I got yelled at by a youtube commentor after calling out that Chappie looked like short circuit. He called me a waste of cum or something.
i think that may be the same guy who called me a living pussy turd, once.
I think he's right. Not because you're wrong, but because you come here crying about it!
I think you just jealous because i have first comment.
I thought he looked more like "Briareos" from Appleseed.
Actually I guess if the rumor or story is true the director did that on purpose because he liked "Appleseed".
I was afraid Unfinished Business would be a movie about nothing
I'm afraid that Blomkamp could be the next Shyamalan at least according to the critics! Still, I'm seeing Chappie tonight and will judge for myself. Good or bad, I'm glad I'm not watching another shitty Vince Vaughn comedy!
I like to think of Blomkamp as a special effects director. Him and his team can turn out a lower budget film that looks like a film with 3 three to four times higher budget. He is a creative director, but, and I hate to make the Shamalan connection, but he shouldn't write his own material. He should just direct material he is passionate and creative about, but he has less character and plot control. Lay down that tight cinematography and super well done visuals, and work with the story material given. That is probably why we missed the best Halo themed movie ever, since he couldn't mess with the story too much.
Blomkamp is a very good visual director, like Zak Snyder or Joseph Kosinski, and like Snyder, he's not a very good writer. Unlike Snyder or Kosinski, he's much too bent on politics and feels the need to present that in his movies. I enjoyed Elysium, but it kept constantly shoving its message down our throats. I would like to see Blomkamp direct something he didn't write, to see how, and if, he could do it.
Chappie will definitely have mixed opinions from across the board even though I found it pretty interesting to watch! I do agree with Brad that the last 30 minutes were the best part of the movie. Clearly, Blomkamp is better at directing action scenes than his writing. I hope he's just directing Alien 5 while letting somebody else write it!
Also just to get it off my chest, VINCE VAUGHN IS NOT A FUNNY GUY! END OF STORY!
He was funny in Psycho.
Do you think the guy who laughed at "Unfinished Business" is the same guy who was laughing at "Old Fashioned"?
Last night I had to watch a TED Talk featuring a speaker also named Sarah Lewis, I'd like to see her do a Midnight Screening on that.
Allegory is the correct word, Ryan.
omg monkeys!!! i love monkeys XD
poor ryan and brad i don't know if i should watch a comedy ever in theater
Fuck cynicism, fuck critics and fuck nit-picking. Chappie is awesome. You get invested in the characters, he kicks butt and it ends how you want it to end.
After working for a Department of Defense contractor and knowing many people in that industry... What you have described of the big company in Chappie sounds like business as usual. Security at many DoD contractor is an after-thought only brought up when the government security auditor is scheduled to show up. After the auditor is gone, it's back to the usual. The government facilities are usually pretty secure. Contractors? Holy. Shit.
People going home with critical stuff: Yep.
Random folks walking into areas that should be secured: Check.
Huge glaring design flaws in designs: Oh hell yes.
Apathetic Security Personnel: They definitely ain't paid enough to care.
Strange staff allocations on projects: Indeed, why would they do it any other way?
Higher-ups completely missing the point of amazing discoveries: I've personally heard the "We make X here, go elsewhere and maybe they'll care about your Y thing" justification.
Truthfully, it sounds like Blomkamp did an good job of representing your average defense contractor.
Sounds like a lot of industries. Thanks for confirming.
It's not really "Short Circuit RoboCop" exactly, it's actually more like this: 20% Short Circuit, 10% Heart Beeps/Bicentennial Man (both of which are basically THE SAME FUCKING THING), 40% Appleseed (it LITERALLY rips Appleseed's design off, on an almost 1-to-1 scale), 10% RoboCop, 5% District 9, 15% Terminator.
Also, what the F is with that lighting? Ye be trollin' us, ain't ye, matey?
At the last minute we couldn't use the usual car.
What's car has to do with camera lighting? I was obviously talking about camera's lighting. What really makes difference, is camera's quality/it's lighting, not car's. Simply putting it: get better camera - get better lighting even if car doesn't have good source of it.
Rudeness is not going to make me want talk to you civil like I was doing. The lighting in these videos comes from the lighting in the car, or sometimes lighting from outside the car. That's because the light that goes with the camera doesn't fit on it when you set the camera on the dashboard. And since at the very very last minute we couldn't use our regular car (the car with the good lighting that we've been using for years and had no complaints) there wasn't exactly time to go out and buy a new camera right before the movie because someone needs pristine lighting in a video of two people talking a car; so we made due.
Sorry Brad I'm with Master Chen. Because the lighting is different, I now don't know what this video is about. Is this a food review or something?
Are you reviewing a movie, or a video game? What's Unfinished Business? Is that a table top game or something?
And isn't Chappie something that you put on your lips?
I also can't understand English now either since the lighting is different. Are you recommending these things, or talking about them? I don't even know if you're in a car or not. For all I know you're on a hayride in the middle of the woods. Why would you do a review of something on a hayride Brad?
Please get the old car back Brad; because since the lighting here isn't as good, even though again I can still see you all just fine, I now don't know what's right and what's left, what's a movie and what isn't, what's a car and what's hayride.
"Rudeness"? LOLWUT? Where? You're seeing way too much than there is, in all actuality, seriously. I wasn't being any "rude" in any way whatsoever. Believe me, dude, if I'd started being any "rude", you'd see it right away. So far, I'm extremely polite, calm, collected, and "feel just fine". I ain't even angry. You're seeing way too much than there really is.
If I may, "What's car has to do with camera lighting? I was obviously talking about camera's lighting" made you sound like a condescending twat, when you could have just said "I meant the camera lighting."
You should have been more specific in your original post. "What the fuck is with the lighting" doesn't imply that you're "obviously" talking about the camera, since they use the car as their lighting.
Well, Brad, you know what to do. Start a Bare knuckle Cage match with the naysayers... Wait read that wrong.
Get some mini work lights to put around the cabin. They are 8.00 dollars a piece at Harbor Freight, are battery operated and 4 of them will brighten the cabin up enough to take care of the shadows.
Then, start a bare knuckle cage match with the naysayers.
In all seriousness, being able to see you and your friends is not that important. I don't get why that matters at all.
I listen to these midnight reviews with the window hidden, like a podcast, so I couldn't give two shits about lighting. Sometimes, if they show something to the camera or someone is wearing something silly, I'll take a moment to take a look. Speaking of podcasts, Brad should start ripping the audio from these vids and putting them up on Soundcloud as podcasts.
Coz of the bad lighting I thought Brad was talking about my dad again. And why did Irving go blackface when it wasn't even a minstrel night?
Agreed. How do I know if this is animated or not?
And if Brad doesn't give me the answer I want, I am going to be an asshole about it, and then when Brad answers back, that'll give me an opportunity to respond and act offended and be a bigger asshole.
Actually, you did sound like a massive cock there Chen. Also, it's lighting in a video where two guys sat in a car and talked about a movie. I could see them just fine, their audio was par per usual, is that really something to get weird about?
It's Dev Pa-tel, as in Pah'Tell. Not Peh'Tall. Just sayin'. :)
Oh good, i thought Chappie was gonna suck because asshole RT has it at 33%
You guys are great with the movie recommendations, but this time I would like to return the favor, I hope. I recommend (to the entire snob crew and other site patrons, if possible) a novel called The Martian by Andy Weir. It's amazing. So amazing in fact that Ridley Scott bought the rights last year even before the author sold the novel - and it's opening this year. That's how good it is. Ridley Scott and Matt Damon, with an all star cast, are making the film version. The movie opens on Nov 25 2015. I can't wait! Hope you all enjoy it as well.
Ryan in the Unfinished Business thumbnail looks like he has seen some shit
I understand that some people don't like/can't handle/are bored by classic literature. Not every author is for everybody, of course, but it sounds close-minded and young fogey-ish. And so we get a lot of adaptations -- some good, most mediocre to bad -- because who knows the difference?
If your only experiences with an author are in your teens or early twenties, maybe it's time to give him another chance. You might be surprised how much Dickens, Austen, and Bronte have learned over the years.
Well, at least you got to enjoy Chappie.
Okay, which was worse: Unfinished Business or Old Fashioned? I'm trying to figure out which would be more painful.
"Old Fashioned" BY FAR 'cause AT LEAST "Unfinished Business" has TOM WILKINSON in it, an actor who is BOTH WELL LIKED & RESPECTED.
So....If 'Chappie' is 'Short Circuit' ..... then that company's security force is 'Paul Blart, Mall Cop'?
Are you suggesting "RoboMallcop?" Because I'd totally see that.
RoboMallcop? I think you mean Chopping Mall.
Yeah but .....that would still be just a fat robot who falls on his ass a lot....
Oh.... and also a recurrent and permanently forever-after ***Thank You!*** for all the Ryan reviews lately. His dry wit and infectious laugh (and don't forget that smiling face he was trying with Jake) are absolutely awe-inspiring ..... his wife is so lucky!
Hell.... all you guys are SO endearing.... is it possible to have a silly crush on everybody? lol ( I know.... it's just the effect of the added intimacy of daily video-blogging, but you guys are still cute!) :D
Ex Machina is a good robot/AI movie.
I love Ryan's operational insight. He notices some of the most benign plot holes and it's awesome.
Man! Still adore you Sarah!
I want a movie where Liam Neeson is kidnapped and his family has to go and save him.
Yes, yes, a thousands times yes!!!
...and instead of saying "I have a very specific set of skills", they should say "Let our powers combine", and Liam Neeson should turn into Captain Planet.
I'm dead now.
So when are we going to see 'Brad Makes Sarah Cry watching Chappie'?
Sarah in the 2nd Best Exotic Marigold Hotel video thumbnail totally has a "Do You Like Bubbles?" expression going on there.
Goddammit Dave and Sarah, you guys are cute.
sarah yes but dave's as cute as my grandmother's cunt
Guessing Unfinished Business is the Gerry of Comedy Movies
Sarah: "...So in this universe you're immortal if you have unfinished business."
*Me scrolling down to the next review* NOOOOO! DAMN YOU, VINCE VAUGHN!
Sarah: "...In this universe you are immortal if you have Unfinished Business."
*Me scrolling down to next review* NOOOOO! DAMN YOU, VINCE VAUGHN!
Wait... Irving's getting married??
Yup, check out his adorable proposal video, it's great. :)
Hey, don't you say anything bad about Dickens, now! A tale of two cities is one of the best books ever.
Sarah, if you wanna un-ruin Wouldn't It Be Nice, watch the 2013 Japanese movie The Girl in the Sun. Or "Girl in the Sunny Place", if you like your translations awkward.
It's a total romantic fantasy that could've easily been too much but isn't. Plus it's based on a popular novel so there's probably a video out there where Japan Sarah sits in a car talking about it.
Fandango says the average rating for Unfinished Business is 4 stars so it must be good.
Is Sarah a giant?
iirc Sarah around 5'10"-6' according to one one of the Midnight Screenings. I'm probably completely wrong though
So do you plan on reviewing Chappie: The Porno?
I always have to laugh about American movies depicting Germany as this hyper-sexual, perverted place where everybody is running around in gimp suits and sucking each other off in public and whatnot or everybody is bisexual and into shit and piss porn.
In reality Germany is a pretty conservative, boring place and I'm not aware of the existence of any big gay pride parades or anything of the sort.
I also never saw a glory hole in a public toilet in Germany, hehehe. Not that I would have searched for one, just saying that seems to be a rather American phenomenon that hasn't made it around the world yet.
I grew up in Germany and I don't know a single openly gay person. If the 10% rule of thumb is correct, at least some of the people I know should be gay, but those who are hide it well.
Out of everybody I know I am the most suspicious to be gay because I'm the only one who isn't married with children and who hasn't built a garage or a garden shed with his own hands yet.
I also never met somebody who just seemed gay without confirming it. No flamboyant, effeminate kids who listened to the "wrong" music, or anything like that. There only was one music teacher who we suspected to be gay, not because he acted gay, but because he looked like he had AIDS and then just didn't come back from the summer break one year and nobody told us what happened to him.
People in the USA look at people like "Siegfried and Roy" or Karl Lagerfeld and somehow assume that they are typical Germans. You know, the kind of people Sascha Baron Cohen makes fun of with his "Bruno" character and before that Mike Myers with his "Dieter" character. What people are missing though is that Germans like "Siegfried and Roy" always leave Germany to make a living in the USA or in France, in Karl Lagerfeld's case.
If there are a lot of German "queers" running around in the States, then not because Germany is a especially queer place, but because "queers" don't like living in Germany and are more likely to emigrate to the States and other places they consider more welcoming.
It is sad. Call me a "stereotyper", but I think if more gay people would stay in Germany, the German music and entertainment industry might suck less. Maybe then there would be more than Turkish-German gangster rap and movies about the Holocaust coming out of Germany's entertainment industry.
If it weren't for all the immigrants, Germany would look a lot like "Leave it to Beaver"-style 50's America, full of hard working, wide shouldered, square jawed, gray, boring dudes who only talk about their new car or what paint they used to paint their picket fence and who married stay at home wifes in their early twenties.
Munich and Cologne have a reputation as gay cities or for having big gay populations and Berlin has this artsy-fartsy boheme thing going on, but much like Austin has a reputation for being that one liberal, Hippy-vibe place in arch conservative Texas, those three cities are the exception, not the norm in Germany.
Another german here. While it is true, that Germany is not the deviant scatparadise it is portrayed as, but there are a lot worse places to be flamboyantly gay. In my personal circle of friends and acquaintaces, there are no queers, and not because of lack of sympathy or something (I personally would question the 10% rule of thumb, because to me sexuality is more of a flowing state). I work with a lot of youth, and while gay kids can have it hard, they tend do go relatively unharmed even in the eastern wasteland. Also, almost every relatively big city (200.000+) has a gay pride parade.
The experience of smalltown young gays seems to be alike in Germany and the US in that they go to bigger citys to broaden their possible partner-pool. Quite a few of them seem to go back to their small towns and villages, to live their conservative lives behind picket fences.
You're "not aware" of the Christopher Street Day Parades in every major city every year for at least two decades now? Some of them have been around since the early 80s. You don't know a single openly gay person? Sorry, that says a lot about you and precious little about Germany. I have relatives in a rural part of Northern Germany who know quite a few gay people socially and they're members of a parish with an openly lesbian pastor. And - with all due respect - they're (self-described) country bumpkins. Another relative of mine is openly gay and lives in a predominantly Catholic small city with an active, vibrant LGBT scene.
You either live in one of the most backwards conservative ultra-Catholic parts of the country and mistake that for the entirety of Germany or you haven't peeked out from beneath a rock you've been stuck under since the early 80s. Your portrayal of the country is as off and unrealistic as Hollywood's...
I just tell it how it is. Not my fault that I indeed never met a openly gay person here. I have in other countries.
I live in a sort of rural area, but not a backwater hole.
Landkreis Ludwigsburg, right in the north of Stuttgart, BW, according to statistics I have seen one of the 10 most wealthy and economically most healthy counties in Germany. Low unemployment, good infrastructure, many immigrants, good schools, progressive university cities like Karlsruhe and Heidelberg nearby, very "green" and liberal. The typical resident is a older engineer who rides a bike to work at some small high tech company every day and spends his free time joining anti nuclear power protest marches and stuff like that.
The point being, it isn't Cologne, Berlin or Munich, but I don't think it is a extraordinarily backwards, conservative or repressive place either. I don't think gay people would have any more reason to stay in the closet here than they would have anywhere else in Germany and yet, as I said, I never met one who was out of the closet.
Still, in all their green party voter, liberal peace marching, too tight bicycle leggings wearing, children from Africa adopting progressiveness, there also is a certain conservative work ethics- and chaste boringness to most Germans I met and grew up with, like I described it in my initial comment.
That is what makes this picture Americans have of Germans so upside down and weird.
And regarding parades, I didn't say there are none, I just said I'm not aware of any gay pride parades as big as the one that is apparently shown in that movie. I never see anything of the sorts on the news. Do you? I haven't even seen news articles and TV reports on small CSD parades in Germany and certainly none on such big ones with tens of thousands of gay people taking over a whole city and turning random public toilets into orgy hubs.
If stuff like that is happening in Germany, I guess I must be living under a rock after all. But if that is the case, it is the fault of the media not reporting on it.
I really enjoyed being schooled on business by Ryan XD
Honestly I don't care about the lighting of your videos, what is important is the audio content. That being said you obviously had a lot more to talk about in the Chappie video, but you cut it short. Please dont do that, if time is an issue just wait and talk about the video after you see the second movie. I would assume that most of your viewers like long rant filled videos. Anyhow I enjoyed the videos keep em comming.
Actually no, we said everything we wanted to say about Chappie. The video cuts simply because I thought it would be funny if it cut right after Ryan said "we've got Unfinished Business," given that's what the next movie was. We had plenty of time, we even had time to give final thoughts on it.
Also if you've ever lived in the midwest and endured their winters, you wouldn't be so inclined to stay in a car late at night to talk about movies, no matter how much you had to say.
Hmm. Didn't know what to think about Chappie, which is coming soon to Singapore where I live. Now that I have seen Brad and Ryan talk about it, saying that it's silly and ridiculous, but fun, I think I might check it out.
What I love most about The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel video was Dave being apathetic towards the prospect of watching more Nicholas Sparks adaptations and religious movies.
It's almost like he's willing to put up with those, so long as he never has to watch Tyler Perry movies ever again.
My favourite Midnight Screenings line from 2013 was from Brad to Dave: "You've seen more bad movies this year than I have for the Snob, and that's a weekly show!"
Hey Brad, have you ever thought about ripping the audio off of these Midnight Screenings and putting them up on Soundcloud as podcasts? I know it seems like extra work, but I think it would be worth it for marketing reasons, and it wouldn't really be that much more work. Also, we wouldn't have to worry about the Blip videos not playing like with some of your old reviews (most notably Avengers and Thor).
I know my next long train ride would be much more tolerable, listening to the Smurfs rant.
As much as that is a great idea, I don't think that will happen anytime soon. On a Patreon post for a Snobcast episode, someone asked if he'd ever post those on soundcloud and Brad said it wasn't likely due to blip being his main source of income. I think it'd work well for the midnight screenings since there is the visual and auditory experience with it.
Brad, hatin' on Dunkin Donuts? For shame. It's not like people go there for the breakfast sandwiches. I'm on the east coast visiting family from California and I've been going there every morning for their coffee. Worst thing about CA is the lack of Dunkin Donuts coffee.
You convinced him, bro. He likes Dunkin Donuts now.
It's certainly cheaper than Starbucks. That's for damn sure.
And it's not fucking burnt like Starbucks.
There used to be a name for the lowest score on your scale: "Priest."
Unfinished Business may suck, but I still think those Vince Vaughn stock photos are goddamn genius
You need a classification for the most unwatchable dreck on the Midnight Screenings? Some sort of award? Sarah invented the "Don't-wanna-gos" in the "Worst of 2014" video. Jus' sayin'...
"Unfinished business" implies that the movie in question could have been saved with more work / time / money, I seriously doubt that this POS, "That's My Boy", "Old Fashioned" or Kirk Cameron's propaganda diarrhea would have benefitted from that in any way. There isn't enough money on the entire planet to make Vince Vaughn and Adam Sandler funny.
I watched the trailer to Unfinished Business before Kingsmen. And realistically the look on Brad's face in the still for the video tells me everything I could ask for.
Also, did Ryan keep the trident from his Sharknado cameo?
I liked Chappie a lot, but that shit Jackman's character pulled off in the truck was way too dark and it happend too early in the movie. His character is fucking psycho and he looks so ridiculous in those shorts, to make him less threatening? Nice contrast.
His Metal Gear MOOSE was awesome, but easy to deal with I guess because he did no get enough funding to complete it.
I hope there will be mechs in Bloomkamps Alien reboot/spiin-off, or some kind of original heavy machinery.
And btw, it made sense why the girls face was on that robot - they said they've made alterations in the design, so Chappie made her like that hacking into the factory.
They do have flying robots guys. They're called drones now. Them and every kind of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.
I'm a bit puzzled regarding that discussion on District 9, that movie had nothing to do with Africa being colonised. The people being interviewed in that movie were specifically talking about people fleeing from Zimbabwe and arriving in Johannesburg as refugees.
Man, Brad had a bad week. Old Fashioned followed up by Unfinished Business the next day.