Friday, 24 March 2017 00:14

Get Out Review

Films about racism hew closely to the same template so often that when something as fresh as Jordan Peele’s Get Out comes along, it’s all the more effective. Instead of the usual worthy period piece that depicts black characters overcoming prejudice, Peele tackles the subject through a whip-smart and wickedly funny horror. Crucially, it’s also set in the here and now, not in a shameful bygone era that some might like to think we’ve moved past; this is the contemporary black experience and all of the anxieties that entails.

Sunday, 15 February 2015 14:28

Selma Review

Considering Hollywood's love of biopics, particularly those about great men who shaped history, it's surprising that it has taken this long for someone to tackle Martin Luther King Jr, the massively influential figure at the centre of the civil rights movement in 1960's USA. However, rather than a conventional and syrupy run down of King's life, Ava DuVernay's Selma is a powerful and passionate account of the civil rights marches King organised in Alabama in 1965, from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery.