Get Out (2017)

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Get Out begins in familiar horror territory.  A young, black man is walking to a friend’s house at night, and an unseen person in a car pursues them.  The young man, seriously scared, turns around and walks the other way.  He is snatched by the pursuer, rendered unconscious, thrown into a car and taken away.  We’ve seen this kind of cold open before, a million times over, but there’s a racial subtext to Get Out that elevates the horror into a sickening reality… much of the horror of Get Out is based on average, everyday fears and a fact of life of what it’s like to be a black man in America.  In any other movie, seeing the red and blue flash of a police siren would bring hope, but in this movie, it has a gut-wrenching implication to it.

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White Dog (1982)

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White Dog will break your fucking heart.  It’s a movie too sad to watch twice.  It tells the story of a woman (Julie; played by Kristy McNichol) who hits a beautiful, white dog with her car and then takes it to the vet.  When the vets explain to her that if the dog is unable to find a home while at the pound, it will be killed.  She temporarily adopts it, hoping to find it a new home, but decides to make the dog her own pet after it rescues her from a brutal sexual attack from a home invader.  She and the dog have an immediate bond–she loves it as much as it loves her.  She cares for it and it offers her protection and unconditional love.

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