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by Kent M. Beeson Retrospective Film

Hazard | Sion Sono

August 16, 2016
Hazard

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 York, Hazard intends to upend given notions of what transcendence might look like. Shinichi’s “wrong crowd”—Lee (Jai West) and Takeda (Motoki Fukami)—rob convenience stores and sell speed-laced cones from a tinkling ice cream truck. But rather than lead…

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by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

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 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, 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…

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by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 10

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

#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 enjoyable junk while others are just junk. After a smorgasbord of pirates, prisoners, puppeteers…

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by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 7

October 3, 2011
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#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, the most disreputable and yes, the most poorly received to screen at the fest of late.…

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by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 6

August 22, 2011
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#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 rendered in live action. Not that anyone could remain iconic when Albert Pyun or…

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by InRO Staff Features

Best of the Decade in Horror (2000 – 2009)

November 1, 2009
Wolf Creek banner

Few genres lend themselves as well to a specific holiday as horror does to Halloween. Not every film of the genre directly connects with the holiday (though there’s about 90 Halloween sequels to compensate), but the vibe of Halloween night, the tradition of dressing up like so many horror movie icons, certainly aligns the two in a way that’s hard to deny. So on the occasion of the last Halloween in the first decade of the new millennium…

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