Last night was date night which ended with a viewing of "Crash". As embarrasing as it may seem, we are quite behind in the movie viewing...
My wife thought it was a great movie. I was more reserved in my opinion. I thought the movie was well crafted, although I felt it wasn't very original in many ways. It reminded me of "Magnolia" and "Pulp Fiction" in its use of multiple plotlines weaving together, and time discontinuities.
My biggest problem with it was the feeling that I was watching agitprop. It used cheap cinematic effects and plot twists to force me to feel certain ways, kinda like a thriller movie which will insert a loud noise and a sudden cut to something jumping out at you at the end of a long shot just to scare the crap out of you, because you can't help it - it is just biology at that point.
It is interesting that many people confuse racism with racial and ethnic prejudice. These are not the same thing and it is important to note the difference between the two as well as their interdependency. Racism is an institutionalized policy of discrimination and oppression. Prejudice is a human condition. Prejudice leads to racism. But in a non-racist society one can still find prejudice. Both are wrong, but one can be solved through legislation, the other through education and social action.
Maybe at some point, I will post something getting deeper into the ideas of cultural prejudices and why all of us have blood on our hands.