Web Video: What We Had To Watch
What We Had to Watch
is a video review series written by and starring Garrett Snook, aka Il Neige (formerly DJ Il Neige), who reviews mediocre
movies of the last 10 years. Citing influences
from That Guy with the Glasses
, Il Neige takes them down with a good sense of humor and dry commentary along the way. You can also watch his work on Geekvision
and The Agony Booth
page, containing mirror uploads of many of his older reviews, as well as a few Vlog videos, can be found here
- Actually Pretty Funny: His opinion of Jim Carrey as The Grinch in the film adaptation.
- Adorkable: Oh yes.
- Affectionate Parody: The April Fool's Day video is one for Film Brain.
- Ascended Fanboy: Recently became a part of the That Guy with the Glasses family.
- Berserk Button: Loud, obnoxious and overall useless characters that function solely as lame comic relief, especially Goon from Titan A.E., Mole from Atlantis The Lost Empire, Snails from Dungeons & Dragons, Louis from Kangaroo Jack, and BEN from Treasure Planet.
- Bilingual Bonus: Though the name isn't really related to his review style or content, "il neige" is French for "it snows".
- The Cameo: He did one in the crossover of The Rap Critic and Marc Mues.
- The Cast Showoff: Averted. Garrett himself actually sings and plays guitar in a small band called Emrus but never actually performs songs in his videos, unless they're meant to be intentionally bad joke songs.
- Caustic Critic: Mostly subverted. While he is quick to point out flaws in a movie and tear them a new one, he is willing to acknowledge when they might get something right.
- Dull Surprise: In his own review of the Dungeons & Dragons movie, he points out that even the bad acting from high guardswoman with the "armor nipples of doom" can't top Thora Birch as the Empress.
- Later pariodied in his April Fool's Day video, where the character goes through an identity crisis and a split personality tries to give Il Neige a Hannibal Lecture about his "lack of originality," but thankfully, Il Neige does snap out of his Heroic BSOD.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: It gets broken very easily, and Il Neige is constantly in danger from explosions, fires and other weapons that come out the screen.
- Mauve Shirt: Points out how this wasn't handled well in Atlantis The Lost Empire in the scene when the other characters just sum up their life stories immediately after the big action scene without giving the audience a chance to attach themselves to the characters first.
Il Neige: "Honestly, the leviathan could've killed off any one of these characters, and I wouldn't miss any of them because I didn't know anything about them."
- My God, What Have I Done?: During the Monster House review.
Il Neige: [in regard to Mr. Nebercracker] Just die already! Just die just die just die!
*Nebercracker apparently dies*
Il Neige: Oh god, what have I done?
- Nostalgia Filter: Somewhat subverted in the Treasure Planet review - the things he liked as a kid, he started to take issue with as an adult, and vice versa.
- Obviously Evil: Literally points this out with Commander Rourke in Atlantis The Lost Empire.
- Pet Peeve Trope: In-Universe examples and he has a good number of these...
- Running Gag: Cheesecake, usage of Star Fox 64 quotes ("Do a barrel roll!") and his fourth wall barrier getting broken.
- Another in his Dungeons & Dragons review of not even bothering to get The Dragon's name correct, from calling him Didgeridoo, Daisy Dukes and Dance Dance Revolution.
- Anytime the characters pull off some crazy stunt, he yells, "EXTREME!!!" to a guitar riff.
- Shameless Self-Promotion: His review of The Sage of Darkness may have been motivated by the fact that it was made by his friends, and he has a bit part in it. Nonetheless, he claims to have been impartial.
- Shirtless Scene: In Rap Critic and Marc Mues' first crossover.
- Shown Their Work: Especially in the Top 10 Fictional Bands list.
- Something Only They Would Say: Spazz says this when he's about to beat the British out of Il Neige. His answer Oh come on!
- SpitTake: In the Kangaroo Jack review, the main characters and Il Neige partake in this after hearing what the main characters are drinking will make their testicles fall off.
- Unusual Euphemism: Cheesecake for anytime there's Fanservice on screen.
- Viewers Are Morons: He especially hates it when works aimed at kids talk down to their audience and/or are condenscending in manner (such as the musical segments being mediocre to bad just because they're aimed at children).
- Weapon of Choice: His nunchucks.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Invoked. Points this out whenever a movie that's supposed to be aimed at children has either copious amounts of Family-Unfriendly Violence, vulgar jokes, or both.
[after a crude joke was made] Il Neige:
- an action comedy for the entire family!"