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I Do Movies Badly

Jim Rohner

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I Do Movies Badly

I Do Movies Badly

Jim Rohner

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Join amateur film critic, Jim Rohner, and guests (but mainly Jim) on a journey to explore the most important films and filmmakers in an attempt to remedy his own cinematic ignorance

Latest Episodes

IDMB Episode 190 - Lone Star

ELone Staris, for better and for worse, an efficient encapsulation of the two things that make John Sayles films well, John Sayles films: his earnest filmmaking and his egalitarianism towards his characters.

37 MIN1 d ago
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IDMB Episode 190 - Lone Star

IDMB Episode 189 - Eight Men Out

EEight Men Outis a pretty faithful and earnest retelling of the 1919 "Black Sox" Scandal...to the film's detriment. More concerned with compiling a mostly historically accurate checklist of what transpired, perhaps Sayles' script would have been better served by another director who could have helped stoke the film's emotional core.

28 MIN1 w ago
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IDMB Episode 189 - Eight Men Out

IDMB Episode 188 - The Brother From Another Planet

EThe protagonist inThe Brother From Another Planetdoesn't speak one word throughout the entire film, but allows the people that he meets and the neighborhood in which he meets them to tell us a more realistic picture of what it's like to be an immigrant assimilating into a city with a troubling history of racism.

25 MIN2 w ago
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IDMB Episode 188 - The Brother From Another Planet

IDMB Episode 187 - Introduction to John Sayles (featuring James McCormick)

EHe was tutored by Roger Corman like Coppola, Scorsese, and Dante. He's worked with actors like Chris Cooper, Matthew McConaughey, David Strathairn, and Angela Bassett. He's done script doctering on notable films like Apollo 13andMimic. He's received 2 Oscar nominations for screenwriting. He's John Sayles and, despite his prolific career, nobody talks about him. James McCormick ofThe Cast of Cthulhureturns toI Do Movies Badlyto discuss the career of a writer/director who came up with the New Hollywood crowd, but neither hit the mainstream like Spielberg nor faded away like Rafaelson. The output of the man from Schenectady ranges from "low key" science-fiction to working class dramas and includes the three films James recommends:Brother From Another Planet(1984),Eight Men Out(1988), andLone Star(1993).

62 MIN3 w ago
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IDMB Episode 187 - Introduction to John Sayles (featuring James McCormick)

IDMB Episode 186 - Man With a Movie Camera

EWithMan With a Movie Camera,Dziga Vertov pioneered many technical camera techniques (double exposure, superimposition, under/overcranking) that filmmakers would utilize regularly for decades to come as well as pioneering the cinéma vérité style. But can we talk about how the guy who's mantra was to capture "life as it is".....didn't do that with this film?

35 MINAPR 30
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IDMB Episode 186 - Man With a Movie Camera

IDMB Episode 185 - Mother

E"Dedicated propagandist" Vsevolod Pudovkin introduces us to the plight of the poor and working class with Mother,a film that reminds us all that the phrase "eat the rich" was not a contemporary idea.

33 MINAPR 22
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IDMB Episode 185 - Mother

IDMB Episode 184 - Battleship Potemkin

EIt's back to film school with the discussion ofBattleship Potemkin,a film that is almost 100 years old, yet pioneered many cinematic techniques that we're still seeing implemented regularly today (Montage! Invisible edits! Romanticizing a country's troubling history!).It's both an effective film and an effective piece of propaganda,

47 MINAPR 15
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IDMB Episode 184 - Battleship Potemkin

IDMB Episode 183 - Introduction to Soviet Silent Films (featuring David Bax)

EI Do Movies Badlyreturns from its month-long with David Bax of Battleship Pretension in tow (tug? Like a tugboat? That's a boat joke). It's been a while, so there's a good deal of catching up first including some talk on working and viewing habits in the pandemic, recapping my improvised marriage in the face of a shelter in place order, and revisiting the lost bet* that resulted in David choosing the topic of discussion. That topic of discussion, by the way, is on Soviet silent films, which were ahead of their times in how they pioneered editing techniques (...and state funded propaganda). It's a return to film school as David recommends Sergei Eistenstein'sBattleship Potemkin(1925), Vsevolod Pudovkin'sMother(1926), and Dziga Vertov'sMan with a Movie Camera(1929).

69 MINAPR 8
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IDMB Episode 183 - Introduction to Soviet Silent Films (featuring David Bax)

IDMB Episode 182 - The Rhythm Section

EReed Morano month(s) goes out with a whimper instead of a bang. From box office receipts to tepid creativity, there is no way to describeThe Rhythm Section otherthan a disappointment. Reminder that I'm taking a hiatus for March, but I'll be back with a new guest, new theme, and a wife! In the meantime, head over to my other podcast,The Cast of Cthulhu, to get your fix!

32 MINFEB 25
Comments
IDMB Episode 182 - The Rhythm Section

IDMB Episode 181 - I Think We're Alone Now

EIt's 13 minutes before any words are spoken inI Think We're Alone Now, but by that time, we already know all we need to about the film's main character, his world, and how he sees his role in it. If you're unfamiliar with "film grammar," then you've no better introduction than this Reed Morano film.

40 MINFEB 20
Comments
IDMB Episode 181 - I Think We're Alone Now

Latest Episodes

IDMB Episode 190 - Lone Star

ELone Staris, for better and for worse, an efficient encapsulation of the two things that make John Sayles films well, John Sayles films: his earnest filmmaking and his egalitarianism towards his characters.

37 MIN1 d ago
Comments
IDMB Episode 190 - Lone Star

IDMB Episode 189 - Eight Men Out

EEight Men Outis a pretty faithful and earnest retelling of the 1919 "Black Sox" Scandal...to the film's detriment. More concerned with compiling a mostly historically accurate checklist of what transpired, perhaps Sayles' script would have been better served by another director who could have helped stoke the film's emotional core.

28 MIN1 w ago
Comments
IDMB Episode 189 - Eight Men Out

IDMB Episode 188 - The Brother From Another Planet

EThe protagonist inThe Brother From Another Planetdoesn't speak one word throughout the entire film, but allows the people that he meets and the neighborhood in which he meets them to tell us a more realistic picture of what it's like to be an immigrant assimilating into a city with a troubling history of racism.

25 MIN2 w ago
Comments
IDMB Episode 188 - The Brother From Another Planet

IDMB Episode 187 - Introduction to John Sayles (featuring James McCormick)

EHe was tutored by Roger Corman like Coppola, Scorsese, and Dante. He's worked with actors like Chris Cooper, Matthew McConaughey, David Strathairn, and Angela Bassett. He's done script doctering on notable films like Apollo 13andMimic. He's received 2 Oscar nominations for screenwriting. He's John Sayles and, despite his prolific career, nobody talks about him. James McCormick ofThe Cast of Cthulhureturns toI Do Movies Badlyto discuss the career of a writer/director who came up with the New Hollywood crowd, but neither hit the mainstream like Spielberg nor faded away like Rafaelson. The output of the man from Schenectady ranges from "low key" science-fiction to working class dramas and includes the three films James recommends:Brother From Another Planet(1984),Eight Men Out(1988), andLone Star(1993).

62 MIN3 w ago
Comments
IDMB Episode 187 - Introduction to John Sayles (featuring James McCormick)

IDMB Episode 186 - Man With a Movie Camera

EWithMan With a Movie Camera,Dziga Vertov pioneered many technical camera techniques (double exposure, superimposition, under/overcranking) that filmmakers would utilize regularly for decades to come as well as pioneering the cinéma vérité style. But can we talk about how the guy who's mantra was to capture "life as it is".....didn't do that with this film?

35 MINAPR 30
Comments
IDMB Episode 186 - Man With a Movie Camera

IDMB Episode 185 - Mother

E"Dedicated propagandist" Vsevolod Pudovkin introduces us to the plight of the poor and working class with Mother,a film that reminds us all that the phrase "eat the rich" was not a contemporary idea.

33 MINAPR 22
Comments
IDMB Episode 185 - Mother

IDMB Episode 184 - Battleship Potemkin

EIt's back to film school with the discussion ofBattleship Potemkin,a film that is almost 100 years old, yet pioneered many cinematic techniques that we're still seeing implemented regularly today (Montage! Invisible edits! Romanticizing a country's troubling history!).It's both an effective film and an effective piece of propaganda,

47 MINAPR 15
Comments
IDMB Episode 184 - Battleship Potemkin

IDMB Episode 183 - Introduction to Soviet Silent Films (featuring David Bax)

EI Do Movies Badlyreturns from its month-long with David Bax of Battleship Pretension in tow (tug? Like a tugboat? That's a boat joke). It's been a while, so there's a good deal of catching up first including some talk on working and viewing habits in the pandemic, recapping my improvised marriage in the face of a shelter in place order, and revisiting the lost bet* that resulted in David choosing the topic of discussion. That topic of discussion, by the way, is on Soviet silent films, which were ahead of their times in how they pioneered editing techniques (...and state funded propaganda). It's a return to film school as David recommends Sergei Eistenstein'sBattleship Potemkin(1925), Vsevolod Pudovkin'sMother(1926), and Dziga Vertov'sMan with a Movie Camera(1929).

69 MINAPR 8
Comments
IDMB Episode 183 - Introduction to Soviet Silent Films (featuring David Bax)

IDMB Episode 182 - The Rhythm Section

EReed Morano month(s) goes out with a whimper instead of a bang. From box office receipts to tepid creativity, there is no way to describeThe Rhythm Section otherthan a disappointment. Reminder that I'm taking a hiatus for March, but I'll be back with a new guest, new theme, and a wife! In the meantime, head over to my other podcast,The Cast of Cthulhu, to get your fix!

32 MINFEB 25
Comments
IDMB Episode 182 - The Rhythm Section

IDMB Episode 181 - I Think We're Alone Now

EIt's 13 minutes before any words are spoken inI Think We're Alone Now, but by that time, we already know all we need to about the film's main character, his world, and how he sees his role in it. If you're unfamiliar with "film grammar," then you've no better introduction than this Reed Morano film.

40 MINFEB 20
Comments
IDMB Episode 181 - I Think We're Alone Now
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