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I Do Movies Badly: Pieta

22 Mar

Jim weeps over the corpse of his month of Kim Ki-duk movies, finishing things up with Pieta.

Crossing the Streams: March 2017, by Jim Rohner

15 Mar

Congratulations! With your recent purchase of a brand new Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire Stick you’re ready to – as Obi-Wan Kenobi said – take your first step into a larger world. That larger world is, of course, the world of chord cutting in which a seemingly endless supply of streaming apps, services, and content are available instantaneously at your fingertips. But with so many options of things to watch spread out across so many different services changing literally by the day, what’s worth binge watching before it expires and you’d have to – (GASP) – pay for it? Allow Crossing the Streams to be your official guide to what’s worth watching before it expires, what’s just been made available, and what’s just plain damn good.

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It’s important to take the news about any titles leaving Netflix with a grain of salt for two reasons: First, just because a title is due to expire doesn’t mean Netflix won’t renew the rights sometime between then and now; and second, a lot of the big titles are due to expire right before April Fool’s Day, so it all could be an elaborate (albeit neither charming nor humorous) prank being pulled by Ted Sarandos and co.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV Series (Netflix): The title that first made us all aware of both Joss Whedon as a unique creative voice and Sarah Michelle Gellar as a badass female vampire hunter just celebrate its twentieth anniversary. While the AV Club has been doing a stellar job of commemorating the series, there’s no better way to celebrate Xander’s ill-advised sweater decisions then by bingeing the entire series before it leaves Netflix on March 31st. Granted, all seven seasons will still be available on Hulu but if you’re not fortunate enough to have access to your co-worker’s brother’s Plus account then you’ve only got a few weeks left until you gotta start asking around to old college friends who owned every season on DVD.


I Do Movies Badly: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring

14 Mar

Jim goes through the seasons with Kim Ki-duk’s Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring.

I Do Movies Badly: The Isle

8 Mar

In this episode, Jim discusses Kim Ki-duk’s The Isle.

I Do Movies Badly: Kim Ki-duk

28 Feb

In this episode, Jim welcomes our own David Bax to kick off a series about director Kim Ki-duk.

I Do Movies Badly: Day For Night

21 Feb

In this episode, Jim discusses Francois Truffaut’s Day For Night.

Jim’s Top Ten of 2016

19 Feb

I made a determined effort in 2016 to see as many critically lauded films as I possibly could, telling myself that the inadequacy and incompleteness that I’ve imminently felt when it came time for year-end top ten lists would, for once, be somewhat stifled. Yet, here I am, attempting to write a top ten list having not seen Weiner, Hell or High Water, I Am Not Your Negro, Kubo and the Two Strings, Certain Women, and too many other films to count that other bloggers and podcasters have raved about. I’ve let go of the idea that my opinions represent that of any significant corner of the film criticism world and thus, present to you, faithful reader, a meager representation of my limited exposure to the world of 2016’s cinema.


I Do Movies Badly: Shoot the Piano Player

15 Feb

In this episode, Jim discusses François Truffaut’s Shoot the Piano Player.

I Do Movies Badly: The 400 Blows

13 Feb

In this episode, Jim discusses Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows.

I Do Movies Badly: Francois Truffaut

31 Jan

In this episode, Jim welcomes Robert Hornak to kick off a series about director François Truffaut.