Arjun Rajput

Arjun Rajput

An ideal day would include chilled booze, Rahman's music and a little known film.

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  • David Byrne's American Utopia

    David Byrne's American Utopia

    Virtue Signalling: The Movie. Can't believe Spike went from Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X and the likes, calling bullshit on liberal and leftist principles, to directing this corny superficial musical about a self-congratulatory white elitist performing for a room full of old upper class self-satisfied audience cheering through all the pseudo-moral stuff patting each other on the back. This exists and will appeal to everyone inside that self-congratulatory bubble. Which is why Spike Lee's involvement in this project feels totally out of place. Just check out the awful BLM tribute performance and try not to cringe.

  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X

    ★★★★★

    Beyond powerful filmmaking. The perfect distillation of Lee's style and powers as a filmmaker. Paired with Denzel's terrific, monumental performance.

    Favorite scene, that tells a lot about white/savarna savior complex and their virtue signalling:

    "Mr. X, Hi, I've read some of your speeches and I honestly believe that a lot of what you say is true. And I'm a good person in spite of what my ancestors did. I just - I wanted to ask you, what can a white person like myself, who isn't prejudiced, what can I do to help you with and further your cause?"

    "Nothing."

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