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(SlashFilm)   Unlikely to receive the Christopher Guest parody treatment it's the Fark Monday Movie Rewind. A thread to discuss the movies/TV we've seen this past week. What have you been watching? LGT Mockumentaries. What did they miss? Which did you like?   (slashfilm.com) divider line
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2022-11-28 7:04:45 AM  
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022)- As silly and hilarious as I would expect from a Weird Al production. Almost everyone cast did a fantastic job with their character. Evan Rachel Wood absolutely crushes it as Madonna.

Slumberland (2022)- Jason Momoa is a charismatic Beetlejuice-esque dreamland drifter. Kids loved it. I was amused.

QotW: Anything Christopher Guest. Also, not sure it qualifies but I might throw Strange Wilderness (2008) in there as well. And the Weird Al biopic
 
2022-11-28 9:15:11 AM  
no mention of "Walk Hard?" are you farking kidding me?

and as much as I love it, "Best in Show" is NOT better than "Spinal Tap"

and and yeah, "Weird" is great if you haven't seen it yet
 
2022-11-28 10:43:00 AM  
Finally caught Squid Game and enjoyed it, but I'm not sure there's enough meat on them bones for a Season Two.

Also caught Don't Worry, Darling and also enjoyed that; but the ending wasn't *quite* there and needed a tad more to it for the whole thing to feel complete.  The rumors about on-set infidelity are probably more interesting overall, but the flick wasn't bad at all.
 
2022-11-28 10:47:09 AM  
Got a couple of more episodes watched of Guillermo Del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities.  Pretty good anthology series focusing mostly on cosmic horror.  There's just not enough cosmic horror movies and TV shows in my opinion.  Sadly I don't see this one coming back for a season 2.  It just looks super expensive to make with the CG monsters.  Maybe if it gets cancelled Del Toro will shop it around for a new home.
 
2022-11-28 10:57:35 AM  
Started Wednesday my family are Addams family super fans and we all are enjoying it except my little girl did comment Pugsly character is off but he is barely in the show so it doesnt matter. Also its not for small kids its much more adult then the Addams family movies.

I watched the Dune remake and found it decent but a little too stylized I never saw the original so cant compare.

My favorite mocumentaries are the Christopher Guest ones, because we are dog people I do think Best in Show is his best one, Spinal Tap is overrated.
 
2022-11-28 11:00:40 AM  
Watched Wednesday Addams and the Guardian's of the Galaxy Holiday Special over the long weekend with my 2 teens and one of their friends.
The kids were clearly the target demographic for Wednesday, and they loved it.  Most of the negative reactions are from people who were looking for a direct sequel to the 2 movies from the early 90s. Lots of concern reviewing about Luis Guzmán as Gomez - look, Raul Julia is dead, you can't cast him. Casting someone with an attempt to out Julia him is going to fail, so they went a little different direction.  I wasn't thrilled with him or Jones as Morticia in the first episode, but looking at the whole season, they did what they needed to move the story along.  I think it helps to think of them as Wednesday's parents as she sees them, not as they see themselves.
Guardians was big loud goofy fun. I'm a little surprised that they went full CGI for Cosmo, it didn't seem like they did a lot with her that needed that over a trained dog - maybe just wanting to use what they developed for Volume 3?
 
2022-11-28 11:01:50 AM  
i binged a couple of shows and watched some movies just to get them  out of the way.

The Book of Boba Fett: As much as Rodriquez gets crap about this series, the disappointment really falls on the head of Favreau. There were two story arcs going on at the beginning that were pretty much dropped by turning it into the mandalorean. The story arc on how Boba took over Jabba's palace was completely dropped with no resolution, and the story about the spice syndicate was merged usurped by the Mandelorean. Overall, the series wasn't bad, but it could have been so much better if the writing had been kept focused. Also the bright colored Vespas were the most horrible Star Wars things evar.

The Bear: A nice short series about family loss and restaurant cooking. Nice and concise with good story and character movement. All the characters had oomph and good growth. It is setup for a second season, and it will be interesting to see where it goes. Hopefully the show keeps it tight.

I needed to watch a movie so I finally watched the Hobbit, The desolation of smaug. What a crappy movie. Completely devoid of any heart, and just pretty much empty all around. After watching it, I went to check out the suggestions since I thought it would lead me to the third film that I could save for later. The follow-on suggestion was actually for the directors cut with an additional 36 minutes. I felt so lucky that I chose the short one.

Having watched the second movie, I watched the third movie to get it out of my system and over with. The Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies was better than the second film mainly because there was no crappy story. It was pretty much all fighting in some form or fashion. Still empty and hollow, but the action made for a brain dead enjoyment. I would say the hobbit movies erased any shine that the Lord of the Rings people earned for the earlier trilogy.
 
2022-11-28 11:02:04 AM  

Hooker with a Penis: Started Wednesday my family are Addams family super fans and we all are enjoying it except my little girl did comment Pugsly character is off but he is barely in the show so it doesnt matter. Also its not for small kids its much more adult then the Addams family movies.

I watched the Dune remake and found it decent but a little too stylized I never saw the original so cant compare.

My favorite mocumentaries are the Christopher Guest ones, because we are dog people I do think Best in Show is his best one, Spinal Tap is overrated.


See, having worked in Public Radio for a while, I have a soft spot for "A Mighty Wind" as well as "Best in Show".
 
2022-11-28 11:04:05 AM  
Star Trek: Picard: S2 (Paramount+): I thoroughly enjoyed season 1, almost entirely because it wasn't very star treky.  When the synopsis for season 2 came out I thought I wouldn't like it because it sounded very star treky.  So I put it off.  But it was really good.  I still don't understand the point of Spiner's new character and why this completely random guy is made to be an evil psycho.  Seems like they wanted to shoehorn Isa and Brett into the season but put zero thought into it.  But that's my only real criticism of the season.

And as an aside, I never realized how diverse (nationality-wise) the cast is.  The recurring super cute doctor is from Argentina.  Santiago Cabrera (Rios) is from Venezuela.  Patrick Stewart is from the UK.  Orla is from Ireland.  Jeri Ryan is from Germany.  Alison Pill is from Canada.  Michelle Hurd is American.  Evan Evagora (Elnor) is from Australia.  Impressive!


/Probably going to check out Wednesday next.  I hate virtually everything Tim Burton has ever done (except Beetlejuice), but want to see if Wednesday is any good.  If it's not, I'll bail after an episode and go to something else.  If it is, it's only 8 episodes and it's a comedy, so it'll be a quick burn anyway.
 
2022-11-28 11:38:47 AM  
saw The Glass Onion. pretty and dumb is a valid type, but it's not really mine

watched my partner binge Wednesday til it turned into Thursday.* it's like nothing really happens, but i like the world they're in and i'd watch more of it
*first time this joke has been made IN THE WORLD yay me
 
2022-11-28 11:41:03 AM  
Watched 1899 out of boredom. Random people on a ship with checkered pasts find out there is some weird shiat going on that gets real sci-fi. It was ...interesting, but very slow paced and kind of lacking something that I really don't care if it gets renewed.

I then started Dark afterwards (from same people) and it is much much better. The rabbit hole keeps getting deeper and more insane. Finished season one and ready for more. Great if you like time travel stuff but you might have trouble keeping characters straight, there are a lot of them too. Still, makes 1899  look like a pale imitation.

I hate mockumentaries. I don't get the point, but CB4 was okay.
 
2022-11-28 11:46:16 AM  
Smile - excellent horror movie. Sort of reminiscent of the Fallen mixed with the Ring. Creepy and scary fun.

Black Adam - serviceable generic superhero movie with the Rock. Kind of felt like they took 2018 Suicide Squad original script and swapped in Black Adam as the big bad. Meh.

Avenue 5 -Am I the only person watching this? They pretty much abandoned any pretense of realism. The second season has gone full meta-absurd, but I'm still enjoying the ride.

Wednesday -My son and daughter loved it and that's who it's designed for. Wednesday Adams is Veronica Mars solving problems at Hogwarts was my overall impression.

Ancient Apocalypse - enjoyed this quite a bit. It's a really fascinating premise that deserves more legitimate scientific study. Fun, but keep your bullshiat meter set on maximum.
 
2022-11-28 11:56:26 AM  
QotW:
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i once saw this one referred to as a mockumentary, and i lost a little faith in (some of) humanity's ability to communicate. it is beautiful. if you don't know, try Criterion, Vudu or maybe Shudder
/only slightly off topic
 
2022-11-28 12:00:42 PM  
As for the QOTW, Drop Dead Gorgeous needs to be much higher on the list. It has some sharp comedy mixed in with some great silliness. I like when a mockumentary places the camera/sound crew in play and Drop Dead Gorgeous does it in a small and hilarious way that takes the scene to a great absurdity.

While Spinal Tap is the measure that is used for all others, my favorite of the Guest films is Best in Show. Also, O'Hara should have had an Oscar nod for her roll in For Your Consideration. I was surprised she didn't since Hollywood loves movies about itself.
 
2022-11-28 12:03:46 PM  
Got a lot of TV binged, let's see if I can remember it all now.

Finished 1899 (Netflix) - definitely slow build, but still curious to see where its going to go. Harder to put on as a background noise due to all of the different languages and subtitles, but doesn't quite seem like its pay attention to every second like Dark was.

Dicktown, 2 seasons (Hulu) - adult cartoon about a grown-up boy detective (think Encyclopedia Brown, recommended in that thread last week). The two main characters had strong Dante/Randal vibes from Clerks. Pretty amusing.

The Boys, season 3 (Amazon Prime) - the political Maga/TFG vibes make me so angry, ugh. Still, over the top violence and sex. Always insane.

Inside Man (Netflix) - convicted murderer but also a criminologist solves certain crimes from prison. A family in England makes every, single. possible, worst. decision in the world. Oof, interesting premise, but man are people farking dumb.

Karen Pirie (BritBox) - a young female detective is assigned to review an older, closed case. An old guard versus the, uhh, Gen Y/Z age-group? She was fiesty, will watch more if there is any.

My Life is Murder, season 3 (Acorn) - Lucy Lawless' retired detective murder show, now based out of Auckland (first season was in Australia). I liked the first season, but this season was more woof. They apparently decided to punch the color palette straight into neon everything. They introduced another annoying sidekick - seriously, its like having two Scrappy-Doo's on a team. Add in team-building moments where the camera just focuses too long on everyone, like a corporate infomercial trying to convince you you should be a happy worker.

Only Murders in the Building, season 2 (Hulu) - this was fun. I really like Selena Gomez and her character. The stunt double giving the breakup speech was great. Really interested to see season 3 based on who died, and playing an unlikable dick.

Cyberpunk Edgerunners (Netflix) - This was OK, not fully my cup of tea I think. I haven't played the game yet, so no additional knowledge of the world other than cyber punk. I felt my attention straying quite a bit even in such short episodes. Watched it dubbed.
 
2022-11-28 12:09:28 PM  
Promising Young Woman is a darkly humorous (until the third act) takedown of the patriarchy especially highlighting how even well-off white women aren't immune from a system that devalues their voice.  It has a pretty good head fake towards rom com at it's center.  Great flick.

Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is hysterical.  The character of Mantis is much of the focus.  She's awesome.

Star Wars Andor had a terrific season finale.  Excellent, character driven examination of fascism which sets a new bar for Star Wars.

Oppy - documentary on Mars Opportunity rover that is weirdly inspiring given that the main character is essentially a very expensive drone.
 
2022-11-28 12:16:51 PM  
Two from a Criterion sale, Polyester and A Matter of Life and Death.  Both pretty great, forgot just how good AMoLaD was.
Also two H'wood biopics, Houdini with Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh (meh...) and The Perils of Pauline, story of Pearl White, cliffhanger queen of the Silents.  Betty Hutton does a great job, a few years after she did The Miracle of Morgan's Creek. Gung-ho and kinda goofy, hard not to like.
 
2022-11-28 12:32:09 PM  
I rewatched See How They Run.
The first time was at a drive-in over the summer, so this time at home I saw all the little things I missed before.
A very good movie, and a great soundtrack (that'll be my Christmas present if I can track it down).
 
2022-11-28 12:36:48 PM  

rainbowbutter: saw The Glass Onion. pretty and dumb is a valid type, but it's not really mine

watched my partner binge Wednesday til it turned into Thursday.* it's like nothing really happens, but i like the world they're in and i'd watch more of it
*first time this joke has been made IN THE WORLD yay me


I want to see that at some point - but only because the cool crossbow used in it belongs to an acquaintance of mine.
 
2022-11-28 1:07:35 PM  
Everything Everywhere all at Once (2022) - A trippy mind/dimension hopping tale about a dry cleaner owner that has to save the universe. Pretty solid, but I was expecting a bit more from some other reviews.  And I found it ran a bit long.  Michelle Yeoh is pretty great as usual and it was nice to see Short Round all grown up.  Rating B.

On TV:  just Rick and Morty and The Peripheral this week.
 
2022-11-28 1:37:12 PM  
Between the Thanksgiving holiday and Mrs. F being in her third trimester, a lot of content was watched this week:

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Second time seeing it all the way through, first time in about three years. Really holds up, not a lot has aged poorly. The scene with the "between two pillows" gag gets close to being homophobic, but seems to veer away at the last second and is more a good joke about the two guys overcompensating. Appropriately, movie podcast Unspooled did an episode on it Thursday that did a deep dive into it. A lot of stuff got cut out from this movie. Technically the driving part took way longer than it would have IRL, because there's a deleted bit where they find out they overshot Chicago by about 100 miles and had to drive back. I'm glad they didn't just totally ignore that Neal would have been intimately familiar with the roads around his home city. Also glad they cut out the obligatory 80s comedy strip club scene.

Unspooled also got into "Are you a Neal or a Del?" I was thinking some answer of "I'm more of a Del, but part of me is a Neal." A day or so later I realized that this is normal, and that it shows how Hughes did such a good job making both characters relatable.

The Gold Rush (Original cut): This one made a Rotten Tomatoes list of "Best Thanksgiving Movies" despite having exactly one (famous) scene that's barely mentioned as taking place on Thanksgiving. Mrs. Fireproof isn't into silent films, but she was just happy to sit there on her phone while I watched this one. She actually put her phone away halfway through and really got into it. Perhaps she'd be interested in Chaplin's others as well. I heard that this was his favorite of his own movies, and it might be mine as well. While I like the message of the others, this one doesn't seem to have one and is just plain fun. Plus I spent a summer working on a cruise ship in southeast AK, and one of the towns I spent the most time in has celebrated its Yukon Gold Rush heritage to the extent of recreating how the town looked at the time in several neighborhoods, so it felt personally relatable. I actually paused it at one point and looked up if I had been on the trail that the hikers were using or not.

The "eating a shoe for Thanksgiving" gag is great, but I think my favorite one might just be that The Tramp (Technically "the Lone Prospector" in this one) still just casually walks around the snowy Yukon in his usual suit, tie, and bowler hat. We weren't entirely sure if the character of Georgia deserved the ending she got or not, but she sure got it. There's an Unspooled episode on this movie as well, and they talked about how the more of a dickhead Chaplain got to be in real life, the more adorably sweet his characters became.

Once Upon a Time in China: I found this DVD used for $3 a few months ago and it had a great RT score, sounded vaguely familiar, and had a top-tier star in Jet Li, so it must be one of those legendary classics of cinema that I should have seen by now, right? So I got it. Finally popped it in Saturday night while Mrs. F was at a dumb work thing. Paused it for some reason to check some things. Only 27 RT reviews, none by Ebert? Wikipedia page a little bare-bones? Perhaps it's not the legendary classic I thought it was. Oh well, it's apparently good and I want to get it out of my "unwatched DVDs" pile, so I'll keep at it.

Holy fark, this movie was AMAZING! Such great action! Such intricate plots! So weirdly timely and relevant again, with themes like imperialism, foreign exploitation, snake oil salesmen, and human trafficking! Such surprisingly historically accurate depictions of how the imperial powers played local leaders off of each other to gain power!

I'd describe this as "A Spaghetti Western meets a kung fu film." I love Spaghetti Westerns, and now, like the couple in Office Space, I love kung fu. Like it's obvious namesake, China has a lot going on, and sometimes its hard to keep up with all of it. Plot summaries were occasionally consulted. Like Porco Rosso, it's weird to see a very American guy as one of the main villains, but it's good to see other worldviews on that kind of thing, and we certainly shouldn't always get a good depiction.

I had heard once that the Matrix trilogy took a lot from kung fu films, and this is a definitely a perfect example. Does this guy from China, especially the one in the back, remind you of anyone?

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I'm gonna give the Wachowskis the benefit of the doubt and assume it was an intentional tribute, as was their decision to make the climactic kung-fu battle in Revolutions take place in a deluge. After I finished the movie, I dug into the special features, which included the DVD tailer, which gives it the praise it deserves:

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: AKA "The First Friendsgiving." Still good. Fark me, is Peppermint Patty a presumptive, commanding biatch. But everything works out okay for Charlie Brown in the end.

Also, this DVD opens with an obnoxious anti-piracy PSA that borrows the scene from The Wizard of Oz where the Wizard has tricked Dorothy and Friends into thinking he's powerful and scary. And, in an ugly-ass font, text tells us that the studios are the Wizard and we, the potential piraters, are Dorothy, "the small and meek," who should be terrified. It's like whoever made that had never seen the whole movie and had no idea that Oz was a total phony that shouldn't be taken seriously.

It's like a studio exec threw it together himself in 15 minutes from his own ideas. It's like he was angry about his latest excuse for declining DVD sales; "Our movies don't suck, it must be people who are download-" wait, buying pirated DVDs? This is a PSA that pre-dates Internet downloads being the main problem? Is this copy really that old? Was the black market for physical disks really that big in America? And this is the second DVD I've watched in a few months that's had a PSA about not buying pirated DVDs?

What We Do in the Shadows: Only got one episode in, but it's great as always. It was a really interesting one where they go to the underground market for magical things, sort of this universe's equivalent of Diagon Alley, but more like a market in Tijuana. There's a fighting ring for familiars, and Guillermo gets roped into battling.

Celebrity Wheel of Fortune: Only watched because Unspooled and How Did this Get Made? co-host Paul Sheer was on and it was on Hulu. He mostly dominated. The other interesting guest was the woman who played the prostitute in Borat.  She won occasionally and stayed entertaining. The third guest added nothing and made one or two incredibly dumb moves, but I bet it's all harder than it looks when the pressure is on. We're going to watch the other episode where Paul's wife June is on, and then we're done.
 
2022-11-28 1:55:30 PM  
Blathering Idjut:

*Clicks profile*

*Goes to Movies/TV section*


Oh, hey!
 
2022-11-28 2:33:35 PM  
I have copies of Martin Mull's History of White People in America vols I and II and Portrait of a White Marriage on VHS somewhere. They're not as good as the more popular films Mull and Co would go on to do but they're still fun. I can't even remember where I picked them up but I've never seen them elsewhere.
 
2022-11-28 2:49:23 PM  

Fireproof: The Gold Rush (Original cut): This one made a Rotten Tomatoes list of "Best Thanksgiving Movies" despite having exactly one (famous) scene that's barely mentioned as taking place on Thanksgiving. Mrs. Fireproof isn't into silent films, but she was just happy to sit there on her phone while I watched this one. She actually put her phone away halfway through and really got into it. Perhaps she'd be interested in Chaplin's others as well. I heard that this was his favorite of his own movies, and it might be mine as well. While I like the message of the others, this one doesn't seem to have one and is just plain fun. Plus I spent a summer working on a cruise ship in southeast AK, and one of the towns I spent the most time in has celebrated its Yukon Gold Rush heritage to the extent of recreating how the town looked at the time in several neighborhoods, so it felt personally relatable. I actually paused it at one point and looked up if I had been on the trail that the hikers were using or not.


This is such a perfect film.  Lost in the focus of the bread roll dance is the real pathos around that scene as he's dreaming of hosting the women he loves and her friends but they stand him up.  Just heartbreaking stuff.
 
2022-11-28 3:13:19 PM  
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2022-11-28 4:00:13 PM  
Jug Face (2013) Backwoods folk horror about a small community of people who worship an unseen entity that lives in a pit in the woods. The waters of the pit have healing powers, but every now and then the pit demands a human sacrifice. A pregnant young girl finds out she's next. There's some gore, but a lot of the horror comes from the isolation and the ingrained faith/tradition. It's a hard, hopeless life for these characters.

Cyrano (2021) Another Cyrano adaptation.Didn't know this was a musical until the singing started. Peter Dinklage plays the title character. He's always good, but this movie just didn't grab me until near the end, during the "Wherever I Fall" number, which doesn't even involve any of the main characters. That bit, where three soldiers (Glen Hansard, Sam Amidon, Scott Folard) about to head into a hopeless battle send off goodbye letters to their loved ones, was the best part of the film. Observation: your movie needs work when three singer-songwriters, none of them household names, can just walk off with it like that.
 
2022-11-29 1:13:36 AM  
Last Night In Soho -Hitchcock level awesome supernatural thriller.  A straight up fantastic movie.  Watched it with the 14 and 16 year old and we were riveted, moved, scared and had plenty to talk about when it was over.

Firefly Lane (s1 e1) -watched it with Mrs West.  It held my attention and I thought the three interwoven timelines were well done. Did not repel me like other "chick shows."
 
2022-11-29 8:05:51 AM  
Guns of Navarone - I had not seen that in many years. Its still pretty good but the good guys would have been shot immediately under Hitler's Commando order of 1942 when captured.
 
2022-11-29 10:04:42 PM  
I've been busy the past couple of weeks so I haven't had much time to watch stuff but I got a bit further into S3 of The X Files.

The all time funniest moment in the show so far was in "Nisei". I mentioned a couple weeks ago that Mulder always gets his ass kicked...well, in this episode he has a middle-aged man held at gunpoint, who manages to kick the gun out of Mulder's hand and knock him to the ground. At which point, Mulder pulls another gun out of an ankle holster and says that he started carrying a back up because he got sick of losing his gun. HE IS SO BAD AT BEING AN FBI AGENT.
 
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