LAZF friends and presenters I Love Bad Movies are hosting a screening in NYC. If you’re in the neighborhood, swing by!
“I Love Bad Movies is teaming up with The Flop House podcast for another Bad Movie Night! This Friday, Jan. 20th at 8pm at 92YTribeca, we’ll be screening 12 Rounds, a “stupid as a bag of hammers” action movie from the director of Die Hard 2, starring John Cena a.k.a. that wrestler guy who sometimes acts but isn’t The Rock. Fans of HBO’s The Wire will enjoy seeing Aiden Gillen (a.k.a. Baltimore politician Tommy Carcetti) as the villain, an Irish arms dealer jazzily named Miles Jackson, who spends the movie slipping in and out of his own native accent.
Pre-show entertainment from Matt and Kseniya will include a short presentation on the many cinematic sins committed by the cast of The Wire, and a trivia round with questions (many of them easily guessable!) about bad movies, The Flop House podcast, and the oeuvre of bad-movie patron saint Lou Gossett Jr. Prizes include copies I Love Bad Movies #1 through #4, treasured VHS tapes, and other priceless and/or valueless junk.
During the movie, you’ll hear running commentary and jokes from The Flop House (“Mr. Handsome Nerd” Stuart Wellington and Daily Show writers Dan McCoy and Elliott Kalan). Then we’ll pause for a special halftime segment in which your hosts discuss whether or not this movie could have made any less sense so far.
Those who came to our first Bad Movie Night screening of the doubly troubled Twin Sitters
know that this will be a night of riotous laughter, mass guffawing, and tear-streaked smiles. This event is a Time Out New York Critics’ Pick
and will likely sell out, so get your 12 Rounds tickets now!“
We can’t make it in person, but we are queueing the DVD.
Describe your most recent zine.
I Love Bad Movies #5 will be hot off the presses in time for the LAZF. The theme is Early and Late Roles, or basically “before or after they were famous.” There’s Prince in Purple Rain, Kidman in BMX Bandits, Wahlberg and Witherspoon in Fear, plus Dracula vs. Frankenstein and Brando in The Island of Dr. Moreau.
Matt: I’ll have finished my game show zine Taken for a Ride: My Night in the Cash Cab. It tells the story of our experience on that show, as well as my audience appearances and auditions for Dr. Fad, Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?, and Million Dollar Password, and how television intertwined my childhood with that of a young boy growing up in post-war Japan.
Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
Ksen: Nicolas Cage is essentially the patron saint of great-bad films. His warped choices and bizarro acting have been at least a partial inspiration for our projects. There’s no other actor who seeks out such depth in the most shallow of characters, and there’s no human being I find more puzzling or entertaining.
On the other end of the spectrum is Margaret Atwood. Her range of tone and subject is unparalleled. Humor and honesty are important to me when I write, and Atwood’s work (Edible Woman especially) has been a tremendous inspiration for me in that sense.
Matt: Bill Brown‘s short films find the resonance, poetry, and story (again, real or imagined) of any place he goes. He also writes the zine Dream Whip, which is essentially the best travelogue I’ve ever read. His work has inspired me to look further and find the connections I might otherwise have missed in my own writing. Bill Brown can find heaven in an empty gravel parking lot, go through hell in far brighter, shinier places, and bring you to tears over a roadside ice cream stand.
What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
We both have regular-person jobs, but do as much as we can with the rest of our time. Over the past year, when not writing or publishing, we’ve hosted screenings of our favorite bad movies — often at 92YTribeca (the best screening room, film programming, and projectionist in New York City). Our double feature of Hackers and The Net was a highlight, as was getting the E.T. rip-off Mac and Me on 35mm. We might like to host a good movie at some point, but somehow we’ve never gotten around to it.