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Sorry To Bother You
« on: March 20, 2018, 11:31:15 PM »
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Surprised nobody posted about this yet. People were raving about it at SXSW and the trailer looks nuts, in a good way!

Lakeith Stanfield is going to have a breakthrough role here, and Tessa Thompson continues to crush it.



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Re: Sorry To Bother You
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2018, 12:06:43 AM »
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Ah! I meant to post this last week but forgot to. Thanks for starting the thread. This is far and away my most anticipated movie right now. Boots fucking Riley making what looks like the Putney Swope version of a Kafka story. And my unreserved love for Lakeith Stanfield is well-documented.
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Re: Sorry To Bother You
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2018, 08:17:32 AM »
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This looks amazing!
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Re: Sorry To Bother You
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2018, 01:55:46 PM »
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I second all that -- I'm very very ready for this

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Re: Sorry To Bother You
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2018, 03:30:39 PM »
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I worked on this film and have known Boots for a long time. He originally wrote the script as a joke because he was exhausted by the grind of making albums so he taught himself screenwriting in order to write some music as the soundtrack to the movie that he may or may not get to make one day. pretty crazy to see it all come together step by step.

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Re: Sorry To Bother You
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2018, 01:30:06 AM »
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i'm happy that we have that Messages of the Week-thing here, because I might not have opened this thread otherwise.

this looks amazing. I haven't been this exited for a comedy in a while.

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Re: Sorry To Bother You
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2018, 03:17:53 PM »
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^ seconded. and wow. had to watch the trailer twice back-to-back. looking forward to this one
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Re: Sorry To Bother You
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2018, 10:37:21 PM »
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ps - two years before production Boots's script was released by McSweeney's - so you can read them now.
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Re: Sorry To Bother You
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2018, 07:33:14 PM »
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We play this trailer where I work and every time I catch it I get a lil more excited. Kanye's tweetz have me thinkin' on its premise a bunch, too. So much power in a voice. Can't wait to watch it play out.


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Re: Sorry To Bother You
« Reply #9 on: Today at 06:39:07 PM »
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anyone else see this?

very much wanted this to be good, but i did not like this.  at all, almost.  broad, tepid "satire" that's haphazardly put together.  a few strongish moments strewn throughout what feels like an eternity of been there, done that.  suffers from the overreaching with and overstuffing of ideas that comes with most first films.  lakeith stanfield can do no wrong, armie hammer continues his streak of perfectly solid performances that will mostly go unappreciated, and that's about all i got for positives.

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Re: Sorry To Bother You
« Reply #10 on: Today at 06:57:06 PM »
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I had a somewhat similar reaction…the ride starts out fun, but the movie is just…dumb. These characters are pretty stock, so the plot overrides, and the movie relies on the satire to prop the whole thing up. Major trouble is the satire itself is predicated on a simplistic straw man argument that equates Lakeith’s competence (however misapplied, to this specific, wretched business) with oppression. The movie is brimming with creative (if one-note) ideas, but severely lacks any ideological coherence that might connect them or give them meaning beyond the Adult-Swim-cum-Southland-tales mishmash that they exist inside of. It's not Network. It's not Putney Swope. It's not even They Live. Most of the creative metaphors are expressions of the original disorganized and confused straw man lie, so at the end I shrugged my shoulders and went “so what?”.

Tbh the trailer left me cold, but I heard Boots Riley on WTF and really wanted to know what the insane last 30 minutes could be (which they danced around describing). Was fooled by the magician’s trick! He also talked about how much he wanted to fill every frame with details and in-jokes that could be picked up on repeat viewings, but really you can get it all in one go. Seems like since the cultural bar has been lowered for how much care is put into the frame, a movie doing something that would have been deemed merely competent 20 years ago is now paraded as an achievement? Pacing is also horrible. The film suffers from first-time-director-syndrome in a less than charming way, and eventually collapses under the weight of its own bullshit.

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Re: Sorry To Bother You
« Reply #11 on: Today at 08:17:48 PM »
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Pacing is also horrible.

mind numbingly so.  i left the theater surprised it wasn't an hour later than it actually was.

The film suffers from first-time-director-syndrome in a less than charming way, and eventually collapses under the weight of its own bullshit.

agreed.  it's Great Value michel gondry (to whom there's even a pretty dumb nod to).

 

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