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Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 31

May 2, 2017
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#31: Too Dumb for Roman Numerals: The Sleazetacular ’80s of Charles Bronson & J. Lee Thompson

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Episode Description: The Reagan ’80s did funny things to people. Charles Bronson and J. Lee Thompson, the subjects of this month’s Bad Idea Podcast, were not exempt. The Decade from Hell saw these two experienced, aging veterans leaping headfirst into an ever-deepening pool of sleaze and degradation. Continue Reading

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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

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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… Bad Idea Podcast is coming back to you now! Simon & Steve shake the rust off this old thing and take it back out for a spin Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

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Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 12

March 19, 2012
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#12: One Whole Year of Bad Ideas: A.K.A. The Happy Madison Productions Episode

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Episode Description: This month, for their twelfth (TWELFTH!!!) Bad Idea Podcast, Simon & Steve forgo their usual obscurities for a series of films people might have actually heard of. Oddly enough, these end up being more painful than the usual fare, as we’ve pulled our selections exclusively from the Adam Sandler stable of Happy Madison Productions. When a Happy Madison film works Continue Reading

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Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 11

February 20, 2012
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#11: Michael Winner: Feminist!?

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Episode Description: This month, we selected a handful of cuts from hack director Michael Winner’s body of work. Don’t let the fact that Winner is primarily known as the director of Death Wish fool you: This guy’s a real feminist. No, seriously, that’s the topic of discussion for this month: Is the guy that put a very big gun in Charles Bronson’s hot Continue Reading

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Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 10

January 23, 2012
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Markku Ulander / Rex Features (1528191c)
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'Five Days Of War' press conference, Helsinki, Finland - 21 Dec 2011

#10: The Bad Idea Podcast Holiday Special: A Very Belated Renny Harlin Christmas

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Episode Description: This time on Bad Idea Podcast, Simon & Steve tackle Finnish enigma Renny Harlin. The idea: figure out what makes him tick—why some of his films are exemplary, incomparably enjoyable junk while others are just junk. After a smorgasbord of pirates, prisoners, puppeteers Continue Reading

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Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 9

December 12, 2011
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#9: Tiny Terrors: When Puppets (and Dolls) Attack

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Episode Description: November’s podcast comes late this year, for which we apologize. But hey, uh, hey. We wracked our brains trying to think of a good topic for Thanksgiving, something we were really thankful for. But eventually, we decided that was a bust. So we just went with killer puppet movies. Continue Reading

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Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 8

November 1, 2011
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#8: Kentucky Crapwagon: The Horror Cinema of William Girdler

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Episode Description: This month, Steve & I, the Click and Clack of DIY movie podcasts, get festive with a Halloween-themed episode dedicated to the horror films of William Girdler. Girdler is the director of such films as Abby, the rather hard-to-find blaxploitation rip-off of The Exorcist, and Grizzly Continue Reading

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Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 7

October 3, 2011
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#7: Canadian Like Me: The Worst of the Toronto International Film Festival

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Episode Description: This September, I was lucky enough to attend the Toronto International Film Festival, which gave me a fun idea for this month’s podcast: Watch some of the most notorious, the most disreputable and yes, the most poorly received to screen at the fest of late. Continue Reading

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Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 6

August 22, 2011
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#6: O Captain, Not My Captain: Cinema’s Anti-American Captain Americas

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Episode Description: What’s on tap for this month? Anti-Americanism! Or at least a version therein, as Simon & Steve discover that an iconic superhero on the page has invariably seemed a lot less iconic when rendered in live action. Not that anyone could remain iconic when Albert Pyun or Continue Reading