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  1. Long Shot

     

    Slacker (what else?) Seth Rogen has a romantic ‘long shot’ at Charlize Theron’s government high flier

     

    I don’t really know what else I ought to have expected from this. I guess I was hoping for something like Miss Sloane, but it’s closer to Dave meets Love, Actually

     

    It’s staggeringly misjudged. I honestly can’t see it being anything but a total flop. To have what looks from the outside like a political satire just cobble together every romcom cliche imaginable must have taken some serious quantities of cocaine.

     

    There’s a nice sentiment at the core - become the POTUS while staying true to yourself and still making it as woman. And while there is Farrelly brother-style gross out comedy calling out sexual hypocrisy, it dates itself nonetheless by having the most tiresome stereotype of all, the black friend.

     

    That O’Shea Jackson is so utterly wasted is doubly frustrating as the movie might have been significantly better if his and Rogen’s roles had been reversed and he had been the main star. Rogen is teeth grindingly annoying, his moral crusading coming across like an angry Muppet reject. The amount of screen time afforded his instantly grating ambling loser, who can’t even offer the kind of wit you’d have from say the Albert Brooks character in Broadcast News, is simply insufferable. 

     

    Theron is, as always, a faultless screen presence. Even with such abysmal material she keeps it mostly classy, and even manages not to make the idea that she’d even consider sacrificing the role of a lifetime to hang out with rent-a-stoner dude seem as reprehensible as Rogen makes it seem. He is the biggest single argument against the movie even as a concept - such a shame since the last time I saw him, in The Disaster Artist, i thought it was pretty masterful deadpan.

     

    In spite all this, there are genuine laughs, glitter among the chicken feed. I guess it’s meant to be feel good but TBC as 2019 political turkeys go it’s barely better than Vice.

  2. I used to watch this and Terrahawks religiously but I have zero affection for either, compared to Battle of the Planets which has only grown in my estimation since i realised the cringey bits were all western inventions

  3. 2 minutes ago, Thor said:

    You're a prick. Pretty sure that qualifies. :coffee:

    it definitely qualifies, and of course I’ll expect a ban to follow in due course, otherwise folk will start to think there’s something odd going on that you seem to get away with making personal attacks on people because you don’t like their views on films. Lame as that would make you, it’s patently against the rules, as I am sure you know 

  4. 2 hours ago, Silent Runner said:

     

    Yeah, I’m the same. I loved his early books and even some of the more recent stuff was good – the one set in the Big Brother house was a great read. I’ll be in my mothers house over the weekend and if I can find my old paperbacks I’ll grab a few for a reread. But this new one is really poor stuff.

    Have you read any Charlie Higson?

  5. 6 hours ago, Nick R said:

    The "he's a friend from work" line is one of the very best jokes in the MCU, and what's more it was contributed by a kid on a Make A Wish visit to the set. People worry about plot spoilers, but that's the one line in the entire series, more than any other, that I wish hadn't been featured in any trailers!

     

    But I don't remember any of Blanchett's lines coming across as ad-libbed. Goldblum's, yes, but that's to be expected because he's, ah, Goldblum.

    Yes I know the majority of the thread drools over every aspect, but oddly enough enormous popularity doesn’t actually make things good. 

     

    Blanchett’s delivery of rank dialogue in a forced “ooh amn’t I deliciously evil” way was frankly one of the worst performances of her career, felt embarrassed for her

     

    Goldblum was Goldblum, I don't really remember him delivering anything, again if you like he was the Bill Murray ATC character equivalent

  6. Just now, El Geet said:

    Also agree that it didn’t work for Endgame. Totally disagree that it didn’t work for Ragnarok. It fit brilliantly with the section of the movie in Jeff Goldblum’s world whatever it was called. 

    TBH I groaned the first time I saw the trailer with the "YES! we know each other from work." But there was much worse to come. And poor Cate Blanchett - it was Answer the Call-grade 'comedy'. (By which I mean very talented performers misguidedly required to ad lib to mediocre effect). Though I think ironically Hemsworth is fucking fantastic as Kevin :)

  7. On 23/04/2019 at 09:44, Silent Runner said:

    Finished Identity Crisis last night - it was pretty terrible. You could almost see the moment he gave up and just wrapped everything up in one info-dump chapter. The final 'twist' was totally predictable with about 150 pages to go.

    I read your two posts back to back and it does sound truly ghastly. It's a pity cos he was a genuinely groundbreaking writer but I don't think I've enjoyed anything he's done since I saw him live in Oxford in about 2005 and even that was mostly unfunny or rehashed material aside from one achingly funny dismissal of Guardian headlines like 'How the iPod generation is relocating to Tuscany"

     

    I've picked up another Leon Uris, Exodus. Should be an interesting contrast to The Little Drummer Girl which also read recently for the first time

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