Coming Soon: F for Fake (1973)

May 2nd, 2014

Leonard Part 6 (1987)

April 25th, 2014

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Leonard Part 6 holds a prominent position in the pantheon of famous flops, proudly stationed next to Superman IV and The Garbage Pail Kids in the 1987 section of our favorite Wikipedia page, List of Films Considered the Worst. Like its spiritual cousins Ishtar (also from 1987) and Heaven's Gate, Leonard's reputation preceded it, with even the film's star and producer, comedy superstar Bill Cosby at the height of his fame, warning the public to stay away from theaters. Critics were appalled; Roger Ebert specifically called out the film's blatant product placement, which is such an adorable thing for him to have been angry about in the mid-1980s. But is there a chance that -- again, like Ishtar and Heaven's Gate -- this movie might not be as bad as its reputation would tend to suggest? Might we actually enjoy a film in which Bill Cosby rides an ostrich off the roof of an exploding building? The answer will shock you.

Coming Soon: Leonard Part 6 (1987)

April 18th, 2014

Electric Dreams (1984)

April 11th, 2014

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Inspired by the recent success of Oscar-nominated Her?, we're looking back at an era when filmmakers really did not know how computers worked. In this case, a fairly average-looking PC is capable, right out of the box, of controlling nearly every device in your apartment, including the locks, coffee maker, blender, and electric toothbrush -- and that's before it develops sentience when nebbishy architect Miles spills champagne on it. The nascent intelligence also falls in love with Miles's neighbor/sort-of-girlfriend Virginia Madsen from Dune, and writes her a song that sounds suspiciously like a Culture Club B-side. And that's about all the plot you can squeeze in when your movie is wall-to-wall music video montages.

Coming Soon: Electric Dreams (1984)

April 4th, 2014

Women In Cages (1971)

March 28th, 2014

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At long last, Andrew and Chris delve into the murky waters of the Women in Prison film, a subgenre of exploitation cinema that centers on a concept we like to call "incarcerated ladies." Intrigued? Then you're a disgusting pig. But also, you might want to start with Women in Cages, which we think is an excellent introduction to the genre. For one thing, it's brought to you in part by schlock legend Roger Corman, so the laughs are guaranteed. Furthermore, it prominently features blaxploitation icon Pam Grier in an early role. And that's it. That's all the things. But if that's not enough for you, who cares? It's not like you'll ever get a real woman to spend time with you, pervert. You may as well just watch the movie. (You make us sick.)

Coming Soon: Women In Cages (1971)

March 21st, 2014

The Conqueror (1956)

March 14th, 2014

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According to Hollywood legend, The Conqueror got made when John Wayne picked up a copy of the script from director Dick Powell's desk and remarked that it was a lot like a Western. The fact that it was the story of famous Mongol leader Genghis Khan -- to whom Wayne did not bare a striking resemblance -- was overlooked, as was the fact that the screenplay itself was crap, because who can say 'no' to John Wayne in the mid-1950s? Wayne, with a slight tan and a borderline-offensive pasted-on fu manchu moustache, is still basically John Wayne, and that makes him about as out-of-place as possible in a sprawling Oriental epic like this one. (Imagine him as Hamlet, and you'll get the idea.) Besides damaging their careers, filming The Conqueror may have led to the cast and crew's unusually high rate of deadly cancers, and it's one of the few films that producer Howard Hughes watched on a continuous loop while bottling his own urine, perhaps as some sort of cinematic form of self-flagellation. Since we didn't produce this movie, we only have to watch it once.

Coming Soon: The Conqueror (1956)

March 7th, 2014

Meet the Hollowheads (1989)

February 28th, 2014

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Quite possibly the only film that was not made any worse by the involvement of then-unknown Juliette Lewis, Meet the Hollowheads is the nightmarish product of a photographer and a makeup artist who mistook themselves for a screenwriter and a director. You can read all about how this mess came to pass in writer Lisa Morton's production diary, but here's the short version: nobody knew what they were doing, and Lisa Morton is delusional to think this movie might have been good in some alternate universe where producers didn't interfere with movies. This is one of the few movies we can think of that skipped VHS distribution and went straight to bootleg DVD. Bobcat Goldthwait appears and is credited as "Jack Cheese." Lisa Morton, your movie was not good enough for Bobcat Goldthwait to let you use his real name. I don't mean to shame you publicly like this, but DAMMMN.