What the fuck.
I love David Cronenberg. For the majority of my film-obsessive life I have considered him the best director to ever live -- his past few years compared to the Coens' past few years have leaned me on their side of things since then, but I still consider him my runner-up. Of his films that I've seen, which is most of them, the closest I could come to saying I disliked one was A Dangerous Method, which I…
There aren't a lot of prison movies out there, especially these days, and there are even fewer good ones but it's a subgenre that I take a particular shine to so when one comes along that I can fully embrace, I am more than happy to take the plunge. Such is the case with David Mackenzie's Starred Up, a brutal and explosive journey into the world of Eric Love, a violent teenager so dangerous he's transferred to the adult prison…
So to recap the first five minutes of Lee Daniels’ Lee Daniels’ The Butler:
- Forest Whitaker is sitting in the White House.
- He stares into the horizon, even though he’s inside.
- Cut to an image of two men hanging.
- Fade in Martin Luther King Jr. quote next to them.
- Cut back to Forest Whitaker staring into the horizon for a second.
- Cut to his childhood, working on a cotton farm with his parents.