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Bad Dads Film Review
34 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Midweek Mention... Dead Man's Shoes
Peter Andre has never seen Shane Meadows genre-smashing 2004 thriller DEAD MAN's SHOES so we sat down this week to watch it. Paddy Considine plays Richard, a former paratrooper returning to the provincial English town where he grew up in order to get his revenge on the small-time criminal gang who abused his brother. Terrific performances from Considine in the lead role and Toby Kebbel as his cognitively impaired brother anchor this brooding, artful film and as the fizzing script propels us towards an ultimately slightly uneven conclusion, it's the pairs incredible acting that you will be left with when the credits roll.
83 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Cats & Gabby's Dollhouse
Pussy is the undeniably obvious and deliberately provocative first word that's perfect to use if you have limited time to engage your reader and you'd like them to get to at the least the end of the first sentence of your description. In this part of the overview there originally was a story that ended up with Cats in the plot of Inception but then I realised there was a South Park episode where they did something with sheep and the plot of that movie so, time completely wasted and desperate for more content, this is what we ended up with. Sorry about that. I have to say though my Catception thing was good, it's a shame you missed out. I picked CATS (2019). Sidey and I have been playfully jesting about reviewing this since it came out 18 months or so ago, which is coincidentally the films running time. 'It would be funny' we said on many occasions. Well, 3 and a half minutes in the joke was over and the horrific reality of what we'd committed to had become fully apparent. Trust me when I say there is no novelty value to be had in watching the entire movie. You can replicate the viewing experience by leaving the trailer on repeat for 2 hours, you can listen to the absolutely excruciating soundtrack on YouTube and you can reproduce the feeling of watching this movie by attacking a litter of newly born Husky's with a handsaw and a set of clamps. Gabby's Dollhouse is unfortunately the real victim this week, the dads being too jaded by Cats's relentless awfulness to fully appreciate the value of this multi-media edutainment programme on Netflix. Promoting a strong problem-solving mentality, providing early inroads into STEM and as yet unsullied by crass commercialism, this is a bit of a gem.We love to hear from our listeners! By which I mean we tolerate it. Try us on twitter @dads_film, on Facebook Bad Dads Film Review or on our website baddadsfilm.com.Until next time, we remain...Bad Dads
24 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Midweek Mention... Strictly Ballroom
A prolonged vicious online bullying campaign has led us to this point. We we encouraged to watch Strictly Ballroom, Baz Luhrmann's 1992 dance based comedy romance debut.These are our findings....
116 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Moonlight & Disenchantment
The subject of todays Top 5 is one of the great American actors; his collaborations with Martin Scorsese alone have created some of the most celebrated moments and characters in film history. A firm favourite of all of the Bad Dads, it's time we sat down to talk about Robert De Niro.2016's MOONLIGHT directed by Barry Jenkins and based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play "In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue" is this weeks main feature. An indie drama charting the life of Chiron, a poor black drug dealer in Florida, this movie was the first LGBTQ film and the first film with an all-black cast to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Discussing violence, addiction, sexuality, masculinity, crime and poverty amongst other heavyweight themes, this beautifully crafted movie has a distinctive aesthetic and powerful performances at its core.Matt Groening has already experienced the pressure of trying to follow up a hit TV series with FUTURAMA, which followed on from THE SIMPSONS (and we once reviewed, rather pitifully if I'm honest), the question is, can he do it again? DISENCHANTMENT is a Netflix exclusive sitcom set in a medieval fantasy world. Using Groening's recognisable and very much established cartoon art style and a number of the talented voice cast he has worked with on both his previous shows this show had a better chance than most of capturing the Bad Dads hearts. Especially as one of the Dads already considers themselves a fan.We love to hear from our listeners! By which I mean we tolerate it. Try us on twitter @dads_film, on Facebook Bad Dads Film Review or on our website baddadsfilm.com.Until next time, we remain...Bad Dads
18 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Midweek Mention... The Slammin' Salmon
A few of the Dads found something to like in this listener nominated movie. Sidey on the other hand.... Well he wasn't a fan. Not by a long shot! We watched The Slammin' Salmon, and you probably shouldn't!
101 minutes | May 28, 2021
Whiplash & How to Train Your Dragon - Legends
If you have a car and a child, you will be painfully aware that even with the very best intentions it won't be long before the interior of your vehicle is a hoarder’s paradise. Assuming of course that the hoarder in question's idea of paradise includes odd socks, miscellaneous toys, hairbands, half eaten dried fruit and flakes of excrement. I've long worried/fantasised that some of this detritus, a stray water bottle or plastic horse toy say, will somehow become lodged under the brake pedal as I drive, forcing me off or into the nearest hazard, resulting in a gloriously high fall or the satisfying and punishing brutality of ploughing straight into a wall at great speed. Preferably after careening through a home for rescue dogs or an orphanage. Anyway, it was almost certainly these completely normal thoughts which prompted Dan to pick Motor Vehicle Accidents for this week’s Top 5. Remember when we reviewed Damian Chazelle's sophomore feature LA LA LAND back in the days of Anonymous Meeg? Of course you don't. This time we thought we'd try the 36-year-old screenwriter, director and producers’ debut, WHIPLASH (Chazelle's that is, Meeg is both older and as of the time of writing has not written and directed a movie). Jonathan Kimble Simmons (JK Rowling) delivers a career defining performance as Terence Fletcher, the psychotic music teacher at the fictional Schaffer Conservatory who pushes Miles Teller's Andrew to realise his true potential as a jazz drummer through whatever means necessary. An exhilarating and thought-provoking examination of what it means to be truly exceptional at something and whether it's worth the costs, Simmons and Chazelle have together crazy created one of cinema's truly iconic villains in this blistering and breath-taking award winner. Loosely based on novels by British author Cressida Cowell, the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON franchise is 12th in the list of highest grossing animated films, racking up a cool $1.6 billion worldwide over 3 cinema releases. The movies follow the adventures of Hiccup and Toothless as a Viking and a Dragon respectively, I won't ruin it by telling you who trains whom. Amazingly one of the dads had never seen this so we were eased in gently, like a child gradually sticking a big toe into a chilly pool or that time I eased myself gently into your mothers hoop with Netflix's HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON - LEGENDS, an animated series of short films continuing the plot of the first movie. GIFT OF THE NIGHT FURY is set during the festival of Snoggletog and sees the Dragons suddenly incredibly horny.We love to hear from our listeners! By which I mean we tolerate it. Try us on twitter @dads_film, on Facebook Bad Dads Film Review or on our website baddadsfilm.com.Until next time, we remain...Bad Dads
28 minutes | May 26, 2021
Midweek Mention... Legends of the Fall
A favourite of Dan's and an absolute epic.... we watched Legends of the Fall. Some stuff happens and it's all very dramatic. The main take away from this movie is that Brad Pitt looks absolutely incredible. He really does. I knew nothing about this movie, so I was taken aback by all the dramatic events that take place. Let us know what you thought of it. You can find us on Twitter - @dadsfilm, or even better you can hit up our website - baddadsfilm.com.See you on Friday for our Whiplash chat.Until then we remain.Bad Dads
96 minutes | May 21, 2021
The Founder & The Tick
Did you know that the origins of frozen desserts are considered obscure? That there are several accounts of their history: some sources even describe ice cream-like foods as originating in Persia as far back as 550 BCE! No? Well why the fuck not? I'm embarrassed for us both. It's right there in the origin section of ice-cream on wikipedia should you ever be desperately short of ideas on how to introduce the Top 5 Ice-Creams in movies.I've eaten at McDonalds before as will have many of you. For every one of you who loves or indeed loathes it, I suspect there's at least someone else who sees their product much the same way I do, as being the culinary equivalent of the third wank of the day: initially an exciting idea, indulgent and yet ultimately completely unsatisfying, leaving you feeling vaguely depressed.But it's not masturbation Sidey has us talking about this week, rather it's THE FOUNDER, the 2016 biography of travelling milk shake sales man Ray Kroc who went on to lead McDonald's massive expansion both nationally and internationally. Screenwriter Robert Siegel's script is a surprisingly nuanced portrait of the man who would be burger king as well as a meditation on unrestrained capitalism, what it means to create and own something in addition to delivering some basic economic theory. Anchored by a marvellous performance from Michael Keaton with heavyweight character actors Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch amongst the supporting cast, we had all managed to miss this one first time round.THE TICK helps us bring this weeks show to a close as we review the 1994 animated television series, season 2 Episode 1 THE LITTLE WOODEN BOY AND THE BELLY OF LOVE which sees Blowhole the bipedal whale rampaging across America like so many hastily franchised burger restaurants. The Tick must have one of the finest rogues galleries ever assembled and we take a look at some of them in one of our not at all hotly anticipated quizzes.We love to hear from our listeners! By which I mean we tolerate it. Try us on twitter @dads_film, on Facebook Bad Dads Film Review or on our website baddadsfilm.com.Until next time, we remain...Bad Dads
22 minutes | May 19, 2021
Midweek Mention... UHF
When I was in my early teenage years I really liked the 'Weird Al' Yankovic album "Even Worse". It probably wasn't that great in hindsight, but the teenage me loved it. Then I discovered that Mr Yankovic had made a movie, I had to see it. And I did. I loved UHF all those years ago, but this was released in 1989 and things have moved on quite a bit.Can this movie still make us laugh? Who knows....
79 minutes | May 14, 2021
Boyhood & The Snail and the Whale
Mad Mums takeover this week as Reegs's long-suffering wife makes the nominations. Most of us yearn to travel if only just to spend a few precious nights away from the little ones, to see strange new places and experience different cultures and we attempt to scratch that itch by discussing our top 5 film travel destinations.BOYHOOD is director Richard Linklater's 2014 epic literal coming-of-age drama starring Ellar - son of Robbie - Coltrane as the boy to whom said boyhood belongs. Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke are superb as the now separated parents struggling to bring up their son. Filmed over 12 years, the movies plot is concerned with typically Linklater-ian low-level suburban drama but the real-life aging of all of the main cast lends the movie a profoundly moving quality quite unlike anything you've ever seen before.If you're listening to this podcast there's a good chance that you are a parent, or if not, you will almost certainly have spent some time around children. You may even have been one at some point in your life. So it's a foregone conclusion that you will have spent a portion of your parental time in the delightful imagination of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This week sees the Dads reminiscing generally about this absolute staple of childhood but specifically the 2019 computer animation of THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE.Come and talk to us! Try us on twitter @dads_film, on Facebook Bad Dads Film Review or on our website baddadsfilm.com.Until next time, we remain...Bad Dads
19 minutes | May 12, 2021
Midweek Mention... Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas
FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS sees Terry Gilliam bringing Hunter S. Thompson's Rolling-Stone magazine article-turned book covering the Mint 400 motorcycle race to life. 2 hours of drugs and debauchery, but what about the film?
103 minutes | May 7, 2021
Promising Young Woman & Danger Mouse
It's pure serendipity that this week sees the Bad Dads celebrating the top 5 British movies just as our Island prepares for war with France over post-brexit fishing rights that we had no vote in and were little more than a footnote in the overall deal until the reality of actually implementing changes affected professional fisherman in both the Channel Islands and France. What a ridiculous mess all this is, from the naive reassurances from local government that we would be unaffected by the deal through to the frankly silly protests of the French fisherman over rules both sides are to adhere to and have had 6 months to work towards fulfilment of. Fortunately our invaders have already reverted to type which means at the time of writing this, the gallic armada has waived the white flag and are heading back to Normandy, desperately in search of some deodorant and a Gauloises.PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN is the directorial debut of the delightfully named Emerald Fennell, a former showrunner on Killing Eve, which I mention because that series proclivity for style and shocking plotting is also evidenced in this multiple BAFTA winning black comedy and Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay. Carey Mulligan is outstanding as Cassie, a 30 year old medicine school dropout compelled towards revenge and vigilantism after her friends rape and subsequent suicide. There are some serious spoilers in this weeks episode so do be warned as there is simply no way to talk about the many interesting topics this movie asks us to consider without going through the plot in detail. Oh and Sidey reveals one of his sexual fantasies to us, which is nice.This week Peter Andre asked us to watch the 2015 reboot of a classic cartoon, Danger Mouse. Alexander Armstrong plays the diminutive rodent tasked with saving the world from the nefarious plans of the evil Baron Greenback. Kelvin Eldon's Penfold and Stephen Fry's Colonel K provide assistance but can the reboot capture the anarchic British sensibility of the original?Come and talk to us! Try us on twitter @dads_film, on Facebook Bad Dads Film Review or on our website baddadsfilm.com.Until next time, we remain...Bad Dads
33 minutes | May 5, 2021
Midweek Mention... Only Fools and Horses
Peter Andre felt like choosing something a little different for our first entry in our Best Of British week.It's still a feature length creations, it is in fact the Only Fools and Horses December 1985 Christmas Special - To Hull and Back. One of the Dads was less than enthused about the prospect of a ninety minute slog through this, but perhaps Del Boy et al can change his mind!
83 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Page 8 & Malibu Rescue
To be a great dancer you need grace, athleticism and style as well as the emotional intelligence to convey symbolism through rhythmic human movement. Naturally this is fertile ground for us dads, well renowned aesthetes and admirers of the physical form. By which I mean that at least one or two of us have been to strip clubs. This weeks top 5 features some of the best dance scenes ever committed to celluloid as well as some of the strangest.Our main feature is David Hare's 2011 PAGE EIGHT, the first of three BBC movies in The Worricker Trilogy. Bill Nighy is jazz fanatic and fine art collector Johnny Worricker, an aging lothario cum intelligence analyst whose best friend Michael Gambon comes across an incendiary piece of information in an official report, putting him at loggerheads with Prime Minister Ralph Fiennes. Meanwhile neighbour Rachel Weisz needs rescuing from a bad date with an internet entrepreneur whose arrival in Johhny's life may not be coincidental. With neither a single explosion nor car chase in site, preferring to rely on slowly building tension and dramatic conversations, will PAGE EIGHT persuade us to see the preceding seven movies? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.Malibu Rescue is the latest tween to teen bilge pumped out like so much sewage into the sea by Netflix's (s)hit factory. Easily dismissed as Baywatch without all the interesting parts this comedy series began life as a feature length movie before the tv series debuted in 2019. Starring - and I really do use that term lightly - Sharknado's Ian Ziering, one of the other actors in particular caught Sidey's eye. Does anyone remember Reservoir Dogs's dancing scene?
21 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Midweek Mention... Airplane!
After a few hectic and just outright stressful weeks, the Dads thought a good comedy movie would be a good pick-me-up.We made our way to the Man Cave to watch Airplane! Sadly on our arrival at the venue it was discovered to be lacking in the cable department. We had to slum it, and watch this on the small screen!Dan your mission for next film night is to sort out the projector (and all associated cables).
70 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Palm Springs & Adventure Time
You can't handle the truth! And the truth is that was probably the laziest possible way to introduce this weeks Top 5, which is all about Courtroom scenes. From high stakes and huge drama to reindeer hit-and-runs and everything in between, be sure not to miss out.Andy Samberg's usual effervescence is exchanged for something approaching an almost zen like nihilism in PALM SPRINGS, showing on Amazon Prime this week. Taking the time loop conceit and adding anarchic new twists and a strong emotional undercurrent, the chemistry between the two leads is charming and the jokes frequent and funny. A must see.There's really no way to explain the plot of this weeks children's feature, ADVENTURE TIME. We watched Season 6 Episode 6 "Breezy" which turned out to have been a controversial one that divided the fan base and caused many of them to stop watching. I don't see the big deal personally, after all, all we're talking about here is a young boy with a missing limb, flower growing from his stump, losing his virginity to an aggressive amorphous purple gaseous blob. Oh and this episode features the future classic line "Now you may partake of my pollen crumbles and become my drone", which I don't think I will ever get tired of hearing.
23 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Midweek Mention... Cloud Atlas
Tom Twyker and the Wachowskis serve up what is surely one of the most ambitious films ever made with 2012's Cloud Atlas. Adapted from David Mitchell's supposedly unfilmable novel, Cloud Atlas follows characters inspired across time by acts of artistic expression in six short stories sharing an incredible cast including one of Sidey's least favourite actors, Tom Hanks, and one of his very favourite, Hugh Grant.With plenty of plot and thematic content to address in this epic 170 minute movie, there's also the accusations of 'yellowface' to discuss which dogged the film, a sad and uncomfortable aspect of its legacy that would be entirely at odds with the film makers progressive intentions and the contributions of the racially diverse cast.
100 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Arrival & The Boss Baby: Back In Business
Just about my favourite thing in all of cinema is the long take or 'oner', whether it's to establish character or geography, to infuse a scene with intensity or drama or to present incredible skill and scale from impossible seeming new perspectives. They are often dazzling feats of vision and technical-endeavour, requiring countless hours of rehearsal and set dressing, incorporating complex camera moves, precision blocking and clever editing to achieve. So we're going to talk about them.There are literally millions of movies which discuss linguistic determinism, how problem-solving and our entire worldview are linked to our linear perception of time and can articulate what consciousness might be like if you could experience past, present and future simultaneously and 2016's hard science-fiction film ARRIVAL is one of them. Screenwriter Eric Heisserer brings Ted Chiang's 'Story of Your Life' to...life...while Denis Villeneuve confidently balances the technical details of earths first contact with an alien species against a profoundly affecting emotional through line, brought to the movie by Amy Adam's terrific performance and moving character arc.The Boss Baby: Back In Business sees Netflix once again plundering the Dreamworks studio archives in order to bring a cinematic creation to the small screen. The Boss Baby is about a corporation of babies in a battle with kittens for the affections of humans or something. I don't know exactly and I definitely don't care. Honestly the whole idea of Boss Baby is totally bizarre anyway, like someone had an idea that would make a great 10 second joke then was suddenly gifted with millions to turn it into a less than mediocre screen franchise. I can accept most premises and ideas but really who is this for? Kids tv offering characters with great traits and personalities or the chance of roleplay and wish fulfilment I can understand but who the fuck looks at harried employees, office culture, late night meetings, stressful deadlines and a Dickensian work ethic and thinks 'we need to package all this great stuff and resell it to kids through a briefcase toting, suit wearing corporate infant stooge' except someone with a weird neo-fascist agenda?We love to hear from our listeners! By which I mean we tolerate it. Try us on twitter @dads_film, on Facebook Bad Dads Film Review or on our website baddadsfilm.com.Until next time, we remain...Bad Dads
30 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Midweek Mention... They Live
Well bugger me it's episode 100! We asked you dear listener to tell us what to review. After a long, tense and probably fraudulent twitter vote, They Live emerged triumphantly as our winning movie.So we discussed at length the movie, it's themes and the styling and upkeep of Roddy Peppers mullet. It really was breathtaking.So tune in, enjoy and stick around for the next 100 episodes!Thanks for listening!
93 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
The Secret in Their Eyes & Grizzy and the Lemmings
When scholars look back at the history of human development it's almost certain that our greatest invention will be deemed to be language, eclipsing even lead paint, pornography and that device that delivers babies through centrifugal force by spinning the mother in a circle. There are many languages: more than 7000 in fact, although 23 of those account for in excess of half of the worlds population. Between the 5 of us Bad Dads we've just about mastered speaking English, so the idea that we could sit down and generate an entire Top 5 Movies Not In English seems ludicrous but somehow we've managed it.As that discussion proves there are many fine movies in what is now known as International Cinema. One such effort from Argentinian director Juan José Campanella caught Peter Andre's eye so we sat down this week to watch 2009's The Secret In Their Eyes. A sprawling crime drama set against the historical backdrop of the impending seizure of power by the military junta in Argentina which ruled from the mid 70's through to the early 80's, the movie follows Ricardo Darín's Benjamín Esposito, a retired Argentinian federal justice agent, as he attempts to write a novel chronicling the unsatisfactorily closed case of a violent rape and murder. The investigation is intimately intertwined with the never-quite realised love for his boss Irene Hastings (Soledad Villamil) lending an unmistakeable air of sadness to already intensely affecting circumstances.No less profound is Netflix's Grizzy & The Lemmings, an animated tv show in which nature's vicious reality is exposed. The protagonists are species chosen from opposite ends of the animal kingdom and the equilibrium in their conflict maintained by pitting the huge and ferocious 'Grizzy' (a grizzly bear) against the cunning and fast 'The Lemmings' (some lemmings). Caught in an endless cycle of escalating violence much like the devastating gang warfare of the Bloods and Crips, the show's French creators Josselin Charier and Antoine Rodelet cite a startling inspiration for the shows villainous lemmings.We love to hear from our listeners! By which I mean we tolerate it. Try us on twitter @dads_film, on Facebook Bad Dads Film Review or on our website baddadsfilm.com.Until next time, we remain...Bad Dads
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