Bad Movies Podcast is a program dedicate to properly examining all the movies general audiences were dissuaded from seeing in theaters because the "reviewers didn't like it." Often times, a movie will come to be reviled not because it necessarily deserves to be, but because reviewers jump on bandwagons of their peers or attempt to get viewership on their respective platforms by jumping down the throats of a movie rather than properly analyzing it. Other times, a movie truly deserves the flack it receives for many reasons. This show is dedicated to finding which side of the coin these movies truly fall on. Every episode, this podcast will dive in on one specific movie to determine whether or not it truly is deserving of the title "Bad Movie."
EP#41 - Gigli
As a diehard Ben Affleck fan (don’t ask why, it’s just something I live with), I’ve put off watching Gigli for as long as I could. I vaguely recall seeing it while younger, but mercifully it left my mind. Until the fateful day when I decided it was time to face my fears. And wow, were those fears valid. Gigli is a completely misguided attempt at a Hollywood movie. Is it impossible to watch? No. But it is a challenge undoubtedly. I mean, this movie actually made Martin Brest quit film. I don’t even know what he’s doing now. Hopefully living a peaceful life watching over the tragic Hollywood that bastardized Gigli. Gigli is not the worst movie I’ve ever seen, but it is damn near close. And as sad as I am to critique it so aggressively, I must admit it does make for a very fine episode. And I still love Ben Affleck, no matter his slip ups. Featuring Special Guest Star Grant ‘Gopher’ Crawford!
EP#40 - Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Live Action so nice they made it twice. Who would have foreseen a sequel to the 2002 classic coming to fruition, and with a nearly identical team?! Blessed am I to say that this is likely the cap off for our Scooby Doo series on this podcast (for now). And what a way to go out! They covered toxic masculinity, buffoonery, and Shaggy got buff! It’s not exactly what you may have pictured for this franchise, but hey neither was Spooky Island and the grossly inappropriate Scrappy Doo. All things considered, this was a fun time. And as a result this episode is one of my personal favorites. Be sure to tune in to catch the halfway mark where we had a bit of a technical surprise! Featuring Special Guest Star ‘Shay Boogie’ Maddy ‘Defreaky’ DeFreece!
EP#39: Transformers: Dark of the Moon
If Revenge of the Fallen was the earthquake, Dark of The Moon is the aftershock. Somehow forgotten in the sea of conversation regarding Transformers, the third installment actually features the densest plot in the franchise to date. You thought blowing up the sun was a venture from straight out of left field? Wait until you see Ken Jeong and John Malkovich in this movie. This movie actually broke us. It felt like an eternity to talk through the entire plot, and after we were done with the episode, we each felt like we needed a cigarette. Dark of the Moon is exhausting in the sheer volume of spectacle it wraps in its convoluted plot. And like the previous two installments, it still has entertaining, well designed sequences, but we’re 3 movies in and NOTHING HAS CHANGED! The same highlights and the same bizarre qualities. Dark of the Moon isn’t great, but it’s made worse by the fact that it essentially shows the studio’s lack of regard for the franchise. The same formula recycled once again to highlight the action and leave the rest to be sorted out by whoever cares enough. The reason I say it’s an aftershock is because while it may not be as befuddling as its predecessor, it caused more damage to this reviewing team than it should have. So if you wanna hear the same 3 broken guys from the last Transformers movie cry about this one, please take a listen. Featuring Special Guest Stars Christopher Dillen Phelpsy Poo and Johnny Blue Eyes Baltimore!
EP#38 - Justice League
Justice League is a movie I was ECSTATIC for...in 2012. As a young DC fanboy, this is the picture I always wanted on the big screen. But as entries in the DCEU began to trickle out, I became less and less enthralled with seeing my favorite superheroes on the big screen. Man of Steel wasn’t quite what I wanted, but it laid groundwork. Ben Affleck is my soulmate (my irrational obsession is still strong), but Batman V Superman couldn’t convincingly integrate him into that universe. Justice League was really where all Hope was lost though. And it devastates me to say, but this is an irredeemable picture. Critically, it’s not the worst movie I’ve ever seen. But personally, this one hurts the most. If you listen to this episode, don’t be fearful about us waxing on about conspiracy theories (Whedon was hired by Marvel and sabotaged DC, sure dude), but bare in mind these are two frustrated fanboys struggling to stay objective. Featuring Special Guest Star Dylan Hartigan aka MoneyBags Aka DJJazzy Aka noneoftheabove
EP#37 - The Chronicles of Riddick
Vin Diesel is probably my favorite personality in Hollywood. Not because he’s the lead in a multimillion dollar franchise, or because he was in freaking Saving Private Ryan, or because his last name is Diesel and the tone of his voice actually warrants that. It’s because he’s goddamn Riddick. I’ve grown up with Riddick. Played the video games, watched the movies, and championed the badass that sees purple. Riddick was always just the epitome of cool when I was a kid. I mean he wears welding goggles and can dislocate his shoulders to escape captivity. The guy is just downright dope. So it’s kind of disappointing that the pivotal film in this franchise, The Chronicles of Riddick, was so menial. As a fan, this film is not what I want for this franchise. And we go to great lengths to describe exactly why. So please give this a listen and watch Pitch Black because that movie is epic.
EP#36 - National Treasure
"I’m going to steal the Declaration of Independence" absolutely belongs in the ‘Iconic Lines of Cinema Hall of Fame’. Regardless of whether or not you like the movie, National Treasure is a staple of the early 2000’s. The truest example of the Hollywood Blockbuster. Here’s Nic Cage saying some stuff with some intense music. Here’s a funny guy and an attractive female that the lead character will eventually get with. Here’s a villain. Don’t worry about why he’s bad, he just is. Oh and there’s even a labyrinth to nowhere that is perfectly lit by torchlight. National Treasure has it all. So it’s a shame that it must be discussed on this Podcast. But hey, great movies have come into this line of fire before. Is National Treasure among them? Tune in to find out. Or just read the next sentence. Eh, not really. I mean the main character is named "Benjamin Franklin Gates" for God's sake.
EP#35 - Bohemian Rhapsody
Ladies and gentlemen, we have our FIRST Best Picture nominee to grace The Bad Movies Podcast. Bohemian Rhapsody, believe it or not, is one of the worst critically reviewed movies to ever have the honor of claiming 4 academy awards. So where was the disconnect? Was it disdain for director Bryan Singer that turned the critics off? Or were audiences so awestruck with the style that they simply forgot about the substance, or lack thereof? Of course I love a buck-toothed Rami Malek as much as the next guy, but I had to find out if the 2 hour journey was truly worth it. Please tune it to what may be the best deep dive we’ve had on the show thus far.
Featuring Special Guest Star Bill See of Divine Weeks!
EP#34 - Space Jam
Space Jam. The best gift Michael Jordan ever gave me. Hell, the best gift he ever gave THE WORLD. The NBA superstar said, “ya know what? Here ya go Gianni. Here’s a movie with me and Daffy f***ing Duck playing Basketball against animated aliens. And Danny Devito’s in it too.” His words, not mine. I’ve had Space Jam for as long as I can remember. In fact, it might actually be my first memory. Now, coincidentally I played football in school. Was I any good? Definitely not. But I was #34. Mainly because I panicked when coach asked, “what number do you want to be?” But ever since then I’ve had an affinity for #34’s. So naturally this episode had to be pretty special. A special movie with a special group of guests for a very special number. This may be the funniest episode of this podcast. Or maybe just funniest to me. But it’s no doubt going to epic. Enjoy.
Featuring Special Guest Stars Keanu Jules, Greg Elephantiasis, and Johnny Baltimore Barbieri!
EP# 33 - Blades of Glory
Truth be told, I always thought this was a ‘bad’ movie. It wasn’t until prepping the episode this week that I came to realize that Blades of Glory is relatively well respected in the sports comedy world. That’s not to say everyone across the board acknowledges it as a well rounded satire, but seeing a Rotten Tomatoes score in the 70’s had me puzzled. Was there more to Blades of Glory than my original teenage mind could comprehend at the time? Turns out the answer is “kind of”. Blades of Glory is way funnier in my twenties than it ever was when I was younger. Especially in a world where I, Tonya became an Oscar nominated darling hardly a year ago. To my genuine surprise, revisiting Blades of Glory essentially had me reframing a film I had previously condemned in my mind as “silly” and “overrated”. And in a way, that’s really what this podcast was all about. So please enjoy this episode about a very silly movie that also happens to be wonderful.
Featuring Special Guest Star Julie Verni!
EP#32 - Wild Wild West
Wild Wild West is a masterpiece. What other movie could feature the old west with a giant mechanical spider run by henchmen with metal head implants? It may not be the most high brow spectacle, but Wild Wild West is certainly a lot of infuriating fun. Who isn’t charmed by the gross oversexualization or the wildly flippant way it regards race? Ok fine, Wild Wild West is not my favorite. Every time I watch it, I try to figure out at which point the creative team said, “I think we’re in too deep to go back now”. Of course there’s still a lot to love as well. Kenneth Branagh is in a wheelchair that turns into a spider, and Kevin Kline gets to dress up as Ulysses S Grant. Plus Will Smith bathes naked in a water tower. All things considered, it’s hard not to have fun with this one. Hopefully you feel similarly.
Featuring Special Guest Star Nicholas Delgado!
EP#31 - The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Twilight may have had the biggest glow up of all time with Eclipse. Sure, it’s not perfect. But compared to where we’ve come from? We’ve come a long way. Sure, Jacob still refuses to wear shirts. Sure, Edward is still moody and broody. And sure, Bella is still a vague lead character. But with David Slade behind the camera this time, something just clicks. And better yet, the plot kicks in before the third act this time! Everything is better, and Alice and I had a lot to discuss about why. Who would’ve thought that the guy who directed that Black Mirror episode about the killer dog robots would do a Twilight movie?
Featuring Special Guest Star Alice Hamid!
EP#30 - 300
Never in my life have I seen more abs, sweat, and blood. 300 belongs in a CrossFit museum. Better yet a CrossFit cathedral where they can pay homage to their patron saint Leonidas. By all rights, 300 should be laughably horrible. But it’s not. In fact, it has quite a lot of admirable qualities beyond its chiseled exterior. Zack Snyder is an ambitious visionary, so it was nice to finally be able to dissect one of his works. Is 300 obsessed with style? Absolutely. But it’s surprisingly not void of substance. So enjoy while we try to discuss that in between my guest’s ramblings about homosexuality and deformities. Featuring Special Guest Star Grant Groundhog Crawfish!
EP#29 - Meet The Fockers
I used to watch Meet The Fockers regularly as a kid. Looking back on it now, it was probably grossly inappropriate. But considering I watched Scarface when I was five, I’d say this was pretty mild. Comedies are weird. Reviewers often just use them as an excuse to turn their brain off. If it makes them laugh, good review. If it doesn’t, bad review. Why? I have no idea. But this is always my biggest pet peeve with film critics. Of course, this is not to say that ALL critics do this, but those who do take the day off on a film just because it features a baby’s first word being ‘asshole’, should reinvent themselves. Meet The Fockers may not be the greatest comedy of 2004, but it certainly has excellent moments. And I’m proud to say we left no stone unturned in our review.
EP#28 - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
It took 2 guests to bring down Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Up until 2009, people were hopeful. American children laughed and played in the streets. Our president was cool. Life was a little bit brighter. And then Revenge of the Fallen happened and things started to get...stranger. Michael Jackson died. Obama’s hair got grey. I got chubby. And transformers fans swore to disavow themselves from the series they once loved. This all being said, in 2009, I saw this movie 5 times in theatres. 5. Times. Revenge of the Fallen destroyed the box office leaving room for several follow up sequels. So what’s the truth? Is Revenge of the Fallen egregiously misunderstood? Should old fans have given up so quickly and left their childhoods behind? Check out our episode this week and find out. Featuring Special Guest Stars Johnny Baby Blues Baltimore and Christopher Dillen Phelps!
EP#27 - The Master of Disguise
There’s not much to say really. I watched this film as a kid and remember thinking it made me feel gross. So I never watched it again. Until now. And now, at the ripe age of 22, I feel exactly the same as I did when I was a child. The Master of Disguise is the most misguided excuse for a movie I’ve ever seen. It’s so unfortunate that this movie squanders the potential of several significantly talented people. And it’s upsetting that I have to feel so passionately about it, but the truth is this: The Master of Disguise, as of today, is the worst movie I have seen. And I’m sad to admit that. We all hope for winners, this unfortunately isn’t one of them. Go watch Dana Carvey’s specials. Watch Hitman. Watch the other work these people have done. But do it after you listen to this podcast, of course.
Featuring Special Guest Star Mickey Stein Roberts from Knowing Nothing!
EP#26 - The Meg
The Meg came out last year, and it features the largest on screen shark to date alongside Jason Statham in a wetsuit. I won’t sell you on it, but I will inform you that Jason Statham kicks the megalodon in the face. If that’s not a film viewers bucket list item for you, I don’t know what is. It should be noted that The Meg is not exactly going to qualify for The Oscars (inherently its premise sort of disqualified it from that consideration), but it is most certainly one of the more pleasurable experiences this podcast has granted me with. So if you want to kick back and enjoy me and my lovely guest laugh about a shark that kills more people by stabbing than it does by eating, then this is the episode for you. Featuring Special Guest Star Madeline Grey DeFreece, she’s back and she’s bettuh!
EP#25 - X-Men Origins: Wolverine
If you’ve been waiting 25 episodes for me to actually lose it, congratulations! I LOST IT. X-Men Origins Wolverine is truly one of the most infuriating films I’ve ever had to witness. As a comic fan, and a fan of cinema, this was a film I always wanted to do on this show. A true bucket list item. And as a fan of film criticism I’m extremely proud of this episode. We shouted, we lamented, and we left no stone unturned. I know I say this often, but I hope you enjoy episode 25 of BMP as much as we enjoyed making it.
Featuring Special Guest Star Elliot ‘Nemo’ Craft (ladies and gentlemen, we found him)!
EP#24 - The Twilight Saga: New Moon
The Twilight series is BACK people! By popular demand. And once again the moody, broody, melodramatic soap opera/vampire phenomenon never ceases to amaze. Thankfully, to keep interest up, someone managed to see this series as a major opportunity for shirtless men to parade around in unruly weather. So there’s that. Taylor Lautner gets to have a character now, so that’s also exciting. Honestly, I find it odd that this movie of all things began a major pop culture trend (Team Edward VS Team Jacob) considering they’re both jackasses, but I’m 24 episodes down the line. What could possibly surprise me? Truth be told, I’m starting to enjoy Twilight, maybe. It’s just so fun to try to piece together what exactly people like about it so damn much. Is it the half naked werewolves? The bizarre dialogue? The Kristen Stewart? Soon I hope to figure it out. My Twihard companion has joined me once again on the guest mic, and I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we do.
Featuring Special Guest Star Alice Hamid, back for another round!
EP#23 - Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Ah January. It’s the new year! The perfect time to watch bad movies to compliment the dwindling of Oscar season. And what better movie to check out than the masterpiece, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance! Didn’t catch the first one? Don’t worry about it, because neither did the creators of this thing. Nothing matters. Nic Cage is all the remains. And we are certainly better for it. Did you ever aspire to see a skull pissing fire? Did you ever want to see Idris Elba with a French(?) accent? Did you ever want to throw up from cinematography that hurls the camera into the face of the subject? If the answer was ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then this is the movie for you. If it was ‘no’, well then have no fear because I watched it for you. Because I love you. And nothing demonstrates that love more defectively than this. Please enjoy our pain and pleasure with the latest episode of BMP!
Featuring Special Guest Star Keith ‘The Chief’ Vartanian, back to finish the Ghost Rider series!
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EP#22 - Transformers (2007)
Christmas is over, folks. And it’s time to ring in the new year with a follow up to the Transformers review series! Finally we’re able to move into the infamous Michael Bay films! Never in my life have I seen such a spectacle. And I truly mean that because I don’t think a spectacle exists that’s as long as any of these freakin’ movies. Upon finishing this film, I felt like I had run a marathon, which is great ultimately because I was too busy to work out this week. It’s no surprise that Bay created an *explosive* film, but is it any good? The answer, I think, is, “Um, kinda?” On the one hand, I think these movies get a lot more flack than they maybe deserve. On the other hand, why can’t I get through one without being out of breath? It’s overlong, totally bloated, and a lot of fun, so hopefully you have a lot of fun listening to us talk about it.
Featuring Special Guest Star John ‘Johnny Baltimore’ Barbieri, back at it again with the white vans!
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EP#21 - Jingle All The Way
Merry Christmas to you, random personality that has stumbled upon this episode of BMP! And what a Christmas it is where I get to celebrate by watching this Oscar worthy classic! Last week, I got to share my favorite guilty pleasure with the world. So it seems only fair to share EVERYONE'S favorite guilty pleasure this week. This movie is unfathomable. Seriously. They had Arnold Schwarzenegger punch a reindeer. In the face. You can’t make this shit up even if it came from a Gary Busey fever dream. This is pure Christmas magic, in every sense of the term. Assuming, of course, that your idea of Christmas magic involves a bodybuilder struggling to acquire a toy with acclaimed comedian, Sinbad. I hope me suffering through this, er, masterpiece brings you enough joy through this holiday week. And if it doesn’t, well then in the famous words of Arnold, “aw poor baby”.
Featuring Special Guest Star Justin Knoefel, back for ROUND 2!
EP#20 - Christmas With The Kranks
We’ve made it, people! 20 episodes. To commemorate, I could think of no better way than to discuss one of my all time favorite films. I’ve always said, “‘your favorite’ and ‘the best’ are two different things,” and if you didn’t believe me before, hopefully this can convince you. I know this film is bad. In fact, I know it’s horrible, but I’d be lying if I said there isn’t something absolutely magic about it. I watch this film at least once every year. And if you listen to this episode, you’ll hear me talk about all sorts of fun and whacky antics incorporated into this movie that make it a train wreck. But what’s important is that this has become my tradition. I left home years ago to go to college, and I always rooted myself in film. And for whatever reason, this misguided, messy Tim Allen holiday film was something I brought along with me. I will never understand why I love this film, but I hope through talking about it, I can make it apparent that we are all free to love whatever we want, even if it’s Christmas with The fucking Kranks. Thank you for letting me get this far. I hope you continue to enjoy the Bad Movies Podcast. And if you’re Joe Roth or Chris Columbus reading this, I firmly believe you are talented individuals that are capable of doing some masterful work. Forgive me!
Featuring Special Guest Star Ryan ‘Daddy’ O’Dell!
EP#19 - How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
We had another Oscar contender on this week, folks! That’s right, How The Grinch Stole Christmas actually won for Best Makeup! Hardly surprising considering this is probably the closest you could ever get to animation with practical effects. But is the movie any good? That’s what we set out to decide in the latest episode of BMP. Because as we all now know, just because Jim Carrey jumps around looking green and weird doesn’t always mean the content is good. That’s right, The Mask is overrated in my generation. I said it. We didn’t know better back then. I won’t spoil this review in the description, but if it helps entice you to listen, I can tell you that I make a case that this is top 3 Ron Howard films. I quickly backtrack to top 5, but I still think the argument is relatively compelling.
Featuring Special Guest Star Gabe Armentano!
EP#18 - Rocky IV
Do you like boxing? Do you like the song Hearts on Fire? Do you enjoy tension with the Soviet Union? Do you like Christmas? Well, Rocky IV has all of those things! That’s right, there’s an entry in the Rocky franchise that’s a Christmas movie. In the same regard, I suppose that Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Because nothing Christmas-y really happens here. Unless punching an enormous Russian is your idea of Christmas. I’m not one to judge. Yeah it’s a stretch, but who cares! Stallone just announced his retirement from the role (for the second time), Creed 2 just came out, and I’m still crying! This is one of my all time favorite franchises and I got to talk about it with someone who loves it just as much as I do! And if you stick around, we rank all the Rocky Movies...
Featuring Special Guest Star Kelly Mayfield!
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EP#17 - Love Actually (With My Parents!)
Thanksgiving has now passed, so we’re wasting no time at all, and we’re gearing up for Christmas with the holiday classic, Love Actually! I have been watching this movie with my family since I was a wee child, so it seemed only fitting that I have TWO GUESTS this week…MY PARENTS! That’s right! My Mom and Dad both came out from their fox hole in Southwest Florida to talk about the most divisive Holiday movie of the 2000’s. Is Andrew Lincoln’s storyline romantic or creepy? Is Liam Neeson the ultimate Dad? Does Hugh Grant’s dancing scene deserve to be in this film? We dive deep, ladies and gentlemen. Perhaps deeper than ever before. I implore you, if ever there was an episode of this show to listen to, this is it.
Featuring Special Guest Stars Fred and Gina ‘Frina’ Damaia!
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EP#16 - Scooby Doo (2002)
The live action Scooby Doo is probably the most puzzling film I’ve had on this podcast to date. All of us 90’s kids probably remember it fondly, and our parents probably forgot about it entirely. But let me tell you guys, this movie is flat out weird. Scrappy Doo makes a comment about a scrotum...I just. There’s no words. I don’t know if I hate it, love it as a guilty pleasure, or never want to think about it again. On the plus side of things, I was blessed with a guest that made me laugh pretty much the whole time. So if you’re interested in an episode full of my little squeaks of hysteria and us face-palming over the fact that the one black man in this movie is ‘the voodoo man’, then I think you should give this one a listen.
Featuring Special Guest Star Maddy ‘Defreaky’ Defreece!
EP#15 - Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider. Yet another superhero film on a long list of movies to cover on this podcast. What makes Ghost Rider so unique is that Nic Cage is in it, and we all know whenever Nic Cage shows up, you’re in for a good time. What I didn’t expect is how absolutely bananas this movie is. I mean the lead character eats jelly beans out of a martini glass. Not even as a plot point. He just...does. Also Johnny Blaze points six times in this movie. Six times. Six. This movie is a dash of romance, a dash of action, a dash of thriller, and a huge helping of ‘mess’. They made a sequel to this thing.. The most baffling thing about Ghost Rider to me is that despite the fact that it’s an absolute train wreck, I loved it? And yes, that question mark is intentional because I don’t know if I'm sincere about that statement or if I’ve completely lost my mind.
Featuring Special Guest Star ‘The Chief’ Keith Vartanian!
EP#14 - Fifty Shades of Grey
Ah, Fifty Shades of Grey. A fan-fiction adapted into a best selling novel adapted into a movie. It’s a crazy world we live in where Twilight is so goddamn popular, you can literally slap a new title on it, make it about bdsm, and actually manage to repackage it completely and have people eat it up. It’s shocking how much money Hollywood can make when they throw in a little nudity. We had quite a lengthy discussion in this episode regarding the various pitfalls of Fifty Shades of Grey, but perhaps to some surprise I realized that this movie is far better than I expected. Believe it or not, I think I like it better than Twilight. But of course, you’ll have to listen to find out why. Keep in mind though, there’s plenty of raunchy conversation to be had here, so if that’s not your thing, please excuse us while we talk about how Anastasia Steele doesn’t like ‘anal’.
Featuring Special guest star Mathuson ‘Smanthony’ Anthony!
EP#13 - Hocus Pocus
It’s almost Halloween! Or it is Halloween, I don’t know when you’re listening to this. But it’s Halloween week! So we decided to go back and review Hocus Pocus. I wasn’t much of a Disney kid growing up considering I was too busy being scarred for life by films like the Poltergeist and Ravenous...Ah what a time my childhood was. Anyway, the point is I have never seen this film before reviewing it, so needless to say this episode was a tubular time. We laughed, we cried (no we didn’t), and all in all we reviewed. And while I may break a few hearts in this episode with my lack of nostalgia for Hocus Pocus, my guest does a pretty phenomenal job of fighting for this ‘silly kids film’ and encapsulates why I think it has become the cult classic it is today. Enjoy!
Featuring Special Guest Star Elle ‘L’ Kenwood aka The Roommate.
EP#12 - Insidious
Throwing it back to 2010 when I was a pretentious little teenager just dipping my toes in the water of ‘aspirations for Hollywood elitism’. In high school, Insidious was THE movie, mostly because high schoolers hadn’t had a good horror film to rally behind since Saw or maybe the first Paranormal Activity movie. But I, being the snob that I was trying to be at the time, was too good for the middling critical scores surrounding Insidious and therefore let it pass me by for a long time. But now, while I still am a pretentious jerk in most regards, I feel compelled to go back and give it a fair shot (mostly because that’s what this show is all about). The conclusions I’ve come to about this film may surprise you (that’s what we call a ‘teaser’ ladies and gentlemen) so I implore you to please check this out! Who knows? Maybe we’ll make it a series! Featuring Special Guest Star Greg Elephantteraki! Spell check just somehow came up with that as the spelling of his last name and it’s way too hilarious to correct.
EP#11 - Venom
Disclaimer: we understand that this movie is a new release. If you have not yet seen Venom, we give ample ‘spoiler warning’ time before we deep dive into the discussion. Our general, ‘spoiler free’ impressions are at the beginning of this review.
Ah Venom. What can I really say here? I’ve been trying to write this description for nearly an hour, and I simply can’t find the words. Because Venom has done the unthinkable. It has made me speechless. This movie has ripped a hole in the space/time continuum and appeared in 2018 despite clearly being made in 2000 when plots like this in superhero movies were almost acceptable. We had lower expectations after things like Steele and Spawn broke us down like symbiotes. This movie is a disaster in many ways. And I have no qualms with sharing that in the description because what I’ll also say is that this may be my favorite movie theatre experience of all time, and if that doesn’t intrigue you enough to listen to this review, then I don’t know what will. I hope you enjoy this one as much as we did. Featuring Special Guest Star John ‘Johnny Baltimore’ Barbieri from Book It: Sports With John and Greg!
EP#10 - Halloween 3: Season of the Witch
We reached Double Digits. So to commemorate this joyous occasion, we decided to watch Halloween 3! The one where they got rid of Michael Myers, the iconic serial killer, in favor of some laser masks controlled by Stonehenge. I wish I was making this up. It’s the kind of film that makes you feel a little better that we don’t currently live in the 80’s because there’s not as many caterpillar mustaches now, villain motivations actually make sense, and children don’t get brutally murdered on screen as often. Yeah, you read that right. A kid gets murdered in this movie. And there’s bugs and snakes involved for some reason. Why? Because it’s the 80’s. Don’t worry just look at Tom Atkins and his caterpillar mustache some more. As insane as it is, my guest actually has a relatively compelling case for it so I highly recommend giving this one a listen. Thanks for letting us get to ten episodes! Featuring Special Guest Star Justin Knoepfel!
EP#9 - Sierra Burgess Is A Loser (Netflix Original)
In Episode 9, we yell. A lot. We decided to watch a modern day interpretation of John Hughes-esque, high school romance film known as Sierra Burgess is a Loser! Along the way, we had a lot of heated discussion about why we wished things were different in this movie and why I’ll never be as dreamy as Noah Centineo. It’s the kind of movie that makes you wish high school had happy endings in real life, but then you remember that the happy ending is actually just moving to another state to go to Acting school and being told repeatedly that love is a lie and you might not make it in this business until you eventually graduate and make a podcast to keep sane...too much? Featuring Special Guest Star, Miss Elizabeth Sanchez!
EP#8 - Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
In this episode, we travel back to 2002 to examine one of my personal favorite childhood films, Kung Pow: Enter The Fist. I know what you’re thinking. You got all excited for a second saying to yourself “ah man! 2002, they’re gonna do Spiderman, Gangs of New York, Lord of The Rings,” are you MAD?! This is the Bad Movies Podcast, people! We’re not here for me to have a breezy old time watching some early 2000’s classic! We’re here to watch the writer of the Jimmy Neutron movie dub over a bad Kung fu film and have some sort of bizarre debate over whether or not it’s ok to laugh at idiotic jokes! I’m not making that up by the way! That’s really what his movie is. But seriously, this episode may be the silliest movie featured on this podcast, but it may actually have one of my favorite discussions to date. Featuring Special Guest Star Grant Crawford of Sound Pollination.
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EP #7 - Twilight
In Episode 7, we watched Twilight, everyone’s favorite infamous romance. Questions were raised, mysteries were solved, and one of us definitely got lost in Robert Pattinson’s dreamy (albeit sadistic?) eyes (it was definitely me). Of course I brought in one of the biggest Twi-Hards I know for this one, so please listen if you want to check out an hour long lesson in what exactly makes this series so popular (hint: it’s not Taylor Lautner’s wig). Featuring Special Guest Star Alice Hamid!
EP#6 - Transformers The Movie
In episode 6, we go back to the 1908's when CNN first started, the Rubik's Cube was a thing, and Run DMC released Walk This Way, to talk about Transformers The Movie! I know what you're thinking: "wow Gianni that was a lot of pop culture references for such a short bio. Maybe someone else should start writing your bios because these are getting weird", to which I respond to you, adoring fan: "never". Is this film an animated classic? Or simply the catalyst that made Michael Bay obsessed enough with robots and explosions to later make a movie series of his own? Find out!
With Special Guest Star Christopher Dillen Phelps from Decider.com!
EP #5 - Thor: The Dark World
In Episode 5, we examine the critically divisive entry in the MCU, Thor: The Dark World. Is it a misunderstood entry for Marvel, or deserving of more bashing? How does it stack up against the other Marvel films? Are my abs more impressive than Chris Hemsworth's? Find out in this episode (also to the last point: yes). Featuring special guest star Elliot 'Finding Nemo' Craft.
Ep. 4 - The Bye Bye Man
In episode 4, myself and my guest, Jordan Lemmond, watched The Bye Bye Man. Listen to my slow descent into madness as we uncover the story behind the titular figure in this horror movie and try to decipher what exactly was happening behind the scenes on this one. And yea, ok - we were accompanied by a few Coronas along the way, maybe we can get them as a sponsor some day. Enjoy!
Ep. 3 - Jersey Boys
In this episode, we break down Big Fat Liar to discuss if its legacy as the cult classic of early 2000's Disney is warranted, or if it's skating by purely on nostalgia. Between it all, there's a lot of laughs and awkward snorts (full disclosure; we were drinking). Hosted by Gianni Damaia with special guest Maeve Mayfield.
Ep. 2 - Boss Baby
On this episode, we break down the animated Oscar nominee The Boss Baby, and try to figure out if the Academy was just scraping the bottom of the barrel or if this Alec Baldwin vehicle actually gets a bum wrap. Ya know, Bum. Like a baby’s bum. There’s a baby bum in this movie. It’s weird. Check out this in depth break down of the film! We promise it’s way more critically analyzed by us than we anticipated. Featuring Special Guest Star Mickey Roberts from Knowing Nothing!
Ep. 1 - Big Fat Liar
In this episode, we break down Big Fat Liar to discuss if its legacy as the cult classic of early 2000's Disney is warranted, or if it's skating by purely on nostalgia. Between it all, there's a lot of laughs and awkward snorts (full disclosure; we were drinking). Hosted by Gianni Damaia with special guest Maeve Mayfield.