• Old School

    Old School

    ★★★

    Maybe Ferrell’s finest comedic performance behind Step Brothers. This movie gets talked up a lot and it is pretty good but it also uses up all its really good jokes in the first two acts leaving a pretty bland third act. Also I don’t get why Mitch waits to tell Rachel about Mark. The only reasoning is this surface level “guy code” but it’s not like they’re friends or anything. Maybe I could buy that if Frank or Vince Vaughn’s character caught him since they’re much more into the whole reliving a college frat stuff but it seems odd for Mitch to do that.

  • Louis, Martin & Michael

    Louis, Martin & Michael

    ★★★★

    This is the most amateur doc I’ve seen from Louis but in a very good, endearing, and funny way. It’s far less structured than most of his other work it’s basically just him and his camera man trying to finagle their way into an interview with Michael Jackson after they found out he gave one to some guy from iTV (which would happen to be a pretty famous interview series where he revealed he shared beds with kids so a…

  • Louis Theroux: The City Addicted to Crystal Meth

    Louis Theroux: The City Addicted to Crystal Meth

    ★★★

    Feels like maybe the most boilerplate and unlouis like documentary I’ve seen so far but not because of a lack of effort or anything, Louis just seems so genuinely shocked and saddened that he can’t really formulate words. This reminds me of a lot of other addict docs I’ve seen, which isn’t bad. It’s still got its moments like Louis riding along with cops who stumble onto a meth addict wielding a knife in a parking lot trying to have…

  • Would It Kill You to Laugh? Starring Kate Belant + John Early

    Would It Kill You to Laugh? Starring Kate Belant + John Early

    ★★½

    Not bad just kind of overtly not for me. Feels like they wanted to make something in line with their work on I Think You Should Leave but they took all the wrong parts from that show. I really like Tim and Eric and I Think You Should Leave and On Cinema and other forms of irreverent, awkward, almost conversational tick humor but this felt like it was a play kid’s production of those shows rather than an actual tonal successor.

  • Tickled

    Tickled

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Decided to take a break from my Theroux binge to watch a doc from the self proclaimed poor man’s Louis Theroux, David Farrier. Absolutely bonkers. A documentary that likely started as a fluff piece for a weird fetish that would have just ended up on HBO or something becomes an intensely layered and interesting unraveling of a man behind a pornographic? Fetishistic? Empire. What perhaps makes this so interesting is that everything that happens is D’mato’s fault. Like if he…

  • Louis Theroux: The Night in Question

    Louis Theroux: The Night in Question

    ★★★★

    Wow probably my favorite Louis doc so far. At first I was a bit apprehensive about this. A documentary about campus sexual assault told from the perspective of an accused guy felt idk a bit weird and below Louis and I was worried he would overlook victims or something. This is not that. Louis uses Saif as less of a protagonist and more of a framing device. Saif is frankly a fucking sociopath and as the doc goes on and…

  • Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge

    Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge

    Fun retrospective/where are they now series. I think this helps modernize the maybe sort of iffy bits of Louis’s past documentaries and I particularly thought his reappraisal of his crime and justice series in the light of George Floyd was an interesting episode. I’m gonna refrain from giving this a star rating since it’s a retrospective about four vastly different eras of Louis’s work so it wouldn’t feel fair to me to gauge this as one cohesive film. Like obviously the episode about criminal justice is gonna have more of an important message than the episode about porn.

  • Louis Theroux: Selling Sex

    Louis Theroux: Selling Sex

    ★★★½

    This is viewed as one of the weaker documentaries from Louis because of claims from some of the subjects that themselves and their industry were misrepresented. It’s kind of a tough line to draw because I don’t think Louis passes any judgement on the profession or the women in the film, he points out that many of them have traumatic pasts or cognitive disabilities and maybe you could argue in that way he’s presenting an unfair view of sex work…

  • Louis Theroux: A Place for Paedophiles

    Louis Theroux: A Place for Paedophiles

    ★★★★

    Very good. Louis kind of fully immersed himself in this setting. It reminds me a lot of his Westboro work in that he spends the vast majority of time with the subjects of the doc themselves and spends a lot of time digging into their faulty logic and pointing out why it’s very overtly incorrect. I also think Louis’s digging into this as sort of another arm of criminal justice is interesting. In a lot of ways this is basically…

  • This House Has People in It

    This House Has People in It

    ★★★½

    Neat! I’m not media literate enough to write a big review about what I think this means but good actors with a weird premise and some interesting camera techniques

  • Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Philadelphia

    Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Philadelphia

    ★★★

    I was a bit disappointed with how much of this doc is spent following Philly cops but the documentary gets its wings a little bit towards the second half as Louis starts to focus more on local drug dealers and neighborhood bosses. I think the doc isn’t as broad as some of Louis’s other work and I think it maybe would have been worthwhile to bring up the Move bombings or the Rizzo years as reasons why much of the…

  • Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Johannesburg

    Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Johannesburg

    ★★★½

    I can’t stop watching Louis Theroux stuff. Pretty good! I think what I liked more about this one than I did the Lagos film is that there’s more of a core thesis and factions framing to latch onto. Lagos somewhat tried to do this but it was easy to get lost in which area boys worked for who and the hierarchy of the criminal elements there whereas this is a much more straight forward look at this weird South African guardian angels like group except instead of going after muggers they’re going after homeless people