Movie Defense Force: The Perfect Host

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The Perfect Host

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The first film you have defended that i have honestly never heard of. thank you for that jim, i will go hunt it down it looks .. interesting :D

wombat_of_war:
The first film you have defended that i have honestly never heard of.

Seriously, how did this so severely fly under the radar? It came out in 2010, which was back when I still checked theater releases every week and I'd never heard of it either.

Wait, mystery solved. According to imdb, it was only released in America. Will go a-hunting for this one. Thanks, Jim.

Seems to be on Netflix, might give it a watch later... I'm intrigued.

As above have said, never heard of it until now. shall have to watch it.

Rentable on Google Play, if you were wondering.

I remember being excited to see this film. The insane fop is one of my favorite kind of movie madmen; eccentric, charming, and just slightly effeminate yet capable of sudden sadistic violence against those who don't play along. It almost feels cathartic--you cheer for the man who's enjoying himself and having a good time and despite yourself you want to play along, though the desire becomes less and less about having fun yourself and become more about appeasing the madman to escape his increasing wrath against those who don't enable his fantasy.

But this movie came and went so fast it made my head spin. It didn't even show up in the local theaters and vanished from the media hype machine faster than it took to film the thing. I never saw it until some time later but I have to say for my part, I enjoyed it. I think Pierce's character living in a fantasy world was a little too campy, and would have preferred a dinner party of guests who at first buy into Pierce's oddities but they and you slowly come to realize that his character has always been on the edge of sanity and the opportunity to have a real victim to play with has suddenly propelled him firmly into the crazy seat, but I suppose that would give John some unlikely allies or extra tormentors and turned this into a slasher flick.

Hmmm. Looks right up my street. I feel guilty for never hearing of this movie but then I have a feeling it never left the US. Shame.

SnakeoilSage:
I think Pierce's character living in a fantasy world was a little too campy, and would have preferred a dinner party of guests who at first buy into Pierce's oddities but they and you slowly come to realize that his character has always been on the edge of sanity and the opportunity to have a real victim to play with has suddenly propelled him firmly into the crazy seat, but I suppose that would give John some unlikely allies or extra tormentors and turned this into a slasher flick.

I did get to see it when it came out and I loved the direction it went given that angle would've been too predictable. We've seen that done before even if it isn't all that often, but this, well, spoilers. Just in case.

Had to stop watching after I seen the actors and concept. Very intriguing.

I've seen it on Netflix before and I genuinely liked it. It's a bad Netflix movie, but it's got a sense of cleverness and Hyde Pierce just completely rocks his role. Some movies are saved by having the right actor and this is one of those. I would recommend it to anyone who has Netflix and some time to kill.

Orekoya:

SnakeoilSage:
I think Pierce's character living in a fantasy world was a little too campy, and would have preferred a dinner party of guests who at first buy into Pierce's oddities but they and you slowly come to realize that his character has always been on the edge of sanity and the opportunity to have a real victim to play with has suddenly propelled him firmly into the crazy seat, but I suppose that would give John some unlikely allies or extra tormentors and turned this into a slasher flick.

I did get to see it when it came out and I loved the direction it went given that angle would've been too predictable. We've seen that done before even if it isn't all that often, but this, well, spoilers. Just in case.

This movie is one of the reasons I love Netflix (and used to love HBO type channels): a chance to see something I likely wouldn't go to the theater for, but is a buried treasure that shouldn't be missed nonetheless.

Fantastic flick. STILL FLIPPIN AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX STREAMING! Now, all you couch potatoes, you must watch!!!

A little surprised I've never even heard of this movie.

So it looks like... David Hyde Pierce... has a lot of imaginary friends...?

Maybe if I get a moment, I'll give it a look on Netflix.

What's this? A movie I've not heard of!? I'm not incredibly intrigued. I'm also glad to know I'm not the only person the finds DHP not having a huge career after Frasier a little baffling. I'll have to try and hunt this down on Netflix.

Is it still considered a Move Defense Force when the entire contingent of persons familiar with the film (detractors included) amounts to a total of seven, of which Jim counts for four?

WHAT!?, how come I never heard of this little gem before?, I need to watch this soon.

Thanks Jim!.

Thank you for presenting this, Jim! I haven't seen this movie yet but I absolutely must now.

Jimothy Sterling:
The Perfect Host

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This seems less like a "Movie Defense Force" than an episode of "Movies You Probably Haven't Heard Of." I wasn't aware this movie was under attack... or of its existence.

Which raises an interesting philosophical question - how do you defend something that most likely doesn't exist?

josh4president:
Is it still considered a Move Defense Force when the entire contingent of persons familiar with the film (detractors included) amounts to a total of seven, of which Jim counts for four?

Lame joke aside, sticking up for something takes many forms. In this case, the injustice of a film that's been criminally overlooked.

I watched this on Netflix when it showed up sometime last year. Even if the only thing it had going for it was DHP's performance, it'd be worth it. It's a well made film with a really great atmosphere. I especially like that the whole "imaginary friends" angle wasn't played as some final-act twist, so it doesn't spoil the movie at all to know it. This makes me want to watch it again . . .

Jimothy Sterling:

josh4president:
Is it still considered a Move Defense Force when the entire contingent of persons familiar with the film (detractors included) amounts to a total of seven, of which Jim counts for four?

Lame joke aside, sticking up for something takes many forms. In this case, the injustice of a film that's been criminally overlooked.

Just out of nosiness, what on earth are the words to the Movie Defence Force theme? I can never work it out.

Saw this a while ago, enjoyed it but wouldn't have said it was the best thing ever. Hyde pierce was great but I think it showed us a bit too much of his delusions. I think I would have preferred to have just not seen anything of what he saw. Although I suppose that could have it's own problems.

Orekoya:

That was a unique take, though a bit odd given the context of the ending. Still, I applaud them for trying a new direction with the home-invasion genre.

Orekoya:

I wasn't aware this was one that even needed to be defended. I saw this on Netflix, thought it sounded interesting, watched it and liked it.

I've even shown it to other people and they all liked it.

Was it so hated?

Come on Jim, this movie is one of the best movies I've ever seen.
Did it truly need defending...?

I heard about this movie when it came to Netflix a couple of years ago. The premis looked so good that I made plans to watch it with a friend. I'm glad you keep defending things I like. I think there was maybe one you defended that I didn't agree with But I don't remember what it was. I was going to say i wasn't going to look, but now I'm thinking about it....Hold on....AH wait two. Transformers and Star Wars ep1.

This is a brilliant film. I absolutely loved it. Should have gotten more attention for sure.

MisterColeman:

I love David Hyde Pierce and this is one movie I was waiting to see. Unfortunately we never got it as a rental (I work at an actual video rental store, they still exist in some parts, though our time is limited) and was really disappointed. Good to know that it is as slightly dark and a bit campy (in a good way) as I was hoping.

daxterx2005:
Come on Jim, this movie is one of the best movies I've ever seen.
Did it truly need defending...?

This series is not based on what you, personally, think about movies.

Just finished watching it. As you said, the ending dragged on a bit, and overall I found it a bit anti-climactic.

You've convinced me to watch this movie, I will see if I can rent it from Lovefilm.

For those who are asking if this film needed defending, thus far, Jim has defended films against the opinions of critics, the opinions of the general public and the opinions of fans who felt they hadn't been served in the way they were entitled to be. In this case it seems Jim is defending this film against the opinions of publicists and publishers. People throughout the publishing and publicity process of this film seem to have been of the opinion that we wouldn't be interested in it.

"Should we give it an international release?" Publisher: "Nah. No one would go see it anyway." Jim: "Hell yes!"

"Should we give it a long enough run for people to find it?" Publisher: "Nah." Jim: "Hell yes!"

"Should we tell anyone that we are releasing it?" "Should we release it on Netflix in the UK as well as the US?"... and so on.

Jim is still fighting misguided opinion about the film, it's just that it is an opinion we didn't even hear about because no one bothered to tell us the film even existed.

This sounds bloody perfect!!! :D
Thanks Jim! Gonna check it out ASAP.

I've legitimately never heard of this. I'm going to give it a watch tonight! Thanks, Jim!

Well, this made me go and watch it, and I enjoyed almost every second. Thanks for the tip Jim.

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