IDMB Episode 108 - Solaris

January 17, 2017

I can't lie - Solaris didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I can't really understand, decipher, interpret, or filet Solaris, but what I CAN do at the very least is see what universal truths this piece of art reveals to me, even if those truths may not be at all what Tarkovsky intended. Just because a piece of art doesn't hold validity with me doesn't mean it's not valid.

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IDMB Episode 107 - Ivan’s Childhood

January 9, 2017

Seeing as I spent 35 minutes talking about how I wasn't sure what to say about Ivan's Childhood, I'm not sure what I could add to this episode description. But, man - uncertainty sure looks pretty. And ugly. 

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IDMB Episode 106 - Introduction to Andrei Tarkovsky (featuring Doug McCambridge of Good Times, Great Movies)

January 4, 2017

Seeing as we're in the dead of winter, what better time to cover a director whose films aren't exactly fast paced? Douglas McCambridge of Good Times, Great Movies stops by to discuss his love for physical media and the late Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, who was never accused of MTV style editing, fleeting attention spans, or happy endings, and whose films include: Ivan's Childhood (1962), Solaris (1972), and The Mirror (1975).

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IDMB Episode 105 - Ace in the Hole

December 30, 2016

Billy Wilder/December/2016 wraps up with Wilder at either his best or worst (depending on if you like a cynical filmmaker or not) with Ace in the Hole, the film that shows contempt for the one entity that is fully capable of tanking a film: the audience. 

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IDMB Episode 104 - Double Indemnity

December 19, 2016

Yes, Double Indemnity is a dark and cynical film-noir that features murder, betrayal, and murky motives, but what stops it from falling too deep into the darkness is the hope of redemption found in the love story at its heart. No, not the love story between Walter Neff and Phyllis Dietrichson...

Happy Holidays to one and all!

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IDMB Episode 103 - The Apartment

December 13, 2016

The Apartment is a perfect screenplay and one of the best films of all time. If you disagree, you are wrong.

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IDMB Episode 102 - Introduction to Billy Wilder (featuring Me, Jim Rohner!)

December 5, 2016

The tables are turned in this introductory episode when Jim's old friend and former podcast co-host Geoff Gresh takes over hosting duties to grill Jim about his favorite filmmaker, Billy Wilder! Along with countless interludes for irreverence, the boys discuss why Wilder respected writing more than directing, why he doesn't seem as relevant to a contemporary generation of young film fans, and how his position as an outsider in Hollywood allowed him to (as the kids say) not GAF. The recommendations come in order of descending happiness: The Apartment (1960), Double Indemnity (1944), and Ace in the Hole (1951).

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IDMB Episode 101 - In the Mouth of Madness

November 28, 2016

John Carpenter month wraps up with In the Mouth of Madness, a film that displays both the benefits and (mostly) problems of trying to spiritually adapt H.P. Lovecraft's literary work to screen. It's also a film that poses the question - what happens to an anti-authoritarian when the authority he's rebelling against is fate and his own existence?

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IDMB Episode 100 - Escape from New York

November 21, 2016

It's the milestone 100th episode of I Do Movies Badly and Jim celebrates by disparaging the beloved cult classic, Escape from New York! Yes, he understands that it was made on a small budget and yes, he understands that St. Louis was never going to look like Manhattan, but does that do anything to explain how boring (gasp!) Snake Plissken is? 

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and 100 thanks to everyone who has contributed to the continuation of this podcast both guests and listeners!

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IDMB Episode 99 - Assault on Precinct 13

November 14, 2016

Is it possible to be disappointed when a movie is slicker than you anticipated it being? Is it possible that Carpenter intended to make a glorified B-movie? Is it possible that Assault on Precinct 13 is purposefully funny to poke fun at the irrational fears that suburbanites have about urban areas? All these questions and more investigated on this episode of I Do Movies Badly!

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