The Hate U Give: Film Review

The Hate U Give is a film based on the bestselling novel by Angie Thomas. The film first premiered in October 2018 and grossed $29.7 million in the United States and Canada. It is about a black teenager named, Starr Carter, who is code switcher travelling between two worlds — the black ghetto streets where she lives and the preppy white school that she attends. The balance between the worlds is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Starr faces pressure from both communities: to find her voice and stand up for what’s right or to let it go and act like it didn’t happen and won’t happen again.

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BlacKKKlansman: The Film Review

It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Through his determination to make a name for himself, Stallworth sets out on a dangerous mission: to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). The young detective convinces a colleague, Flip Zimmerman (played by Adam Driver), into joining him on the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group. Check out the film trailer below: 

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Politics: Trump’s First 100 Days

In today’s society the media has a bigger influence than almost any other time in history considering our technological advances like social media, digital and print news articles, and various blog sites like my own and others that post their opinions about what’s happening in the world. With that in mind, our current President Donald J. Trump (and no the ‘J’ doesn’t stand for “Jackass”) has a habit of calling the news fake when he doesn’t approve or agree with the reality that is the good ol’ U.S. Anyway, his handle on the presidency role isn’t going well from a leadership perspective between the comments he makes on twitter, the way he talks about issues during speeches, his tone, his hand gestures, and even his overall attitude. How can we be so accepting of such an idiot? Well, it happens and not everyone thinks he’s an idiot. Although some may beg to differ. Check out this clip from The Simpsons that illustrates a satirical overview of Trump’s First 100 Days in Office.

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Is There Truly “A Cure for Wellness”?

In February of 2017, a movie titled, A Cure for Wellness was released to theaters in the USA. I saw the trailer for this film during the Summer of 2016 and was immediately intrigued. The story follows a Wall Street stockbroker (played by Dane DeHaan) who travels to a remote location in the Swiss Alps to retrieve his company’s CEO (played by Harry Groener) from an idyllic but mysterious wellness center. The stockbroker soon suspects that the miraculous treatments are not what they seem. His sanity is being tested as he unravels the spa’s terrifying secrets and finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all of the guests there longing for a cure.

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Beauty and The Beast: Don’t Judge a Book By Its’ Cover

Beauty and the Beast  was originally a 1991 animated musical romantic fantasy film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was the 30th Disney animated feature film and the third released during the Disney Renaissance period (1989-1999), where films were created as adaptations of well known stories from around the world. Beauty & The Beast takes place in a comfortable village in France, called Villeneuve, outside of the woods near a castle owned by a prince who is magically transformed into a monster as punishment for his arrogance towards an enchantress seeking shelter from a storm. A beautiful young woman named Belle resides in the village and when her father goes missing, she sends out on a journey to find him. However, her journey leads her to the prince’s castle. This ferocious beast has imprisoned her father and plans to keep him locked away. Until Belle decides to exchange her life for her fathers and becomes prisoner to the beast. The beast agrees to it because in order for him to break the curse bestowed upon him and become a prince again, he must find someone who can love him for what’s on the inside before the last petal on the enchanted rose falls off.

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Hidden Figures: The Women who Showed Us All

The film, Hidden Figures, tells a tale of an overlooked team of African-American women who worked for the NASA program during its’ early years in the 1960’s. It’s a story of brilliance, struggle, and willpower to overcome the norms and standards in society through changing the way people look at women of color in science and technology fields. This film highlights major historic events such as frustrations and progressively changing attitudes towards segregation, as well as, John Glenn’s successful orbit of the Earth based on the contributions of three engineers: Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (played by Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (played by Janelle Monae). Watch the trailer below to check out this $220.2M Box Office hit released in January 2017.

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Colonization & the Development of Technology

Out of all the movies ever made, there are four that I decided to compare and contrast as references to history and the future of the development of technology as it relates to colonization of countries and states. These four movies (Avatar, Her, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and WALL-E) came out at difference points in technological advancement and they display the continuing evolution of human beings and the digital world.

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Do the Right Thing: Art & Culture

Spike Lee’s film, Do the Right Thing, depicts racial tensions on the hottest day of the summer in the Bedford-Stuyvesant side of Brooklyn, NY. The film ends with the killing of a black man by the police and a riot, which destroys a local establishment. It is important to note that the films portrayal of African-Americans, racism and violence are illustrated in an artistic manner to display culture and history. I am inviting you all to explore issues raised by this film with me as I go through some of the most iconic scenes.

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Beloved: The Mother, The Daughter, & The Unholy Spirit

Beloved is a 1987 novel written by Toni Morrison. The novel was transformed into a film directed by Jonathan Demme. The original film release date in America was on October 16, 1998. Both narrative forms of Beloved are set after the American Civil War, as the inspirational story of an African-American slave, Sethe, who escaped slavery in Kentucky in 1856 by fleeing to Ohio, a free state.

Sethe lives in Cincinnati with her daughter, Denver, and her mother-in-law, Baby Suggs. She’s been outcast from her community because she killed one of her own children to keep the child away from slave catchers.

Time passes. Baby Suggs dies. Denver is now all alone after her two brothers leave because of the ghost haunting their house and their mother, Sethe, not doing anything about it. The house they live in, 124 Bluestone, is not visited by any one for this reason.

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No Country for Old Men: The Coin Toss

In No Country for Old Men, one of the most memorable quotes is “What’s the most you ever lost in a coin toss?” This is a short rhymed sentence spoken by Anton Chigurh; and he says it to a Texaco worker. By this point in the film we notice that Anton has a way with changing the direction of others lives when he crosses their path, whether it be killing them or letting them live.

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Memento: The Unreliable Narrator

What if I told you a story about how my significant other was striped of their dignity and respect through unwarranted sexual activity committed by complete strangers and was murdered by those same individuals? Crazy story right? Then I tell you about how I have short term memory loss but it’s not amnesia and I’m on a hunt for these killers, seeking vengeance for my wife and I tattoo the clues to my body so I don’t forget? To add more madness to this storytelling method, I tell it to you backwards with completely confusing details here and there and all sorts of broken links between information that are eventually resolved and explained to you, yet you’re still puzzled after the story is over… Oh, and did I mention I take Polaroid pictures of everything along with writing notes on them and I tattoo my body with random facts or clues that I think are important? I guess not. I forgot that detail… See… Now, how would you feel about me as a narrator?

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