Get Out

31 Days of Horror, Day 1

I saw it coming, and Aaron McGruder, creator of The Boondocks, is to blame. When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams) go to visit her parents, and all the black servants say the whole word – as in, every syllable is caressed like a gentle lover – Riley Freeman’s words echoed in my head.

Ultimately, however, the big twist in Get Out isn’t as important as what that twist means. Yeah, there’s an obvious allegory to slavery here (white people using black people’s bodies without their consent). But it goes deeper than that. This isn’t Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Rose’s parents don’t look or act like the kind of people whose ancestors owned plantations. There is no alt-right boogeyman here. Continue reading

Serenity

Yeah, I paid to see it in a theater again – what’s it to you?

Poor Hoban Washburne.
You can’t take the sky from him –
but his life? Clearly.

Friday night hot takes

Because sometimes wisdom is best delivered in bite-sized nuggets. But not like Twitter – never like Twitter.

  • The cornerstone of any healthy relationship is knowing when to call it quits. That’s why I think it time to give South Park the old “it’s not you, it’s me” routine.
  • The Good Place continues to zag when I’m expecting it to zig. I really thought they were going to waste an entire season on Eleanor’s search for Chidi. I was happy to be proven wrong.
  • I really, really suck at arcade shoot-em-ups. Does my inability to dodge pixelated bullets say anything about how good I am at dodging metaphorical ones? Stay tuned.
  • I’m taking my daughter to see LEGO Ninjago and gorge myself on all-you-can-eat cereal, and I’m not sure which one of us is more filled with glee. I suppose that makes me a man child. And I’m not going to pretend otherwise – even on the Internet.
  • Nothing fills me with a more profound sense of disappointment than approaching the office coffee pot and finding it empty. Like, there should be a mechanism that automatically brews a new pot, if only to spare my feelings. Because, contrary to popular belief, I am capable of human emotion. Somewhat.
  • Dino won Masterchef. Cue branded merchandise bearing the phrase “Baby doll!” I’m left to wonder if the dude is just the entirety of New Jersey culture distilled into a single human being, or if that was just his schtick to get on TV. Either all of New Jersey is a walking caricature, or he is. Both outcomes frighten me.

IT: A review

IT

The horror movie genre will never be the same.

We saw IT this afternoon, and I gotta say that this has the potential to turn the whole genre on its head. A talented cast. Striking cinematography. The complete and utter absence of cheap scares. What’s going on here?

Well, for starters, this isn’t a horror movie in the traditional sense. It’s more like a coming-of-age film about a bunch of kids facing their fears – and it just so happens that the thing they fear is a shape-shifting clown from another dimension who eats children. You know, that old chestnut. Continue reading

Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde

That sure was two hours of pseudo feminism and lesbian undertones, set to the backdrop of the Cold War.

Cool fight sequences –
but everything in between
was a major snooze.