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    BlacKkKlansman (UHD Blu-ray) review

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    Plot
    In the early 1970s Ron Stallworth (Washington) becomes the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a difference, he bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. He recruits a seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Driver), into the undercover investigation. Together, they team up to take down the extremist organization aiming to garner mainstream appeal.

    My Thoughts
    All hate groups should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law when they violate it whether they’re skin color is white, black, blue or green. Members of the KKK are radical racists, just like members of the New Black Panther party. No race is any better than another and when we evaluate people, we should do what Dr. King said, “I have a dream that my four little children will lone day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but the content of their character.” This is how I live my life from the time I was a kid until now—society should be color blind.

    That being said, going into this film I wasn’t sure what to expect coming from Spike Lee, who is a very good filmmaker, but is a racist in my opinion with his views on interracial marriage, among other things. So I watched the film with a critical eye in this regard.

    As a story, it’s quite interesting how a black undercover cop was able to infiltrate a local chapter of the KKK in the 1970s. In fact, through his phone conversations he was able to get all the way to the top and speak with David Duke. He ran into a problem though when he was invited to a local meeting—that wouldn’t end well for him, so he enlists the help of another white officer to take his place (who happened to be Jewish). As one would expect, the story is “Hollywoodized” up versus the book that it’s based on, but that’s to be expected. It’s entertainment, not a documentary.

    Where I take Umbridge with the story is the ancillary characters, specifically the Klansmen, who are portrayed as being as dumb as a box of rocks—which is really an insult to rocks. I’m sure they weren’t too bright in real life, but he went much too far here. Also, he tries to show sympathy for the Black Student Counsel members, who frankly, are just as racist and closedminded as the Klansmen. Finally, the film tries to hit you over the head with what was going on in the 1970s is directly related to Trump being elected President, which is too much of a leap. Trump is President because a plurality of the American people were sick of the system and not because they are racist. All one has to do is look at his approval numbers in the African American community (up to 40% in some polls) to see that the argument doesn’t hold water.


    Video 8/10 (MVC)

    Audio 9/10 (Dolby Atmos)


    Special Features:

    • A Spoke Lee Joint
    • BlacKkKlansman Extended Trailer Featuring Prince’s “Mary Don’t You Weep”
    • Blu-ray + Digital Copy




    Conclusion
    This is not really a film that you’d find yourself sitting through more than once because the subject matter is a bit depressing. Hate is an ugly thing and there’s way too much hate in the USA right now. Sure, our President doesn’t help matters with his “New York” ways, but in his mind he just tells it like it is and people aren’t used to hearing that from a politician. Regardless, if you’re interested in the film it may be worth a rental, but beware of the blatant racism coming from both directions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Vaughn View Post
    Where I take Umbridge with the story is the ancillary characters, specifically the Klansmen, who are portrayed as being as dumb as a box of rocks—which is really an insult to rocks. I’m sure they weren’t too bright in real life, but he went much too far here. Also, he tries to show sympathy for the Black Student Counsel members, who frankly, are just as racist and closedminded as the Klansmen. Finally, the film tries to hit you over the head with what was going on in the 1970s is directly related to Trump being elected President, which is too much of a leap. Trump is President because a plurality of the American people were sick of the system and not because they are racist. All one has to do is look at his approval numbers in the African American community (up to 40% in some polls) to see that the argument doesn’t hold water.


    This is not really a film that you’d find yourself sitting through more than once because the subject matter is a bit depressing. Hate is an ugly thing and there’s way too much hate in the USA right now. Sure, our President doesn’t help matters with his “New York” ways, but in his mind he just tells it like it is and people aren’t used to hearing that from a politician. Regardless, if you’re interested in the film it may be worth a rental, but beware of the blatant racism coming from both directions.
    Is this movie a must see? no. is it entertaining? yes. does it slant? yes. Is it freakin' hilarious that a black man was able to infiltrate the KKK? YES!

    So much going on there in your last two paragraphs Dave. Your offense to how the klansmen were portrayed: how were the racist murdering cops of Mississippi Burning portrayed? Ignorant, stupid, scared. No different here. To equate the black student counsel to the KKK is just not correct. Maybe the speaker they brought in was radical, but the students themselves seemed frustrated about being oppressed for 300 years.

    U r correct that Trump was elected because he sold himself as different and people just are frustrated with the establishment. But! There is also no denying who the racists and closet racists vote for and support with their dollars. He refuses to call a spade a spade. <- see what i did there.

    Also, to justify his treatment of women and people of color by saying its his "New York ways" is pretty damn sad. He is a repulsive human being. And has lied so many times people cant keep up with it.

    I dont mind disagreeing with u on whether a film is good or bad or just not peoples cup of tea. but ur lean on politics is all over this review. is that good or bad? maybe neither. but it is uncomfortable.

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    I don't disagree that Trump is a repulsive human being, but frankly, I think Spike Lee is too. He's a racist because he views the world through identity of someone's color and not by their character. He is against interracial marriage, which to me is a racist viewpoint.

    As for Trump, he lies every day, but then again, so does EVERY POLITICIAN! I suggest you read this article, which hits the nail on the head. Essentially, it says Trump lies all the time, but he's the most honest President in modern American history because since taking office, he has done exactly what he said he'd do while on the campaign trail: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/...017-story.html

    The movie itself is political by nature, which is why I discussed politics in the review--normally I shy away from that in my reviews. I enjoyed the movie for what it was, but felt the need to "balance" out it's political slant with an alternative point of view. I didn't mean to offend you or anyone else, but I'd love to hear your feedback on the article I liked above.
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    New York ways? NEW YORK WAYS?
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    Barry, you're on Long Island...you're way more sophisticated there
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    First, Dave thanks for all the reviews this week. I’ve made a list of what I want to see.

    I finally saw Blackkklansman. (I saw three Ks in 4k!).

    On our site we have conservatives and liberals, but we don’t have racists. That’s a big deal going into this movie. Spike Lee, the director, has a big ego and he is an angry man. That comes through in all of his movies. He thinks that this should win as best picture. If it doesn’t, he said last week, it’s racist. Sigh. He was not just upset that “Do the Right Thing” was not nominated, but that Driving Miss Daisy won. I liked Driving and even saw the play on Broadway!

    I cannot tell you what should be “best” picture” but I can tell you what movies I enjoyed the most this year: Green Card and Stan and Ollie.

    I did take exception with a point or two in Dave’s review. “Black Student Counsel members, who frankly, are just as racist.” No. The KKK killed people, lynched them, denied jobs, housing, set houses on fire, and education and, as we saw, were training and enlisting people to start a war. While the Black Students seemed militant, they were peacefully protesting for equal pay, jobs, housing and education. I didn’t to see a gun in their possession. That’s not racism. And they were young.

    However, Spike Lee’s anger shows up here all the time, especially the way white people are portrayed, that’s one of the places racism is shown. My brother did research on the movie and told me that the entire last half hour didn’t happen in real life (I won’t spoil it). But white policemen are made to look real bad.

    I did not see why he had to jump to Trump. Trump was elected by a minority, do to the flaw, I believe, in the electoral college. He only got about 45% of the popular vote. Sadly though, Trump has fanned the flames of racism, especially towards African Americans and Hispanics. I am a bit taken back by “New York Ways” simple because I think that is an insult but I am not sure.

    I understand the nature of the article that David points to but it is ridiculous. Trump, here, does what he says he wants to do, but he makes up and falsifies reasons for doing it.

    David wrote, “This is not really a film that you’d find yourself sitting through more than once .” I agree actually.
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    Thanks for your thoughts Barry. Spike Lee is an angry man for sure...and a racist.
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    David, woukd you mind one last post on this? I thought about this a lot.

    yeah, Lee is a racist. But he only makes movies. He does insult people but thats it.

    we use the same word, racist, to discribe the KKK. BUT THEY KILL PEOPLE, set homes on fire, and they blow up buildings, such as my synague when I lived in the south. That’s right. Missed me and my brother by 20 minutes.

    Lee is basically harmless, the KKK are not. So I cannot put them in the same catagory



    but as for rasism....
    https://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...218-story.html
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    Barry, racists come in all shapes and colors: https://progunfighter.com/murdered-b...lack-panthers/
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    Based on interviews over the years, I've always thought that Lee comes across as very angry and always trying to push an agenda.

    I agree that we still have racism today, it's on all sides, and it needs to stop. However, Lee's approach has always turned me off and thus, I have tended to ignore him. It's not just him or that he's black as there are plenty of white people who I feel the same way. Do you want to have a conversation with me about anything? There are better ways to communicate.

    I'll gladly tune out Rush Limbaugh just as quickly as I will Lee. I'm an equal opportunity blow-hard tuner outer.

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