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Sunday, November 17, 2013

"Cinema in Noir" on Hollywood's Fascination with Black Plight in Film

Last week on "Cinema in Noir" we went on a bit of a tangent over the news of the Roots remake, lamenting over Hollywood's incessant desire to cash in on the slavery/oppression films. This week we expand on that conversation. Throughout the inception of Hollywood, there's been a variety of these types of times, but more recently there seems to be a hyper focus on them--many all at once. While the hosts and I aren't trivializing the importance of films such as 12 Years a Slave, we believe that there is an issue in terms of the lack of accolades or attention other films such as Mother of George, those that deal with other themes, encompass. These films should be able to coexist within the Hollywood realm, but they unfortunately do not.

We specifically discuss actor Joe Morton's op-ed on the issue, as well as Vulture's take. Clearly this is a topic of which others are starting to take notice.

And for our Scandal fans, we end the show with a brief recap and discussion on last week's shocker moment. If you haven't seen the episode yet, you should definitely fast forward.

We also share our reviews of Dallas Buyers Club and Best Man Holiday and chat about the week's biggest casting news.

Missed the show? Catch it here.


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