How To with John Wilson

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hell yes

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Sunday, 8 November 2020 03:42 (eleven months ago) link

It's a pretty spectacular and accomplished show right out the gate but the many vimeos at that "JohnsMovies" links show this is a formula he's been perfecting for awhile.

Four Seasons Total Manscaping (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 8 November 2020 03:55 (eleven months ago) link

I've watched the first two episodes twice and new gags jump out at me, like when he spends a fwe seconds honing in on the "One Leg, 24 Crimes" (paraphrasing) headline though we're meant to be paying attention to the one that relates to the actual episode story

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Sunday, 8 November 2020 04:01 (eleven months ago) link

absolutely thought that author was john malkovich and now its got me wondering if kyle mclachlan was ever there at all

TRANCED INTO RADIOACTIVE PUREE (Will M.), Sunday, 8 November 2020 21:24 (eleven months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/A6tjXmh.jpg

TRANCED INTO RADIOACTIVE PUREE (Will M.), Sunday, 8 November 2020 21:53 (eleven months ago) link

Simon OTM, this is just so dense with jokes

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Sunday, 8 November 2020 22:05 (eleven months ago) link

third episode was my favorite so far

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 8 November 2020 23:16 (eleven months ago) link

hard to talk about this show without spoiling one of
its main appeals, which is the sort of unconscious way wilson wanders deeper into or adjacent to his subjects, i.e. the mandela effect stuff in ep 3

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 8 November 2020 23:17 (eleven months ago) link

I'm a fan. The part that he gets removed from the MTV audience in Cancun cracked me up.

Gerneten-flüken cake (jed_), Monday, 9 November 2020 01:51 (eleven months ago) link

I don't think I've ever seen a show structured quite like this one, you never have any clue what's gonna happen from one minute to the next

frogbs, Monday, 9 November 2020 02:13 (eleven months ago) link

thanks for starting this thread, first two episodes were really special. it’s gotten to the point where whenever he takes an interest in a person you know it’s gonna be very worth it. kind of a whole show made out of those nathan moments where he would let his subject ramble into transcendent ridiculousness

la table sur la table (voodoo chili), Monday, 9 November 2020 02:29 (eleven months ago) link

Wow at the ending of the third episode. I feel like he intentionally started with two straightforward episodes before diving into the true weirdness. I wonder if that will be more the vein of future episodes.

the colour out of space (is the place) (PBKR), Monday, 9 November 2020 12:46 (eleven months ago) link

I'm fascinated by the Mandala Effect, I don't think there's anything to it but I love that there's this bonkers conspiracy theory that isn't rooted in something political or nefarious

favorite part was the line "the worse your memory was, the more these people liked you"

frogbs, Monday, 9 November 2020 14:08 (eleven months ago) link

I liked that it was a seemingly benign/not racist conspiracy community, though I'm sure if you dig into the real circles you'll find some unsavory ties to other uh movements

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Monday, 9 November 2020 14:10 (eleven months ago) link

i just love that their conclusion is “we’re interdimensional travelers” and not “human brains process and store information very similarly”

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 9 November 2020 14:18 (eleven months ago) link

"this guy claimed he invented Pokemon"

frogbs, Monday, 9 November 2020 14:31 (eleven months ago) link

I squealed with joy when I realized we were going to get a glimpse into his archiving process in this episode

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Monday, 9 November 2020 14:37 (eleven months ago) link

that journal seemed way too elaborate to just be a prop for the show

frogbs, Tuesday, 10 November 2020 05:01 (eleven months ago) link

it looked unhealthy! but i'm glad he's finding ways to make it productive.

Four Seasons Total Manscaping (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 10 November 2020 15:41 (eleven months ago) link

I'm fascinated by the Mandala Effect

i could've sworn "Mandala" was spelled "Mandela," must be a timeline warp situation.

la table sur la table (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 10 November 2020 16:35 (eleven months ago) link

SAME

Four Seasons Total Manscaping (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 10 November 2020 16:39 (eleven months ago) link

First two episodes we've seen have been great. What a weird show.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 10 November 2020 16:41 (eleven months ago) link

The ending of ep.3 with the stickers is really good. One of these Mandala effects on me is an interview with Joaquin Pheonix on a red carpet where he asks the interviewer if he has a large frog crawling out of his hair and, honest to god, I could not find evidence of that video for years but I googled it a few minutes before making this post and found it right away, but just a 20-second snippet rather than the full thing. I guess the full video had been suppressed by his agents or whatever, as the clip I watched has only 50,000 or so views rather than the millions the original clip would have had. I also swear on my life that there were a couple of years that you couldn't find the footage of the Fabio Goose incident as well to the point that I started seriously considering that I had imagined it.

Gerneten-flüken cake (jed_), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 01:31 (eleven months ago) link

I love how deeply public access TV this show is, but with HBO's travel budget

I have no idea how it got on HBO but I gotta thank Nathan Fielder and Adult Swim's influence

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 03:21 (eleven months ago) link

someone please seed the torrents for S01E02 and S01E03 already

alphred, lord xyzzzz__ (||||||||), Thursday, 12 November 2020 14:13 (eleven months ago) link

uhhh theres footage of the fabio goose incident??

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Thursday, 12 November 2020 14:55 (eleven months ago) link

I managed to get S01E02 but am on my 3rd attempt at E03. drag.
E02 was quite interesting.
Hadn't really been aware of that before.
Dpers seem a lot of central London has intermittent stuff up every time I'm there too

Stevolende, Thursday, 12 November 2020 15:03 (eleven months ago) link

not the moment of impact if that's what you're looking for.

Four Seasons Total Manscaping (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 12 November 2020 15:56 (eleven months ago) link

just learned this season is only six episodes :(

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Saturday, 14 November 2020 15:03 (eleven months ago) link

it's fine if they're all this quality

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 14 November 2020 15:14 (eleven months ago) link

It's impressive to me that he even put three of these together, considering how many months or years must have spent getting all this footage, and the cataloging sorting etc.

early-Woolf semantic prosody (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 14 November 2020 15:20 (eleven months ago) link

i'll take episode four over most television

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 14 November 2020 15:46 (eleven months ago) link

what a journey

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 14 November 2020 15:46 (eleven months ago) link

it’s like what if adam curtis except better

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 14 November 2020 16:46 (eleven months ago) link

It's impressive to me that he even put three of these together, considering how many months or years must have spent getting all this footage, and the cataloging sorting etc.

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yea this. ep 4 i finally had the galaxy brain dawning of how these are prob assembled

johnny crunch, Saturday, 14 November 2020 19:06 (eleven months ago) link

t/s TLC Tugger vs TC Tuggers

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Saturday, 14 November 2020 22:05 (eleven months ago) link

"but they still let the pigs go whoever they want"

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Saturday, 14 November 2020 22:24 (eleven months ago) link

that shot was so brilliant

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 14 November 2020 23:24 (eleven months ago) link

how in the world did he get that

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 14 November 2020 23:25 (eleven months ago) link

let me tell you I hooted and hollered at that shot

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Sunday, 15 November 2020 00:06 (eleven months ago) link

Holy shit at that episode. I liked the last one a little better, but this was wild.

the colour out of space (is the place) (PBKR), Sunday, 15 November 2020 12:16 (eleven months ago) link

how in the world did he get that

I'm assuming when you are filming nearly all of your waking hours in NYC you are going to get some things.

the colour out of space (is the place) (PBKR), Sunday, 15 November 2020 12:18 (eleven months ago) link

one of the most explosively funny and deeply disturbing episodes of tv, i've ever seen. more please.

la table sur la table (voodoo chili), Monday, 16 November 2020 18:09 (eleven months ago) link

t/s TLC Tugger vs TC Tuggers

right?? i have so many questions

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Monday, 16 November 2020 18:12 (eleven months ago) link

The guy must have a few years of video files stored with pretty intense metadata. There's definitely more than one moment showing "Before and after" shots from the same location that look like they're least a year apart from each other.

billstevejim, Monday, 16 November 2020 18:25 (eleven months ago) link

yeah that occurred to me with the shot of the lawyer's office and its "great view"

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Monday, 16 November 2020 18:32 (eleven months ago) link

will never think of parasite in the same light again

||||||||, Monday, 16 November 2020 19:15 (eleven months ago) link

otm - i love how just as it was getting crushingly heavy at the end, he pulled it all back with the perfectly stupid "SHRIMP NIBBLERS ARE BACK" shot

yeah that was amazing

finale was great. got me super emotional too

frogbs, Tuesday, 1 December 2020 15:47 (ten months ago) link

nathan is gonna look 55 in his early thirties

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 3 December 2020 17:38 (ten months ago) link

He's 37

Politically homely (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 3 December 2020 17:40 (ten months ago) link

my point exactly
you absolutely have to watch that video btw

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 3 December 2020 17:42 (ten months ago) link

yeah he doesn't look prematurely old he just doesn't die his hair the way everyone else in the biz does

frogbs, Thursday, 3 December 2020 17:44 (ten months ago) link

wow this vid takes a pretty weird turn doesn't it

frogbs, Thursday, 3 December 2020 17:47 (ten months ago) link

you gotta diversify

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 3 December 2020 17:52 (ten months ago) link

criterion release of john wilson when

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Thursday, 3 December 2020 17:53 (ten months ago) link

"I feel like the other guys don't like me as much as you do" was a little too on the nose

frogbs, Thursday, 3 December 2020 17:57 (ten months ago) link

Mama update https://www.instagram.com/p/CIgU4hSjCX2/

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Monday, 7 December 2020 18:28 (ten months ago) link

I finally watched the first episode Saturday night, it was great. I don't know what I was expecting, it definitely wasn't what I got but I loved it. I really liked the serious turn at the MTV spring break.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 7 December 2020 18:30 (ten months ago) link

Officially renewed!!!

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 17:15 (ten months ago) link

:D

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 17:15 (ten months ago) link

fuck yeah!!

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 17:17 (ten months ago) link

how 2

la table sur la table (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 17:31 (ten months ago) link

2 how 2 to

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 17:32 (ten months ago) link

how-whit, 2-whoo

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 17:34 (ten months ago) link

super excited for this to become the global phenomenon we all know it to be.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 17:42 (ten months ago) link

Based on his description of his process I wonder if it's more challenging for him to make episodes now. Remember he said he will pull footage from archives spanning years. The non-masked pre-pandemic footage is going to stand out more going forward. From clip to clip everyone may be or may not be wearing masks so it could be disruptive ...or maybe not I don't know!

Evan, Wednesday, 9 December 2020 17:45 (ten months ago) link

i feel like he can pull this off with the right resources and it's HBO so i imagine they'll support him. he could probably do this for ten years for a tenth of the cost of one episode of game of thrones.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 18:01 (ten months ago) link

lol much less than a tenth but yes your point stands

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 18:05 (ten months ago) link

excellent interview on office hours today

tomorrow, Thursday, 10 December 2020 19:16 (ten months ago) link

could probably make entire episodes out of 2-3 year old footage really

frogbs, Thursday, 10 December 2020 19:20 (ten months ago) link

Watched Joe Pera’s show for the first time today and it’s great. That said, dismissing How To as some weak mix of Fielder and Pera (as mentioned above) is some reaching, superficial bullshit. Faux naive narrator is really the extent of it?

circa1916, Saturday, 12 December 2020 22:37 (ten months ago) link

i can break down how the similarity runs deeper than faux naive narrator but depending on how far you are into joe pera it might have spoilers

e1 of jw (the ‘how to make friends’ one) is superficially a documentary made by a nerdy guy about social conventions, but once it gets going becomes transparently about his recent breakup and social anxiety

similarly, s1 of jp starts out superficially presenting itself as a public access style show depicting life in a small town in minessota, but as it’s gets going it’s clear that he each episode is a transparent reflection of joes psychological state and what’s going on in his love life, his strained friendships and relationships, career

i don’t like the jw show as much as many of you do, but it’s not a bad thing that they share this quality of ‘stretching a documentary medium away from its “subject“ and toward the psychology of the social awkward narrator’. it doesn’t make jons show derivative. and there’s obviously tonnes more going on in it than just this

obviously there are hints of this in Nathan for you too

flopson, Wednesday, 16 December 2020 19:58 (ten months ago) link

i can't stand the pera show and i really like this one. not sure why. fwiw i think jw could actually make his narration good instead of obviously deliberately awkward and the show would be just as good (and by my lights, better)

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 16 December 2020 20:44 (ten months ago) link

all adult swim shows are pish is how I break it down to an extent

||||||||, Wednesday, 16 December 2020 20:50 (ten months ago) link

the second season of Joe Pera was my favourite TV thing this year :'-(

Babby's Yed Revisited (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 16 December 2020 20:53 (ten months ago) link

Joe Pera rules obv

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Wednesday, 16 December 2020 20:54 (ten months ago) link

interesting points flopson, I hadnt really considered the similarities in form like that.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 16 December 2020 20:57 (ten months ago) link

the granddaddy of that mode afaik is sherman's march

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091943/

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 16 December 2020 21:03 (ten months ago) link

you're forgetting shoah

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 17 December 2020 00:18 (ten months ago) link

not too much accidentally personal whimsy in that one iirc

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 17 December 2020 00:28 (ten months ago) link

you gotta wait for the fifth hour

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 17 December 2020 00:35 (ten months ago) link

that's when the jokes start

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 17 December 2020 00:35 (ten months ago) link

two weeks pass...

not gonna lie, the "i don't want much, just want my foreskin back again" song is a jam

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 1 January 2021 23:40 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Forgive the thread spam, but I wanted to note that this show's 2020 season is nominated in the 2020 ILX TV poll:

ILX's Best Television of 2020 Poll / VOTING AND CAMPAIGNING THREAD / Voting Ends After January 29, 2021

If you like this show and you'd like to see it have a good showing in the poll (running in February) all you need to do is submit a ballot including it and your other favorites (3 minimum, 25 maximum, ranked by your favorite to least favorite) to forksclovetofu at gmail. It'll take five minutes; get to it!

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 21 January 2021 19:41 (eight months ago) link

three weeks pass...
four months pass...

Disappointed we weren't nominated for an emmy today. Next year!

tomorrow, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 16:39 (three months ago) link

are you affiliated with the show in some way?

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 13 July 2021 16:50 (three months ago) link

Yes! Sound mixer.

tomorrow, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 16:54 (three months ago) link

nice! it's the best!

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 13 July 2021 17:02 (three months ago) link

Oh man, definitely deserved a nom. Great show.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 13 July 2021 17:25 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

S2 starts Nov. 26

Murgatroid, Thursday, 16 September 2021 17:06 (one month ago) link

some positivity in life

perfect timing, i just started rewatching S1, its been the perfect length of time where i mostly forgot the jokes and details by now. these are so, so rewatchable.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 16 September 2021 21:47 (one month ago) link

Wilson should write the show but not be the host

calstars, Thursday, 16 September 2021 22:49 (one month ago) link


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