‘Sorry To Bother You’ And The Overseas Distribution Dilemma


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Whitlock: So I know we kind of talked about this a couple of weeks ago, but in between all of my summer travel and crazy day job transition I got to see two movies that focus on the stories and lives of non-white protagonists – Sorry To Bother You and Crazy Rich Asians. They’re wildly different in scope, tone, and focus, but I thought it was really satisfying to see these perspectives told on screen in a way that said “Hey, we have interesting stories to tell that are worth your $16.50 [well, those are average NYC ticket prices]. I think you get CRA across the pond sometime this autumn, but not really sure when you’ll get to see Sorry To Bother You…any release dates for you yet?

Pope: They wised up and bumped CRA up to September (it comes out today), but Sorry to Bother You has had some difficulties. But the breaking news is… (drum roll) it looks as though Universal has picked it up in the UK for distribution later this month:

That’s a big relief, because as recently as last month Riley was stressing the difficulties he was facing:

Now, there was some talk that Black Panther would help put an end to that attitude. Was that naive?

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Spidey and X-Men and F4, Oh My: What’s Next for the MCU

This post is really just an excuse to post photos of Chris Evans.

I’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn’t seen at least one film in the current Marvel Cinematic Universe (well, I know one person who has stalwartly refused to watch any of the movies, and even he uses the Captain America “I understood that reference” with ironic aplomb).

The Marvel Cinematic Universe — or MCU, a place where the women run in wedge boots and roundhouse kick in high heels — has become the Paul Lynde in the Hollywood Squares of pop culture since 2008, when Marvel Studios put out a movie about a second-tier-Silver Age-of-Comics industrialist playboy whose companies sells arms (in THAT recession, during THAT war).

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A Programming Note


Hi – Whitlock half of ‘Whitlock & Pope’ here. It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything, so here’s a little ditty about how life got in the way and how I’m trying to get back into the action.

Pope and I started this in January 2014 after a few years of friendship, a couple of cross-pond trips (I’m the New Yorker, Pope is the Londoner) and several million movie quotes and offhand reviews passed between the two of us. And, like most friend interests, our film tastes form a Venn Diagram in which we both agreed on fundamental ideas of film (Michael Bay is a hack), while each having our separate pools of knowledge (Pope can lead you into the deep end of independent film, and I like to archive of Classic Hollywood films in my head). Based on our combined scope of knowledge, enthusiasm, and love of film, our goal was to put our thoughts and questions out there to be active voices in a community of film nerds and aficionados.

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