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.
IDMB Episode 154 - Introduction to George Romero (featuring Allie Kroeper of Bit Lip: A Teen Movie Podcast)
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).
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).
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.
Reaching all the way back to September 2016 comes this favorite episode featuring a conversation with Kristen Sales, who would later return to the show to discuss the films of Jim Jarmusch. The film-noir titles she discusses in this episode are all directed by women who took the conventions and archetypes of the genre to tell and manipulated them to tell worthwhile individual stories. Happy International Women's Month!
Just because I'm on hiatus doesn't mean I'm not giving you something to listen to! Revisit some of my favorite conversations from I Do Movies Badly's past beginning with the Introduction to Guillermo del Toro featuring NYC-based filmmaker, Sean Meehan! This discussion and the subsequent month helped me to develop a new appreciation for the Mexican writer/director's work, including his gothic horror Crimson Peak, which I had so foolishly written off upon first viewing.