Nov 22nd, 2014 by filmbin
This time on 'Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray', it's Abi's turn to choose again, and so Michael Shannon makes another appearance! This time he's appearing in 'Grand Theft Parsons' from 2003, a pseudo-true life tale about the cremation pact between Byrds singer Gram Parsons and his producer. Join Rich, Abi and Jamie as they talk about the mighty Shannon, Johnny Knoxville, the ongoing mildness of being in 'Grand Theft Parsons', and wonder just what kind of name 'Gram' is anyway. If none of that is enough then there's cactus talk!
Recorded: 21 September 2014.
Nov 22nd, 2014 by filmbin
There's a lot to talk about with 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', Rich's birthday commentary choice for this year, and by Scott this time's Crew of Rich, Oli and Abi have a go at saying it all! Yes, it's a classic, with fusions of Ian Fleming and Roald Dahl, dashes of Cubby Broccoli and Rowland Emmet's fantastic inventions, and Lionel Jefferies apparently standing for hours at a time in his little hut.
Oh, where to start? It's the ultimate kids movie, but maybe not quite up there for adults? Utterly beautiful scenery everywhere as Broccoli takes the movie all over Europe? Benny Hill in his best big screen performance? The endless James Bond connections and hordes of perfect songs banging down about your head like confetti? Oh, what madness is this?!
In the end result, Rich of course loves it, Abi does too with some reservations, and Oli drops out of it all a little once the lengthy fantasy sequence kicks in. Is it just coincidence or does he have castle sequence intolerance? [See: 'The Great Race'.] It is a great movie though, and the Childcatcher is still one of the creepiest characters to ever plague a screen. Even now the Crew are shuddering in their Vault. Oh, go watch 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' and don't listen to the Crew banging on, even if they are for once being mildly informative.
The Crew were paused at black at 00:00:00 on the video track, just before Leo the MGM Lion pops up in his circle, and were watching region 2 PAL DVD versions of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. To look through fan commentaries from all over the Internet, check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House of Commentaries. Shnell, shnell, get over there!
Recorded: 19 November 2014.
Nov 15th, 2014 by filmbin
'Doom'! 'Doom'! 'Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray' is back, and it is Jamie's turn again so they got to watch 'Doom' from 2005. Yes, all three of Rich, Jamie and Abi watched 'Doom', the poor people. They'll get therapy the 'Film Bin' way via repeated watching of 'The Core' until all is well again! If you choose to listen in you'll find some admiration for Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, some speculation on why most of the characters monster-ise and some turn into superheroes, notes on exceptionally poor alien autopsy hygiene procedure, the sudden end, a need for it to go all the way to parody-land instead of hanging about in the middle ground and utmost dissatisfaction on all sides. That's life in the fast lane at Film Bin!
Recorded: 31 August 2014.
Nov 15th, 2014 by filmbin
Original airdate (Can): 08 March 1995.
Incoherence strikes the dynamic Due South commentary duo of Abi and Oli as they progress onto 'The Blue Line', in which ice hockey intertwines with past friendships to make a potent mixture. Listen in as Abi and Oli jabber on, sometimes in intelligible English, and reveal the Rick Rossovich connection, the thing that 'Due South' has in common with 'The West Wing', and this first instance of Benny's past coming back to haunt him (if Buck Frobisher is forgotten anyway). Yes, it's a dark twin archetype! Also, what is going to happen when they finally get to 'Victoria's Secret' parts one and two?
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. He's probably not a sumo wrestling hockey goal keeper.
Recorded: 12 November 2014.
Yes, we're going to party like it's 1989 and we're in a sewer! Welcome to Film Bin Commentaries, and Abi's latest choice is 'The Punisher' from said year. Listen in as she and Rich talk about some of the more memorable parts of this extremely violent movie, and count off all the different modes of killing. They never mention that it's an Australian-American production though, explaining some of the Australian actors that appear!
Hmm, what to pick out for the blurb? Yes, it certainly does have many homages to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (or vice-versa?), and Frank Castle is resolutely filthy. It might well be a warmup for 'Big Trouble in Little Tokyo', and the fascination for abandoned fairgrounds is certainly Joker-esque, adding to the recent spate of 'Batman' references in our commentaries!
For the most part, be content to listen as they go through the horrors of mafia and yakuza clothing choices in the 1980s, wonder at the liking filmmakers seem to have for shackling Lundgren, gratuitously mention 'Mr Nanny', and point out one of the most blatant incidents of cinematic vent syndrome currently in existence. Oh, once again, it's time to wonder where films and television would have been without the invention of the gigantic mansized ventilation duct!
Abi and Rich were paused and synched to start at 00:00:00 on the video track of their region two PAL DVDs, just before the New World Pictures logo comes up on screen. For more fan commentaries for television and film from across the world, check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House Of Commentaries, which is definitely not in a sewer! Or underneath Grand Central Station. Definitely.
Recorded: 14 October 2014.
Huzzah and hail, well met! Rich has brought in 'Rock-a-Doodle' from 1991 for a grand 'Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray' chat. Will one of his childhood favourite survive the scrutiny or will Rich, Abi, Jamie and Ant find lots to talk about in the less commendable aspects of the film? Or will people be offended even? There might be unwarranted and unending exposition and talking down to the audience from the songs. There might be Christopher Plummer and Phil Harris in stunt animation casting. There might even be aspects of a rock and roll fairytale! However, in the end, it's all a bit of a mess. Oh, but Rich does get to name-check Batman yet again!
Recorded: 24 August 2014.
'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.