Aug 19th, 2014 by filmbin
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.
Aug 16th, 2014 by filmbin
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.
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.
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.
What a way to make a living! Thank goodness we don't have to. Welcome back to Film Bin Commentaries and to our commentary for this Jane Fonda / Lily Tomlin / Dolly Parton comedy, in which Abi, Oli and Rich jabber a little about this hit and of course disagree just a teensy bit. In the final analysis, Abi and Rich liked it very much and Oli was confused and leaning to the other side. Sometimes that's just the way the cookie crumbles, when you're dealing with a curmudgeon.
What is there to say about 'Nine To Five' that hasn't been said before? The crew do talk about the way Fonda resembles Tootsie when she first appears, Dabney Coleman's 'all-in' dedication to acting, Dolly Parton's overpowering persona, and Lily Tomlin's manic energy. It is also one of the rare woman-powered movies and that overpowers many smaller objections, and did at the time as it was a hit.
There are outstanding issues to wonder about though. Is it that easy to accidentally buy rat poison instead of coffee? Why is Hart's wife quite so spaced out? Can you get all the restraint equipment they used on Hart from general sale stores? Is 'Nine To Five' part of the colour renaissance that occurred when the 80s rolled around and kicked out the 70s? How many different movies are squished into 'Nine To Five' anyway?
We were watching region 2 PAL dvds of 'Nine To Five', paused and synched to start at black at 00:00 before the vintage wobbly Fox logo comes into view. For more fan commentaries from (gasp!) other people, check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House of Commentaries, a massive directory of such things from all over. Zarban's turban is made of gold. We sense a heist coming on.
Recorded: 29 July 2014.
Jul 24th, 2014 by filmbin
We know no fear here at Film Bin, and even come out from behind the sofas to record podcasts for movies such as 'Troll Hunter', as suggested by Rich. Please listen in as the aforementioned Rich, Oli and Abi wonder at what is the first (and perhaps will be the only?) found footage movie we'll comment over.
'Troll Hunter' is unique, from it's rather unlikeable protagonists through to the dark Norwegian fantasy to finally the guerilla film-making with standup comedians and unknowns. The Film Bin Crew all like the film, but questions do persist. Just what is 'Troll stench' anyway? Why are 'found footage' movies always presented as real or as horror? Is it actually a comedy (see bear track making sequence and "Troll!")? Do Trolls sense Muslims as well or is it just Christian blood they can detect or hate? Is the rabies subplot necessary of not? And is that a real beard?
This commentary contains a fair amount of gibberish, a bit of analysis, Oli calling Johanna's expressions 'Muppet faces' repeatedly, general chatter, and a small interruption where Rich drops out of the recording stream. No Trolls were harmed in the making of this commentary, although Abi's long silences indicate something mysterious going on...
We were watching region 2 PAL dvd versions of 'Troll Hunter', paused to start at 00:00:17 which is at black after the logos but before the introductory text. For more fan commentaries for film and television from around the world, please check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House Of Commentaries. Zarban gives us kickbacks in Troll-stench, but where on Earth is he sourcing it?!
Recorded: 19 July 2014.
Jul 12th, 2014 by filmbin
As the current dynastic period ends here at Film Bin (we're moving from the pizza to the pie dynasty) we thought we'd go back out into the world of movies outside the English language, and Abi fittingly brought us 'Red Cliff', the abridged version from 2009. It went surprisingly well, so please listen in as Abi, Oli and Rich discourse mightily about 'Red Cliff', John Woo, and mangle the Chinese names as much as is humanly possible.
The crew have a pretty good time. Oli tries to talk about history and ignore the more relentless action sequences, Rich revels in the John Woo theatrics and Abi becomes slowly more obsessed with the Woo trademark doves. Such trivia is what drives these things onward! Oh, and Chinese zithers are definitely an acquired taste, especially in duets...
In this commentary there's a fair bit of character analysis, some questions about the story, much wonder at Cao Cao's hair injury scream, some general confusion about the editing during the tortoise formation sequence, and a wonder that the antagonist Cao Cao manages to resist becoming a proper 'black hat' villain type throughout the whole movie. Also, after much searching of his mind Oli identifies his lingering 'reinforcements to the rescue' moment as involving Cliff Clavin from 'Cheers'. Weird.
This time the crew were watching region 2 PAL dvd versions of 'Red Cliff' and were paused at black at 00:00:00 on the main video track before the text that ends with 'John Woo presents' fades onto screen. For more fan commentaries you might want to check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House of Commentaries, a directory of commentaries from the world over. Zarban might be descended from the Han Dynasty. Please don't tell anyone.
Recorded: 05 July 2014.
Jun 24th, 2014 by filmbin
Original airdate (Canada): 09 February 1995.
We continue our fan commentary epic journey through season one of 'Due South' with the 14th regular episode! On this occasion, please listen in Abi and Oli chatter on about the show and explain that it's been such a long time since they did the last one that they've lost track! Also, Dean McDermott makes his debut but not as Constable Turnbull, Benny cracks a joke (!?), lots of car action we don't see any more, and the wonders of having metric gags and time zone theory in a police show! Also, we mourn the loss of Ray's beloved car, and wonder how it morphed into something else completely before exploding. Odd, that!
We were watching region 2 PAL DVD versions of 'Due South: The Man Who Knew Too Little' and were paused at black at 00:00:00 on the video track for this episode, just before the police station fades in. For more fan commentaries from around the world check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House Of Commentaries! Zarban is not wanted dead or alive on three separate continents.
Recorded: 23 June 2014.
Note: Due to some technical difficulties the volume might be a bit erratic. This has to the best of our ability been smoothed out, but there may be some quieter patches during playback.
Jun 22nd, 2014 by filmbin
Original airdate (US): 26 September 1993.
We're opening a second television strand (or third if you count the intermittent pilot episode commentaries) here at Film Bin Commentaries by starting the first season of 'Lois And Clark', and only that first (good) season. Oli explains more in depth during one of his monologues in this very commentary. So, please join Oli and Abi as they tackle this first regular episode of the tv show. (We did the pilot episode already!)
In 'Strange Visitor', we see all the things which mark out the first season as different: A timelessness to the production design, Cat Grant, detective work, Michael Landes, and witty clever writing. The ensemble feel is there in spades. In fact, if the premiere hadn't opened against 'Seaquest' this show might have done very well indeed! Where is Lex Luthor though? So, kick back your heels and join us in our 'Lois and Clark' commentary series. This show didn't deserve the weird reputation it got later, or at least this season didn't.
We were paused at black at 00:00:00, on our region 2 PAL dvd boxsets, primed to see a bit of desk fade in. For more fan commentaries from around the world you might want to check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House Of Commentaries. We get a box of flame-retardant kangaroos for every plug.
Recorded: 22 June 2014.