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.
Leon (afro) — 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.
The site went through major changes on May 23rd as a result of their parent company - hollywood.com - having a budget cut, which triggered a site-wide layoff both on hollywod.com and Spill (but not Goatsey! Even hollywood.com thinks Goatsey is essential to Spill). The revision of the site is dubbed "Phase Two" by Korey. The site currently reverts back to its tradition with most of the content focused on the core crew. Some of the fired crew members have gone on to continue posting content on sites like Rage Select and One Of Us. On December 6, 2013, Korey announced that Hollywood.com had decided to pull the plug on Spill due to it no longer being profitable. In a goodbye blog post he thanked everyone who has supported the site over the years.But It Ain't Going Down Like That!!! In response to the fan outcry from the sites cancellation, Korey Coleman launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new website based off the old Spill.com. Within five days into their campaign they had already tippled their target goal of $30,000.Now has its own group for tropers, the STU (Spill Tropers United) http://my.spill.com/group/spilltropersunitedThough the site is now defunct, an archive of the sites podcasts can be found here. Their video reviews have become private on both of their YouTube channels, but a selection of their most recent ones can still be viewed under Hollywood.com's channel.
Videos & Podcasts aired:
A Couple of Cold Ones - A podcast that airs 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 has no set day but generally airs on Saturdays.
SPOILED: Korey and Co-host 3000 answer spoiler questions of the latest movies or television episodes from their fans. The show goes live irregularly for now. Surprisingly, Leon aka The Spoiler is not part of the podcast.
The Daily Spill: a new podcast that airs 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.
These webvideos provides examples of:
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Korey claims that Co-Host's creator abandoned him because he was "too much of a smartass to handle".
Anything That Moves: Korey, when in character, is a self professed embodiment of this trope... even if it involves a vacuum cleaner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Cloud Cuckoolander: 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."
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 Cyrushanging.
The Django Unchained review also has Korey and Co-Host dropping Cluster N-Bombs to criticize the film's use of such.
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.
The Danza: Site creator, performer and animator Korey Coleman is the only person to share his name with his animated counterpart.
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.
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?
Fan Nickname: Korey is Captain Matinee (though he prefers the moniker of The Black Wonder), Leon is The Spoiler, Cyrus is The PUNisher, Kevin is Captain Sassy, Nick is The Ass Crusher, and Brian Salisbury is SteakPlissken.
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 incrediblybad 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.
Hollywood Atheist: Cyrus. The mere mention of God or religion causes him to either get super angry or bitterly sarcastic. 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.
Also quite evident whenever he reviews a film with religious themes such as The Book of Eli.
Its Pronounced Tropay: 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: Cyrus, Grant, and Co-Host (occasionally).
Korey does this during the review of Paranormal Activity 4, speaking in a booming voice reminiscent of a black Baptist preacher (complete with appropriate dress) while describing how much he hated the film.
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.
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.
Also done in the groups parody trailer for MacGruber, wherein an animated Korey, Cyrus, Cohost and Leon are inserted into the film's actual trailer.
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.
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.