The Spoils of Babylon (2014)
It is intended to be a spoof of the epic-scale "TV event" miniseries (such as The Thorn Birds and Rich Man, Poor Man) prevalent on American network television in the 1970s and 80s.
Captivating movie !
A story that's too fascinating to pass by...
what a terribly boring film. I'm sorry but this is absolutely not deserving of best picture and will be forgotten quickly. Entertaining and engaging cinema? No. Nothing performances with flat faces and mistaking silence for subtlety.
Worth seeing just to witness how winsome it is.
This mini-series parody is a classic examples of comedy, gleefully ripping apart the poorly made series' of the 70's. One of the funniest things about this film is seeing famous actors, Tobey Maguire, Val Kilmer, Jessica Alba, etc, doing some of the most outrageous acting ever. My favourite jokes used in the film was the film making jokes like toy cars being pulled by strings, 3-D and many more. In Australia this was straight-to-DVD, much like many great films, was not seen by many people, which was a sad event since this was a hilarious journey that i recommend to everyone who likes a laugh. The Story is about one family and the oil company that they will do anything to keep their business afloat.
"The Spoils of Babylon" plays nicely off the sweeping tropes of sweeping television dramas of the sweeping past, mostly relying on silliness and the absurd--and, it has to be said, UK spoof series "Garth Marenghi's Darkplace". This is crystal clear from the episode introductions, supposedly looking back on one artist's tragically lost TV masterpiece, and from the low-budget opening title sequence and home-made establishing shots, which call to mind the "striking" approach to the obviously cardboard Darkplace Hospital.There are some wobbles to the concept here. While Darkplace maintained the trappings of a pitiful budget throughout, Spoils enjoys some stunning location shoots that don't quite make sense beside money-saving scale-model inserts. There is a similar competence on the part of the imaginary actors, who rarely chew the scenery quite as much as they might, whereas Garth's collection of pals were every bit as terrible as the show he built around them. However, the basic parody of the genre works and raises at least a smile along the way.
Having watched 3 episodes already, I find myself anxious to see the next one. That doesn't happen very often in TV comedy, so they must be doing something right.Although the production could not be referred to as "subtle", there are a lot of little touches that you really need to look for. I find it best if I record the show so that I can go back and look at the little details, like changes in the background that might otherwise go un-noticed. It's sort of like the throwaways on "The Simpsons" where they pan through the house and you see skeletons in the walls - but you almost have to put the show into slo-mo to see these bits.Spoils is like a show with a really pathetic continuity person, so that a beer bottle in one scene gets replaced by a glass of scotch in the next, and then morphs into a bottle of Coke. IMDb should cut off the "Goofs" category for this show, as there are so many intentional errors in it.And I have suffered through melodramas like the one parodied here, which makes the satire just that much more biting. The comparisons to Police Squad and Airplane! are probably apt - I think that if you liked either of these, you'll enjoy Spoils.
Firstly let me say that we need a negative score for this show....-10.... I have watched more than a few poor quality shows in my time but nothing has ever come close to this. It was time I have lost forever ........... Never have I seen anything that was listed as comedy, fall so far from that realm.. it was appalling in every way imaginable. I made the mistake of watching 2 yes TWO full episodes of this rubbish.. now I am commenting for the first time so that other people might be spared that horror... I can honestly say that it was the worst show I have ever watched.... There was not one redeeming feature about this show, maybe there was 1 redeeming feature each episode was ONLY 22 minutes long............I am so disappointed because I WAS looking forward to this show..I cannot understand how people have rated it as highly as they have....and how any actors, producers and/or directors can put their name to such a bundle of rubbish/***t