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Klan Do Attitude

BlacKkKlansman
Spike-d Punch
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R | 135 min

A black cop and Jewish cop go undercover as a single white minority-hating male to infiltrate a Colorado chapter of the Klu Klux Klan – and even trick former Grand Wizard and still current a$$hole David Duke into thinking they’re believers.  What a story!  And a true one, as told in entertaining fashion as BlacKkKlansman by the once relevant, then once kinda irrelevant, and now with this movie very relevant Spike Lee!

Ron Stallworth was a real black cop, who really duped the Klan, but a lot of what the movie presents is fiction to pulp up the storytelling.  The activist girlfriend and explosive racial throwdown towards the end?  Made up.  The Jewish guy who played the physical manifestation (who appeared to do most of the actual leg work) of the mouthpiece that Stallworth first presented to the Klan on the phone?  He may not even been Jewish in reality, but I see where Spike is going here with all the embellishment – doubling down on the ‘all power to all people’ to brush back against those seeking only bigotry thry white power – yesterday, today and forever.  But did he have to hammer the message so hard?

We spend about 2 hours enjoying the lighthearted and fun (that’s how it truly felt) tale of Stallworth (John David Washington, who doesn’t really give the character any depth beyond the giant prop afro) and his Jewish partner (Adam Driver, who is not Jewish) + Steve Buscemi’s brother Michael getting cozy with a bunch of actors who are allowed free reign to say a lot of nasty nasty NASTY things about blacks and Jews onscreen (Jasper Pääkkönen – whose performance stands above everyone else’s, and whose umlauts know no bounds + Paul Walter Hauser, who after this and I, Tonya, should just be cast in every movie).  They thwarted and embarrassed the Klan, and everyone in the police department (and the audience) had a good laugh about it in the end!

And then?  Spike Lee was probably upset that no one saw Bamboozled and didn’t get the message of how awful our country is on race, and so he had to tack on baiting footage at the end of white nationalists (with David Duke included) wrecking horrible havoc last year in Charlottesville.  Yes, it’s relevant to the movie that proceeded it, but its tone, its message and delivery all feel sloppy and completely unnecessary.  Come to think of it, the beginning of the film, with a clip of Gone With The Wind, followed by some racist nonsense spewed by Alec Baldwin (as a made up character with the very made up name of ‘Kennebrew Beauregard’) is out of place too.  These bookends may seek to bring focus to the bigger picture, both onscreen and off it, but it ends up muddling the movie, and the message

When the end credits started to roll, a gentlemen in the audience yelled – ‘fcuk America!’  And then when I went to the bathroom, a gentleman who obviously saw the same movie was mouthing to himself – ‘fcuking crackers!’, and I knew he wasn’t talking about Saltines

Yes, it’s OK to be upset and enraged, and we all should be, because the KKK suck and no one should spending so much of their time and energy hating other people, but I feel Spike did more harm than good by being so blatant and provocative.  The same message would have come across if the movie stuck to the fun and lighthearted delivery.  It will all only be worth it if the outrage is matched by something more important – getting people to vote to make actual change

Verdictgo: as entertainment – Jeepers Worth A Peepers | as a political statment – Sum Merit But No Stinkin Badges

Klansmane burns crosses and bridges theater near jews and white nationalists 

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

who wore it best?

Topher Grace as David Duke?

or

Garrick Hagon as Biggs Darklighter

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The Ethan Hunt For More of Your Money

Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Impossible Missions Forced
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PG-13 | 148 min

Nothing is impossible in the Mission: Impossible series, and nothing is possibly left to say or do as #6 – Fallout – shows.  The movie is fine.  It’s fun… enough.  It’s like all the other movies, cept this one is in Paris, London and Kashmir (but no love for Led Zepp?)!  But this one has Henry Cavill!  And this movie uses Cavill better than the Superman movies do or the flick that was suppose to launch his own Mission: Impossible-like line – The Man From U.N.C.L.E.  I mean, look at how he takes off his jacket and pump his fists and whoop sum ass!!!

But aside from Cavill, the rest is literally bidness as usual.  Tom Cruise climbs stuff and makes things happen. And yet people continue to question whether he can make things happen, and then Ving Rhames assures whoever is questioning such a thing that ‘same ole Ethan’s got it covered.  Where’s the fun in that?  Same fun as it ever was?

I dunno.  Maybe for #6, ditch Ving and ‘funny’ Simon Pegg, somehow clone Cavill, and make the next mission all about watching Rebecca Ferguson shower for 148 minutes???  Make it POSSIBLE!!!

VerdictgoJeepers Worth A Peepers, I guess???

Mission is made Possible currently at a theater near jews and white nationalists 

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

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The Mother of Intervention

Three Identical Strangers
The Jewish Boys From Brazil
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PG-13 | 96 min

Triplets, adopted off to three separate homes within 6 months of their birth, and no knowledge that each other existed… until they miraculously found each other decades later and changed everything forever!  Hooray!!  Look at those smiles – best story ever, right?  Three Identical Strangers is definitely a best story (and a BEST documentary), but the brothers’ full story isn’t an endless trio of peaches and cream and sugar.  Things go bad!  Secrets are revealed!  And I won’t reveal them – but it’s like a Jewish version of The Boys From Brazil!!!  So fcuked up!  HAS TO BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED!!! SEE!!  BELIEVE!!!! 

VerdictgoBreast In Show

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Seriously, How Could I Resist You???
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PG-13 | 114 min

It wasn’t suppose to be like this.  The sequel was suppose to be another round of Dia Rrhea!, BUT IT WASN’T!!!  Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again dared me to have fun, and dogfcukingdammit – I HAD A SUPER FUN TIME!!!  It turned me from a super pooper into a SUPER TROOPER!!!!  It was like eating endless Skittles – a rainbow of sugary goodness!!!!  Did I get softer 10 years later or is the movie actually good?  Both?  Meryl Streep is basically absent, and even without the First Lady of Acting, the party goes on – and it rages!!  And while it’s somehow REALLY nice to see the old gang again, it’s even nicer to meet their younger version selfves (especially young Christine Baranski via Jessica Keenan Wynn, and young Julie Walters via Alexa Davies) through even more fun flashbacks!!  And we got new fun folks – like Andy García and Cher and Cher’s new face that can’t move, and she can’t really dance, but she still has them pipes so who cares if her body or face can’t move!  YOU CAN MOVE AND GROOVE IN YOUR SEATS ON HER BEHALF!

Now can we stop celebrating the songs of ABBA by way of karaoke, and get the band back together and on the road?  Heck, I’ll even take ABBA holograms

VerdictgoJeepers Worth A Peepers

Mamma nurtures at theaters everywhere today, and Strangers natures currently in limited release

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

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Manes Best Friend

The Rider
Cowboy Up, And Down, But Not Out
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R | 105 min

Native American… cowboys???  They exist!  And one in particular’s real life story has been turned into an incredible pure American feature film starring the rodeo driver (his family and friends) himself (and themselves)!  Chloé Zhao‘s The Rider is to be seen, and to be savored!   In competition, Brady Jandreau had a horse stomp on his head and almost fatally crush his skull!!!  Brady (who looks like a leaner, rougher Josh Hartnett) was lucky to be alive, but he had to give up the only life he’s known and loved – rodeo horse riding, cause one more false move could spell the end of his days.  But this cowboy would not go gently into that badnight.  Sure, his best friend Lane Scott suffered a worse fate (in the movie AND in real life) – immobilized and incapable of speech – but Brady just wants to get back on a horse – or get as close as he can, like training them.  The ‘will he or won’t’ he tension, trioed with family financial hardships, and his touching relationship with his real-life and screen-life sister with Asperger’s syndrome – Lily, is a triple threat of cinematic awesomeness.  Saddle up folks, this one is for home AND the range

Verdictgo: Breast In Show

Isle of Dogs
Scruffy Looking Nerd Hoarders
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PG-13 | 105 min

Forget human beings Wes, cause your cutesy minutiae works best when you’re playing with actual toys.  Personally, I don’t think you’ve hit a human home run since Tenenbaums, but as Fantastic Mr Fox and now Isle of Dogs shows, you can be SO freaking creative and provide SO much fantastical fun when utilizing stop-motion animation.  I am not usually a fan of stop-motion animation, or even dogs, or even Greta Gerwig, but you nailed it (minus the Greta Gerwig part)

Verdictgo: Jeepers Mos Def Worth A Peepers

The Rider saddles up in limited release, while Dogs remains in da house at a theater near jews AND white nationalists!

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

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Can’t Quit Yer Stalin

The Death of Stalin
Gimme Some Pravda
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R | 107 min

A movie about Stalin’s death and the power struggle to succeed him that immediately followed, in the quick-witted, biting hands of Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop), with a cast of such funny bone ribbers like Steve BuscemiJeffrey Tambor and Michael Palin (nice name there buddy!)???  Is this going to be a recipe for ironic iron and sickle silliness or what??????????????  It’s more like ‘or what’, but that ends up being not such a bad thing.  It actually ends up being a good thing – a more of an eye-opening historical film about real stuff that most Americans know zero about (I knew like -1 about all of it), than a clever and hilarious funny one that I was expecting

Is it OK to expect to laugh your head off when that’s what you’re expecting from cleverman Armando Iannucci?  I think it is.  Is it OK to wonder why the movie wasn’t all that funny (it has its moments, but not as many as one would think… especially what I was thinking), but it really isn’t all that that funny?  And yet everyone and their mother think it’s the funniest thing since funny sliced bread!

And how can you take a movie seriously, which isn’t probably trying to be serious, but actually is serious and is tackling some ultra-serious matters, when a movie bout Russians is spoken in mostly British accents?  Not a big deal, but it’s kind of distracting

These sound like major gripes I’m griping about, but I think with a little more actual laughs, and some actual Russian accents or attempts at them (c’mon, you don’t want Buscemi saying ‘я морж’??) – this could be a bona fide classic, instead of a nice history lesson with some funny guys in it being restrained from being funny

Lesson learned?  History – yes, more laughs – next time, please!

Verdictgo: Jeepers Worth A Peepers

Stalin LIVES in limited release

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

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