POP CULTURE ARTICLES

To say that Driving Miss Daisy has aged poorly is the biggest possible understatement. After all, the film felt like an anachronism even in 1989. Part of the reason it was so glaringly dated upon release, was because earlier that year, Spike Lee released Do the Right Thing - his blockbusting and profoundly original take on American race relations...

There are many reasons why, nearly thirty years after it’s release, nobody talks about Driving Miss Daisy. Equally, there are many reasons why Do the Right Thing is still studied on university courses, and name-dropped by people like Barack Obama. Most glaringly, though, the former speaks to those who believe in a romantic past that never existed, and who do not want to challenge their preconceptions of race. That’s not reality, and that doesn’t resonate in 2017.
Because there is such a simple solution to the alleged problems that men have had with this film, it is impossible for logically minded people to take the complaints seriously. There is no rational reason to spew the level of hate that has been thrown up on this movie. The only reasonable conclusion is that people reacting this violently are either scared of losing influence, or actively enjoy dwelling in the hate.

If you’re scared, don’t be. Just save your money and watch your old Ghostbusters DVDs, and enjoy the serenity that comes from accepting your life will continue the same tomorrow as it has today, regardless of what happens with Ghostbusters.

And if you enjoy it… well, that’s just kind of pathetic.
Because wrestlers tend to be such awful movie stars, they don’t exactly get offered the choicest cuts of cinematic meat. When producers can’t find any real actors, and have no money to work with, they’ll turn to a wrestler in the vague hope of boosting their film’s profile a tiny bit.

This means that movies starring wrestlers tend to be utterly atrocious, not to mention obscure. Even the most die-hard wrestling fans miss a lot of films starring their favourite grapplers, but it’s hard to imagine the wrestlers being too upset about that.

We have all seen WWE films, and we all know how bad they can be. But this is a list of some of the truly woeful efforts starring wrestlers, that most fans won’t have even heard of, let alone seen.
There have been some films that are masterpieces and present their complex issues in a gripping, unique, and powerful way that leaves the audience engaged and educated. Unfortunately though, more often than not, films dealing with African American freedom struggles tend to tell stories that should be about African American agency and courage, from the perspective of a white, male protagonist. This has the effect of neutering African American influence, and it also whitewashes history so that its links to conflicts in the present are all forgotten.
This push for support led to some of the most incredibly explicit and unsubtle propaganda in history, and at the forefront of this was a racially caricatured image of the Japanese was commonly referred to as the ‘Jap’. The ‘Jap’ was all encompassing, brutally racist, and reflected an overwhelming anti-Japanese sentiment at both the highest and lowest levels of American society. The ‘Japs’ were presented as monkeys, with enormous buck teeth, slanted eyes, and were just generally subhuman. They were merciless baby killers, who would stop at nothing to destroy America through their sneaky tactics.