July 11, 2019
Mumblecore Part 2 wraps up with the best film of the bunch, Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture, an assured feature debut from the Girls creator that uses exemplary directorial work and semi-autobiographical truth to comment on the directionless transitionary post-college period that a return to affluence in no way helps assuage.
Also, last episode for a few weeks. Summer break and then back in August!
June 27, 2019
Medicine for Melancholy may be a mumblecore film in its aesthetics, but its financial and physical confines don't hinder the film from achieving something emotionally and societally transcendent.
June 19, 2019
Funny Ha Ha may be the most effective film to capture the meandering, awkward, post-college malaise in which no one had any idea what they were doing or where they were going and I never want to watch it again.
June 10, 2019
We might be through with the mumblecore, but the mumblecore ain't through with us. David Bax returns to I Do Movies Badly to convince Jim to give mumblecore another chance, to explain his distaste for the label "mumblecore," and to discuss Stanley Cup predictions that, due to recording in May, are already hilariously dated! David didn't care for Jape Man's recommendations back in the day, so he's making three of his own: Andrew Bujalski's Funny Ha Ha (2002), Barry Jenkins's Medicine for Melancholy (2008), and Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture (2010).
May 22, 2019
An hour may seem like enough time to adapt an 8-page Poe short story, but it's not nearly enough time for Romero to fully and effectively explore the ambitious themes that he attempted to add to otherwise terse, gothic source material.
May 13, 2019
Monkey Shines starts out as an inspirational tale of a man overcoming adversity with the assistance of a super smart monkey and turns into a horror story of a man trying to overcome the adversity of his super smart monkey. Its problem is it commits to fully to neither.
May 7, 2019
Is the pursuit of witchcraft the reason behind Joan finally taking control of her own life or was it just the decision to pursue it that finally gave her agency? More importantly, does it really matter?
April 29, 2019
After an unintentionally long delay, I Do Movies Badly is back with a new setting, new theme, and new guest! Allie Kroeper of Bit Lip: A Teen Movie Podcast stops by to discuss her love of Spider-Man, her appreciation for Paul Robeson, why nostalgia is such a significant factor in fondness for rom-coms, and how Romero brought his trademark cynicism of humanity from his Living Dead films to the recommendations she makes: Season of the Witch (1972), Monkey Shines (1988), and Two Evil Eyes (1990).
March 26, 2019
The final favorite being revisited during this March hiatus involves a conversation with I Do Movies Badly hall-of-famer Gavin Mevius recommending me some double features of Universal classic monster movies, which led me down a controversial path of questioning how much the filmmaker's intent is unknowingly influenced by societal factors like sexuality (or, more specifically, its suppression).
March 17, 2019
This walk down memory lane takes us to May 2016 where I talked with Jenni Miller, recent recipient of a failed tongue lashing from a totally not racist Green Book producer, about the films of English director, Andrea Arnold, the only director whose entire catalogue I've seen. All of her films from Red Road to American Honey explore the themes of class and struggle, with her approach applied most effectively in her unique adaptation to the literary classic Wuthering Heights.