When making ‘A Quiet Place’, I am sure that director (and star) John Krasinski thought of the phrase “Silence is golden”; almost every moment in this post-apocalyptic horror flick is free of dialogue. Instead, we are treated to a movie that speaks almost entirely in sign language. It was quite a skill for this small cast to learn, especially since teenage star-in-the-making Millicent Simmonds (who plays Krasinski’s and real-life wife Emily Blunt’s teenage daughter in the film) is actually deaf. Whatever it took, I bet that the making of ‘A Quiet Place’ was worth it in the end. Not only is it one of the most intense horror films I have seen in recent years, but also one of the more original entries in the genre.
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If there is a lesson we should all take from ‘Detroit’, (A.K.A. Kathryn Bigelow’s newest attempt at an Oscar.) it would be the phrase “History repeats itself.” You see it in the news more than ever – reports of rioting, racial tension, and police brutality – whether it be as a trending topic on Facebook, on the newspapers delivered from city to city, or your television. This type of negativity is really hard to escape, but these are not new problems, they have become social issues for decades; causing the connection between racism and police matters to become debatable among those who hear the news. It happened in the 60’s, and it is still causing discussion now; which is why Bigelow decided to bring this true event to light.
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