Welcome to this month’s installment of “Modern movies in [month],” where I share my thoughts on any post-’70 films watched in the past month that won’t be getting full posts.
Dark Legacy (2005) – This is a conspiracy documentary about the JFK assassination, which puts the blame on other important political figures including George H. W. Bush. Though I don’t always buy into conspiracies, I was intrigued by this after watching an episode of Investigation Discovery’s “Hardcover Mysteries” series which explored the death of Mary Pinchot Meyer, a socialite who allegedly introduced Kennedy to mind-altering drugs and convinced him to work toward world peace. The episode doesn’t greatly explore but does give mention to a conspiracy theory that both Kennedy and Mary were killed because of their peace-loving ideals. Knowing that Dark Legacy was a film that implicated the government in Kennedy’s assassination, I was hoping it would explore this theory more because it piqued my curiousity. No such luck! This doc was obviously crafted by someone who has a really blind love for Kennedy and sees him as a man with no faults at all, and the filmmaker seems desperate to grab at any connection he can find to tie government officials to the assassination. Not much compelling evidence is presented; most of the doc’s “evidence” is reaching, based on small coincidences or connections between people. I wasn’t impressed with the film or convinced of its argument. I’ll give it one point for making me laugh with some of its ridiculousness. The score: 1/5
The Internship (2013) – I wasn’t too jazzed about this one after seeing the trailer, but I tagged along with my dad to see it because I can never turn down a trip to the movie theater. I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I expected to. It’s predictable, conventional and sometimes quite corny, but it’s a pleasant little watch. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson make a good team, even if their films together are silly. Tiny bonus points for the cleverly designed closing credits. The score: 3/5
Prom Night in Mississippi (2009) – As far as we like to think we’ve come in terms of eliminating discrimination from American life, we haven’t come far at all. Case and point: Prom Night in Mississippi, a documentary tracking one small town’s reluctance to integrate their prom. Morgan Freeman, actor and adorable man frequently mistaken for God, had offered on multiple occasions to pay for an integrated prom. In 2008, the school finally took him up on his offer — with much resistance from the town, including a group of parents who insisted on continuing to old a “white only” dance. This doc is a truly fascinating exploration of racism, particularly racism in the small-town South. The score: 4/5