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.


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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.


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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.



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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.


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'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.


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Original US airdate: 11 March 1982.

We return to 'Police Squad' with episode two! It's incoherent madness as Oli, Abi and Rich try to say things in less than twenty-five minutes! There may be a good point somewhere, but who's really to know? Yes, Leslie Nielsen has Canadian super-sincerity. Yes, Olsen's exit strategy with that electric chair is suspect. Yes, yes, yes. Thank goodness Rex Hamilton is still at least playing Abraham Lincoln.

"No, not Mary's toaster!"

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. We have Zarban's toaster. Ransom will be paid.

Recorded: 26 November 2014.



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Rich and Ant are alone in the Film Bin recording vault once again, harkening back to the earliest days of 'Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray', and this time they're having a chat about Tarsem Singh's 2006 movie 'The Fall' as brought in by Ant. It's a rough listen though as Good Cop/Bad Cop comes into play with the two different verdicts on the movie. Still, people can always unite on the silly hats, beautiful locations, the film's nature as a passion project, and on the value of a great child actor. What do you think, listeners? Are you on the extreme negative critical side with Rich, on team appreciation with Ant, or lurking somewhere in the middle?

Recorded: 06 October 2014.


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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.


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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.


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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.

Rating: Green.
Recorded: 12 November 2014.



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