Brows Held High - Mister Lonely

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Comments (57)
  • Sergeant343  - Korine
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    Are you going to do all of his films out of curiosity, for they are great films for this show.
  • Amykins
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    I love how Kyle tells us to go see a film, "Holy Motors", that has no plot and I swear to god has talking limousines in it. Unironic, intentional, non-symbolic talking limousines.


    Because art. Apparently.
  • Sergeant343  - @Amy
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    You don't need a plot to have a good film and just because you don't see meaning behind the talking limousines does not mean there is none, but there is a plot in Holy Motors, just not a traditional plot. The film is a surrealistic piece, so the idea is not laughable since the whole point of surrealism is to be irrational.
  • Tabbi-Katt
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    Always happy to see another Brows Held High!

    I admire how this episode took a much kinder look at the director (I'm not going to attempt to spell his name this late) than a lot of people would have. I admit I will probably never like a movie he makes, even this one I imagine I would fall asleep during because of how boring it seems... but it is memorable in its own way and the message is actually a bit thought-invoking to me. That's what I like about Brows Held High, how even while I'm laughing I have something to think about.

    By the way, loved Ven's dramatic reading fanfic.
  • JacktheTrader
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    Really good review Kyle.

    Also I hope Ven get's to be in more of your reviews. She is a great foil to your character. :)
  • ColeYote
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    It's been a while since I watched those review, Ken Park and Trash Humpers were directed by the same guy? But... one of them has decent production values...

    In defense of this movie, at least it isn't as vile as those two. It's just weird. And uneventful.
  • Sergeant343  - No
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    He wrote Ken Park. Ken Park was directed by Larry Clark.
  • ColeYote
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    Oh. Well, writing it isn't much better.
  • MSueSlayer
    Love your review! *throwing roses onstage*
  • purplestofthepurples
    Good video, but please don't go the route of the Nostalgia Chick and start filling your videos with unnecessary cameos from your friends.
  • DylanS
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    As long as the friends have something to add, the cameos would be okay. Perhaps Ven should start playing an assortment of characters, or maybe Oan's roommate.
  • Flaregun  - reply to DylanS
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    Or maybe just a regular permanant Andy Ricter-style "second banana" role similar to here would be fine. Or maybe that would get old after awhile, but they clearly work great together both behind & in front of the camera, Kyle just needs to figure out how to best exploit his friend for the benefit of his show until the point that over-familiarity means that she (sorry, *he*) stops being an asset & so is unceremoniously dropped from onscreen appearances.

    Wow, that came out a *lot* more heartless & cynical than I intended when I started this reply. But hey, show business is a craven, remorseless bitch.

    (& FWIW, I really like the approach Doug has taken to his reviews since coming back, I think it's enhanced them tremendously.)
  • Gethenian  - Reply to Flaregun etc.
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    I would HOPE I'm not in the category of "unnecessary cameos from [random] friends"... Looking at the date The Doom Generation went up, I'll have been actively part of the production of this series for exactly 2 years in a few weeks.

    Having me appear on-camera is an experiment. If the fan response is generally positive -- and so far it has been -- we plan to continue to do it, to a greater or lesser degree, in every episode -- as long as there's something for me to add to the review by being there. The episode we'll be filming today, I'm barely in at all simply because my presence wouldn't add much to the approach this one is taking to the film. Which is to say, this one is more about talking points than schtick, and my presence as a "character" in Brows Held High is primarily about creating a foil for Oancitizen's dry intellectualism to bounce off of. When I'm onscreen, HOPEFULLY the idea is that I make it easier to transition between topics and keep things rolling... and do it in a way that's more C3PO & R2D2 than JarJar Binks.

    We HAVE thought this through. If my presence in the show begins to feel forced or people stop liking me as a character, we'll abandon the idea of having me be a regular inclusion. But this is about making the show better more than it is about vanity cameos. :)
  • Amykins
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    It seems to be a growing trend on the site. Sage keeps shoehorning in his buddies, Paw keeps featuring his wife (and I can't. STAND. Maven.), Doug has his two perpetual hangers-on, the aforementioned Lindsay's group and now this.

    Why is it so much to ask just to get a simple review without being interrupted by people we don't know and don't care about?
  • lx21
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    I can not wait for your review for springbreakers! I was in the movie. well barley, i was just an extra in the pool scene. Really Looking forward to it!
  • Guild Navigator
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    Ah,the king of Hipster films. Can't say I dig the man's style but I respect his vision. He definitively has an Emir Kusturica kind of crusading filmmaking.
  • Angrier_Jack
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    I have absolutely no idea who that is.

    Anyhow great review Kyle, though just from the clips it kind of looked satirical to me, but then again I have not seen the full film. It also kind of reminded me of the Doctor Who episode 'Elton' with the merry band of losers vibe it had going. It's one a.m right now I'm off for the night. Peace.
  • Flaregun  - reply to Angrier_Jack
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    Yeah, that Doctor Who ep. you mention is actually called "Love and Monsters" and is is notorious as one of the absolute worst, and by the end downright unpleasant, Who's ever.

    *HOWEVER*, while that may on the whole be true of the ep, what some Who commentators/reviewers on this site refuse to acknowledge is that before taking a sudden turn to the shitty about halfway through, the first part is a quirky but often charming little story with a lot to recommend it, particularly how the sad little band of people finds meaning & happiness with each other, which actually works a lot better there than it apparently does here.
  • Amykins
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    Harmony wouldn't be nearly as insufferable if he weren't such a pretentious, awkward, weird, immature, pseudo-intellectual nutball.

    I don't see any beauty in his films. Just pain. Excruciating, unending pain. Maybe it's just me, though. I didn't like Warhol for the same reasons, and he actually HAD talent...sort of. I just have a dislike for pompous "artists" who could shit in a bag and still sell it for a cool million without a single care in the world.
  • CyborgPrince
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    Well, at least there was less trash humping in this one. The director certainly sounds like an interesting person, though I'm not sure what his personality would be like.

    I liked the Ven cameos, especially the fanfiction reading and the Oancitizen impersonation. It's interesting when you see a reflection of yourself in the movie you're reviewing.

    A couple of suggestions for future reviews, perhaps. The movie Head starring the Monkees and the movie 200 Motels, which was directed by Frank Zappa.
  • Wethewax  - Why the cast? The cast why?
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    That Pope appears to be James Fox. Marilyn Monroe is Sam Morton. Abe Lincoln is Dick Strange. Anita mofo Pallenberg is the mofo Queen!!!

    Why bother having these top-drawer actors for such an inane mess of a film?
  • kharneth
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    oooohhh... an evangelion reference.
  • Ektah
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    So, you could say that Werner Herzog is the Flying Padre.
  • Mousy Voice
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    So we got Cosplay the Movie. If this had been an ultra violent and graphic porno, there would have been a sign at the ticket booth that say, "No one admitted without a disguise."
  • Flaregun
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    1) Cool, new opening.

    2) At first, the description/premise was making this sound like a film that I would actually like to see, making me doubt your claim that it's his "worst movie". Eventually though, it comes through how he does absolutely nothing worthwhile with the offbeat concept.

    3) The show put on by the impersonators reminded me of an unused theater that I used to pass by somewhere around the Times Square area years ago that still had photos from the revue it used to host decorating the front. It had obviously been a show catering to the foreign tourist trade appealing to their stereotyped view of America, as the pictures showed impersonators of American icons like Monroe, Buddy Holly, Elvis, John Wayne, James Dean (Michael Jackson may have been in the mix as well) all singing & dancing & putting on a show together. (I'm willing to bet that at some point they recreated the image of that Celebrity populated "Nighthawks at the Diner" parody that's so popular most people seem to think it's the actual painting). Only the show in this film somehow looked even more sad & depressing than the faded photos decorating an abandoned theater.

    4) *Loved* the interjections by Ven, particularly "Goodbye Norma Jean" & your horrified reaction to it. Clever way to have your cake & eat it too with that joke.
  • alexthed
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    Awesome comeback episode - Ven needs to appear more often.
  • 12th
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    Still don't see this as being worse than Trash Humpers. Possibly more boring, or thwarted in any sort of aim or direction. Also, yeah, the Nun side-story is more like a shaggy dog story or a badly constructed joke than something needing a full film treatment.

    Interesting analysis on the Korine's autobio metaphor and the art house pack. I could believe that it was his aim, but then again, the metaphor is so buried under meaningless artifice (even the lack of artifice being artifice) that only someone who had an incredible fluency in film would have picked up on it. Which means that if we're trying to communicate a metaphor bewailing the broader acknowledgement of film greats who are (sort of?) languishing in popular obscurity... and the only people who get it are art-house-film insiders and aficionados... then you're just preaching to the choir and nothing is being communicated.

    I don't hate harmony korine, but I don't think I could ever really care about him or his movies.
  • Firedrake368
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    Great to see a new video from you Kyle! :D And loved the interjections from Ven.
  • Angry Avenger 12  - Tyson and Lincoln what were they thinking?
    Thank god there wasn't a Mike Tyson impersonator. That would of been to weird. At least they were thinking.
  • Norman Rafferty  - What's better ... a boring success or a curious fa
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    Rather than simply mock the incompetence displayed on the screen, or cravenly bloviate with ironic detachment, BROWS HELD HIGH continues to reach for the fruit that hangs higher on the branch. This episode highlights the commitment to research, to introspection, and to the search for the meaning of exactly what art is ... all the things that make this show a perennial joy.

    tl;dr awesome ep like++
  • alexalcan  - I wasn't the only one!
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    I saw this movie a few years ago. I went to see it almost exclusively because Diego Luna starred in it. I'm Mexican, you see.
    He is actually one of our most famous actors, and a pretty gifted director and screen writer too.
    I hightly reccomend his directorial debut "Abel" (2010), by the way.
    Back to this movie.
    While watching it, I remember being in a continuous schrodinger's cat-like state of bored out of my mind / hightly amused at the strangeness of it all. And also excited /dissapointed at the... strange... version of one of my favorite irish folk songs, "Gallows Pole". (Here called "Riding Hood's Hangman"), around the time of the death of the sheep.
    There is a lot of visual beauty in it. A weird surrealist docu-fiction I would call it. Or something.
  • BigBlackHatMan
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    I just want to send a general compliment to Oancitizen and all the work he does. I have watched this show for awhile, but never really commented. I enjoy it and always want to see more.
  • Mattteus  - a few things
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    Denis Lavant? well, at least has the physical acting abilities to pull off Charlie Chaplin.

    Kudos for using Aphex Twin's Btoum-Roumada during the 'nuns jumping from planes' bit!

    ...Michael was played by Diego Luna?!
  • Dead Planet  - "m'colleague"
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    Thanks for that 'a bit of Fry and Laurie' reference, Kyle.
  • Blacksky  - .
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    "Title Card Art by Ven Gethenian"

    What title card art is that? :p
  • Gethenian
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    That's under all BHH videos by default. I had some health problems and wasn't able to finish the card in time to have it up on the site, but it will be up as the default card on Blip after today. :P
  • archer1949  - I admire your open-mindedness....
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    your quasi-apologia for Korine was thought provoking, and I can appreciate his idiot-savant knowledge of art cimema and his never say die tenacity is very inspiring.

    Nevertheless, I cannot stand the guy's output. He's the arthouse equivalent of Adam Sandler in my eyes.
  • PlayMp1
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    I admit, I laughed HARD at "I'm Abe fucking Lincoln!"
  • KKDW
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    Tell Ven that the hat was awesome.

    And so was the review.
  • Gethenian
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    Thank you. ^_^
  • Sharpe34
    Call me old, but this kinda feels like...
    a modern Ed Wood.
    Just saying is all.
  • Critic From The Future  - REVIEW THE PINOCCHIO MOVIE!!!
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    KYLE!!! You have to review that Pinocchio movie you showed in the opening! I read about it on Cracked.com, it looks so perfect for a review! I'm begging you to review it sometime!
  • dBW30  - Ummm ...
    You mean this one? http:// thatguywiththeglasses.com /videolinks/teamt/ oancitizen/brows-held- high/30936-pinocchio
  • deluxe  - really?
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    wow, Great suggestion!!! HEY KYLE I ALSO HEARD ABOUT THIS HARMONIE KORINE MOVIE CALLED MISTER LONELY, YOU SHOULD TOTALLY MAKE A VIDEO ABT IT!!!
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