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Green Book
« on: January 10, 2019, 12:57:38 AM »
Anybody watched this yet? I thought it was awful personally but there's been some interesting developments - won the Golden Globes, got a directors guild nomination for Farrelly this week and multiple Bafta nominations. Oscar voting has just opened and now an old interview with Farrelly has come to light where he admits to flashing his cock at people on set and also an anti-Muslim tweet from the film's screenwriter (and son of the film's lead character) has been found. Twitter is naturally all over it.

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Re: Green Book
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2019, 04:31:11 PM »
Didn't realise it was one of the Farrelly brothers! And Viggo Mortensen used the n-word while promoting the movie.

This has car crash written all over it (fnarr)

The most interesting thing about this film is that the real driver in the story played Carmine Lupertazzi in the Sopranos!

Re: Green Book
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2019, 07:17:20 PM »
Damn, I didn't know that. Viggo doing a Muppet Babies Sopranos performance makes a little more sense now. The best thing to come out of this film is the discovery the racist screenwriter also did this magnificently awful Christmas song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roWAaxlW94I

Re: Green Book
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2019, 09:46:49 PM »
It’s becoming a bit of a tradition now for an awards darling or several to be cancelled around Globes time.  I think it was James Franco last year.  Gives you something to look forward to in years where there’s less and less to root for in these things anyway.

In this instance, it does make you wonder if people spend their time combing through ancient Twitter timelines and articles trying to find dirt on anyone involved, unleashing it around Oscar-voting time.  Entertaining, but a bit creepy.

Re: Green Book
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2019, 01:07:37 AM »
In this case it was exactly that. Someone at an Oscar forum noticed Nick Vallelonga followed Trump and loads of right wing pundits so they searched his Twitter history and found the tweet.

Re: Green Book
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2019, 01:20:33 AM »
Considering the woke Waltons comedy direction the Globes took this year, this is doubly-ironic.

Re: Green Book
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2019, 01:30:20 AM »
I mean yeah, if you do a film like this and go around accepting awards and patting yourselves on the back over how brilliant and woke you all are, you’re kind of asking for it I suppose.  The only way to win this game is not to play, really.

Sadly, all of this drama is more entertaining than the films themselves.

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Re: Green Book
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2019, 01:49:40 PM »
There's also the whole thing of Mahershala Ali having to phone the family of his character to apologise, because they believe the whole film is a load of bollocks peddled by the son of Viggo Mortenson's character, and that actually there was no friendship between the two, it was just an employer/employee thing, and there was certainly no magical road trip where they taught each other about racism and tolerance. Apparently Viggo's character's son tried for ages to convince Ali's character to give his permission for the film to get made, but never officially got it before he died. Shots have been fired back after audio recordings came out of Ali's character saying there was something more than an employer/employee relationship between him and Mortenson's character.

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Re: Green Book
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2019, 03:20:39 PM »
Not sure why all the hate for this - I quite enjoyed it to be honest.  Definitely not award-worthy but a decent way to spend a couple of hours.

Re: Green Book
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2019, 02:55:34 AM »
Don’t know if I was in a great mood or am just happier than you miserable bastards, but I really enjoyed this. Some good laughs, and I thought the performances - particularly Vigo - were great.

Although, speaking of Oscars, the following night I tried to watch Blackkklansman and couldn’t even get halfway through. First film in maybe a hundred I’ve had to give up on.

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Re: Green Book
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2019, 09:26:50 AM »
Just got back from watching it. Even before the end scenes I couldn't help but think this is Planes, Trains and Automobiles the racial version. That's a bit glib but throughout the film I couldn't help but think of the two mismatched characters brought together through adversity. The acting leads were outstanding,  but every step of the plot was predictable.  Friend said she liked it because it was like a fairytale in that it has a happy ending.  6 out of 10.

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Re: Green Book
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2019, 05:01:20 PM »
Aye. Two leads as great as you'd expect, but in a year with films like BlackkKlansman and Sorry To Bother You, it just feels like quite a quaint film. That's not to say we in any way live in a world where 'racism is bad' no longer needs to be taught - god knows there's enough people out there who need fucking learning it.

Re: Green Book
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2019, 01:55:21 AM »
As a cinema experience, I really enjoyed this.
Not deep but surprisingly funny and charming I thought.
I liked the way it ends up being as a dumb wholesome as fuck Disney load of bollocks, with people saying the n-word.
I thought that was ace.

Re: Green Book
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2019, 04:57:28 PM »

Re: Green Book
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2019, 09:05:43 PM »
The critical part of my brain thought this was predictable, sappy and problematic, especially in competition with the likes of Beale Street and Blackkklansman.

The other side of my brain really enjoyed it for it's performances and general good nature. I certainly don't think it will make anyone any more racist. Saying that, there were genuine missteps; In any other film, even in this one, the 'glasses in the bin' sequence goes in well too hard for the tone. This bloke literally thinks black people are unclean? Then five minutes later, he's driving a black person around and having top bants with em? One or the other!

Re: Green Book
« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2019, 10:41:17 PM »
Just watched it, thought it was very enjoyable but in the same way things that Chess Records were in that they're probably bollocks.

It amused me how Linda Cardinelli was one step away from going full Mona Lisa Vito.

Re: Green Book
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2019, 02:20:31 AM »
Watched it last night in the cinema, I enjoyed it mainly for spotting The Sopranos actors, the two leads very good, but as I said to my girlfriend I can't watch any biopic/dramatisation without always watching through the drama.