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Old 10-31-22, 07:52 PM
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Re: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022, D: Appel) - S: Daniel Radcliffe

You can't add it to your tv? That sucks. Surprised you don't have a firestick. Add all kinds of shit.
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Re: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022, D: Appel) - S: Daniel Radcliffe

This wasn't my thing but I can see people enjoying this brand of comedy. I have to admire the movie's total commitment to the theme of parody...it's not just about Weird Al changing the lyrics to songs, but the film also sends up the life of its subject and history. Just as an example, a subplot involves 'Eat It' and how people misremember who the original artist was. All of the history depicted in the movie is nonsensical, but it's consistent with the offbeat tone of the film.

Daniel Radcliffe really gives it everything he has. His character is living through day after day of crazy shit happening, like Dr. Demento trying to open Al's mind with a non-prescription aid and Pablo Escobar going to great lengths to get the Weird One to perform at his birthday. Radcliffe always reacts to the bizarre stuff as someone in this bonkers universe would, rolling with it all and never giving any hint that it's all ridiculous. I could make out the veins in his neck when yells during a drunken episode; it might've been CGI, but Radcliffe is so committed that I would totally believe his neck actually bulged as part of his performance.

If you like Weird Al's music, you'll appreciate the performance of at least three of his hits in their entirety. It's Al who supplies the vocals for the songs, but Radcliffe doesn't hold back even when he's lip syncing. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that he was actually singing during the shoot and then dubbed over by Al in post.

I was amused and chuckled a few times but as I mentioned, this isn't really my type of comedy. The gags reminded me of the stuff from The Naked Gun and Top Secret but with the wackiness toned down a lot. Your mileage will definitely vary in terms of the comedy, but I think this movie will have its share of fans.
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This was very enjoyable and a lot of fun.

I didn’t even know Roku had an app, and it is truly free.

I figured you’d at least have to give up an email address or something to watch a brand new film, but nope.
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Re: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022, D: Appel) - S: Daniel Radcliffe

I enjoyed the first 30 minutes or so and especially like picking out the characters at Dr Demento's pool party. There were a lot of great cameos including Micheal McKean which was a nice nod to Spinal Tap. But once Madonna showed up it got rather broad and not a parody anymore. I'd give it a solid B.

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Re: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022, D: Appel) - S: Daniel Radcliffe

Originally Posted by TomOpus View Post
You can't add it to your tv? That sucks. Surprised you don't have a firestick. Add all kinds of shit.
Between the Xbox and PS5, I haven't ever had an app I wanted but couldn't stream before. No need for a Firestick.
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Re: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022, D: Appel) - S: Daniel Radcliffe

Originally Posted by parker63 View Post
"Free, ad-supported content on The Roku Channel is only available on your Roku streaming player or Roku TV in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus via your web browser, Roku mobile app, and compatible Samsung TVs and Amazon Fire TV devices in the United States."
Took me 5 seconds to find a link.

https://therokuchannel.roku.com/watc...yankovic-story
Old 11-04-22, 01:59 PM
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Re: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022, D: Appel) - S: Daniel Radcliffe

It's very dumb that the Roku App is available on my Android phone, but not on my Android Nvidia Shield Pro. If I can indeed cast from my phone, then it's fine I guess.
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Re: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022, D: Appel) - S: Daniel Radcliffe

Looks fun, I'm going to watch it tonight. I have a Roku, so I'm good.
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Re: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022, D: Appel) - S: Daniel Radcliffe

Watching Weird: The Al Yankovic Story on Roku Channel. Watching it now, a lot of goofy fun and a ton of cameos from actors and comedians that I wasn’t expecting. And the “guests” at Dr. Demento’s pool party had me rolling!

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Re: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022, D: Appel) - S: Daniel Radcliffe

There was a surprise drop for a soundtrack today, too. Check your favorite streaming service. All-new recordings of "Weird Al" hits that are in the movie, plus the score. 46 tracks, 1 hour, 18 minutes, enjoy!
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Re: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022, D: Appel) - S: Daniel Radcliffe

Did anyone else think that Tony the record executive was played by Kyle MacLachlan? I kept thinking that there was either a mistake in the credits or that we were being punked.
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Did anyone else think that Tony the record executive was played by Kyle MacLachlan? I kept thinking that there was either a mistake in the credits or that we were being punked.
I did when he was initially just standing there. But once he spoke I knew it was the dude formerly on SNL.
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I did when he was initially just standing there. But once he spoke I knew it was the dude formerly on SNL.
Now I'm really confused. I thought Will Forte played Ben, the one who's always behind the desk. Tony (the one who tells Weird Al not to smoke) is credited as Al Yankovic; he's the one I thought Kyle MacLachlan was playing.

https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/928...vic-story/cast
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Re: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022, D: Appel) - S: Daniel Radcliffe

As a lifelong Al fan, I loved this. Making a bio pic but "changing all the words" is a great idea. There were enough nods to actual Al events (like beating on the accordion case for the first performance of Another One Rides the Bus) to make it fun for a superfan. And I love that they took every opportunity to go the complete opposite of the kind of person Al actually is. I will want to watch it again to see if I find more Easter eggs. One I did catch is on the bulletin board with the posting for the band I saw a poster for Kuni's Karate which is from UHF.

I think my favorite part was the quick shot of "Coolio" upset at Amish Paradise - which certainly didn't happen in 1985

Just a fun flick.
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Re: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022, D: Appel) - S: Daniel Radcliffe

I'm not really a big Weird Al fan or anything... but this was a blast. Radcliffe is so good. So many funny scenes. Loved the spoof The Doors. "You want me to whip it out!?"

ERW was super hot in those crop tops.

at the Carrie ending.
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Re: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022, D: Appel) - S: Daniel Radcliffe

I thought it was pretty great, laughed out loud quite a few times. I wasn't expecting the direction it went in, and that was a good thing. Lots of great cameos too.

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ERW was super hot in those crop tops.
Oh yes!
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Re: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022, D: Appel) - S: Daniel Radcliffe

Weird Al fan, really enjoyed it. Even the unexpected twists.
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Re: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022, D: Appel) - S: Daniel Radcliffe

this was a lot of fun. i wished they featured a few more songs by him, but it was a fun parody of bio-pics that knew what it wanted to be and accomplished it. i also wished it were a little more true to life, but maybe his life was really boring so that's why they went big. especially with the Madonna and Pablo Escobar stuff.

i think the worst part of the movie was his original end credits song. he sounded out of tune and i didn't dig the song at all.
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Old 11-05-22, 10:11 PM
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Re: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022, D: Appel) - S: Daniel Radcliffe

So did they cover the death of his parents?
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So did they cover the death of his parents?
While the people in his life is true, what happens is highly fictionalized. Highly.

So, no.
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Re: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022, D: Appel) - S: Daniel Radcliffe

In case you were wondering if anyone could stick their head up their ass so far as to completely miss the point of this movie and criticize it for not being "woke" and self-reflective enough.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/weird...b0ae77bc20d7f8


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Re: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022, D: Appel) - S: Daniel Radcliffe

I don't even understand what the critique is here. As best I can tell, the author is upset that Weird Al and the movie don't ask why a couple of black artists denied him permission to use their songs back in the 80's, as if that's the dark, unspoken underbelly of his success.
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"Perhaps we shouldn’t have expected a biopic on “Weird Al” Yankovic to be anything other than a parody."
yes, you shouldn't have.
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OK, saw this last night. I want my autobiography movie to follow the same pattern!
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This was really affecting. I didn't know he's been through so much. Especially the beef with Pablo Escobar.
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