The Underground — Issue #141
Everything you need to know about in this weekly series: HBO is kinda ruining movies with editing, Detroit’s amazing food and experience, an Honest Trailer for the amazing Get Out, and the new Super Troopers 2 trailer.
At Social Underground we go beyond the mainstream stuff and see what’s underneath the surface. What should we get into, listen to, read, eat or watch? If there is something in our culture that needs attention that’s our job: Show you the underground things that you need to know about: Books, music, television, movies, comedians, art, and whatever else we can find to get you into something you never knew about. That’s The Underground.
1. HBO and other channels are ruining movies by cutting. Have you ever watched an epic movie on TV and wondered “Where the hell is half of the movie?” Yeah, they tend to edit the movie down, and they also chop the movie in half to fit the screen for no reason.
When I watch a movie on HBO that I have viewed in a theater, I have generally notice when they cut off the sides of the film. When two people are standing there talking, it’s obvious when half of their face is chopped off for no reason at all. It takes away from the movie.
The video below explains how HBO and other channels are intentionally or unintentionally ruining movies with bad editing.
2. Detroit food is incredible. I’m Detroit, born and bred. If you’ve watched cheesy movies and TV shows that bring Detroit down, you probably don’t know much about Detroit. Is there plight? Yeah, just like in every major city in the world. But what Detroit is made of is something a tourist should experience.
We have our own pizza that people will tell others about when the get home. Our Coney Dogs will make you tell all your friends how to change their barbecue routine in the summer. Our beer in Michigan? Come on, son, this stuff can fill up a store and make it hard to choose.
Detroit is rising like if, well, there’s a sexual reference that you could make up in your head. Yeah, that one. But this video below really shows what it’s like to come to the D and try our foods. Our Detroit-style pizza is worthy of telling aliens.
3. The Get Out Honest Trailer is what you need right now. Get Out was one of the scariest movies I have seen in quite a while. Why it was nominated for the best comedy award in many award shows is alarming. Sure, I laughed at certain parts that were obviously meant to be funny, but the movie is not supposed to be that. Being a white dude, having to explain the point of the movie makes me feel like an idiot.
Premise: Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.
The screwed up thing about this movie is that part of it is bringing someone home who happens to be colored. Knowing part of my family is garbage people, I never wanted to expose them to the garbage. This movie is where a white girl brings a black dude to her family, and they are way too excepting. Then it gets to the horror movie part. How the hell is this film a comedy? I can’t understand it.
4. Super Troopers 2 arrives with a trailer we’ve all been waiting for. The original film came out all the way back in 2001. It never really needed to have a sequel, but another attempt at comedy with this group of people really needs a sequel. It’s also required to notice that no one in the movie has aged a day. All the mustaches don’t look a day over 2 weeks.
Premise: When a border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers are tasked with establishing a Highway Patrol station in the disputed area.
As long as this film is as silly as the first, I think it will get a lot of people who happen to smoke a lot of Marijuana into the theater. That or they will watch it stoned at home when it’s released. I know my stoners. This will be a hit.
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Jeff Sorensen is an author, writer and occasional comedian living in Detroit, Michigan. You can look for more of his work on The Huffington Post, UPROXX, BGR and by just looking up his name.