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by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 6

#6: O Captain, Not My Captain: Cinema’s Anti-American Captain Americas Download episode here. 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…

August 22, 2011
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 5

#5: The Tree of Death: Rooting Around in the Killer Tree Subgenre Download episode here. Episode Description: This month, Simon & Steve tackle a fundamentally ridiculous topic when they decide to go rooting around in the very small killer-tree subgenre. (Tree? Rooting? You see what I…

June 13, 2011
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 4

#4: Rotten With Crazy Imaginations: E.T. Knock-Offs from Around the World Download episode here. Episode Description: Inspired by the release of Greg Mottola’s Paul, Simon & Steve go sailing around the world in search of the weirdest, funkiest E.T. ripoffs they can find. Somehow, this leads to German porn.…

April 18, 2011
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 3

#3: Nothing So Appalling in the Annals of Horror: The First American Goremeister Download episode here. Episode Description: This week, Bad Idea Podcast tackles—and without shoulder pads—Herschell Gordon Lewis’s filmography. In time for Anthology Film Archives’ recent mini-retro of Lewis’s films, we look back at the first acknowledged…

March 21, 2011
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 2

#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…

February 28, 2011
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 1

#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…

February 7, 2011
by Steve Carlson Film

The Other Guys | Adam McKay

Will Ferrell is a very funny guy who has been accused of doing a certain type, a type he falls into easily, too often. I prefer to think of his as a coherent body of work. Whether macho man or milquetoast, Ferrell’s characters are…

October 5, 2010
by Steve Carlson Film

Toy Story 3 | Lee Unkrich

“We’re all just trash, waiting to be thrown away…” Consider what it must be like to be a toy in the world of the Toy Story films. It’s all fun and games as long as your owner is of the age where you matter.…

July 23, 2010
by Steve Carlson Film

Splice | Vincenzo Natali

“What’s the worst that could happen?” The smart viewer, upon hearing this phrase during a film, will cringe. This is always intended as a rhetorical query, yet the asking will invariably summon up the barrel-bottom worst-case scenario that the characters are doing all they…

July 19, 2010
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