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Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You

Left: Boots Riley with Sherin / Top right: Lakeith Stanfield (photo: Peter Prato/Annapurna 
Pictures) / Lower right: Sorry to Bother You cast (photo: Pete Lee/Annapurna Pictures)

Sorry to Bother Youbut there’s a new movie you need to see. This satirical, deeply mindblowing story has so many layers we’re still thinking about it days after leaving the screening. Sherin sat down in the Chat Lounge with Sorry to Bother You’s creator, Boots Riley, to discuss what went into making this film, his influences, and telling stories that matter without leaning on tropes. Listen up ’cause Boots has a whole lotta wisdom to drop—not only is he one to watch, he’s one to listen to.

Then Sherin is joined by Julian Lytle from the Ignorant Bliss podcast to take Sorry to Bother You to the Oscars: They break down the actors, the writing, the directing, the art, the references, and why it’s an important piece of filmmaking. Y’all, this movie is so damn meta it goes full on ninja turtle and jumps the kraken on jet-skis (you have to listen to understand). 

 Sorry to Bother You is in select theaters now & out everywhere July 13th—get into it (and get into our review).

Tune in to Geek Girl Riot on idobi Radio every Tuesday at 11pm ET / 8pm PT for your dose of late-night geekery from our team of rioters. Til next time, keep scrolling for the list of everything Boots, Sherin, and Julian talked about below:


The Walking Dead
Lethal Weapon
Watermelon Man
Bong Joon-ho
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Spike Lee
The City of Lost Children
Ralph Bakshi
Melvin Van Peebles
Dave Eggers
Oliver Stone
Boyz n the Hood
John Singleton
The Hughes Brothers
F. Gary Gray
Kasi Lemmons
Julie Dash
Jordan Peele
Donald Glover
Never Let Me Go
Michael Ondaatje
Song of SolomonToni Morrison
One Hundred Years of SolitudeGabriel García Márquez
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?


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