‘Us’ and Them: Why Jordan Peele Is the New Master of Suspense

Without much warning, the writer-director of ‘Get Out’ has taken on a key role in the Hollywood hierarchy. But the burden it brings is heavy. The ending of Us is twisty, unsettling, and oddly shaped. I won’t spoil the surprise, though it demands that viewers retrace and reconsider the film’s narrative structure. Like any worthy brain-bender, it insists upon a rewatch. It’s an audacious choice … Continue reading ‘Us’ and Them: Why Jordan Peele Is the New Master of Suspense

Race, Barriers and Battling Nerves: A Candid Conversation With Oscar’s Only 4 African-American Directing Nominees in 90 Years

Gathered for the first time, Lee Daniels, Barry Jenkins, Jordan Peele and John Singleton break down the politics of who can tell what story, the doors that didn’t open and the game-changing impact of ‘Black Panther’: “It almost feels like, ‘Are black people gonna go see white people’s movies now that we have our own?’” In late January, Jordan Peele became just the fourth African-American … Continue reading Race, Barriers and Battling Nerves: A Candid Conversation With Oscar’s Only 4 African-American Directing Nominees in 90 Years