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May 3 17 tweets 7 min read
Need some distraction? Escape from reality? Here are some new #MovieReviews (all for Netflix US). A weaker batch, reflecting weakening @netflix offer.

Will publish rest of #thread 🧵 as one. ImageImageImageImage
Restless 🇫🇷

A corrupt cop accidentally hits and kills a man on the road and gets blackmailed by another corrupt cop. High energy action movie with pretty good plot lines. 7/10 Image
21 Bridges 🇺🇸

Good cops and robbers and good cop versus bad cops movie, set in New York City. Nothing remarkable but acting, plot and production are well above average in the genre. 7/10 Image
Contagion 🇺🇸

Movie about a mysterious contagious disease that spreads rapidly across the globe. Seemingly based on SARS, the similarities with COVID-18 are eery. Excellent movie. 8/10 Image
Brother 🇫🇷

Rough French movie about a teen who is out in a brutal home for teenage delinquents where he has to hard choices to make. Depressing, gritty story, great acting. 8/10 Image
Quicksand 🇸🇪

Swedish series about a rich teenage girl who is accused of a school shooting with her fucked up millionaire’s son boyfriend. Strong acting from main actress. 7/10 Image
Siberia 🇺🇸

American is set up by his Russian partner and gets in between the mafia and the FSB while keeping a new love in Siberia out of danger. Entertaining with abrupt ending. 7/10 Image
Hillbilly Elegy 🇺🇸

Movie about the life story of JD Vance that is based on the book that made him famous. Sure hope the book is better because this movie was boring. 4/10 Image
Don’t Back Down: Revolt 🇬🇧

A mix of Blood Sport and Taken in which few cliches are spared. Young British-Chechen woman agrees to illegal fight to clear debt of brother and gets taken. Predictable. 6/10 Image
Bordertown: Mural Murders 🇫🇮

Epilogue to the much appreciated three-season series about the autistic Finnish detective is like a long episode, similar set-up, story, and acting. For the fans! 8/10 Image
Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives 🇺🇸

Documentary about one of the biggest A&R people in music, who worked with artists from Janis Joplin to Maroon 5, but it weirdly changes into a movie about perhaps his biggest star, Whitney Houston. 5/10 Image
Sitting in Limbo 🇬🇧

Powerful movie about the Windrush Scandal, that tells the (real) story of a man who lived almost his whole life in the UK and faces sudden deportation. Depressing insight into bureaucratic xenophobia. 8/10 Image
The Unforgiveable 🇺🇸

Sandra Bullock plays a woman who served 20 years in jail for killing a cop and who is trying to get back in touch with her little sister. Very strong acting by Bullock in this overall depressing tale. 8/10 Image
Sorry To Bother You

Movie about young Black man who makes it rich by selling out, which includes critique of capitalism (Amazon) and race. While movie is highly original in terms of cinematography, it is more tricks than story and with a dumb ending. 5/10 Image
The Harder They Fall 🇺🇸

A Black Western that stands out in modern music and cheap movie sets but, in the end, becomes too long and boring like most Westerns. 5/10 Image
Million Yen Women 🇯🇵

Five women come to live with an unsuccessful writer and pay him 1 million yen per month. Extremely strange and original series of short episodes. Refreshingly different. 8/10 Image
I know, I should do some work now, but I think I'm going to go down to my "media room" and watch some more movies. 😊

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May 5
Terrifying! Also, watch the slide show. First, the creepy UF president who refrains from any critique of the bill and then lies that faculty can still teach freely. Second, some of the slides, which clearly make no sense. 🧵
HB7 criminalizes old-school overt racism as cover to outlaw critique or even discussion of new racism, ie covert, implicit, unintended, institutional.

Many academic studies have shown existence of "privileges" and "oppressions" linked to race, color, national origin & sex in US! Image
Again, many academic studies have shown that several of these "neutral" and "objective" policies and principles were explicitly created to discriminate against non-whites and women. EXPLICITLY! Image
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Apr 24
Just did my (one) media interview, which allowed me to gather my thoughts a bit. Here they are. 🧵

#presidentielles2022 #Presidentielles #FrenchElection2022 #France #France2
1. On a personal level, huge relief. Not that I didn't THINK this would happen, but I also thought Brexit and Trump would NOT happen, so...
2. YES, there was MUCH at stake in this election. A Le Pen victory would have thrown France into probably gridlock (cohabitation) and would have been frightening for targeted communities -- irrespective of which actual policies would have followed.
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This is an interesting reflection. I also write non-academic books but didn’t experience this kind of pushback —probably because they didn’t really sell (or because I rarely mingle with the Ivy crowd). 😂
I think only thing @jasonintrator is forgetting is that academics are paid to publish “academic” work. I think “trade books” could be complimentary to that but should not replace it. But for academic, these books should build upon academic research, so why not publish that too?
It’s a bit the same as journalists who keep the “juicy bits” for their book rather than publish it in the newspaper that paid them to find those “juicy bits”.
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Apr 16
This should not be/remain a local story. There will be many more Kim Morissons soon, across “red” America, while many others will self-censure. Students, schools and whole country will suffer. 🧵…
My state, Georgia, just passed an “anti-CRT” law. Obviously, it is not about Critical Race Theory, it is about racism. More specifically, it is about limiting “racism” to a very specific, personal, ideology, overtly expressed and supported by just a minority of Americans.
The sentiment is perfectly captured in this banner: “Don’t Make Me Into A Racist”.

The assumption is not just, “I” am not racist but that racism is not a real problem (ie limited to a few stereotypical “baddies” everyone can agree on denouncing).
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Apr 14
Marine Le Pen refers to her campaign as "optimistic, positive and hopeful".

This is in sharp contrast to dominant portrayal of the far right in media and scholarship as based on "fear", "negativity" and "pessimism". Yet, both can be correct.

A (hopefully very) short thread 🧵
1. Obviously, part of this difference of assessment/opinion is based on ideological difference, which logically leads to different interpretations of positive/negative, optimism/pessimism, and fear/hope.
2. Moreover, and partly related, it is based on the different purposes of these assessments/opinions, i.e. academic qualification or political gain.

But I think there is more.
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Apr 10
The main story of the first round of the #FrenchElections2022 is not at the extremes but at the heart of liberal democracy. And it's not a particularly French story, although there are certain French particularities. A speculative thread. 🧵
1. Far right is not big winner. Le Pen gains 2%, which is minimal, while other far right (Zemmour and Dupont-Aignan), get 5% more than D-A got in 2017.

Zemmour's support is part poor given massive media attention for him as well as his support from within mainstream right.
2. This +7% for the combined far right should be seen in the context of the main story of today, the complete implosion of Les Républicains, the mainstream right, which lost 15% (!) compared to 2017.
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