Daily Archive: March 17, 2016
Kimmie reviews The Tribe… a bleak Ukranian film without verbal dialog set in a school for the deaf.
But barroom banter can descend into a deep freeze when one popular St Patrick’s Day drink is called for: the Irish Car Bomb, which consists of a shot of Irish whiskey, Bailey’s Irish Cream...
Donald Trump’s rise in America is a cautionary tale for democracy seekers in Hong Kong to go slow — and get things right | South China Morning Post
Donald Trump horrifies even the vast majority of leaders of his own party. Circumstances in the US – brought about in large part by major errors committed by the Republican Party itself – have...
Six years ago, one of the OG’s had these thoughts about today’s celebration of all things purportedly Irish.
Not my principal concern about jury nullification but a good point nonetheless.
HOWEVER. I am here neither to sing its praises nor bemoan its shortcomings qua entertainment. I am here to write of its morality. It means to be taken very seriously as a message to the audience of the evils institutional racism. Not as self-serious as Crash, but maybe only a few frames shy.
Briefly, in the city of Zootopia, all animals have shed their species’ genetic destiny to become the animal they wish to be. We follow bunny protagonist, Judy Hopps, as she defies expectations that she farm. She becomes the first bunny cop. Both explicitly and implicitly, though, the characters clearly have not shed their beliefs that anatomy is destiny – exhibiting their damaging prejudices against other species and groups of species (e.g., foxes are seen as sly, prey distrust predators).
It’s a much more clever and subtle message movie than Crash, actually. (Not that that’s difficult. And not that any movie, even children’s movies, need be a message movie.) It has a very nuanced understanding of the ways bias keeps an animal down in the world. The species do not, with one glaring exception which will be discussed below, strictly correspond to any one human ethnic group or race. There are, though, moments, experienced by the animals that recall human biases – one animal is complimented for being “articulate.”