ATTACK THE BLOCK, Hawks/Carpenter meets The Goonies in a South London council tower

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Really, this was quite nice, certainly better than most Carpenter films I've seen. And even some of the pot jokes were funny.

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 15 September 2011 04:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah this is super fun imo

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 15 September 2011 04:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

ya Nick Frost was decently understated/hilarious iirc

yuoowemeone, Thursday, 15 September 2011 04:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

There was a little discussion of this on some other thread somewhere, can't remember where

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 15 September 2011 04:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

here's armond's review

http://www.nypress.com/article-22688-attack-the-block.html

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 15 September 2011 04:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

This is finally in Portland. Organizing a screening run next week.

Blind Diode Jefferson (kingfish), Thursday, 15 September 2011 05:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

Other thread was maybe 77.

Awesome soundtrack.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Thursday, 15 September 2011 05:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

i loved this but relating the kids to the aliens as the "other" seemed to muddle things a little. but yeah, one of my favorites of the year so far.

Cosmo Vitelli, Thursday, 15 September 2011 09:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yup, loads of fun.

Simon H., Thursday, 15 September 2011 12:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

^ nothing more to say really

just sayin, Saturday, 17 September 2011 17:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

I want to say this film played one theater here for, like, half an hour.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 17 September 2011 17:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

I was super bummed.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 17 September 2011 17:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

enjoyed this. much better kids/alien movie than Super 8.

occam's hellraiser (latebloomer), Saturday, 17 September 2011 18:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hmm, watching this now. Not getting much Carpenter/Hawks (though I see why someone might say that, siege-wise) nor Goonies, but I am getting a nice comic book vibe from this. And massive amounts of, um, "Critters."

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 17 September 2011 19:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

well, plot more than style of C/H, perhaps. I am unfamiliar w/ Critters and many comic books.

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 17 September 2011 20:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, didn't detect really any Carpenter/Hawks overall.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Saturday, 17 September 2011 20:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

But figured you were basically just using it to bait and ignored.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Saturday, 17 September 2011 20:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

jeezus

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 17 September 2011 20:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

this was terrific

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 17 September 2011 20:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

Eh, this was OK. Lots of low-budget shortcuts, with the monsters being the most ingenious work-around. A lot of it got kind of redundant, though I did like how easily these kids took out these giant all-teeth gorilla wolf beasts. The ending felt a little anti-climactic, but I had a good time overall. Love how age-approriate these little jerks were. Even when it's life or death they're compelled to fuck around and crack immature jokes.

Morbs, "Critters" isn't terribly good, but it was a smarter than it had to be cheap cross between E.T. and Gremlins, with these devious all-teeth space furballs laying siege to a little farm, intergalactic bounty hunters in pursuit.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 18 September 2011 22:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

Cosigning on the love here.

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Monday, 19 September 2011 03:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

Critters 2 is probably even smarter, or at least more Gremlins 2-ian.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Monday, 19 September 2011 03:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

Kind of amazed that there was no British thread about this considering Joe Cornish is the sort of person UK ILX is generally all over. I suppose aliens rampaging round dark corridors translate pretty well. Is it doing well in the States?

This was pretty good, kind of came out a bit too early in Britain, had it emerged during or shortly after the riots it would've seemed incredibly pertinent politically. Middle class grime-listening comedy stoner brought the lols.

Matt DC, Monday, 19 September 2011 09:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's grossed about $1 million in the US, $4M globally. I caught it at the end of about a 6-week run in NY, where it never played more than 1 or 2 theaters.

I also would probably have liked it more if it was subtitled.

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Monday, 19 September 2011 11:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

I would have liked it better if it were subtitled in Esperanto. Indeed, everyone would have liked it better.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 19 September 2011 14:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

As far as I can tell it didn't play in DC save a couple weeks at an art house in July, but I DL'd it.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 19 September 2011 14:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

Always hated Adam and Joe and Nick Frost but was moved to watch this tonight and thought it was terrific!

Stevie T, Monday, 19 September 2011 20:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

This was GREAT

recent 2Pac news (admrl), Monday, 19 September 2011 23:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

WELCOME TO LONDON, MOTHERFUCKER

recent 2Pac news (admrl), Monday, 19 September 2011 23:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm gonna search but is this still playing in la

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 00:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

admrl

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 00:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

it is not, puff puff post

recent 2Pac news (admrl), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 00:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

this movie was so funny and great. love how the stupid jokes never stopped and the action sequences were sick (like that kid says).

symsymsym, Thursday, 22 September 2011 05:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

I only saw it a few days ago and already feel like watching it again. How can you hate a movie that just wants you to love it!!

your girlfriend on facebook (admrl), Thursday, 22 September 2011 19:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

The "council tower" in the thread title always makes me laugh.

your girlfriend on facebook (admrl), Thursday, 22 September 2011 19:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

Seeing this tonight

Blind Diode Jefferson (kingfish), Thursday, 22 September 2011 19:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's fun, but seriously, keep expectations in check. It's sort of one note. But a fun note!

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 September 2011 19:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

The "council tower" in the thread title always makes me laugh

surely you've noticed by now that we Yanks like to call a bloody tall building a tower

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 22 September 2011 20:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Hawks/Carpenter meets The Goonies" is pretty :\

Beating up the Ritz (DavidM), Thursday, 22 September 2011 20:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah. Hawks and The Goonies aren't endorsements.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Thursday, 22 September 2011 20:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

There's no Goonies in this at all. There is more Warriors. It's like Lil Warriors meets Critters.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 September 2011 20:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

I saw this at a really cool London theater with big comfy chairs & a beer/wine/food bar back in the spring, and I enjoyed myself at the movies more than I have in many, many years

pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 22 September 2011 20:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

Eric, everyone but you knows that Hawks is great'

This film is significantly less stupid than The Warriors, whether that's a plus or not.

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 22 September 2011 20:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

the Warriors has it majorly beat for photography & sound design though and I don't care how bad you hate on the Warriors you are compelled by your love of film to admit that

pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 22 September 2011 21:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

If anything, I didn't think "Block" was stupid enough.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 September 2011 21:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

I don't think you're stupid enough

your girlfriend on facebook (admrl), Thursday, 22 September 2011 22:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

Sorry, I didn't mean any actual offense by that, it just felt fun to post it.

your girlfriend on facebook (admrl), Thursday, 22 September 2011 22:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

I will be running my genre-film thread titles past you persnickety c*nts in the future

also I've never watched the fucking Goonies, and AtB blows away every Carpenter I've seen except Starman

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Friday, 23 September 2011 01:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

Is that...challops?

I'm sorry, I still don't know how to use it right.

Anyway, pretty sure Attack The Block is great AND at least 2 or 3 John Carpenter films are as fun if not slightly more, and none of them are Starman.

Also don't be dumb, the Goonies is great. The Goonies is even better than Attack The Block, and if it was set in London instead of wherever it was set (which was where? I don't know) it would be even better.

your girlfriend on facebook (admrl), Friday, 23 September 2011 01:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

If you've never seen the Goonies, why did you compare this to the Goonies in the thread title? And I'm hoping you're dead serious about this being better than any Carpenter save "Starman," when in fact it's better than every Carpenter save "Memoirs of an Invisible Man."

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 23 September 2011 02:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

"also I've never watched the fucking Goonies, and AtB blows away every Carpenter I've seen except Starman"

This is why no one in their right mind should care what you think about movies.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Friday, 23 September 2011 02:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

Goonies was filmed in Astoria, Oregon. No idea where it was supposed to be set though.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Friday, 23 September 2011 02:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

Kindergarten Cop was also filmed in Astoria, Oregon btw.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Friday, 23 September 2011 02:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

my dad used to live in Astoria, I bought a necklace there

pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 23 September 2011 03:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

I've also never seen the Goonies and am deeply fucking suspicious of the assertion that not having seen it is any kind of blot on any cinemaphile's rep

pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 23 September 2011 03:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

Thinking that Starman is John Carpenter's best film is.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Friday, 23 September 2011 03:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

One point awarded to Alex in SF. Total likely to inflate greatly if Spielberg whiffs it twice in two weeks this December. Which he will.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 23 September 2011 03:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

henceforth it should be a requirement that anyone who wishes to post on a film thread must do the truffle shuffle

hipster axes of evil (latebloomer), Friday, 23 September 2011 03:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

if Spielberg whiffs it twice in two weeks this December. Which he will.

Eric, The Real Morbs

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Friday, 23 September 2011 11:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

also, Kurt Russell's best film is The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Friday, 23 September 2011 12:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

henceforth it should be a requirement that anyone who wishes to post on a film thread must do the truffle shuffle

Damn my flat stomach!

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 23 September 2011 12:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

I really wanted this to be better than it actually was. Cool soundtrack though.

Number None, Saturday, 24 September 2011 02:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

I enjoyed this.

Blind Diode Jefferson (kingfish), Saturday, 24 September 2011 02:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

I feel bad for that dog

straight fire beautiful cake (admrl), Saturday, 24 September 2011 06:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

i saw this on the plane over and fucking loved it

lex pretend, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

i love the way it slips actual serious points into the dialogue in a completely casual, natural way. (and also fixes little things that have always bugged me about action films - like the scene when the girls kill the monster instead of being rescued by one of the boys - it's weird, when you see a scene like that you kind of realise how rare it is)

lex pretend, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah I saw this the other day and really liked it.

dog latin, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

This was great

da croupier, Saturday, 24 March 2012 03:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

otm

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Saturday, 24 March 2012 06:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, really good fun all the way through.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 24 March 2012 07:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol @ Starman talk on this thread - its a somewhat underrated item in the Carpenter filmog that for sure!

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 24 March 2012 09:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

just awesome

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Saturday, 24 March 2012 15:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

why wasnt this more of a commercial success

The term “hipster racism” from Carmen Van Kerckhove at Racialicious (nakhchivan), Sunday, 25 March 2012 03:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

sorry for british

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 25 March 2012 03:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

domestically it did ok but doesnt seem to have done anything in the rest of eu, jp, aus etc

so idk how this works in industry terms even if 'ppl' rate it

The term “hipster racism” from Carmen Van Kerckhove at Racialicious (nakhchivan), Sunday, 25 March 2012 03:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

imdb feebs have it at 6.8

The term “hipster racism” from Carmen Van Kerckhove at Racialicious (nakhchivan), Sunday, 25 March 2012 03:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

lot of people on imdb angry abt the glorification of youthful thugs who would be better shot by george zimmerman, iirc

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Sunday, 25 March 2012 05:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

it really wasn't that good

Number None, Sunday, 25 March 2012 05:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'd like to see you do better

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Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Sunday, 25 March 2012 05:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wanted it to be good

Number None, Sunday, 25 March 2012 06:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

what were yr problems with it iyo

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 25 March 2012 06:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

tell them to my HAND

this was a great cool as hell little movie!!

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 25 March 2012 06:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Not funny enough

Number None, Sunday, 25 March 2012 06:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

like gold is "not shiny enough"

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Sunday, 25 March 2012 06:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah. I have a feeling this probably worked better for mericans on some exoticism shit

Number None, Sunday, 25 March 2012 06:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

thats prob true

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 25 March 2012 06:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

""south london"" = ""foreign projects"" etc

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 25 March 2012 06:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

yee gods, it's a funny, exciting action flick about kids fighting monsters. location and culture are important to the film, therefore important to its appeal, i suppose, but that doesn't necessarily = "exoticism shit". it made more on its opening weekend in the UK than its entire US run.

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Sunday, 25 March 2012 06:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm glad it did well (Joe Cornish deserves it). I just didn't like it that much

Number None, Sunday, 25 March 2012 06:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

It was excellent.

polyphonic, Sunday, 25 March 2012 07:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

location and culture are important to the film, therefore important to its appeal, i suppose, but that doesn't necessarily = "exoticism shit". it made more on its opening weekend in the UK than its entire US run

i mean lets not play

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 25 March 2012 07:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

you see surely how sentence two belies sentence once

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 25 March 2012 07:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

*one

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 25 March 2012 07:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

it did well, though not as well as it might've, largely because those to whom it effectively spoke were those who were prepared for a story for south london, that is to say, not vinton, iowa.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 25 March 2012 07:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, but that doesn't mean that those mericans who did dig it were "on some exoticism shit". i just dislike that phrasing, which seems terribly loaded and disdainful.

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Sunday, 25 March 2012 07:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's mildly surprising to me that this has an international audience at all, that kind of setting/humour doesn't usually travel well - can't think of any other instances

lex pretend, Sunday, 25 March 2012 07:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

i mean i think the necessary converse (that it wasn't made for "vinton, iowa") means it was made for people prepared for a tale alien to their american experience (neither vinton, iowa nor ny, ny, so to speak), which this surely was in at least a couple of ways.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 25 March 2012 07:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

and let met clarify when i say "made for a people prepared for a tale alien to their experience" that i just mean that a non-british audience imo is p clearly included in its storytelling

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 25 March 2012 07:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, totally. might also appeal to americans with some familiarity with the world outside their front yard. i'd prefer to speak of the curious and/or open-minded than those "on some exoticism shit", which has p clear negative connotation.

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Sunday, 25 March 2012 07:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was kind of being a dick with that phrasing. I just wanted it to be better!

Number None, Sunday, 25 March 2012 07:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

i was kind of defending your wanting-to-be-a-dick

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 25 March 2012 07:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

i don't know, i do that a lot lately, idk

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 25 March 2012 07:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

okay, fine, i'm on some exoticism shit. you made me say it. i hope you're happy.

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Sunday, 25 March 2012 07:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

"exoticism shit" is so condescending to so many parties at once it's kind of amazing

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Sunday, 25 March 2012 07:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

like i said, i was being kind of a dick. What can i say, i'm drunk

Number None, Sunday, 25 March 2012 07:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

domestically it did ok but doesnt seem to have done anything in the rest of eu, jp, aus etc

it ran for a few weeks here at least, without really having any promo or media attention. the following month Buxton sold out a five-night run of Bug btw!

┗|∵|┓ (sic), Sunday, 25 March 2012 07:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Not really exoticism but some of the "street" dialogue might have sounded a little less like it was written by a middle-class white guy if you're in the US.

It was good, though. The kind of solid action / horror film Britain should be producing more of.

Une semaine de Bunty (ShariVari), Sunday, 25 March 2012 08:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

watched this last night, this was great fun. too bad it didn't get more than a superficial release in theaters here, I missed it entirely and never saw an ad for it.

akm, Sunday, 25 March 2012 15:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Not really exoticism but some of the "street" dialogue might have sounded a little less like it was written by a middle-class white guy if you're in the US.

It did occur to me when comparing the film to Super 8 that I have no reason to assume Cornish has any more familiarity with 21st century council estate life than second-generation hollywooder JJ Abrams has with smalltown midwestern life. But at least Cornish is going out on a limb with something modern rather than faithfully regurgitating '80s Amblin fantasies.

da croupier, Sunday, 25 March 2012 15:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

i knew somebody had to make that complaint to which i say

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Sunday, 25 March 2012 15:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

It did occur to me when comparing the film to Super 8 that I have no reason to assume Cornish has any more familiarity with 21st century council estate life than second-generation hollywooder JJ Abrams has with smalltown midwestern life.

main difference between the two is that attack the block actually worked

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Sunday, 25 March 2012 16:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

ya tbh if the movie is awesome, "slang accuracy" is pretty low on my list of priorities

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Sunday, 25 March 2012 16:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

ya tbh if the movie is awesome, "slang accuracy" is pretty low on my list of priorities
--A Little Princess btw (s1ocki)

Otm

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 25 March 2012 17:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

I thought the monsters were surprisingly effective too

kinder, Sunday, 25 March 2012 17:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

i liked that children were shown using and enjoying drugs

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Sunday, 25 March 2012 17:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

xxp, yeah it doesn't really detract from the film as an action movie but the lack of believable dialogue is kind of annoying at points and might have stopped the film connecting in a huge way with some of the target audience in the UK. It's by no means the worst offender for this, though.

Une semaine de Bunty (ShariVari), Sunday, 25 March 2012 18:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

was it a huge failure in council estates?

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Sunday, 25 March 2012 18:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

dialogue is alright

'bruv' rather than BLUDDD was kinda a faux pas

The term “hipster racism” from Carmen Van Kerckhove at Racialicious (nakhchivan), Sunday, 25 March 2012 18:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Watched this last night, liked it a lot.

When the credits came up discovered I went to school with one of the producers!

The Eyeball Of Hull (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 27 March 2012 13:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just saw this last night, terrific.

ya tbh if the movie is awesome, "slang accuracy" is pretty low on my list of priorities

As a born (admittedly white, middle class and past 30) Londoner, the slang sounded fairly accurate to me.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

And the trustafarian guy trying to use the same lingo as the kids provided some of the biggest laughs for me, if only cos it was such a spot on observation of dudes like that.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

The fuck are they sayin

dub job deems (darraghmac), Saturday, 13 July 2013 21:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

innit

BIG HOOS aka the denigrated boogeyman (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Saturday, 13 July 2013 22:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

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