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February 2018

by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 33

February 26, 2018

#33: A Very Merry (And Very Belated) Christmas at Odie’s Video Store Download episode here. Episode Description: This was meant to go out for the holidays, but fuck it — every day is a holiday in Bad Idea Land… Especially when we can have the great Odie Henderson, critic and cinephile and raconteur and connoisseur of all things trashy, giving us nuggets of low-culture deliciousness to feast upon. As he did last time, Mr. Henderson has chosen four titles for…

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#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Annihilation | Alex Garland

February 22, 2018

Annihilation practically sits up and begs to be regarded as high-minded genre cinema. But really, it’s a thuddingly literal handful of barely engaged ideas and dangling plot threads standing in for conceptual and narrative ambiguity. Extremely loosely based on a novel by Jeff VanderMeer, writer/director Alex Garland’s film streamlines a work of really haunting interiority and curiosity into a mostly straightforward soldiers-meet-monsters exercise, substituting melancholy uncertainty and a genuine sense of awe in the face of the inexplicable with expository backstory and…

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#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Black Panther | Ryan Coogler

February 16, 2018

Black Panther arrives with a lot of fanfare; it’s sure to generate discussion about its status as a genuinely progressive piece of representation, and it should — but it’s also a seriously entertaining pop confection, not-infrequently visually arresting, idiosyncratic, and loaded with engaged performances from a stacked cast. It has actual dramatic stakes, which are not usually encountered in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And it snowballs into possibly the most satisfying crowd-pleaser the franchise has managed so far. The pop bliss on display isn’t…

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by Justin Stewart Film

Golden Exits | Alex Ross Perry

February 12, 2018
Golden Exits

Pivoting from the cerebral intensity of Queen of Earth — an Images, or Fassbinder, -like exteriorization of a woman’s mental breakdown — Alex Ross Perry’s latest is a mini-Magnolia, a threaded “network narrative” (to use a David Bordwell term) about a gaggle of 30 and 40-somethings in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn that might’ve been titled Desire by the Gowanus. Naomi (Emily Browning, all bee-stung lips and delicate hair wisps) is a young Aussie who arrives to assist Nick (Adam Horovitz), an…

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