How Bad Can It Be?

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How Bad Can It Be?: “90210: The Soundtrack”

As anyone must be who follows pop entertainment, I’m a keen observer of trend cycles. Culture is a marketplace, and there are all kinds...

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How Bad Can It Be?: “Steven Seagal: Lawman”

Pity poor Steven Seagal, the Forgotten Man of action movies. His fellow redneck / kung-fu badass Chuck Norris becomes popcult meme thanks...

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How Bad Can It Be?: “Neil Diamond Is Forever”

In the abstract, Neil Diamond seems like somebody I should dig. Smart dude; good work ethic, fairly self-aware, tries a lot of different...

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How Bad Can It Be?: Kathy Griffin, “She’ll Cut a Bitch (Uncensored)”

Comedienne Kathy Griffin takes as her great subject the foibles of Hollywood celebrity culture. Part of the kick of Griffin’s TV show...

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How Bad Can It Be?: W.A.S.P., “Babylon”

W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless was infamous for raunchy lyrics and an outrageous stage show. Now the onetime shock-rocker has got...

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How Bad Can It Be?: “It’s Up to Us Alone”

Surprise! Ed Asner is still alive, and his latest project -- the political drama It's Up to Us Alone -- has Jack Feerick asking How...

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How Bad Can It Be?: “Ripley’s Believe It or Not: Seeing Is Believing”

Believe it or not, this week's column finds Jack Feerick giving something an unabashedly positive review!...

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How Bad Can It Be?: Michael Bublé, “Crazy Love”

Michael Bublé's music might sound like a boring mishmash of adult contemporary tropes, but it's just a front -- he has a dark secret, and...

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How Bad Can It Be? FLASHBACK: “The Biggest Loser Families”

Jack Feerick has the deadline blues this week, leading him to publish his first flashback column -- a previously unpublished look at "The...

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How Bad Can It Be?: Squirrel Nut Zippers, “Lost At Sea”

As I write this, the Dow-Jones is breaking 10,000, and the economy looks to be coming out of a slump — even though nobody’s...

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How Bad Can It Be?: “Dragonball: Evolution”

Braving untold depths of epic spiritual misery, Jack Feerick has ventured into the fetid hole that is Dragonball: Evolution. Dear...

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How Bad Can It Be?: Noetic Science Goes to the Movies

What is noetic science, why is everyone talking about it, and how does it relate to some of the most obnoxious new age hooey to separate...

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How Bad Can It Be?: Dan Brown, “The Lost Symbol”

Dan Brown is the best-selling author in history, and has millions of fans. If you are one of them, do yourself a favor; don’t read...

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How Bad Can It Be?: One Eskimo, “All Balloons”

Singer-songwriter pop aimed squarely at adults meets animation geared to the Playhouse Disney demographic. Yeah, nothing could...

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How Bad Can It Be?: “Delgo”

It's one of the biggest film flops of all time. But Jack Feerick wanted to know -- really, how bad can it be?...

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How Bad Can It Be?: Joe Pernice, “It Feels So Good When I Stop”

Indie rock royalty Joe Pernice has released his debut novel, and the first thing Jack Feerick wants to know is -- you guessed it -- How Bad...

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How Bad Can It Be?: “Veggie Tales: Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah’s Umbrella”

Jack Feerick has just returned from a pulse-pounding adventure with the world's most famous Christian vegetables!...

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How Bad Can It Be?: Ashley Tisdale, “Guilty Pleasure”

Ashley Tisdale's new album is called Guilty Pleasure, and in his latest How Bad Can It Be?, Jack Feerick explores the levels of...

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How Bad Can It Be?: “Star Trek: The Animated Series”

Happy Friday, Trekkies! It's time for another installment of How Bad Can It Be? -- and this time, Jack Feerick is taking a leak all over...

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How Bad Can It Be?: Livan, “Happy Returns”

Who the heck is Livan, and where does he get off describing his sound as "Nine Inch Nails meets the Clash"? Jack Feerick investigates in...

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How Bad Can It Be?: “Rob Thomas: Something to Be Tour — Live at Red Rocks” DVD

There’s a tradition in sports of retiring jersey numbers. It’s a way of proclaiming that a player’s achievements are...

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How Bad Can It Be?: “Off the Bus and On the Record”

Rock ‘n’ roll, of course, is all about The Kids. No matter what the makeup of its actual audience — and evidence suggests...

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How Bad Can It Be?: “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li”

When you think about it, there’s no earthly reason why movies based on video games should, as a class, be so atrocious. For one...

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How Bad Can It Be?: Fightstarters

The point of a column like this is not to be a consumer guide, or to give “thumbs up”/”thumbs down” to the latest...

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How Bad Can It Be?: Marilyn Manson, “The High End of Low”

Since I’ve joined the staff for this site, I’ve learned so many things just by virtue of being on the official Popdose e-mail...

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How Bad Can It Be?: “Barbra Streisand: The Concerts”

In the pantheon of queer models of femininity, Barbra Streisand looms large — just below the holy trinity of Judy and Liza and Liz,...

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How Bad Can It Be?: “Devil Dinosaur Omnibus”

If it's Friday, it must be How Bad Can It Be? -- and this time, Jack Feerick is leafing through the pages of Jack Kirby's Devil Dinosaur...

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How Bad Can It Be?: Heaven & Hell, “The Devil You Know”

The Dio-era lineup of Black Sabbath is back together and rockin' again with a new album. They're calling themselves Heaven & Hell, and in...

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How Bad Can It Be?: “Hannah Montana Volume 5: Keepin’ It Real”

Jack Feerick's latest How Bad Can It Be? takes him deep into the heart of darkness -- the fifth volume of "Hannah Montana" on DVD....

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How Bad Can It Be?: “Lie to Me”

Take a mid-list British actor — not a character actor exactly, but not traditional leading-man material either. Slap him with a...