13th (2016)

 Rated very, very R for horrendous language.

Warning: if you’re a racist, you’re not going to like this episode. If you’re a phony patriot, you’re not going to like this episode. If you’re a know-it-all SJW, you’re not going to like the end of this episode. That said, we welcome feedback (@moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis) if you think we’re off the mark in the Next 198 Project. Even if you feel we deserve some serious grief, message us. We’re 2 white Canadians analyzing America’s ongoing racial catastrophes, so if we’re willing to tear into these issues, we’re willing to take a little heat for it. Anyway, Ava DuVernay does a beautiful job of showing the insidious path from slavery to prison (which is the new slavery). Unfortunately, her movie remains timely in this insane year of 2020. This based-on-real-life stuff is right in her wheelhouse and we hope she does more films like this, although we hope she won’t have to.

Note: We’re aware of the come-and-go tinny echo on both mics, but especially Ryan’s. It’s either a pesky stand-up fan or the mics we’ve only been using for 3 months are already failing us. We’re working on fixing the problem for future episodes.

Here’s a link to organizations where you can contribute some dollars to the #BLM cause.

Well, Actually: The Ferguson protests happened in August 2014 and we covered Do The Right Thing in August 2015. Also, O.J.: Made In America, which came out the same year as 13th, was also nominated for Emmys AND Oscars.

Sparkplug Coffee might be just the thing to ease your justified moral fury a tiny bit. Or maybe nothing can. But a series of great coffee products can be had there and you can get a 20% discount when you enter our promo code (“top100project”) at check-out.


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2016 in film

2016 Oscar winners & nominees

Links to: Selma and A Wrinkle In Time and When They See Us

Previously on the Next 197 Project: Total Recall

June 15th on the Next 199 Project: Inside Out