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Da 5 Bloods | Average Guy Movie Review

Four veterans return to Vietnam to recover the body of their fallen squad leader, Stormin' Norman (Chadwick Boseman)... and the stash of CIA gold they buried with him. But they soon discover that returning is not as easy as it first seemed, and finding the gold might just be the least of their worries.

Director Spike Lee delivers another brutal examination of the racial and political climate in the US. This time he's looking at the Vietnam war and its undying legacy, once again proving that not much has changed in the supposed "land of the free". In depicting events, Lee draws inspiration from some classic Vietnam war movies - shooting in some beautiful locations - and despite going a little over the top on the Apocalypse Now references, it does give the movie a level of authenticity. Shooting the flashback scenes in a different aspect ratio, using film available at the time only adds to this. There are times where the plot feels a little convenient (people showing up…

BlacKkKlansman | Average Guy Movie Review

During the 1970's Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) became the first black Police Officer in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Later he went on to become their first black Detective as well. Whilst assigned to the Intelligence Unit, Stallworth came across an ad in the paper for the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. What started as an attempt to acquire some "official literature" - with the help of fellow Detective, "Flip" Zimmerman (Adam Driver) - turned into a full blown undercover investigation into the Klan's activities, that reached all the way to the top of the organisation.


Based on Ron Stallworth's book Black Klansman, this is defintiely one of those "stranger than fiction" stories. The idea that a black guy infiltrated the KKK is as incredible as it is hilarious. And Spike Lee manages to strike the perfect balance between the two. BlacKkKlansman is an eye-opening look at how much our world has changed, and more importantly h…