A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Smack destiny in the face.
For Rod Kimball, performing stunts is a way of life, even though he is rather accident-prone. Poor Rod cannot even get any respect from his stepfather, Frank, who beats him up in weekly sparring matches. When Frank falls ill, Rod devises his most outrageous stunt yet to raise money for Frank's operation -- and then Rod will kick Frank's butt.
quite possibly the greatest achievement in cinema
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder during my freshman year in high school. The illness has ruined countless things in my life. I've quit jobs on a random whim, I've spent entire paychecks on Magic the Gathering cards, I've lost friends, I sleep way too much and then way too little, my brain surges with bizarre unwieldy creative projects and multimedia global sigils, only to crash and burn when the depression kicks in.
I'll spend days in my room, wrapped in a bath robe, marathoning horror movies and drowning my skull in doom metal. My family and friends begin to worry, I'm not returning their calls or texts. I smell terrible, I barely eat. I lumber out of my cavern…
"I'd rather die than live in a world where I can't kick your ass."
This has got my vote for most watchable film of all time. My body aches with laughter when Rod falls down the ridiculously large hill. I piddle in my undies whenever I see that fucking Yo-Yo Ma poster in his room. Hot Rod also taught me many helpful life lessons. Pools are perfect for holding water. The best way to dilute pain is to pretend everything is an interactive theatre art piece. Let's all gallop to a wooded glen and punch-dance our rage out. Let's do it together.
Also, a grilled cheese sandwich would win in a fair fight, but with prison rules, the taco is champ. This is the real deal.
Today is the day 2015 comes to a close, and thus wraps up my first year on Letterboxd. I had no idea I would end up having so many wonderful people read my stuff and enjoy what I have to say about many movies both old and new.
I want give a massive shout outs to Todd Gaines, Ryan Narc, Micaiah Beasley, Zackary Bender, Sarah_C, Mark T, Karl Hungus, and Ninty64X for helping me get so far this year!
Mark, thanks for being my first ever follower and liking a good amount of my earliest reviews. Zackary, thanks for letting me make you laugh with my reviews. Ryan, thanks for boosting my likes up and writing your own really good…
What may appear to be a silly comedy made of SNL alum, is actually a razor sharp commentary of male insecurity. Rod searches for a semblance of what society deems to be masculinity by doing action hero stunts. We watch him fail, showing the absurdity of the arbitrary standards we set for masculinity through the media. He proves himself a "man" by beating up his own father, not saving his life. Hot Rod shows that the idea of proving your manhood by fighting, an ideal that has persisted through time, from ancient Sparta to now, is still a thing, and it still is foolish.
There is nothing deep or refined about Akiva Schaffer's "Hot Rod," but, regardless, it is a lot of fun. With its collection of lovable nincompoops, its outlandish situations, and its knowing sense of humor, the film makes for an engaging little comedy and lively piece of entertainment.
Its story focusing on Andy Samberg's Rod, the film follows Rod as he goes about his misbegotten quest to become a great stuntman. His lack of talent may get in the way, but Rod is determined to do something, anything in a blaze glory. This all makes a sturdy set-up for some mostly effective physical comedy and verbal barbs. There are as many groan as there are guffaws, but they are entirely good-natured…
A little under-cooked, but amiable and has a fair number of laughs. It also has the good sense to be short and to the point.
Wow, is this film really nine years old? I don't know why it took me so long to see this. It's got a great bunch of comic actors, and I was surprised at the number of jokes that landed. Samberg is great in the lead of a comedy that takes its formula from the Adam Sandler variety of vehicles. Whereas Sandler sometimes can make you feel for his character, that's completely absent with Samberg's though. But I don't think that's ever the point. It's a straight-up comedy that in my world class opinion, delivers.
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Richardson, my man.
"Have fun being married to SATAN!"
No idea why I haven't seen this until today.
"Ancestors protect me."
"May they protect you."
"Gods of war."
"May your hammer be mighty."
I didn't love it like the Lonely Island crew's other efforts (MACGRUBER, POPSTAR, etc.) but it's still super-fun. The "cool beans" bit in particular had me laughing my ass off.
better than i thought it would be. just like the egg salad sandwich i made right before i watched it.
the soundtrack and the 80s reference bullshit were totally horrible beyond belief. but the supporting cast was very funny.