Janelle Monáe performs in the music video "Make Me Feel" from the album "Dirty Computer" recorded for Wondaland and Atlantic Records. The music video begins with Janelle Monáe at a night ... See full summary »
South Dakota portrays two dramatic stories about unplanned pregnancies: Barb is a real life "Juno" in South Dakota - a fourteen old high school track star and cheerleader in love with her ... See full summary »
Based in Atlanta, Earn and his cousin Alfred try to make their way in the world through the rap scene. Along the way they come face to face with social and economic issues touching on race, relationships, poverty, status, and parenthood.
Brian Tyree Henry,
A social satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where controversy breaks out over a popular but offensive black-face party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in acutely-not-post-racial America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world.Written by
Sam's essay about racism in the film Gremlins is a reference to Patricia A Turner's book "Ceramic Uncles and Celluloid Mammies". The book analyses depictions of blacks in American culture, and the film Gremlins is analyzed. See more »
When Sam is in the dining hall and chastises Kurt for eating in their dining hall - just before she stands up; she closes her Macbook twice. See more »
[Gabe and Sam are locked in Sam's room arguing]
I'm sorry if I can't be your Nubian Prince on my black horse ready to take you back to fucking Zamunda.
That's not a real African country.
Can I at least get a little credit for a solid 'Coming to America' reference? This isn't you Sam.
No? And who am I?
You're this girl...
Who likes to argue with me about *every fucking thing.* And I hate it because we both know you're smarter than me. Your favorite director is Bergman. But you tell ...
[...] See more »
The end credits include photographs of the real-life blackface (and brownface) college parties that inspired the film's climax. See more »
I am glad that this film addresses the important issue of racism on college campuses, and I have no disagreement with its political or social justice messages. Any sincere attempt by a filmmaker to make these experiences visible to the broader public is a good thing.
As a white educator who actually attended and later taught at top- tier colleges, I had been looking forward to experiencing a new sharp creative critique of American racism on college campuses as promised by the film's trailer.
This film utterly failed in its attempts to entertain or provoke. It did not provide me even with the typical pleasures of cinema, let alone fresh insight into its subject. It was little more than a leaden slow-moving soap opera with a contrived plot, oddly dressed characters and unconvincing dialogue. In my experience of elite campuses, it is the rare Ivy student (of any race) who routinely dresses like a junior business executive and uses this sort of pretentious speech pattern. Watching this film was like watching a Western in which all the characters had British accents and wore kimonos.
For readers who seek moving and insightful films on racism, I highly recommend Spike Lee "joints" which provide viewers with superior entertainment, dialogue, characters, plot, provocation and insight.
33 of 62 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this