‘BlacKkKlansman’ Is The Wake Up Call We Need

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Anthony Peyton

BlacKkKlansman tells the true story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the first African American to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Shortly after joining the department, Stallworth decides to go undercover and infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.

While Stallworth connects with the KKK members over the phone, white police officer Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) interacts with them in person. Together they are able to gather valuable intel on the KKK and anticipate some of their attacks.

This movie does an excellent job at showing the ugly truth of the hate that is just as present in America today as it was in the early 70’s when this story took place. It makes you uncomfortable and angry, especially with all its reminders that this kind of hate is still heavily prevalent today.

The film definitely does not shy away from its fair share of references to Trump. One such reference is when the Grand Wizard of the KKK, David Duke (Topher Grace), says to Stallworth that we need someone in office who will help America achieve greatness again.

Being produced by the same team that made Get Out, I had high expectations for this film and I was not disappointed. Everything about it was superb and aided its message.

I was especially impressed by the acting in this film. These were all very heavy roles to play considering not only the fact that it was based on a true story, but also that the story surrounds such sensitive subject matter. But every single person in this film was brilliant, and you know they were doing a good job based on the fact that the film was so hard to watch at times.

Overall, BlacKkKlansman forces you to see the hate and racism that lies within America. It even ends by showing clips of the violent protests that took place in Charlottesville, VA exactly one year ago, killing 3 people and injuring many others. It also shows clips of Trump, and clips of the real David Duke still doing hateful talks to this day. These serve to remind us that even though the story the film tells took place in the early 70’s, it is just as relevant today as it was then.

My Rating: 91%

Acting: 3.7/4

Cinematography: 3.6/4

Story: 3.8/4

Enjoyability: 3.5/4


Film Forecast Friday: August 10th

On Friday August 10th we have…

1. The Meg

2. Black KkKlansman

3. Slender Man

4. Dog Days

Julia’s Prediction:

There aren’t any crazy big releases this week so it’s hard to say what will have the biggest impact on the box office.

The Meg seems kinda dumb and I’m not really sure how much people care about shark movies anymore, so it wouldn’t surprise me if it flopped. It does have some decently big names in it such as Rainn Wilson (The Office) and Ruby Rose (Orange Is The New Black) so maybe that could save it.

Black KkKlansman is arguably the best quality movie hitting theaters this weekend and after the rave reviews it’s been getting from critics I think it will do fairly well at the box office.

As for Slender Man, I think it might do okay considering the infamy of the legend behind it and the fact that there aren’t really any other horror films out to compete with it right now, as it is August, but not really expecting too much.

And Dog Days will probably do alright as a family film even though no one really asked for Valentine’s Day but with dogs.

Anthony’s Prediction:

I’m beyond interested in what this week is gonna bring. Specifically how awful The Meg is. It is absolutely garbage. Unfortunately, it will also do the best in the box office this weekend.

Next we have the much more interesting Slender Man which was severely under marketed. I am just curious what the future of 2018 will bring and especially what horrible horror movies are in the works.

Dog Days will also do well at the box office. It has an all star cast and DOGS. Who doesn’t love DOGS!

Last but not least we have BlackKkKlansman which actually looks pretty decent.

‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ Was Funnier than I Expected

By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Therese Gardner

If you’ve ever seen any Austin Powers film, then you would know that the spy genre and comedy works in the most magical of ways. But what we hardly ever see from this hybrid is a female duo. In the new film, The Spy Who Dumped Me, we get to see a funny and clumsy pair that seem to find danger everywhere they turn.

The film opens on Mila Kunis’ stuck-in-a-rut character Audrey celebrating a depressing birthday amidst a breakup with her boyfriend. Her best friend Morgan (Kate McKinnon) tries her very best to cheer up the friend who was dumped over text with a random, over the top song (being extra is what McKinnon does best). But while this is happening, we switch over to a foreign country to find that her now ex-boyfriend Drew (Justin Theroux) is being chased by random men, jumping between buildings, and then blowing them up. This is when we know that he is clearly a spy… and also a shitty boyfriend who breaks up over text.

As Audrey lives her now single life, she is confronted by CIA agents and they reveal to her that her ex-boyfriend is, indeed, a spy. Shaken by this, she goes to tell Morgan in which Drew surprisingly appears outside of her window. She confronts him about his double life and suddenly a shootout happens. He tells her to bring a package (a 2nd place Fantasy Football trophy) to a cafe in Vienna and that is where our spy adventure begins.

I won’t spoil the rest but I have to say that I didn’t expect the amount of death and gore that this film ended up having. Not a bad thing but definitely unexpected.

To be quite frank, I wasn’t falling for the film’s humor in the first 15 minutes but as it progressed I found it to be absolutely hilarious and further proves that McKinnon wasn’t the only comedian. Kunis has been delivering comedy since her career began on That 70’s Show and continued on with Family Guy, Friends with Benefits, Ted, and more recently Bad Moms. She obviously has a funny bone and a knack for making people laugh until it hurts but she never really gets the credit she deserves. It seemed like The Spy Who Dumped Me was mostly written to give McKinnon all of the comedic lines as she portrays the ‘funny friend’ but Kunis never lacks on her job to serve a punch of wit and humor.

All in all, The Spy Who Dumped Me had a fun action-packed plot and never failed to make me laugh, but it also gave me a reason to not discredit McKinnon for doing one bad movie (Rough Night).

My Rating: 78%

Acting: 3/4

Cinematography: 2.9/4

Story: 3.2/4

Enjoyability: 3.5/4

How to Be a Boss and Other Lessons We Learned from ‘The Devil Wears Prada’

By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Julia Wilson

Anna Wintour. Vogue. New York. High Fashion. This is the groundwork and inspiration for the 2006 hit The Devil Wears Prada.

The legendary Meryl Streep portrays Miranda Priestly, the frigid editor-in-chief of a fictional fashion magazine in New York. Sound familiar? Well, what isn’t familiar to us audiences and fashion lovers (although we wish it were) is the story of Andy (Anne Hathaway) and her grueling yet, eye-opening experience as Priestly’s personal assistant.

While many think that working in fashion is a heaven that includes free Louboutins, this film shows the realistic day to day life and its cutthroat mentality. Andy finds herself to be the black sheep at her work as she refuses to fit in with the fashionable, size 2 women around her. But she quickly realizes that in order to earn respect she must act and look the part.

It may be hard for the chick-flick shamers to admit or understand but this film has a deeper meaning than just “fashion week” and “designer bags” (even though I wouldn’t mind a movie about the history of The Birkin). The deeper meaning I’m talking about is simple: being at the top doesn’t always make you happy.

Andy was a journalism student who’d rather write about current affairs than current trends. But in order to get quick success, she chose the job that wasn’t a part of her own dream and even though she was in a higher paying job working with one of the most important people in fashion, she wasn’t happy. She also lost sight of who she was and distanced herself from the people who mattered.

But, there’s a bright side and another important lesson to be learned. While being a personal assistant, Andy became more confident, more articulate, and more knowledgeable on the industry. Miranda Priestly might’ve been stone-cold but she did her job and steamrolled through when it became stressful. She was powerful, intelligent, and no one could touch her. If that isn’t the definition of a boss woman then I don’t know what is.

The Devil Wears Prada taught us what it means to become a better, headstrong version of you while always staying true to yourself.

‘Christopher Robin’: Warm, Fuzzy, and Winnie the Pooh

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Julia Wilson

If there’s anything I’ve noticed about the movies this year, it’s the extreme lack of “feel good” movies. These are movies that have very minimal conflict and are primarily there for the purpose of making your heart happy.

Christopher Robin is absolutely that kind of movie. It only took three seconds into the movie before tears of pure joy began to form in my eyes. I’m sure that was the intention of the writers, too.

The movie itself is about the little folks of the hundred acre wood and their developing relationship with Christopher Robin as he grows older. The opening scene shows Robin, Winnie the Pooh, Owl, Eeyore, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, and Roo all having a dinner party saying ‘fairwell’ – as they spell it in the movie – to Robin.

What’s tragic about this is that it’s not Robin going on vacation or anything like that, it’s much sadder. It’s all of his friends saying goodbye because they know Robin has grown too old to hang out with them anymore.

The rest of the movie is Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) all grown up and living his life at a job that has a very family-or-job mentality, which obviously causes problems. Robin is taken on a new adventure with Pooh Bear, who he hasn’t seen in many years, to find his old friends and find himself along the way.

Despite a 67% on Rotten Tomatoes, I absolutely adored this movie. It told a genuinely symbolic story of keeping your family as close to you as possible. The fact that it could convey this message using childhood characters we all know and love is an accomplishment within itself.

I thought it was so unique how they created the characters in this movie. It’s definitely not something you see very often and it was so defining.

With McGregor’s stellar performance – as always – on top of the rest of these factors, Christopher Robin quickly became the cutest movie of the year.

My Rating: 95%

Acting: 3.7/4

Cinematography: 3.8/4

Story: 3.8/4

Enjoyability: 3.9/4

Film Forecast Friday: August 3rd

On Friday, August 3rd we have…

The Darkest Minds

Christopher Robin

The Spy Who Dumped Me

Never Goin’ Back

Liv’s Prediction:

Let’s start off with the obvious blockbusters Christopher Robin and The Spy Who Dumped Me. Being that it’s Disney, Christopher Robin will bring in most of the moviegoers this weekend while the Mila Kunis comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me will bring in the rest.

I don’t foresee The Darkest Minds doing that well but that may just be because I personally have no interest in a Hunger Games/ Stranger Things/ The Fifth Wave mockery. It seems to be a very boring plot that we’ve already seen many times before.

Lastly, the new young adult indie flick Never Goin’ Back will do great. It’s a comedy about two girl stoners, which maybe we need more of, who get into all kinds of antics on their day off. Sounds like a Ferris Bueller/ Pineapple Express mashup that I am not even mad at.

Tv Talk Thursday: Orange is the New Black Season 6

By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Anthony Peyton

On the 27th of July, the long awaited sixth season of Orange is the New Black was released on Netflix.

Don’t read any further unless you want major spoilers!

Last season, we were introduced to the riot of Litchfield Penitentiary by the inmates after the death of one of their own. Taking the course of 3 days, the inmates are finally caught and taken to Maximum Security but not without escaping all kinds of torture as the death of a security guard is revealed.

Now the inmates are facing absolute hell as some are joining gangs, deflecting old foes, and pleading innocent to murder accusations. While Piper Chapman faces the usual “I’m not being treated right” act, Tasha ‘Taystee’ Jefferson and Galina ‘Red’ Reznikov are kept in solitary for a crime they did not commit.

The inmates are also split up into three different groups: B Block, C Block, and D Block. You quickly see how different blocks are more privileged than others and instead of gangs/groups based on race, they’re based on blocks. This system breaks up the former prison families that we all knew and loved while bringing together the sworn enemies.

It’s become intriguing to see not only the inmates perspective after the riot but also the guards. We see Guard McCullough dealing with actual PTSD after being tortured and humiliated by the inmates that she was in charge of. Now she is sent back to her job scared of what could happen.

The sixth season has taken on a much larger story and, like always, has introduced more characters with complex backgrounds. Without straying away from the main plot, the real experiences and political climate of inmate treatment are heightened and exposed. It’s a story that just doesn’t seem to have any positivity – even in its sixth season. But that’s the reality of Orange is the New Black.