use a carpet.
Recorded: 17 February 2014.
Feb 21st, 2014 by filmbin
Original Airdate (Canada): 05 January 1995.
Abi and Oli delve even further into the Due South purple patch and deliver a commentary for the episode 'You Must Remember This', which is the first Ray-centric show in the run. Within you will find chatter about The Lovely Susan Gibney, shortey pyjamas, the noirishness of Due South, David Marciano's Kermit face, the balanced distribution of material to the extended cast, Lieutenant Welch being outside his office, and the correct use of foreshadowing as practiced here. This episode is a blast, teetering as some say it does on the edge of Cheesy Ravine but never falling in.
As always we were watching region 2 DVD PAL versions of the show. Check out www.zarban.com, The House Of Commentaries, for a massive directory of other fan commentaries from around the world. We think he may be Howard Hughes really. Or Elvis.
Recorded: 02 February 2014.
Rating: Green Plus.
Original Airdate (Canada): 15 December 1994.
It's time for 'Due South' to pop back up into the Film Bin Commentaries line up, and this time Abi and Oli are doing the Christmas episode, 'The Gift Of The Wheelman'. It's time for the return of Robert Fraser RCMP, be he delusion or be he ghost. The mental state of Benton Fraser is discussed once again, and Ray's long suffering tendencies. Is Gordon Pinsent the only person better at delivering a line than Paul Gross? If you can, watch the episode and then join us for the beginning of Due South's own little Golden Age. Warning: This episode contains one of the best car chases in television history.
As always we were watching region 2 DVD PAL versions of the show. Check out www.zarban.com, The House Of Commentaries, for a massive directory of other fan commentaries from around the world. He ain't heavy, but he is our Zarban. Technically.
Recorded: 24 January 2014.
Rating: Green Plus.
Jan 29th, 2014 by filmbin
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