by Simon Abrams

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Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 30

February 22, 2017
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#30: Hearts and Glowers: A Rough Ride Through Rom-coms of No Repute Download episode here. Episode Description: Like a chance encounter with a long-forgotten lover… like a sore that came from a night of loving unwisely… like an inescapable Celine Dion song… the Bad Idea Podcast is coming back to you now! Simon and Steve shake the rust off this old thing and take it back out for a spin only to run into a series of speed bumps in the form…

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by Simon Abrams Features

ZAPPAtite Is a Dish Best… Not Served at All

October 13, 2016
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 25:  Singer songwriter Frank Zappa poses for a portrait in the editing room of his Laurel Canyon home on March 25, 1972 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ed Caraeff/Getty Images)

“One of these days, I’m going to erase all the tapes in the world. Tomorrow I may do it. All the Frank Zappa masters: nothing, blank, empty space.” —Frank Zappa, “Are You Hung Up?”  What would the world be like if ZAPPAtite, a new best-of compilation of music by poly-generic composer/prodigy Frank Zappa, served as its primary method of Zappa education? This is (hopefully) my less aggro way of asking, “Who needs this fucking thing anyway?” ZAPPAtite, a concept proposed…

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by Simon Abrams Retrospective Film

Love & Peace | Sion Sono

August 30, 2016
Love & Peace

There’s a moment at the end of Love & Peace, an otherwise lumpy adult fairy tale, where the story threatens to come to a satisfyingly destructive head. At this point, Ryoichi (Hiroki Hasegawa), an office drone turned rock star, is confronted by Turtle, a magical kaiju-sized snapping turtle that helps Ryoichi realize his callow dreams of fame and fortune. Instead of stomping the shit out of Ryoichi, Turtle—later renamed “Love”—forgives Ryoichi for not only abandoning him, but also becoming a colossal…

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by Simon Abrams Features

Why Haven’t You Heard of Kabali?

July 25, 2016
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Kabali is an Indian gangster film, and the star vehicle for Tamil Nadu star Rajinikanth, the second highest paid Asian actor after Jackie Chan. Rajinikanth is big, but not in the eyes of the Western world; there are several practical reasons for this, chief among them being the sad state of representation/coverage of Indian films in the American/British/English-language press.…

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Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 3

March 21, 2011
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#3: Nothing So Appalling in the Annals of Horror Download episode here. Episode Description: This week, Bad Idea Podcast tackles—without the aid of shoulder pads—Herschell Gordon Lewis’s filmography. In time for Anthology Film Archives’ recent mini-retro of Lewis’s films, the podcast looks back at the first acknowledged American goremeister, a man whose reputation precedes him, but generally makes terrible, terrible movies. This is not a point of contention between Steve and Simon, though they do fight about much of everything else in…

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Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 2

February 28, 2011
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#2: The Worst Video Game Movies, Round One: King Pooper Vs. Uwe Boll Download episode here. Episode Description: This month, the Bad Idea boys tackle a very bad idea when they decide to examine the bottom of the video-game-movie bell curve—the Ron-Jeremy-starring adult feature Super Hornio Brothers, about which the nicest thing that can be said is that it ends, eventually. Before that, though, you have to endure bored early-’90s porno sex, incoherent plotting and a villain who sounds like Lambchop.…

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Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 1

February 7, 2011
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#1: Lemme Take You to a Show, Whoa-oh Whoa-oh-oh-oh Oh-oh Oh Oh: Frank Zappa on Film Download episode here. Episode Description: Everybody’s got to start somewhere so this first episode is not even close to being topical. The topic du jour is Frank Zappa on film and why watching either 200 Motels or Uncle Meat, mockumentaries-cum-freak-outs starring Frank and the Mothers of Invention, are arguably a unique form of cruel and unusual torture. They’re also unique products of a fabulously prodigious but also…

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