HBO Max has pulled the classic "Gone With the Wind" from streaming for its "racist depictions," but there are much more impactful films you can watch about race right now.
David Oyelowo is one of the most insightful ambassadors for inclusion in the film industry. As he was breaking through in Selma, the Oxford native born to Nigerian parents was in the lengthy process of developing A United Kingdom. In fact, four of his last five films (A United Kingdom, Queen of Katwe, Five Nights in Maine, and Selma) have been directed by women, and that isn’t a coincidence.
As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, why not celebrate the man’s legacy and mission by watching some of the best films made about the civil rights struggle in the United States?
The phrase “based on a true story” can mean anything from “slavishly accurate” to “vaguely based on a real thing that might have happened” — and most movies using the tagline fall somewhere in the middle. On his website Information Is Beautiful (via Collider), McCandless does a scene-by-scene breakdown of 14 recent, notable “true story” films, citing where they stick to the truth and where they deviate. Color-coded graphs show at a glance which films got it mostly right (Spotlight, Selma, The Big Short) and which played fast and loose with the facts (The Imitation Game, Dallas Buyers Club, American Sniper).
Michael Moore is battling a bad case of pneumonia this week. It’s terrible timing for the Oscar-winning documentarian, given that his first release in more than six years, Where to Invade Next, has just hit theaters, and he also had to cancel a trip to the Berlin International Film Festival for a screening of the movie. Where to Invade Next was shrouded in secrecy when it premiered last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“The Academy has a problem,” said the British actor. “It’s a problem that needs to be solved.”
Enough with the studios like 20th Century Fox, Sony, Paramount, and the Weinstein Company, none of which put out even a single film this year that was directed by a woman. Enough with the executives who would rather hand a lucrative blockbuster to a man who’s never made a movie before (like Seth Grahame-Smith, the novice director recently picked by Warner Bros. to direct a big-budget adaptation of The Flash) than a woman who has.
DuVernay made sure to call on them so that they could contribute their insights and memories to the making of the drama, which hits selects theaters on Dec. 25 and has compiled a pristine 100 percent positive review rating on Rotten Tomatoes thus far. Among the most revered figures: longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, who helped organize the March on Washington in 1963 and was the chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the Selma-to-Montgomery march, and former Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young, who was the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at the time of the Selma march.