I talked about this a bit on the most recent LAMBcast (coming this Saturday), so I'll keep this short and sweet. UB is a honkee next to Black Dynamite, in that it pales so much in comparison.
That doesn't mean it's terrible, though - that's more of a statement of BD's greatness. Fact is, though they do share a lot in common (ahem, Jason), they really are a different style of film and comedy. Unfortunately, Brother relies more on the pop culture references of the day, which might be alright were the day still sometime in 2002. As such, after less than a decade, it ironically plays out as a more dated film than Dynamite ever will.
Overall, though, it's biggest problem is that it has no teeth, either comedically or socially, pandering to its audience by dumbing and/or toning down the content in too many places. It settles for mostly on-the-nose humor ("Oh look - a cat fight broke out between those two hot women! Let's stop our our fight and pull up couches and eat popcorn - hilarious!!!") and too much Chris Kattan, and it's no surprise that Dave Chappelle steals the show as Conspiracy Brother, ranting about many of the same types of issues that made his eponymous Comedy Central show the massive hit it was. What did shock me a bit was how un-annoyed I was with Eddie Griffin; he was the main reason I avoided UB, but was solid (no pun intended) despite being forced to more or less repeat the same lines over and over again.
You could do worse, but you'd do a lot better to just watch Chappelle's Show reruns.
Fletch's Film Rating:
"You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you."
Music I'm currently obsessed with:
* Absolutely no question whatsoever...from the Hanna soundtrack (by The Chemical Brothers), which I've been wildly obsessed with over the last few days, comes the songs that's been in a non-stop loop in my head, "The Devil Is In the Details." Yes, it's highly repetitive, but I don't care.
Book I'm currently reading:
* Finally started The Roald Dahl Ombibus, a collection of 28 short stories from the author for adults, culled from this previous collections. I'd tell you more, but I'm barely 10 pages into it. I don't think I've ever read a single page of a Dahl book (somehow), though, so it should be interesting at the least.
Things to Click On
* I'm not sure what's more painful - the eight films that the Mad Hatter has been forced to endure, or the waiting for the King of Pain blog-a-thon - voting lasted for like a month and the thing doesn't start for another 2+ months. All this coming from a guy that watches like 78 movies a week. (The Dark of the Matinee)
* Castor wants to know which movies you feel fell flat in their third acts? He took one Danny Boyle film, and I'm gonna answer another (it's likely a popular choice)...so your job is to think of a non-Boyle film. And no, my answer isn't even The Beach. Christ, it's easier to name Boyle films that actually do end well... (Anomalous Material)
* Jack took part in the re-christened Cinematic Alphabet. Quite the cultured, stoic grouping of films, if you ask me. Alphabet Meme! Alphabet Meme! (Not your fault, Jack...nevermind my ranting.) (Jack L. film reviews)
* I'm not positive, but I think by the end of his 60 films/60 weeks ordeal, Nick's going to have seen more like 138 films/60 weeks. This is not a bad thing, I'm just having trouble reconciling the naming issue this has caused. I'm a stickler for consistency. Anyway - good on him. By the end, he'll have seen loads and loads of classics - vintage and contemporary. (Random Ramblings of a Demented Doorknob)
* The gathering of Leonardo DiCaprio's Top Five films isn't something that should be too terribly difficult (only about eight should be in contention for most people), but the positioning therein is a toughie. Also led to a nice little discussion in the comments. (Screen Insight)