HUMMEL Review: Karen (2021)

I have a lot of friends, on the right, who genuinely despise Jordan Peele’s Get Out. I get the emotional gut reaction to the movie. It’s the most politically charged blockbuster of our generation. I just think it’s worth remembering that Peele is a genuinely talented director. He’s funny, and humanistic and seems to actuallyContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Karen (2021)”

HUMMEL Review: Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

The title of Shaka King’s (produced by Ryan Coogler) new film should tell you almost everything you need to know about the moral compass of his new film. In Christianity, Judas has a very specific significance, he was Christ’s traitor who handed him over to the Roman authorizes for a thirty pieces of silver. TheContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)”

HUMMEL Review: Uncle Tom – An Oral History of the Black Conservative (2020)

I’m willing to be brave here on Cultural Revue and take contentious stances on issues like race and bigotry. I do so entirely with the strength of my convictions that I believe wholly in the goodness of people, the dignity of the individual and the need for society to come together on racial issues asContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Uncle Tom – An Oral History of the Black Conservative (2020)”

Get Out and Hamilton: The Reactionary Impulse in Black Cinema

“The first and fatal charm of National Repentance is, therefore, the encouragement it gives us to turn from the bitter task of repenting our own sins to the congenial one of bewailing – denouncing – the conduct of others.” -CS Lewis, God in the Dock The last half decade has marked the rise of blackContinue reading “Get Out and Hamilton: The Reactionary Impulse in Black Cinema”

The Atlantic’s Ta Nehisi-Coates to Write J.J. Abram’s “Superman” Film, Starring a Black Superman

In one of this week’s least expected pieces of news, Ta Nehisi-Coates has been hired to write the newest Superman film for Warner Brothers. As Deadline reports: “Deadline has confirmed that author Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing a Superman reboot feature for Warner Bros and DC, which J.J. Abrams is producing under his Bad Robot label. Hannah Minghella will serve as producer.Continue reading “The Atlantic’s Ta Nehisi-Coates to Write J.J. Abram’s “Superman” Film, Starring a Black Superman”

America, Racism and War: How Glory (1989) Challenges Racism in a Meaningful Way

In an age where race is one of the most discussed aspects of modern life (depressingly), it’s worth considering just how the topic is portrayed on film. Discussions on the topic are almost always complex minefields of semiotics and sensitive issues. In film though, race tends to bring out fire brands. Film critics praise scorchingContinue reading “America, Racism and War: How Glory (1989) Challenges Racism in a Meaningful Way”

Lovecraft for Christmas: ‘The Hound’ and Holiday Comfort Reading

In my tortured ears there sounds unceasingly a nightmare whirring and flapping, and a faint, distant baying as of some gigantic hound. It is not a dream—it is not, I fear, even madness—for too much has already happened to give me these merciful doubts. St. John is a mangled corpse; I alone know why, andContinue reading “Lovecraft for Christmas: ‘The Hound’ and Holiday Comfort Reading”

The Conservative Case for Trump

Donald Trump is imperfect. He is overtly lacking, deeply flawed. From his extra-marital failures to his maddeningly imprecise language. He is a bull in a china shop. A metaphorical middle finger to establishment elites far too cozy on their porcelain thrones. The core of what he says is usually correct, but his details are fuzzy,Continue reading “The Conservative Case for Trump”

Borat 2 Catches Rudy Giuliani in Embarrassing Position, Brutally Skewers Fringe Republicans and Conspiracy Theorists

The internet has been ablaze this week in the leadup to the long awaited sequel to Sacha Baron Cohen’s famously provocative comedy Borat. The amusingly titled film Borat Subsequent Moviefilm was shot in secret last year and finally dropped on Amazon Prime early this morning following days of critical acclaim and rumors about it’s content.Continue reading “Borat 2 Catches Rudy Giuliani in Embarrassing Position, Brutally Skewers Fringe Republicans and Conspiracy Theorists”