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Us review Jordan Peeles horror flick holds up a dark mirror to

first_img 2019 movies to geek out over Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies Us tells the story of Adelaide Wilson, a wife and mother whose traumatic childhood experience casts a shadow over a summer beach trip with her family. Trauma haunts survivors for years to come like a shadow they can’t shake, and Us puts the members of the Wilson family face-to-face with their own shadows: doppelgangers in red jumpsuits wielding glinting gold scissors. They’re called The Tethered, and they’ve got a score to settle with their better look-alikes.You could say Us has been hotly anticipated. It follows 2017’s Get Out, a tightly-made, critically acclaimed thriller with a social message that earned Peele an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. It helped set him up as a bright light in the realm of thrills and suspense. In fact, he’s pretty busy these days with projects like the reboot of the Twilight Zone, for which he’s the executive producer and host, and Weird City, a YouTube Original dystopian anthology series. Lupita Nyong’o takes a good long look at herself in Us. Claudette Barius So it’s hard not to make comparisons to Get Out. But where Get Out was a tidy concept, executed in a way that deliberately and carefully guided you through the story toward the big ideas, Us is bigger, broader and perhaps less neat. One of the inevitable questions people will ask about Us is whether it’s scarier than Get Out. Peele gets the dread machine going in the first scene at a beach-side amusement park, and the tensest moments include the Wilson family trying to figure out why people outside are trying to get in. And that old horror staple, the ominous Bible verse, will never not be creepy — in this case, Jeremiah 11:11. You can see the uncomprehending terror on Lupita Nyong’o’s face as she stares at her Tethered counterpart, tears streaming down her cheeks. SXSW 2019 Jordan Peele’s Us gets a new trailer and it’s terrifying 77 Photos 2 Mar 15 • LG ‘Snow White’ makes ice cream from capsules Mar 19 • AOC, Bill Nye and the apocalypse: The insanity of SXSW 2019 1:00 SXSW 2019center_img Mar 15 • Men can now breastfeed reading • Us review: Jordan Peele’s horror flick holds up a dark mirror to Get Out See All Share your voice But while Us shoots for a next level of frightening, it runs into a few weak spots along the way.For one, we learn the Tethered aren’t just knocking on the Wilsons’ door. But that larger plot is pretty vague.The effectiveness of the movie’s humor is also tough to gauge. The audience at SXSW was extremely game, laughing uproariously, even in places where it wasn’t entirely clear whether there was a joke to be had — like when the Tethered first show up in the Wilsons’ driveway, and Gabe Wilson (Winston Duke), who’d been dadding it up hard (in the best way) since the start of the movie, goes outside with a bat and some adopted bravado to try and get these mysterious figures to leave. The audience howled.In a horror film a well-placed quip can cut the tension to not only temporarily relieve the audience but also enable the tension to build back up again. Stick it in the wrong place and the laughs just undercut everything around it.Throughout the film, we’re shown lots of mirrors and reflections, visually reflecting the theme. After all, the Wilsons are seeing themselves like they never have before, though warped.Similarly, Us mirrors Get Out. It’s more scary fare with social commentary. But the copy’s never quite the same as the original.Want another take on Us? See GameSpot’s review here. Comments Tags • It shouldn’t come as a shock that a horror film titled Us plays with the idea that perhaps we are the villains.The film’s writer, director and producer, Jordan Peele, addresses how we fear and hate those we consider to be other without examining ourselves. “Maybe the monster we need to look at has our face,” Peele told the audience at the film’s world premiere during SXSW 2019. “Maybe the evil is us.” Us opens March 22 in the US and UK. Looking in a mirror is one of the recurring motifs of Peele’s new horror flick, and the biggest metaphorical theme too. Movie reviewslast_img read more

B Chy demands reconstitution of EC for fair polls

B Chy demands reconstitution of EC for fair polls

first_imgAQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. File PhotoPresident of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Badruddoza Chowdhury on Friday laid emphasise on forming a neutral government dissolving parliament for the sake of a fair and neutral general election, reports UNB.Speaking at an iftar party, he also demanded reconstitution of the current election commission with impartial persons to hold the 11th parliamentary elections in a credible manner.Dhaka city north unit BDB arranged the programme at a convention centre in the city’s Uttara area.B Chowdhury, also a former president, said, “A level-playing field must be created first to remove the obstacle towards holding an acceptable national election.”To ensure a level-playing field, he said an election-time neutral government, a proven neutral election commission and dissolution of parliament are crucial so that ministers and MPs cannot avail of government facilities during the polls.The BDB chief also said it is unlikely that there will be a level-playing field when hundreds of opposition leaders and activists will be there in jail during the election.He also talked against extrajudicial killings in the name of anti-narcotics drive. “We don’t know who’re being killed in the name of the anti-drug drive and using other excuses. We also don’t know their identities. Bur, there’s an allegation that they’re political activists.”B Chowdhury said a level-playing field will also not be created if political activists are killed or arrested on various excuses while the field remains under the control of a particular party.Accusing the government of keeping BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail ignoring the apex court order, he called upon it to be respectful to the rule of law and the verdicts of the judiciary.The former president observed that both Awami League and BNP leaders and activists are afraid of post-election violence and their security if their respective party loses the polls due to longstanding conflicts between the two major parties.Even the common voters, he said, are also in doubt which party will be able to ensure their security after the election.Under the circumstances, he said, the political scenario can be changed if only a third political force emerges out of people’s fear about the two parties and for the sake of peace and discipline in the country.last_img read more

Understanding School Finance Bills In The Special Session

Understanding School Finance Bills In The Special Session

first_imgMarjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneGov. Greg Abbott lays out items for a special session at a press conference on June 6, 2017.The Texas House is taking up several measures aimed at reforming the state’s school finance system. It’s one of the issues that prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to call the special session.  What do these measures propose? How are they different from the ones up for consideration during the regular session? And how would they change the ways in which schools are funded? Chandra Villanueva, senior policy analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, lays out the details of the proposed measures. Sharelast_img

Turning a new leaf

Turning a new leaf

first_imgHamsa Moily’s book Homecoming-poems was released on Wednesday by politician and author Shashi Tharoor.The book which consists of a collection of 30 poems is published by Rupa Publications and includes a foreword by diplomat and successful littérateur Pavan Kumar Varma.The poems in the book speak about the mysteries of life and death; about love that is seamless and unconditional, about a yearning to turn a new leaf, a new life. These poems come from music through silences, which is nothingness, and from this nothingness these poems have arrived. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Commenting on the book, the minister of oils and gas, Veerappa Moily, father of Hamsa Moily said, ‘I am not here to talk about her book as a politician or a father, I speak from the perspective of an author. Hamsa’s poems reflect a certain purity which is rarely seen in the poems these days, her poems are devoid of the sense of self and pride which is very difficult for an author. I, myself have never been able to detach from my sense of self in my works.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe poet, on the occassion, read out two of her poems including the one titled, Homecoming from the book and said, ‘I have written these poems in 30 days. Enclosed within the four walls of my room, these poems arose from my loneliness, from nothingness, from silence.’Hamsa moily is a Bharatanatyam dancer and an experimental choreographer. She has acted in a Tamil film, Shringaram, based on the lives of Devadasis.She has recently choreographed a Hindi play for children, Kyun Kyun Ladki, inspired by Mahashweta Devi’s book by the same name, and an English play for children written by Rabindranath Tagore. She describes herself as a seeker and a practitioner of yoga. If you are a literature lover, grab a copy of the book soon.last_img read more

Hip Headset

first_img 1 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. November 14, 2008 Aliph Jawbone 2 Bluetooth headset CNET’s rating: 8.7 Excellent The good: The Aliph Jawbone 2 (from $105) is a fashionable Bluetooth headset with a comfortable fit and an array of noise-canceling and voice-enhancement technologies that result in amazing sound quality. The bad: The Aliph Jawbone 2 doesn’t have a volume rocker, and the LED light is located directly on top of the Talk button. The bottom line: Despite its quirks, the Aliph Jawbone 2 is quite possibly the ultimate Bluetooth headset in terms of design and sound quality.  Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more