Midnight Screenings: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Straight Outta Compton

Team Snob checks out the movie adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., as well as the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton.

Brad and Sarah check out the movie adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Brian and Irving check out the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton.

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Brad Jones portrays The Cinema Snob, a pretentious film snob who is stuck with reviewing Z-Grade exploitation flicks of the past. I'm a big guy. For you.

16 comments

  1. Brad still needs to watch Shaun the Sheep 🙂

  2. When is Jake coming back?

  3. Oddworld Inhabitant

    (At the SOC video) Not to get too political, but I think part of the reason we have such a police violence problem in the US is because we have so little gun control. Yes, there is undeniably a problem with underlying police ideology overall, but that’s true in places like Germany and the UK, and they don’t face nearly as high a rate of policy brutality as the US (with the possible exemption of Northern Ireland depending on your political views, but that’s a different story). The reason why cops are so quick to go for their guns is because it’s so easy for criminals to get guns, which gives the police a worrying amount of paranoia. I’m not saying “Ban guns,” but we really need to get on policing gun runners and reducing availability and accessibility. But that’d cut in on the gun company’s bottom line, not to mention piss off States’ Rights activists, so good luck with that.

    • @Oddworld Inhabitant.

      I agree with you about a lack of gun control being a huge part of the problem.
      There was a man in the Louisiana last month, who shot up a theater full of people (fortunately, he only killed two) despite the fact that a background check revealed that he had a long history of violence (his wife even got a restraining order) and mental problems (a judge had managed to get him committed for a short time).

      Part of the problem is also the PC media reporting.
      Two or three months ago, a black man held up a convenience store, seriously beat the owner (possibly with a bat), then fled.
      Shortly afterwards, a police man caught up to him.
      The police officer ordered the man to surrender, but instead, the robber tried to assault the officer.
      Naturally, the officer shot him.

      And of course thousands of lower-class people all over the city began rioting and looting (I watched live footage of dozens of them looting a mall), over this “poor, innocent victim”.

      Even NPR neglected to mention the part about him fleeing the scene after robbing the store, beating up the store owner, and not only disobeying the police officer’s orders to surrender, but actually trying to attack the officer.

      Because “poor, misunderstood innocent Black man, killed by evil White police officer” gets a lot more ratings than “thug dies after robbing store, beating owner, fleeing scene, then attempting to assault officer”.

    • Whether that person is a cop or a citizen there is truth in the saying “the only thing that normally stops a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun”. Making it illegal to own or buy guns won’t stop bad people from buying them, and its not really realistic to try and get more good people to carry guns. So unless we want to start actively arming the public, what we really need is something else that effectively stops a bad guy with a gun.

  4. Yes I properly saw Uncle before the review, and tend to agree with it all…why am I here?

    Oh yeah, because I’ll have to report (sadly) that I was only 1 of 2 people at a showing, mid-day small multiplex. Everyone else was at Ant Man (ok), Mission Impossible 5 (ok), Fantastic F- (huh), and some kind of Trainwreck thing. If they do get to a sequel, they’ll need more of Jay Leno’s old cars – good continuity (bad continuity can take you out of things – as Linkara pointed out for his weird comic with ‘Trouble’ lately.

    I expect I’ll see MI-5 when it’s a huge box set in a year or 2, anyway…

  5. Odd people are liking Man From U.N.C.L.E. It wasn’t terrible, but we were bored. The comedy was forced and very rarely did the characters seem that invested in the situation. And could anyone buy them as undercover agents when they played their parts so terribly? The movie just seemed like it wanted to be “cool.” Not exciting, not funny, not interesting…just cool. Raise an eyebrow and smirk.

  6. I really enjoyed Man from UNCLE but why did they have to make the Ice Prince from Section 2 into the Incredible Hulk? Cavill was a great Napoleon and Hammer would have been a great Illya – if they had let him be Illya. I also think the bromance was much stronger than the love story, so I’m hoping for a sequel without the annoying girl. Why do they always add a girl to the mix anyway? The original story was fine without one. And if they wanted to add someone, at least they could have used April. Also, as a German native speaker I found it difficult to watch because the German was so atrocious, I really needed the subtitles to understand most of it. I love Sylvester Groth, he is always fantastic, and obviously his German was good, but some of his lines sounded as if they had run them through Google translator. But all in all, great movie, hope there will be many more.

  7. Aftermath is named for being the sequel to N.W.A. and death row records. it was a set up to another movie. the next one could be better if it centers around 2pac, Snoop, Shug, there is a lot of drama their to be told.

    • I will be honest, before this movie came out, I had no idea who DJ Yello was or heard any of his songs until then, the others like Dr. Dre, Snoop, 2Pac, Ice Cube etc I was familiar with but for some reason i never was exposed to DJ Yello and his music.

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