520 episodes

Boston film critics Evan Crean, Megan Kearns, and David Riedel help you decide what to watch by sharing spoiler-filled reviews of the latest blockbusters and independent films, across genres, including films by women, nonbinary, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC filmmakers.

Opening music: "My Life as a God" by Augean Stables.
Closing music: "Pants Party" by Oilhead.
Show edited by Otto Klammer.
Logo design by Rita Csizmadia.

Spoilerpiece Theatre Evan Crean, Megan Kearns, and David Riedel

    • TV & Film
    • 4.3 • 31 Ratings

Boston film critics Evan Crean, Megan Kearns, and David Riedel help you decide what to watch by sharing spoiler-filled reviews of the latest blockbusters and independent films, across genres, including films by women, nonbinary, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC filmmakers.

Opening music: "My Life as a God" by Augean Stables.
Closing music: "Pants Party" by Oilhead.
Show edited by Otto Klammer.
Logo design by Rita Csizmadia.

    Episode 514: "Babes" and "You Can't Run Forever"

    Episode 514: "Babes" and "You Can't Run Forever"

    What happens when all three critics on Spoilerpiece have problems with both movies on the docket? Listen and you’ll find out! First up is director/co-writer Michelle Schumacher’s YOU CAN’T RUN FOREVER (2:26), a wannabe thriller starring Schumacher’s husband J.K. Simmons, Schumacher’s daughter Olivia Simmons, and a bunch of people who apparently didn’t know better than to get involved in this thing. (You *can* avoid this shit.) Then there’s BABES (23:55), the new comedy (in air quotes) from director Pamela Adlon, starring and co-written by Ilana Glazer. This thing is getting glowing reviews absolutely everywhere, but not from us. (We saw a different movie, maybe?) Over on Patreon, we yap about a movie we really enjoy: RUN LOLA RUN.

    • 53 min
    Episode 513: "Let It Be" remastered, "Evil Does Not Exist," and "Force of Nature: The Dry 2"

    Episode 513: "Let It Be" remastered, "Evil Does Not Exist," and "Force of Nature: The Dry 2"

    This week there’s a music documentary, an eco-fable set in Japan, and Dave’s favorite cinematic subgenre: Australian detective stories starring Eric Bana! To start things, Dave fills Megan and Evan in on Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s remastered LET IT BE, which crawled so Peter Jackson’s GET BACK could fuggin’ sprint. Megan watched EVIL DOES NOT EXIST, said eco-fable, which focuses on a village near Tokyo and a clamping site being developed nearby. This is Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s follow-up to the much-lauded DRIVE MY CAR. Finally, everyone saw FORCE OF NATURE: THE DRY 2, which features Bana reprising the role of Aaron Falk from THE DRY. (Aside: (Dave and Evan’s alternate title: THE WET, as this story is set almost entirely in a rain forest.) Of course, Dave can’t resist doing his bad Australian accent and giggling uncontrollably. But is THE DRY 2 good? We let you know! Over on Patreon we talk about the 1979 comedy THE FRISCO KID starring Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 512: "The Fall Guy," "New Life," and "Unfrosted"

    Episode 512: "The Fall Guy," "New Life," and "Unfrosted"

    This week Megan fills Dave and Evan in on the Ryan Gosling/Emily Blunt-starring THE FALL GUY (2:03), which is an update of the TV series "The Fall Guy" (bet you didn't see that one coming). Is it good? Bad? Somewhere in between? Then Megan and Dave talk about the genre hyphenate NEW LIFE (12:56), which seems to be one thing (suspense thriller) and then becomes quite another (sci-fi/horror!). And Evan joins Dave and Megan to talk about Jerry Seinfeld's UNFROSTED, the almost entirely untrue story of the creation of Pop Tarts. Over on Patreon we talk about one of Dave's favorites, THREE COLORS: RED, a first-time watch for both Megan and Evan.

    • 54 min
    Episode 511: "Boy Kills World," "Butterfly in the Sky," and "Humane"

    Episode 511: "Boy Kills World," "Butterfly in the Sky," and "Humane"

    This week on the show, we got some wires crossed (which is to say *Dave* got some wires crossed). So he mistakenly watched BOY KILLS WORLD (2:24), the new Bill-Skarsgård-kills-the-shit-out-of-everyone movie, instead of BUTTERFLY IN THE SKY (12:33), a new documentary about “Reading Rainbow.” But fear not! Megan and Evan watched BUTTERFLY IN THE SKY, and to suggest they completely Stan out isn’t far-fetched (though it’s refreshing to hear two of us on the podcast love a moviegoing experience so much). Finally, Megan and Dave watched HUMANE (32:25), Caitlin Cronenberg’s feature directing debut, in which a wealthy family decides which of them will be euthanized in a dystopian Canadian near-future (insert jokes about Canada currently being a dystopia, har har!). And it’s a comedy! Or it wants to be. But we finally have an answer to the age-old question: Which Cronenberg is the least of the Cronenbergs? And over on Patreon, we asked patrons to choose an environmental-themed movie because Earth Day is in April, and patrons chose ERIN BROCKOVICH! Patrons can check out that conversation here, and if you’re not a patron, you can become one by clicking that link and signing up! Thanks for listening.

    • 58 min
    Episode 510: "The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare" and "We Grown Now"

    Episode 510: "The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare" and "We Grown Now"

    This week Megan took one for the team and checked in on Guy Ritchie’s latest, THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE (2:38). Does this based-on-a-true-story movie take Ritchie down some less traveled paths? Or is it standard Guy Ritchie fare? Megan has the answers! Evan and Dave join Megan to talk about WE GROWN NOW (17:52), writer/director Minhal Baig’s coming-of-age story of two boys growing up in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green complex in the early 1990s. Over on Patreon, in honor of its 50th anniversary, we talk about Francis Ford Coppola’s THE CONVERSATION.

    • 49 min
    Episode 509: "Civil War" and "The Greatest Hits"

    Episode 509: "Civil War" and "The Greatest Hits"

    Perhaps you’ve heard the brouhaha surrounding writer-director Alex Garland’s Kirsten Dunst-starring CIVIL WAR (2:18) and wondered what it’s all about (um...a civil war...in the United States...in the near future). Wonder no more! Megan and Dave saw it, and they have things to say: unkind, complimentary, and all points in between. One of them hated it. One did not, acknowledging its strengths as well as its flaws. Then Evan joined Megan and Dave to watch THE GREATEST HITS (32:15), starring Lucy Boynton and Justin H. Min, and written and directed by Ned Benson. And guess what? NOT A ROM-COM, which Evan and Dave both thought it was when they hit play. No, it’s a pretty serious look at grief with a romantic/fantasy (and a smidge of comedy) twist. We all liked it! And over on Patreon, we talk about James Cameron’s 1989 film THE ABYSS, which was recently released for the first time on 4K.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Dan from Film Trace ,

One of the Best

There are a lot of film and tv podcasts out there. Most of them are just a couple of people talking about movies they love. That’s cool. But it is very hard to find a movie podcast that goes beyond just banter.

Enter Spoilerpiece Theatre. Evan, Megan, and Dave are all great professional film critics. This podcast dives much deeper than your typical film show. They all see a ton of new movies and tv shows, and they have great in-depth opinions.

My favorite feature of the show is the breadth of films they cover. This is truly a show for film lovers and people looking to discover new films. I see a lot of movies, and I had not heard half of the movies they covered in their year-end show.

More than anything, Spoilerpiece is an engaging listen for cinephiles. I love hearing people talk about film, but it goes to another level when the hosts are educated and passionate about film and tv. That is Spoilerpiece Theatre.

The face of crime ,

Grating

I will admit I only listened to one episode because I was looking for discussions about ‘When Evil Lurks’ but what I got was an obnoxious guy explaining the plot dropping f-bombs every other word while the woman laughed loudly. So hey… maybe that’s your thing.

Flippinsushi ,

My FAVORITE Podcast!!!

I've been listening for well over a year, and every week I look forward to Friday to hear about new movies and what the guys are up to.
My favorite is when the guys hate a movie and rip into it, or when one hates a movie and the other one likes it and there's a spirited debate.
It's also very refreshing to hear about the movie as a whole, because in some cases it was more enjoyable being prepared for the movie so I knew things to look for (foreshadowing, etc.), and other times if it's a bad movie I know I can wait to watch.
Regardless, it's always a barrel of laughs and wicked good fun, especially when there's singing!!!

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