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  • On the Seventh Day

    On the Seventh Day

    ★★★★

    Films about the immigrant experience are a dime a dozen. There are so many different ways to tell such a story. And more often than not, it's about being an outsider adapting to a new world, its culture, and its values. En El Séptimo Día takes this journey one step further by exploring the crossroads where these values and our own worth intersect.

    Jim McKay's drama is centered around a young deliveryman from Mexico named Jose. Like many in our…

  • I Am Not Your Negro

    I Am Not Your Negro

    ★★★★

    After watching I Am Not Your Negro for the second time, I had an epiphany. All this time, I've been misjudging White America's furor. I thought that those who favor the "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" line of thinking really believed in this ideology. But I don't think that's the case.

    The archival TV footage and film clips presented before me brought forth images of a utopia. This idyllic space, in the minds of some, is obviously all white.…

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  • Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★

    Who is this film for? And what is it looking to accomplish? 

    These are the two questions that have been swirling around in my mind almost a week later after watching Green Book, Peter Farrelly's racial road movie about the classically trained pianist Don Shirley, Tony "Lip" Vallenlonga, and their 1960's journey through the deep south. I know the answer to both questions, but I don't think Peter knows and I don't think that co-writer Nick Vallenlonga knows either. But…

  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★

    I’ve been wanting to jot down something about this film for a minute now. And I’m pretty sure that this film's been covered from about every angle imaginable. So let me try approaching it from this angle. Let’s talk about my pity for Sal.

    When I mention a pity for Sal, I’m not referring to pity for the man himself. I’m referring to his desire to cling to whiteness, the construction of it, and the burden it places on black…