Bros documentary on BBC Four

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  1. Nivag

    Nivag Well-Known Member

    Haven't seen anyone mention this, but it's fantastic!!
    It follows the lead up to their 2017 reunion gig held at the O2 arena.
    Think Spinal Tap..

    It's currently on the BBC iPlayer, make some time to watch it even if you're not a fan of them.

    Bros: After the Screaming Stops:
  2. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    Kermode gave this a great review. Anyone know if there's a way of watching it outside UK?
  3. Reno

    Reno The In Kraut

    You can watch iPlayer abroad with a decent VPN and I’m pretty sure there are torrents. I watched it after a friend raved about it on Facebook but didn’t think it was all that. There are a couple of hilarious cringe moments but not enough to keep my attention for the entire length.
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  4. a_chap

    a_chap Much research has shown I am just fucking stupid

    Currently watching this (taking a break right now) and - never having been a Bros fan - I have to say it's riveting viewing so far!
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  5. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    Some great lines, but I'm with Reno. Felt like the conflict was pretty staged to me.
    BigTom, not-bono-ever and girasol like this.
  6. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Alles hat ein Ende nur eine Wurst hat zwei

    These two are awful. I hate to say it but the entire thing seemed staged
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  7. S☼I

    S☼I parading on your rain

    I went to see The Cure at Crystal Palace Bowl in 1990 in a Bros t-shirt and blue jeans. (Not DM shoes with Grolsch stoppers on, though.)

    I think my pals thought I had a Bros shirt for ironic reasons but I had the album and quite liked them :oops:
  8. Ted Striker

    Ted Striker Foot's on the other hand

    It's AMAZING... Actually one of my favourite bits of tele of the last year!:cool:

    I don't think it was staged by the duo, though the editors (and I'd imagine this message is entirely managed in the editing process) were clearly out to stitch them up. I had pre-warning of a lot of the humdinger (superstition!) quote but moments like walking on the plane moment had me howling at the TV :D

    I actually questioned myself if they were ever successful? A respected amateur review on FB said they were failures (even of the time) though the Wembley numbers surely speak for themselves?

    As such the scarcity at which I've (actually never!) heard WWIBF (an iconic/ubiquitous 80's song by any estimate?) on any radio scan/in store radio/any other time where you'd hear old 80's pretty odd?

    And gives weight to their claim the UK 'turned on them'. That was a number of interesting subplots (drummers inferiority complex, did they go broke? why (did they?) did people start hating them overnight)?

    I started with a bit of respect for them at the start - the journey to America and grafting/thriving-ish is quite an achievement vs. just sitting back/discovering cocaine/living until the royalties ran out (even if the acting output is pretty naff, and the singing only obviously some budget Sinatra tribute thing)...So it was all pretty interesting when it instantly turned into a clear stitch up with the opening shot where they had a row.

    The singer guy actually talks like he's doing an impression of/a spoof...But towards the end it then went all tender - actually the solemn duo song - where drummer said he'd stop the live show if this happened - gavce more credence to them being genuine (wallys) IMO. And then the finale where they just don't bloody leave the stage. You can imagine the whole venue emptying and they're still shouting out to the cleaners they love them!
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  9. S☼I

    S☼I parading on your rain

  10. S☼I

    S☼I parading on your rain

    Depends on how you define success, but a pure pop band having a run of singles that charted at 2, 2, 1, 4, 2, 2, 9, 10 and two top five albums seems to me a lot more successful than a whole load of X-Factor/Pop Idol acts.
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  11. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    This is absolute comedy gold! Matt is so full of bullshit lines it's incredible.

    Matt: that's the biggest problem right now. That you can't play conkers in England.

    Luke: um I can live with it.
  12. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    The twin dynamic is quite interesting. Which one is the "better" twin. Constant jostling for position whilst also being terrified of upsetting the other. Psychological games going on. Games and tensions going back years.
  13. S☼I

    S☼I parading on your rain

    Just started it now
  14. S☼I

    S☼I parading on your rain

    Oh god Matt is Nigel Tufnel
    No self-awareness at all

    "I see a man sweeping the road...he's a king to me...he's my king...cos I'm grateful I don't have to sweep the road."

  15. Ted Striker

    Ted Striker Foot's on the other hand

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  16. Ted Striker

    Ted Striker Foot's on the other hand

    Yup that was my memory (especially when people actually bought singles and you had to sell hundreds of thousands) - they were Take That of their day (albeit over a much shorter period).

    So it makes it more surprising that I've not heard any of their records in 20+ years. Surely they were due some getting on some sympathy/tribute/kitcsh/guilty pleasure playlists? It really does feel like time forgot them.
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  17. S☼I

    S☼I parading on your rain

    "Ep-ee-tome" :D
  18. Reno

    Reno The In Kraut

    I thought Luke was actually ok and he has a reasonably successful career as an action star in B-movies. Matt was an utter tool and rather dim. Luke also had the good sense to shave his head when he started to go bald. I’m not sure what that thing on Matt’s head was.

    One thing where the documentary failed was that it only hinted at why they fell out quite late on. It appears Luke had fallen on hard times at some point and Matt had refused to help. Considering it’s all about them (sort of) making up, wouldn’t that have been worth exploring ?
  19. magneze

    magneze mnemonic beef

    It was interesting but not really anything spectacular.
  20. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    Latin for "abstract"
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  21. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

  22. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    Rome wasn't built in a day and fuck me is that true.
    And we don't have the time that Rome had.
  23. S☼I

    S☼I parading on your rain

    He talks as though he's dispensing great truths, shining pearls of wisdom
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  24. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Logan was the real talent wasn't he? Went on to be a notable songwriter and label manager and signed Pink? He was the Tony Mortimer of Bros.
  25. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    Hair transplant or wig for sure. Suspect transplant as he seems to have a lot of money.
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  26. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    Luke's self-consciously "cool" procession of t-shirts....
  27. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

    We had a dart
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  28. S☼I

    S☼I parading on your rain

  29. Cid

    Cid 嗯嗯

  30. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    OMG!!! The Kindle version is only £3.49. OMG!!! I'm so tempted.
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