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What I learned | Jungle Book; SuperBowl Trailer

Literature was one of my favourite subjects in O’Level. I didn’t excel in it, but it was fun because I got to read stories or ‘perform’ while we went through the plays. I realized a little later that the key to doing a damn good job within the subject is to possess an analytical mind and never to take stuff at face value.

It is a skill that has served me well in the years beyond the short shorts of academia and is what has helped me decipher the subtext in the trailer for Disney’s “The Jungle Book” movie.

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At first glance, it looks your ordinary jungle scene; kid running, animals pursuing him and then it hits you; this is about the Human Race. The Black people, who some regard as animals seem to be lagging behind the white man erm child.

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It’s easy to run to the conclusion that Jon Favreau is being racist, but its actually a critique of the human condition that he has managed to disguise very cleverly.

We also see that the black man doesn’t strive harder after making it past the white man. Does he stay hungry? Does he try to outpace the white man-child? No. He is content with being a few steps ahead of him talking about food. And then we see the white man moving ahead of him.

Enter the tiger… I’m not sure what race is being shown in the next scene…. But what’s clear is that it’s fighting the black race as the white one watches from the sidelines. In fact, it could be argued that this is a veiled nod at Batman’s input in the fight between Doomsday and the super powered beings in that other movie.

"F**k this shhhh"

“F**k this shhhh”

One has to wonder whether this is a director showing the world that he is well aware of the US’s tendency not to intervene in matters beyond its borders until they directly affect the greatest nation in the world.

A question that arises when the black man… I mean animal, has been wounded and can no longer offer any distraction protection forcing the white child to flee and, in a move that is easy to miss, jump to conclusions.

Animals leave your herd at home, the jungle's jumpin' jumpin...

Animals leave your herd at home, the jungle’s real packed and jumpin’ jumpin…

Actually, the white man does a lot of running… but we see that he is not afraid of getting his hands dirty… as long as he is not seen.

However, we see a patriotic side of Jon Favreau come through when he shows that the white man is not averse to taking the bull by the horns when things get tough.

"What a load of bull," said young Mowgli...

“What a load of bull,” said young Mowgli…

There’s a scene that speaks to the treachery that the white person has to face. And what makes it even more brutal is the fact that this treachery comes looking for the white man when he is ‘just there’ minding his own gaddam business. This scene features a snake that sounds a lot like a sentient computer Operating System. I’d go on in greater detail but I’m sure you’re all familiar with her.

Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 2.15.51 PMHowever, this very scene poses the question, are all snakes women, or, are all women snakes. This calls for subjectivity as no one answer can address the duplicitous nature of snakes or humankind.

A theme that’s been prevalent in many movies before this is further explored. The white man offering the rest of the world ‘light’ or wisdom. What makes this particularly poignant is the fact that in this scene, the white man is willing to share the light with his sworn enemy; Tiger race… I’m starting to pick up some odd Oriental undertones here.

Can you see, the light... tonight...

Can you see, the light… tonight…

Then we see the white man beat a bear’s tummy with his bare hands. This visual pun could be dismissed by the non discerning viewer, but it speaks to the cruelty that animals face daily. It almost foreshadowed the lion that was killed in an East African country not too long ago.

This movie is bangin'

This movie is bangin’

The director also alludes to the day we shall all be united and leave in harmony. We can also achieve a lot together when we put our heads together. This is not even masked. It is right there in black and white…speaking of, Black and White; we are supposed to be friends after all. This, I believe is the message the movie is trying to advance.

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Side note;

I’m not sure I’ve seen this much jumping in one ad

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What I learned | Batman V Superman; Final Trailer

Way back when during Literature class, I was taught that nothing was ever as it appeared. If the author mentioned grass swaying in the wind, he likely meant to allude to the young people of his day living recklessly.

That thinking has served me well enough to know that there’s more than meets the eye… Here’s what I gleaned from the trailer for Batman V Superman.

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The title alone tells you that this is a movie about a power struggle, but that’s really just the surface. Who are the fighters? Well, it’s pretty evident that it’s about race as evidenced in the color scheme.

The Batman character is always clothed in dark clothes while the Superman character has fairly bright clothes. This alludes to race relations in the USA.

Blackness

Darkness in America

To further push this idea, you will notice that when they get round to fighting, the Superman character does not carry any weapons. This is supposed to draw our attention to the scourge of violence in the States that has seen black people carry guns, ie glocks, and use them against the supposedly defenseless white people.

However, there is some inverted sub-text that speaks to our colonial history. This is most evident in the part that speaks to our reliance on the white man for aid. He clearly states, “Stay down! If I wanted it, you would be dead already”.

The trailer also drops hints regarding the theme of immigration. The Superman and Wonder Woman characters are from out of town and what do they do? They promptly pick fights with the people they have found in the country they have chosen to settle in.

The Superman character, though white, offers a glimpse in to the lives of hardworking white people that have not grown in to wealth.

Can I scrub your back, m'am?

Creepy fully clothed man leaps into shower of unsuspecting white woman.

For one thing, we see that he is overwhelmed by all the water in the city.

This is clear from the scene where he jumps in to a full tub with a fully clothed Lois Lane. The argument here is clearly, “If you give the less privileged amenities, they will misuse them”.

Perhaps one of the most glaring things to be taken out of this trailer is how it foreshadows the Presidential Election (US or UG, you be the judge). They have attempted to mask it tactfully, but you can not look past the fact that the billionaire is picking the fight with the lowly newspaper reporter.

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Woops, I meant this one…luthor

In fact, this actually speaks volumes about the abuse of civil liberties and people’s rights.

There is also an element of sexism on display wherein the only time anyone pays attention to a woman is when she is wearing short things. The same woman is seen dancing in a long white dress earlier on, but no one ever mentions that particular scene.

The "let me go and pee real quick" part of the movie.

The “let me go and pee real quick” part of the movie.

However, when she steps out in a short skirt and wields a whip like a dominatrix, it is explosive.

Explosions all over. In the movie and in fanboys' pants.

Explosions all over. In the movie and in fanboys’ pants.

The stereotype that black people are more athletic is on full display in a scene where the black character (the Batman) is not in costume and has clearly been whitewashed. Here we see him running around into dust. Yes, dust, further reinforcing the old adage, “you can take a man out of the village, but you can count on him to run right back.”

The trailer ends on an optimistic note, however, as it shows that one day, the black man may say, “Enough! I’m done taking shit from you”.

Oh, you 'bout to learn!

Oh, you ’bout to learn!

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Movie Of The Month | The Letter

In a dystopian future in a city filled with writing pads, one man dares to put paper to pen setting in motion a chain of events that will alter a nation…FOREVER.

Power of Words

A retired colonel must resort to using all his wits if he is to survive. With betrayal and intrigue and other cool sounding things surrounding his best intentions at every corner, he must scribble carefully. The stakes are high and everyone is just dying to have the last word.

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I can not unsee this movie. It’s captivating, will definitely bring the house down – The Monitor

There was no thigh. Where are the thighs? – The Red Pepper

Plays like an ad for our products – Picfare

I didn’t get it. Does this mean I can no longer send Nalweyiso love notes? – De Scholar

 

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Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Rise Of The Miniskirt

Kill The Bill

Synopsis: 

The nation wakes up to terrifying news. Miniskirts have been banned and sexiness has become an endangered species. The only thing on everyone’s mind is to have revenge on the team that drafted the Miniskirt Bill – a team they once trusted.

Critics’ reviews:

New Vision

“Outstanding! Simon Lokodo outdid himself in this one.”

Daily Monitor

“We disagree with New Vision. Just for just.”

Bukedde

“LABA CHAAKI NOLIS WOOWE!”

The Observer

“High ratings. Very observable!”

Red Pepper

“Eh! Those legs!”

Viewer reviews:

A shoe

“Had a beautiful view.”

A skirt

“Gripping stuff!”

Renegade: The Adventures Of Mike Mukula

He was a minister, and good at his job. But then he committed the ultimate crime and money vanished. Framed for corruption, now he prowls the badlands looking for the money so he can clear his name. An outlaw, a bounty hunter – a RENEGADE!

Mikey Mookey

 

Vision Blitz – “Good! Very good!”

Monitor Sqoop – “Bad! Too bad!”

Red Pepper – “Makes you horny.”

Bukedde – “HO!”

 

Photo submitted by the legendary Ayago Rakara.

But first we looked for popcorn.

Movie of The Month | The Budget Edition

No one gets movies like we do, but even we were not prepared for this. It’s a riveting tale spanning loads of hours. Featuring betrayal {of the eyes} vengeance {by slumber} and a cast of political proportions, this story reminds us that no matter how hard anyone tries, in the end, no one can escape the spell the budget holds.

Critics reviews

I could barely keep my eyes open ~ Col. Kahinda Otafire

It’s my kind of movie. It had me up, had me down, had me gripping the edge of my seat for support ~ Baddru Kiggundu

Brilliant. Just what I’ve been looking for. I’d recommend it ~ Mwana Sirina Tullo, Chairman of Insomniacs Incorporated

Maria Kiwanuka reminds us once again why she’s the right person for the job ~ a mattress

Kirunda Kivejinja turns in a stellar performance. I was actually stunned when he revealed he knew what was going on all along ~ The President

But first we looked for popcorn.

Midweek Movie Madness

We have heard rumblings and tale of a person of immense power. Such is his might, even he is afraid of letting it show. Legend speaks of a time when he shall emerge from the shadows, a time when all shall fear his might. Until then however, he lies almost silent, plotting, scheming… beefing, bitching and planning his revenge. Some know him as the custodian of the city, we know the truth….

He really is…

Underworld

It’s 2012 and a beautiful but deadly KCCA vampire rises to defend a chaotic city that is entrenched in a war between good and evil. With opposition bitching at every turn, Jennifer Musisi must fight against corrupt cops, dirty politicians and the infamous villainous sausage of Luzira, George Agaba. To make things right, she’s going to have to face, the underworld.

 

Critics’ Reviews

Wabula, this movie had me on the edge of my chair. Nanti I couldn’t hear what she was saying so I had to lean close – Augustus Tofaayo, Citizens On Edge

Leave our Executive Director alone. You will pay dearly for this – Patrice Smith, Al Shya Boob
That woman is going to have my babies, you wait – Name Withheld

 

The First Cut

We realise this is a bit abrupt, but after constantly being berated for having only new movies with foreign influences, we had to show that we also watch local…and not just normal local, but old local.

Synopsis:

He is the baddest, meanest, singing mammal that kills its prey just by singing. When that doesn’t work, he just stabs you. He even made a movie just so you know he’s not lying.

Its production took quite a long time but the movie finally drops. ULK premiers a local classic…

Darkness

They took over from production company UEB and brought you worldwide blockbusters like Load Shedding. And now they are back with the much-anticipated, hard-hitting, big budget sequel: Darkness…