Blindspotting

Blindspotting

Blu-ray Disc - 2018
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Collin must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles, work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men's friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in.
Publisher: [Montreal, Québec] : VVS Films, [2018]
Branch Call Number: BLI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in
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JCLIanH May 11, 2019

This one (insanely) flew under the radar last year. Blindspotting is a potent and poetic look at race in America set against the backdrop of a rapidly gentrifying Oakland, CA. It's a place where the main characters (played by the infinitely charismatic Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casal, who also wrote the script) who grew up there barely recognize. Though the subject matter is heavy, and the film certainly has some intense scenes, it also has a tremendous amount of humor. That leads to some tonal whiplash, but I thought that felt intentional and it's one of the things that makes Blindspotting so engaging.

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PearlyKayAm1
Apr 21, 2019

This was not easy to watch, especially with all the foul language, but it was worth sticking with.

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amanoletters99
Mar 19, 2019

The Miles character needed some serious anger management therapy, but in this de-evolving society we have brought upon ourselves, that doesn't happen. A good film and social commentary.

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MB85CAL
Mar 07, 2019

Absolutely brilliant. Kudos to native sons of Oakland, writers and actors Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casals as well as director Carlos López Estrada. Kudos to a superlative cast. Thank you for this timely and important film on racism, race relations, the effects of gentrification, and human nature. Highly recommend.

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DiabloDog
Feb 24, 2019

If you like MF this and MF that -- you'll love this movie.

No stars.

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voisjoe1_0
Jan 30, 2019

An excellent exploration of young working class men just trying to survive in Oakland, California. Probably more than 4 stars if you like rap. This is a film that Spike Lee fans will probably like. I suspect that this is an example of what can be done with a very small budget.

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looper46
Jan 25, 2019

Very serious work and quite powerful...It must be quite a burden to be black in our racist society...Great movie, see it and think

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Miller1114
Jan 22, 2019

I thought this was going to be a typical homeboy in the hood movie. It turned out to be so much more. Race, class, parole, the criminal justice system, parenting, relationships, deadly police shootings. All this was tackled in this movie. Good job!

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hammer59
Jan 14, 2019

Powerful and serious. I hope that Oaklanders can conquer it's long history of violence similar to Richmond and East Palo Alto regardless of socio-economic status. Liberty and justice for all.

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gloogai
Jan 09, 2019

Quite powerful and timely. It managed to successfully move between comedy and deep drama. However, it wasn't perfect, with some un-evenness, and sections that didn't add anything. (And did I mention that I am sick and tired of all the horrible language and attitudes of American gangsta culture?) Overall, worth watching, especially since it provided some insightful critique of said gangsta culture.

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jimg2000
Dec 08, 2018

'Cause it's all about how you can look at something, and there can be another thing there that you aren't seeing. ...
-But if somebody points out the other picture to you, ...
No, 'cause you can't go against what your brain wants to see first. Unless you spend the time to retrain your brain, which is hella hard, so you're always gonna be instinctually blind to the spot you weren't seeing.
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That party's full of the squarest of the squares. Nak works for Pandora! It's gonna be safe! It's gonna be nothing but hipsters and artisan beer and shit. You know, goat cheese, acoustic guitar, light music.
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It's one of our CEO's monthly mixers.
-Define mixer.
Well, right now, it's mixed 150 white people with, now, three black people.
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... ♪Fillin' up with fear, I know you
♪feel it I've been feelin' it for years
♪In fact, I don't remember
♪Ever never feelin' it
♪The one that goin' dummy
♪Never felt the need to run
♪But I've been sprintin' till I
♪limp across the finish with a gun ...

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