Best movies of the week

Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson as Cash and Detroit in Sorry to Bother You

movie of the week

Sorry to bother you, 12 May, BBC3, 11.35pm

Roar out of traps like flowing hits Severance and Dear White People crossed with Johnathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels – If you know your Houyhnms from your Brobdingagians, you’ll get the reference when you see them – This first feature from rapper-turned-putts director Riley is a hit Big at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018 and it’s as thought provoking as it is super funny. It’s also strange.

Best described as a surreal black science fiction comedy, it criticizes both race and capitalism and comes complete with a soundtrack by Lo-fi indie-dance singer Merrill Garbus, also known as Tune-Yards, as Riley is a native of Oakland, California. And check out the cast: Besides stars Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson, you’ll see Danny Glover and former NFL star-turned-activist Terry Crews, and you’ll hear the voices of Forrest Whitaker, Rosario Dawson and Lily James.

Yes, that’s Lily James.

Stanfield is Cassius Green, better known to everyone as Cash, who lives in the garage of an Oakland home that his uncle Sergio (crew) rented in turn. We don’t know it’s a garage until the automatic door opens because Cash is in bed with his artist girlfriend Detroit (Thompson). It’s just one of many neat visual gags.

Four months after paying his rent, Cash goes to get a job at the same telemarketing company that his friend Sal (Jermaine Fowler) already works for. It’s called Regal View, and to his surprise, it’s set. On his first day, old Langston (Glover) tells him to try to use what he calls his “white voice” when calling potential clients. Cash tries it out (endowed David Cross provides lip-sync vocals) and finds his “white voice” so effective that while Sal and fellow Squeeze (Stephen Yeon) work to unite Regal View’s workforce in an effort to make money virtually he is promoted to the Power Caller floor located in the building. There he finds himself selling cheap labor on a large scale to clients like Worry Free, an exploitative, multinational film directed by Coke CEO Steve Levitt (Armie Hammer, in one of the last films he made before he got involved in sex abuse allegations). Meanwhile, Detroit has joined the Left Eye faction, a kind of black bloc activist group who draw a black line under their left eye and spray graffiti on the walls.

When Cash is invited to meet Lyft and attend a party at his house, things take a real turn for the weird, leading to a stunning finale.

And the best of the rest…

Saturday 7 May

David Copperfield’s Personal History, Channel 4, 9.15pm

Writer and director Armando Iannucci realizes high expectations with his crazy performance of the indomitable literary hero of Charles Dickens. David Copperfield’s personal history impressively summarizes the mid-19th century series and novel focusing on fictional and colorful characters. A galaxy of stars is shining in the British acting skies in small but well-formed roles, including the joyfully mad Tilda Swinton as Betsy Trotwood and Peter Capaldi as the lovable Mr. Micawber. The setting may be pungent Victorian but the tone is unmistakably modern from the narration of Knowing the Hero to the wink-and-blink flashes of a guiding brio that bookmark every chapter. Dev Patel plays the lovable comic amidst the madness, who slowly learns at the whims of his comrades.

Sunday May 8

The Hurt Locker, BBC Two, 10pm

Nervous people must pull off a tour of duty with Oscar-winning Kathryn Bigelow’s thrilling war drama. Hurt Locker is a major class in the ongoing tension as a three-man bomb disposal squad attached to the US Army risks life and severed limbs to defuse roadside explosives (IEDs). First Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner) is the new kid on the line for Bravo, taking charge of Sergeant JT. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) on the streets of Baghdad, but his spirited and fatalistic approach to the job creates friction with his subordinates. Mackie and Geraghty are compelling as voices of experience and vitality, and there are pivotal roles for Guy Pearce and Ralph Fiennes as men caught in the crossfire.

Monday May 9

Anastasia, movie 4, 11 a.m.

This 1956 Academy Award-winning drama was inspired by the story of Anna Anderson, a woman who claims to be Anastasia Romanov, the daughter of the ill-fated Russian czar. After rumors spread that the then-teenage princess was the only member of the family to survive the massacre of 1917, an opportunistic Russian businessman in 1920s Paris saw an opportunity to make some money by giving away an amnesiac character (Ingrid Bergman) as the queen royal. . But is there a possibility that he somehow found the original article? Anastasia was the Hollywood comeback for Ingrid Bergman after her scandalous affair with Italian director Roberto Rossellini and it’s clear why she won an Oscar for the role. The impressive supporting cast includes Yul Brynner and Helen Hayes.

Tuesday 10 May

The Man Who Knew Infinity, BBC Two, 11.15pm

Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) is a 25-year-old shipping clerk set in 1914 in Madras, dreaming of formulas he scribbles with chalk on temple floors. With the blessing of his employer Sir Francis Spring (Stephen Fry), Ramanujan says goodbye to his new wife (Divica Behes) in tears and travels to Trinity College, Cambridge, to nurture his talent under the esteemed academic J.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons). Adapted from Robert Canigl’s 1991 autobiography, The Man Who Knew Infinity is a handsome dramatic representation of a real-life Indian mathematician who came to England to share his passion for numbers. Patel and Irons are a fun double act – youthful exuberance collides with the stiff restraint at the top of the lips.

Wednesday May 11

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Movie 4, 1.50 p.m.

Newly qualified attorney Ransom Stoddard (James Stewart) attempts to bring order to the western town of Shinbon, but gunslinger Liberty Vallance (Lee Marvin) isn’t about to obsess over his imaginative, written ways. Rancher Tom Donivon (John Wayne) tells Stoddard that more brutal methods are needed if he is to bring the criminal to justice and earn the respect of the locals. Director John Ford and Wayne delivered some of the greatest Westerns of all time, and this relatively late entry into their filmography is one of the best. In addition to being gripping, it has a real pathos vibe. He also gave us one of the genre’s most quoted lines: “When the legend becomes reality, print the legend.”

Thursday 12 May

Raising a Child, BBC Four, 9pm

Paleontologist Dr. David Huxley (Cary Grant) is commanded to look back at life in confusion when he meets mad heiress Susan Vance (Katherine Hepburn) and her pet tiger, Baby. Before he knows what’s going on, David finds himself escorting the dangerous duo to the house of a wealthy Aunt Susan, which is a little uncomfortable, since he’s supposed to marry his tough-ass assistant–and impresses a museum’s benefactor. Despite its ups and downs at the box office upon release (what were audiences thinking in 1938?) Raising a Child is considered one of the best comedies of all time. Grant and Hepburn are simply brilliant, legendary director Howard Hawks handles comedy beautifully, and the supporting cast is filled with great actors.

Friday May 13

Before I go to bed, BBC One, 11.35pm

After a car accident, 47-year-old Kristen Lucas (Nicole Kidman) was diagnosed with advanced amnesia. Every morning, she wakes up in a strange bed next to a man she doesn’t know and sneaks into the adjacent bathroom as a series of pictures on the wall begin to fill in the blanks, telling her the man is her husband Ben (Colin). Firth). Kristen then receives a mysterious phone call from a person named Doctor Nash (Mark Strong), who instructs her to look in the wardrobe, where she finds a video diary that casts doubt on the facts that support her fragile existence. Based on SJ Watson’s bestselling novel, Before I Go To Bed, is a witty thriller, which fuels us with flashy memories, hampering our judgment of the characters as they spin around Kristen, out of love.

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