Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray tries not to invoke any devilry by having a long chat about 1998's 'The Ninth Gate'. It's Jamie's choice again, and so it has to be horror, but perhaps not the creepiest or most shocking this time, for he has summoned Polanski into the Film Bin Vault. That's more than enough to scare the crew into submission! There's talk of Johnny Depp's strange beard, premonitions of crushing disappointment, general appreciation of the low-key tale and denigration of the lack of motivation, and wondering at the magnetic appeal of Frank Langella's giant spectacles. Come and listen in, if you dare, as Rich, Jamie, And and Abi talk about everything they possibly can, even the idiotic 'spot the difference' puzzle, and never mention Lena Olin at all. Mwahahahahahahhahahhh, oh the evil of ambiguity!

Recorded: 08 June 2014.


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Long, long ago, in 1958, there were Vikings! Abi has taken Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray into deep history by choosing 'The Vikings', featuring Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis and Ernest Borgnine. Bring your shields and swords, and when you finish send this podcast recording out to sea on a burning barge in memorial. Rich, Abi and Ant have a great time with this movie, enjoying the comparatively high authenticity and starry cast but wondering why it's comparatively little known. Some notes and corrections: Ernest Borgnine was not in 'The Taking of Pelham 123', Asterix and Obelix weren't Vikings, and Wales is indeed a giant slagheap. It's also interesting to listen to the reactions to representations of historic fact. Don't forget that the Vikings were barbarians after all!

Recorded: 01 June 2014.


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Travel to another world with us, to a strange place where everything seems real but in reality... Who knows?! Welcome to the weirdly detached land of Chicago and the film 'Stranger Than Fiction' from 2006. It's Oli's choice once again, and so another movie that's bizarrely underrated gets unearthed. Listen in as Oli, Abi and Rich chatter and try not to trip over each other relentlessly.

This commentary degenerates into incoherency pretty quickly, but not before Oli talks about how this Will Ferrell vehicle lines up with 'Groundhog Day' and 'The Truman Show' to form a very small set of unusual breakout films for comedic performers. Everyone in the crew seems to like this film and everyone has questions. What is going on with K's apparently god-like powers? Is the story she's writing identical to the one we're seeing? Why is Hilbert so at ease with offing the protagonist Harold?

'Stranger Than Fiction' is uncategorizable, but we can say that it is rather intelligent and that there are cookies. Lots of cookies. Oh, and an all-star cast.

The crew were synched to start at 00:00:00 of the video track, which was at black just before the Columbia logo, on their region 2 PAL DVD versions of the movie. For more fan commentaries from around the world, check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House Of Commentaries. If anyone might have managed to get their hands on the magic typewriter, it's Zarban.

Recorded: 30 August 2014.


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Anarchy strikes at Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray as Rich steers the discussion to Belgian animation in the form of 'A Town Called Panic' from 2009. That's right, the Film Bin Crew are attempting to do some 'culture'. It's got to be cultural as it's got subtitles, yes? 'A Town Called Panic' is a Cannes-nominated movie about an Indian, a Cowboy and a Horse all living together, and in which the narrative is about the repercussions of Cowboy and Indian accidentally buying Horse 50 million bricks to build a birthday barbecue instead of 50. It's rather barmy but endearing and the Crew have a lovely time, and we hope you will too. This podcast was not sponsored by Cravendale.

Recorded: 25 May 2014.


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There aren't many movies that fit into our original criteria as well as 'The Great Race' from 1965, directed by Blake Edwards, and the then most expensive comedy epic to date. It's all of flawed and innovative, creative and bloated, chaotic and highly controlled and more, but little discussed so once again we give it the Film Bin treatment, with guest Tysto (www.tysto.com) in the mix, and try to work out what's going on and where the good is. So join Oli, Rich, Abi and Tysto as they whitter away, call out the good things, and in some cases spend far too much time thinking about Natalie Wood.

It's a toughie. On the one hand, it's a movie that is visually impressive with a veritable ton of isolated sketches and bits that work magnificently, which draws upon some of the best of slapstick and 'Looney Tunes' and partially inspired 'Wacky Races', but on the other it is incredibly long and does include at least one extended sequence which is problematic. There's a magnificent pie fight though, and Tony Curtis does glint on at least three separate occasions.

So, the end result is that everyone liked it at least as an influential artefact from a bygone era, and Oli especially as the chooser of the film. It might be a tad simplistic, but there are things to like and that's the main thing. Also, there's a torpedo with a shark face, a bicycle-powered mini-zeppelin, a shrinking ice floe, and a double role for Jack Lemmon, so how can it be bad really?!

We were watching region 1 NTSC dvd versions of 'The Great Race', synched to start at black at 00:03:44, after the overture. For more fan commentaries from the world over, check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House Of Commentaries, which is a massive directory of such nonsenses.

Recorded: 02 August 2014.



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Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray bumps along the road to 1978, to the mysterious and enigmatic and very silly movie 'Convoy' from 1978. Yes, it's Peckinpah prototyping 'Smokey and the Bandit', with more CB radio handles than might be found in ten other trucker movies! Are there ten other trucker movies? Should there be more? Listen in as Rich, Ant and Abi chat about this crazy film, which features grizzled Kris Kristofferson as 'Rubber Duck' and one of the greatest bar fights in movie history. Oh, Peckinpah, you would choose to make a movie based on a novelty song, wouldn't you? It is a good song, though, and inspired something really interestingly strange in this movie. None of us are truckers.

Recorded: 18 May 2014.


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Film Bin Commentaries gets back to monochrome with the classic Billy Wilder movie 'Stalag 17' from 1953, as chosen by Rich. Daunted perhaps by the talkiness of this excellent movie, they persisted bravely! Listen in as Rich, Oli and Abi chatter on and try not to stall, while digging into some of the mythology of prisoner of war films, of which this is one of the very first.

You can't get away from the greatness of 'Stalag 17', studded as it is by Wilder regulars, great comedic performances, Leonard from 'Community', Barbella from 'The Phil Silvers Show' and yet another reluctant leading performance in the form of William Holden. How difficult it must have been to persuade him into the unlikeable role of Septon! Also, there are large numbers of ping pong balls.

The team indulge in some analysis, some tangential nuttiness, a slight commentary on Billy Wilder's career, the role of tobacco as currency in the bad old days, the obligatory Muppet cast version of 'Stalag 17' and the sheer weirdness of some of the sequences. Is Animal truly that out of his mind, or is it partly a put on? Also, it's entirely possible that George Peppard was channelling Septon and his cigar play as Hannibal in the A-Team, and this must have influenced 'MASH' a little, surely?

We were watching region 2 PAL DVD versions of 'Stalag 17', synched and paused at 00:00:00 on the film track, which is black just before the old shakey Paramount logo. For more fan commentaries from around t'Internet, check out Zarban's House of Commentaries at www.zarban.com. Hopefully Zarban's not hoarding half ping pong balls too, as that's our schtick.

Recorded: 18 August 2014.


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And we're off, back to 1977, as Jamie chooses 'The Exorcist 2' (aka 'The Heretic') for this Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray. At least he apologises beforehand for putting the crew through this ordeal! This is after all allegedly one of the 'worst movies of all time'... Listen in as Rich, Jamie, Ant and Abi relive this movie and go through it in exorbitant detail. Feel Jamie's pain, and Abi's surrogate 'Highlander 2' survivor guilt. Ponder the peril of putting a drunken Richard Burton in your film. Wonder at the lack of caring at the immensely important dream sharing machine, and the all star cast trapped in something truly terrible. What was it all about, really? We have no answers, only confusion!

Recorded: 11 May 2014.


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Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray turns its attention to John Carpenter and his 1992 effort 'Memoirs of an Invisible Man', as suggested by Rich. Notable for the traditional Carpenter love of practical effects but also for not being called 'John Carpenter's Memoirs of an Invisible Man' this is one of the definitive mixed bags of film-dom, as exemplified by the choice of the ever divisive Chevy Chase in the leading role. Join Rich, Ant and Abi, as they puzzle through a movie in which Sam Neill DOESN'T DIE, we have the classical shoehorned in romance, a mess of different genres and lack of focus, some inspired physical comedy sequences, Mike McKean, and an unfortunate brown-face makeup. Welcome back!

Recorded: 04 May 2014.


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Can you feel the weirdness? Is it permeating out of the speakers even before you click and listen to this 'Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray'? Yes, this time Abi has selected 'Vampire's Kiss' from 1989. Oh, this movie has more strangeness and more Nicholas Cage than any other movie you could possibly view. It has so much Nicholas Cage that it can't even be classified as good or bad! Join Rich, Abi, Jamie and Ant as they talk about the alphabet scene, Jamie's Law Of Cage, the bizarre crying scene, and wondering exactly when the movie shifts from reality to the full delusional splendour. If you're curious, and if you have some plastic fangs, then please listen in. This is not a trick!

Recorded: 20 April 2014.


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