Advent Day 13: Blackkklansman

This movie snuck on to my list just this past weekend. I don’t know why there hasn’t been much chatter about its Golden Globe nominations; I don’t really care. This is the movie that America needed in 2018.

Sadly.

I mean, it’s a great movie on its own merits. It has some wonderfully comedic moments. But it also offers an all-too-real look at ongoing racial discrimination in the U.S. and it doesn’t shy away from spelling out what people thought or how people were treated. There are moments that make you laugh out loud, and other moments that make your skin crawl. Neither is overdone. It’s a great exploration of what it means to be an American, what it means to be a black American.

The ending is both fitting, poignant and tragic. It isn’t a spoiler in any respect, because it’s all real footage that brings things right up to recent events, when Heather Heyer was murdered at a protest in Virginia in 2017.

What a great movie. How frustrating, sad, entertaining and uniting all at the same time.

 

 

Advent Day 14: Dark

Advent Day 15: Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown

Advent Day 16: Terror is Our Business: Dana Roberts’ Casebook of Horror

Advent Day 17: Freeze-Frame Revolution

Advent Day 18: Haunting of Hill House

Advent Day 19: Wind River

Advent Day 20: Letterkenny

Advent Day 21: Black Mirror

Advent Day 22: The Oddling Prince

Advent Day 23: The Americans

Advent Day 24: Fight Fascism

Advent Day 25: Bodyguard

Advent Day 26: Baskets

Advent Day 27: Literature

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Advent Day 19: Wind River

 

Wind River isn’t a complicated story. An Indigenous girl is murdered on a Reserve, and as is so common with the rest of the U.S. when it comes to Indigenous people, almost nobody cares. Add in a tracker who is struggling with his own grief and some incredible performances and you have a gut-wrenching story that looks at love, loss, justice and what connects us all, in spite of skin color or zip code.

There’s a scene in this movie that left me a complete emotional wreck. That’s how powerful the performances are.

Brilliant. Must watch. And must watch again.

Advent Day 20: Letterkenny

Advent Day 21: Black Mirror

Advent Day 22: The Oddling Prince

Advent Day 23: The Americans

Advent Day 24: Fight Fascism

Advent Day 25: Bodyguard

Advent Day 26: Baskets

Advent Day 27: Literature