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If you can't do a retrospective documentary, then just have interviews like what Arrow Films, Second Sight and Shout Factory do.
Some people probably had problems getting a second film off the ground.
Some maybe only wanted to direct one film and that's it.
Some people feel more comfortable doing their old job.
If you're directing TV and decide to do film, maybe film isn't for you.
When an actor or actress writes and directs, it's the kiss of death, because they haven't trained to become writers or directors. It's like learning how to play a musical instrument. You're not going to get it right the first time. It takes over a decade to actually get it right. But if an actor or actress is famous, studios will give them the money to make their movie anyway, no matter how limited their filmmaking training are.
Averted with Ben Affleck and Woody Allen though.
The Nostalgia Critic (2007)
The old ones were great, but the new ones suck
I was introduced to the Critic back in '08 when he was having his feud with AVGN. I got curious and decided to watch one of his videos. The first one I saw was the Pokemon review and I laughed, and I laughed and I laughed. I got hooked and watched every episode.
It was my fave internet show besides AVGN.
My fave episodes were The Wizard, Commando, Alone In The Dark, Red Sonja, his top 11's, Dungeons and Dragons, Titanic and the commercials.
The Anniversary movies I thought were okay. Some jokes were funny, others were crap.
The show ended in 2012 and Doug did Demo Reel which was dreadful. So Doug went back to doing the Critic.
I was happy to hear he was doing the Critic again. But when I began watching the new series, it sucked. It had more actors that weren't needed and sub-plots that interrupted the reviews. We didn't want those things. We just wanted Doug on his own reviewing the movie. That was what made the show so great.
And the new show focuses more on the sub-plots than the movie that the Critic is reviewing.
The jokes got worse and worse and I decided to stop watching the Critic cold turkey.
So I still love the old eps, but the new ones don't do it for me.
Doug will be doing his game show soon. He should probably quit the Critic and move on to the game show. Let's hope it won't be as bad as Demo Reel.
Mrs. Brown's Boys (2011)
Good, but not perfect.
There are things about this show I don't like. I hate that we are shown the studio. That's like a magician showing you how the trick is done. (Masked Magician.)
Some jokes have been done before like Agnes cutting Grandad's toe nails and they fly everywhere was done in Father Ted, Agnes thinking that the picture of Jesus is talking to her was done in Fawlty Towers, the "Any key" gag is taken from The Simpsons and the gag where Agnes hears the family talk about putting the dog in the home and thinking that they're talking about her has been done to death!
The only people who would find these jokes funny are ones that had never seen the shows I had just mentioned.
The episode where Grandad wants a funeral for himself.... why?
Oh, and in the next ep Agnes tries to kill Grandad. Yeah. Our heroine, everybody.
And there's only 3 sets. Also, leaving the outtakes in the show is just distracting.
However, I like the rudeness of the show. The bikini wax I thought was funny and the episode about the swingers was amusing.
It is entertaining and Agnes and Rory are amusing. It has some good gags, despite it's flaws.
I bought this on DVD for a pound. I love the TV show, but this was just dull. The scenes where they bicker go on forever and it's like they find it funny, but the audience don't.
It's not funny at all and most of the sketches are them talking at once and doing silly voices.
Much like the last two Bottom Live shows where it's just Rik and Ade doing things, here it's Dawn and Jen doing things and it's not amusing.
The bits I did find funny were Dawn going to the audience with camera and the sketch with the old men at the end.
Bo In The USA, as much as I hate it, did a far funnier Madonna sketch.
Sorry, Dawn and Jen.
I Can't Stop Masturbating (2006)
A great doc
These two men are able to do it 15 times a day? Really? How can you have enough sperm to do that? I only do it once or twice a day.
I saw this doc on Youtube. I never heard of it before.
We find out the reason of why Russell and Paul are addicted to this.
Yes, I did laugh several times like a ten year old.
The bit that got me was Paul desperately trying find a place to... y'know, and he's getting frustrated.
I wonder how Mark Strong reacted when he asked to narrate this doc.
But it is enjoyable and you're interested in this sort of thing, you'll like it.
The Martins (2001)
A comedy where nothing funny happens
It's just 90 minutes of people yelling at each other.
There was not one joke in this film that made me laugh.
If you like the idea of Ray Winstone screaming and burping in a little boy's face, this is the film for you.
The movie tries and fails to be heartwarming too.
It doesn't work because I hate these characters so much.
With a poor script, unfunny jokes and unlikeable characters, it's a mystery of how this film got green-lit.
And Lee Evans and Kathy Burke only did this for dosh.
102 Dalmatians (2000)
Bow wow yippie yoo yippie.... ugh, I hate that song!
I liked this as a child. Today, not so much. That song in the opening credits is annoying. The whole joke where the parrot thinks he's a dog is not funny. The scene where the dogs are watching Lady and the Tramp and inter-cuts between that and the couple having spaghetti and meatballs made me want to vomit. Remember it was spoofed in Hot Shots 2? That scene was funny, but not this.
Also what kind of person takes their dogs to go see a puppet show? These people act like the dogs are human.
Also, when Ioan's character gets arrested, how come his dogs get arrested with him? What kind of world is this?
And as for the scene where Cruella gets baked into a cake, I'm surprised that she didn't get burnt to death in the oven.
However, I will praise Glenn's performance. She IS Cruella.
A must see for all Ted fans
I saw this on Father Ted night back in 2011. Almost the whole cast is interviewed, even the ones who had small parts like the couple who play John and Mary, the fella who played Eoin McLove and the fella who played Father Stone and so on.
We see what the writers and cast in a "Where are they now" scenario. Ardal is in his home, Frank Kelly is swimming (in a pair of trunks, shudder!) and Graham and Arthur in their offices. We see them travel in a car to the locations.
Pauline McLynn refused to be interviewed due to people asking her about Ted none stop. (This is why being an actor/actress sucks, folks.)
We get to see the studio in London and the location of the actual house used in the show, which is now owned by an American woman. We see Graham, Arthur, Ardal and Frank have tea with her and talk about the show. There's some visitors, one of them is a little boy who admits he doesn't like the show! That boils Graham and Arthur's blood.
We see some alternate takes and bloopers from Dermot. RIP.
Everything you want to know about Ted is right here. Well, not everything. It's just the............. er.......... Uh........... Shut up and enjoy the documentary!
Works as a short film, but not as a feature length one
I was looking forward to this film because I loved the original short, but when I saw it, I was disappointed.
The kids who looked like horror movie characters were just distracting. The finale where the kids create giant monsters was just too far fetched. The original movie worked because of the focus on Sparky, and this movie is more focused on the filler characters.
Oh look, Catherine O'Hara is playing a mother........ AGAIN!
Also, what about the cat that gets killed at the end? That poor girl. She'll miss that cat.
When they did actually reinact moments from the original, that's when it worked. But the rest of the movie is unfunny and dull.
Oh, and we have a poo joke about ten minutes in. Shame on you, Tim.
Well, it's nice to see a Burton film without Depp and Carter in it.
We see the Pythons interviewed on location in Tunisia. They don't talk about the making of the film, they just talk about their careers. We do see behind the scenes footage, but if you're expecting your average making of documentary where they tell you what the film is about, where the idea came from, the characters and how great everyone is to work with, look elsewhere.
Tunisia looks amazing. I wanna go. It was the perfect location for Life Of Brian. And we get to see it in all it's glory.
The Pythons talk about the shows they did before filming "Brian". Eric Idle did The Rutles. A spoof on The Beatles. "George Harrison was always a Rutle fan." says Eric. Graham did the film Oddjob with David Jason, John did Fawlty Towers, Michael Palin and Terry Jones did Ripping Yarns, Jones wrote a book about the Canterbury Tales and Gillaim directed Jabberwocky starring Michael.
They talk about how Flying Circus got started and the reaction it caused.
Spike Milligan appears in this doc and chats with the Pythons since he was a huge influence.
We even see the boys relaxing before filming. They even talk about each other, in the most Pythonesque way possible.
I've seen this doc many times and I recommend this for anybody who liked the film.
Better than the last documentary
Before I began to watch this documentary, I thought to myself "Oh no. They're going to repeat the same information from the last documentary."
Surprisingly, they don't. They have new stories to tell us. Although, Romero, Cardille, Piloto, Sherman and Savani tell us the same info though. Which is way I'm giving this a 9.
Romero said that the original script was that the film was very epic and had big action scenes. But due to the film's budget, the action scenes were taken out. But those scenes were later used in Land of the Dead.
It's nice to see the rest of the cast and crew who weren't interviewed in the last doc. Anthony (for some strange reason, everyone calls him "Tim") talks about how he stayed in character throughout the whole of the shoot, Gary Klar talks about how he auditioned for Rhodes, but landed the role of Steele because Romero liked the fact that he was the big guy who had to be beside Piloto's little guy.
Piloto talks about how he was worried that he was going over the top. I think him going over the top made him scary.
John Harrison said that when the crew were taking the alligator out of the truck for the Florida scene, they accidentally dropped it and hurt it's snout. If you watch the film, the alligator's snout is bleeding.
They talk about filming in the mines and how there were bats in there.
The Make up effects team talk about how they made each effect and how one of the men sent Tom Savani to the hospital after spraying him the face with a fire extinguisher.
Yes, Piloto talks about what happens in his death scene. I've heard it before.
Then they talk about how the movie bombed and the bad reviews it got. The film also failed because it came out the same time as Return of the Living Dead, which added to the confusion. Lori Cardille said that her family went to see "Return" and told that they couldn't find her in the film.
Also, people wanted it to be like "Dawn" again and they got something else which disappointed them.
Polito said he was upset when he saw Siskel and Ebert review the film and saying "Here's an example of the horrible acting" and showing a clip of him shouting.
But then they talk about how this film developed a huge cult following on video. They talk about meeting fans and how much they loved this film.
In the ending credits, the cast recite their lines.
A hugely enjoyable doc for "Day" fans. Although they could've shorten the title. There's two "Of the"'s.