Taika Waititi

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Prompted by my seeking the absolutely joyous hunt for the wilderpeople today and for not the first time being reminded that this guy has a knack of making films that actually deliver far and beyond what I expect when I see the trailer.

Joyous, I said

the kids are alt right (darraghmac), Sunday, 16 October 2016 17:57 (five years ago) link

I loved What We Do In The Shadows and the thread is a good reminder to line up Wilderpeople and Boy for screenings in the next week.

calzino, Sunday, 16 October 2016 18:09 (five years ago) link

Eagle vs shark was vv good but a little forced. shadows and wilderpeople just hit the right notes all the way throughout imo.

the kids are alt right (darraghmac), Sunday, 16 October 2016 18:28 (five years ago) link

I thought Shadows was really funny, but Wilderpeople oddly mundane. But mundane in an intriguing and compelling and just off-kilter enough way, like latter Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom) but maybe somewhat more modest and grounded. Or maybe just less adept, since I loved Moonrise Kingdom but only liked Wilderpeople. (And loved Shadows.) Shame he's already been sucked into the Marvel universe, because there is really no room for his voice in Thor, I don't think. Or maybe I will be proven wrong (again).

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 16 October 2016 18:42 (five years ago) link

Moonrise Kingdom comparisons are obviously gonna occur. I thought it was far better-tho I liked MK- so it'll be down to individual taste as always.

Kid is phenomenal in this

the kids are alt right (darraghmac), Sunday, 16 October 2016 19:08 (five years ago) link

Eagle vs shark was vv good but a little forced. shadows and wilderpeople just hit the right notes all the way throughout imo.

― the kids are alt right (darraghmac), Sunday, October 16, 2016 7:28 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

theres also boy. that was him right?

just sayin, Sunday, 16 October 2016 20:21 (five years ago) link

Haven't seen but yep

the kids are alt right (darraghmac), Sunday, 16 October 2016 20:32 (five years ago) link

Emilym1516 • 22h
Hey Taika,

Do you know how much of your original script of Moana Disney has used for the finished film?

Big fan, love all your movies!

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taikawaitititi • 22h
Probably 0%

Thanks!

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 16 October 2016 21:01 (five years ago) link

didn't know nz'ers say homie

F♯ A♯ (∞), Monday, 17 October 2016 18:55 (five years ago) link

Ppl say whatever man

the kids are alt right (darraghmac), Monday, 17 October 2016 19:47 (five years ago) link

Nzers don't really say homie

just1n3, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 07:54 (five years ago) link

Nobody really says homie

the kids are alt right (darraghmac), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 11:18 (five years ago) link

Markers, maybe

the kids are alt right (darraghmac), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 11:18 (five years ago) link

come to southern california and we will go chill with the homies dmac

F♯ A♯ (∞), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 17:14 (five years ago) link

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homie

As a Mexican-American slang word created in Southern California by Rey Fierro in the early 20th century cholo-style generation, the term can be traced back to fact-based films such as Boulevard Nights (dramatizing their culture from 1975–1978), Blood In Blood Out/Bound By Honor (1972–1984 culture), and American Me (1940–50s culture).

F♯ A♯ (∞), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 17:16 (five years ago) link

That is a kind invitation which I accept

the kids are alt right (darraghmac), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 17:29 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Loved this. Yes, it is joyous! and hilarious.

Neptune Bingo (Michael B), Wednesday, 23 November 2016 02:23 (five years ago) link

it is really wonderful, i loved it

estela, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 07:42 (five years ago) link

i could see you playing any of the three main roles in this. if younworked on your accent.

identity politics rooted in tolkienism (darraghmac), Wednesday, 23 November 2016 08:14 (five years ago) link

Fush and chups

Neptune Bingo (Michael B), Wednesday, 23 November 2016 09:27 (five years ago) link

i loved waititi's reverend character and the eulogy he gave at the funeral, it was so loony but also recognisable.

estela, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 09:42 (five years ago) link

I loved Hunt For The Wilderpeople much more than the (slightly drab) WWDITS, just earlier watched "Boy" and it was definitely more in the zone of the former. The main kid wasn't on a par with the HFTWP kid, but the director had a bigger role, as the dad, and pretty much stole the show I'd say. Anyrate, if you liked HFTWP you'd surely like Boy. It's all the same deadpan delivery, but I just prefer it coming from "real" families than vampires. Realism isn't the point in any of them, it's all stylised, but Boy has some proper emotional depth if you ever had a father who wasn't a father, also there is some dust in the air of this room.
I did see Eagle vs. Shark some years ago, I recall liking it but don't recall enough to vouch for it at this point.

Jonathan Hellion Mumble, Thursday, 24 November 2016 17:30 (five years ago) link

that would match my review of EvS

identity politics rooted in tolkienism (darraghmac), Thursday, 24 November 2016 18:20 (five years ago) link

eight months pass...

Shame he's already been sucked into the Marvel universe, because there is really no room for his voice in Thor, I don't think. Or maybe I will be proven wrong (again).

― Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 16 October 2016

most pleasant surprise in all the thor material released so far is how foregrounded his voice is, i think

he tasted like mouth (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 24 July 2017 10:39 (four years ago) link

not just in the thor-and-darryl housemate bonus stuff but in the trailers too - 'he's a friend from work!', thor's insistence to banner that he won the fight with the hulk, thor butthurt with hulk about how they're actually both like fire... the content and the line readings all definitely seem of a piece with shadows and wilderpeople imo

he tasted like mouth (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 24 July 2017 10:42 (four years ago) link

four months pass...

saw (and loved) wilderpeople last night

it reminded me a bit of vincent ward's 1984 NZ film vigil -- certainly set in a similar landscape, though a very different tone

http://www.nzfilm.co.nz/sites/nzfc/files/styles/film-promotional-image/public/images/films/promotional-images/Vigil%20copy.JPG?itok=4aMgccPk

(lol this was the only mention of vigil i could find on ilx: Movies with rain scenes )

mark s, Friday, 1 December 2017 13:14 (four years ago) link

Top of the lake also had some similar settings

tonally....quite different

I've seen this movie three times and it gets better and sadder and funnier and I've decided NZ is just Ireland but sunnier afaict

moyesery loves kompany (darraghmac), Friday, 1 December 2017 13:49 (four years ago) link

vigil makes it look like wales but rainier iirc

mark s, Friday, 1 December 2017 13:50 (four years ago) link

Principality Rainier n'est pas

moyesery loves kompany (darraghmac), Friday, 1 December 2017 14:18 (four years ago) link

wilderpeople is great - really liked seeing the angry cop show up as jeff goldblum’s sidekick in thor!

hi i’m darren and i’m a bouncer from bendigo (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 1 December 2017 14:27 (four years ago) link

she's not a cop! she gets lectured about this at the end by the cop she travels round with

mark s, Friday, 1 December 2017 14:54 (four years ago) link

cophood is a state of mind man

hi i’m darren and i’m a bouncer from bendigo (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 1 December 2017 14:54 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Just remembered 'Hunt For The Wilderpeople'. Such a lovely amazing film. It deserves to become a cult classic

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Thursday, 21 December 2017 10:11 (four years ago) link

Saw that with my wife and daughter a few weeks ago. It was a pleasant surprise. We had put it on after the kids fell asleep because "it's another comedy by the guy who did that vampire movie." Then it turned out to be not the same kind of thing at all! But I guess we lucked out on a family-friendly romp, because my kid woke up about 10 minutes into it (she was in the middle of a bout of flu or something), and watched the whole thing with us.

Waititi was talking about the What We Do In Shadows sequel ('We're Wolves') again recently. Can't tell whether it's just vaporware or not. While I would welcome more horror-comedy from these guys, that title is so good it almost feels like it should just exist on its own, ,like a Chinese Democracy of supernatural mockumentaries .

how's life, Thursday, 21 December 2017 10:42 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

What We Do in the Shadows is so absolutely hilarious. Every single episode.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 31 May 2019 18:54 (two years ago) link

oh shit, thanks for the rec. i love the movie and had no idea they were making a series.

davey, Friday, 31 May 2019 23:40 (two years ago) link

This is the second spin-off series btw (despite the thread title Taika is not significantly involved)

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:18 (two years ago) link

He directed at least two of the 10 episodes and acted in one, so there is that.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:40 (two years ago) link

yah but not developing or writing or producing

How involved were you in the brainstorming? Did you leave it entirely to Jemaine?

Waititi: I left it to Jemaine and I'd just read drafts and if I had any notes, I'd give suggestions, like character things or location things. When it got to directing the pilot, then I came in. I finished Thor, Thor had come out, then I think I just had a couple of months and then got onto the pilot. The job of making that film was so intense and so involved. I wouldn't have been able to do it. I wasn't able to do anything. The idea was I would secretly write other films while I was doing it, but I just couldn't.

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Saturday, 1 June 2019 03:49 (two years ago) link

Regardless, it feels very much like the film. Well worth it!

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 1 June 2019 04:03 (two years ago) link

Yeah agreed the whole thing is v consistent

just sayin, Saturday, 1 June 2019 10:28 (two years ago) link

It’s very good and exactly like the movie. The cast is almost as good as the original one which is quite a performance ! Matt Berry is particularly fun. And the series format suits the concept better imo since I loved the movie but it struggled to keep the pace/level over the full length.

AlXTC from Paris, Saturday, 1 June 2019 10:33 (two years ago) link

Witches/semen routine in the final ep slayed me.

Pretty sure Taika wasn't involved in Wellington Paranormal at all, it was Jemaine and Jackie van Beek.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Saturday, 1 June 2019 11:02 (two years ago) link

Plus some additions actually improve on the movie: Guillermo, the female vampire(s), the energy vampire ... The guest stars have been great, too, esp. Berry. I love how all the vampires are neurotic and dorky and weird and traditional and set in their ways but also prone to just hilarious crass outbursts:

“I cannot even speak the name of the vampire that organized that monstrosity.”

"I don’t give a fuck! His name was Mike.”

“Fucking Mike!

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 1 June 2019 13:14 (two years ago) link

Eheh yes Guillermo. Or Gizmo as Berry called him at some point !

AlXTC from Paris, Saturday, 1 June 2019 13:23 (two years ago) link

I also love how they call Colin Robinson Colinrobinson, all as one word.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 1 June 2019 14:04 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Okay so

From "Visionistical" director, Teeka Wachichi, here's a "teezer traylor", for my anti-hate satire, #JojoRabbit, in theaters October 18. @rebelwilson @alfieeallen #ThomasinMcKenzie #RomanGriffinDavis @stephenmerchant #samrockwell #scarlettjohansson @jojorabbitmovie #visionistical pic.twitter.com/8o8X8cyJTD

— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) July 23, 2019

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 16:34 (two years ago) link

<3

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 16:36 (two years ago) link

learning that Taika Waititi is Jewish as well as Maori was one of the best moments of my life and also explains his uncommon handsomeness

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 16:36 (two years ago) link

Thought this was pretty good. Waititi consistently hilarious as Hitler ("we're having roast unicorn for dinner!"), ScarJo is great, and some v good music cues as Ned noted. Some of the comedy doesn't quite land and in a weird way I wish it was actually funnier/sillier than it turned out to be. It's strange to think how something as objectively terrible as the Benigni movie instantly got Oscar plaudits, but then this gets tut-tutted and swept under the rug as not being reverent enough - dismissed as a comedy in bad taste even though it definitely gets at the horror and violence underlying the premise. Kudos to Waititi for even trying to get this made/expend his industry capital on such an obviously personal and odd project.

Οὖτις, Thursday, 2 January 2020 17:47 (two years ago) link

benigni was pre internet tbf

looking fwd to this. not sure hes landed a full movie yet but his high points are always great

Banáná hÉireann (darraghmac), Thursday, 2 January 2020 22:43 (two years ago) link

I will say this: Rebel Wilson is awful in p much everything, including this.

Οὖτις, Thursday, 2 January 2020 22:48 (two years ago) link

I feel as if I'm through the looking glass.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 January 2020 22:49 (two years ago) link

cant discount it! whats it like?

Banáná hÉireann (darraghmac), Thursday, 2 January 2020 22:51 (two years ago) link

I cringed for most of the morning watching it.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 January 2020 22:57 (two years ago) link

bad morning!

Banáná hÉireann (darraghmac), Thursday, 2 January 2020 23:09 (two years ago) link

Peter Bradshaw was apoplectic about it and gave it one star.

Good taste, bit Victorian but who isn't? (jed_), Thursday, 2 January 2020 23:26 (two years ago) link

That'll show'em!

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 January 2020 23:29 (two years ago) link

so what are people's complaints exactly

Οὖτις, Thursday, 2 January 2020 23:32 (two years ago) link

Movies based on LOL HITLER MAKING FUNNIES are dumb in 2019; it's cheap because nothing is at stake, and cheap because it's used for the sake of the moral education of young chiseler.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 January 2020 23:36 (two years ago) link

*a young chiseler.

Anyway.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 January 2020 23:37 (two years ago) link

Thought this was great - people writing it off as a satire in poor taste are clueless. It’s not a satire at all - only Nazism and its ideas are ridiculed. Everything else in the film is true and heartfelt, which is why it works so well to shitcan Hitler and his dumb anti-life ideas. Cast are all great, too.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Sunday, 5 January 2020 07:17 (two years ago) link

It's true -- Nazism needs ridiculing, who knew.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 5 January 2020 11:48 (two years ago) link

I just didn't find it funny and I thought it was pretty cringey.

The World According To.... (Michael B), Sunday, 5 January 2020 12:45 (two years ago) link

I wonder why these lame attempts at making a comedy movie within a nazi/Holocaust setting keep failing so badly? Well no actually I don't much tbh.

calzino, Sunday, 5 January 2020 21:01 (two years ago) link

not enough fallen madonna with the big boobies iirc

hot nuts (small) (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 5 January 2020 21:23 (two years ago) link

Not enough, I lieb you baby, I lieb you, now lieb me alone

Frozen Mug (Tom D.), Sunday, 5 January 2020 21:24 (two years ago) link

I'm guessing you guys haven't seen Look Who's Back yet, fucking Gordon Kaye is comedy genius next to this shit!

calzino, Sunday, 5 January 2020 21:31 (two years ago) link

It’s not a satire at all

the "anti-hate satire" tagline was a major faux pas, then

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Sunday, 5 January 2020 23:54 (two years ago) link

I liked it

The Mandymoorian (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 5 January 2020 23:57 (two years ago) link

I liked it

don't care didn't ask still clappin (sic), Monday, 6 January 2020 03:06 (two years ago) link

It's true -- Nazism needs ridiculing, who knew.

You say this like the events of the past three years haven't happened.

totally unnecessary bewbz of exploitation (DJP), Monday, 6 January 2020 18:26 (two years ago) link

and a satire of the Trump era would be redundant too when every day brings events that would cause Swift's brain to melt.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 6 January 2020 18:28 (two years ago) link

I don't really agree with that, I can think of at least two Trump satires that have been fantastic (The President Show and Tim Heidecker's On Cinema character). Granted those are small-screen/smaller stakes satires.

Οὖτις, Monday, 6 January 2020 18:30 (two years ago) link

also feel like Nazis require ridicule as long as they are subject to being resuscitated

Οὖτις, Monday, 6 January 2020 18:30 (two years ago) link

otm, never stop making nazis ridiculous

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Monday, 6 January 2020 18:33 (two years ago) link

It's true -- Nazism needs ridiculing, who knew.

You say this like the events of the past three years haven't happened.

― totally unnecessary bewbz of exploitation (DJP), Monday, January 6, 2020 12:26 PM (eighteen minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

yeah i thought this was really good, it's about the present. everyone is in vague 40's period voice, except waititi's imaginary friend who speaks like a snide internet anon

goole, Monday, 6 January 2020 18:49 (two years ago) link

fwiw I found ScarJo's "they did what they could" (in ref to the ppl strung up in the square) and her later direct advice to "do what you can" to be really moving

Οὖτις, Monday, 6 January 2020 18:53 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

This gets a lot of points for effort, but I don't think Waititi quite pulls it off. He is not menacing enough when Hitler gets mad, and while I love the stylized scenes like the one at the swimming pool, he is just not quite a strong enough stylist to really make it pop. Wes Anderson could have created something amazing out of this. On the flipside, it's a better story than the one in Grand Budapest Hotel.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 11:35 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

Happy Birthday to my reason for living, @chrishemsworth. There's no one like you. pic.twitter.com/AvKJIjojlJ

— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) August 12, 2020

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 12 August 2020 12:08 (one year ago) link

Comments are pretty funny, plus they get you to this meta punchline:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EfMVokSUYAIT8Cl?format=jpg&name=medium

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 12 August 2020 12:09 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Working on a movie version of The Incal now. I wonder if Dune being a decent success helped it along.

adam t. (abanana), Thursday, 4 November 2021 15:26 (six months ago) link

Jesus now that is unfilmable surely

fix up luke shawp (darraghmac), Thursday, 4 November 2021 15:28 (six months ago) link

i was gonna say, that seems a right fool's errand

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 November 2021 17:52 (six months ago) link

three months pass...

So, there's a new pirate show coming to HBO, there's a new Thor movie coming to theatres, but apparently Taika filmed, and then recast, and then reshot a bunch of, a movie about the American-Samoa soccer team that has been sitting around for months/years? Starring the mostly MIA Michael Fassbender?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 18:36 (three months ago) link

Psyched for the pirate show, Rhys Darby is a delight

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 18:48 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Anybody watched this pirate show thing yet? Our Flag Means Death.
NOt sure how successful I found that first episode but not sure how much of this show is him. Beyond him directing that first episode. & appearing in a role later.
But doesn't seem to be as good as Reservation Dogs, though may compare with the quieter bits of What We Do In The Shadows or something.
Felt a bit underwhelmed by that first one but have grabbed the rest of the season so will see if it gets any more immediate. Though maybe I'm just not connecting to the feel. Not sure how well I feel about Pathos as a comedy trope.

Stevolende, Sunday, 27 March 2022 15:45 (one month ago) link

I liked it a lot. Definitely gets better as it goes along.

Not saying it's up there with the best of those other shows, but I like everyone involved and it's totally worth sticking with imo.

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 27 March 2022 15:58 (one month ago) link

Also ended up going back to People of Earth, the sitcom by the guy who's actually behind this one (David Jenkins) and found it similarly enjoyable.

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 27 March 2022 16:09 (one month ago) link

Coincidentally just finished watching this - worth sticking with imo, it doesn’t really get into a groove until the third episode or so. It’s surprisingly more character-driven than expected, but the whole cast in general is pretty charming and lovable.

Also while the show bills itself as a pirate comedy, it’s prob a lot more accurate (though slightly spoiler-y) to describe it as a pirate rom-com :)

Roz, Sunday, 27 March 2022 16:44 (one month ago) link

Enjoyed 2nd episode more than the 1st anyway. Couple of heavy laughs already.
So will go onto rest.

Stevolende, Monday, 28 March 2022 00:25 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

I just finished the season of this, and it was delightful! I will say, the fact that they handle homosexual love without any comment/flinching, just as a completely normal thing, was very refreshing.

Didn't now the guy who did this did People of Earth - liked that too.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 10 May 2022 09:17 (one week ago) link

It took me a while to finish this as I never felt super compelled to watch the next episode (not a bad thing), but I would also call it delightful. As a long look at the dynamics of masculinity, it deserves at least 10% of the attention Ted Lasso gets.

I haven't seen his earliest films, so this was the most Waititi I've seen on screen (I guess WWDITS was the most previously?) and he was so great, plus I've loved Darby since Conchords, a treat to see them together so much. Lots of other actors were great too, and I really enjoyed the almost stage-life settings. Along with Severance, I count this as a show that benefited from covid filming restrictions to make something unique.

I will be said but not surprised if it doesn't get renewed, but if it does god I hope Lucius isn't actually dead, that was a surprisingly horrid act to nearly end on!

rob, Thursday, 12 May 2022 13:44 (one week ago) link

Yeah I really enjoyed the whole ensemble playing the crew. The guy playing Black Pete in particular was killing me with pretty much every line reading. I recognized him from playing various killers and ghouls in assorted crime things over the years, idk if hes done a lot of comedy before but I thought he was really funny.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 12 May 2022 14:32 (one week ago) link

I'm only about 5 episodes in. I've been watching it with my 10-year old son, which I've questioned a few times the appropriateness of, but he really digs pirates. I agree that the show is very well cast. I also thought Darby was one of the best things about Conchords, and he's hilarious in this.

o. nate, Thursday, 12 May 2022 15:18 (one week ago) link

Show inspired me to pick up the pirate history book Under the Black Flag, and I was delighted to learn that Stede Bonnet was a real figure (idk if its common knowledge but I certainly didnt know about it) and that a surprising number of the details large (his collaboration w/Blackbeard, the "Act of Grace" section) and small (wearing his dressing gown all the time, his onboard library, his crew all thinking Blackbeard was cooler than him) were drawn from history.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 12 May 2022 16:13 (one week ago) link

I cant find it now but there was a really funny quote in the book from someone who encountered him at sea talking about how he could be always seen on deck just strolling around in beautiful gowns reading a book & not really paying attention to the ship itself.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 12 May 2022 16:16 (one week ago) link

wow thanks for mentioning that, I had no idea!

Black Pete actor stood out to me too. Hell, I even didn't hate Fred Armisen in this, which is downright miraculous

rob, Thursday, 12 May 2022 16:53 (one week ago) link

Ewan Bremner was great in this! I mean he was just playing an insane pirate version of Spud but hey it worked for me.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Saturday, 14 May 2022 01:56 (one week ago) link


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