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Detroit

 

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*big exhale*

This film left me conflicted but before I discuss in spoiler-free manner, let me give you a summary of what it’s about.

Detroit is based on the Algiers Motel incident that took place during the titular city’s 1967 riot. The film opens with a party celebrating the return of black veterans in an unlicensed club, when police stage a raid that soon escalates, causing the beginning of the city’s riot.

Following Larry Reed (an exceptional Algee Smith), the lead singer of Motown group The Dramatics  and his friend Fred Temple (a strong, quiet and controlled Jacob Latimore), we end up at the Algiers Motel where they meet two white girls, Julie and Karen and a few black teenagers, including Carl and Aubrey.

A gunshot is fired from the motel leading the police to open fire and begin their reign of terror on its residents in order to find the gun. Phillip Krauss (a chilling Will Poulter) leads his fellow officers Demens and Flynn in terrorising the residents but also present is Melvin Dismukes (John Boyega, on form) a black private security guard who is there to help but is ultimately unable to do anything about the injustice and brutality he witnesses.

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Okay, summary done, let’s discuss.

I left this film feeling veryheated! Once the brutality began in the motel and I realised that it was where the majority of the film was going to take to place, I felt incredibly trapped. And not in an ‘ah it’s immersive’ way, but in an ‘I am very uncomfortable and if I don’t get out of here I’m going to start swinging‘ sort of way. With a run time of 143 minutes, you can imagine that I was forced to feel like this for a long time.

It’s important to note that Detroit was made by a nearly all-white crew, directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by frequent collaborator, Mark Boal. The two of them made The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, two films that I found to be fantastic andI really admire Bigelow as a filmmaker but I am always weary of a white person or any non-black person really, being in charge of something mostly specific to black people.

And it’s for good reason as this film had no heart. And I understand how that may sound considering the film’s topic and issues of racial inequality and police brutality but why was this film actually made? What point were they trying to get across? Who is it for?

If you’re going to make me watch police casual kill and beat up black teenagers, it’s going to have to be for a reason because I see enough of that in real life.

It was the ‘you better start praying’ scene that actually left me burning in my seat and if you’ve seen it, please let me know your thoughts. I honestly wanted to leave at that point because I was silently fuming but I just kept telling myself to stick it out, there might be a payoff.

This film is not badly made, like I’ve mentioned, Bigelow has tremendous skill as a filmmaker, not to mention that the film has an absolutely outstanding cast. I will say that I think that it is badly told. Black women held an important role in this part of history but were unsurprisingly cast to the side, there to lay a comforting hand on the shoulder of their husbands or call an ambulance for a boy in need. What’s crazy is that although it has polarised a small amount of people, I can honestly see this film being up for Best Picture noms. I wanted to love this film, I thought I would when I first heard about it and I definitely didn’t hate it straight off the bat. I’ve heard black people talk about how they like it and I won’t fault them for it because I’m still confused about how the film seems to have all the right components but ultimately didn’t sit well with me, at all.

Detroit may have the right idea but ultimately it’s an empty film devoid of heart and any real meaning.

Here’s what I’m:

Watching:

Game of Thrones Guys, I’m still going strong, I hope you’re proud. I’m midway through season 5 which is so far, the most boring season but I’m pushing through. It’s the wildest TV show I’ve watched and I frequently need breaks in order for my mind to have peace. The day the evil red priestess gave birth to a demon spirit shadow type thing, was the day I no longer knew the type of show I was dealing with. By God’s grace, I’ll be finished by July 16 when season 7 starts.

Love Island Along with the rest of the nation I am watching this reality show. My fave couple is Garcel (Gabby and Marcel) and I have a lot of love for Camilla. Slowly but surely my least favourite people are leaving and I’m glad to have a consistent show to watch for the next month or so.

The Mummy Hmm. This film wasn’t very good, it was very meh. Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) accidentally releases Princess Ahmanet into the world and chaos ensues. Mini spoiler their first mistake was putting Courtney B. Vance in the film for 5 minutes (end of mini spoiler). It tried so hard to be funny but it just really wasn’t, which was a complete shame because Jake Johnson is in it (Nick from New Girl) who is hilarious but he wasn’t given good material to work with, so where there should have been laughter was mainly just awkward silences. Also, I don’t really understand Tom Cruise being cast as the lead, it didn’t really suit him and it just seemed like an opportunity for him to do Tom Cruise stuff in an action film again. The film is a set up for the Dark Universe and hmm, they’re not off to a good start.

YouTube Apart from film channels like CineFix that I’ve previously mentioned, I don’t watch many channels except to support friends and family: Ore who talks about film and TV, Hilary, Kike, Sarah and Simi who are vloggers.

Doing:

I’m chilling, eating, going to restaurants, working on and writing for an exciting new project, going to church, job-hunting. Ohmygosh guys, job-hunting is hard and can also be quite disheartening because I want to work in film production but it’s difficult to get into but, I’m also not worrying because of the grace of the God. I know I’m going to get a job, it’s just that the road to it is long. Also, I met Daniel Kaluuya this week and he was so lovely, I pretty much just told him that he was amazing in Get Out and how much I was looking forward to Black Panther. I almost didn’t speak to him but it was something else that I was able to do by the grace of God, because honestly, I was quite nervous to approach him.

Looking towards:

Graduation, living my best life, travelling, making movies, wiring, being creative, exploring more of London, new movies, a play from the theatre production company that I am a part of (YiA) titled Out of the Darkness*.

Listening to:

DJ KhaledWild Thoughts, Reekado BanksProblem, PhynoFada Fada, Childish GambinoRedbone, HAIMIf I Could Change Your Mind, Joann RosarioHoly God, Soul for RealCandy Rain, Artists for Grenfell – Bridge Over Troubled Water

Thinking:

Of the tragedies that befallen people – Grenfell, Syria, London Bridge, Philando Castile, Nabra. How to stay positive when feeling low – I have to seek God in order to truly know peace – take time to be alone, spend time with those around me, journal. If you follow me on any social media platforms because of my website, let me know, if you’re a constant reader or not, I appreciate you all so much.

All glory to God.

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*tickets can be purchased at www.waterlooeast.co.uk

Big thank you to Fee for her lovely stock images.

Special thank you and love to Danielle for her kind words on Twitter that made me write a review for The Mummy.

Baby Driver

Yesterday I went to a surprise advance screening of Baby Driver. I will admit that when I first heard about the film/saw the trailer, I commented that it looked like air, essentially meaning that it looked like nothing/rubbish.

I was so wrong bruv.

This film was actually fantastic, and honestly, I should have expected it because I am such a big fan of the film’s writer/director Edgar Wright whose films include Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Ant-Man.

Baby (an engaging and talented Ansel Elgort), the best (getaway) driver around, who is never not listening to music as he uses this to block out the tinnitus caused by a car accident he was in as a child. Baby is the preferred driver of Doc (an effortlessly cool Kevin Spacey), the mysterious leader/organiser of a crew of bank robbers who never likes to use the same team twice. Baby longs to leave the criminal underworld behind and uses the money he earns to help look after his deaf and wheelchair-bound foster dad, Joe.

baby-driver-posterOf course, Baby meets and falls for Debora (Lily James), a waitress who literally walks into his life singing his name. Debora is pretty much a typical female love interest and reminded me a little bit of Laura Dern’s character in Blue Velvet, an otherwise innocent character who gets dragged into her potential other half’s mess. With Debora, I don’t think this is a bad thing though as the audience only needs to see her enough to know that Baby likes her.

Baby Driver‘s supporting cast is stellar in the aforementioned Kevin Spacey, Eiza González and Jon Hamm as Darling and Buddy, a murderous and completely loved up couple who always toe the line of sociopathy and a scene stealing Jamie Foxx as the erratic and impulsive Bats.

If you’ve seen any of Wright’s previous films, then you know of his gift for visuals. The electric opening scene let me know the film was good but I wasn’t convinced of its greatness until maybe around the second act; you’ll see what I mean. The score and what we see on screen are one and the same and the use of subjectivity when it comes to Baby means that we experiences what he does, tinnitus and all.

When it comes out on June 28, make sure you’ve got a seat.

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I’m currently digging:

TV: Game of Thrones

YouTube: CineFix

Now playing: The Grace Film

Hi!!!

I’m so excited to share with you my new blog, as you can tell by my near-excessive use of exclamation marks, but I mean, there’s a ‘dot com’ and everything so who can blame me? Honestly, I haven’t been too happy with things and I just felt like I could do better with my blog. I literally did it all within a day or so and it’s all by the grace of God, I didn’t even set out to change my blog.  The website is now called ‘The Grace Film’, the same handle as my Twitter and Instagram. It just made sense to be honest, even though I will very much miss my baby ‘film-ish’, which I will leave up instead of deleting.

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I don’t know if you’ve seen it but Marvel dropped a teaser trailer for Black Panther… Guys, I don’t think that I have ever wanted to give a film my money as much as I do now. The soundtrack, the actors, the visuals, guys, the visuals. All that melanin in a mainstream movie that isn’t depicting slavery – unheard of! I’m seriously considering wearing ankara, maybe even agbada, when I see it by God’s grace but that’s all the way in February 2018.

Unfortunately but expectedly, I have seen a select few people dismiss Black Panther as discriminatory which I find absolutely ridiculous. Growing up, I was surrounded by people who looked like me but hard pressed to find that on-screen. How was I to enter a profession where I had to search high and low to find anyone who looked like me? So when I did find that, in shows such as That’s So Raven, The Proud Family and How to Get Away with Murder and films like House Party, Do the Right Thing and Set It Off, I grabbed them with both arms and held them close.

Because representation matters.

I shouldn’t have to sit through numerous film lectures at university where the few times I see black people it’s in the form of racist caricatures (this literally happened in one of the modules I took for final year), or have a character completely erased due to whitewashing, nor should the only black person in a film be reduced to a Magical Negro.

For some black kids, this might be the first time they see a superhero that looks like them, heck maybe not even kids but those way older. It’s a win, our win and I couldn’t be happier.

So, big up Ryan Coogler and everyone involved in this beast of a film. I’ll see you in February.

 

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I’m currently digging:

TV: Love Island

Movie: Black Panther (trailer)