Podcast Review: The Bad Batch.

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Podcast Review: The Bad Batch.

The Bad Batch is a miss-mash of well-tread genres that never really pays off for the audience.

Podcast Review: The Bad Batch.Nate and I watched The Bad Batch, the second outing from new director Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night).  While her first film was a stylish film that drew from many influences while remaining intriguingly vague, her second film…is a stylish film that draws from many influences while remaining infuriatingly vague.  Unfortunately, it never rises to the level of “enjoyable.”

To review this film, we took to the air-waves.  We’ll be doing a brief spoiler-free review for those who just want to know the basics and get a feel for if this movie is right for you.  For those who want a deep dive, we’ll take this movie apart bit by bit, trying desperately to figure out what (if anything) makes it tick.

The Bad Batch (2017)

Arlen is a disaffected youth now is exiled to a dessert waste land reserved for social malcontents; the mentally ill, illegal aliens, criminals:  the bad batch.  Trying to find a rumored commune called Comfort, she instead is abducted by a vicious group of cannibals called The Bridge.  After losing an arm and a leg, she escapes and makes her way to Comfort, but finds things not as idyllic as she had hoped.

Podcast Review:  The Bad Batch (Spoiler Free.)

We break down the casting, directing, cinematography and sound work.  We avoid most of the juicy points, but give you a simple yes or no on whether to see this film.

Podcast Review:  The Bad Batch (Spoilers!)

We go whole hog on this dystopian nightmare, talking in depth about plot, acting, director Ana Lily Amirpour, and what the whole thing means.  We also cuss a little (a lot.)

 

References.

Here’s a list of the films and reviews we talked about relating to The Bad Batch:

Movies.

Ana Lily Amirpour Movies:

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.

Horror Films:

It Comes at Night.

Get Out.

Dystopian Films:

Mad Max:

Series.

Fury Road.

The Rover.

References:

Labyrinth

Interviews.

Jezebel interview with Ana Lily Amirpour.  (Referenced at 20 minutes of the Spoiler video.)

Media.

Music video from South African band, Die Antwoord.

 

 

 

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