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DVDs and Films You Have Watched Recently 3 - The Final Insult

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Green Book is wonderful. It's filled with some great formulaic 80/90s-esque turns and what not, which works well because they all stick and build goodwill with the two leads. Clearly owes a lot to Planes, Trains and Automobiles with the way the two character play off one another.

Whenever a film is over 2 hours I always have a mild sense of dread because if the film isn't hitting the marks then, bloody hell, does it drag in. Thankfully it was a rare effort where you are so charmed (and horrified, of course) by the world created by all involved that you are very happy for it to continue.

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I haven't seen or read anything that could convince me it's not white saviour Oscar bait shite.

Glad you enjoyed it though!

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Just now, Devon Malcolm said:

I haven't seen or read anything that could convince me it's not white saviour Oscar bait shite.

If it was a thread, it would be picture heavy and read like a third rate blog that offers up nothing to discuss.

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38 minutes ago, Devon Malcolm said:

I haven't seen or read anything that could convince me it's not white saviour Oscar bait shite.

Probably a bit harsh.  It definitely hits the right notes for worthiness in terms of Oscar consideration, but the white saviour trope is superficial.

Fairly massive spoiler

It's not Viggo doing the saving outside of the altercations that he was meant to get involved in.  It's actually him being saved.

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I just feel like I've seen that sort of thing a million times before and I didn't like it on those occasions either. Viggo Mortensen's prattish comments about it and Peter Farrelly also being an idiot, not to mention the Shirley family's response to it, hasn't exactly had me rushing out to see it either.

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I watched solo last night 1st time I seen it and I have to say it was alright I know it didn't do well at the box office and was panned by critic's but I think its deffo worth a watch. 

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2 hours ago, Devon Malcolm said:

I haven't seen or read anything that could convince me it's not white saviour Oscar bait shite.

Glad you enjoyed it though!

Blah. As a piece of moving cinema about two opposing characters, it's well done. The white saviour narrative is floating about (hence my comments about it being a bit 80s/90s), but that doesn't exclude the films ability to entertain.

There are several scenes where they try addressing the white saviour narrative and, indeed, the person of colour being a sympathy vote for old whitey. As johnnyboy mentioned etc.

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The Kid that would be King - I wanted to see this for two reasons. Firstly if it was suitable for my 5 1/2 year old to see (it is) and secondly, because as a massive Adam and Joe fan, I want to support Cornballs.

It's a good film, slightly bloated but shared some things with his previous film Attack The Block such as using a lot of new talent (good thing) and having one of the lead kids being a bullying arsehole whom you are supposed to support still (bad thing). Some great acting, a really nice modern twist on the King Arthur story and a good way to keep the kids, and yourself entertained this half term.

Followed it up by coming home and watching Passengers. Like a big budget episode of Black Mirror but blander.

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6 minutes ago, Hannibal Scorch said:

Passengers. Like a big budget episode of Black Mirror but blander.

And a bit rapey.

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Watched Leatherface earlier, aka the Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel no one asked for, good lord it was shite, even worse than Texas Chainsaw 3D and that's saying something. The prequel to the 2003 remake was a better back story to the franchise than this steaming pile of crap

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2 hours ago, johnnyboy said:

Probably a bit harsh.  It definitely hits the right notes for worthiness in terms of Oscar consideration, but the white saviour trope is superficial.

 

It's explicitly a film about an Italian-American racist teaching a queer black man how to be more comfortable being 'real' black.

It unironically has the line "I'm more black than you!" in it. It's basically a music equivalent of Michael Hayes teaching Mark Henry about blackness.

It also has 

The guy who has been building to the final night on his tour passing on the decision a out whether or not to perform to the white guy, removing his own agency in favour of the guy who really understands black people.

It was also written by the son of the guy who explicitly says he's a bullshitter, which makes for an odd filter.

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7 hours ago, Chris B said:

It's explicitly a film about an Italian-American racist teaching a queer black man how to be more comfortable being 'real' black.

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The guy who has been building to the final night on his tour passing on the decision a out whether or not to perform to the white guy, removing his own agency in favour of the guy who really understands black people.

 

I see that, but I got more of the queer black guy teaching the racist how to be a better husband and not a racist.

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Just watched Fighting with my Family. Enjoyed it a lot! Florence Pugh is lovely, as is Nick Frost - the whole family are super charming. I’ve never liked Lena Headey in anything before, but loved her in this. Zak’s story is great.

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Is Fighting with my family something a total non wrestling fan would enjoy? Thinking of watching it with the wife..

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