Review: Sorry to Bother You Agitates in All the Right Ways

During one of his first calls for the telemarketing firm Regalview, Cassius Green (Atlanta and Get Out supporting player Lakeith Stanfield) tries to sell a book collection to a polite but reserved older white woman. Before he can get into his pitch, the woman cuts him off and apologizes, explaining that she has no money…

Mudbound and Get Out: Right-Feeling or Repentance?

In my over ten years of teaching literature, I’ve come to expect that stories about racism elicit a certain response from certain students. If it’s a piece like Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye or even Octavia Butler’s Kindred, then white students will respond with sympathy. Their discussions will signal that racism is bad and they…

2017 in Film: Breaking the Rod of the Oppressor

For Living Lutheran, I wrote about what I saw as the prominent trend in 2017 movies: a focus on those who are dejected, powerless, and (financially, politically) weak. The films that resonated most with critics and audiences were about the monstrosity of systematic racism (Get Out), the poor outside of Disneyland (The Florida Project), the…