there’s some comic gold in that documentary. “The letters H.O.M.E. personify home for me.” is all time. It’s weirdly moving as a depiction of two very emotionally raw people who constantly operate on the very edge of fearing failure - Matt especially so. Both are clearly successful - Matt in particular (Luke’s career seems a little more wobbly - the trailer for his self-directed film Your Move is pretty special: lots of Luke-looking-like-Luke-looking-serious-looking-at-things - he’s generally *very* sincere and intense with some namaste gilding). But he clearly needs to believe in the nu-Frank Sinatra, greatest Las Vegas show stuff that has even a Vegas promoter looking like no one’s seriously going to believe him when he says it. All of the self-doubt, emotional rawness, need for assurance sits very transparently in his face, which is quite surprising seeing how he does his best to keep it in a sort of rigid and unpleasant immobility.That precarious reinvention inevitably comes under attack when he joins his brother for the reunion. They haven’t seen each other or spoken for ages and of course you just end up picking up where you left off, and fulfilling roles they’re both desperate to leave behind. Also, Matt has now got a *lot* of experience doing music showbiz, working in studios and with highly professional session musicians and Luke is having to remember how to drum so that’s fun. Needing to show he has that experience over Luke is *very important* to Matt. A very minor snippy “joke” from Luke about Matt getting confused about stage effects sees him get a *massive* mard on. anyway i’m only half way through. it’s great.
― Fizzles, Thursday, 27 December 2018 06:50 (two years ago) link
also, twins! as the older brother of twins i can confirm - it’s complicated. and i should say for balance that there’s real human warmth when they talk about the early days of bros, their background and upbringing. otherwise it’s noticeably absent.
― Fizzles, Thursday, 27 December 2018 06:56 (two years ago) link
Watched it this evening and just wow. Matt’s philosophy segments are all time.
― an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Thursday, 27 December 2018 13:29 (two years ago) link
the colliding planets metaphor was special. also the chess bit in his vegas apartment.
― Fizzles, Thursday, 27 December 2018 15:43 (two years ago) link
Watching this against n with my 14 year old, who adores it. After the lols stop it’s pretty fascinating as an inadvertent case study.
― assert (MatthewK), Saturday, 28 November 2020 11:44 (eight months ago) link
― assert (MatthewK), Saturday, 28 November 2020 11:52 (eight months ago) link
When I watched the documentary I had to keep pausing it every five or so minutes because they come across as total self absorbed wankers in the most intense egotistical self regarding way. Also for about half of it I was waiting (hoping?) for the moment when they turned around and said "Ha ha gotcha! This has been a wind up, we're really not that up ourselves" - but of course they are that up themselves. Bros are Jedward if they took themselves seriously.
― Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Saturday, 28 November 2020 14:16 (eight months ago) link
Only just downloaded this to watch over Christmas, we remember this being an incredible watch coming in cold, so will be interesting to see how it stands up to a second viewing.
― Chewshabadoo, Saturday, 28 November 2020 14:26 (eight months ago) link