Thursday, September 21, 2017

Southside with You (2016)


I can't remember what podcast it was on, but a while back I heard someone doing a bit about how only the most well-known black people get biopics (Malcolm X, 42, etc) while any old white person can get one (Joy, Flash of Genius, etc). That bit kept cycling through my mind while I watched Southside With You. This is that premise stretched out to a ludicrous degree. Do you think this film would have been made/admitted to festivals if it hadn't been about the then-current POTUS and FLOTUS on their first date? Richard Linklater has made three films like this about random, fictional, white people. But this one had to be about the early years of the First Family in order to get Sundance attention. That's some bullshit.

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