Web Animation: Spill
"If it's crap, we'll tell you"Spill is a group of animated internet movie critics based in Austin, Texas. Their shtick is that they're geeks who review films for geeks and, you know, they're animated!
From left to right:
- Cyrus — The most geeky guy, known for his love of The Coen Brothers and the most comic book-loving of the group. He also loves cats and puns. While Carlyle was the frequent Better Than Sex giver, this guy is the mercilessly frequent F**k You giver.
- Co Host 3000 (robot head) — Their perverted robotic companion who loves crappy films, an unabashed fan of Adam Sandler.
- Korey Coleman — The animator who is known for his goofiness, lover of zombie films, and nitpicking small logic problems. Also revealed through the video game podcast that he is a Resident Evil fan. His mancrushes are Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender, though he mostly expresses an affinity for older actresses, particularly Helen Mirren.
- Leon — The old wise guy, known for his hatred of Adam Sandler and shares a love of Spider-Man 3 with Cyrus. Secretly into Disney Channel shows. As of May 23rd, 2013, Leon's role on the site has been limited to reviews and ACOCO only.
- Carlyle — The dude who was usually the defender of many films, and was known for his friendship with Ain't It Cool webmaster Harry Knowles and his love of Michael Bay and Quentin Tarantino films. Called Massawyrm on Ain't It Cool News and Twitter. Has since left the site to work as a screenwriter and an author.
The Spill ratings system is:
- F** k You!!! - An unofficial rating, the equivalent of the Better Than Sex rating for bad films. These films are so bad to the point of being offensive to the viewers and the Spill crew, often in more ways than one.
- Some Ole Bulls** t! - Films that are poorly made, or films that are simply bad but doesn't offend the viewers in any way.
- Rental - A subjective rating, usually it refers to a movie that is not good enough to see at a theater but is not terrible. Sometimes it just refers to a movie that can be viewed better at home (such as a horror movie or a comedy).
- Matinee! - Entertaining films with some jarring flaws that doesn't justify paying full price for, but still worth seeing at the theater.
- Full Price!! - Genuinely good films according to current standard, has little to no flaws.
- Better Than Sex! - The Broke the Rating Scale rating, given for films which are beyond the expectation for a good film and magnificently set a new cinematic standard.
Videos & Podcasts aired:
- A Couple of Cold Ones - A podcast that aired on Mondays hosted by Korey and Leon (and formerly Carlyle). They discuss the box office's top five, gossip, and read fan e-mails.
- Let's Do This! - A podcast between Korey and Co-Host 3000 and Billy (who joined after several years, and was initially known as "Uncle Popcorn"). It began as a spin-off of A Couple of Cold Ones when Co-Host temporarily filled in for Carlyle. It proved to be so popular they made it it's own entity. The show claims to specialize in "bullshit" and is mainly the three hanging out. However, over the past couple years, and especially since the addition of Billy, the show has become more intense, sometimes dealing with race and political issues, often to the chagrin of the fandom. Alan, once a humble Spillio, stayed overnight at Korey's place for six months and became a semi-regular. Known for his fear of horses and quiet demeanor, he is perhaps the largest Sho'Nuff fan in existence.
- The Spill Call-In Show - Korey takes calls from and talks to fans on the site. It had no set day but generally aired on Saturdays.
- SPOILED: Korey and Co-host 3000 answer spoiler questions of the latest movies or television episodes from their fans. Surprisingly, Leon aka The Spoiler is not part of the podcast.
- The Daily Spill: a new podcast that aired throughout the week from Monday to Thursday in which Korey and Cyrus discuss the latest news in movies, television and occasionally video games. The podcast gives a run-down on new home video releases on Tuesday and new movie trailers on Thursday. Whenever Korey or Cyrus aren't available they are usualy replaced by Co-Host 3000.
- Blu Tuesday - Another hour long podcast between Korey and Carlyle. It specialized in new DVD releases. It aired on Tuesdays. It was announced on the 8/30/2010 episode of A Couple of Cold Ones that Blu Tuesday was cancelled.
- The League of Extremely Ordinary Gentlemen - A podcast between Leon and Cyrus that specializes in Nerd properties such as Comic books, science fiction, and general TV and movies. The podcast airs on Fridays and regularly features guest stars. It also includes some of Leon and Cyrus's real friends who make up the rest of the League. The show came to an end on May 17th, 2013. Three of the members launched a continuation of sorts with "The Original Gentlemen" podcast on One Of Us
- The Loading Bar - Korey hanging out with his friends Kevin J. Baird from Video Game News, Nick Hodges, Jason Murphy, and Professor Jeff to talk about video games they just played, mostly Xbox 360 games, as well as hosted The Loading Bar Call-In Show, which functions very similar to the aforementioned Spill version. The Loading Bartenders are now Rage Select after leaving Spill.
- Remote Viewing - The spiritual successor to Blu Tuesday, hosted by Cyrus and Film School Rejects, Brian Salisbury and Luke Mullen. The podcast debuted on 12/8/2011 and was aired bi-weekly for the first few months, covering new home video releases in the last 2 weeks, with an episode of the podcast usually clocking in at around 3 hours or more. The podcast officially became a weekly show on 6/19/2012. The podcast regularly has special guests joining the discussion. The crew covers not only the movie itself, but also the extra contents on the package, video/audio transfer quality and even movie subtitles. Replaced as of May 23rd, 2013 with the Tuesday sub-section of The Daily Spill as well as the Digital Noise podcast on One Of Us
- Untitled Billy and Korey show - a spinoff from Let's Do This where Billy and Korey have freeform conversation based on the topics suggested by Spillios. The podcast was irregular and short-lived as it was laid off before it got a proper name when the site went into the Phase Two revision.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Korey claims that Co-Host's creator abandoned him because he was "too much of a smartass to handle".
- And Now For Something Completely Different: Cyrus's review of Disaster Movie plays out like a found footage horror movie with PSA style narration by Carlyle. At the end, it turns into a Mind Screw when Cyrus goes to turn off the TV and is cut off by some ominous growling, snarling, a man screaming, a fart and a goofy laugh.
- Anything That Moves: Korey, when in character, is a self professed embodiment of this trope... even if it involves a vacuum cleaner. And... pie.
- Arch-Enemy: Friedberg And Seltzberg. Particularly to Korey. Later on, he'd take a lot of umbrage to Marlon Wayans (due in large part to strongly disliking A Haunted House.
- Co-Host has an intense (and, initially, almost irrational) hatred for Kevin James. To the point that, in the start of their review for Here Comes the Boom, he exclaims loudly that he's willing to give it a "FUCK YOU"!
- Art Evolution: For the longest time, the video reviews were a lot of Stock Footage of them discussing the film at the table, with a few clips of related gags. The newer reviews have been almost entirely unique animation. Also of note is how Leon now has a graying soul patch in his beard, indicating his status as the Cool Old Guy of the group.
- Ascended Extra:
- Nick Hodges started out as a member of the Spill forums, occasionally appearing on episodes of ACOCO and the annual "Let's Have It!" podcast. Around two years later, he was invited to join The Loading Bar.
- Professor Jeff was initially hired as an animator, but Korey decided to make him the host of The Loading Bar's reviews after being exposed to Jeff's vast knowledge of video games.
- Fungus Monkey (also an animator) and Fish also joined Spill as members and were later hired as regulars on LEOG. Fish, however, was Demoted to Extra on at least two separate occasions.
- Awesome Mccoolname: The Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li review uses trope, combined with Name McAdjective.Korey: What's this girl's name I'm looking for right here?
Carlyle: I think her name was Breasty Mchotpants.
Korey: Breasty Mcsuckass was — Moon Bloodgood. Cool name, bad actress.
- Berserk Button: Everyone has their own, but for a while it was fans asking Who should be the villain in Batman 3 or Batman questions in general◊.
Korey: I want these motherfuckers - Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer - [His eyes light on fire] I want their goddamn heads on my table TOMORROW MORNING!
- Korey's is people interrupting him in the middle of his point.
- Korey and most of the others also hate non-specific questions like "What is your favorite _______?"
- Another one for Korey is people who use the bathroom without locking the door.
- Yet another one for Korey: Seltzer and Friedberg
- Cyrus and Christianity.
- Carlyle would occasionally go berserk when someone compared a bad movie to Bratz or Daddy Day Camp.
- Leon and "Disney dad stories"—movies that follow a father who works hard to support his family, but apparently is an asshole because he doesn't spend enough time with the children.
- Although it's rarely discussed, Leon has been quite vocal about his hatred for teenagers and whiny twenty-something's. (See Charlie Bartlett, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and Post Grad.)
- Co-Host, more than any other member of the crew, would be extremely unforgiving to children's films that he felt were dumbing themselves down for kids. Specifically, he notes how films like Marmaduke are made for purely commercial reasons, with minimal effort put in because the executives know that the target audience won't be asking much from them, something that's unforgivable in an era where Pixar's films show how great family entertainment can be.
- Better Than Sex: This is the name of the highest reviewer rating a movie can receive. To date (March 2011), only three movies (with the fourth one for the Justin Bieber film being a joke) have ever received such a rating from a majority of the crew.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor:
- The review for Horrible Bosses has Leon and Cyrus talking about how much they can relate to premise because of their own boss. Cue reaction shots on Korey.
- Occasionally, the Spill crew (usually Korey and Co-Host in their podcasts) will do this at the expense of the company that owns them, Hollywood.com.
- Black Comedy Rape: The only "review" for Movie43 is Korey sitting curled up in what looks like a prison shower with the... pretty clear implication that he has been violated, followed by "F*** YOU!"
- Brick Joke: Prevalent in video reviews, though some cases are likely to sneak into the confines of an audio one.
- The video for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone starts with Cyrus pulling a variety of objects from Leon's afro. After Korey becomes fed up with the crew dismissing his lukewarm review of the film, he decides to pull some magic of his own and pops out of Leon's afro to scare Cyrus.
- Broke the Rating Scale: Disaster Movie was so awful that it forced Korey to create the Fuck You!!!! rating. The rating stuck, despite it never becoming an official part of the system.
- Butt Monkey:
- For Korey and Co-Host, it's "Dem funny book boys" of LEOG. For the LEOG, it was ACOCO but that moved over onto The Loading Bar. For The Loading Bar (mostly Jason and Korey), it's Nick. Plus, you know, SHUT THE FUCK UP GRANT!
- Harris seems to be serving the role in LEOG, so much so that he got fed up with it and quit the show as an April fools day prank.
- Brian seemed to become the official Butt Monkey after joining as a member, earning constant ire from Rubio much in the way Harris did. In fact, the April Fool's Day episode was supposed to originally just be a podcast about B-movies that Brian would help to co-host(he was a guest at the time). Leon and Cyrus would constantly mention in future episodes how embarrassed they were that the prank fight overshadowed Brian's Day in the Limelight.
- Rubio lampshaded his verbal abuse of Brian at Spill.Con.Leon: Poor, Brian. First episode to be a guest, and he went really prepared...
Brian: And I've never prepared for an episode since!
Leon: And Rubio, without even knowing Brian, decided to fuck him over. Which he would do from that point on.
John Rubio: The thing about me and Harris is that I absolutely think Harris is one of the best people I've met in my fucking life... Salisbury is a piece of shit, on the other hand.
- The one Butt Monkey everyone, including the forum members can all laugh at together, is "DJ" Kent. It didn't help matters either that his early review for X-Men Origins: Wolverine ended up on CNN.
- Catch Phrase:
- Korey: "Fuck yo thoughts!" Co-Host: "Don't tell me your problems!" Leon: "Tell some jokes!" Kevin: "Yes!/Right!"
- The Loading Bar has spawned many, chiefly "Dicks Outta Nowhere!". "Das Booty Shooter" is a minor example.
- "Goddamn it, Jeff!"
- "Shut up, Jason!"
- During the Remote Viewing episodes, Luke has made it a tendency to shout "Hooraaaay!" whenever he hears a particularly postivie piece of news.
- Caustic Critic: The crew are more benevolent examples of this.
- Characterization Marches On: Early on the guys went about portraying themselves as broad stereotypes (Korey was the womanizer, Cyrus was the virgin, etc.). However, once their podcasts became commonplace and they got to know their fans, the slowly dropped the pretense and are basically themselves now.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Edie, more or less. She has been mentioned on occasion in regard to her current life, and has briefly resurfaced in a 2010 podcast. Gone unreferenced for years now (as of November 2012).
- Cloudcuckoolander: Al Frank. Twice a guest on A Couple Of Cold Ones, his legends of woe and madness baffle, disturb and enrapture Korey and Leon (the latter to the point of tears, as affirmed in the 11/4/12 ACOCO). A self-described practitioner of "Hoodoo."
- Cluster F-Bomb: Too many instances to count.
- The most notable being the entire Meet the Spartans and Meek's Cutoff reviews.Leon: Ok, you guys have said fuck 47 times now.
Co-Host: FUCK YOU!!!
- There's also District 9...Carlyle: Shut the fuck up, motherfucker, cause you're about to get FUCKED!
- And Gi Joe The Rise Of Cobra.Co-Host: I fuckin' thought somebody had fuckin' put something in my fuckin' drink.
- There's a surprising number of N-bombs dropped in the latter half of the Grindhouse review, which ultimately results in Cyrus hanging.
- The Django Unchained review also has Korey and Co-Host dropping Cluster N-Bombs to criticize the film's use of such.
- The most notable being the entire Meet the Spartans and Meek's Cutoff reviews.
- Cooland Unusual Punishment: When Prof. Jeff keeps dying and getting lost on the Happy Hour of Super Metroid, Jason threatens to bust out the fanfiction. Erotic Metroid Fanfiction. And he does. Hilarity Ensues.
- Deadpan Snarker: During an episode of ACOCO, Carlyle was asked what actor he would like to see play him in a movie. His answer was Ryan Reynolds because "He's got that deadpan snarker attitude like I do."
- Demoted to Extra:
- Carlyle has stopped appearing in reviews, the last one with him being Clash of the Titans, only showing up to do ACOCO until eventually leaving that as well. This is actually because he has two other jobs reviewing movies and was burning out, so it was his own choice.
- A good chunk of the LEOG went from regulars to Support League status on their own volition.
- Driven to Suicide: Korey's reaction to Disaster Movie.
- Everybody Laughs Ending: Frequent.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Their pragmatic middle ratings. Genuinely intended to convey how much effort and money you should put into seeing the movie.
- Expy: Co-Host is a beer drinking, womanizing, foul mouthed Mexican robot. Sound familiar?
- Five-Man Band:
- On the LEOG: (Current line-up)
- On the Loading Bar:
- Five-Token Band
- F Minus Minus: The unofficial "F**K YOU!" rating.
- Four Point Scale: Most movies will go between Full Price and Some Ol' Bullshit. Very few movies have gotten an overall Better than Sex rating, and a movie has to be incredibly bad to get a Fuck You rating.
- Fun with Acronyms: The website's podcasts are usually known by their acronyms, but the one for A Couple of Cold Ones (ACOCO) is quite catchy.
- Gainaxing: Edie
- Girl Scouts Are Evil: In the Kick-Ass review, and the trope image.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Cyrus's well known love of redheads.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Jason and Prof. Jeff spend a lot of time together (Mostly due to Happy Hours). So much so that Jason's wife has taken to calling Jeff "The other woman".
- Human-Focused Adaptation: Co Host calls it the He-Man Syndrome.
- Hollywood Atheist:
- Cyrus. The mere mention of God or religion causes him to either get super angry or bitterly sarcastic. Also quite evident whenever he reviews a film with religious themes such as The Book of Eli.
- Averted with Korey and Leon and most of the LEOG, almost all of them don't believe in God but are far from angry and attempt support opposing views.
- Hot Librarian: Cat
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: The LEOG Geek Girls often use this.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Cyrus uses these so often that it's become his main Running Gag.
- Ink-Suit Actor
- Insistent Terminology: Cyrus is from Virginia, not West Virginia.
- Its Pronounced Tro Pay:
- Cyrus gets called out on this once for saying "Re-NAY-sance", instead of "Ren-ne-SANCE".
- He also used to pronounce Scarlet Johansson, Scarlet Yohansson, and still says "woman" instead of "women".
- Quite a few more examples exist as well. Among them - Korey used to quickly pronounce Ben Affleck's name as "Ben Ah-ffleck" and the guy's mispronouncing Robert Pattinson's name all throughout the "Remember Me" review until Carlyle corrects them.
- Korey has a tendency to mispronounce Industry as "In-DUS-try" and Mario as "Morio."
- Ironic Episode Title: A Couple of Cold Ones is the podcast that features the hosts drinking the least.
- Large Ham:
- Lost Episode:
- Magical Negro:
- Mind Screw: The Time Travel episode of LEOG starts with the last segment, Beau is back, and Harris is dating some woman named Kelly. it turns out it was the result of Leon tampering with Peters Time machine/web shooters
- N-Word Privileges: One of their main problems with Django Unchained was that they felt that Quentin Tarantino didn't have these privileges. It's also used in the video review, where Leon tackles on the Token White Cyrus and beats the shit out of him (off-screen) after he tries to use the N-word like Korey and Co-Host did throughout the review.
- Nature Abhors a Virgin: Early on, Cyrus was often mocked for being a virgin.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Used as Lampshade Hanging when dealing with names such as Saorise Ronan and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
- Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: In their review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1:Leon: This is for everybody who's been reading or watching the movies up till now.
Co-Host: What do I have to research? Because the movie I saw tonight, nothing goddamn happened. I mean, it was just kids hanging out in the woods. There was nothing going on...
- Official Couple:
- Currently within the LEOG: Harris and Cat
- As well as Mandy Savage and Peter "Fungus Monkey".
- Once per Episode:
- For the Podcasts: The top 5 and emails on ACOCO. Goatsie playing guitar and the "Fuck yo thoughts!" section on Let's Do This.
- Whenever Carlyle is on ACOCO: "Live from the Spill Studios located behind a liquor store on the I35 interchange, it's time once again for a A Couple of Cold Ones with Korey, Leon and Carlyle."
- Korey finding new ways to introduce the Top 5, bonus points if he manages to trick Leon.
- "Long Live the League!"
- Periphery Hatedom: Korey attempts to avert this by trying to review most things from the viewpoint of the intended audience. The others often ridicule him for this.
- The Pollyanna: Good lord, Randy. The man gets cancer and is immediately cracking jokes about it.
- Precision F-Strike: See also Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- Most of their reviews are no stranger to curses, but the more coarse ones get bleeped the f*** out.
- The Vampires Suck review, on the other hand, consists entirely of two uncensored words. "Fuck you."
- The beginning of the Hancock review:Cyrus: Spill.com presents a family friendly review of Hancock.
Carlyle: Han, what?
Cyrus: Aw, FUCK, Carlyle!
- Product Placement: The site has been getting shit for this lately as they have been paid to advertise MacGruber and Jonah Hex, going so far to make animated videos for them...never mind the fact they mostly panned the actual films in their reviews.
- Pungeon Master:
- Cyrus aka The PUNisher
- Brian Salisbury is quickly becoming one, as well.
- Real Song Theme Tune: The Let's Do This theme song is the Austrian Death Machine song "Get To Da Choppa!"
- Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: When Korey threw a chair (at a wall) back when they were on access television.
- Review Ironic Echo:
- Their review of Sucker Punch: "You know what? Take the 'Punch' out of it, just 'Sucker', alright?" — said Korey Coleman.
- Beastly review:Co-Host 3000: I will give the movie credit though: You are given a fair warning at the very beginning, where you see one of the fucking err... fugly Olsen twin—
Leon: Olsen twin?
Co-Host 3000: —addresses the screen and addresses the audiences by tell[ing] them "Get ready to embrace the suck."
(Spill crew's laughter)
Co-Host 3000: Wow, you really embrace it.
Leon: That-that is ballsy for a movie to look you in the eyes and tell you "Embrace the suck"!
Korey: By the way, none of us embrace this, okay? It was forced upon us.
Cyrus: However, we acknowledge that it did in fact, suck.
- Cop Out review: "I mean, just think about — Okay, the name of this movie is 'Cop Out', and this... that name alone has so much more hidden meanings into it than we'll ever know because Holy Jesus! I cannot believe what I suffered through tonight." said Co-Host 3000.
- The Cabin in the Woods review: "It gave me a cabin in the wood" — guest reviewer Brian Salisbury.
- A Thousand Words review:Co-Host 3000: Have we—Have we mentioned the title of this movie?
Korey: A Thousand Words.
Co-Host 3000: No, no. Actually, it's A Thousand Deaths of Eddie Murphy.
Co-Host 3000: 'Cause every goddamn frame is literally killing Eddie Murphy's career.
Korey: Oh, I though you were gonna say A Thousand Words Can't Describe How Bad This Movie Is.
- Revolving Door Casting: LEOG
- Robot Buddy: Co-Host 3000
- Roger Rabbit Effect:
- Running Gag: Tons.
- In fact the Let's Do This! podcast is so deeply based in its running gags that it is often joked that it is borderline impossible for a new fan to listen to it.
- On LEOG, some members have a tendency to accidentally refer to Leon as his real name ("Martin). Usually, either Leon or Cyrus are quick to joke that Martin is actually the name of Leon's driver.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: During the Loading Bar Happy Hour of Slender, we learn that Korey, Professor Jeff and Jason all do this. Especially Korey.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
- Cyrus has walked out of movies the most out of the four reviewers, usually due to the movie being so terrible he can't stand it. Korey, and occasionally Leon, do it to a lesser extent by falling asleep.
- Harris pulls one after Rubio keeps making fun of his love of anime. turns out it was an April fools day joke between him and Rubio on the audience.
- Similar to Harris and Rubio, Cyrus and Co Host had an infamously real fight during the Lockout review that culminated in them each leaving the recording session in anger. Luckily, the two managed to hug it out almost immediately afterward.
- Some of the members have alluded to having a "one walk out per season" policy leading to jokes about not giving a movie the satisfaction of making them use their one walkout.
- The Smurfette Principle: Early in the site's history they brought on Edie to be The Chick but she ended up leaving. Later they brought in actual Spill fan Tessa to review but she lived in New York and could only review when Korey was up there. Meanwhile, Cat is currently the Token Girl of the LEOG.
- Lounge Geeks, which spun out of the LEOG podcast and is made up of mostly ex-League members.
- Dr. NerdLove, which spun off the Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World episode of the LEOG and is run by Harris.
- Rage Select, which spun off as a Spiritual Successor of The Loading Bar after it got cancelled and is run byn Jeff and Jason.
- Spiritual Successor: Spill is technically one towards The Reel Deal, which started out as an public access television show which still used the critics' real names along with more people in the show's cast. After the show ended, The Reel Deal resurfaced with an internet animated review format until they were picked up by a company and evolved into Spill, creating aliases for everyone except Korey in the process.
- Stealth Pun: Cyrus, surprise, pulls off a nice one in the American Reunion review.Korey: Well, I had to do some American Pie math here.
Cyrus: You have to multiply the first movie by 3.14.
- Token Girl: Edie, originally. Currently Cat is the only main girl on the LEOG, the rest have been Demoted to Extra.
- True Companions: The main critics, who have been friends for years and are as close as a family, The LEOG, and the Spill fan community.
- Where Da White Women At?: Billy from Let's Do This! Has a fondness for the white women. Rachel, featured recently on Let's Do This, is living proof.