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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 Download episode here. 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.…

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Selects from BAMcinématek’s Booed at Cannes Series

May 13, 2013
Under the Sun of Satan

As the world’s sole “industry only” film festival, Cannes stands alone in that the first audiences to see each film are not a mix of industry and common-folk, but rather only those most privy to the ins and outs of the moviemaking machine. There are pros and cons to this: While Cannes is known to invite films from emerging talents or visionary auteurs, the viewers of those films have a different threshold for, and interest in, what they’re watching. If…

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Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 11

February 20, 2012
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#11: Michael Winner: Feminist!? Download episode here. 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…

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by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 9

December 12, 2011
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#9: Tiny Terrors: When Puppets (and Dolls) Attack Download episode here. 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.…

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by A.A. Dowd Features

Alternating Currents | Under Construction: Notes on the ‘Notes’ of Saul Levine

August 7, 2010
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Most of us are loathe to admit it, but the job of a film critic is, more often than not, that of a glorified publicist. The best among us aspire to more—to enlightenment, to intellectual engagement, to the communication of everything this oh-so-young artistic medium is capable of conveying. On our best days, we get there. Other days, working the beat, grinding out the copy, we forget the difference between what we do and what those Hollywood mad men do.…

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