“It's disturbing, violent, and unapologetic -- a horror story where humanity is a real villain unto itself.” - Valerie Complex, The Mary Sue
“Much of US feels like an excavation, and maybe even an exorcism, of Peele's childhood influences, all in an effort to make a grand metaphor about the callousness of America and its class system.” - Esther Zuckerman, Thrillist
“US stands on its own as a terrifying, provocative, and audacious statement on privilege, race, and poverty - and establishes Peele as a horror auteur.” - Robert Daniels, 812filmreviews
January 31 at 6pm | What is “Black Horror?” As Jordan Peele’s renowned first film, GET OUT, teaches us, this subgenre deals with the social horror of being Black - that is, being the object of simultaneous desire and hatred, in addition to systemic oppression. Peele’s second film is even more ambitious. While by no means ignoring race, US depicts the class divide in the United States as a nightmarish version of DOWNTON ABBEY’s “upstairs-downstairs” format, complete with dozens of ominous... rabbits. Winner of the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, Lupita Nyong’o gives one of the best performances of her career as doppelgängers Adelaide Wilson and Red, matriarchs of two families who, for all their differences, uncannily echo one another.
Awards & Nominations
Winner - Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Lupita Nyong'o), Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture, Image Awards
Winner - Best Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2019
Nominee - Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (Lupita Nyong'o), Screen Actors Guild
Gore Capitalism Lecture Series: Professor Daniel R. Quiles presents Gore Capitalism, a lecture series centered on the everyday “horror” we are living through and how the individual gets caught in uneven wars between classes, races, genders, sexual orientations, healthy and sick, states and citizens. Presented in collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Art History, Theory and Criticism, and Film, Video, New Media, and Animation departments. View full series here.
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