Dear_White_PeopleDear White People gets off to a rough start. The first half hour is clunky and heavy-handed and comes off as a college freshman paper on every possible race issue in the U.S. The film starts with an inciting event and then flashes back to the people and forces that came together at an Ivy League university to set off the pivotal incident.

Dear White People centers around Sam White (I told you this movie is not subtle) who hosts the campus talk show of the film’s title where she rails against racist stereotypes and attracts the attention of the university president. As the story settles in, a few real characters emerge, the most fully developed, funny, and lovable of those is Lionel Higgins (Tyler James Williams) the nerdy, aspiring reporter who as a gay Black male has been a victim of bias from his own community essentially branding him an outcast. Continue reading »

Gone_GirlI was not in a rush to go out and see Gone Girl because not only had I read the book and would know every twist that was coming, but I hadn’t bought into some of those surprises or liked the ending. The film directed by David Fincher stays true to the book with some minor alterations necessary in order to keep the movie from running ridiculously long.

Like most book to film adaptations, there is quite a bit of nuance that is lost. I won’t give specific examples so as not to give anything away. This much you already know from the title–Gone Girl delves into the disappearance of Amy Dunne, the beautiful wife of the equally attractive Nick Dunne. The book explores in much more detail and more effectively, the arc of Nick and Amy’s relationship. Continue reading »

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