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"Black Panther," reviewed

In "Black Panther" an outsider -- but one who has a legitimate claim on the throne -- takes over rule of Wakanda and immediately makes massive changes to the accustomed way of doing things. Some staff are shocked, but many come to find his gutsy moves legitimate and willingly execute his new philosophy. The plot, that is, bears some similarity to the like of "Spotlight," where an outsider -- in that movie, a bachelor Jew who doesn't like baseball -- helms the Boston Globe, and immediately purses a gutsy course always open to the Globe but which heretofore the Globe never pursued for it being outside their inclinations, and where the staff are at first shocked, but very quickly find themselves invigorated by intrusion of an authority that would prompt them to do something that might well alienate many readers but is a deeper source of good.
I bring this up because this sense of joy, of release, that one experiences as soon as we see the changes the new editor of …

Conversation about "Black Panther" at the NewYorker Movie Facebook Club

Richard Brody shared a link.Moderator · February 16 at 9:31pm So, Black Panther: it's a pleasure to watch and to think about. This should come as no surprise to anyone who has seen Creed, in which Ryan Coogler turns the Rocky franchise into a powerful, personal, and critical experience. Black Panther is the rare superhero film in which the worldbuilding is very satisfying—coherent and dramatic in itself, like a bit of history rather than a jerry-rigged contraption. And the action itself has an intellectual and political resonance that's rare for any kind of movie. Like many action movies of any sort, there's plenty of exposition, and some of the early parts seem like pretexts for high-speed tumult (though it's realized cleverly); but when the drama kicks into high gear, it's shudderingly intense—and that very intensity packs an idea of its own.…/the-passionate-politics-of-blac… The Passionate Politics of "Black Panther" Many films …

Redemption in Paris: "15:17 to Paris," reviewed

This movie would have been more honest if it accepted that what these three young military men did was more or less a soldier's wet dream. They rose, when others panicked, and subdued someone who threatened hundreds of lives. How can we make everyone like that? Well, we can't, because ostensibly it is something we are stamping out of children by only reading disobedience as a behavioural disorder. The children who don't pay any attention in class but stare out windows, who are repeatedly in the principle's office, who seem to need medication for their extreme ADHD, may or may not be victims of too much mommy' all-over-them (and mommy' all-over-everyone-else too, including concerned teachers and principals) and too little daddy' counter -- the film allows this as an ambiguous issue; that is, it could be -- but they are exactly those we'll need in emergency because they'll be on top of any opponent that surfaces: they're trigger-ready to meet some…

Facebook discussion of Jordan Peterson

Janet Pearson
· This is such a concise summary of what makes him so laughable.

Patrick McEvoy-Halston: But many university professors and students are at work undermining works that are a source of pride to a lot of Westerners. Historically situating texts, applying trigger warnings to many of them, often feels like set-up so that when an even bolder generation of profs and students come around, they'll be easy for wholesale dispatch. And if they're deserving of this rejection, good for them! Texts of the ancient Greeks are replete with justified rapes... and this is something we have to forever acquaint ourselves, because? The ambition is not minor, even if the effects so far are. Many people believe that something they depend on for their equilibrium is being badly unsettled. It is. Only, it might very well be good for them. Nations must be forever reified, because?
The article pulls away from calli…