British movie

By Razib Khan | March 22, 2011 12:39 am

I wonder what “American movie” would be like….

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  • Justin Giancola

    love it.

  • bjm

    Re: “I wonder what “American movie” would be like….”

    Just check out any of the ‘Scary Movie’ films.

    Or ‘Date Movie’, or ‘Epic Movie’.

  • Crow

    That was hilarious!


  • Dylan

    I’ve wished for subtitles on half the British movies I’ve seen. And also on Glee. I can’t understand half of what Heather Morris says.

  • miko

    We had subtitles on for the entirety of The Wire.

  • Amos Zeeberg (Discover Web Editor)

    Heh. Nice.

  • dan

    i must’ve missed that one when it aired. it was awesome! yeah, that’s kind of what i thought when i mistakenly watched “Sexy Beast” – what a stupid movie.

  • pconroy

    Too funny!

  • Neuroskeptic

    Ironically I can’t access “British Movie” because I’m in Britain.
    “Currently our library can only be accessed from within the United States”

  • Stolen Dormouse

    Actually, my wife and I *do* use the English subtitles for the hard-of-hearing when watching many English DVDs (even American DVDs–its easier just to leave the closed captioning on all the time). What’s bizarre is watching sitcoms or shows on broadcast TV with closed captioning on; often the alleged captioning is gibberish, or (at best) summarizes what’s been said, but is not verbatim!

  • Jonathan S

    The sludgy dialogue that plagues English-language movies these days is to the aural what shakycam is to the visual. (Or outside movies, what abstract paintings are to the kind of art you hang on your wall, pace Steven Pinker.)

    Incomprehensibility is a point of pride; such works are made for cool people by other cool people desperate to never be mistaken for one of those rubes who admit to preferring enjoyable aesthetic experiences.

    The Method…er, method of acting might have something to do with it, as well. The Method-ist doesn’t speak dialogue, he inhabits his character, and if the habitat doesn’t include the audience, well, too bad.


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I have degrees in biology and biochemistry, a passion for genetics, history, and philosophy, and shrimp is my favorite food. In relation to nationality I'm a American Northwesterner, in politics I'm a reactionary, and as for religion I have none (I'm an atheist). If you want to know more, see the links at


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