Detroit REVIEW (2017)
In 1967, race riots wrecked Detroit. In the midst of the turmoil, a vicious face-off took place in the Algiers Hotel. This the story of the people in that hotel, both police and innocent bystanders.
Kathryn Bigelow pummels us with unrelenting conviction and suffocating tension. Out of about 40 movies I've seen so-far this year, Detroit has, by far, had the most profound impact on me. It's an unrelenting experience. Punishingly visceral. As the story keeps unfolding, you feel like America has vomited on your soul. It doesn't help that race relations are still hideous, especially now that we have a Nazi sympathizer in the fucking White House.
Bigelow's frenetic direction is reminiscent of Paul Greengrass, masterfully enhancing the tension while not compromising the images to sloppy confusion.
The acting is tremendous. Algee Smith and Will Poulter are particular standouts. Poulter is skin-crawlingly vile while Smith can completely communicate a broken soul with one glare.
Many have complained that the last act, the courtroom hearing, diffuses the tension of the hotel standoff. I say total bull to that. Detroit follows through with it's characters and it's tragic story by showing us the full-extent that our government let us down. And no, the film isn't against white people. Anybody who says that either didn't see the movie or is delusional. Detroit depicts all shades of police, the sadistic and compassionate. Yes, ultimately, white people don't come out looking great, but we sure as hell deserve it. As far as essential race films go, Detroit is 2017s "13th." CONS
Many have rightfully pointed out how strange it is for a film called Detroit to focus mostly on the hotel scenario, not the city-wide turmoil. One could argue the Algiers Hotel is the defining moment of the riot, but it would make more sense to call it something else (ie, Algiers). But hey, I don't judge a film by its title.
Near the end of the second act, one character makes a decision that goes against his previously established character.
And I'm not sure if the opening credits fit the tone or grit of the actual film.
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I hate school so much. Elementary school was so easy and middle and high school have been awful. Why couldn't elementary school go on for 12 years instead of 5 :(
#qotd : would you rather go forward in time or back and how many years?
#aotd : forward 7-10 years :)
I am not the actor who’s going to feed you the grace that you want. Sorry, the way I was raised, if anyone comes talking nonsense I’m going to shut them down. You have to fight fire with fire sometimes. So transfer that “grace and dignity” to someone else. I’m not your role model.
@johnboyegaofficial #johnboyega reminds me of young #sidneypoitier - he reflects the exact feelings of millions of us this past week - resilient yet nauseating, pragmatic yet helpless, conciliatory yet angry. #kathrynbigelow#detroit is brilliant but the white equity is far too induced (albeit for the commerce of cinema) to miss!
The Circle (2017)
The Circle asks many questions, but provides few answers. This itself is not a bad thing. Where #thecircle drops the ball is a lack of follow-through. Concepts are introduced, paid lip service and then dropped or barely developed. Key relationships are cast aside in favor of relentless plotting. A shame because on the surface, the film has of goid going for it. The cast is uniformly excellent; Emma Watson, who could be just another big starlet post-Hermione, continues to pick interesting - if flawed - films to hone her craft. John Boyega is good but woefully underutilized - a black man developed an incredible social media platform and you somehow don't care?! The real win is Tom Hanks, who brings his incredible charm to a sinister role. Everything his Bailey says is terrifying, but since it's Hanks, it's awesome! Brilliant casting ghere. The film works best when it's incorporating the digital elements onto the screen, blending realities. The mundane, non-connected stuff is neutral at best - or making you go for your own phone at worst!
What does privacy mean now? What are the limits of corporations? Of technology? What is the balance? What is the value of secrets? The Circle, based on the book by and adapted by Dave Eggars, is lofty in its ideals, but too pedestrian in its execution. The ending will leave everyone unsatisfied. What did she pick? Oh, almost nothing at all. At least, it will provoke conversations afterwards.
John Boyega Reveals ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Celebrity Cameos.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as Boyega reveals a few hugely famous people who may or may not have cameos in the film.
Rumors have swirled that Prince Harry and Prince William have some sort of cameo in the movie, and in speaking with BBC Radio4 (via ScreenDaily), Boyega revealed the UK royals were indeed on set, as was another very handsome face:
“I think they took that scene out”, he deadpanned. “I’ve had enough with those secrets,” he laughed. “They came on set. They were there. I’m sick of hiding it. I think it was leaked, anyway. There were images. Every time I get asked, I have to dodge it. I’m tired of dodging it. They were there. Tom Hardywas there too.”