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  • Rififi

    Rififi

    ★★★★½

    As of late, I’ve found myself struggling with the classics. Not that I think they’re bad films, but because of the out-of-date depictions of misogyny and racism. With film-noir and westerns being two of my favorite genres, those two things come into play quite frequently.

    In the case of Rififi, save for one scene, I wouldn’t have had a pause. But the scene depicts a woman being forced to remove her clothes against her will in a demeaning way. That…

  • Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

    Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

    ★★★★½

    Soo many things I never thought twice about that I now know are problematic depictions of the black community.

    The more I find out, the more I feel like I was a bigot by ignorance.

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  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ½

    Taken as it is, I’d say it’s like 3-3.5 stars. But films aren’t created in a vacuum, especially not when they’re “based on a true story”.

    Boots Riley (director of “Sorry to Bother You”, vocalist for The Coup) pointed out so eloquently that the real Ron Stallworth was a p.o.s., hardly a single thing in the movie is accurate, and the investigation into white supremacist groups actually stifled black revolutionary groups, not the Klan.

    Considering the volatility of police/race relations in the wake of Black Lives Matter, I’d think it shameful for Spike Lee to be involved in such a troubling film.

  • Lovesong

    Lovesong

    ★★★★★

    Trying to review this film is doing it an injustice. It's tender, it's real, it's gut-wrenching, it's heartbreaking, it's maddening, it's sad, it's happy... it's love.

    After drying the tears from my eyes, I came to a realization. Riley Keough just went from a name I recognized to having one of the best performances I've ever seen.

    Watch this film.


    EDIT: I want to see more of these characters. I would be overjoyed if everyone involved was on board for revisiting them "Before Sunset/Midnight" style.


    Also, new man crush: Cary Fukunaga.