11. "Really great film. Highly unpredictable and entertaining " In response to Reply # 0
I honesty refuse to talk about this flick until week three or so, when people have had time to see it and really work through their thoughts on the film. It is enjoyable on the surface with deeper meanings if you want to dive for them, like most of the best musical work from Boots and The Coup. Almost got misty eyed when I saw that dedication to Pam the Funkstress at the end. Sigh. RIP Pam
13. "Saw it for a 2nd time yesterday " In response to Reply # 0
A lot to catch/appreciate once you are already familiar with the plot. I will say (and I felt this on Friday), it’s maybe a *little* longer than it could have been, but right now this is the movie to beat in 2018 for me.
14. "Overall, a very solid film." In response to Reply # 0
I definitely look forward to seeing more films from Boots Riley. The visual aspects to the film were easily the best parts and I hope this comes out on blu-ray with commentary tracks so I can get more details pertaining to the choices made for this flick. I'm certain there were details I missed in my first go around. Like most folks, the last third or so of the film lost me and I am curious if any changes were made regarding the sharp turn the movie took when Boots Riley went to shop this flick around for investors.
I hope this film does well enough for Boots Riley do make even more films.
"Sean sparks like John Starks, nah, Sean ball like John Wall" - Rest In Power Forever Sean Price.
18. "on second viewing......." In response to Reply # 0
I believe Mr. ______ had some remorse about leading Cassius to Steve Lift once they got to the party. He continuously tries to volunteer himself as a buffer between Steve and Cassius. On first watch, I just assumed he was trying to make himself important. But on this viewing, I came to the conclusion that he was uneasy about everything after the rap scene (he's the only person that doesn't encourage Cassius to do this). Also, when Mr. _____ tells Cassius to go to Steve's office, he had just coked himself up....almost as if he had to get himself worked up to set Cassius up (even though he had no problems keeping that bloody rag).
I caught all of the horse imagery in Steve Lift's house this time around. There are pictures of horses, busts, furniture, etc.
Steve Lift's proposal wasn't a proposal at all but more of an oral terms of agreement, to which Cassius essentially signed up before hearing everything first by snorting that (spiral leading to a horse).
I felt like a scene between Cassius and Sal had to have been cut because that hilarious argument seemed even more out of the blue this time around....one day Cassius is halfheartedly going along with the plan, the next he's like 'fuck all this'.
My mind still yells 'Charlottesville' at that one shot where Cassius sees the armored van speeds towards those people only to stop with a thud.
And I need someone to place that one shot where Cassius is getting punched in the stomach on that game show because I feel like I've seen that exact shot somewhere (complete with slo-mo). I'm thinking I saw it on Sweetback or Superfly...I'm not sure. ---------------------------------------
19. "That’s the first time he doesn’t use white voice too" In response to Reply # 18 Mon Jul-23-18 08:14 AM by Tiger Woods
No coincidence he’s wearing an eye patch while turning a figurative blind eye to everything, at least the slave labor part
What I don’t think we can determine is whether Mr. Bleep knows about the horse mutation program. We could assume he does, and that his defeated tone is from leading Cassius to ultimately become a horse. Or, we could assume Mr.Bleep is actually jealous that Cassius gets intimate face-time with Lift and Mr.Bleep never got that kind of opportunity to establish a similar rapport.
22. "definitely wanted to know more about Mr. Bleep" In response to Reply # 19
>No coincidence he’s wearing an eye patch while turning a >figurative blind eye to everything, at least the slave labor >part
ah! i was wondering about the choice to give him an eyepatch. I thought there was going to be a reveal that he was apart of the Left Eye coalition or something, but the "turning a blind eye" makes sense.
>What I don’t think we can determine is whether Mr. Bleep >knows about the horse mutation program. We could assume he >does, and that his defeated tone is from leading Cassius to >ultimately become a horse. Or, we could assume Mr.Bleep is >actually jealous that Cassius gets intimate face-time with >Lift and Mr.Bleep never got that kind of opportunity to >establish a similar rapport.
yeah, exactly what he's feeling and what he knows in that scene is not certain
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20. "most inspired I've felt leaving a theater in a long long time" In response to Reply # 0
last time I walked out of a theater that shell-shocked was after Children of Men.
What a vibrant movie. The humor, the characters, the scenery...it feels like every last line of script and shot is serving a purpose.
If I had one minor gripe, I can't figure out why Left Eye hooked up with the Asian dude...that doesn't really turn to anything, unless Cash's refusal to know who she hooked up with is to signify he's matured.
You can marinate on the details of this thing for hours, I sure have:
- The white telemarketing manager with the face tattoos. He still gets the title of "manager" with those awful tattoos on his face, surely a black guy would not.
- Left Eye using her own British white lady voice in the art gallery, a reminder that even the most earnest and idealistic artists have to eat the shit sometimes.
- The walls of Cash's apartment being floor to ceiling windows, as if he's living in an exhibit
24. "RE: most inspired I've felt leaving a theater in a long long time" In response to Reply # 20
>If I had one minor gripe, I can't figure out why Left Eye >hooked up with the Asian dude...that doesn't really turn to >anything, unless Cash's refusal to know who she hooked up with >is to signify he's matured.
I couldn't figure out the significance of that at first either but I think he's throwing shade at unions. The one I'm forced to deal with is shady AF.
29. "First two acts very strong, third act tailed off a bit" In response to Reply # 0
Once he became a power caller, things seemed rushed. The lead up to the party happened almost immediately, and no one besides Mr _____ took a liking to him. No woman feeling him, no dudes trying to befriend him, which would have made his desire to join the new social circle much more natural.
It just frayed a little at the end, but still good overall flick.
37. "this bit felt like they cut some shit out" In response to Reply # 29
>Once he became a power caller, things seemed rushed. The >lead up to the party happened almost immediately, and no one >besides Mr _____ took a liking to him. No woman feeling him, >no dudes trying to befriend him, which would have made his >desire to join the new social circle much more natural. >
the way the white girl was feeling him when she took him up to the Power Caller suite, i thought that was going to be a plotline cause she was THIIIIRSTY.
30. "finally saw it. loved it." In response to Reply # 0
so much to unpack. but even the surface level stuff (the world of telemarketing/call centers) hit home for me cos that's my bag (i've been a call center stooge nearly my entire working career). i did NOT see the 3rd act coming. but wow. like others in this post, i need to see it at least one more time.
35. "i watched it on Sunday. i'm not sure what to think." In response to Reply # 33
it's definitely not what i expected. not sure exactly what i did expect, but i don't think that was it. maybe i need to watch again? i don't know. maybe i just didn't get it, but that horse shit was fucking weird.
39. "RE: Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley!!!), (2018)" In response to Reply # 0
Saw it on HULU a couple weeks ago.
It wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be, but it was fun to watch. I enjoyed the creativity of it and several of the performances, but it might be a little too raw in terms of the finished product.
Definitely reminded me of some Michel Gondry/Charlie Kaufman/Spike Jonze shit but told from the POV of a POC..
Overall, I give it a + review. I will probably check for anything Boots puts out in theaters in the future.. He's definitely a better filmmaker than The RZA.