Jan 24th, 2015 by filmbin
Original UK airdate: 21 September 1969.
Whoooo! Whoooo! Something spooky in the Film Bin Vault lurks, a fan commentary perhaps? Or a spectre? Mwahahahahahahah! This time on Film Bin Commentaries, Rich and Oli present their fan commentary for the first episode of the legendary ITC show 'Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)'. Yes, a television show about a detective duo, one of whom is dead!
It'a a fascinating series, one that totally perfected the jump cut of ghost Marty teleporting, and one built around the unprepossessing character of detective Jeff Randall, as played by the indomitably wonderful Mike Pratt. Never was there a more average looking bloke than Mike Pratt, and he worked perfectly in the role.
Listen in as the Film Bin crew chatter on about the cast, the 'Indiana Jones' connection, the bizarre tactics of inner city London assassins, and the wonders of 1960s decor. Also, that was mightily admirable progressive casting to put Dolores Mantez in such a prominant role. Well done, 1968 production staff! Now, if only Jeff's flat made more sense, and Jeannie 'The Widow' Hopkirk could have had more to do in the series...
We were paused at black at 00:00 of the video track for this episode, on our region 2 PAL dvds. For more fan commentaries for films and television from around the world, check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House Of Commentaries. Zarban wears a lot of white. We will say no more. Make of that what you will.
Recorded: 21 January 2015.
Jan 17th, 2015 by filmbin
Film Bin Commentaries welcomes you into 2015 with the cinematic epic that is 1981's 'Condorman'. It's a fill-in commentary for this fascinating oddball of a film, where Oli mostly gushes over a childhood favourite and Rich looks on bemused. In truth it's a thoroughly odd endeavour with lead actor Michael Crawford sporting an awful fake American accent and Oliver Reed acting as if he's in a serious film and pushing his luck.
Summarising wildly: Rich and Oli cover a lot of ground, from the odd continuity of the Austrian kids having Woody's comic book before it's released, to the insanity of making an undercover escape vehicle quite the conspicuous, via James Hampton's gurning and the excellent score of Henry Mancini. They also try to work out cool ways to put the pursuit squadron in the potential remake, and how to insert a CGI Oliver Reed in his 'Gladiator' outfit.
Edit notes: One small edit covered by a sonar ping, and one slightly longer at about 54 minutes for about 30 seconds. Thank you FreeSound for things to cover holes with!
Rich and Oli were paused at black on 00:00:00 on the video track of our PAL Region 2 DVDs, just before 'Buena Vista Presents' fades in in blue letters. For more fan commentaries for movies and television shows from wherever, check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House Of Commentaries. Does Zarban even know about 'Condorman'? Who knows? The Shadow knows!
Recorded: 07 January 2015.
Jan 10th, 2015 by filmbin
Welcome to Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray, where on this occasion Rich, Abi and Ant are talking about 'Muriel's Wedding' from 1994. Huzzah! It's all thematic, if you're in the know. So, listen in for the chatter about this oddball Australian romantic comedy / tragedy / drama of no fixed tone. Are there better ways to spend stolen money? Probably. Is the film only separated from being something very dark by a thin line of comedy? What's with her changing her name from Muriel to Mariel? Overall, they crew seemed pretty happy, even if they were a bit confused by the several stuffed in narratives of mixed tones, and the lack of lessons being learned. Australian movies don't follow Hollywood rules? Horror!
Note: Officials across the seas, please ignore Rich's bad jokes, the newylweds truly love each other. At least we assume so in their insanity!
Recorded: 26 October 2014.
Dec 27th, 2014 by filmbin
Original US Airdate: 18 March 1982.
Yes, as we experiment with new recording practices we also produce another 'Police Squad' fan commentary! Once again Abi, Rich and Oli make no attempt to wring sense from the madness and instead enjoy what is one of the best episodes of 'Police Squad'. Yes, Olsen still seems to have no end strategy for his experiments, yes Leslie Nielsen was pretty good with a basketball, and yes no-one will be able to hear 'Cover me' without guffawing in the future. Welcome. This is Film Bin.
"Ed and I drove around for hours for no particular reason. We came up empty."
We were paused at 00:00 on the video tracks of our region 2 PAL DVDs of 'Police Squad', poised to begin at just a moment's notice. For more fan commentaries from around the world, check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House of Commentaries. Zarban instigated the tuba craze sweeping the world. We have him to blame.
Recorded: 21 December 2014.
Dec 25th, 2014 by filmbin
How unusual! We accidentally made a Christmas movie commentary! Merry Christmas! Happy festive season! Happy holidays to those of you who don't care about Christmas but have days off anyway! Jolly December! Oh, I can't be bothered anymore. Humbug.
We present our Film Bin fan commentary for 'MouseHunt' from 1997, which features at least one reference to Christmas, Eric Christmas himself, and finally did become an almost Christmas commentary (sort of, kind of, maybe). It's Rich's choice, so listen in as he extols the virtues of the movie to Abi and Oli, who both love it too. What's not to love? It's true that Lee Evans' American accent does stray into 'Condorman' territory at times but that minor flaw is submerged into one of the greatest physical comedies of all time. There was nothing that he and Nathan Lane could not do, even in the face of a mysterious and well-motivated super-mouse!
The madness of the movie is firmly based in its status as a living cartoon, it being the closest thing to a live action 'Tom and Jerry' you will ever stumble over. There are so many outstanding questions though! Why did Ernie leave his giant cheese on the ground? Was that a mutant mouse or the reincarnation of their disappointed father? How did Lars ever end up married to that terrible, terrible woman? Did the exterminator ever finally recover from the trauma? Oh, that exterminator... Isn't it great to see Christopher Walken in a non-criminal role? I think he may have been having fun!
We were watching region 2 PAL dvds, paused at 00:00:00 at the start of the video track, before the main Dreamworks logo starts to pass across the screen. We were not wearing Christmas hats or fezzes, and you will never be able to prove the contrary. For more fan commentaries from around the globe check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House Of Commentaries! Zarban and Santa have never been seen in the same place at the same time; Make of that what you will.
Recorded: 26 May 2014.
Note: You'll have to wait for the short segment of Christmassy music to go away. It's only a few seconds.
Dec 20th, 2014 by filmbin
We're going to be cultural now at Film Bin. Don't be afraid. Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray is proud to present its chat about 2005's 'Memoirs of a Geisha', as chosen by Rich. Listen in as he, Abi, Ant and Jamie talk about the vagaries of this subset of Japanese history. Is the film too romanticised? Is it strange that such a movie isn't based on a true story? What do the Crew think of the geisha training montage? Is it more interesting when the villain is around, and then falls flat when World War II intervenes? Finally, is the whole General / Yuri relationship deeply creepy or is it just the mores of another culture in a different time? Why don't you tell us? Overall the Crew had a good time with the film, liked it very much, and had a great chat.
Recorded: 22 June 2014.
Dec 13th, 2014 by filmbin
Ta-da! Movies which don't already have a fan commentary get a free pass here at Film Bin, and so we unleashed a crossover commentary with Tysto (of www.tysto.com) for the classic 'The Magnificent Seven' of 1960! It's a genuine classic which features an all-star cast and Yul Brynner's walk, which auditioned for several starring roles of its own but always fell foul of John Wayne's own iconic gait. Listen in as Oli, Rich, Abi and Tysto talk about this John Sturges epic and pretty much love it from start to finish.
'The Magnificent Seven' was a landmark movie which marked the transition into thoughtful Westerns which reflected the societal changes at work and cinematic style of the time. It was also a rollicking great boys own adventure, which marked generational change both on screen and off, as Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner's egos clashed, while the rest of the seven all vied to steal the camera wherever possible. All the backstage posturing fuels it with an energy all of its own, while Eli Wallach steals the movie at every opportunity as the chief villain.
Outstanding notes: What's with Robert Vaughn's gloves? What about the snazzy hearse? How many insane sequel ideas can they devise on the fly? Isn't the structure wonderful, with the staggered character quirk introductions and embellishment of the villain from the source movie of 'The Seven Samurai'? Does James Coburn really only get six lines in the whole thing? How can they not talk about Elmer Bernstein more? For all these things, or less, you might get answers!
We were all paused at black before Leo the MGM Lion, at the start of the movie track on the NTSC region 1 DVD. For more fan commentaries for television and film from around the world, check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House Of Commentaries. Zarban had better not be Calaverra reincarnated!
Recorded: 01 November 2014.
Dec 13th, 2014 by filmbin
Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray strikes again, and this time the Crew are talking about 1994's 'The Road To Wellville'. Was Jamie's choice grrrrreat? You'll have to listen to get the details, but in general they didn't seem to like it. Listen in as Rich, Jamie and Abi converse on various facets of the movie, including the manic Anthony Hopkins, Kellogg's Cornflakes, the museum of antiquated health spa devices, early electric blankets (?), the lack of a character to like, Colm Meaney being dark, the resemblance to a terrible 70s sex comedy, and the insufficient irony in Kellogg's death. Oh, why couldn't they have drowned him in cornflakes? It would have been so meaningful!
Note: We are not sponsored by Kellogg's, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't try to rectify the situation.
Recorded: 21 October 2014.
'The Pope Must Die': What a rich title for a comedy that never comes close to matching its own name. Welcome to 'Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray', and to Rich's latest choice. Join him, Jamie and Abi as they discuss this 'Comic Strip Presents' flavoured movie, and try to work out just which bits are supposed to be funny. That was one of the chores with alternative comedy of the time: Identifying the jokes. So, what do they talk about? Well, there's Herbert Lom's silver wig of disguise, the worst over-dubbing in a film ever, haphazard and dead-ending subplots, and the complete absence of incompetent Pope jokes. Oh, what there might have been! At least it had Adrian Edmondson.
Recorded: 14 October 2014.
On this occasion Film Bin presents our fan commentary for 'Hopscotch', the all star 1980 Walter Matthau movie directed by Ronald Neame. It's a classic but a little known one, and so fits very neatly into the Film Bin ethos. Listen in as the chooser Oli is joined by Rich and Abi to discuss this classic movie while missing some of the more obvious commentary and talking about Walter Matthau and seaplanes instead. Oh, seaplanes, you are so awesome...
When not expounding on the wonders of Matthau, Mozart, the super-spy fashion of Herbert Lom, and the mysterious morphing photo of Ned Beatty, the Film Bin Crew mainly ramble in an unstructured fashion on the film, while Oli attempts to describe the distinctions between the film and Brian Garfield's original novel from five years earlier. It's all lovely, but one outstanding question does remain: Is the lead character Kendig a teleporter of some kind? How else to explain some of his disappearances and appearances in the film?!
Oh, and just how do you pronounce 'Matthau' anyway?
We were paused at black at 00:00:42 on our region 1 NTSC DVD versions of 'Hopscotch', past all the logos and just before the film proper fades in during the parade. For more fan commentaries for television and film from around the world, check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House Of Commentaries. Zarban's memoirs were suppressed by the food police.
Recorded: 29 November 2014.