Movie of the Week: ‘Detroit’

“Detroit” (2017) – The definition of power:  possession of control, authority or influence over others; a controlling group. On July 23, 1967, a group of Detroit policemen raided a private gathering at the Economy Printing Company Building.  In a very public display, white police officers forced their way into the facility and grabbed, mishandled and arrested several black patrons, because party organizers served alcohol without a license.  With decades of racial tension already woven into the collective fabric of a frequently aggressive white police force and overcrowded black neighborhoods, the…

‘Dear Evan Hansen’: Beautiful ballads crash into an ugly narrative

“Dear Evan Hansen” – “On the outside, always looking in.  Will I ever be more than I’ve always been?  ‘Cause I’m tap, tap, tapping on the glass. I’m waving through a window.  I try to speak, but nobody can hear.”  – Evan Hansen (Ben Platt) Evan lives in dire straits.  He’s a senior at Westview High School, and like many other students, he carries anxiety about his current place in (and state of) the world.  Comedienne Carol Burnett said, “Adolescence is one big pimple,” and she’s right.  Evan frequently feels…