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What’s it called?

How Did This Get Made?

What’s it about?

Movies. More specifically, bad Hollywood movies. Even more specifically, it asks how and why these same bad movies were ever allowed to leave whichever office/studio/bar/fevered brain they were dreamed up in and let loose in the real world where real people had to sit through them. One particularly egregious example is Battlefield Earth, the 2000 sci-fi epic starring John Travolta which is reckoned to be one of the worst films ever made. But over the course of the podcast’s near decade-long run many other bad films have been discussed. And yes, Sharknado is one of them.

Who’s in it?

The podcast’s three presenters are comic actors Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas who take their wise-cracking and their love of movies into a studio (or, increasingly, into a theatre where they perform in front of a live audience) and record the results. The podcasts wander wilfully down blind alleys – the episode devoted to 1983 howler Jaws 3-D involves a lengthy detour into a very funny story about a pizza order that went wrong – but the trio always get down to the nitty-gritty in the end.

Best bits so far?

The episode on Con Air, “the most racist film since The Birth Of A Nation” they reckon, is very funny, particularly the story involving actor Danny Trejo’s anecdote about his Con Air co-star John Cusack.

Where can I find it?

The podcast is made by American content company and podcasting network Earwolf, but it’s also available on iTunes and Spotify.

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All that is dumb, implausible, ridiculous and risible in the world of Hollywood action movies – and their inevitable string of sequels.