Every documentary I have seen (or at least can recall seeing) ranked. This list will constantly be updated and rearranged
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
A documentary that follows the former Tonight Show. Filmed during Conan’s ”Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” comedy tour, after his departure from the Tonight Show, takes viewers into an intimate journey of O’Brien’s life.
Fascinating, problematic exploration of Conan O'Brien's weird in-between time between THE TONIGHT SHOW and CONAN. O'Brien is at his most irritable and manic here as he leaves the bubble of his NBC show for an even stranger, more disorienting bubble of constant performances, meet and greets and constant demands for his attention. In a weird way, the film reminds me a little of MEETING PEOPLE IS EASY. If nothing else, this movie suggests that celebrity can be as miserable for people seemingly built for it (like Conan) as it is for the gloomy Thom Yorkes of the world.
To be honest, even if this movie sucked I probably would've rated it positively because I just love that orange haired son of a bitch. It doesn't suck though!
Unlike a lot of comedians who tend to be a lot more mellow off stage, Conan appears to have the same persona on and off stage; he literally can't stop making jokes and being a clownish character. I loved seeing the brief glimpses of his family. His two kids are pretty damn cute. There's some nice cameos from the likes of Jack McBrayer, Tenacious D, John Hammm, etc.
Definitely a much watch for all Conan fans, though most have probably seen it already.
Also on a sidenote. The director is a guy called Rodman Flender. It sounds like a Coen bros pseudonym. Or a porn star.
I love Conan, how can you not. But this film is quite bland and does little to interest and doesn't really shine any light on the NBC Tonight Show controversy. That aside, it's nice to see Coco do his thing and his friendship with his assistant is nice but should have been explored more.
For any fan of Conan O'Brien or any avid documentary fan, this is an excellent watch and one that will definitely take you into a place in time when Conan was literally facing a difficult period creating this tour, that would take him across the country in a short amount of time, in order to take his mind away from what happened after his "departure" from NBC and before it was known he would be receiving a new show on TBS. It highlights his humor but also his genuine hurt and anger with those close to him and also his fans who he has a deep gratitude but also frustration with (which is understandable during some of the encounters and interactions.) Its definitely a different but honest look into personally one of the funniest talk show hosts in history.
The obvious (genuinely unfortunate) joke is that this film should be called CONAN O'BRIEN CAN'T STOP COMPLAINING. Because that's what's going on.
The first 30 minutes leading up to the tour are amazing, inspiring, and hopeful. What follows is a mix of mostly mundane, directionless backstage footage and a powerful dearth of coverage to make any coherent sense of the enigmatic, rehearsed stage performance. "Why?" I wonder. Director "Rodman Flender" (AKA: Pseudonymicus FakeNamerson) obviously has little to no idea what he is doing or how best to present the material. Somebody stop him! Between these two extremes, Conan complains. A lot. To everyone. More than anyone should.
Even in consideration of the above, I remain impressed by the following: his will to create art, the impulse to document it, and his "act as if" philosophy.
Denne dokumentar handler om hvordan Conan O´Brien efter sin fyring fra The Late Night Show, behandlede den vrede og sørgmodighed der efterfulgte med at lave en tour rundt i 44 byer i USA.
Jeg må sige at jeg godt kan lide Conan O´Brien, han er et sjovt format, og en hel unik vært. Dog gjorde denne dokumentar at jeg nu kan lide ham knap så meget. Jeg synes stadig han er en god vært, men hans personlighed er virkelig selvisk, egoistisk og højrøvet. Igennem denne dokumentar ser man hvordan han traumatiserer alle hans ansatte med irriterende sidebemærkninger, og passivt aggressive "jokes". Han virker som et lille barn der bliver sur over hver lille ting der ikke går efter hans hoved.…
While I'd rather watch Conan entertaining people, this "behind-the-scenes" type documentary is still worth seeing. It peels off some of the shimmer and shine from the TV persona to reveal a more accurate portrayal of who Conan is and how he interacts with people in a non-performance situation.
Filmed after his public break up with NBC and prior to his new show on TBS, this documentary follows Conan during an interesting period of both his professional and personal life. We follow him through the creative process as he develops his live show and then on the road as he takes the show to fans. Seeing the highs and lows of both the creative side and the personal side we get a raw look at real Conan Obrien - high energy funnyman with an insatiable need to please but also one who faces the stress of carrying a show on his shoulders and needing personal space just to be.
Creo que Conan tiene un switch o algún tipo de interruptor que cuando ve una cámara, no puedo no ser gracioso o hacer algo para llamar la atención.
Si su show muestra una energía muy diferente a los demás hosts de talk shows gringos, en este documental la energía de O'Brien, se desborda por la pantalla.
Very raw and entertaining, even for someone who isn't a huge fan of his work.
More revealing than it needed to be. Not as revealing as we'd like it to be. The performance footage focuses more on music than comedy. The movie certainly supports it's contention that Conan O'Brien can't stop - and that he's happiest and most fulfilled in front of an audience.
Read my NPR review.
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