Was Terrence Malick a genius with a clear directorial vision or a newcomer with no clear idea on what he wanted to do? It's perfectly understandable to derive one or the other - or both - when watching Badlands, the directorial debut filled with existential stagnation.
In this, the longest episode in I Do Movies Badly history, the conversation between Jim and guest, Andrew DeSelm, emulates the tone of its subject in its meandering, grandiose, and occasionally poignant (purely by accident, of course) nature. If you're into navel-gazing, superfluous tangents about Gus Van Sant, and two men bloviating on what obviously the definitive spirit of a Terrence Malick film is, then you'll love this introductory episode on the reclusive auteur and the discussion of Andrew's 3 recommendations: Badlands (1973), The Thin Red Line (1998), and The Tree of Life (2011).
Trapped in Paradise may not be a great film - it may not even be a particularly good film - but it's quite a solid Christmas film if you, unlike Roger Ebert, can overlook all the police car crashes.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from I Do Movies Badly! See you all in 2019!
It's December and you know what that means: twinkling lights, jolly carols, and Alonso Duralde. The co-host of Linoleum Knife stops by IDMB again to rehash what he loves about the holiday season and its films from It's a Wonderful Life to Mingle All the Way. The two also discuss why the magic of the Christmas season endures despite rampant commercialism as well as how the quintessential "Christmas" film has evolved over time. Alonso then throws Jim for a loop with his recommendations of 3 offbeat Christmas films, which all make with the holly while perhaps dispensing with the jolly: Danny Boyle's Millions (2004), Marek Kanievska's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's Less Than Zero (1987), and John Ford's 3 Godfathers (1948).
Ealing Studios Comedies month comes to an end with The Ladykiller, a film that doesn't re-invent the wheel cinematically, but which is still an absolute delight that goes to show not every film has to be a game changer - sometimes it just has to be good.
Kind Hearts and Coronets may have been delightful, but The Man in the White Suit is delightful! A great comedic performance from Alec Guinness centers a film with a clear focus on what it's satirizing, resulting in enough cathartic laughs and cynicism of capitalism to make Billy Wilder proud.
I Do Movies Badly hall-of-famer Gavin Mevius returns to bring some joy back to the world (or, at the very least, to the podcast) by recommending some comedies from Britain's Ealing Studios! Gavin fills us in on the studio that, though only active from 1947 - 1957, gave us Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers as well multiple comedies of manners that responded to World War II not with cynicism and film-noir, but with laughter. Sadly, he can only recommend three titles, so he goes with Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Man in the White Suit (1951), and - in the absence of streaming rights for Whisky Galore - The Ladykillers (1951).