Movie Weekend: The Entertainment Bind

I’m contemplating a couple of movies to see tomorrow.

Why? I’m the Scrooge of Halloween. Nothing works my nerves like rude, ungrateful brats, looking for candy. They’ll ring the doorbell until, I swear, it could be heard in the next county. They’ll complain about not receiving enough sugary treats, or don’t bother to say, “Thank you.”

Do I want to spend my money on these critters? No.

Movies to Consider

There’s quite a few “black” films, or which has a black lead, out in release right now, or maybe coming soon.

  1. Law Abiding Citizen,  
  2. Precious,  
  3. Black Dynamite,
  4. Good Hair,
  5. and because I like horror flicks, Paranormal.

Good Hair

I’m indifferent to Chris Rock. His high-pitched, squeaky voice is an unwelcoming, unmanly, distraction. I have no compelling reason to see anything he’s “acting in”, directed, or has any involvement with. The one role he played well was a crackhead in New Jack City. Very realistic. He has this emaciated, dry mouthed, crazy look down to a science.

Aside from becoming a few shades lighter (doesn’t every black male in Hollywood do this?), he looks exactly the same. One would think with his money, he would get more work done.

Based on clips from Good Hair, which makes me feel I’ve seen the entire movie, I don’t get what’s so revealing. Black actresses / entertainers wear a lot of weaves and wigs. Everyone who sits under hot lights in the industry does, even the men.

I think Chris has figured out if he produces a movie mocking black women, a sizable number of them will come out in droves to support it. You know, under the guise of, “Let’s help a brotha out. ‘Cause if we don’t support films like this others won’t be made.”

And folks still fall for that okey-doke? I’ll be happy if there is never another comedic film targeting black women. Let’s strike Good Hair off my list.

Black Dynamite

It’s a remake of a 1970’s film. I’m fond of black exploitation films. At least the two or three I remember as a child. Back then, there were a wide variety of stories, characters, issues, and some were poignant. Aside from glorious, delicious Afros, and obscure street lingo, what would there be for me to enjoy in Black Dynamite?

I will wait for the DVD. And I will shed no tears, if because I didn’t support this film, another one won’t be made.

Precious

I don’t like films like this. I cannot stand them. I don’t even read books like this. The Color Purple was my first and last. Here’s my term for it: abuse pornography.  

Hollywood loves movies about horrendous sexual and domestic abuse, genocide, the evils of war, and what-not. They want to pretend we’re all going to be endowed with awareness, sensitivity, and progressive minded action regarding these manipulative topics.

Really? What’s on the news every night besides deadly body counts, horrid abuse, and devastating crimes?

I have a rebuttal for people who think this opens up the compassion vein in people. No, it does not. Dysfunctional behavior is repulsive and repellent.

If people are acting bizarre, then they are acting bizarre. Abuse as an excuse doesn’t work. The average Jane / Joe is not equipped, trained, as a psychologist to diagnose people’s behavior. Plus, it is irrational to assume nearly everyone was raped by their parents, drug addicts, or are absolute pathetic victims of circumstance.

In aid of what, would this thinking do? There’s nothing new here, moving along.

Law Abiding Citizen

Jamie “shar-pei” Foxx

Hmmm. Gerald Butler is the man from 300. He loves black women. Unfortunately, he’s paired with beady-eyed, Chinese shar-pei face, Jamie Foxx. This is a tough decision.

Hmmm. Gerald plays good guy turned revenge seeking angry man.

Hmmm. A straightforward, thrill seeking, ultra-violent film. He makes things go boom.  No thinking is required.

Hmmm.

Paranormal

Made on the cheap. Reminds me of The Blair Witch Project, which made me dizzy more than scared. I watched it with too many interrupts the first time (at home). The only thing I don’t like is the look of high definition “made at home” films. If I want to see poor quality, cheaply made, shoddy entertainment I watch YouTube.

It’s gotten good reviews by the movie audiences. Hmmm. Horror flicks. I like that joke Eddie Murphy made about horror films and white people. Poorly paraphrased here, “If there’s a ghost saying, ‘Get out!’ I’m not staying around to investigate! I’m leaving!”

And that’s what gets me, why stay if there are scary things happening in the home?

Paranormal picture: this is by Paramount Pictures, made for only $15,000.
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