Wear a giant papier-mache head and eliminate your social anxiety


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Underrated and overrated films (and other general filmy chat)
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Works for me on this board.
Metaphorical papier-mache, that is.


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I don’t know, Davey…


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Sadly this film isn’t really about Frank Sidebottom. I’d be much more interested if it was (although I appreciate the producers probably wanted to make money). I get the impression it’s more about Captain Beefheart than anyone.

Anyway, I’m dubious about Ronson. The Men Who Stare at Goats was a dreadfully boring film given the premise. Maybe the book was better?


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Halloween


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The book was kind of fun, if you like woo.


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I find that really disappointing.


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Also, the fact that the head is almost, but not quite, right is really jarring. Uncanny valley.

This is perfectly normal:

Whereas this is just weird:


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Yeah, it does look like they’ve tried to make it look more alienating.

I’m no expert on either Sidebottom or this new film, but am I right in my feeling that Chris Sievey was basically a (somewhat eccentric granted) comedian while the movie presents him as more of a maladjusted weirdo?


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I’m not from the north west and probably too young (a refreshing change) so most of what I remember of Sidebottom is his appearances on children’s TV :smile:

For what I’ve read, all that’s really taken from Sidebottom in this film is the idea of a musician who wears a papier mâché mask - and as I mentioned above, the person I’ve heard suggested as the major influence for the character is Captain Beefheart - who I know nothing about, but I did try Trout Mask Replica after hearing this, so that was an…experience I wouldn’t have had otherwise. But yes, Sievey was definitely a comedian, and I don’t think this Frank is.

That said, Kermode (and most other reviewers I’ve seen) did seem to like the film, so it might be worth checking out.


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Eh, what does Ronson know about the real Sidebottom, anyway? Other than having been in his band…


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Do The Dumb Things You Gotta Do. Touch The Puppet Head


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I kinda liked The Men Who Stare at Goats (the film), though I haven’t read the book. However, The Psychopath Test is an excellent read and what I’ve seen of Ronson he seems an interesting and likeable person. I keep meaning to read more of his work so maybe I’ll start here.


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