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Media Update 2/21/19

February 21, 2019


I really need to see more Spike Lee movies. His movies are controversial but always have a powerful message and I have appreciated what I have seen so far. This may just be his most commercially accessible movie dealing with the true story of cops who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. At a time when law enforcement was focused on the Black Panthers, the Ku Klux Klan’s recruitment was seeing new surges. Organizations like that never truly go away because the hate and ignorance never go away. The movie also explores how groups like this are able to infiltrate law enforcement, the media, and other positions of power in order to further their agenda. Some of that is weeded out but the roots remain and the poisonous plants eventually grow back. The movie also explores the Black Panthers, the Black Power movement, and various leaders (such as Kwame Ture) in the black community and the ongoing civil rights movement. John David Washington was great as a rookie black officer (the first in Colorado Springs) who is discovering the Black Power movement for the first time. He outsmarts the KKK at every turn. Adam Driver plays his partner, a Jewish undercover cop who acts as Washington’s avatar in the KKK. Laura Harrier is fun as a hardline Black Power activist who helps to educate Washington’s character. Topher Grace plays David Duke perfectly, so sure of himself yet falling on the sword of his own arrogance but still suffering no consequences. I definitely recommend this movie.

Bohemian Rhapsody

I have been a fan of Queen basically since I was in diapers which was about the midpoint in the original line-up’s run. Queen is one of those bands that has something for everybody. They were so innovative that most people can find at least one of their songs that they like. The band had a frontman in the extremely popular but wildly controversial Freddie Mercury. However, the other members Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor all had equal parts in the success of the band. The reason why they had so many songs with different sounds is that all four members wrote songs and brought them to the group. This movie explores that story. The story of their rise, their falling out, and their return. It also focuses on the life and struggles of Freddie Mercury. Rami Malek played Mercury beautifully, showing him as a complicated man with complicated issues. For the most part, the movie is a lot of fun and pretty inspiring. However, the movie comes out as kind of biased. It glosses over a lot of Freddie’s life and suppresses his homosexuality a bit. It also inaccurately hangs a lot of the band’s problems on the two people who can no longer tell their side of the story, Mercury and his ex-lover Paul Prenter. They also massage the facts to make Mercury look worse than he was in real life. This is really unfortunate and I hope one day a better movie will be made about Freddie Mercury. However, this movie was still great and I had a lot of fun with it. I still recommend it.

The Favourite

This movie kind of threw me a bit. The movie is a bit of historical fiction set during the days of Queen Anne’s rule over England (in the early 1700s). She is played by Olivia Colman in a very honest way that is very un-glamorous yet very endearing. She is in the middle of a lesbian relationship with Rachel Weisz’ character Lady Sarah, allowing Sarah to control England through their relationship. When Sarah’s cousin Abigail (Emma Stone) appears at court, it becomes a battle of psychology, sexuality, and power dynamics between the two of them. The strength of the movie comes from scenes between Colman, Weisz, and Stone with so much dialogue that has hidden meanings and subtext. At first, I did not think I really cared for the movie. The pacing is a bit slow and the dialogue is a bit formal. However, two days later I realized that I remembered the entire plot and I began to appreciate the movie better. While there is no evidence that any of what happened in the movie actually occurred, it is really just a good setting for the particular power dynamics on display. Also, it is a good reason to break out all of the beautiful period dress and elaborate make-up and hairstyles. The movie is a bit strange but it is also pretty interesting. I recommend it with the caveats that I discussed above.


Music of the Week:
ELUVEITIE – Ategnatos

OOMPH! – Im Namen Des Vaters

Lizzo – Cuz I Love You

Snow Tha Product – Gaslight

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Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Award Season Catch Up 2019”
– I finished The Magicians Season 3
– I finished The Dragon Prince Season 1
– I finished Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
– I watched more Lucifer Season 3
– I watched more Fate/Apocrypha Season 2
– I watched more Carmen Sandiego Season 1
– I watched more Wynonna Earp Season 2
– I started watching The Punisher Season 2
– I watched more The Seven Deadly Sins Season 3
– I watched more Russian Doll Season 1

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