'Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray' hasn't been to animé land since 'Summer Wars', so it was a pleasure for the crew to watch Ant's choice of 'Paprika' from 2006. Please listen in, as Rich, Ant, Abi and Jamie extol the virtues of this animation and momentarily forget all their over-critical tendencies! Yes, there are some issues of 'style over substance', and it is a Japanese mindbender, but it is one so strong on detail and content to override all those details. Oh well, at least we have the usual forgetting of character names! Isn't it lovely when they like the film?
Recorded: About 17 August 2014.
Original airdate (Can): 16 February 1995.
We continue the 'Due South' strand with 'The Wild Bunch', in which Diefenbaker might have gone feral, and Benny might be the one who has to do the awful deed. Listen in as Oli and Abi gibber on endlessly, and manage to finally make it through the commentary for this episode! They both like it, but Oli has tiny problems with characters being changed to fit stories, and Abi wonders at the bravery in making a dog the lead character for an episode. Oh, and the Buick Riviera gets replaced; the coolest car in television! Mostly they talk about Diefenbaker and then gush over the puppies at the end and reiterate the remarkable sincerity of Paul Gross at Fraser. Puppies! How cute!
We were watching our region 2 PAL DVD sets of 'Due South' season one as usual, and were paused to start at 00:00, at black, on the video track. For more a great directory of fan commentaries from all over, check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House of Commentaries. Rumours of Zarban persist, but we refuse to believe he is a wolf owner.
Recorded: 26 October 2014.
Original airdate (US): 03 October 1993.
It's time to reboard the Film Bin Commentary train for the first season of 'Lois and Clark', and the current stop is the second regular episode entitled 'Never Ending Battle'. Listen in as Abi and Oli explain the 'M*A*S*H' connection for this episode, and ramble on about the virtues of making Lex Luthor so magnicently and offhandedly weird, the physical comedy skills of Teri Hatcher, Jimmy Olsen and the fish of fate, and the value of rubber props. It was a good episode all and all but still one in the 'setting up house' mode. How exactly do you get out 'bomb stains' anyway? Oh, to boggles with it, and they resist talking just about Larry Linville for the whole episode. Apparently that was difficult!
We were, as usual watching region 2 PAL DVDs of 'Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman', and were paused to start at 00:00 on the video track. For more fan commentaries from around the wacky world of the Internet, check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House of Commentaries. He catalogues these things, and might be from another world!
Recorded: 25 October 2014.
Oct 25th, 2014 by filmbin
Yes, 'Dredd' is here, and his movie will be judged. Was it a crime to try again with this 2012 film? Jamie brings the question to the 'Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray' court, and now Rich, Ant and Abi will make the verdict. Will it be thrown off the top of a building like everyone in it? As it turns out the whole jury liked it, leading to much shenanigans when they confusedly try to be negative and pull it apart out of sheer habit, but they do let if off. Be happy, people! Eventually, they settle on the good bits, which include Karl Urban's chin, the bravery of being in a helmet all movie, the 3-D supposedly being actually good, the bravery of the villainous actress, the possibility of the Dredd bubble gun on slow days, the integration of a good female character into an action movie, and the straightforward and brisk storyline. Movie reprieved.
Recorded: 03 August 2014.
Oct 25th, 2014 by filmbin
This time on Film Bin Commentaries, Oli has brought in 1996's 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame', which if nothing else is bound provide plenty of conversational material! Listen in as Oli, Rich and Abi talk about this contradictory Disney animation, which is both a wonderful animation and sometimes a very non-Disney enterprise.
So is 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' a Disney movie or not? It certainly inherits a lot from the similarly non-conforming and problematic 'The Black Cauldron', but adds in some of the customary Disney things we expect like animate gargoyles and songs. It falls as far into the Disney zone as something based on such a miserable novel might; They did well to reduce the number of finale deaths to just one!
Overall, the crew seems to like this movie, a late entry into the grand era of the (first) Disney Renaissance. What powers such a Renaissance? Oli tries to explain, but doesn't really know, everyone praises the beautiful artwork, Rich tries to remember the horse joke, and Abi wonders at everything. The crew have some fun, but are a bit lost about what the methodology being employed.
We were paused to start at black, at 00:00:00 on the video track of our region 2 PAL DVDs, before the short overture begins. For more fan commentaries from around the world, check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House of Commentaries. Who knows what that turban might be hiding?
Note: One communication dropout is lampshaded by a sequence of three sonar pings, over about ten seconds. Otherwise there are no interruptions.
Recorded: 18 October 2014.
Oct 18th, 2014 by filmbin
This time the chosen movie for 'Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray', is 'Orphans' from 1998. It's by Peter Mullen, set in Glasgow, and is a British movie so expect some bleakness even in this comedy. Well, Rich chose it and says it's a comedy so it must be! Join Rich and Abi and they chatter on about this subtle dark comedy, and its narrative encompassing the events surrounding the death of an elderly mother and the activities of her four orphaned adult children on the night before her funeral. Along the way, they also explain the Welsh word 'twp' and wonder just what was going on in that pub!
PS Oh, and no you can't borrow Rich's DVD!
Recorded: 07 August 2014.
Oct 11th, 2014 by filmbin
Have you ever wondered what the British equivalent of a 'road movie' might be? Of course it would be tiny, subtle and involve tractors and a monastary! Unfortunately that didn't work for 'Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray' as they bring in the 1986 movie 'Clockwise' at Ant's behest. Join Rich and Ant as they talk through the movie's story, and their own disappointments with the small scale of all things within. Is it too subtle? Too humdrum? Only there for middle class and middled aged Britain to connect with? Maybe you, the listener, should let us know!
Recorded: 20 July 2014.
Original UK airdate: 25 December 1982.
We're back to doing pilot episodes here at Film Bin Commentaries, as Rich brings in the phenomenal first instalment of the British situation comedy 'Allo, Allo'. It's a stone cold classic pilot, for a series that ran forever. How did they make a sitcom about a collaborating philandering cowardly French cafe owner in World War II, co-opted into the Resistance to help downed British airmen escape while helping the corrupt German officers to keep the loot, manage to be good? Rich, Abi and Oli don't quite know but they do at least think about it.
It's a ridiculously good pilot. Never will you ask for matches in quite the same way, or marvel at the painting of the Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies without giggling, or even be able to look at a cuckoo clock without chortling. Rich loves it, Abi loves it, and of course Oli does too, but with some reservations about how the series went on into the future. He loves Maria though so he'll watch anyway.
Loose ends: It's important to remember that not all German soldiers were Nazis, so lets just all hate Herr Flick and love the others. Nazis can never be ridiculed enough!
We were paused at black at 00:00 on the region 2 PAL dvd versions of 'Allo Allo' season one, just before the cafe front fades in to view with the seated German soldiers. For more fan commentaries for television and movies, and whatever else you might devise, check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House of Commentaries. Clop! Maybe Zarban has the painting of the Fallen Madonna? Someone surely does!
Recorded: 04 October 2014.
Original US airdate: 4 March 1982.
Welcome to our series of 'Police Squad' commentaries! We begin, rather predictably, with episode one of six, where Rich, Oli and Abi try to not to laugh too much as we chatter through what is an extremely fast show. It's a fascinating mix of visual, verbal, logic and even hunchback jokes and will never be replicated! The world of orthodontically motivated murder would never be the same again.
Oh, yes, Alan North played Ed, and he was in 'Highlander' but Abi refused to rise to the bait!
We were to paused to start at 00:00 of our region 2 PAL dvd versions of 'Police Squad', at black before the red police light fades in. For more fan commentaries from around the world check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House of Commentaries. Zarban was last seen doing a fake freeze frame in the middle 90s. Who knows what happened to him?
Recorded: 04 October 2014.
'Harlem Nights' is a 1989 movie dominated by Eddie Murphy, and it's Jamie's choice for this latest Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray! Join Rich, Jamie, Abi and Ant as they talk their way through this film, which probably undeservedly won its Razzie Awards. Yes, Richard Pryor and Arsenio Hall also appear in the movie (go 'Martial Law'!), and there's a 'Due South' connection via David Marciano, but it doesn't quite gel together. Maybe Eddie Murphy was a better director of people than plots...
Recorded: About 13 July 2014.