Movie Review: Office Space (1999)


Title: Office Space
Release Date: February 19, 1999
Director:Mike Judge
Production Company: Judgemental Films
Summary/Review:

The thing is, Bob, it’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care.

Office Space is a workplace comedy that satirizes the soul-sucking aspects of office jobs from the constant micromanaging to toxically positive co-workers to the least talented people (re: connected white men) failing up.  Rewatching this now in 2022 amid the media moral panic about so-called “quiet quitting,” this movie feels even more relevant than it did in the late 90s.

Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) is a depressed programmer at a tech company who decides to liberate himself by no longer working, with comic results.  He ultimately enacts a revenge plot on the company with his friends/co-workers Samir Nagheenanajar (Ajay Naidu) and Michael Bolton (David Herman).  In a side plot, he begins dating Joanna (Jennifer Aniston), who works an equally soul-sucking job as a waitress for a cheezy restaurant franchise. Gary Cole has a memorable role as Peter’s slimy, passive-aggressive boss Lumbergh, while Stephen Root plays the meek Milton who is the butt of many jokes.

The movie’s reputation is built on its first half, maybe 2/3’s but falls flat toward the end (really everything after they destroy the printer).  And there’s a lot of homophobic language which is off-putting even if its accurate for a tech workplace.  But other than that there are good reasons why this movie remains relatable, and memeable, over two decades later.

Rating: ***1/2

Album of the Week: Natural Brown Prom Queen by Sudan Archives


Album: Natural Brown Prom Queen
Artist: Sudan Archives
Release Date: September 9, 2022
Label: Stones Throw Records
Favorite Tracks:

  • Home Maker
  • Selfish Soul
  • ChevyS10
  • Yellow Brick Road

Thoughts: I’m naturally inclined to review anything by an artist with “archives” in their name (there are a surprising number of them).  Sudan Archives is actually the stage name for Los Angeles-based American violinist, singer, and songwriter Brittney Denise Parks. Incorporating dance music loops, R&B, hip hop, and Western African rhythms among other things, this album is full of energetic and creative tracks. Parks revealed her goals for the album to The Guardian: ““My stage name is kind of academic and on Athena, I created this thoughtful persona centred on divine Black femininity. Now I want to show my looseness, too. I’m a deep, insightful person, but I’m also fucking silly.”  I think she succeeds.
Rating: ***1/2

 

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Song of the Week: “Quien te llamo?” by mediopicky


mediopicky – “Quien te llamo?”

Dominican-based artist mediopicky (stage name for Pablo Alcántara) mixes tropical beats, hip hop samples, and heavy metal riffs on this totally original dance track..

 

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