Thursday, April 9, 2020
With President Donald Trump, you've got your pick of excellent clips for use in your Critical Race Theory class. Let me suggest one more (0:07-0:16):
Reporter: Seattle police have reported a surge in calls about domestic violence. A number of groups have raised concerns...
President: About Mexican violence?
Reporter: Domestic violence.
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Too much time on your hands? For a more modern -- or at least more modern than Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and Breakfast Club (1985), look at high school life, here is a film for you. But it probably is not a movie for the family. Superbad (2007) tells the story of two co-dependent high school seniors who are forced to deal with separation anxiety as they navigate through a variety of memorable events, characters, and wild parties. Writers: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg Stars: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Seth Rogen. |
If you watch Superbad, look for the scenes with McLovin.
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Glory is a 1989 film starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, and Morgan Freeman. The screenplay was based on the personal letters of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. The film is about the first African American unit of the Union Army. The story is told from the point of view of Colonel Shaw, its white commanding officer. Shaw leads the first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.
Unlike some of the other films in the "At the Movies in the Age of Coronavirus" series, this is not a goofball comedy. But it is uplifting and inspirational. Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman are memorable as soldiers in Shaw's company.
Friday, April 3, 2020
Looking for light films to watch during the coronavirus stay at home order? The next in our series is Coming to America (1988). Directed by John Landis, the film stars Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall James Earl Jones. and John Amos.
Coming to America is a 1988 American romantic comedy film. Eddie Murphy plays Akeem Joffer, the crown prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda, who travels to the United States in the hopes of finding a woman he can marry. As described by IMDb, "An extremely pampered African Prince travels to Queens, New York, and goes undercover to find a wife that he can respect for her intelligence and will."
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) is the next film in the "At the Movies in the Age of Coronavirus" series.
A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs, and rock n' roll. The high school on which the film is based on a high school in Southern California
The film stars Sean Penn as a student and surfer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Judge Reinhold. Ray Walston plays a by-the-book high school teacher, Mr. Hand.
The chronicles a school year in the lives of sophomores Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Mark Ratner (Brian Backer) and their older friends Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates) and Mike Damone (Robert Romanus), both of whom believe themselves wiser in the ways of romance than their younger counterparts. The ensemble cast of characters form two subplots with Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn), a perpetually stoned surfer, facing off against uptight history teacher Mr. Hand (Ray Walston), and Stacy's older brother, Brad (Judge Reinhold), a senior who works at a series of entry-level jobs in order to pay off his car and ponders ending his two-year relationship with his girlfriend, Lisa (Amanda Wyss).
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
The latest film in the series "At The Movies in the Age of Coronavirus" is The Naked Gun (1988). In a goofball comedy, incompetent police Detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II. The movie is sure to bring you a laugh or two.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) is the next classic film in the ImmigrationProf movie series. And it is perfect for immigration folks. The storyline from IMDb: "A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world."
Monday, March 30, 2020
ImmigrationProf continues its film series "At the Movies in the Time of Coronavirus." We have a true fil classic -- and among the greatest American movies -- for you from 1942 -- its got star power, drama, and tells a refugee tale. In fact, an article by the BBC proclaims that Casablanca is "the ultimate film about refugees."
The film has aged well and tells a compelling story about love, refugees, and self sacrifice. Previously featured on this blog (and here), Casablanca (1942), as this plot summary from IMDb descreibes, tells
"The story of Rick Blaine [Humphrey Bogart], a cynical world-weary ex-patriate who runs a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco during the early stages of WWII. Despite the pressure he constantly receives from the local authorities, Rick's cafe has become a kind of haven for refugees seeking to obtain illicit letters that will help them escape to America. But when Ilsa [Ingrid Bergman], a former lover of Rick's, and her husband, show up to his cafe one day, Rick faces a tough challenge which will bring up unforeseen complications, heartbreak and ultimately an excruciating decision to make."
The cast includes:
Humphrey Bogart ... Rick Blaine
Ingrid Bergman ... Ilsa Lund
Paul Henreid ... Victor Laszlo
Claude Rains ... Captain Louis Renault
Conrad Veidt ... Major Heinrich Strasser
Sydney Greenstreet ... Signor Ferrari
Peter Lorre ... Ugarte
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Need a break from COVID-19 24/7? Airplane! (1980) is the next in the ImmigrationProf "At the Movies in the Age of Coronavirus" series.
Airplane! is a parody film. It stars Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty and features Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (yes, the basketball legend), and Lorna Patterson. The film, known for surreal humor and slapstick comedy, parodies the disaster film genre.
Friday, March 27, 2020
Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia kicked off a series of "Immigration Short-Takes: Mobility in the Time of COVID-19." Alex Aleinikoff, Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, organized the series and serves as host. Professor Wadhia discusses some of the Trump immigration policies.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Have some extra time on your hands for catching up on classic movies? ImmigrationProf continues its series of upbeat movies to watch in the time of stay at home orders and the age of COVID-19.
"Marty McFly [Michael J. Fox], a typical American teenager of the Eighties, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean "time machine" invented by a slightly mad scientist [Christopher Lloyd]. During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love - so he can get back to the future."
Michael J. Fox ... Marty McFly
Christopher Lloyd ... Dr. Emmett Brown
Lea Thompson ... Lorraine Baines
Crispin Glover ... George McFly
Thomas F. Wilson ... Biff Tannen
Claudia Wells ... Jennifer Parker
Marc McClure ... Dave McFly
Wendie Jo Sperber ... Linda McFly
I have pleasant memories of this movie, as it is the first one that I saw with who would later become my wife.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
COVID-19 has given us the gift of time to catch up on classic movies. This week, I have been posting on some upbeat options. (With the focus on the upbeat, I am not recommending at this time one of my all time favorite movies, Taxi Driver with Robert DeNiro.). Breakfast Club is a fun film from 1985 that reminds us all of those wonderful high school "glory" days.
The plot is summarized on IMDB.com:
"Beyond being in the same class at Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois, Claire Standish, Andrew Clark, John Bender, Brian Johnson and Allison Reynolds have little in common, and with the exception of Claire and Andrew, do not associate with each other in school. In the simplest and in their own terms, Claire is a princess, Andrew an athlete, John a criminal, Brian a brain, and Allison a basket case. But one other thing they do have in common is a nine hour detention in the school library together on Saturday, March 24, 1984, under the direction of Mr. Vernon, supervising from his office across the hall. Each is required to write a minimum one thousand word essay during that time about who they think they are. At the beginning of those nine hours, each, if they were indeed planning on writing that essay, would probably write something close to what the world sees of them, and what they have been brainwashed into believing of themselves. But based on their adventures during that nine hours, they may come to a different opinion of themselves and the other four."
The ensemble cast is memorable:
Emilio Estevez ... Andrew Clark
Paul Gleason ... Richard Vernon
Anthony Michael Hall ... Brian Johnson
John Kapelos ... Carl
Judd Nelson ... John Bender
Molly Ringwald ... Claire Standish
Ally Sheedy ... Allison Reynolds
Monday, March 23, 2020
Otis Day & the Knights perform Shout
The days of coronavirus have given us some time to catch up on movies, podcasts, series, etc. Animal House is a classic that I re-watched yesterday. It is light with many great lines, with John Belushi at his prime (and best).
The storyline from IMDB:
The film has an amazing cast:
- John Belushi as John "Bluto" Blutarsky
- Tim Matheson as Eric "Otter" Stratton
- Peter Riegert as Donald "Boon" Schoenstein
- Tom Hulce as Lawrence "Pinto" Kroger
- Stephen Furst as Kent "Flounder" Dorfman
- Bruce McGill as Daniel Simpson "D-Day" Day
- James Widdoes as Robert Hoover
- Douglas Kenney as "Stork"
- James Daughton as Gregory "Greg" Marmalard
- Mark Metcalf as Douglas C. Neidermeyer
- Kevin Bacon as Chip Diller
- John Vernon as Dean Vernon Wormer
- Verna Bloom as Marion Wormer
- Donald Sutherland as Professor Dave Jennings
- Karen Allen as Katy
- Sarah Holcomb as Clorette DePasto
- DeWayne Jessie as Otis Day
- Mary Louise Weller as Mandy Pepperidge
- Martha Smith as Barbara Sue "Babs" Jansen
- Cesare Danova as Mayor Carmine DePasto
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Are you subject to a stay at home order? One possibility for a (sober) diversion of binge-watching. Showtime has all of the Season 2 season of the Trade on line; the season can be watched on a free trial. All of the episodes are "on demand" on AT&T cable. A few weeks ago, I blogged about the second season of the Trade.
"This documentary series from Oscar®-nominated, Emmy®-winning director Matthew Heineman offers a visceral look at illicit industries, and tells the stories of those most affected by them. Season 1 goes inside the opioid epidemic, from cartel-controlled Mexico to heartland America where addicts and law enforcement combat the cycles of drug abuse. Season 2 centers on human trafficking and smuggling, following Central Americans on a perilous odyssey to the US, the shadow industries that prey on them, and law enforcement agents who try to stop them." (bold added).
Saturday, March 21, 2020
On March 20, the Department of Homeland Security posted the following:
Joint Statement on US-Mexico Joint Initiative to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic
Monday, March 9, 2020
A new Showtime documentary series, “The Trade,” explores the immigration crisis on the U.S. southern border, and NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro talked with producer Monica Villamizar for Weekend Edition. “‘The Trade’ follows the lives of migrants and smugglers, victims and survivors, border officials and the undocumented living in the United States. The filmmakers gained incredible access in Honduras and Mexico and with U.S. law enforcement to tell this story of human trafficking.”
This documentary series from Oscar®-nominated, Emmy®-winning director Matthew Heineman offers a visceral look at illicit industries, and tells the stories of those most affected by them. Season 1 goes inside the opioid epidemic, from cartel-controlled Mexico to heartland America where addicts and law enforcement combat the cycles of drug abuse. Season 2 centers on human trafficking and smuggling, following Central Americans on a perilous odyssey to the US, the shadow industries that prey on them, and law enforcement agents who try to stop them.
Saturday, February 22, 2020
In 2015, the film McFarland, USA with Kevin Costner brought the spotlight small California farm town, McFarndand. The film told the heartwarming story of a coach who molded a group of farmworker youth into a cross country chapmpionship team.
McFarland is again in news that even made the New York Times. Facing outcry from the local farmworker community, McFarland city planners earlier this week failed to approve a private prison company's bid to convert two prison facilities in the city into federal immigration detention centers. The next morning, McFarland Mayor Manuel Cantu Jr. announced his resignation, explaining that his vision for the city's growth was at odds with the community's desire to rebuff the GEO Group.
After four hours of public comment in both English and Spanish, the Planning Commission voted 2-2 on the GEO Group’s proposal to turn its two 700-bed facilities — Central Valley and Golden State modified community correctional facilities — into annexes for its 400-bed immigration detention facility in Bakersfield, the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center. With a deadlocked vote, the motion failed.
The commission's vote stands unless the issue is appealed to the City Council within 15 days.
Protestors gather at McFarland Veterans Community Center and Council Chambers on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. They oppose a plan that would convert two state prison facilities into for-profit immigration detention centers. The planning commission met later that day to hear comment before voting on the matter. (Photo: Ron Holman)
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Chefs José Andrés and Andrew Zimmern take on immigration policies in the premiere of "What's Eating America," a new documentary series exploring the intersection of food and politics. The show's first episode airs on MSNBC tonight (Sunday).
The first episode shows how rollbacks on certain legal immigration programs such as H2-B and H2-A guest worker visas, among others, have impacted the lives of immigrant and migrant farmworkers, and, by extension, parts of the nation's food system.
"If you take those workers out of our food system, it literally stops. Immigrants, migrants, documented and undocumented people touch every plate of food in America, at every single stage... We don't have a system that can support feeding this country without those workers."