This podcast takes the number 1 spot because, it it most successful at evaluating how deep race pours into movies. What makes it even more interesting is they explore race specifically in horror movies which is uncharted territory, a depth not often explored. The begin the conversation by explaining the premise of the recently released movie "Get Out". "Get Out" is about a black man that goes to visit his white girlfriend and is met with a white family frighteningly obsessed with black culture. They then transition in exploring how this story connects with other horror movies and what they reveal about American culture. They pull out so many hidden messages including the fact that the white man who kills the monster that kills the black man is then both intellectually and racially superior.
This podcast ranks number 2 because it is not as original as the "The Horror, The Horror" but it is still very insight and thought provoking. This podcast explores Barry Jenkins's movie "Moonlight". Moonlight is a story that looks at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. They start off the interview with explaining surface things like the fact that he grew up poor in the hood and his mother is a crackhead and how that resonates with a lot of black men in America. What brings this podcast up the ranks is when they begin to explore how the movie represents intimacy between men, masculinity, and the fluidity of identity. They reveal that the film essentially explains how we change based on our experiences growing up in society.
This podcast ranks number 3, mostly because it is more original than the latter two. This podcast explores ABC's hit show "Black-ish". "Black-ish" is a comedy about an upper middle class black family living in the suburbs of Los Angeles. What puts this podcast in the middle rank is the conversation about generation z and the response that this "new" generation has to racism and the new forms of racism this particular generation is exposed to. Being apart of generation z, this really caught my attention. This podcast reveals racially ironic facts about the show including the fact that the writer and producer is black, the audience is 75% white, yet most of the show's premise surrounds black culture. If this podcast went deeper into exposing what this show says about society as a whole it would deserve a higher rank.
This podcast ranks number 4 because it lacks originality and depth. This podcast begins by analyzing the movie "Southside With You". This a story of an encounter between Mr. and Mrs. Obama. What keeps this podcast out of last place is when they talk about the relationship this particular story has to other black movies. They reveal that black love is stylized in movies and is intended to make it "safe", take the edges off, and make white people comfortable. This podcast would deserve a higher rank if they went more in depth about why this style was developed and what it translates about society.
This podcast ranks number 5 because, it fails to go as in depth as it has the potential to. This podcast is centered around the fact that for the first time, African-American documentaries make up most of the nominees at the Oscars. They talk about intensively educating documentaries like "I am Not Your Negro", "Life", "Animated", "13th", and "OJ:Made in America" yet fail to have any conversation with substance beyond what has been said time and time again. I did learn some of the aspects that go into making these types of documentaries and the emotional damage that can result from the extensive research involved in making these documentaries. One of the best quotes that stuck with me from this podcast is "You can't convince a racist of your value". This podcast has the potential to be number 1 if they analyzed each film and why they deserve to win the Oscar, for someone who hasn't seen all of the films.