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(Universal Studios Home Entertainment)
It's admittedly a little surprising that one of the most impressive social thrillers of the year came from one half of the comedy duo Key & Peele. Jordan Peele wrote and directed this brilliant psychological thriller about an African-American man (Daniel Kaluuya) who is brought home for the weekend by his white girlfriend (Allison Williams) to meet her family for the first time. It doesnlt take long to realize something disturbing is going on. Easily one of the most impressive horror movie to tackle racism since Night of the Living Dead, the premise is tailor made for today. Fantastically, written, acted and directed, there is not a false move in Get Out.
Plasmatics - Live! Rod Swenson's Lost Tapes 1978-81
Despite being a wildly influential and highly entertaining band, there is not a ton early footage out there of Wendy O. Williams and her group, the Plasmatic. This rare live footage was recorded during the band's early years (late '70s/early '80s) by Williams' longtime partner, Rod Swenson, who recorded all the band's videos. This collection includes some of the Plasmatics' first shows, when they took the stage at CBGBs. Some of the footage is grainy, but the sound is solid and the historical significance to the world of punk rock can't be ignored.
I Am Not Your Negro
(Magnolia Home Entertainment)
Tackling racism in America via documentary is certainly not a new thing, however directing Raoul Peck manages to put forth one of the most fascinating examples in recent memory. Working from the unfished book, Remember This House, by essayist, novelist and playwright James Baldwin, the director explores racism through Baldwin's own experiences as well as his relationships with a trio of civil rights leaders: Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the film goes deep into the divisions that are still wildly visible today.