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Movie Reviews: BlacKKKlansman + Lemmy

BlacKKKlansman (2018)

Adam Driver, Topher Grace and John David Washington star in this Spike Lee movie. There are Alec Baldwin and Harry Belafonte cameos and clips from 'Gone With The Wind' and 'Birth Of A Nation'. This is a true story.

A black cop in Colarado (Washington, son of Denzel) sees powerful men weaponise their self pity and there are few dissenters from this. People are on enemies lists and awful people suffer no sanction whatsoever. There is no intrinsic meaning in this. The cop goes undercover in the KKK.

There is hysterical intolerance, deluded lackeys and demented fanaticism. There are opposing views, indignation and bitter and toxic stupidity. There is no ferocity just a heavy reliance on exposition. There is folly and bravado and no silliness or fun. This is not the acme of credibility.

Years have been spent ignoring a problem. Random things happen and nobody is reflective. There is unexplored darkness and there are contrarians. The cop infiltrates the KKK with the help of a fellow officer named Flip (Driver).

The cop is beholden to no one. The cultural language is explored. This was trivial and there is a David Bowie reference and an OJ reference. There is bombast and petulance and rather pathetic shady people. The cop faces outrageously unfair treatment and this was ephemeral. The undercover entree into the KKK is not seamless.

This was sprawling and long and there are frivolous grumblings. The KKK want money. People get irate and frustrated like they're watching 'Unsolved Mysteries' expecting Robert Stack and getting Dennis Farina. There is dated tech, a home lie detector tests, casual racism and a touch of comedy. There are stuggles and a narrative arc.

There is very clear motive for attempting such a unique work. There are many dramas. People have relentlessly cruel dominace and David Duke shows up played by Grace. A cop is a forseer of 2016. There is a hunger for sucess. There are resilence and unsubtle mentions of 45.

People are not accomplished purveyor of ambitious imaginatively rich storytelling. There is no complex kind of epic storytelling. This lacks authenticity. There is staggering discourtesy and the cop feels wronged often and has passive, saintly, benevolent acceptance of it. The KKK always have some effect, usually negative.

The KKK try to destory people's lives, livelihoods and reputations. They have no compassion or empathy and they are not sincere or honest. The case is nearly scuppered. The KKK do immediate vilification of the other. There is constant sweating. People are total misery guts and Flip has to become a Member In Good Standing.

There is tedium, pent up frustration and characters have never been strangers to paranoia. This offends across the spectrum. There is a torrent of abuse and talk of C4. People do not adequately parse things and there are bitter grudges, failings, actorly notions, shared opinions and some consider the police not to be a respectable profession.

Standards are not high and Duke is an ignorant pernicious menace. This was fanciful and there is no energy or devotion. People shamelessly attack and madness is generated. The KKK is infiltrated by stealth. This was iffy and lukewarm. The bourgeois elite are useless. Brazen vulgarians are unconvincing.

This was not dramatic, frightening or tragic. There is apparent normality yet strangness reamins. People are famously awkward. This was not dislocating or exhilarating. This was sorely lacking. There is no twinge of dread or anxiety. This was a reactionary bore. This was a terrible force that is shockingly bad. This was not tantalising. This was a very very strange time.

People are treated like criminals and are considered a danger. There is wince inducing urgency and this causes a massive sense of frustration. This was not passionate, irreverent or subversive. This was daft, expletive based and there is a sense of the ridiculous.

There is uncertainty, a plot and this was a sad business. 2 KKK members worked at NORAD?!?! There is a gloomy prognosis and justifiable laments. There is contemporaneous derision from the aggrieved. There is dissent and little do some care.

There is intent to endanger life and affronts to common sense. There is malign activity and Ryan Eggold of 'The Blacklist' is in this, looking nothing like Tom Keen. People face tirades of abuse and there is collective cringe and this was profoundly trite and frustrating.

Baddies make increasingly wild and nihilistic pronouncements and create their own moral universe and cause mayhem. This feels contrived with very forced meance. There is cultural despair and restorative nostalgia. There is fervency, psychotic delirum, dark joy, bitter reciminations but no profound emotional depth. There is cheerful blandness and this was truly awful.

The KKK and Duke have stealthy insidiousness. This was entirely useless and people are piercingly cruel. Duke is a witless fool. This has shortcomings and the cops are stymied. There is corrosive ambtion and no calm conversation. There is disparagement and unseen and unanticipated events. There are sad and difficult times.

There are confident assertions and intent to deceive. This was perfunctory. There is apocalyptic thinking, attacks on mainstream media, far right ideology, delusions and general paranoia about controlling forces distorting many people's opinions, mode of thinking and world views. Flip Zimmerman and Ron are in peril in this sensationally ridiculous, nebulous and outrageously ridiculous film.

There are conclusions, discombobulaiton, toxic distrust in institutions and an overwhelmingly portrayal. There are defiant responses and concerns cited and hubristic types whose intention is to escalate. There is a lack of compassion and competence. Things go on and not many have inner virtue. Things are perennially puzzling. There is an organisational triumph and a homage to events from 2017.

Best Lines:

“Army of commies.”

“Passing for a WASP.”

“Biblically inspired.”

“Raised me the right way.”

“Greatest intenral threat.”

“Your new redneck friends.”

“Christian Talk In The Morning.”

“Invisible Empire.”

“Cater to them.”

“Sell hate.”

“Get somebody in the White House that embodies him.”

“Now you're just being offensive.”

“Little 'Get Smart' bullsh*t.”

“I'm only friendly to my friends.”

“You think?”

“Let me see your dick!”

“Don't think gooder is a word.”

“In some basement denying it out loud.”

“Fear tactics.”

“Cleansing this country.”

“Giving me a purpose.”

“You won't see this on the news for obvious reasons.”

“What's that doing here?”


“Bring some to get some.”

“Can't be disputed.”

“History written with lightening.”

“See how we play.”

“Taking America back.”

Lemmy: The Movie (2010)

A documentary about the Motorhead singer. Kat Von D and her burdensome rep for being a satan worshipping neo nazi anti-vax racist features. Lemmy talks about his sons and drives a tank. There are a lot of talking heads heaping praise on Motorhead. Joan Jett is 1 of only 2 other women who are talking heads in this. This was okay.

Best Lines:

“Tank killer.”

“Trash band.”

“I don't think of subtlety.”

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