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 #422: "Fall," "Emergency Declaration," and "Luck"
Dave is back from vacation, and he's excited to talk about movies! We start with LUCK (2:17), a poorly thought out Skydance animated film about a young woman (Eva Noblezada) with bad luck trying to turn things around for herself and her young friend with the help of a black cat (Simon Pegg). Next we dig into Jae-rim Han's ambitious Korean disaster movie EMERGENCY DECLARATION (20:40), which is long, yet features a great ensemble, compelling themes, and tense action scenes. We wrap up with Scott Mann's anxiety-inducing thriller FALL (38:23), about two friends trapped at the top of a 2,000-foot radio tower. And in this week's Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the 1989 neo noir GLEAMING THE CUBE, starring Christian Slater as a high school skateboarder investigating his adopted brother's murder.
"Prey" and "Resurrection"
We take on two movies this week. The first is the Andrew Semans psychological thriller RESURRECTION (3:16), a tense and visually arresting movie featuring a powerhouse performance by Rebecca Hall, and an ambiguous ending that leaves us divided. The second movie we review is Dan Trachtenberg's PREY (25:08), an artful, authentic, and action-packed origin story in the PREDATOR franchise about a Comanche warrior (Amber Midthunder) who takes on a Predator in 1719. And in our Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Nicholas Meyer's 70s sci-film TIME AFTER TIME starring Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, and Mary Steenburgen.
"Not Okay" and "Medusa"
This week we have two movies on the docket that we have some VERY strong opinions about. First, we cover Anita Rocha da Silveira's MEDUSA (1:57), a compelling neon-soaked feminist allegory about a militant young religious woman who experiences a world-shattering crisis of faith. It's hard to describe succinctly, but the extended summary on IMDb does a good job. Next, we review Quinn Shephard's NOT OKAY (25:56), a satire about a self-involved young woman (Zoey Deutch) who gains followers and fame by posing as the survivor of a terrorist attack, but experiences a spectacular fall from grace when her secret is discovered. Spoiler: It's a film that deeply divided us. And in this week's Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our 1984 movie poll: Wolfgang Peterson's fantasy epic THE NEVERENDING STORY.
"Anything's Possible," "Nope," and "She Will"
This week, we kick things off with Jordan Peele's latest film NOPE (2:12), delving right into spoiler territory on this intriguing, masterfully-crafted sci-fi horror movie, starring Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Steven Yeun. Next, we tackle Charlotte Colbert's gorgeous horror film SHE WILL (16:35), which follows an actor (Alice Krige) who gains supernatural powers while recovering from cancer surgery in the Scottish countryside. We wrap up with Billy Porter's directorial debut, ANYTHING'S POSSIBLE (28:12), a joyous and moving rom-com about a trans teen (Eva Reign) navigating her senior year of high school. And in this week's Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the 1997 Robert Zemeckis sci-fi film CONTACT, starring Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey in honor of its 25th anniversary!
"Good Madam" and "Don't Make Me Go"
Dave is taking a few weeks off (and we'll miss him), so we're taking on this week's movies as a duo. First, we review Jenna Cato Bass's GOOD MADAM (2:13), a South African horror film on Shudder that we find pretty confusing. But we do think it has some interesting commentary on race and class underneath. Then we cover Hannah Marks's DON'T MAKE ME GO (25:00) an uneven Amazon drama mired by strange narrative choices. However, it features yet another amazing performance by John Cho. And in this week's Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Nathan Greno and Byron Howard's 2010 Disney animated film TANGLED, starring Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi!
"The Princess," "Thor: Love and Thunder," "The Summoned," and "On the 3rd Day"
We have a full slate to discuss this week! Dave starts by offering a brief review of Taika Waititi's THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER (2:40), the latest so-so entry in the MCU. Next, everyone discusses Daniel de la Vega's convoluted and frustratingly dubbed horror movie ON THE 3RD DAY (7:51). After that we cover Mark Meir's clumsy horror film THE SUMMONED (20:17), which involves therapy and contracts with the devil. We wrap up with Le-Van Kiet's delightful Hulu action film THE PRINCESS (35:15), which we all had a blast watching. And in this week's Patreon exclusive audio we talk about Michael Anderson's 1976 sci-fi cult classic LOGAN'S RUN!
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.
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!!!
Can’t stand the girl
She overtakes every sentence