Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey
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Richard Ayoade and Jonathan Ross endorse Graham Linehan memoir about being 'cancelled' ". The Independent. 15 September 2023 . Retrieved 17 September 2023. here, the film seems to ask whether ‘going places’ is the same as ‘going to a place’. The first is a perpetual cycle. Sisyphus is going places, it’s just that the route is quite up and down.” An era has passed, as all eras must. What is left to say, except the answer to the question, ‘What do you call Gloria Estefan vomiting in a taxi?’
Ford, Rebecca (20 May 2017). "Cannes: Robert Pattinson to Star in Two-Part Film 'The Souvenir' ". The Hollywood Reporter . Retrieved 7 March 2018.For those who, like me, wondered if this was coming a little too early in the career of Richard Ayoade, rest assured – this is a spoof of those grandiloquent career-spanning interview books. It's a very competent spoof, too – one showing that he can put pen to paper and come up with something clever enough, enjoyable and witty and at times sprightly, and very well sustained. Unfortunate, then, that he has sustained mediocrity too far. In an episode of The Sacred podcast, Richard said he also gets his wife to read his projects before he signs up. Jones, Ellen E. (30 March 2015). "Travel Man, Channel 4 – TV review". The Independent . Retrieved 16 June 2016.
Chang, Justin (10 September 2013). "Toronto Film Review: 'The Double' ". Variety . Retrieved 6 March 2018. But I’m not interested in Ayoade’s life for half-hearted context or as a way to help him sell his work: I think there’s genuine intrigue. He was brought up in Ipswich, by a Nigerian father and Norwegian mother. He went to Cambridge where he studied law and joined the revered student comedy society Footlights. Being one of its few non-white stars and experiencing comedy success at such a young age all seems fruitful personal history from which to draw on in his work. But he remains distrustful of such biographical inquiries.We continue in this combative vein for a while. At one point he says, “It’s hard to read [Nigerian playwright] Wole Soyinka without any knowledge of Yoruba culture, but it shouldn’t be something you can’t enjoy without a reading list,” and then trails off, realising he might have pushed the deflection too far. “That doesn’t feel like it’s going to be the pull quote, does it?”