I had a plan on my birthday to do a double feature of The Miseducation of Cameron Post and BlackkKlansman. For a variety of reasons it didn’t happen then but we managed to catch both: Cameron Post last Sunday at 9:30 and BlackkKlansman today.
They were awesome.
BlackkKlansman is sorta classic Spike Lee working in form. I’m sorry to have missed the more experimental Chi-raq, but I suspect that this is a more successful film on every level. I’m a bit sad Spike et al felt the need to jazz up the story with a bombing. I mean, it was well done but kinda overrides the actual story.
Cameron Post is sheer genius esp the direction, editing, and cinematography. This is no dis on the acting, which was excellent, but testimony to how good these other aspects are.
The part I found especially effective was how the camera lingered on certain scenes after they were “over”. The most prominent example was the final breakfast: the kids get up and leave and we have 5-10 seconds just watching the reformed gay minister eat his cereal. The next shot is them leaving the building.
The film is full of these stretching moves and they are incredibly effective at making the film feel more real and gives the scenes room to sink in. The pacing is fine! It doesn’t lag at all, which is the tricky bit.
I really enjoyed Desiree Akhavan’s first film Appropriate Behavior but Cameron Post is really on a different level.
See them both!