If the plot of Mudbound is familiar, its very repetition is devastating, especially in this moment in US history, when Trump and white supremacists dig up the past -- legacies of racism, abuse, and fear -- and make them horrifyingly incessant, inescapable.
Cynthia Fuchs is director of Film & Media Studies and Associate Professor of English, Film & Video Studies, African and African American Studies, Sport & American Culture, and Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University. She has published numerous articles on pop culture and politics, most recently, "'A few brief moments': Truth and Image in Sports Documentaries," in Gender and Genre: Critical Essays on Sports Documentaries. She edited Spike Lee: Interviews (University of Mississippi Press 2002), and co-edited both Iraq War Cultures (Peter Lang 2011) and Between the Sheets, In the Streets: Queer, Lesbian, and Gay Documentary (University of Minnesota 1997).
This is no one's neighborhood. Detroit doesn’t help anyone to feel at home, least of all viewers.
31 Jul 2017
Your view of the protagonist's view is not frightening, but heartening. It's good to go off script, especially in a way that adheres to formula.
26 Jul 2017
The Beguiled evokes a very persistent past from the American Civil War. A past that, as William Faulkner famously reminds us, isn't even past.
01 Jul 2017
Sally Hawkins lifts her complex role with a graceful energy, helped by Maudie's visual approach, which is sometimes delicately impressionistic and sometimes more artisanal.
19 Jun 2017
The film traces loss and what comes after, the process of acceding to pain and encountering fears and anguish, and the implacable order of hospitals.
17 Apr 2017
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