Ready For a Fun and Ridiculous Mockumentary Ride. Let’s “Mock and Roll”

Wow, it feels like forever since we reviewed a movie…regardless, let’s dive right in!

Just before we kick off for the holidays, we were given the chance to check out Mock and Roll, a brand new mockumentary film that is creating all kinds of buzz on the independent festival circuit. Mock and Roll tells the story of the upcoming band Liberty Mean, who specializes in parody music dedicated to the American rock band the Black Owls. The members of Liberty Mean fall into shinanigan after shenanigans as they try to raise enough money to create a professional recording and perform at one of the United States’s biggest festivals, South by Southwest. The adventures only become more ridiculous as the film goes on, The creators behind the film were even able to reach out to Roger Earl, the drummer of Foghat, to cameo alongside them in the film!

We are incredibly happy that we were given the chance to check out Mock and Roll. We hadn’t heard of the film before, despite it winning multiple awards such as best picture and best original score on the festival circuit. Mock and Roll is definitely a fun ride through and through, even if it becomes a bit of a ridiculous mess towards the end. We have a few stylistic changes that we would like to make, otherwise, this is a fantastic example of good independent filmmaking.

You can check out the trailer for Mock and Roll below!

If you like the film, you can now purchase it on Amazon Video.

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Baby Driver: Some Expert Driving to an Awesome Soundtrack

BABY DRIVER

DIRECTED BY: Edgar Wright

STARRING: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza González, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal

GENRE: Action Comedy

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States, United Kingdom

Baby is a young and partially hearing impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It’s a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Deborah, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc’s plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby’s skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music?

Alright, Edgar Wright, what do you have for us this time? The newest film to add to his already impressive catalog, Wright introduces us to Baby Driver, where he sure as hell takes us for one wild ride. The main cast performs rather well, even while being supported by a less than stellar supporting cast. There is a nice balance between action and somewhat vulgar comedy, so neither genre actually surpasses the other. By far the best element is Wright’s usage of the score as a character development tool, everything syncs up perfectly and it is a highlight of the experience.

However, no matter how much we like Baby Driver, there is still a glaring flaw. Our biggest issue is the motivation for Baby and Deborah’s relationship. Sure they met a few times and went on a date, but was that nearly enough to turn into a less murderous Bonnie and Clyde? The relationship definitely receives the action movie treatment, as it doesn’t even feel like a satire. Wright, you excel at satire? What is going on?

PROS:

  • Nice balance of comedy and action.
  • Main cast performance.
  • Use of score for character development.

CONS:

  • Supporting cast performance.
  • Baby and Deborah’s relationship.
  • Lack of satire.

SCORE: 8 / 10

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Special Correspondents: This Really Is Fake News.

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENTS

DIRECTED BY: Ricky Gervais

STARRING: Ricky Gervais, Eric Bana, Vera Farmiga, Kevin Pollak, Kelly Macdonald, Benjamin Bratt, America Ferrera, Raúl Castillo

GENRE: Satirical Comedy

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States, United Kingdom, Canada

News radio journalist Frank Bonneville (Eric Bana) enters a murder scene posing as a cop. After getting the details of the crime, he is removed from the premises and, immediately after, reports the story live on the radio. When he returns to the station, Frank is applauded by colleagues on getting the story before any other press, but his boss Geoffrey Mallard (Kevin Pollak) warns that if he breaks the law one more time, he’ll be fired.

That night, Frank’s sound technician Ian Finch (Ricky Gervais) takes his wife Eleanor (Vera Farmiga) to the station’s annual ball but has to leave for a stake-out with co-worker Claire Maddox (Kelly Macdonald). Eleanor then meets Frank, who sleeps with her, unaware she is married to Finch. The following day, Mallard puts Frank on a story about an uprising in Ecuador and assigns Finch to accompany him. However, Finch tells Frank he can’t go as Eleanor has left him. He also says he’s written a letter, begging her not to end their marriage.

Totally in Ecuador…we swear.

Since fake news or the struggle to find credible news is all the rage these days I decided to this was the perfect time for our Special Correspondents. Written and directed by Ricky Gervais, this “Netflix Original” has hilarious bullshit all the way down to the core. The main cast of Eric Bana, Ricky Gervais, and Vera Farmiga completely embody their characters providing plenty of expert chemistry (or lack thereof). Vera Farmiga’s character is by far the best one, as she steals most of her scenes just as she stole America’s hearts. Also, as the film’s premise is rather clunky to begin with, Gervais is able to turn it into comedy bronze.

Beyond the characters though, Special Correspondents is nothing more than a modest B-rated comedy. While there are some geniunely funny moments, the film is as trope-filled as any English comedy can be. However, this seems obviously done on purpose, a they cast plays to their strengths. Unfortunately, if you don’t like English humor, you might as well chuck this one deep into your queue for another day.

PROS:

  • Main cast performance.
  • Supporting cast performance.
  • Character design.

CONS:

  • Over the top British humor.
  • Trope-filled to the brim.
  • Clunky premise.

SCORE: 6.0 / 10

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