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IDMB Episode 210 - Ma

IDMB Episode 210 - Ma

October 28, 2020

Ma is neither great nor terrible, though its quality would certainly lean more towards the latter if not for the casting of and rewriting for Octavia Spencer, whose portrayal of a character not written to be African-American lends a subtext of tokenism and how victimization perpetuates victimization. 

After a discussion of the film, some news on the direction of the podcast for the remainder of the year (SPOILERS: it's horror).

IDMB Episode 209 - Get Out

IDMB Episode 209 - Get Out

October 21, 2020

What can be said about a film that in just 3 years has already been canonized as a classic and has inspired classes in academia? All I can really add to the conversation about Get Out are the reasons that I think it's an excellent horror film along with why it's a fucking absurd critique to say "if the protagonist was white, we wouldn't be talking about it."

IDMB Episode 208 - The People Under the Stairs

IDMB Episode 208 - The People Under the Stairs

October 13, 2020

First and foremost, thanks to everyone who contributed in some way - big or small - in helping me surpass 100,000 downloads! 

Second and..er...secondmost(?), Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs is clunky at times and strange all the time, but is an excellent social satire, depicting the real life horrors of gentrification and systemic racism in an over-the-top way that made Craven's biting social commentary more entertaining for a mass audience.

The article that I quoted extensively is Daily Dead's "Retrospective: Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs" written by Patrick Bromley.

IDMB Episode 207 - Introduction to Racial Reckoning Films (featuring Mark H. Harris)

IDMB Episode 207 - Introduction to Racial Reckoning Films (featuring Mark H. Harris)

October 5, 2020

If you've ever been to BlackHorrorMovies.com or watched the fabulous documentary, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horrorthen you may recognize my October guest. To help celebrate the Halloween season, Mark H. Harris joins I Do Movies Badly to talk about racial reckoning in horror films! Mark talks about how he fell in love with horror, the elements and history of black horror films and racial reckoning, and recommends 3 films that each focus on a different aspect of racism and white people getting their comeuppance: Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs (1991), Get Out (2017), and Ma (2019).

IDMB Episode 206 - The Prophecy

IDMB Episode 206 - The Prophecy

September 23, 2020

The Prophecy has a really cool premise - angels seeking an edge over other angels to win the second war in Heaven! - and some enjoyable campy performances, but is a badly disjointed film (whether that's because of its first-time director or meddling from the Weinsteins is something maybe only God knows).

IDMB Episode 205 - Frailty

IDMB Episode 205 - Frailty

September 15, 2020

Unlike some films (here's looking at you, The Usual Suspects), Frailty holds up very well on a second viewing, probably because there's more to it than just the twist, like the honest depiction of emotional abuse and the culmination of the film's cynical journey towards its gut punch reveal.

IDMB Episode 204 - The Exorcist

IDMB Episode 204 - The Exorcist

September 9, 2020

Almost 50 years after its release, why is The Exorcist such an enduring, powerful horror film? I am obviously the first to ever ask this question about this cinematic classic, so allow me to answer: the time it takes to layout what's at stake and Owen Roizman's objective, documentary approach to the cinematography.

IDMB Episode 203 - Introduction to Religious Horror Films (featuring Spooky Doings)

IDMB Episode 203 - Introduction to Religious Horror Films (featuring Spooky Doings)

September 2, 2020

Chelsea Bennington and Rick Guzman, who started the Spooky Doings improv group that in turn inspired the titular podcast, join I Do Movies Badly to talk about the advent of their horror-themed improv comedy, how their religious upbringings have influenced their moviegoing, and share some religious horror films to watch. 

Full disclosure: the recommendations are based around Judeo-Christian themes and iconography. This approach was not taken to be dismissive of or discriminatory against other religions, but because it happens to be the formative religion for all of them: Rick (a devout atheist raised Catholic), Chelsea (spiritual, but not religious), and Jim (devout Christian). 

Recommendations: William Friedkin's The Exorcist (1973), Frailty (2001), and The Prophecy (1995).

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Listen to the Spooky Doings Podcast (specifically, if so interested, Jim's guest episode talking about Bram Stoker's Dracula)

IDMB Episode 202 - Near Dark

IDMB Episode 202 - Near Dark

August 27, 2020

The journey for the perfect metaphor ends with Near Dark, a wonderfully directed film that subverts the expectations of the Western genre, but that also signals that the "Others" are vile, bloodthirsty creatures whose influence can only be overcome by blood transfusion.

Read the summary of the essay, "Vampires, Indians, and the Queer Fantastic: Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark" from The Glorious and the Grotesque

IDMB Episode 201 - The Lost Boys

IDMB Episode 201 - The Lost Boys

August 18, 2020

When Joel Schumacher took over directing The Lost Boys, he made some big changes to the initial idea including making the vampires older, making them sexier, and, by extension, making our heteronormative, boring suburban family protagonists the "others."

Read Alcy Leyva's "30 Years Ago, The Lost Boys Introduced Me to Queer Cinema."

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