05 February 2010

The Blind Side

Written & Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Full credits at IMDb

I’m so sick of these fucking Oscar movies! Up in the Air may have been the most vexing of the lot [I've seen] so far, but The Blind Side, disgusting in its every detail, is by far the most insipid—and, uh, racist. And, uh, American. It’s about three of this country’s favorite things: Christianity, Football, and dumb black folk succeeding thanks to the charity of white people. I argued in [an earlier piece] that Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire was conservative in its own tricky way, but this movie wears its Republican agenda like a badge of honor. In Lee Daniels’ movie, Precious succeeds thanks to a network of social institutions; Michael Oher, the hero of this movie—who, in Real Life, went from homeless to N.F.L. star—succeeds thanks to the intervention of privatized forces: generous and wealthy individuals, private schools and private tutors. Look at that Free Market, takin’ care of business!

Keep reading my conversation with Benjamin Sutton at The L Magazine

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