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Confessions of a Movie Critic

Confessions of a Movie Critic

By Stephen 'Spling' Aspeling
Confessions of a Movie Critic is a stream of consciousness from the mind of Spling, a film critic who has been in the game for over 10 years. Talking about movie culture, reviewing films and chatting about celebrities is what this podcast is all about!
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"Film" vs. "Movie"
Spling tries to differentiate between the words "film" and "movie", and thinks each word has a different aura and frame of reference.
April 22, 2022
Oscars, Celeb and Consumer Culture
Spling tries to explain why he doesn't watch the Oscars or any awards shows. Gets sidetracked by celebrity culture and today's fragmented media consumption.
March 09, 2022
"Watching Movies for a Living"
Being a movie critic may seem like a dream job but...
February 10, 2022
Red Notice or Red Alert?
Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot star in Red Notice, a Netflix Original that seems as though it was adapted from a call sheet.
November 19, 2021
No Time to Die or Catch Up on Old Bond Movies
Spling chats about the new James Bond film, No Time to Die, the Bond franchise and laments about not having seen all the 007 films.
October 01, 2021
Matrix: Reeveolutions - The Keanu Reeves Story
Spling chats about Keanu Reeves, the new Matrix: Resurrections sequel and the actor's career.
September 10, 2021
Revelations about He-Man
Spling was a child of the '80s and shares some of his excitement about his anticipation around Kevin Smith's animated revival on Netflix, He-Man: Revelations.
July 23, 2021
Spling, Review My Script
Spling chats about the many roles of a movie critic, including one that led to
June 17, 2021
Monty Python & The Holy Grail is One of My All-time Favourite Films
Spling chats about his favourite three films of all-time, realising it may be high time he added a fourth.
May 28, 2021
Emily Blunt and Martin Scorsese Have a Point
Spling discusses the Marvel superhero and Star Wars craze from the context of recent high profile celebrity comments suggesting it's run its course or lost its sparkle...
May 16, 2021
Work Wherever
Spling talks about taking advantage of your city and technology when it comes to choosing a work space that inspires you.
April 28, 2021
I Want to Own a David Lynch Original
After watching the creative origin story documentary David Lynch: The Art Life I have realised I want to own one of his pieces. A talk about the artist, director and legacy of David Lynch.
March 26, 2021
Coarse Language in Hollywood
Spling chats about bad language in film, referencing Malcolm & Marie, The Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Lebowski... where do you draw the line?
February 16, 2021
I'm Addicted to Facebook Marketplace
In this podcast, Spling chats about Facebook Marketplace, the new drive-in culture and how to combat cabin fever.
February 12, 2021
The Unnaturally Slow and Painful Death of DVD
Spling chats about the demise of DVD, his perspective on collecting and why it may just be important to hold onto some of your collection.
November 16, 2020
Watching Movies Under the Stars
Spling attended the launch of the Galileo Open Air Cinema at Kirstenbosch in Cape Town to watch Into the Wild... here's a snippet.
November 12, 2020
Movies That Forced Me to Walk Out....
These days people can watch 15 minutes of something and then drop it to move into the next thing. When it comes to cinemas... it's a little trickier. Here are a few movies Spling couldn't endure that forced him to walk out. Find out how Spling deals with a walk out.
November 09, 2020
Drive Ins and Outs
Drive Ins Cinemas are making a comeback. This nostalgic throwback to way back when is making it easier to have a night out and watch movies safely. Spling reports live from the opening of Go Drive In in Cape Town where they're screening the ultimate drive in flick!
October 23, 2020
Is It Time to Go Back to the Movies?
Following the pandemic and lifting of restrictions around public gatherings, cinemas are reopening their doors. It's important to keep movie houses in business and the big screen film industry flourishing... Spling chats about changes over this period, safety protocol and whether he's going back yet or not.
September 05, 2020
I Want to Be a Movie Critic When I Grow Up...
Spling chats about some of the things that inspired him to become a movie critic...
July 31, 2020
I Shook the Hand of an Alien
Spling and his buddy Tim bumped into District 9's Sharlto Copley at a mall in Cape Town... here's how it happened.
July 23, 2020
Chill, Binge or Cringe... Netflix's Greatest Hits
Netflix recently released their biggest hits Top 10... detailing their ten most viewed original movies. Spling drops the list with some commentary and speculation.
July 17, 2020
Never Show Your Monster Before It's Time
Spling talks about horror films, the timing of the big reveal, the temptation to go visual FX crazy and how it takes good drama to create great horror...
July 09, 2020
Do Popcorn Like a Film Pro!
Spling chats about how he does movie snacks... how much sprinkle, how to shake the popcorn box, why he doesn't take a straw and what he'd be willing to smuggle into a cinema.
June 25, 2020
10 Things I Hate About Cinemas
Spling discusses his pet hates about cinema-going through his cinema code of conduct... a list of 10 rules he believes should be posted in all theatre and cineplex foyers.
June 12, 2020
Social Distancing Also Relieves Misophonia
Spling explains how misophonia has affected his life as a film critic to coping with the constant distraction caused by the ongoing condition.
May 29, 2020
I Can Confirm Ruby Rose is Real
The Batwoman star announced she's leaving the TV show, which prompted me to think about her and her film career since meeting her on the set of Resident Evil.
May 20, 2020
Movie Trailers Ruin Movies...
Spling talks about watching films free of the marketing clutter, hype, spoilers and expectations that cloud our movie-watching experience.
May 15, 2020
The Time We Were Mistaken for Film Producers
My dad and I attended a premiere of a film called Mad Buddies starring local candid comedy mogul, Leon Schuster. He never thought he'd get to have a beer with Schuks himself!
May 05, 2020
Cinemas Have Auras
Spling talks about watching some of his favourite films at the Odeon Cinema in Grahamstown (now Makhanda) and how cinemas frame films and add magic.
April 28, 2020
Bingeing with Spling
Spling chats about a brand new SPL!NG series... hosting pre-screenings and getting your movie game on with a watch party during lockdown.
April 20, 2020
Milla Jovovich is Really Funny!
Spling talks about the time he got to interview Milla Jovovich in her trailer during a set visit of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter while shooting at a quarry near Cape Town.
April 13, 2020
Despite All My Rage...
Spling talks about what bothers him about the new South African horror, Rage... and about his own Rage experience.
April 10, 2020
I Am Not Heath Ledger
Spling discusses the biographical documentary, 'I Am Heath Ledger' and what fresh insights he got from watching this soulful chronicle.
April 04, 2020
There's Something About Bohemian Rhapsody...
Spling talks about Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek and Queen and what makes it such a magical and rewatchable music biopic.
April 03, 2020