Best Weird Fiction on Television? Atlanta!

Atlanta is a television series created by Donald Glover. It’s supposed to be a comedy-drama about two cousins trying to become successful in the Atlanta rap scene, with the occasional social commentary. It starts off like a pretty basic “rags to riches” type story. Something we’ve already seen. Something ordinary.

But it turns out, this show is much more than that. And this might sound odd, but I must point it out: Atlanta is weird fiction. And Atlanta is weird fiction at it’s best. Continue reading “Best Weird Fiction on Television? Atlanta!”

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The Comedy in Get Out

Last year Get Out was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Many consider Get Out one of the best horror films of 2017. I was intrigued for months, but I rarely watch movies nowadays, but I decided to see Get Out for myself and see whether it’s a comedy or a horror. Well, I found out it’s neither, but can be interpreted as both, and it’s really fascinating to see why.
Get Out is… interesting. It certainly plays with horror tropes, probably taking inspiration from works such as The Wicker Man and The Stepford Wives (and their derivatives), but it’s also very clear from the first minute that this story is a statement about representation of black people, highlighting causal (and perhaps unintentional) racist behavior. Continue reading “The Comedy in Get Out”