Spoiler Nation

Spoiler Nation Podcast

Spoiler-filled discussions about all things film and tv. A podcast by Isolated Nation (www.isolatednation.com), pop culture curators of Perth, Western Australia. SUBSCRIBE to SPOILER NATION on ITunes, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts!

Debrief: Finding truth in the lie with "The Farewell"
Chinese people have a saying: When you get cancer, you die. This episode, join Howie and special guest Ronan as we break down Lu Lu Wang's "The Farewell" (or 别告诉她), A24's latest based-on-a-true-story family drama, starring Awkwafina and an all Asian cast. / / OUTRO: "Home Run" by Ghost Care (https://soundcloud.com/user-220457608/home-run)...

Debrief: Finding truth in the lie with "The Farewell"
Chinese people have a saying: When you get cancer, you die. This episode, join Howie and special guest Ronan as we break down Lu Lu Wang's "The Farewell" (or 别告诉她), A24's latest based-on-a-true-story family drama, starring Awkwafina and an all Asian cast. / / OUTRO: "Home Run" by Ghost Care (https://soundcloud.com/user-220457608/home-run)...

Debrief: The Psychedelic Nightmare of "Midsommar"
This episode, Howie and special guest Fynn as dive deep into the waking nightmare that is "Midsommar", Ari Aster's follow-up to the hit instant horror classic, "Hereditary". Listen as they dissect the film, scene-by-scene, one cultish ritual at a time. But before that, some reactions to the trailer for "IT: Chapter 2" and "The Lighthouse". / OUTRO: "Susans Death and Art Vandelay" by Common Father (https://soundcloud.com/user-473084225)...


Debrief: Does "Hobbs & Shaw" refuel or sidetrack the Fast and Furious franchise?
Why can't we be friends? This episode, join Howie and Drew as they hit the accelerator and drive down the spoiler-filled road of the inevitable spin-off of the Fast and Furious franchise, the Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham-starring "Hobbs & Shaw". / / OUTRO: "Yellow, Green, Violet Blue" by Catwalk (https://catwalkmusic.bandcamp.com)...

Debrief: Stranger Things Season 3, Chernobyl, Booksmart, Under The Silver Lake
In our first jam-packed episode post "Game of Thrones", join us as we jump back into the Upside Down with a spoiler-filled debrief of "Stranger Things" Season 3 (50:58), swoon over the exquisite HBO miniseries "Chernobyl"(32:00), and give our SPOILER-FREE thoughts on two films, "Booksmart" (11:02) and "Under The Silver Lake" (18:28). But before that, we weigh-in on the teaser trailer for Disney's live-action "Mulan" remake. | | OUTRO: "Spaces Between Us(Demo)" by Trembling (https://soundcloud.com/user-79...


All Shows Must Die: A "Game of Thrones" Series Finale post-mortem
And now our watch has ended. This episode on Spoiler Nation, join Howie and Rhys as they debrief the final two episodes of HBO's Game of Thrones, "The Bells"(8x05) and "The Iron Throne"(8x06). | OUTRO: "Another" by Ghost Care (https://open.spotify.com/album/2DxCbfh9hbIvuI9TccAq0X)...

Debrief: In "The Last of the Starks" (8x04), Game of Thrones threatens to burn it all down
In our most heated Game of Thrones debrief yet, join Howie and Rhys as they clash over Jon's confession to the Starks, Missandei's final words, Tyrion's plea to Cersei, that GHOST moment, and other shenanigans that went down on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4, "The Last of The Starks". | OUTRO: "Scriptspeak" by Didions Bible (https://didionsbible.bandcamp.com/)...


Game of Thrones 8x02: "A Knight of The Seven Kingdoms" is a love letter to our favourite characters
This episode, Howie and special guest Lewis debrief Season 8 Episode 2 of Game of Thrones "A Knight of The Seven Kingdoms". Join us as we explore the significance of Brienne's knighthood, Dany's hypocrisy, THAT Arya and Gendry scene, and Winterfell's military strategy towards defeating the Night King. We also give our predictions of who we think will join the Night King's army in next week's battle. | OUTRO: "Nick Carraway" by Silvertongue (https://silvertongue.bandcamp.com/)...

The Thrills and Troubles of Jordan Peele's "Us"
This episode, Howie and Rhys dive deep into "Us", Jordan Peele's follow up to his Oscar-winning breakout debut, "Get Out". WARNING: Due to a technical issue, the audio quality for this episode is sub-par. It's not you device, it's us. We will be back to regular crisp quality next episode! / OUTRO: "Pet Store" by Common Father...


#40 "A Star Is Born" debrief
This episode, Howie and special guest Laila are off the deep end, listen as they dive in, far from the shallow of the Oscar Best Picture hopeful, Bradley Cooper/Lady Gaga powerhouse that is "A Star Is Born" (2018). | | OUTRO: "Susans death and art vandelay" by Common Father (https://soundcloud.com/user-473084225)...

#38 Worst Movies of 2018 (so far)
In Part 2 of our 2018 retrospective, Howie and Rhys (and special guest Chris) descend into utter chaos as they dive deep into their least favourite films of the year so far. / / OUTRO: "Pet Store" by Common Father (https://soundcloud.com/user-473084225)...


#37 In Memoriam: The Academy Award for Best Popular Film(PART 1)
In memory of the short-lived and poorly received Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film category in the Oscars, Howie and Rhys (joined by special guest Chris AKA Mr Movies)decide to look back at the some of the best, and some of the most mediocre movies we've seen so far, in part 1 of our 2018 retrospective. Stay tuned for PART 2, where we dive deep into our least favourite films of the year. Potential spoilers for: Hereditary, Tully, Solo, Crazy Rich Asians, You Were Never Really Here, Blackkklansman |...

#36 Spoiler Free: Blackkklansman/Mission Impossible Fallout/Christopher Robin/Luke Cage/GLOW/OITNB
Since our last Spoiler Nation episode, suns have risen and extinguished, empires fallen spectacularly – and James Gunn was fired from directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Included in this episode are some (mostly)SPOILER FREE movie and TV reviews. Is "Mission: Impossible- Fallout"(19:06 onwards)worth the fuss? How fares Spike Lee’s latest joint "BlacKkKlansman"(25:50)? And should you shell out your dollars for Disney’s upcoming "Christopher Robin" (34:00)? But wait, there’s way more. New seasons of ...

#35 "Deadpool 2" vs "Solo: A Star Wars Story" (22:50)
I’ve got a bad feeling about this… This episode on the Spoiler Nation Podcast, Howie and Rhys venture deep into the backstory far, far away as they dissect Han Solo’s origin in “Solo: A Star Wars Story”(minute 22:50 onwards). But first, a spoiler-filled review of the ultra-meta "Deadpool 2". | | OUTRO: "Crime Scene in Mt Lawley" by Kid Dingo (https://kiddingo.bandcamp.com/)...


#34 "Avengers: Infinity War" debrief
Mr Stark, I don't feel so good... At long last, we finally get to dive deep into the superhero-filled gauntlet that is "Avengers: Infinity War". Did it live up to our expectations? What are the implications of that game-changing ending for the future of the MCU? Howie and Rhys attempt to answer these questions and more in this episode of the Spoiler Nation podcast. | OUTRO: "We're on a Ship" by Matthew Garrod (https://open.spotify.com/album/3AOlvKTvT0RS6IwErZI2yF)...

#33 Westworld 2x03 "Virtù e Fortuna" debrief
Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality? This episode of Spoiler Nation, Howie and Sean dive deep into the spoiler-filled maze of HBO's Westworld. How do the hosts exert their free will? What's the deal with Grace from The Raj/Colonialismworld? Has Dolores finally gone too far? They explore these questions and more on their recap of Season 2 Episode 3, "Virtù e Fortuna". | OUTRO: "Andrea" by Turtle Bay Television (https://soundcloud.com/turtlebaytelevision)...

#32 Westworld 2x01 and 2x02 debrief
Have you ever listened to anything so full of splendour? This episode, Howie and Matt try their best to solve the spoiler-filled maze that is HBO's Westworld. Which hosts are truly 'woke'? What's up with Delores/Wyatt? What is Delos' true agenda? They speculate on these questions and more on their debrief of the first two episodes of Season 2. | Matt's review of "Annihilation": https://isolatednation.com/articles/2018/3/20/film-review-annihilation-expertly-toes-the-line-between-brilliance-and-failure | ...


#31 "A Quiet Place" (11:54)| "Ready Player One" (28:46)| Trailer Talk: "Solo: A Star Wars Story"
In this blockbuster-centric episode of the Spoiler Nation podcast, Howie and Rhys dive deep into the nostalgia-fuelled oasis of Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One"(minute 28:46), and speak in hush-tones about John Krasinski's sci-fi thriller, "A Quiet Place"(11:54). But before that, some brief speculation about the most recent trailer for Ron Howard's "Solo: A Star Wars Story". / / OUTRO: "DingoStyle" by Kid Dingo (https://soundcloud.com/kiddingo)...

#30 "Annihilation" vs "Pacific Rim: Uprising"
It's brainy sci-fi versus brainless sci-fi in this episode of Spoiler Nation, as we have a spoiler-free review of "Pacific Rim: Uprising", and a spoiler-filled debrief of Alex Garland's Netflix mind-bender, "Annihilation"(starts at 19:50). / OUTRO: "Midnight Friends" by Delivery Buoy (https://soundcloud.com/deliverybuoy) / "Annihilation" review on Isolated Nation: https://isolatednation.com/articles/2018/3/20/film-review-annihilation-expertly-toes-the-line-between-brilliance-and-failure...

#29 Is "Black Panther" an all-timer?
Wakanda Forever! This episode, we dive deep into the Vibranium-powered, high-tech kingdom of "Black Panther", a game-changing entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Is Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger one of the best comic movie villains ever? Where does King T'Challa fit in the pantheon of memorable Marvel heroes? We break down all that and more in this episode of the Spoiler Nation Podcast. > > OUTRO: "Dam That's Refreshing" by Beckon (https://beckonmc.bandcamp.com/) > > Rhys' "Black Panther" review: ...


#28 "Lady Bird" and Oscar predictions (14:05)
In our first episode 0f 2018, Howie and Rhys break down this year's major Oscar nominations (14:05 onwards)and talk about their predictions on who WILL win, and who they think SHOULD win. But before that, a spoiler-free review of Best Picture/Director/Original Screenplay/Lead Actress/Supporting Actress contender, Greta Gerwig's directorial debut "Lady Bird". >> OUTRO: "Chance/Break" by Coast Care (https://coastcare.bandcamp.com/album/cassettes) >> SUBSCRIBE to SPOILER NATION on wherever you get your podca...

#27 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" debrief
This episode, Rhys and Howie become one with The Force a`s they dive deep into Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi". They discuss fan reactions, THAT Leia moment, and of course, Porgs. / / OUTRO: "Accountant" by Turtle Bay Television (https://soundcloud.com/turtlebaytelevision)...

#26 "Justice League" debrief
Are you all in? Join us for this episode of the Spoiler Nation Podcast as we give you a jam-packed, spoiler-filled breakdown of what went wrong and what went surprisingly well with DC's long-anticipated team-up movie, Justice League. > > > OUTRO: "Eden Beach" by Turtle Bay Television (https://soundcloud.com/turtlebaytelevision) >> SUBSCRIBE to SPOILER NATION on wherever you get your podcasts!...


#25 "Stranger Things" season 2 review (13:00) | TV News
If there's something strange in Stranger Things 2, who ya gonna call? On this episode, join our party as we venture into the spoiler-filled tunnels of the Upside Down. We dive deep into Babysitter Steve, #JusticeForBob, THAT Eleven episode (you know which one), and more (13:00 onwards). But before that, some we bring you some TV news. // OUTRO: "it repeated in my head" by Delivery Buoy (https://deliverybuoy.bandcamp.com/)...

#24: "Blade Runner 2049" review (14:32) | Trailer Talk - "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"
Is Deckard a replicant? Is Ryan Gosling more human than human? How much Jared Leto is too much? We attempt to answer these questions in our spoiler-filled deep-dive into Denis Villeneuve's triumphant sequel to Ridley Scott's influential cult-classic, "Blade Runner" (beginning at minute 14:32). But before that, we give our full break down of the final trailer for Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi". // OUTRO: "i'm watching the sun go down and it's ferociously agreeing with the idea of your hair" by ...

#23: Why "The Defenders" Disappoints
On this episode, Howie and Rhys join forces to explore what went wrong with the long-anticipated but ultimately lackluster Marvel/Netflix team-up show by diving deep into the highs and lows of "The Defenders". >>>> OUTRO: "stupid friends" by Delivery Buoy (https://soundcloud.com/deliverybuoy)...


#22: "IT" (2017) review
On this spooktacular episode of Spoiler Nation, Howie and special guest Keaton dive deep into "IT", Andy Muschietti's 2017 adaptation of Stephen King's infamous novel of the same name. > > > > OUTRO: "Anybody" by George Alfredd (https://soundcloud.com/george-alfredd)...

#21 Game of Thrones 7x07 "The Dragon and The Wolf" debrief
All men must die, and with that, all Game of Thrones seasons must end. Join Howie and Rhys as they dive deep into the movie-length finale episode of season 7, "The Dragon and The Wolf". > > > SUBSCRIBE to "Spoiler Nation" on Apple Podcast, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts! > > > OUTRO by @thewatcherbeats...

#20 Game of Thrones 7x06 "Beyond The Wall" debrief (feat. Silvertongue)
On this episode of Spoiler Nation, we follow the Snowcean's Seven on their sui-ice mission beyond the wall. Join Howie and Lewis (aka local rapper Silvertongue) as they admire the Night King's javelin skills, dive deep into the " Bran = Night King" theory, pick sides over the Arya vs Sansa showdown and more in their spoiler-filled breakdown of Game of Thrones season 7 episode 6. >>>> OUTRO: "Sit Back, Relax feat. Odette Mercy (prod. Scruffnuk Dust)" by Silvertongue {https://silvertongue.bandcamp.com} ...


#19 Game of Thrones 7x05: "Eastwatch" debrief (feat. Beckon MC)
Just-ice league assemble(see what we did there)! This episode, Howie is joined by notable Perth rapper Beckon MC as they give a full breakdown on Gilly's game-changing reveal, Little Finger's big win, and the assembling of Jon's sui-ice squad headed beyond the wall on Game of Thrones season 7 episode 5, "Eastwatch". > > > > OUTRO: "Name Your Price (ft. Silvertongue)" by Beckon (www.beckonmc.bandcamp.com)...

#18 Game of Thrones 7x04: "The Spoils of War" debrief
On this episode of the Spoiler Nation podcast, Howie and Rhys continue their deep dive into Game of Thrones Season 7, where they celebrate a special Stark reunion, break down an explosive battle sequence, and wonder when will Jon Snow finally BEND THE GODAMN KNEE. > > > > > OUTRO: "Plainly As You" by Bluenade (https://bluenade.bandcamp.com/)...

#17 Game of Thrones 7x03: "The Queen's Justice" debrief
This episode, Howie and Rhys dive deep into the long anticipated Tinder Date of Ice and Fire, say goodbye to a beloved character, and bask in the glory of Euron Greyjoy's magical armada in their spoiler-filled discussion of the game-changing Episode 3 of Game of Thrones Season 7, "The Queen's Justice". > > > OUTRO: "Glass Heart" by Physical Release (https://soundcloud.com/releasephysical)...


#16 Game of Thrones 7x02: "Stormborn" debrief
Recorded moments after watching this week's action-packed episode of Game of Thrones, "Stormborn" (Season 7 Episode 2), Howie and Angelique give their initial reactions and hot takes on Hot Pie, surprise boat fights, prophecies, and, of course, the "foreign invasion". ~ {OUTRO MUSIC: "Wishy Washy" by Bluenade - https://bluenade.bandcamp.com/}...

#15 Game of Thrones 7x01: "Dragonstone" debrief
Winter is finally here, and with that comes our weekly spoiler-filled deep-dives into the dragonglass-filled mines of Game of Thrones. In this episode, we debrief "Dragonstone", the long-awaited premiere of Season 7. OUTRO: "Dunston Deep Down" by Bluenade (https://soundcloud.com/bluenade)...

Ep 14: Hounds of Love
This episode, Rhys and Howie dive deep into the disturbingly tense "Hounds of Love" (27:00), a directorial debut by Perth director Ben Young, shot on location in Perth, and based on a horrific true story that rocked Perth in the late 80s. But before that, we give you some MOVIE NEWS on the upcoming young Han Solo movie, and the Fast and Furious franchise....


Ep 13: Wonder Woman
This episode, Howie and Rhys escape the bleak, war-torn land of Man and walk down the spoiler-filled shores of Themyscira, home of the Amazons, and more specifically - Wonder Woman. ~ OUTRO: "Miracle Tea" by Beckon (https://beckonmc.bandcamp.com/)...

Ep 12: The Mummy
Howie and Rhys dig deep into the spoiler-filled tombs and dodge every CGI-filled booby trap of the Tom Cruise-starring "The Mummy," the first installment of Universal Studio's hopeful "Dark Universe" franchise. Is this Mummy cursed to fail sans-Fraser? We answer this question in this episode of the SPOILER NATION podcast. > > > > > > SHOW NOTES: (1) Rhys' "The Mummy" Review: isolatednation.com/articles/2017/6…eview-the-mummy ~ (2) Backing track: @rossbugden...

Ep 11: Alien: Covenant
In sequels, no one can hear you scream. This episode, Howie and Rhys finally get around to breaking down "Alien: Covenant", Ridley Scott's sequel to 2012's divisive "Prometheus", and the second prequel to his 1979 classic "Alien". / / / / / / / / SHOWNOTES: (1) Rhys' review of "Alien: Covenant": https://isolatednation.com/articles/2017/5/9/film-review-alien-covenant ~ (2) Backing Track: " 5:54 AM (Dawn)" by Ross Budgen {https://soundcloud.com/rossbugden}...


Ep 10: Samurai Jack (27:40) | John Wick 2 (7:30) | Get Out alternate ending
In this episode of SPOILER NATION, Howie and Rhys discuss the alternate ending to Jordan Peele's surprise hit "Get Out" (1:38), review the sequel to Keanu Reeve's surprise hit, "John Wick: Chapter 2" (7:30), and give a full debrief of Adult Swim's surprise revival of the final season of Cartoon Network's "Samurai Jack" (27:40). It's all about surprises this episode. Stay tuned for our next episode, where we review Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant" / / / / / SHOW NOTES: (1) Howie's "John Wick Chapter 2"...

Ep 9: Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2
This episode, Howie and Rhys dive deep into outer-spoiler-space with their review of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. We talk about team dynamics, daddy issues, and speculate on what the movie means for the upcoming Infinity War. >> For more spoiler-filled discussions, feel free to subscribe to SPOILER NATION on Itunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts! >> Backing Track: "Wonder" by Lakey Inspired...


Episode 8: "13 Reasons Why" - Season 1 Review
Welcome to your tape. In this episode, Rhys and Howie dive deep into the controversial hit Netflix teen drama "13 Reasons Why", and discuss the show's strengths, flaws, and the controversial depiction of its serious subject matter. BONUS MATERIAL: This episode wraps up with "Violet" (58:47), a brand new song by Perth-based singer/songwriter/playwright Ribs. https://www.facebook.com/ribsnewmusic/...

Episode 7: Colossal | Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (spoiler free) | Purple Rain | Their Finest
In this episode of Spoiler Nation, Howie and Rhys have their first disagreement in their review "Colossal" (43:21), the Anne Hathaway-starring indie monster flick. But first, some MOVIE NEWS (1:00) on "Fantastic Beasts" franchise, "Pirates of The Carribean", and "Captain Marvel", a spoiler-free review of the much-anticipated "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2" (7:38), a revisit of Prince's "Purple Rain" (29:30), and some complaints on the recent WWII British snoozefest "Their Finest" (36:58)....


Episode 5: The Salesman | Batman: The Killing Joke | Ghost In The Shell | Movie News
In episode 5 of Spoiler Nation, Howie and Rhys give a spoiler-lite review of Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-winning Iranian film, "The Salesmen", give you some MOVIE NEWS (18:55 onwards)on Ghost In The Shell, The Mummy, and Joss Whedon's Batgirl movie, before diving deep into territory on DC's 2016 controversial animated film, Batman: The Killing Joke (38:52). Subscribe to the "SPOILER NATION PODCAST" on Itunes, Stitcher, or where you get your podcasts!...

Episode 4: "Iron Fist" (Netflix Marvel series - PART 2)
Welp, here it is. The Marvel Netflix show that was so bad it constitutes its own podcast episode. In Part 2 of our Marvel Netflix spoiler adventure (listen to Part 1 for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, & Luke Cage debriefs)TV pundits Howie and Rhys go deep into Iron Fist's problems, and strain to find something good to say. It's not all about Danny Rand (aka "Final Defender" Iron Fist), however. They also express their hopes, fears, and expectations for the upcoming The Defenders, too. Spoilers for Iron Fist...

Episode 3: Marvel's Netflix Universe(Part 1)- Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage
As a lead-up to our spoiler-packed review of the highly anticipated "Final Defender" Iron Fist(stay tuned for PART 2!), we have an in-depth discussion about the Defenders that came before: Daredevil (Seasons 1 & 2), Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. We talk spoilers, recurring themes, and comic-book origins in this mega-sized Marvel-Netflix bonanza. Feel free to subscribe to SPOILER NATION on Itunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get our podcasts!...


Episode 2: The Great Wall
Better known by its more colloquial title, "What Was Matt Damon Thinking?", The Great Wall, directed by notable Chinese director Yimou Zhang, promised to be an absolute bonkers of a fantasy action flick: The Great Wall(yes, that great wall) is under siege by ancient space monsters, and China’s only hope is, well, Matt Damon. Did it deliver on that promise? Howie and Alex try to answer this question by diving deep into SPOILER territory in Episode 2 of Spoiler Nation....

Episode 1: "Doctor Strange" Review
In the first episode of Spoiler Nation, we talk about Doctor Strange immediately after the screening of Marvel Studio's latest outing. We talk about our initial reactions to the movie, and give a brief, spoiler-free review, before diving deep into spoiler territory from minute 11:24 onwards. We pick apart plot holes, character motivations, what the events in the movie mean for the MCU, as well as the two end-credit sequences....