2018 has been a very interesting time for a number of reasons. One of the best things about this year has been the fearless embrace of films and other projects showcasing people of color. It is no secret that generally POCs rarely find themselves centered in Hollywood vehicles. The old excuse has always been that actors of color just can’t carry a film on their own. Hit films Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther resoundingly kicked that old excuse right to the curb and in the gutter where it belongs.
There are so many creative minds ready and waiting to write something amazing. There are actors and directors aplenty just waiting to introduce audiences to something new. Or maybe some familiar in the case of POCs that rarely get a chance to see their own faces and experiences reflected back from the silver screen. I recently had the amazing opportunity to chat with my good friend and fellow podcaster, Susan from Geek Girl Soup. Check out our spoilertastic discussions of Crazy Rich Asians, BlacKkKlansman, and Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. We also delve into a brief spoiler-free chat of Sorry to Bother You and Blindspotting.
It has been an outstanding time for creatives and we absolutely can’t wait for more such amazing work. It has to happen. Black Panther is still out here breaking records months and months after it was first released. Meanwhile, Crazy Rich Asians managed to capture the box office for the third week in a row! Deservedly so. Hit play and listen in as I chat with Susan about the translation from book to the silver screen. Please note that the letter written to Coldplay for the rights to use “Yellow” in the film was written by Director, Jon M. Chu and not author Kevin Kwan. Also, I don’t think I stressed enough how amazing Constance Wu was as Rachel. Everyone was just brilliant all the way around.
If you missed any of these amazing projects, definitely make a trip to the movie theater to check them out or switch on Netflix for Jenny Han‘s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. After you listen to our review of these movies if you are still in the mood for more check out our recent Sharknado binge and The Meg review.
Movie Review: Cort & Susan Talk Representation in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and ‘BlacKkKlansman
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