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    Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (Akiva Schaffer/Jorma Taccone)

    Coming to America (Landis, 1988) **
    The Beach Bum (Korine, 2019) *1/2
    Us (Peele, 2019) ***1/2
    Fugue (Smoczynska, 2018) ***1/2
    Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) ***1/2
    Shadow (Zhang, 2018) ***
    Oslo, August 31st (J. Trier, 2011) ****
    Climax (Noé, 2018) **1/2
    Fighting With My Family (Merchant, 2019) **
    Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013) ***

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    I'm here to advise you to lower your expectations dramatically. This is less funny than Hot Rod, and I'm not even a big fan of Hot Rod. These guys are inherently likable, but maybe that's part of the problem, because this is a really lazy movie that manages to miss what one would think would be an unmissable target. The major problem is that they never fully commit to the idea that Connor 4 Real is a pop star that could plausibly win over the adoration of fans and the respect of his peers. He's pretty much a disaster from beginning to end and it's hard to imagine that even the most naive teen pop consumer wouldn't realize it. Spinal Tap worked because their excess and self-seriousness was never far removed from the real thing. In this movie, Andy Samberg (and everyone else) is clearly in on the joke and that joke is never all that funny to begin with.

    Instead of taking a shot at an artist that is somewhere between Timberlake and Bieber, a funnier film might have been made tearing apart the ego machine that is Kanye West with his messiah complex and his aggressive self-promotion. Instead, we get weak shots at targets that don't need tearing down, although I must admit, I did enjoy the seeming swipe at Macklemore's 'enlightenment' in Connor's socially conscious song.

    There's lots of cameos that are less fun than you might think, although you won't be surprised which pop star/frequent SNL host comes out the best with a simple believable character that is more fully realized than the actual lead.
    Coming to America (Landis, 1988) **
    The Beach Bum (Korine, 2019) *1/2
    Us (Peele, 2019) ***1/2
    Fugue (Smoczynska, 2018) ***1/2
    Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) ***1/2
    Shadow (Zhang, 2018) ***
    Oslo, August 31st (J. Trier, 2011) ****
    Climax (Noé, 2018) **1/2
    Fighting With My Family (Merchant, 2019) **
    Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013) ***

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    The fact that you state you aren't a fan of Hot Rod means I can safely ignore all the obviously outright outrageous lies written here.... Cool beans!
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    I've already kept my expectations at bay because though some reviews/reactions have been really enthused, none of them quite measure up to my dream version of this. BUT considering that their Turtleneck & Chain album was probably my soundtrack of Summer 2011 (seriously, looking back, there weren't many fun blockbuster albums released that summer), I'll probably enjoy it no matter what, even if I wish it'd've come closer to that end of the decade.

    I didn't really like Hot Rod or particularly love MacGruber the first time I saw them, but those movies have only gotten better for me subsequently, and it's really the Digital Shorts that seal my love for them, and especially because they're them all together writing/directing/performing, and considering this is the first movie they've done like that from the ground up (Hot Rod was Pam Brady's script that they inherited with only the SNL off-season to work on), I'm really looking forward to it.

    Basically, if the movie is even half as good as "We're Back" (which me and my friends would sometimes deliriously watch multiple times in a row that summer), then I would like to see that:

    Last 11 things I really enjoyed:

    Speed Racer (Wachowski/Wachowski, 2008)
    Safe (Haynes, 1995)
    South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (Parker, 1999)
    Beastie Boys Story (Jonze, 2020)
    Bad Trip (Sakurai, 2020)
    What's Up Doc? (Bogdanovich, 1972)
    Diva (Beineix, 1981)
    Delicatessen (Caro/Jeunet, 1991)
    The Hunger (Scott, 1983)
    Pineapple Express (Green, 2008)
    Chungking Express (Wong, 1994)

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    I've heard some of the songs off of the soundtrack and they're pretty good, which is the only reason I was thinking of seeing it. Otherwise, I do find their feature films to be the weak link in their otherwise fun and very funny body of work.

    I did still enjoy Hot Rod, tho, so who knows. None of the trailers for this one looked good to me (I was pretty much worried it would be exactly what Spinal described). I honestly wouldn't mind just spinning that soundtrack a few times and calling it right there, the movie will just be a nice bonus if it turns out decent.
    Giving up in 2020. Who cares.

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    It's rare that I'm the first one here to see something, so I'll be curious to see which way this goes.

    (90% on RT so far. Sigh.)
    Coming to America (Landis, 1988) **
    The Beach Bum (Korine, 2019) *1/2
    Us (Peele, 2019) ***1/2
    Fugue (Smoczynska, 2018) ***1/2
    Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) ***1/2
    Shadow (Zhang, 2018) ***
    Oslo, August 31st (J. Trier, 2011) ****
    Climax (Noé, 2018) **1/2
    Fighting With My Family (Merchant, 2019) **
    Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013) ***

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    Quote Quoting Spinal (view post)
    It's rare that I'm the first one here to see something, so I'll be curious to see which way this goes.

    (90% on RT so far. Sigh.)
    Haha yeah I only just saw this. Did not expect out of the gate. (20+ reviews as of typing.)

    Honestly anticipated more along the lines of your feelings, or worse: worse.
    Last 11 things I really enjoyed:

    Speed Racer (Wachowski/Wachowski, 2008)
    Safe (Haynes, 1995)
    South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (Parker, 1999)
    Beastie Boys Story (Jonze, 2020)
    Bad Trip (Sakurai, 2020)
    What's Up Doc? (Bogdanovich, 1972)
    Diva (Beineix, 1981)
    Delicatessen (Caro/Jeunet, 1991)
    The Hunger (Scott, 1983)
    Pineapple Express (Green, 2008)
    Chungking Express (Wong, 1994)

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    I mean, I'll be honest. I'm more excited for the soundtrack than the movie, but I also expect it to be something that grows funnier every time I see it as Henry said, since that's exactly the case with both Hot Rod and MacGruber. So I am expecting to only like this moderately in theaters and then have it become one of my go-tos like 5 years from now.
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    I was actually just reading about Matt Damon and he’s like, ‘There’s a culture of outrage.’ I’m like, ‘Well, they have a reason to be outraged.’ I think it’s a lot of dudes just being scared. They’re like, ‘What if I did something and I didn’t realize it?’ I’m like, ‘Deal with it.’
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    "I'm So Humble" has been stuck in my head for the past week.

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    I loved MacGruber first time, for the record.
    Coming to America (Landis, 1988) **
    The Beach Bum (Korine, 2019) *1/2
    Us (Peele, 2019) ***1/2
    Fugue (Smoczynska, 2018) ***1/2
    Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) ***1/2
    Shadow (Zhang, 2018) ***
    Oslo, August 31st (J. Trier, 2011) ****
    Climax (Noé, 2018) **1/2
    Fighting With My Family (Merchant, 2019) **
    Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013) ***

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    If there isn't a duet with Samberg and Justin Timberlake, I'll be disappointed. Those are always gold.
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    The Wolf Man (Waggner, 1941) 4
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    Maniac (Lustig, 1980) 4.5
    Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning (Steinmann, 1985) 2
    Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (Hedden, 1989) 3
    Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood (Buechler, 1988) 4
    Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (Misumi, 1972) 4.5

    The last movie I saw in a theater before the apocalypse was Cats.

    Let that sink in.

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    Quote Quoting Spinal (view post)
    I loved MacGruber first time, for the record.
    Same. Friend and I were laughing so hard we were crying in a theater with a dozen other confused, silent patrons.

    "Just tell me what you want me to fuuuUUUuuck!"

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    Quote Quoting Dead & Messed Up (view post)
    Same. Friend and I were laughing so hard we were crying in a theater with a dozen other confused, silent patrons.

    "Just tell me what you want me to fuuuUUUuuck!"
    I was the only person in my screening on opening day.

    When Ryan Philippe found his notepad, my laughing escalated from chuckles to cackling in mere seconds.
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    Tetsuo: The Iron Man (Tsukamoto, 1989) WTF
    The Wolf Man (Waggner, 1941) 4
    The Exterminating Angel (Buñuel, 1962) 4.5
    Maniac (Lustig, 1980) 4.5
    Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning (Steinmann, 1985) 2
    Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (Hedden, 1989) 3
    Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood (Buechler, 1988) 4
    Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (Misumi, 1972) 4.5

    The last movie I saw in a theater before the apocalypse was Cats.

    Let that sink in.

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    A.V. Club is calling it the next best thing to This is Spinal Tap. Yeah.
    Coming to America (Landis, 1988) **
    The Beach Bum (Korine, 2019) *1/2
    Us (Peele, 2019) ***1/2
    Fugue (Smoczynska, 2018) ***1/2
    Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) ***1/2
    Shadow (Zhang, 2018) ***
    Oslo, August 31st (J. Trier, 2011) ****
    Climax (Noé, 2018) **1/2
    Fighting With My Family (Merchant, 2019) **
    Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013) ***

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    I just watched Hot Rod because you guys brought it up here, and I could not stop laughing.

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    Sorry, Spinal. This is hilarious.

    I don't know if it would have worked if it was just about egomania. I think part of Samberg's whole thing is that his characters are pretty sincere, which is what drives the narrative of this thing. On top of that, it's a pretty spot on parody of the Bieber documentary (which I really suggest people watch before seeing this) because of that sincerity.

    Hunter, the fake Tyler the Creator character, is incredible.
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    I was actually just reading about Matt Damon and he’s like, ‘There’s a culture of outrage.’ I’m like, ‘Well, they have a reason to be outraged.’ I think it’s a lot of dudes just being scared. They’re like, ‘What if I did something and I didn’t realize it?’ I’m like, ‘Deal with it.’
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    I just watched Hot Rod because you guys brought it up here, and I could not stop laughing.
    It's my favorite comedy in a long time.
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    Quote Quoting number8 (view post)
    I think part of Samberg's whole thing is that his characters are pretty sincere, which is what drives the narrative of this thing.
    I'm not even sure that Samberg is playing a character. How is this persona any different than if it were actually Andy Samberg? How would we know? Again, compare and contrast with Nigel Tufnel.

    And I think the basis of my disagreement is that I did not consider this to be a sincere performance. I didn't believe in the authenticity of any of it.
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    Us (Peele, 2019) ***1/2
    Fugue (Smoczynska, 2018) ***1/2
    Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) ***1/2
    Shadow (Zhang, 2018) ***
    Oslo, August 31st (J. Trier, 2011) ****
    Climax (Noé, 2018) **1/2
    Fighting With My Family (Merchant, 2019) **
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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    I just watched Hot Rod because you guys brought it up here, and I could not stop laughing.
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    Quote Quoting Dead & Messed Up (view post)
    I SAID YOU LOOK SHITTY GOODNIGHT DENISE
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    Will Arnett, Mike Birbiglia and Eric Andre as the TMZ parody made me laugh so hard, I cried.

    This movie blew my expectations out of the water. It's definitely as hilarious as Walk Hard.
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    The Wolf Man (Waggner, 1941) 4
    The Exterminating Angel (Buñuel, 1962) 4.5
    Maniac (Lustig, 1980) 4.5
    Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning (Steinmann, 1985) 2
    Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (Hedden, 1989) 3
    Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood (Buechler, 1988) 4
    Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (Misumi, 1972) 4.5

    The last movie I saw in a theater before the apocalypse was Cats.

    Let that sink in.

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    The TMZ stuff was some of the strongest material. No doubt.
    Coming to America (Landis, 1988) **
    The Beach Bum (Korine, 2019) *1/2
    Us (Peele, 2019) ***1/2
    Fugue (Smoczynska, 2018) ***1/2
    Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) ***1/2
    Shadow (Zhang, 2018) ***
    Oslo, August 31st (J. Trier, 2011) ****
    Climax (Noé, 2018) **1/2
    Fighting With My Family (Merchant, 2019) **
    Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013) ***

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    I will say, though, that a lot of these will feel really dated in a decade or so. The CMZ and Macklemore parody (which are the film's funniest jokes), and the DJ Khaled appearance feel really specific to a time in pop culture. Not necessarily a fault, but it's certainly the kind of comedy that's funnier in the now, unlike MacGruber and Hot Rod's humor-mining from the retro.

    P.S. After Dope and now this, I'm starting to really like A$AP Rocky as an actor. He was the most convincing out of all the celebs acting like StyleBoys fans.
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    I was actually just reading about Matt Damon and he’s like, ‘There’s a culture of outrage.’ I’m like, ‘Well, they have a reason to be outraged.’ I think it’s a lot of dudes just being scared. They’re like, ‘What if I did something and I didn’t realize it?’ I’m like, ‘Deal with it.’
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    This bombed really, really badly, btw. Only made $4.6 mil for the whole weekend.
    Quote Quoting Donald Glover
    I was actually just reading about Matt Damon and he’s like, ‘There’s a culture of outrage.’ I’m like, ‘Well, they have a reason to be outraged.’ I think it’s a lot of dudes just being scared. They’re like, ‘What if I did something and I didn’t realize it?’ I’m like, ‘Deal with it.’
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    Quote Quoting number8 (view post)
    This bombed really, really badly, btw. Only made $4.6 mil for the whole weekend.
    Yeah, I was surprised when I went to the preview and barely a third of the auditorium was filled. They were turning people away from Jupiter Ascending when I went last year.
    Coming to America (Landis, 1988) **
    The Beach Bum (Korine, 2019) *1/2
    Us (Peele, 2019) ***1/2
    Fugue (Smoczynska, 2018) ***1/2
    Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) ***1/2
    Shadow (Zhang, 2018) ***
    Oslo, August 31st (J. Trier, 2011) ****
    Climax (Noé, 2018) **1/2
    Fighting With My Family (Merchant, 2019) **
    Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013) ***

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