Reelout: Out In the Night

The movie Out in the Night is the story of a posse of black lesbians who get assaulted in the New York city streets after rejecting a man’s advances. They end up stabbing the man in self defence, and are antagonized by the legal system. The four women are Venice Brown, Terrain Dandridge, Renata Hill and Patreese Johnson. They become known as the New Jersey Four, and the events are blown out of proportion by the media. This film follows their attempts to navigate the court system, rebuild their lives, and the struggles of the lawyers who take their case. It makes many comments of racial prejudice, toxic masculinity, and male entitlement.

Attending this festival was a wild experience from start to finish. I got the feeling that is was a safe space. As a queer girl from a small town with racist parents, getting to be in an environment where i can be as gay and feminist as i want to be is a rare treat. I had a fabulous time. I went with my friends with queers on campus, and we sat in the back and made fun of straight boys while reapplying our lipstick. 10/10 would recommend.

in conclusion, it was a lovely movie and I would see it again.

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3 thoughts on “Reelout: Out In the Night

  1. Hi Spacebabe666! I really enjoyed your writing style, and it is clear you have some real literary talent. Because of this, and the abrupt nature of your review, I was left wanting more. Were there any scenes that stood out to you in the film? Did you identify or sympathize with any one of the film’s main characters more than another? Did you find the director portrayed the struggles of these young women accurately, and was this portrayal an engaging one? I do have one comment about your final paragraph. I’m overjoyed that the Reelout festival was a welcoming environment, and that you to felt quite comfortable. However, I am thoroughly disappointed that you used this safe space to “make fun of straight boys”. As we all know, no person chooses their sexual orientation, and to discriminate someone on that basis (regardless of whether or not they represent a majority in society) is wrong, and runs completely contrary to the nature of this inclusive festival. As a heterosexual male myself, I feel less comfortable about attending this festival in the future knowing that I may be made a target of ridicule and disrespect in an environment which I felt was a comfortable and completely inclusive space.

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  2. Really great writing style and overall good review. But similar to what Bagler902 said: is there any scenes that stuck with you? What did you like most about the film and what did you think worked/ didn’t work? Were there any parts of the movie that you felt you could relate to and if so in what way? Thank you for sharing your personal experience!

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  3. Your review is very short, but there is a lot of potential for expansion. First of all, it’s a bit unclear – is this film a documentary, or is it purely fiction? Do you think it adheres well to its genre? How was the storytelling? Do you have any notes about the editing or cinematography?
    Moreover, what kind of comments does the film make on racial prejudice, toxic masculinity, and male entitlement? Once again, there’s a lot of space for elaboration. Did you feel like you learned anything from the film? On the flipside, are there any criticisms that you could make?
    You did a good job of implementing your personal experience, and in a very likeable tone. I would have liked it if you’d gone further in describing the atmosphere of the screening. How else was did it differ from, or imitate, regular movie theatre conventions?
    Overall, I appreciated your review, and have a newfound interest in the film. I do suggest that you develop your ideas a bit more next time, and to do a little bit more proofreading. I look forward to your future posts.

    (reposted because my original comment seems to have disappeared)

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