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Several years ago 4 self confessed movie fanatics ruined their favourite pastime by having children. Now we are telling the world about the movies we missed and the frequently awful kids tv we are now subjected to. We like to think we're funny. Come and argue with us on the social medias.

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Dredd & Chucklevision

Dredd & Chucklevision


Staircases have always played a vital role in cinema; any time our hero or villain needs to ascend or descend a level, the humble stair is there to allow it to happen. Ripe for injecting symbolism into a scene or used metaphorically to show our protagonists character development, the stairs are also a place where fights, chases and sometimes comedy can occur. So join us and go stair-crazy with this weeks Top 5 Set On A Staircase.The legendary 2000 A.D. is a British sci-fi comic which has been around since the 1970's and has at one time or another received contributions from some of our most well-known writers and artists, including Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, Grant Morrison and Garth Ennis. Undoubtedly the most famous of all its characters is Judge Dredd, a law enforcement officer in the dystopian future city Mega-City One. Sylvester Stallone has already played the character on the big screen but the movie struggled to find an audience as it was stripped essentially of everything that made the character and world he inhabits interesting. Alex Garland and Pete Travis rebooted the persona with Karl Urban starring as the titular Judge in 2012's DREDD. But would this version of the role resonate with the Dads?Obvious humour, catchphrases, pratfalls, silliness and the most ridiculous cranial and facial hair you are ever likely to see combine to give us Chucklevision, a British kids tv comedy starring Barry and Paul Chuckle (the Chuckle Brothers). In 'Trouble In Store' the half-witted mullet-sporters are left in charge of a supermarket and before you can say 'Operation Yewtree' our childish simpletons are neck deep in banana skins, floor polish and wee-jimmy Krankie's orifices. Chuckle? Did I fuck. 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 next time, we remain...Bad Dads
Cats & Gabby's Dollhouse

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 next time, we remain...Bad Dads
Moonlight & Disenchantment

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 next time, we remain...Bad Dads
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 next time, we remain...Bad Dads
The Founder & The Tick

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 next time, we remain...Bad Dads
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 next time, we remain...Bad Dads 
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 next time, we remain...Bad Dads 
Page 8 & Malibu Rescue

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?
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.     
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' 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 next time, we remain...Bad Dads 
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 next time, we remain...Bad Dads 
The British drink tea, eat crumpets and are emotionally distant, class-obsessed xenophobes. The French wear berets, wouldn't be seen dead without a baguette under one arm and have questionable hygiene standards. The Italians are a nation of dark-haired, olive skinned plumbers who spend most of their time ingesting huge quantities of mushrooms, then jumping on the backs of turtles whilst on a quest to save a Princess. Yet despite our differences we collectively managed to establish the culture which became the root of all modern western civilisations. And somehow that ended up with us, the Bad Dads, sitting here reviewing the Top 5 Movies with Europe in them.Midnight in Paris follows disillusioned screenwriter Gill Pender (Owen Wilson) as he explores themes of romanticism of the past and nostalgia. Whilst holidaying with his fiancée and her parents, Woody Allen  finds himself travelling back in time to visit 1920's Paris, meeting with Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald amongst other cultural and artistic icons. The film received a number of accolades including Best Original Screenplay at the 84th Academy Awards.We finish this weeks European themed episode exactly where you'd expect us to, at the Opera National de Paris watching teenage girls dance. It's Amazon Prime's Find Me In Paris, a completely bonkers, fish out of water tv series featuring a ballet dancing, temporally displaced Princess from the year 1905 who finds herself stuck in the modern day. Using a magical chimney to communicate with her boyfriend in the past, Helena 'Lena' Grisky must somehow navigate her way through the ballet school at the modern Opéra de Paris whilst maintaining her secret identity and being chased through time by a trio of steampunk douchebags.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 next time, we remain...Bad Dads 
Furious 7 & The Flintstones

Furious 7 & The Flintstones


The Casino can be an intoxicating place in more way than one, especially if you like gambling which I don't. The unquestionable pathway to happiness that gambling guarantees, the glamour, the risk, the reward, the shared social experience: it all sounds awful, just as fake as the Eiffel Tower that famously adorns the Vegas strip. This weeks top 5 promises all of the subtlety and style of that famous American city, a mecca for the perpetually misguided and the intellectually stunted, so of course we're big fans.Sitting shotgun in a car driven by Dominic "Dom" Toretto (Vin Diesel) must be a terrifying experience as even a routine trip to Tesco would become a bowel-emptying, physics-defying descent down the side of a sidescraper. Were I ever to find myself in that scenario I'd exert a measure of control over the situation by monopolising the stereo so I could at least listen to Kruder & Dorfmeister while firemen cut my lifeless body from the flaming wreckage. Yes we're taking a plunge into the Fast & Furious franchise and we're starting with 2015's Furious 7 (or Fast & Furious 7 to give it its onscreen title). The film is overshadowed to a degree by the death of co-lead Paul Walker who was tragically killed in a car accident, with his scenes completed using unseen footage and his brothers as stand-ins. For a franchise sincerely built upon an unshakeable belief that strangers can become family, and a clearly close-knit cast operating like a family, this lends the movie an unmistakeable ironic sadness.The Flintstones, remember them? They were an animated sitcom family who routinely abused animals in order to perform menial tasks and lived sexually liberated lives with their neighbours, The Rubbles and to a lesser extent, their pet dinosaur Dino. Arguably the most famous and beloved of the animation powerhouse Hanna-Barbera's output, everyone remembers the theme tune at the very least and if pressed I'm sure it would be universally acknowledged as a classic. But was it really any good? We watch The Flintstones' New Neighbors so you don't have to.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 next time, we remain...Bad Dads Tags: 
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has made in excess of 23 billion dollars worldwide since Iron Man's debut in 2008 and superhero movies have become so ubiquitous that we take them for granted but this wasn't always the case. When I was younger, the notion that there might be a shared cinematic universe featuring even top tier Marvel characters seemed fanciful, never mind the fact that we now have entire movies dedicated to the exploits of talking foxes and mono-sentenced walking trees. 22 movies later the first phase of Marvel Studio's movies has completed and now it's time for the Bad Dads to have their say. We begin this weeks episode with the top 5 Memorable Marvel Moments and it's fair to say that not all of the Dads have done their homework.Where else could we start but right at the end with 2019's thrilling conclusion to the epic Infinity War Saga, Avengers: Endgame. Peter Andre is essentially a virgin where it comes to comic book movies - make up your own joke about Marvel nerds being virgins because I seriously can't be bothered - we're sure to scrutinise directors Joe and Anthony Russo's movie unlike anyone else.Our kids program this week is the animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The first animated film in the Spider-Man franchise features a script by one half of the filmmaking duo Lord & Miller and the voice talents of well known actors such as Lily Tomlin, Liev Schreiber, Nic Cage and Mahershala Ali alongside less well known actors Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson and Hailee Steinfeld. It was the first non-Disney/Pixar film to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature since 2011's Rango but does it have enough in it's locker to impress a less than enthusiastic Peter?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 next time, we remain...Bad Dads 
Imagine a world without music. No jazz, soul, punk, funk or gospel, no rock, no roll, no hip, no hop. You can't do it can you, and not only because your brain has been reduced to little more than a paperweight by endlessly scrolling the internet on your phone but also because it's impossible. People have music literally embedded in them; the human heart is by design an organ which is supposed to tirelessly and constantly beat in rhythm just for you to survive. Given the seemingly culturally universal ubiquity that exists around music it's not surprising that we love movies about music and musicians. But which ones did we choose to chat about for this weeks Top 5? It's a tense week as Bad Dad Peter Andre makes his first nominations and none of us were prepared for him to pick Danish auteur Nicholas Winding Refn's 2016 horror about beauty, The Neon Demon. The film polarised critics upon release, will it have the same effect on the Dads?We round up this weeks show with a nostalgia filled look back at 1982's The Mysterious Cities of Gold. For those that are old enough, the mere mention of that title is sufficient to lodge the theme tune in your brain like the bullet that will presumably lodge itself in the back of Meghan Markle's cranium once Kate finally gives the order to have her assassinated. But does this show have anything to offer beyond the theme tune? Stay tuned to find out. 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 next time, we remain...Bad Dads 
Sidey's relentless bullying campaign finally pays off as Howie dramatically quits the show!Is just one of the ways the mainstream media would have wilfully misreported the fact that our favourite shouty ginger paddle boarder has decided to take a well earned break in order to recharge his batteries. We have a surprise guest instead and whilst I won't give away who it is let's just say that he has:featured on the pod before; not directed an amazing movie; not starred in a fascinating low budget sci-fi movie opposite Scarlett Johansson so keep your expectations even lower than usual. This weeks Top 5, Movies of Colour, allows us to talk about a whole range of movies we've never mentioned on the podcast before, from bizarre Lynchian dreamscapes to a director with an unnatural interest in Brooke Shields. Not to be missed!Dan was just a young man, barely into his 40's, when Arthur Penn's seminal Western Little Big Man was released in December 1970. Following the early life of 121 year old Jack Crabb (Dustin Hoffman), a man caught between two warring cultures and his sometimes desperate attempts to survive that divide. The Dads have mentioned their love of the western genre on the podcast before and with Faye Dunaway providing some visual relief this was sure to be a big hit.Netflix's The Unlisted is an Australian sci-fi series aimed at children and young teenagers and features a cast of convincing child actors who weren't universally awful and a solid enough mystery to grab the Dads attention. Stay tuned for our review!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 next time, we remain...Bad Dads 
Booksmart & The Simpsons

Booksmart & The Simpsons


A lot has been written about the Second Amendment to the United States constitution over the years, much of it in dispute over what the right to keep and bear arms means for individual Americans. What I'm sure we can all agree is that when this constitutional change was ratified in December of 1791, everyone attending shared a common dream that one day they would be able to see an immense Austrian man operating a belt fed machine gun like a childrens toy as he indiscriminately murders wave after wave of faceless goons. Those pioneers would be delighted to listen to this weeks podcast on the Top 5 Movie Guns if they weren't already dead, primarily of accidental gunshot wounds.A coming of age buddy tale set on the eve of graduation is a difficult setting to achieve something distinctive in but that's exactly what first time director Olivia Wilde has set out to accomplish with 2019's Booksmart. Well-worn tropes are given a modern feminine makeover by writers  Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, and Katie Silberman and leads Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever shine alongside an established supporting cast including Jason Sudekis, Lisa Kudrow and Will Forte. Will the Dads be woke enough to enjoy this one?The Simpsons is one of the greatest television programmes of all time. Many would say the greatest of all time in fact. And now they have the honour of being discussed by the Bad Dads. Sidey picked season 3 classic "Homer at the bat" for us to revisit and it's not long before the quotes and trivia are flowing on this icon of popular culture. If you can't get enough of our incredibly mediocre entertainment you can yell at us on twitter - @dads_film - or visit our website next time, we remain...Bad Dads
Who is the bravest movie character of all time? It could be anyone from Rocky to Ripley to Rambo to John McClane, and that will probably make for an excellent discussion some week but right now none of these people will feature in our Top 5 Film and TV Cowards.Dallas Buyers Club is the highly fictionalised very loosely based on a semi-true how much of it was it really though story of the life of Ron Woodruff who in July 1985 was diagnosed with HIV and given 30 days to live. The movies version of Woodruff is that of a wild and ferociously homophobic Texan loner who imports unapproved pharmaceutical grade medicines in order to extend his quality and quantity of life and in the process does the same for many others. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto give some of their finest career performances in this extraordinary tale focusing on the scandalously abandoned during a pandemic HIV and AIDS patient community.Peppa Pig. Peppa Pig. From the fleeting moments of peace the portly porcine bestowed upon us when captivating our children in order to give us 5 precious minutes drooling at our phones to the fact that each of us could create an effigy of the psychotic porker 200 feet tall using just discarded plastic piglet playthings, the worlds favourite non-kosher animated land-based mammal has made an impact on all of us as parents, but none more so than one of the Dads. Sidey speaks candidly and movingly about the profoundly affecting memories he has of watching this with his son.Come and join us at, on Twitter @dads_film or on Facebook BadDadsFilmReview. Until next time, we remain...Bad Dads
When I was 7 years old I had a recurring nightmare for a while in which a Tyrannosaurus-Rex would grow from a single pixel on my old CRT television, slowly at first and then emerging far beyond the edge of the screen until its tremendous body broke through the ceiling. Pausing for a dreadful roar it devours me in a single mercifully quick obliteration. The television itself was a PHILIPS 27CS6895 BACH but I don't remember the movie I watched which no doubt inspired those terrifying sleepless nights. Thankfully we do remember a whole bunch of other stuff which we're going to talk about in the Top 5 Characters Which Scared You As A Kid.Howie needs to get a room with Taika Waititi because this isn't the first time he's chosen one of his movies. Can he continue his unbeaten approval streak with 2014's vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows? Stuart Rutherford's magnificently layered Stu is the star of the show in this Wellington based comedy alongside supporting characters from Jemaine Clement, Jonathan Brugh and Ben Fransham. Quirky, New Zealand based comedy has consistently tickled all of the Dads so it was a sure thing that we would all love this.Picking a film as your kids choice is always a risky move: anything longer than 20 minutes risks derision from your fellow fathers so it was brave of Howie to proffer the Laika animation Missing Link. The incredible stop-motion techniques that create their unique and truly astounding visuals ensured they won Best Animated Feature at the 2020 Golden Globes so we settled down with our families and checked it out.Come chat with us in the virtual world in various places. Sidey and Reegs are usually skulking around @dads_film or on Facebook and Howie runs the instagram page so it would be really cool if everyone started posting pictures of Brighton Rock to it and giving him abuse, what do you say guys, come on people you can do this etc.We deliver this content for you and more over at and we love doing it but we would totally sell out in a heartbeat for anyone who wants to offer us money for it and I reckon we are probably cheaper to buy than you think, it can be subtle stuff like running your ads, pimping your movies, attending your premieres as celebs. Don't make me do all the thinking.
Tenet & Raising Dion

Tenet & Raising Dion


Just as the vastness of space has inspired creators for as long as our species has been able to cast it's gaze upwards so have the depths of the world's oceans similarly stimulated tales of aquatic mystery. Whether seeking to evoke fear, create a feeling of adventure or show man tested to above and beyond his limits, the catalogue of great Ocean cinema is as engrossing at is varied, and this weeks Top Movies with a Porpoise showcases the very best of marine life ever committed to celluloid.In honour of our main feature, Christopher Nolan's time bending action espionage movie Tenet, our review this week has been constructed entirely as a palindrome. Okay that's not entirely - or even slightly - true but we could do that if we wanted to. We just didn't want to show off. Thankfully the ever inventive Mr Nolan has no such qualms and over the movies 150 minute running time we are given incredible action wrapped up in a complicated non-linear plot which could only spring from his imagination. Join us as we try to make sense of the movies twisting, labyrinthine plot in what is probably the most confused Bad Dads Film Review yet.Dan chose Netflix's Raising Dion for this weeks children's entertainment. Based on the comic book and short film by Dennis Liu, the show tells the story of a single mother coping with the revelation that her young son has superpowers. Produced by and featuring Michael B. Jordan in extended cameos, this nine-part drama series was a firm favourite in his household managing to engage everyone to some degree or another. How would the rest of the Dads feel?We love to hear from you! Well some of you anyway. If you'd like to get in touch you can usually find us annoying people on Twitter - @dads_film, on Facebook or via email to We also have a website,, where you can read some of our thoughts, like so much faeces flung at the wall by a troop of incandescent monkeys.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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