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The Movie “Get Out” – Suspense And Racial Metaphors

The previews promoted the movie Get Out as a horror or comedy movie.  I’m not a big fan of horror movies so didn’t make time to see it in the theater.  When the movie became available On Demand, I watched it.  In fact, I’ve watched it about 5 times.

Get Out was nominated for, and won many awards, including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.   Those selecting movies for nominations just didn’t know what category to use for Get Out.  I categorize it as a suspense movie.  There’s some science fiction stuff in it but overall, the movie is about aversive racism.

If you haven’t seen Get Out, there are spoilers in this post, but I promise you, even the spoilers will help increase your enjoyment and understanding of the movie.

Some Whites reading this might feel uncomfortable.  Some might feel insulted.  Some might see it as an eye-opener to check their own sense of entitlement because truly, people with entitlement characteristics tend to use the same manipulative schemes to try to get what they want from everyone, regardless of race.

Some have accused Get Out of promoting distrust and hatred of Whites.   It doesn’t.   The movie doesn’t have to create distrust.   It is telling Whites what most Blacks already know about aversive racism and its bed partner, White entitlement.

The movie tells the story of a White family whose ideologies include that Whites are superior in intelligence, while Blacks are physically superior.   Even the one character whose brain was newly implanted into a Black body, spoke of his Black experience in terms of spending more time doing chores.  In other words, he’s attempting to validate the idea that Blacks are created for servitude and physical labor.

The grandfather of the Armitage family developed the means to transplant the brains of Whites into the bodies of Blacks, while leaving enough of the victim’s brain so the victim becomes a spectator of how the White recipient is using their body.

The children of the family include a son named Jeremy, who likes to physically challenge Black men’s strength and so, uses sleep holds and physical force to kidnap and restrain them.  The mother, Missy, is a hypnotherapist who has developed a technique to put victims in a “sunken place”.   The dad is a neurosurgeon.  Jeremy’s sister is Rose. More about Rose later.

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The Movie “What Happened to Monday” Has Deep Messages

No, Monday does not literally refer to a day of the week in this movie.

I’ve always enjoyed futuristic films about how the powers-that-be seek to control how others live and think.  In What Happened to Monday, there are shades of The Matrix, In Time, and as it concerns the dishonesty of the powers-that- be, Soylent Green.

There are some movies, such as The Matrix and In Time where we are not told how mankind came to the futuristic conditions.  What Happened to Monday does tells us.  There are some spoilers because I’m not a movie reviewer but simply like the symbolism and messages contained in movies and like discussing them.

What Happened To Monday is a Netflix film, titled Seven Sisters in Canada, France, Italy and Slovakia.  It was released in 2017.

Around the year 2043, overpopulation has caused a worldwide crisis in food and water shortages.  Man developed super genetic food to feed the world and as a result, humans started giving birth to litters of children.  I say litters because the movie is about septuplets – 7 identical sisters.  Their mom died during childbirth and Terrence Settman, played by actor Willem Dafoe, keeps the multiple births secretive and raises his granddaughters.  He names each one after a day of the week.

In their apartment, each sister can be herself.  Outside however, each one has to be Karen Settman, and they are only allowed outside on the day that they are named after.  This also means that they have to decide what career they will all share because Monday goes to work on that day; Tuesday goes to the same job on that day, etc. Noomi Rapace plays all seven of the sisters, and she does a great acting job. Read the rest of this entry

In Time – A Must See Movie For Those Interested In Social Issues

Time is money.

Time is power.

Time is life.

I’m not a professional movie reviewer.  I just love movies and because of a class in college, I like getting into the heads of directors.  Is this a movie just for entertainment purposes, or are they showing us something deeper?  Is the focus on the characters or the message?  What about the script?  Does it tell, or does the director expect for the audience to understand deeper messages by showing rather than telling?

The movie In Time is one I just saw and want to watch again.  Released in 2011, I somehow missed it.  It is now being shown on FXM.

The message is deeper than the characters, although we need to watch the characters to understand the impact of the message.

In Time has taken everything about society and turned it into life expectancy that is issued out by unknown powers.  The movie doesn’t tell us how it started, but at the end it gives us a glimpse of how it loses control and the people take control.

The movie takes place in a dystopian future when humans are bioengineered.  They stop physically aging at 25 years.  When they reach age 25, their clocks come on.  They are given 12 months of time.   Those 12 months however, are reduced or increased because time has replaced money.  In other words, it’s not a matter of living for the next 12 months preparing to die because time is also used to pay for basic living expenses; rent, food, utilities.  Because the clock is always ticking down, getting back 12 months of time is impossible for the working class because whatever they earn, they spend on living expenses.  Then too, they have to sleep.  While sleeping, their clocks tick down. Read the rest of this entry

A Science Fiction Love Story Movie That Isn’t

Science fiction movies, especially those that involve space travel, generally allow human logic in their characters.  At least, it is logic that goes with the plot. Most of them that involve hyper-sleep while traveling to other planets, are with a purpose of conducting something scientific or capitalistic.

In the second movie in the Alien franchise, the movie tells us that they sent a group of settlers to a planet that is inhabited by alien creatures whose sole purpose is to use human bodies as hosts to give birth to reproduce more aliens.

In the movie Avatar, we see scientists and mercenaries travel to a moon for a company that is stripping it of natural resources. In Avatar, the people on the ship were in hyper-sleep for 5 years.

What about a movie where Earthlings pay money to be put on a space ship to travel so far away, that they will be in hyper sleep for 120 years?  The only reason that the movie gives to us is that the people want to start over.

The movie I’m talking about is Passengers.  Since first seeing Chris Pratt in the movie Jurassic World, I became a fan.  In fact, I became so much of a fan that I looked up other movies he appeared in before Jurassic World and watched them, such as Guardians of the Galaxy.  I also like science fiction movies, so you might say that with Chris Pratt being in Passengers, I had to see the movie. Read the rest of this entry

Conceal Carry In Florida Can Get You Killed

Still developing story out of Wesley Chapel, Florida.

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The Grove 16 Theater,

This morning in Wesley Chapel, Florida, in The Grove 16 Theater, Florida’s conceal carry has caused yet another senseless death.  According to CNN, it happened during previews before the showing of “Lone Survivor.” Read the rest of this entry

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