Mar 28th, 2015 by filmbin
Once again it's time to bang on the Film Bin Vault doors and demand to be let out, but not before the Crew have done their fan commentary for the excellent 1956 film 'Forbidden Planet'. It's Abi's choice this time, so listen in as she, Rich and Oli talk about the fascinating film that provided inspiration for Star Trek, Douglas Adams, Star Wars and a host of other science fiction properties.
Amongst all the other blathering, there's a theory that Robbie may be a prototype for Marvin the Paranoid Android, Oli makes too many bird name jokes and generally goes on a bit too much about wanting Leslie Nielsen to unleash the Drebin, lots of speculation about the housing arrangements on the saucer Bellerephon, and much pedantry. In general the Film Bin Crew really like 'Forbidden Planet', especially for the groundbreaking special effects and really cool doors. Yes, it's an all-star cast, and the stealth Canadians are in full force, but the real fun is speculating what the Krell might have really looked like! Also, why all the fish imagery? Abi struggles to get a word in edgewise and Rich wonders how many Creatures from the Id there really are.
Is it that similar to 'The Tempest'? The Crew used to know, but the curses and delays on this commentary mean they forgot months ago! Instead they're more concerned with MGM pink wafers and whether the cook's misbehaviour - a rare example of good studio meddling? - led to his ordeal in the first episode of 'The Twilight Zone'. Where's the justice, really?
We were watching region 1 NTSC dvd versions of 'Forbidden Planet', synched to start at 00:00 ib the video track. For more fan commentaries from around the world, visit www.zarban.com, Zarban's House of Commentaries. Oh, the stories Zarban could tell, if he weren't a Creature from the Id!
Recorded: 15 March 2015.
Mar 28th, 2015 by filmbin
It's time to go into Spoiler Filled detail for a movie again, and this time it's 'The Rookie', a curious Clint Eastwood / Charlie Sheen film from 1990. Once Ant finishes apologising to Rich and Jamie, the truth comes out: It's terrible! Was it really a movie that Eastwood was talking into making to get funding for some other hits, and was he really on autopilot as much the Crew suspects? Was it really necessary to kill another dog? Was Raul Julia trying to be that bad and super-villainy? Could any more Dirty Harry tropes be fitted in in a parodic manner? We don't know. At least the score, apart from the theme, was interesting, and seatbelt jokes were still in force in 1990. If you can handly all of that, and one of the weirder opening scenes in movies, then listen in!
Warning; The word 'like' is uttered extremely numerously in this episode. Grrr.
Recorded: 18 January 2015.
Mar 21st, 2015 by filmbin
'The African Queen' has steamed in as Rich's choice for the latest Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray'! Huzzah! Join us, as Rich, Abi and Jamie talk about this 1951 classic that starred Bogart, Hepburn and a ramshackle boat on an African river. Amongst the positivity and adoring talk, various things get talked about, including Jamie's past aversion to old movies, the behind the scenes illnesses, the movie's possible status as a reverse 'Apocalypse Now', and Bogart's hippo impressions. Yes, of course he does hippo impressions! Have you never seen 'Casablanca'? Overall, a great chat for the Film Bin Crew as they wax nostalgic about fast movie endings, the casting of real looking people and mysterious cat flingings.
Recorded: 07 December 2014.
Mar 21st, 2015 by filmbin
Original US Airdates: 12th and 13th January 1966.
Batusi! This fan commentary for the opening 'Batman' two-parter of 'Hi Diddle Riddle' and 'Smack In The Middle' almost got derailed completely by Batusi addiction, but we made it through and here it is. Listen in as Oli, Rich and Abi make their commentary on one of the most influentially daft series to ever make it to the screen. It's a hard job, but we're dedicated and officially deputised commentary makers, so let's crack on, old chums!
There's lots to say about 'Batman'. For one thing, it almost never made it to home media at all! Also, does it have the best Batmobile? (Yes!) Does it have the best ever versions of the Riddler and Catwoman? (Yes!) Has anyone ever used Dutch camera angles so frequently and obsessively again? (No!) In the commentary, we mostly meander on about Frank Gorshin's Riddler, give several wrong explanations of the word 'peal', ponder on what happens to all the Bat-chutes that assist the emergency Bat-turn, and pick out our own business ideas for exploiting the colourful criminal antics of Gotham City. Also, Olly and Abi allude to the offstage antics of Adam West and Burt Ward, based absolutely no research, and Oli talks about how atypical this episode is whenever he can.
We were paused at black at 00:00 for each of the episodes, and were watching the brand spanking new region 1 NTSC DVD versions of the episodes. For more fan commentaries from around the world, check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House Of Commentaries. Any resemblance between Zarban's origin and that of King Tut is purely coincidental. Please don't sue.
Recorded: 04 March 2015.
Mar 14th, 2015 by filmbin
'Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray' strikes again, and this time it's for 'The Kentucky Fried Movie' from 1977, the precursor to the Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker hit 'Airplane'. Well, we say prelude, but in actuality it's much more of a sketch film than their other notable films, and a defiantly mixed quality 1970s sketch film at that. Join the chooser Abi and Rich, Jamie and Ant as they try to work out just what works and doesn't. Points of interest include a pre-Hulk Bill Bixby, the question 'Is sex funny?', Kenny Baker, the 'Wizard of Oz' meets action movie traditional flabby middle to a sketch film, and someone even accuses Ian Fleming of being a shlocky writer and George Lazenby of being a good Bond! All that, and it has a squeamish/icky ending. What do you think of 'The Kentucky Fried Movie'?
Recorded: 11 January 2015.
Once again, it's time for Jamie's choice and he's brought the excellent 1978 remake of 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' in for Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray! Listen in as Rich, Jamie and Ant chatter over the movie, despite not everyone having seen it, and ponder just why it was remade at all. As it turns out, Jamie and Ant both really liked this 1970s example of supreme cynicism and creepiness. Points of interest include the oddity of the human-face dog, the naturalistic performances, the ambiguity of Nimoy's alien clone psychologist, and just what the target of the allegory might be in 1978 with McCarthyism but a distant memory. Also, what exactly was going on with the vibrating eye trick?!
Note: Rest In Peace, Leonard Nimoy, it is but a coincidence that this posts so close to your demise. Sad, sad, sad.
Recorded: 16 December 2014.
Original US Airdate: 25 March 1982.
Yes, it's that time again, as we reach back into the 'Police Squad' bag and produce our fan commentary for episode 4. Listen in as Rich, Abi and Oli talk over yet another fabulous episode of the short-lived comedy, which on this occasion might be less memorable in story but does have some magnificent gags. This is the one with the Flamingo Club, the toe truck and the decaffeinated coffee!
Whatever we might say on the audio track, we were paused at 00:00 on the video tracks of our region 2 PAL dvds of 'Police Squad'. For more fan commentaries from around the world of the Internet, check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House Of Commentaries. Zarban may be the reincarnation or preincarnation of Alan North. The deadpan gives very little away.
Recorded: 26 February 2015.
Feb 28th, 2015 by filmbin
It's time to go highbrow here at Spoiler Filled Film Conversation Hooray, as Ant has brought in the award winning 'Kiss of the Spider Woman' of 1985, after a trawl through Raul Julia's back catalogue. As a result we have a moderately serious show to present as Rich, Ant and Abi chat about the movie, its success despite being essentially about two prisoners in a Brazilian cell, its triumph as the first independent movie to boast an Oscar winning performance, its ever curious character motivations, and how it succeeds as a film despite it's somewhat worthy nature. Also, what is with the name? Of course they had to keep it to tie into the source text!
Recorded: 30 November 2014.
Feb 21st, 2015 by filmbin
Jean Claude van Damme and Rob Schneider join forces in this week's movie, posing a frightening prospect for the Spoiler Filled crew of Rich, Abi, Jamie and Ant as they consider 'Knock Off' from 1998. Yes, a fashion designer gets caught up in espionage antics in Hong Kong during the changeover... and it's a comedy too! Listen in as the crew chatter about the tendency for top villains to have swanky bases, the universal and inexplicable dubbing, the extremely eccentric visual tricks, Schneider's terrible Connery impression, a fireproof cop, and just how it is a fashion designer actually knows how to do the things he does! Oh, and there's a 'Torching The Peach' incident again, finally! It's been a long time since the commentary for 'The Core'!
Recorded: 22 November 2014.
Feb 21st, 2015 by filmbin
Original Airdate (Canada): 30 May 1995.
Sometimes an episode is so good you end up desperately trying not to watch it. That was the case this time as Oli and Abi bring on their commentary for 'The Deal', one of the best Vecchio episodes of the show, and one of the best overall. This is the one with the basketball, Francesca's highly weird hunting gambit, some superb cinematography, the basketball again, and the almost-annihilation of Fraser. Listen in as our dynamic duo chat about the episode in ever decreasing circles until the end, even invoking Ray's Gepetto diversion, and debating whether this is the reality finally hitting Fraser's little deluded world!
As always the duo were paused at 00:00 on the video track of region 2 PAL DVD boxsets of the first season of 'Due South', anxiously poised to start with all of you. For more fan commentaries from around the world, you could check out www.zarban.com, Zarban's House Of Commentaries.
Rating: Green Plus.
Recorded: 10 February 2015.