Jordan Peele helms impressive directorial debut with ‘Get Out’

Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out

Social media occupies the lives of millions of people, and ever so often, there is always some sort of craze or challenge that appears. What does the most recent one happen to be? The #GetOutChallenge.

This challenge spawns from the world’s most recent horror/thriller phenomenon, Get Out. Packed tight with an ingenious plot, chilling cinematography, comic relief and thrills, the #GetOutChallenge doesn’t even scratch the surface of why this film has the attention of millions.

Since its release, Get Out has achieved some personal accolades:

  • It held a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes for its opening weekend and currently sits at 99%.
  • Jordan Peele is now the first black writer-director to earn $100 million in his or her debut movie (Independent).

Get Out tells the tale of a New York African-American man named Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) who is going with his Caucasian girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to spend a weekend at her parent’s house outside of the city. Chris feels uneasy about all of this due to the fact that he is black and Rose hasn’t quite informed her parents of that. Swallowing his pride and locking away his concern, Chris and Rose drive to her parents’ beautiful home in the country.

To Chris’s surprise, her parents are very welcoming. However, as the rest of that night and next day continues, weird discoveries and events occur, leading to a huge twist and debacle full of chaos and thrill.

Get Out is not so much a horror film but more of a “social thriller.” There aren’t demons, serial killers or monsters, but there are jump scares and plenty of chilling sequences. The film forced me to be on my toes and grasping the end of my seat at all times.

What makes this film so great is the underlying theme and message within all of its content.

While it doesn’t take itself too seriously and features TONS of comic relief through satire and Chris’s best friend and TSA legend Rod Williams (LilRel Howery), Get Out is still able to serve a platter of messages and lessons we as a society need to hear.

Jordan Peele at Peabody 2014 (Wikimedia)

Jordan Peele created this film to give the world a glimpse of what it’s like to be an African-American man in an America where “racism no longer exists” (sarcasm).

In an interview with NPR, Peele proclaimed:

“It was very important to me to just get the entire audience in touch in some way with the fears inherent [in] being black in this country,” Peele says. “Part of being black in this country, and I presume being any minority, is constantly being told that … we’re seeing racism where there just isn’t racism.”

Once again, another 2017 film has instantly earned a spot on my list of favorite movies. The Brunswick stew of satire, horror and thrill that Get Out is makes me excited for what Jordan Peele has up his sleeve.

The world, especially the United States, needs to see this film. Not only is it exceptional but it also has a message that every person from every walk of life needs to hear.

Have you seen Get Out yet? If you have, who is your favorite character and why? I’d love to know! Shoot me an email at mfthomas@mail.lipscomb.edu or leave a comment below!

In Him,

Mason

 

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‘Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?’ Throwing it back all the way to ’86

I mentioned in my first blog post that my favorite movie of all time is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. When thinking of a movie post to do, I decided: why not travel back to 1986 Chicago and recollect my favorite film of all time?

This movie has a special place in my heart. I could not tell you how many times I have watched it. I could continue rambling about how much I love it, but I’d rather get a move-on with talking about WHY it is so awesome.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off tells the story of a high school senior named Ferris (Matthew Broderick) who takes a day off from school (using the most elaborate plan imaginable to do so). Ferris convinces his actually sick friend, Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck), and his girlfriend, Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara), to tag along with him on an exploration in the beautiful city of Chicago. Throughout all of this, the antagonist and evil principal, Mr. Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), finds himself on a trail after Ferris trying to catch him skipping school.

In this adventure, the audience sees the ultimate friend trio go to various famous Chicago attractions/locations and see funny events ensue. It gives a perfect blend of stress, slapstick and dry comedy that never gets old.

Although I’ve only given a general overview to the plot, there are so many iconic quotes and moments from this movie. It feels as if though every teacher/professor on this earth quotes “Bueller? Bueller?… Frye? Frye? Frye?”

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off features some revolutionary scenes, most notably Ferris’ famous opening monologue and Ferris’ interruption during the credits.

Among the great comedy and legendary quotes lies a beautiful coming-of-age story that many people can relate to. Bueller teaches the audience to enjoy the little and big things of life as one and for people to be proud in who they are.

Another enjoyable factor of this film is how beautiful it is. Watching this movie makes it feel as if one is actually in Chicago. Now that I have actually visited it, I must say that even the movie can’t do it justice.

My love for this movie will never be taken away. I annoy people that watch it with me because I quote things way too often. It will always remain the movie that I watch when I am sick.

I’ll leave you all with one of the best quotes from Ferris himself:

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Have you guys seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? What is your favorite part? I’d love to hear your responses!

Leave a comment or shoot me an email at: mfthomas@mail.lipscomb.edu

Blessings,

Mason

 

 

 

Kylo Ren comes to the light side in simplistic, yet riveting ‘Paterson’

It’s unheard of for a Knight of Ren to reject the ways of the dark side. It’s even stranger when that same apprentice joins the light side to pursue a role in a film stock-full of happiness and normal life. Who would the culprit be? Kylo Ren.

Being a moody bad guy, Ren surprisingly drives well into the role of Paterson in Amazon Studio’s Paterson. No pun intended. OK, pun fully intended. Adam Driver, who came to fame as Kylo Ren in the 2015 blockbuster Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens, displays a brand new side to his acting regiment in this refreshing new film.

A more simplistic approach

Directed and written by Jim Jarmusch, Paterson follows a week in the life of a poet-writing bus driver, Paterson, who ironically lives in a town by the same name: Paterson, New Jersey. Trust me, it is as simple as I make it out to be.

Here’s a view of downtown Paterson (in real life!)

Paterson uses its plot to display a common thing anyone on Earth could relate to: daily life. As an audience, we see Paterson go through his daily routine. Being a talented poet, Paterson writes poems that guide the story along. This fresh concept acts as a shepherd for the film’s plot and progression.

Paterson is as simple a man as the plot that he happens to be embedded in. He owns no phone, computer or any technology of that sort, yet his wife Laura has so many dreams and ambitions. This juxtaposition between husband and wife creates an interesting arc throughout the film’s progress.

Their relationship makes this film. It shows true love and romance, and paints a bigger picture for the story: “it sometimes takes a leap of faith to make one’s dreams come true.” As a man of many dreams, this theme hit home in my own heart.

A dream you’d hate waking from

Plot isn’t the only driver of this film. Paterson contains beautiful cinematography, writing, and performances that left me speechless.

The tremendous acting in this film seems so real that you could almost touch it. I found myself so invested in to each character. No movie had truly done that for me since I first saw Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and considering that is my favorite movie of all time, Jarmusch did something well here!

Not only this, but Paterson also displays a very low-key but effective style of humor that made my sides sore for a few hours afterward. It was refreshing to see a film take a casual approach at the very dry humor of real life. Often, I feel that movies try way too hard to plug in jokes where they shouldn’t be, and Paterson did just the opposite of that.

The verdict

As my roommate Parker put it, “Paterson is one of those films where I could sit there and watch for hours on end and not get bored by it.” I couldn’t have agreed with him more.

Paterson is phenomenal. It’s undoubtedly one of my favorite new films and the best movie I have seen in 2017. Even if you may be someone who needs lots of twists and turns, punches and explosions in your movies, check this one out. It is well worth your time and money, and it deserves it!

Kylo Ren definitely should consider being a full-time actor after this one. And who knows? With this new display of personality from Kylo Ren in Paterson, maybe we can expect a change of heart in Star Wars Episode VIII.

Being my first blog post, I know I have much to improve on and add to the table. How can I make the blog better? Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear your opinions. – Mason