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2006

by Tony G. Huang Retrospective

Woman Is the Future of Man | Hong Sang-soo

October 18, 2018

The first striking thing about 2006’s Woman Is the Future of Man is its blunt exhibition of various cruel and brutal sexual behaviors, which range from more typical, regretful encounters to acts which can be described as criminal. Though Hong isn’t often thought of as a shock-effect arthouse director — anymore — there was a time when his unstylish presentation of sex acts could really provoke and disturb. In particular, the rape of Park Seon-hwa (Sung Hyun-ah)…

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by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 32

#32: Beyond the Masked Tortilla: Musicians Making Movies Download episode here. Episode Description: “This is where we came in…” Like guilty men returning to the scene of a crime, Simon and Steve decide to revisit an idea they’ve had before — in fact, the idea behind the very…

December 18, 2017
by Kent M. Beeson Retrospective

Hazard | Sion Sono

If there’s one word that beats at the heart of the violent, restless Hazard, Sion Sono’s 11th film, it’s “transcendence.” Nominally a crime story about a Japanese college student named Shinichi (Jo Odagiri) who falls in with the wrong crowd on the mean streets of New…

August 16, 2016
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 12

#12: One Whole Year of Bad Ideas: A.K.A. The Happy Madison Productions Episode Download episode here. 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,…

March 19, 2012
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 10

#10: The Bad Idea Podcast Holiday Special: A Very Belated Renny Harlin Christmas Download episode here. 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…

January 23, 2012
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 7

#7: Canadian Like Me: The Worst of the Toronto International Film Festival Download episode here. 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,…

October 3, 2011
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