The Oscars Love Racial Reconciliation Movies.

Wesley Morris sums up the problem with Oscar-winning movies like The Green Book for the New York Times:

The money is ostensibly for legitimate assistance, but it also seems to paper over all that’s potentially fraught about race. The relationship is entirely conscripted as service and bound by capitalism and the fantastically presumptive leap is, The money doesn’t matter because I like working for you. And if you’re the racist in the relationship: I can’t be horrible because we’re friends now. That’s why the hug Sandra Bullock gives Yomi Perry, the actor playing her maid, Maria, at the end of “Crash,” remains the single most disturbing gesture of its kind. It’s not friendship. Friendship is mutual. That hug is cannibalism.

HEADS UP

wutheringheightsbygeorgebush:

  • alan turing is a gay autistic man played by a straight actor who compared being autistic to Frankenstein monster
  • who is now up for an academy award
  • in a film that downplayed the sexuality he was persecuted and driven to his death for

    could we disrespect the memory of this man even more 

Yes, it actually is even worse: According to this Guardian article, the film not only downplayed the sexuality-based persecution aspect, but invented a storyline according to which Turing appears to cover up a Soviet spy. 

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Doppelgängers as characters seem to be in vogue at the moment.

There is of course the magnificent series Orphan Black, starring Tatiana Maslany as half a dozen clones. Richard Ayoade’s The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg and based on the  Fyodor Dostoyevsky novella, is getting a wider release this summer.

Tonight, Zebra Kino in Konstanz is showing Enemy, directed by Denis Villeneuve and based on a José Saramago novel. The thriller pits Jake Gyllenhaal against Jake Gyllenhaal. The trailer (above) really focuses on sex and spiders, but I hope there is more to it. Tonight is the last screening at 9 pm, so you might want to join me there if you’re interested and in the region.