GET OUT

Get Out opens with a scene that might as well be ripped from a newspaper headlines. Well, maybe it was. Andrew (Lakeith Stanfield), a black man walks alone, at night, along a neighborhood street so quiet, so pleasant, so blandly cookie cutter, it must be a white suburban neighborhood. Andrew talks on his cell phone, trying to locate his friend’s house, when a White Trans Am rolls up on him, pulls a U-turn and slowly follows him. “Not today,” Andrew mutters to himself before doubling back. The scene is taught with racial tension — this is more than a simple … Continue reading GET OUT

THE PIRATE

If I didn’t laugh I should be very annoyed. —Manuela On the island of Calvados in the 18th century, little orphan Manuela is all grown up and ready to be married off to a rich suitor. He is the rotund mayor, Don Pedro (Walter Slezak), but she (Judy Garland) dreams of being swept away by the handsome and dashing pirate, Mack “the Black” Macoco. Enter an acting troupe led by the wonderfully hammy Serafin (Gene Kelly), a hoofer dolled up with a chevron mustache and a John Barrymore wig. Serafin falls for Manuela and upon learning that she desires to be … Continue reading THE PIRATE