EMERGENCY, FIRESTARTER, and HOLD YOUR FIRE on Episode #410

RJ Cyler, Sebastian Chacon, and Donald Elise Watkins are driving in a car and looking worried in the movie EmergencyMegan is back from vacation so the whole Spoilerpiece team is together again! She and Evan start by reviewing Keith Thomas’s FIRESTARTER (3:35), a remake of Stephen King’s famous story, which they both agree and disagree about. Next, everyone covers Stefan Forbes’s HOLD YOUR FIRE (15:51), a disappointing documentary about a 1972 crisis in New York City that helped create modern hostage negotiation teams and techniques. They wrap up with Carey Williams’s EMERGENCY (37:49), an engaging dark comedy that offers poignant social commentary as three college students of color weigh the pros and cons of calling the police when they encounter an unexpected emergency. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Garry Marshall’s 1990 rom-com PRETTY WOMAN starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.

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THE INNOCENTS and THE AUTOMAT on Episode #409

A little blond girl in a yellow jacket looks frightened in the Norwegian movie The Innocents.The pandemic ain’t over folks. Dave has COVID and it sucks but he does his best to manage it in this week’s episode. Megan’s on vacation again, so he and Evan tackle two movies. First up is Lisa Hurwitz’s documentary THE AUTOMAT (3:26), a short, but interesting chronicle of the once-popular restaurant chain in New York City and Philadelphia that offered fresh-cooked meals in a commissary-style eatery. Next, they discuss Eskil Vogt’s disturbing horror film THE INNOCENTS (19:07), which is about a group of children who develop dark powers that they wield against each other and the adults around them. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, Evan and Dave talk about Elaine May’s 1976 crime drama MIKEY AND NICKY, starring Peter Falk and John Cassavetes!

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THE NORTHMAN, SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME, and VIRUS: 32 on Episode #406

Alexander Skarsgard looking angry and covered in blood while raiding a village in the movie The NorthmanMegan and Dave start this week by reviewing the Robert Eggers Viking revenge tale THE NORTHMAN (1:55), which they disagree about in a lot of places. They can at least agree Nicole Kidman is amazing in it. Next everyone discusses Gustavo Hernández’s horror film VIRUS: 32 (23:31), which puts a very specific and interesting spin on its zombie narrative. Then we’re excited to finally cover Jon Watts’s SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME (39:38), digging into everything that we love and everything we find annoying about it. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we review the 1992 Penelope Spheeris comedy WAYNE’S WORLD, starring Mike Meyers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere, and Rob Lowe.

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WE’RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD’S FAIR, TONY HAWK: UNTIL THE WHEELS FALL OFF, and THE TALE OF KING CRAB on Episode #405

Anna Cobb is covered in glow in the dark paint and holds a plastic eye in front of her eye in the movie We're All Going to the World's FairEvan kicks things off this week by reviewing Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis’ THE TALE OF KING CRAB (2:57), an Italian adventure film split in two parts with one that’s much more interesting than the other. Next, everyone reviews Sam Jones’ HBO documentary TONY HAWK: UNTIL THE WHEELS FALL OFF (11:42), a comprehensive film about the life and career of skateboarder Tony Hawk, which has us split. We wrap up with Jane Schoenbrun’s horror film WE’RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD’S FAIR (30:39), a spooky, ambiguous film about a teen who plays an online horror game and documents the strange changes she goes through afterward. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Gareth Evans’ 2011 Indonesian action flick THE RAID aka THE RAID: REDEMPTION!

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DEATH ON THE NILE, SCREAM, 7 DAYS, and the 2022 Oscars on Episode #403

Armie Hammer and Gal Gadot nervously embrace at a wedding party in the film Death on the NileWe start by discussing this year’s Oscars, particularly the winners, the snubs, and our overall thoughts on the program. Then Dave and Evan review the Roshan Sethi’s rom-com 7 DAYS (11:49), about a mismatched Indian couple (Karan Soni and Geraldine Viswanathan) who start out on a traditional pre-arranged date and have to shelter in place together once COVID spreads. Next, we all tackle the latest SCREAM movie (21:55), a meta horror flick that has us split. After that we cover Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of the Agatha Christie murder mystery DEATH ON THE NILE (42:19), another film that has us divided. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our women-directed films poll, Susan Seidelman’s 1985 dramedy, DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, starring Rosanna Arquette and Madonna!

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Ti West’s “X” with special guest Jason from Binge Movies on Episode #402

Owen Campbell, Jenna Ortega, Kid Cudi and Brittany Snow walk through tall grass as a 1970s film crew in the horror movie "X"As promised, we’re going to start featuring more guests on the show, so this week Jason from Binge Movies joins us! After he briefly shares what his podcast is all about, we all review Ti West’s X (7:17), a horror movie about an adult film crew in 1970s rural Texas who are attacked by their elderly hosts. It stars starring Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Martin Henderson, Brittany Snow, Owen Campbell, Stephen Ure, and Scott Mescudi. A lot of critics have unabashedly praised this film, but we have both compliments and criticism in our robust, nuanced conversation of the well-crafted yet problematic film. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, Jason also joins us to discuss Robert Zemeckis’ 2000 thriller WHAT LIES BENEATH starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford! 

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THE BATMAN, FRESH, and THE DESPERATE HOUR on Episode #399

Robert Pattinson stars in Matt Reeves's The Batman.

This week, we start with Mimi Cave’s FRESH (2:39), a horror movie starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan that made one of us so queasy they had to turn it off. Next, we review THE DESPERATE HOUR (27:27), Philip Noyce’s frustrating thriller about a mother (Naomi Watts) trying to resolve a hostage crisis at her son’s school from her phone while she’s running through the woods. We close with Matt Reeves’ much anticipated movie THE BATMAN (37:55), a stylish film noir detective story worthy of its almost three-hour runtime, starring Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Guillermo del Toro’s 2006 dark fairytale, PAN’S LABYRINTH!

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KIMI, STUDIO 666, and HELLBENDER on Episode #398

Zoë Kravitz stars in Steven Soderbergh's thriller Kimi

It’s a suspenseful week on Spoilerpiece with two horror films and a thriller. First up is John Adams, Zelda Adams, and Toby Poser’s creepy family-made horror flick HELLBENDER (2:12), which is about a lonely teen uncovering her family’s connection to witchcraft. Next is BJ McDonnell’s STUDIO 666 (19:14), a horror comedy about the Foo Fighters trying to record their 10th album in a haunted mansion. Then we review Steven Soderbergh’s thriller KIMI (39:25), starring Zoë Kravitz as an agoraphobic Big Tech employee who stumbles onto a conspiracy. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our poll, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s 2000 romance LOVE & BASKETBALL, starring Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps!

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Our Top 10 Films of 2021 on Episode #391

A graphic which says: Top 10 Films of 2021We didn’t get a chance to share our top 10 films from 2021 last week, so we’re doing it this week! We each dig into our individual top 10 films from our 2021 Boston Online Film Critics Association Awards ballots, discussing the overlap between our lists, and the unique films that made our respective ballots. First up, is Dave (2:47), whose ballot includes a documentary, comedies, and dramas. He’s followed by Evan (33:20), whose list includes dramas, comedies, and horror. After that is Megan (47:09), whose list includes horror, dramas, and one comedy. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we decided to review a film with the number 10 in the title, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger! 

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SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, THE FEAST, and JULIA on Episode #384

Simu Liu as Shang-Chi in SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS

This week we picked two VERY different movies about food to discuss. First, we cover Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s delightful documentary JULIA (2:12), about chef Julia Child, which is chock full of great interviews, insights, and shots of food. Next, we review Lee Haven Jones’s Welsh foreboding, slow-burn folk horror film THE FEAST (15:12), starring Annes Elwy, which features some gruesome moments that we have varying reactions to. To completely change gears, we close with Destin Daniel Cretton’s entertaining Marvel Asian American superhero movie SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS (35:40), in honor of its arrival on Disney+, starring Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung, and Michelle Yeoh. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about David Fincher’s 2002 home-invasion thriller PANIC ROOM, starring Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, and Forest Whitaker.

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