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08/21/16 Episode 12: The Telephone (1988) and Maidstone (1970)

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Not all bad movies are watchable. Not all bad movies are Showgirls (1997) or The Room (2003) or what we'd call Good Bad Movies. Beyond Good Bad Movies, there's Bad Bad Movies, an unwatchable mud puddle this podcast has bathed in before -- see Slapstick (of Another Kind) (1982). Special guest Natasha Muse (Riffer's Delight, Seeso) and host Mike Spiegelman slop around in that mud again, as we watch the greatest Bad Bad Movie of them all, The Telephone (1988).

An actress makes a bunch of phone calls in her apartment. Much to Natasha's disappointment, that's the movie. Hans Gruber doesn't show up, Sharknado doesn't show up, no one turns into vampires. It's just an actress (played by Whoopi Goldberg) on the phone. Off the phone, she's reading a book, pretending to be a Japanese Benihana chef, or having a goldfish nibble her toes (all true!). Sometimes, Elliott Gould or Severn Darden (Conquest of the Planet of the Apes) or John Heard (the dad from Home Alone) show up. And there's a twist ending before the end credits roll. Again, that's the movie

If the cast seems like talent wasted, it holds true behind the camera as well. It's written by Terry Southern and Harry Nilsson and directed by actor Rip Torn. It's shot in San Francisco before the 1989 earthquake. Her apartment building is next to the now demolished Embarcadero Freeway (the building still stands). At the start she walks past the still open It's Tops Diner. What a great diner. When in San Francisco, try their pancakes.

 And where did the director come up with that ending? I feel that Torn took it from his old movie, Maidstone (1970), where he breaks character and assaults that film’s director Norman Mailer with a hammer blow to the head. We wrap up our episode by listening to that insane attack. You can also watch Maidstone in its entirety on YouTube, after the break.

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08/14/16 Episode 11: Mondo Cane (1962) and Mother Goose A Go-Go (1966)

Not for the young ones, this double feature of sex, drugs and violence from 1960s is not technically a double feature, as Mike Spiegelman and special guest co-host Mike Miller bail on one of the movies. But which one: the sex farce or the snuff film?

Mondo Cane (1962) - the snuff movie, posted after the break - does have a charming theme song called "More." We kick off the broadcast by singing over Andy Williams' version

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08/07/2016 Episode 10: Slapstick (of Another Kind) (1982)

Another kind of slapstick what? I want to help you sit through the movie Slapstick (of Another Kind) but the title doesn't help.

Proudly Resents podcaster Adam Spiegelman (and my brother) try to help, too, but it sounds like we're eating hot peppers. The movie's unwatchable.

This cultural collision of Jerry Lewis and the Kurt Vonnegut novel Slapstick has Lewis and Madeline Kahn play the dual roles of parents and their extra-terrestrial twins.

Theatrically released in Europe in 1982, it haunted American VHS rental stores a few years later. It comes after Hardly Working (1980) for Jerry (which Adam and I covered on his podcast).

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07/31/16 Episode 9: Wired (1989)

Yes, I saw this in the theater. In fact, that movie house closed shortly afterwards.

Based on the 1985 bio of a 1982 celebrity overdose, this 1989 movie is the very definition of "too soon! too soon!"

Even if friends and family of the late John Belushi had authorized this movie (which they most certainly did not), it would still be a train wreck.

Liberties were added. There's a guardian angel and a deathbed conversation between Belushi and Wired author Bob Woodward (they never met IRL). Ugh, and the sketches he does, come back, The Whitest Kids U' Know, all is forgiven!

SF Barkast podcaster Jeff Cleary guest co-hosts.

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