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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

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9/10: That's a third of the way to Mars
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Same erg is one of those actors whom is relatively unknown here in the UK. And to be honest, the most famous thing he's probably famous for on the shores of the UK is the Sandler Movie That's my Boy.But if you go a little deeper into his body of work, his movies are consistently funny, full of pop culture references, and with Schaffer at the helm, we not only have a wonderful satire on the state of celebrity with cameos from a plethora of stars whom are not ashamed to be self deprecating, we also have one of the funniest films of the year.But the most ingenious thing about the movie is that you can't point the finger to which celebrity the writers are parodying. One would instantly say Bieber, given the title. But Connor4Real isn't really a hateful character, in fact, he's just a product of the system, and has been...

6/10: Works okay as a parody
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping" is an American movie from last year in the English language. At slightly over 80 minutes, it is a relatively short film and it was made by Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. These three also play core characters in here, especially Golden Globe winner Samberg. It is a mix of comedy and music, but really mostly comedy as it makes me a bit sad that what we hear in here is considered music. At least it is just a spoof of what people consider pop music in the 21st century, which is equally depressing though. Anyway, this is the story of an ambitious singer who splits up with his band and tries to become famous on his own, so basically something that happened many times, but rarely worked out as well as it did for Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé for example. The former also has a brief cameo in here like many many...

5/10: Satirical Look at Our Celebrity Obsessed Culture
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The mockumentary style of filmmaking can be a divisive one. You have to balance the tone well enough for viewers to believe in the story you're trying to tell while also giving enough laughs to please the fans of the genre. Even if Popstar didn't produce as many big laughs as I would have hoped, I can appreciate the attempt to change the structure to typical filmmaking.Starring the trio from The Lonely Island and pretty much every other comedian and/or celebrity, Popstar has a tendency to rely too heavily on surprise cameos and over-the-top gags. That's not to say I didn't think the main cast had their moments, they did. But the biggest laughs came from surprise appearances from people I didn't know were in the film.The overabundance of celebrities make me curious as to why virtually no one showed up to the theatre to see the film. It's...

7/10: For real
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

After Hot Rod, The Lonely Island team of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone tackled the world of pop music yet bombed bigger than the movie's hero, Conner4Real making only $9 million back from a $20 million dollar budget.I have no idea why. This is the kind of movie that rewards multiple viewings, sticking to the maxim that makes so many 80's comedies work. Come up with a simple plot and let hijinks ensue.Once, Conner4Real (Samberg) was in The Style Boyz with his childhood friends Lawrence and Owen (Schaffer and Taccone), but his success made him a spinoff act. Now, Owen is his DJ, forced to wear a giant head that plays the sound from the Tom Cruise era War of the Worlds, while Lawrence hides at his farm.The joy of this film is how it juxtaposes real life artists - Mariah Carey, the Rza, even Arcade Fire - with the unreal world that Conner lives...

9/10: Samberg Never Stops
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016): Dir: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone / Cast: Andy Sanberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Tim Meadows, Sarah Silverman: Like the underrated Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story here is a mockumentary about the rise and fall of fame. Andy Samberg plays Conner Friel who fronts Conner4Real where he gives exaggerated performances that are mock by the media. He leaves his previous band the Style Boyz by walking over everyone with his ego. He announces his new album that offensively addresses themes of gay marriage. Jorma Taccone plays his DJ who is reduced to wearing a blinking lights oversized helmet on stage. Akiva Schaffer plays Lawrence, a song writer who left the band to become a wood worker on a farm. He resents Conner because of his ego and taking credit for his writing. Tim Meadows plays Conner's frustrated manager, and Sarah Silverman plays his publicist who must present a dose of reality to Conner when...

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