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Highly Suspect Reviews: “Black KKKlansman”

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Spike Lee returns with this true story of a black police officer (played by John David Washington) who in the late 70s/early 80s infiltrated the Klu Klux Klan through phone calls and an odd phone pal relationship with then Grand Dragon, David Duke (Topher Grace). Since obviously, he wasn’t going to be convincing when he attended a meet in person, another police officer (Adam Driver) assumed his persona during these occasions. Lee applies his story mechanics and, eventually, modern day contextualization to the film along with touches of Blacksploitation cinema stylistics making for a film that despite rave festival reviews, had a mixed reaction from our crew of reviewers, Chris, Michael, and Ben. Listen to their review here.

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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.