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billyweeds
Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:49 am Reply with quote
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carrobin wrote:
The only guest we had from "Smile" was the head of advertising, and he alienated the whole class when he revealed that their theme would be "Will she go all the way?" featuring the various beauty contestants. It was so far from the film's themes that everyone groaned. I think someone asked if he'd seen the movie. Fortunately, that idea was apparently left on the advertising room floor.


OMG. One of my best friends is an adman and he will be the first to state that advertising people are dumbasses. Your story certainly bears that out.
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bartist
Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:56 am Reply with quote
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[quote="gromit"

Sorry to Bother You was fairly sloppy, but at least interesting. It reminded me of District 9.

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Same impression - freshman mistakes, but funny and with something to say about capitalism. I saw influences, possibly, from "Office Space," and a resonance with (in the protagonist's interactions with Armie Hammer and the boiler room manager) "Get Out." The horse-men metaphor was well done as a way to talk about how corporate entities seek to maximize efficiency. I would rec the film on the basis of "here is a new director to keep an eye on."

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Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:09 am Reply with quote
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Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:15 am Reply with quote
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billyweeds wrote:
bartist wrote:
[quote="gromit"

Sorry to Bother You was fairly sloppy, but at least interesting. It reminded me of District 9.



Same impression - freshman mistakes, but funny and with something to say about capitalism. I saw influences, possibly, from "Office Space," and a resonance with (in the protagonist's interactions with Armie Hammer and the boiler room manager) "Get Out." The horse-men metaphor was well done as a way to talk about how corporate entities seek to maximize efficiency. I would rec the film on the basis of "here is a new director to keep an eye on."



I think my problem with it is that it was overpraised. My birthday double feature last August was Sorry to Bother You plus First Reformed. Loved FR, was really disappointed in StBY. It started strong and quickly ran out of steam. But the hosannas from critics were the genuine cause of the disappointment. Too much adulation can lead to a meh result.
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knox
Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:01 pm Reply with quote
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Anyone seen High Life?

Here is a wiki, on what sounds like a different approach to genre....

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Life_(2018_film)
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gromit
Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:32 am Reply with quote
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Sounds interesting.
Though don't think I've liked a Claire Denis film.
They seem a little sloppy and a bit stodgy.
But I'd give it a whirl if I find it here.

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Befade
Posted: Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:13 pm Reply with quote
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I liked Sorry to Bother You. I like it when a comedian slips into a more serious role. Melissa McCarthy and Steve Carrell.

Hereís a movie by the director of A Separation: Everybody Knows. Not as good as his others but interesting. Location.....Spain. Actors.....Javier Bardeen and Penelope Cruz. They were fun to watch.

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Posted: Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:52 pm Reply with quote
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Befade wrote:
I liked Sorry to Bother You. I like it when a comedian slips into a more serious role. Melissa McCarthy and Steve Carrell.


They weren't in StBY. Nor did the principal roles of that film strike me as too serious. I'm guessing we speak of 2 films with similar titles?
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Syd
Posted: Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:34 pm Reply with quote
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knox wrote:
Befade wrote:
I liked Sorry to Bother You. I like it when a comedian slips into a more serious role. Melissa McCarthy and Steve Carrell.


They weren't in StBY. Nor did the principal roles of that film strike me as too serious. I'm guessing we speak of 2 films with similar titles?


I don't think she was talking about them being in a film together, just about them taking more serious roles.

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Befade
Posted: Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:28 pm Reply with quote
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Whoops......I meant Can you ever Forgive Me? With MM not Steve Carrell. Iíve seen him in other serious roles. Have not seen the Sorry movie.

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Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:58 pm Reply with quote
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moved to Couch with a View

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gromit
Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:45 am Reply with quote
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Picked up High Life, 1st Reformed and Shoplifters, so should get to them soonish.

Anyone have any thoughts on:
Old Man & a Gun -- Redford bank robber/fugitive film
All I See is You -- Woman gets her sight back, and life looks different
Dark River -- Brit family farm drama
A Simple Favor -- bitchiness?

I nearly bought one of the first 3.

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bartist
Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:41 pm Reply with quote
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(posted this on Sept 28....)

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A Simple Favor is a darkly funny Mommy Noir, with the always reliably cute and quirky Anna Kendrick, and a disturbingly dark Blake Lively. It's not a great movie - it's sort of like they turned Gone Girl into a screwball comedy - but it's fun and makes clever use of the Vlogger trope (Kendrick is a single mom with a cooking/crafts vlog that seems fairly dull in a chirpy way until her new best friend mysteriously disappears). Some nice supporting moments from Jean Smart and a congenial police detective.


IIRC Syd also commented on ASF.

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bartist wrote:
(posted this on Sept 28....)

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A Simple Favor is a darkly funny Mommy Noir, with the always reliably cute and quirky Anna Kendrick, and a disturbingly dark Blake Lively. It's not a great movie - it's sort of like they turned Gone Girl into a screwball comedy - but it's fun and makes clever use of the Vlogger trope (Kendrick is a single mom with a cooking/crafts vlog that seems fairly dull in a chirpy way until her new best friend mysteriously disappears). Some nice supporting moments from Jean Smart and a congenial police detective.


IIRC Syd also commented on ASF.


I did, but I can't find out where. I had a similar reaction.

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Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:20 pm Reply with quote
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Hmm ... I hated Gone Girl...

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