Colors (1988) Directed by Dennis Hopper
Pigs, fuzz, cops, law, five-o etc etc etc. Even though I consider myself rational, there is a part of me that doesn't trust the police. It could be the fact that the police just seem to have too much power and can do as they please. This certainly seems the case in other countries. Right now across the USA, the police seem to be indiscriminately shooting black people, illegally it seems and for no reason other than they are black. It's shocking to write that sentence in 2015 and it actually brings one to ask oneself: "are we still having to deal with this bullshit?" I think training people to carry guns isn't a healthy option in any society. The Finnish police are armed, but one thing to be said in their defence is their presence seems to be on the invisible side, which makes me think they're getting it right. I watch a lot of crime series and movies and the general depiction really seems to be a positive one. Recent acclaimed series such as The Wire and True Detective only reinforce this notion of the police being the good guys. Dennis Hopper's very stylized (and a little dated) Colors, at least offers a more subjective portrayal of the police force.
|Penn & Duvall share an awkward relationship in Colors|
Right now it seems as if we have entered a time warp and have returned back to the 1980s. In Finland women are suddenly disappearing from the helm of power (as the new conservative government is forming). But while arguments regarding gender discrimination and racism are sounding familiar, the forum online is relatively new. The massive volume of all kinds of voices of reason and unreason are at our fingertips and in our view. For example, it is sad to read that many people do not understand why Michelle Obama wants to spend the rest of her time in the White House discussing and countering racism. Apparently women who got an education and black women who became president's wives should stop caring for the systematic discrimination of others. Because if they do care, that is called 'whining'. Still, there she is and she won't keep her mouth shut. And then there is the American Civil Liberties Union which is bringing Hollywood to court (studios) for gender discrimination which has lead to the continuous marginalisation of women directors. Finally, real things and real issues are being addressed.
|Dennis Hopper, the director of Colors in an earlier incarnation|
|Robert Duvall in Colors|