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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
    • 4.4 • 30 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 #479: "Elevator Game" and "John Carpenter's Vampires" with guest The Lady-Wan!

    Episode #479: "Elevator Game" and "John Carpenter's Vampires" with guest The Lady-Wan!

     
    With Megan and Evan off this week, Dave is joined by ScreenRun's The Lady-Wan! On ScreenRun, Wan and her co-host Chris Scalzo tackle the films of a particular artist or franchise. This season ScreenRun ran through (ha) the films of John Carpenter, so in that spirit, Wan and Dave take a deep dive into JOHN CARPENTER'S VAMPIRES (1:45), and it ain't pretty (but it is fun). Next they get to a new release: ELEVATOR GAME (17:43), in which a bunch of kinda dumb teens play a game that lands them in The Red World, or gets them torn to shreds by "The Fifth-Floor Woman," or both. It's a movie with an intriguing premise, ideas that don't go anywhere, and a whole lotta blood and guts. And in this week's Patreon exclusive audio, Dave and Wan talk about Michael Mann's 2004 film COLLATERAL, starring Tom Cruise's frosted hair and Jamie Foxx.

    • 54 min
    Episode #478: "Sitting in Bars with Cake" and "You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah"

    Episode #478: "Sitting in Bars with Cake" and "You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah"

    It's family/tearjerker week at Spoilerpiece! Evan is off, so Megan and Dave tackle the Adam Sandler family comedy (meaning it's a family comedy and it stars Sandler's family) YOU ARE SO NOT INVITED TO MY BAT MITZVAH (5:24). This movie has everything: Petty gripes, snipes, and pipes. (It doesn't have pipes; Dave just wanted to rhyme. -Ed.) And it features a whole lot of tween/teen angst. (One of us liked it more than the other.) Then at 28:44, the dynamic duo (TM) settles into SITTING IN BARS WITH CAKE, which is exactly what it sounds like, until it turns into a pretty serious drama about two lifelong best friends dealing with one's cancer diagnosis. And patrons! Don't forget to check out this week's exclusive Patreon audio in which Dave and Megan talk about the 1979 nuclear disaster thriller THE CHINA SYNDROME, starring Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, and Michael Douglas. It's a fun talk about a great movie.


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    • 58 min
    "Perpetrator" and "Our Father, The Devil"

    "Perpetrator" and "Our Father, The Devil"

    Megan and Dave start the show this week reviewing Jennifer Reeder's stylized feminist horror film PERPETRATOR (2:50), which follows a teen (Kiah McKirnan) with unusual powers pursuing a villain abducting girls at her school. Next, we all cover Ellie Foumbi's excellent thorny thriller OUR FATHER, THE DEVIL (21:18), about a Guinean refugee (Babetida Sadjo) living in France whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of a charismatic Catholic priest (Souleyman Sy Savane), whom she recognizes as the warlord who slaughtered her family. And in this week's Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about a Patron's request: the 1986 animated cult classic TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE!

    • 1 hr
    "Landscape with Invisible Hand," "Scrapper," and "Blue Beetle"

    "Landscape with Invisible Hand," "Scrapper," and "Blue Beetle"

    Megan starts this week's show with a quick review of Angel Manuel Soto's entertaining Latinx superhero film BLUE BEETLE (3:22). Next, she and Dave discuss Charlotte Regan's well-acted drama SCRAPPER (14:47), which follows a 12-year-old girl who connects with her estranged father. Then, we all cover Cory Finley's grim sci-fi satire LANDSCAPE WITH INVISIBLE HAND (26:54), which involves teens (Asante Blackk and Kylie Rogers) who decide to broadcast their courtship for an extraterrestrial audience, but also a lot more. In this week's Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our alien poll, Robert Wise's 1951 sci-fi film THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL! 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    "Brightwood" and "Bad Things"

    "Brightwood" and "Bad Things"

    This week we start by reviewing Dane Elcar's compelling sci-fi horror film BRIGHTWOOD (2:23), which follows a troubled couple (Dana Berger and Max Woertendyke) who become trapped in the woods while they're out for a run. Next, we cover Stewart Thorndike's frustrating horror movie BAD THINGS (24:19), which follows a group of friends (Gayle Rankin, Hari Nef, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, and Rad Pereira) who spend a chaotic weekend at the hotel one of them has inherited. And in this week's Patreon exclusive audio, in honor of the late William Friedkin, we talk about his 1977 thriller SORCERER starring Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, and Francisco Rabal.

    • 51 min
    "Aporia" and "The Super Mario Bros. Movie"

    "Aporia" and "The Super Mario Bros. Movie"

    This week we start by reviewing Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic, and Pierre Leduc's animated movie, THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE (1:55), which adapts the popular videogame franchise for the big screen with an all-star cast. Now streaming on Peacock, this one has us pretty divided. Next, we discuss Jared Moshe's sci-fi film APORIA (22:09), which follows Sophie (Judy Greer), a wife and mother grieving the loss of her husband (Edi Gathegi). Sophie learns about a time-bending machine created by a physicist friend (Payman Maadi) that could restore her former life but using it involves an impossible choice with unforeseen consequences. This is another film that has us divided. And in this week's Patreon exclusive audio, in honor of the late Paul Reubens, we talk about a non-Pee-wee Herman movie with him, Fran Rubel Kuzui's 1992 action comedy BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, starring Kristy Swanson and Luke Perry. 

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 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.

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!!!

balebabe ,

Can’t stand the girl

She overtakes every sentence

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