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It's never easy writing the show notes when you weren't present for the podcast itself and consequently don't have the overall tone of the discussion to guide you. For instance, the guys talked about the Top 5 Hacking or Computers Scenes, but was any of it interesting? Almost certainly not. And what will special guest Rupert have to say about it all? And who is Rupert anyway?THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK (2012) has sat unwatched in my Netflix queue since I first joined the service, so I was delighted when listener Pearcey suggested we should watch it. Charming, low-budget sci-fi which sees Nils d'Aulaire as Bill aka General Trius who came to Earth many years in search of a new home for his fellow Hondonians but decided to stay after hearing music for the first time and falling in love. Soon his blissful and peaceful new life is disturbed by the presence of another of his race, the not quite right Kevin. With a refreshing lack of cynicism and a strong alien bluegrass soundtrack, I'm hoping the rest of the Dads and the enigmatic Rupert feel the same about this indie treasure. CAPTAIN PUGWASH is the spineless and stupid animated pirate captain of the Black Pig and is renowned for being awash with sexual innuendo. Everyone knows for instance about the characters Seaman Stains, Master Bates and Roger the Cabin Boy, and that ‘Pugwash’ itself is derived from an Irish word for rimming except of course none of that is true, and reality is far less exciting though there is a character called Willy if you really love that sort of thing. Hopefully the mysterious Rupert will set us all straight.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 Until next time, we remain... Bad Dads
FALLING DOWN (1993) begins innocuously enough when an unnamed white male in his 50's abandons his car in the blazing heat of downtown Los Angeles traffic with the simple and relatable enough desire to get home to his family. Meanwhile Martin Prendergast (Robert Duvall) is having a sh*tty last day on the job, stuck in that same congestion and heading towards a retirement he doesn't want from a police force that doesn't respect him, in order to become a carer for his unstable wife. As reports emerge of an unusual robbery at a supermarket and a gang-land dispute gone horribly wrong, Prendergast finds himself largely alone on the trail of "D-FENS" who leaves a trail of violence in his wake. The double D's - Duvall and Douglas - are both excellent; Douglas in particular as William Foster, the simmering ball of rage and alienation at the centre of the movie, while there's many memorable and well-executed scenes which have had a lasting impact on popular culture but this has always been a movie with some dubious messages and a very dark point of view. As an audience we're invited to enjoy Douglas's rebellion, to somehow see him as defiant in the face of oppression and therefore by extension we should enjoy him terrorizing his targets which consist largely of low-income migrants, service or retail staff and blue-collar construction workers. Prendergast's wife's illness is treated fairly insensitively even for the 90's and there's a weirdly misogynistic scene where a police officer implies Foster's wife may have demonised her former partner. The confusing encouragement and insistence the film has on portraying Foster's gripes as legitimate are totally at odds with the parts about the racist white man with a machine gun, fascism and the unchecked entitlement of the Boomer generation which is really what this is all about. Unfortunately cited as an inspiration for disenfranchised and psychotic mentalists who believe that cathartically sticking it to the man involves going crazy with firearms, which let's face it is essentially anyone who supports The Second Amendment at this point. 
The Holy Mountain

The Holy Mountain


We're on something of a hiatus this week but a few months ago Dan and I watched something a little bit different... I'm probably not going out on a limb when I suggest that Chilean surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky's THE HOLY MOUNTAIN (1973) is not for everyone. Here is the plot as regurgitated using excerpts from my notes: Twin girls in white are undressed and have their heads shaved while the drums on the soundtrack try to break my skull. Stuffed goats adorn a throne room that's painted like a Dulux colour chart. A hippo is in the bath. Jesus who was stoned to death by children has been revived by a man who has no arms or legs who then rolls a spliff for him. The conquest of Mexico is re-enacted using Toads and Iguanas. In a factory, artists produce masterpieces by using their naked painted asses. A mechanical penis and vagina about 2 metres tall does sexy things. A well-dressed woman leading the military explains that a computer is fed data about wars and revolutions which in turn tells the government what to do, for example creating toys to condition children from birth to hate Peru and become machines of war. An alchemist can turn faeces into gold by vaporising it and breathing in the fumes. A man in silk pyjamas with a face mask is being spanked by a chubby woman riding a mechanical horse. Children dressed as mickey mouse in a house like Swiss cheese; a man like a jedi, bearded, the kids celebrate him. They make purposefully shitty condos; at a huge meeting, the jedi speaks of conditioning people to work while an ice sculpture of a penis is brought in. An old lady wielding a bloody soaked sword in a tree made of chickens, she castrates a man. Another man is covered in tarantulas and screams.Under a tarpaulin a naked hermaphrodite jizzes milk from his tiger tits.  That's really just a snapshot of this experimental film which relies heavily on symbolism, a great deal of which flew way over my head. A loose narrative does emerge from the chaos which sees a group of people representing the planets - or perhaps the actual planets themselves, that seems equally plausible - ascend to the summit of the Holy Mountain in order to kill the Immortals and steal their secrets. An insane and often quite beautiful movie, when it's not completely and overwhelmingly oppressive that is, there's often incredible creativity and imagination on screen as we veer from one darkly comic scene of psychedelia to the next. Unforgettable. In an alternate universe somewhere, Jodorowsky made a version of DUNE. I would love to see that!
This weeks show was masterminded by Bad Dad Sidey who would have pleased the many protective headgear enthusiasts in our audience by nominating the Top 5 Helmets for us to discuss. Will we manage to talk about this subject without a lot of puerility and giggling? I wouldn't have thought so.THE LIGHTHOUSE (2019) was director Robert Egger's sophomore effort after debut THE VVITCH polarised the horror community with its emphasis on tone and atmosphere at the expense of shocks and sees Willem Dafoe's Thomas Wake and Robert Pattinson's Ephraim Winslow as wickie's tasked with tending and caring for a lighthouse for a month on a small isolated island. Shot using a rare 1:19:1 aspect ratio using authentic Petzval and Bauch & Lomb lenses on black and white film which induces a sense of claustrophobia to go along with the anxiety created by the constant oppressive droning of the foghorn, this is in some ways a very conventional A24 movie, as it veers from tense period pscyhological drama to lovecraftian horror via fart jokes and Promethean allegories. I enjoyed this one more in retrospect than when I was actually watching it.Sidey has been a big fan of THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT since his teens so thought we should finally give this the Bad Dads treatment. The episode "Dougal's Glasses" sees the disconsolate dog moaning and generally being a bit nasty as he fears his eyes have gone for good. Does this still hold up? Absolutely not.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 Until next time, we remain... Bad Dads
Hold The Dark & Surf's Up

Hold The Dark & Surf's Up


When you think about scenes in movies, boiling water never is too far from the screen. Tropes such as demanding that someone grabs hot water and towels when babies are born or directors using the whistling effect of a boiling kettle to signify tension seem ubiquitous and there's always the numerous horror movies where some poor victim receives a splash of the hot stuff to relate. Not to mention FATAL ATTRACTION of course. With that said when we came to discuss the Top 5 Scenes with Boiling Water, we collectively struggled to remember a single film, scene, or line of dialogue anywhere, from any movie or tv show that was about the subject so join us as we muddle through that. Howie's Netflix menu paralysis resulted in us watching HOLD THE DARK. When Medora Sloane's 6-year-old son is abducted from the remote Alaskan town of Keelut, she asks author and wolf expert Russell Core (Jeffrey Wright) to help track down the pack responsible. As her husband Vernon (an intense Alexander Skarsgård) returns injured from active combat duty to join the hunt, distressing revelations being to emerge. Director Jeremy Saulnier and writer Macon Blair (I DON'T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE) bring us this dense examination of human behaviour with strong cinematography and occasional explosive outbursts of brutal violence. Grim, bleak and utterly devoid of humour I found this one sometimes narratively incoherent and without a strong emotional performance or character to connect to. SURF'S UP sees aspiring penguin professional surfer Cody Maverick competing against the world’s best in the Big Z Memorial surfing contest, including 9-time former champion Tank "The Shredder" Evans and dim-witted stoner Chicken Joe. After being stung by a sea urchin named Ivan, lifeguard Lani takes Cody to meet her uncle Geek but what does all this have to do with the disappearance of Cody's inspiration, Big Z? I don't know but I bet it won't be that they are the same person, Zeke having faked his own death to avoid having to deal with the humiliation of becoming second best at the sport he loves. Although I wouldn't bet a lot on that. Or anything. With a strong ensemble cast including Jeff Bridges, Zooey Deschanel, Diedrich Bader, Jon Heder and a memorable turn from James Woods as an ambitious otter and a genuinely novel and ambitious mockumentary aesthetic, incredible water effects and an improvisation heavy approach this was enjoyed by us all.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 Until next time, we remain... Bad Dads
Nobody & Mr Benn

Nobody & Mr Benn


This week’s show sees us discussing The Razzies, the annual award ceremony dedicated to celebrating the very worst that Hollywood has to offer. Publicist John J.B. Wilson held a reverse Oscars party at his house in 1981 in which Stanley Kubrick and Brian De Palma were nominated for Worst Director, Shelley Duvall was proposed for Worst Actress and FRIDAY THE 13TH was on the shortlist for Worst Picture which neatly sums up just how credible the awards have been since their inception. Harmless fun some may say, while others might declare the whole concept to be lazy, mean spirited and critically irrelevant, with a bought for membership who are subject to serious lapses in judgement, guilty of a nasty piling in type mentality and completely devoid of any understanding of what constitutes cinema or art. We'll discuss the award shows apparent antipathy towards Sylvester Stallone, the brave souls who turned up in person to collect their prizes and some undeserving recipients as we discuss the Top 5 Razzie Award Nominees or Winners. NOBODY is director Ilya Naishuller's action thriller variation on the classic former killer who is brought out of retirement to deal with a personal threat type plot, sharing much in common both conceptually and aesthetically with JOHN WICK, a fact compounded by the involvement of that movies screenwriter Derek Kolstad and co-director David Leitch. The film's greatest achievement is making the star of this dark and violent tale the comedy writer/ character actor Bob Odenkirk who trained for 2 years to be believable as the brutal and efficient former 'auditor' Hutch Mansell, who becomes involved with Russian gangsters when his daughter’s kitty bracelet is stolen. With incredible and painful looking stunts, inventive fight choreography, a good sense of humour and a playful use of jazz and pop songs as ironic commentary this was of course a hit with all the Bad Dads though it never directly addresses the obvious criticism that could be made about it, namely that a movie about a man whose masculinity is in crisis and that rediscovers his joie de vivre through brutal violence is a bit of a disturbing theme. Poised for a sequel we probably don't need (but I would almost certainly watch), the main question is which celebrities should be toughened up and given their own action-genre about Larry David, Meryl Streep or Graham Norton? I would watch any one of those movies. MR BENN was an animated children’s show which first aired on British television in 1971. He lived at Number 52 Festive Road and could nearly always be found dressed in a black suit, white shirt, black tie, and smart bowler hat, evoking proper British respectability to one and all. I say nearly always because Mr Benn's daily constitutional took him near a fancy-dress shop where, as if by magic, a shopkeeper appears offering him the chance to try on a costume and go on a fantastical adventure. Dan selected episode 2 "The Hunter" for us to watch and we were all delighted to see the subject tackled with a surprising amount of compassion for a show more than 50 years old.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 Until next time, we remain... Bad Dads
Top 5 Pre or Post Kill or Injury one-liners (11:29)Call Me By Your Name (34:12)Baby Tv (01:04:32)________________________We begin this week’s show with a chat about the Top 5 Pre or Post Kill or Injury one-liners, a topic which baffled poor Dan with its complexity and caused one Bad Dad to lament that an interesting looking topic on paper does not always correspond to an interesting topic to talk about. Still, if terrible puns and worse impressions are your jam you might get a kick out of this week’s chat. Our main feature is the 2017 Luca Guadagnino film CALL ME YOUR NAME, a coming-of-age story following 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalomet) and his awakening sexual relationship with American graduate student Oliver. Set somewhere in northern Italy in 1983, Oliver's secrecy over his homosexuality is mirrored in the Perlman families own cultural and religious identity as 'Jews of discretion' and as the burgeoning relationship heads towards its inevitable conclusion, Elio's father, in an almost movie stealing scene from Michael Stuhlbarg, demonstrates a model of loving and supporting parenting, completely accepting Elio's orientation and helping him to move onwards from his heartbreak. You do not have to be put off because the movie features long languid stretches of mood and place and the actors are switching from English to French to Italian and the mother is reading a 16th century German poem about unrequited love because everyone can enjoy a good peach masturbation scene. Also, Jewish queerness and the acceptance of your child’s sexual orientation are not often topics for movies so there's that too but be warned most of the Dads felt this was just a bit too slow and the movie skirts a line with the boyish Chalomet and the playing 24 but actually 30 Armie Hammer age difference being too much for some to tolerate. Oh, and Hammer is a cannibal in waiting too which is not great. It should be noted that screentime for children under 2 years old is strongly discouraged by researchers and paediatricians due to its potentially adverse effects on behaviour and cognitive development. And with that disclaimer out of the way, BABY TV was certainly the first tv programme or channel my eldest ever watched so this week we settled down to chat about some of their terrible cheap looking flash style animations. HUNGRY HENRY is a Mexican cat who wears a neckerchief and sombrero and really needs to find a new restaurant since his local hosted by chef George never has his chosen order in stock. We are treated to a vague approximation of the production line in an almost charming segment that isn't quite the pinnacle of the Baby TV offering. No, that honour belongs to anthropomorphic easter eggs with small yellow legs and googly eyes known as EGGBIRDS, who will also feature in this week’s chat. With that kind of line-up why wouldn't you be listening in your droves?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 Until next time, we remain... Bad Dads
Baby Driver & Rastamouse

Baby Driver & Rastamouse


When it comes to onscreen violence there's nothing quite like a beheading to get the blood pumping. Whether it be in service of the story or the audiences blood lust, screenwriters have chosen time after time to lop off a character’s head, so this week sees us discussing the Top 5 Decapitations. Perhaps we missed one out, if so head on over to Twitter or any one of our channels to let us know. BABY DRIVER (2017) is Edgar Wright's thrilling heist caper, set to a propulsive soundtrack which weaves its way through every beat of the movie, almost like a trailer but for 2 hours and nowhere near as awful as that implies. Baby is coerced into working as a getaway driver for crime boss Doc but as his final job looms, life becomes more complicated when a crew of dangerous criminals becomes entangled in his newly found romance with waiter Debora. Jamie Foxx provides genuine menace as the psychotic Bats whilst Jon Hamm's Buddy is a more nuanced villain, striking a paternal role with the tinnitus and trauma suffering Baby. Lily James is fine as the love interest, so too is Eiza Gonzalez as enthusiastic but meaningless character Darling which just leaves the remaining cast to talk about: Ansel Elgort and Kevin Spacey which is all a bit problematic to be honest, with both men being accused and investigated of sexual crimes. Actually, what we should talk about is the movie, which is an inventive and thrilling genre film musical, not a combination you see every day. DP Bill Pope ensures the whole thing looks incredible and the movie is witty and impeccably edited. Maybe the final act doesn't quite match the pure fun of the build-up, but this is bravura filmmaking that comes with the approval of all of the Bad Dads, for whatever that is worth. Nothing. RASTAMOUSE is a stop-motion animated tv series which first aired on CBBC in January 2011. The series follows the adventures of the eponymous(e) rodent and his mystery solving bandmates Da Easy Crew, as they assist President Wensleydale and the orphans of Mouseland with whatever constitutes the latest emergency. This episode sees the town engulfed in a scam when legendary film director Spike Cheese turns up to shoot his latest movie but why does he need so many orphans and what is he doing with them all? Sadly of course Rastamouse was deported as part of the Windrush scandal back in 2018 so we won't hear his take on a complicated issue about race which emerges out of the existence of the show, which the Bad Dads attempt to muddle through. Does RASTAMOUSE represent a homogenisation of Black cultures and is it therefore fundamentally a bit racist? As ever we don't know so don't look to us for answers.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 Until next time, we remain... Bad Dads
Sidey is famed for his sartorial elegance so it should come as no surprise that he picked the Top 5 Suits for us to discuss. By the end of this week’s show, you'll know your two-piece from your three-piece, your tuxedo from your dinner jacket and your shell suit from your tracksuit. SOUND OF METAL is director Darius Marder's 2019 story about Ruben, a drummer in the experimental heavy metal band Blackgammon and the impact of his devastating and sudden hearing loss on his ongoing issues with sobriety. Riz Ahmed was Oscar nominated for his portrayal and it’s a transformational and powerful performance but it's supporting actor Paul Raci, himself the son of Deaf parents, who steals the movie as Vietnam veteran and recovering alcoholic Joe, the charismatic leader of the community. A rallying call not to treat individuals with disabilities as broken, waiting to be fixed, we all enjoyed this moving journey alongside the fascinating insights into the Deaf community and culture it also provides. As a father to two girls I've been subjected to more than my fair share of unicorns over the years and feel strongly that this week’s kids feature, the animated series REGULAR SHOW, has it right: The Unicorns Have Got To Go, which is coincidentally the title of the episode we watched. Mordecai and Rigby find their friendship tested when Mordecai is more interested in buying new cologne 'Dudetime' in order to attract waitress Margaret than spending time with Rigby playing the latest exciting video game, Strong Johns. But when Mordecai sprays himself with the aftershave the only thing attracted to him is a group of douchebag unicorn bros, out for a good time and definitely not trying to trick you into drinking a cup of their suspiciously spermy looking cocktails. Soon things get out of hand; Rigby's trampoline gets broken and park manager Benson, a sentient gumball machine, appears to be sexually assaulted. Will the boys rid themselves of the hangers on and patch up their failing friendship inside 12 minutes?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 Until next time, we remain... Bad Dads
As impossible as it is to imagine if all you ever do is listen to his razor sharp mental gymnastics and displays of intellectual acuity on the podcast, but Bad Dad Dan can from time to time be forgetful so it wasn't completely clear to me at first whether this week’s Top 5 Ice was chosen despite having the similarly themed Snow selection by Dan himself only a few weeks back. And hopefully whilst you ruminate on that shock revelation about the reliability or otherwise of Dan's memory, it will distract you from the fact that I don't actually have a proper way to end this paragraph. THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND is in some ways a very conventional Judd Apatow film: aspiring tattooist and self-medicating slacker Scott Carlin (Pete Davidson) is an acerbic 24-year-old with delayed onset adulthood. When firefighter Ray (Bill Burr) begins dating his mother (Marisa Tomei), Scott struggles to accept their relationship whilst finally being forced to confront the death of his father, also a firefighter, who died in action heroically attempting a dangerous rescue. Apatow's body of work often places male protagonists with arrested emotional development in situations of extreme life crises, but this is an unusually poignant and moving story arc, made even more authentic and real when you realise that Davidson's own fireman father died during 9/11. An honest and real, if not always likeable, depiction of someone with depression and anxiety processing real-life trauma, the movie finishes with just enough hope to feel uplifting without being corny. Excellent support from Maude Apatow and especially Bel Powley levels out what is a male-heavy cast which also features a great turn from real life former firefighter Steve Buscemi.  Dan picked THE LOUD HOUSE on his daughter’s recommendation, so we watched two episodes "Left in The Dark" and "Get the Message". 11-year-old Lincoln Loud is desperate to watch the live season finale of his favourite tv show about the Academy of Really Good Ghost Hunters (ARGGH) but as the only boy in a family of eleven, he'll have to come up with a way to occupy all ten sisters before he can commandeer the TV. An instantly relatable premise turns out to be a great way to introduce the siblings, with each character getting an early  chance to make an impression and some wholesome values on display as whilst the siblings fight it's clear that they respect, love and look after each other which is especially important given that the unexplainedly absent parents are almost certainly drug addicts or dead. The show has extremely strong representation which is something that we like to see with an interracial gay married couple, a trans character and a bisexual. Bit of everything really, so that's nice. Continuing the long tradition here at Bad Dads of finding out that art we like has been made by people of dubious character, writer Chris Savino was Me Too'd like so many other pieces of sh*t we have talked about on the pod. What a majestic world we live in.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 Until next time, we remain... Bad Dads
The Dads are on holiday but will be back as usual from 20th April. In the meantime enjoy this special rereleased episode where we discuss LARS AND THE REAL GIRL...Original show notes below.______________“The lack of women directors in the industry is no joke. The top 100 films of 2019 were helmed by a total of 113 directors, 89.4 percent of whom were male and 10.6 percent of whom were female.” So said Women and Hollywood’s Melissa Silverstein after the 2020 Golden Globes once again featured an all male lineup in the Best Director category in a year where Greta Girwig (Little Women) and Lulu Wang (The Farewell) have had a strong case for inclusion. With this in mind, the Bad Dads Top 5 this week features those movies directed by women, and some of our favourite movies are included.My sex doll and I have been together for 5 years this week. To celebrate our anniversary I thought I'd spice things up a little so I bought a book - the Karma Sutra for Dummies. And with that thought, let's move swiftly on to this weeks main feature: Lars and The Real Girl. Despite the sensational and ludicrous premise (a socially awkward young man pretends a sex doll is real), this thoughtful and uplifting film united the Dads for it's sensitive examination of what a community support network could look like for someone struggling with mental illness.The sex talk continues with a nostalgic look back at a recently relaunched favourite. Yes morph is making a comeback! Talk about 50 Shades of Clay. Aardman Animations  Epic Adventures of Morph hit the television screens earlier this month and you can hear our take on this once beloved classic. As usual it doesn't take too long before the conversation veers off topic.We love to chat with our listeners - you can usually find us annoying people on Twitter (@dads_film), on Facebook or via email at [email protected] Please do get in touch, especially if you have something you'd like for us to review.Until next time, we remain...Bad Dads
Before your phone rendered the entire idea of  literature redundant as it continues to deepen its inexorable grip on your soul, you may well remember reading something called a book. They aren’t novel to noted bibliophile Howie; well he can at least recall seeing a movie which had books in it as he picked the Top 5 Books in Movies for us to discuss, presumably in an ill-fated attempt to convince us he isn't the knuckle dragging simpleton we know he is. We watched BOILING POINT, the astonishing Netflix film from writer/director Philip Barantini. Things deteriorate over the course of one evening for Head Chef Andy; already metaphorically spinning plates before entering his restaurant, a snivelling little pencil pusher has downgraded his Health and Safety rating to three stars. With a dining room packed full of obnoxious racists and demanding Instagram influencers, an unexpected visit from partner/mentor/rival Alastair Skye and a famously caustic food critic comes at exactly the wrong moment. Front of house Beth's hopeless inexperience shows as she increases the pressure on a kitchen already burdened with language barriers, basic health violations, lazy kitchen porters, self-harming pastry chefs and, if you can believe it, much, much more. An utterly compelling technical achievement, the cast are all excellent with dazzling performances from Stephen Graham, Vinette Robinson, Ray Panthaki and Stephen McMillan in particular. Filmed in a single take which strengthens the general mood of anxiety that starts as soon as this film begins and continues to gather pace right towards the climax, this is highly recommended by all of the Dads. Andy Day is Cbeebies longest serving presenter, starting way back in 2007, so the chances are that if you have spawned a child since then you will have heard of him. Unlike two of our dads who profess to being oblivious of the multi-talented performer. Not to worry though, Andy superfan Dan is on hand to guide us as we discuss ANDY AND THE BAND, a two season CBBS series about a problem-solving kiddy rock band who help their fans. In the episode "Ruby the Superfan", Andy's sister Ruby wants to meet her hero, a vlogger named Fay Moss putting their latest gig at risk. With roadie Whiff dressed up like a one-man Whitesnake and only too happy to take their place, will the band appease Fay and her surly bodyguard Sebastian long enough for Ruby to meet her idol AND make the gig in time? Will there be a cleverly crafted message about being aware of what might be fake or true in the media which also subtly highlights the collective vapidity and lies of social media and plots about how you should avoid celebrity worship and learn your friends are your real heroes? Well, yes. now that you come to mention it. Good wholesome content. Although  thinking about who the groupies are for this band is a troubling thought.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 Until next time, we remain... Bad Dads
An egg is of course the fertilized ovum of an animal that grows and develops as an embryo inside some kind of organic vessel. And as delicious as that sounds, they are only to be consumed when they are hot, never cold as everyone in their right mind truly understands. Last week you may recall Sidey snorting with derision at the thought of compiling a Top 5 Eggs but it turns out Howie was some kind of egg savant, listing numerous egg or egg related scenes and movies in a matter of seconds. Sadly our favourite ginger insult magnet isn't joining us this week and neither is Bad Dad Dan, still journeying in far flung places, which is a shame because the pun potential as far as eggs are concerned is cracking. Should I make a few of my own? Maybe I'll whisk it. Jane Campion won the Best Director Oscar at the 94th Academy Awards, which was a sterile affair with very few incidents to note of any kind, for the THE POWER OF THE DOG, which is definitely NOT a western. In 1925 Montana, wealthy cattle farm owner George Burbank (Jesse Plemons) marries widower Rose Gordon (Kirsten Dunst), much to the anger of George's brother Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch), a macho, vicious bully who prefers spending his days working the ranch and his evenings tormenting Rose. As Rose's son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee) begins to spend more time with Phil, a more complicated picture emerges. Is Phil a desperately repressed and lonely individual pining for his former lover? Or are we watching the grooming process of a sexual predator?  A fascinating and often very beautiful movie with stunning cinematography, this was liked or loved by all of us to some degree or another. Like an arthouse period drama slash revenge thriller, with a straightforward narrative that was more a triumph of mood and tone for my money. Well worth checking out. But not a western. Peter's refusal to honour the central conceit of the show and instead focus on his childhood favourites continues as we look back at BANANAMAN. Essentially the DC superhero Shazam! but for Bananas, when schoolboy Eric eats a Banana he becomes the potassium filled superhero. We review season 2 episode 3's "Trouble At The Mill" in which our hero runs afoul of his villainous counterpart Appleman. This British animation classic features The Goodies who were less than impressed by the final product apparently and even back in the day I wasn't all that keen on this beyond the theme tune. But what a theme tune it was!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 Until next time, we remain... Bad Dads
Love & Mercy & Making Fun

Love & Mercy & Making Fun


Whilst you may have laboured under the misapprehension that the pen was a mere writing implement, in the world of movies it can do so much more. Mainly kill people according to our research. Will we find any benevolent biros when we discuss our Top 5 Movie Pens? LOVE & MERCY alternates between two key time periods in the life of The Beach Boys singer songwriter Brian Wilson, the 1960s and late 1980s, showing how he got into and out of a period of prolonged mental illness which occurred during the production, release, and reception of the critically adored but initially commercially disastrous PET SOUNDS album. A sensitive portrayal sees Paul Dano and John Cusack playing Wilson in the different time periods with his overbearing father and the monstrous psychiatrist Dr Eugene Landy as the abusers in his life and Elizabeth Banks as Melinda Ledbitter, the woman who eventually became his wife and freed him from his pharmaceutical prison. An extraordinary biopic causing one Bad Dad to reappraise Wilson as a serious artist as we see how he transcended his influences, combining the rock and or roll of Chuck Berry, the vocal harmonies of The Belmonts, the Spector Wall of Sound and surf guitar riffs to create a new sound that took the world by storm and continues to captivate now. Toy making genius Jimmy DiResta helms the Netflix series MAKING FUN in which his posse of impossibly bearded friends make improbably stupid objects for children just for the sheer hell of it. To show kids if they can dream it up, it can be built. As inspirational as all that sounds don't be fooled that Jimmy is a fan of kids, he most definitely isn't. In fact he dislikes them almost as much as he dislikes safety goggles. Burn! This week the team make a pair of Unicornicycles and just like in any real project the idiot customer changes their mind halfway through and adds a completely new requirement, in this case for the bikes to be able to fart glitter which is no worse than anything I have come across in the work place.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 Until next time, we remain... Bad Dads
What makes a great title for a film? Should it encapsulate the essence of the story, tell us something via symbolism about the characters or locations involved, be instantly familiar and memorable or generate intrigue? No, like everything important in life, size is the most important quality which is why this week we're looking at the Top 5 Movies With Long Titles.  SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (2018) is a scorching satire-cum-fantasy comedy in which the skint Cassius "Cash" Green (LaKeith Stanfield) gets a job  at telemarketing firm RegalView and becomes a huge success by using his White Voice. Promoted to the executive floor to become a Power Caller as his colleagues unionize around him, Cash's life is never the same again after meeting CEO Steve Lift (Armie Hammer) whose company WorryFree promises lifelong job security and housing in exchange for what looks suspiciously like slave labour amid pastel-hued prisonlike living conditions. Writer/Director Boots Riley provides a debut to remember with the early establishment of a unique and playful visual tone complementing the absurd magical realism of the final act and a memorable rapping scene in which the audience is confronted with the dehumanisation of racism that might provoke laughter or feelings of extreme discomfort, probably both. This one comes highly rated from the Bad Dads, check it out.  XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM was Reegs's attempt to double down on the whole long titles thing and shamelessly exploit a popular US kids tv show in the hope of securing a few new listeners. If you did find yourself here keen to hear what two Jerseymen thought of the Charles Schultz inspired artwork and wholesome historical content coupled with discussions about problem-solving and whether children should have beards or not, then you are in luck because that's exactly what you'll get. 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 Until next time, we remain... Bad Dads
"I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere."There's more than a grain of truth in what Anakin Skywalker says in one of cinemas most cherished and beloved moments, during the universally acknowledged high point of the entire Star Wars franchise, STAR WARS: EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES. This week we're discussing Sand and yes that really is the title of this week’s Top 5. Top 5 Sand.Carlos Kaiser was a professional footballer for more than a decade, played for four of Brazil's top clubs and was a teammate of the 1994 World Cup winner Bebeto. There's just one catch: during his entire career he never actually made an appearance. The documentary KAISER! THE GREATEST FOOTBALLER NEVER TO PLAY FOOTBALL explores the extraordinary lengths he went to in order to fabricate a career including:bribing ball-boys to chant his name during matches so he would appear to be a cult heropaying youth-team players to injure him in training so that he wouldn't be able to playscaling a fence to start a fight with opposition supporters to avoid being brought on as a substitutejustifying that fight to the furious team owner - arguably the most dangerous criminal in Brazil - by claiming that he had been defending his name. a move that earned him a new contractposing as superstar Renato Gaúcho to gain access to clubs and womenAn extraordinary and at times uncomfortable story told in a tonally jarring way that never seriously humanises its subject or forces him to confront the many troubling aspects of the tale relating to sexual consent. Maybe not a great documentary but an interesting story nonetheless and accessible to non-football fans.We finish up this week with REN & STIMPY in the specially selected and fondly remembered episode "Son of Stimpy". Starting outside a quiet, modest suburban house at Christmas for a true story they just made up, Stimpson J. Cat is watching television when he accidentally breaks wind. Attempting to convince Ren of this virgin birth but to little avail and with his 'son' Stinky lost in the big city, Stimpy is heartbroken and falls into a deep depression with Ren's persistent sexual advances an unwelcome distraction. Thankfully Stinky eventually returns home with his fiancée, a discarded fish head, and the rejuvenated cat can officiate at their wedding allowing the marriage to be consummated in one of Ren's nostrils. Absolutely mental.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 Until next time, we remain... Bad Dads
We were delighted to have the ART NINJA Ricky Martin join us this week to talk about craft storage solutions, the responsibility of being a beloved childhood icon, cardboard horror movies, his experiences with ADHD and much more. Ricky presented an art themed sitcom for CBBC between 2015 and 2019, making 55 episodes and reaching and inspiring thousands of children to create their own works, including all of the Dads kids (whether they knew it or not). We review 'Day Of The Baby' and 'Day Of The Not Quite Christmas', episodes selected by Reegs's kids. For most people the joy of painting purely to express yourself is confined to childhood which seems like a terrific shame given the enjoyment it can give you. I myself love dipping my brush, priming my canvas and applying my strokes. Oh and I also quite like painting. This week’s Top 5 sees us discussing the very best of Paintings in movies and tv, and in doing my research this week I discovered the urban dictionary definition for painting, which I am far too polite to repeat here. I had high hopes for SNAKE EYES: GI JOE ORIGINS in that it was literally the only ninja movie I could find that had a reasonably recent mainstream release in the last 1 to 10 years which is either a damning indictment of my research skills or an illustration of the paucity of the modern ninja film movement. Henry Golding stars as the titular swordsman, destined as we know to wear the cool costume and to sell millions of toys but what you probably didn't expect was that this was going to be a dissection of the motivation and consequences of revenge featuring acrobatic combat, neon-soaked Tokyo backdrops, an energetic camera, an ambiguous hero and three giant homicidal anacondas. I'm not going to say this is unmissable but it is the kind of thing that were you searching for a recently released Ninja movie for a specially themed week of a podcast you co-host, and you chose this and you had to watch it and you maybe weren't that enthused about it and it turned out to be pretty good actually, with well-staged fights and richer thematic content than you had expected you would be pretty pleased. 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   Until next time, we remain...   Bad Dads
Skyscrapers are of course symbols of male domination and authority, immense metal and concrete phalluses penetrating the sky itself so of course Hollywood loves to gaze adoringly at them. This week sees us discussing the Top 5 Skyscrapers and whether we're leaping out of them, smashing through them, climbing across them or using them to stage elaborate scenes of public affection we have many stories to discuss. DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE. ROOM is a 2015 drama about abuse, suffering and rape which I was worried would go full misery porn but thankfully it's also about hope, strength in adversity and acceptance. Excellent performances from Brie Larsen but especially Jacob Tremblay as 5-year-old Jack anchor the film which features many distressing scenes alongside well-crafted sequences of tension and quiet emotion from Director Lenny Abrahamson. We jumped into episode two of the first season of the fifth incarnation of Voltron, Netflix's VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER. Fantastic action scenes coupled with a just-right level of self-aware humour makes this an excellent addition to the Bad Dads kids tv review section.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 Until next time, we remain... Bad DadsTags: 
A Ghost Story & Fireman Sam

A Ghost Story & Fireman Sam


Since all attempts to capture proof of ghosts on film consist of grainy night-vision footage more like an amateur Pornhub channel than indisputable proof of life after death and your guaranteed never to encounter a ghost in real life unless you're completely insane, the cinema is where the idea of the spirit of a dead person or animal who refuses to depart the physical world has played out to greatest effect. From discussing masterpieces like THE SHINING or CASPER through to more lightweight entertainment like POLTERGEIST or RINGU the conversation never gets more personal than when Sidey recounts his experiences of catching THE WOMAN IN BLACK when he was far too young. Sure it makes for a funny story on a podcast but were the years of sleepless nights and trauma worth it? Of course they were, it didn't happen to you. The absolute first thing you're going to notice about David Lowery's terrific and ambitious 2017 supernatural drama A GHOST STORY is the aspect ratio, it being filmed in a nostalgia evoking 1:33:1 format with vignetted curves, not because you’re an insufferably smug film enthusiast who likes to point these things out but because film is primarily a visual medium in my opinion and that is literally the first thing your eyes will see. Examining the existential horror of death, the passage of time, love, loss, the inevitability of mortality, whether creativity gives your life purpose and meaning and providing the single most authentic portrayal of grief in film via the much-discussed pie-eating scene, this absolutely blew me away. Ignore the lukewarm reception from a couple of the dads and take it from me, this is a must-see film. The town of Pontypandy is home to one of the most prolific arsonists known to man, Norman Price. Perpetually aged 7 since his debut in the very first FIREMAN SAM episode (The Kite) way back in 1987, presumably his enforced endless youth fuels the rage behind his yearning for incendiary adventure. We watched Norman's Ghost, the twelfth episode of the seventh season which eschewed the charming hand animated puppetry of the original series for the soulless, bland CGI design that was common back in 2009 when this first aired. A lengthy and preachy monologue from the titular smoke eater rounds out the 10 minutes 32 seconds, which fails to deal with the big issues like 'where does all the funding come from?' and 'is the character Bella Lasagna a bit racist?'. Appalling. 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 Until next time, we remain... Bad Dads
I'm sorry to have to disappoint you but the idea that snowflakes are unique is not entirely true, there being eight main types of shapes at the molecular level, with 39 sub-categories which then order themselves via weak hydrogen bonds to each other, resulting in the symmetrical hexagonal shape of the snowflake. At the atomic level they are indistinguishable, being comprised of the same oxygen and hydrogen atoms and in that sense of course we're all interchangeable and alike but a part of the same: the snow, me, you, the phone you're listening to this on, because all atoms of any element are identical. Not close or similar, but exactly identical. Is that profound? I don't know but it's worth bearing in mind while you listen to me and my snowmies discussing the Top 5 Snow scenes or movies.Dan has been talking about the documentary 14 PEAKS: NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE for a few weeks now and with his visit to Nepal on the horizon we thought we'd take the time to review this celebration of extraordinary and almost unimaginable courage, strength and determination. Nepalese climber Nims Purja and his team scale all 14 mountains above 8,000 metres in 6 months and 6 days, a task for which the superlatives barely do justice. These are truly incredible people, doing incredible things for incredible reasons and there's some food for thought in Nims' pleas for greater recognition and acknowledgement of his accomplishments in light of the relative glorification of western mountain-climbers, when their achievements are rooted in the hard work of their Sherpa support teams. Unmissable.We unanimously agreed THAT GIRL LAY LAY is the best kids thing we've ever reviewed on the pod. The Netflix series sees an A.I. avatar from a personal affirmation app materialise in the real world to help boost the self-esteem of 14 year old Sadie, a sentence I only just about understand and a concept which made me feel so old I soiled myself in solidarity with my geriatric brethren. Helpfully that chimes with the theme of the episode "Boombox Burger Bop" in which Sadie's parents struggle for relevance when performing their 10 year old burger jingle. At one point Lay Lay says "hashtag don't sleep on crypto" and I wanted to kill myself. But rapper Lay Lay (real name Alaya High) really does have some flow.That's all for now simpletons. Try us on twitter @dads_film, on Facebook Bad Dads Film Review or on our website Until next time, we remain... Bad Dads
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Simon Regal

Really funny! Good chats, good times Hilarious podcast in which the 3 Bad Dads review movies they didn’t see when they became dads, plus reviews of the kids stuff they now endure. Funny as hell and insightful.

Dec 3rd
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