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

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I feel bad for that dog

straight fire beautiful cake (admrl), Saturday, 24 September 2011 06:00 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

dog latin, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:15 (2 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


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