Super Movie Friends talk prawns

Posted by · 12:29 pm · August 14th, 2009

I was supposed to participate in this edition of David Poland’s “Super Movie Friends,” but alas, I couldn’t make it.  The conversation in the clip below revolves around “District 9,” the participants being James Rocchi of MSN and Netflix and Mark Olsen of the LA Times and Film Comment.

It’s a rather down-beat conversation at times.  Rocchi calls the film “astonishingly derivative,” but appreciates that it clearly came from a place of passion.  Olsen, meanwhile, says the hype got his expectations too high, that the film was “wildly uneven” and portions were “actively bad.”  And David brings up his “Defiant Ones” parallel once again.  He liked the film, though.

Side note: the way Olsen says “Nu, uhh, no, NO” as he tilts back the glass of water at the beginning totally cracked me up.  If only that was Jameson on the rocks or something.  Anyway, take a look:

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  • 1 8-14-2009 at 1:18 pm

    Loyal said...

    You dodged a real bullet. I thought last week’s Super Movie Friends was pretty entertaining and enlightening. This week, not so much.

  • 2 8-14-2009 at 4:04 pm

    Sound Designer Dan said...

    Yeah, this seems a little less entertaining this week. But I’ll wait for the entire thing.

    BTW, did anyone here read Armond White’s review of GI Joe ( He praises GI Joe and then slams the Hurt Locker by calling it overrated. I’m confused. I thought he gave the Hurt Locker a positive review?

  • 3 8-15-2009 at 10:35 am

    Loyal said...

    Now having watched the entire clip, I think critics should stay away from conversations about box office. The roundtable went way off topic and didnt really seem to find its footing.

    If Poland wants to wax about numbers, he should invite Gitesh Pandya from Box Office Guru or Yun Xia a writer over at Box Office Mojo.

    And I found Rocchi and Olsen smug, even by critic standards. Especially Rocchi.

  • 4 8-16-2009 at 4:12 pm

    BurmaShave said...

    Really don’t want to come off as shallow, but that hat is a disaster.