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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017

Hooray for Hollywood:
By the end, we had seen Moonlight and La La Land two times each.

To our surprise, we liked La La Land the first time around. When we liked it more the second time, we were surprised again.

As for Moonlight, we found it very depressing the first time we saw it; we remain somewhat puzzled by people who didn't. We're still fascinated by the Rorschach test involved in the attempt to write a capsule description of what the film is about.

What happens in Moonlight, a fascinating film by a highly skilled film-maker whose personal story is reflected, in part, by the somewhat less weighty La La Land? We may revisit journalistic attempts to answer that question at some point this week.

But the highly talented Barry Jenkins has been a Hollywood dreamer too. Why isn't the striving which finally issued in Moonlight part of La La Land's brief?

Today, we're hurrying back to our sprawling campus, where we plan to explore a pressing question: Who is you, liberal voters? Also, how have we managed to lose so many elections in the past quite a few years?

We plan to start with these three letters, written in reply to a recent column by the New York Times' Nicholas Kristof. For what it's worth, we note that Kristof largely renounced the spirit of his own column with this, his most recent effort.

(We'll guess that liberal push-back may have worked!)

Who is we, fellow liberals? Now that it's too late, it may be time for us to start trying to figure that out. Meanwhile, Jenkins won the prize last night.

What happens in his striking, Oscar-winning film? Do we see a 9-year-old child "come of age?" Or do we possibly see him kept from doing so?

Who is you, liberal movie reviewers? What did you see in that film?

35 comments:

  1. The film Moonlight shows how homophobic some black communties are.

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    1. That's what you got out the film? GED?

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  2. I will try and watch the film Moonlight in the theater. Since it won best picture (eventually), I am sure it will get another run. Bob has piqued my interest in it, since his take on it is so different than most of the critics.

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  3. I didn't like the way The Wire presented black drug crime as entrepreneurship and I doubt I would like a film that presents becoming a drug dealer as a positive outcome. No matter how empowering this theme seems to be, it is ultimately self-defeating as both a path to success for a young man in real life and as a symbol of black agency. I will not participate in it.

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  4. Was the mistake at the Oscars on purpose (staged) or accidental? I vote for deliberate. If so, was it racist? Was it fair to the people behind Moonlight to give them a tainted victory? Was it done with animosity toward the black creative community? If it was staged, is it right to portray an old person like Warren Beatty as a doddering old fool? I think Jimmy Kimmel has terrible taste in pranks. This one seems cruel.

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    1. A worthy prank would be if it happened the other way around.

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    2. @929=VDARE intern

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  5. Why the grammatical mistakes? "Who is you?" etc.

    I understand that Somerby is trying to emphasize that he is referring to the construct of liberalism and not to individuals, but why not say so instead of messing up readability in such a jarring way. Effete. Precious. Stupid.

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    1. Another reading of that would be the use of AAVE (African-American Vernacular English)... which might be characterized as trying to tie into the film under discussion but also might be characterized as Minstrelsy since Mr. Somerby is white. Perhaps well-intended, but I think other methods might have been more effective and risked less possible negative interpretation.

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  6. The award to Moonlight was supposed to be an example that race has been transcended, yet there were the following highly racial incidents during the ceremony:

    1. Kimmel leads a busload of tourists through the ceremony, fawning over a black engaged couple, giving them gifts, encouraging Denzel Washington to preside at their ceremony, and completely ignoring Asian newlyweds behind them.

    2. Black audience members were shown frequently on camera. They apparently had eyes only for black nominees and showed pleasure only when black people won. The black couple wanted to meet Denzel. True pleasure was evoked only by other black participants in the ceremony.

    3. The winning team for Moonlight was almost entirely black. The same seemed to be true for other black films, such as Fences. The lack of inclusion of people of color behind the scenes and in production roles is mirrored in black films. How can this be progress when blacks are excluding whites in the same manner as they themselves were wrongly excluded from white films?

    The effort to achieve racial balance seemed to me to be patronizing and overboard in ways that might even be parody. Then the major screw up at the end. The Moonlight team appear to be happy just to have won, but it is an ugly way to wind up a show that came across as an appeasement effort and not true inclusion.

    P.S. On what planet did Emma Stone deserve an Oscar over Meryl Streep's hilarious role this year? For one, it takes a good singer to sing badly on purpose. For another, how can someone be awarded best actress in a musical when she cannot sing or dance? It is embarrassing.

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    1. No one keeps the racism train going better than Hollywood.

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    3. My reference was to the significance of the award, not the film.

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    4. "The award to Moonlight was supposed to be an example that race has been transcended..." Uh, no. It is a film giving voice to a particular person's journey. It clearly recognizes its subject as an African-American point-of-view along with many other points-of-view such as gay, child, teen, adult, poor, drug-dealer, etc., and validates them, gives voice to them. The genius of the film, to this older, white, male, heterosexual viewer was that I was moved beyond sympathy into empathy with the main character. I disagree with Mr. Somerby that the ending was entirely sad; it had quite a strong element of romantic fulfillment (like Forrest Gump finally getting to be with his Jenny after so many years -- just one concrete example of this genre.) Whether or not it truly is a happy resolution that will last is ambiguous. After all, in how many cruddy "Jack is a jerk to Jill -- until she realizes how much she loves him" happy endings would probably cut to a nasty divorce if only the film followed the story ten minutes longer. So, yeah, a romantic ending.

      The liberal position is not that we transcend race... it's that we transcend *racISM. And we do that by seeing, recognizing, and celebrating the positive aspects of a given culture. Saying "I'm colorblind," is only halfway to the goal line; "I see colors, and I love many things about them" get you closer to where you want to be. It's more work, but it's worth it.

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  7. I come almost daily to this site, thinking that, at last, Somerby has something to say,or at least a perspective beyond that's not how I'd have done or said that or I'd have taken another angle on that.

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  8. Yesterday Donald Trump said no one could have known healthcare was so complicated. Thank goodness, we have Bob to weigh in on movies and The Rachel Maddow Crisis.

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    1. Do you really need someone to tell you that Trump is an idiot?

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  9. I think Bob is making significant progress in becoming the Allan Colmes of the alt-right.

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