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For a change of pace, I took myself to the movies yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the movie, Flight. For those that haven’t seen the trailer, here is a recap. An airline pilot (Denzel Washington) crash lands a malfunctioning plane saving the majority of people on board, but an investigation into the malfunctions reveals something troubling.
This movie was about much more than a plane crash. The crash only set events in motion that reveal the secrets our “hero” has been hiding for years. Washington’s character, Whip Whitaker, is a study in the complex parts that make up a person. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot but the movie deals with addiction in a realistic way. The movie shows the many ways in which a person can lie about a problem to everyone. Even themselves. The writing and the acting are excellent. As a writer, it was a case study in developing a fully formed character.
I highly recommend going to watch this movie. Just don’t view it before you plan to catch a flight!
Has anyone seen the movie? What are your thoughts?
- Denzel Washington pilots ‘Flight’ through storm (sfluxe.com)
- Flight: Film Review (moejackson.com)
- Denzel Washington Responds To Oscar Buzz Around “Flight” Movie [VIDEO] (therussparrmorningshow.com)
I know the movie hasn’t come out yet (Oct. 19th) but I just had to say it. Tyler Perry isn’t Alex Cross. Can’t be. Why? Glad you asked.
You know how an actor will play a role for so long that they can never be associated with any other character. Think Jaleel White as Urkel or Christopher Reeves as Superman. To me, Tyler Perry is Madea. Ma to the damn D, E, A. I’ve seen him play that character so much that even in his more serious roles (Good Deeds, The Family that Preys, etc.) I can’t get past it. Maybe it’s a limitation on my part.
I’m sure Tyler probably does a decent job in this movie. He is a hard-working individual that respects the craft. But who made the casting decision? You can’t follow Morgan “Academy Award winner” Freeman with someone who wears women dresses for laughs.
I remember reading something about Idris Elba being considered. I can see that. Hubby and I were discussing various actors and he mentioned Anthony Mackie. Now that I can clearly see.
I just watched the trailer again and Cicely Tyson is in the movie. Can’t be all bad, I guess. Still, I’ll take a wait and see approach to this film.
- Watch This: Tyler Perry Is ‘Alex Cross’ (crunktastical.net)
- Tyler Perry Discusses Turning to Action Genre With ‘Alex Cross’ (aceshowbiz.com)
- Tyler Perry is cross-dressed for success (o.canada.com)
Pariah (n): A social outcast
The movie Pariah is the story of a 17-year-old Brooklyn teenager dealing with her sexuality. Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay) has accepted that she is a lesbian but her religious mother and otherwise occupied father refuse to acknowledge the truth for different reasons.
The writing and directing by Dee Rees is a blueprint for effective storytelling. The characters are multi layered, the dialogue sings (some profanity) and the actors are superb. The character Alike embodies all the teenage angst we all experienced. The audience is a witness to this young woman trying to find where she fits in the world.
Pariah premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 and was released earlier this year to limited screens. This film didn’t get much marketing so the masses may have missed it. However, if you appreciate quality writing, excellent acting (Kim Wayans is outstanding) and an engaging story, I highly recommend this movie.
Favorite quote from the movie: Alike reading a poem that encompasses the overall theme.
Heartbreak opens onto the sunrise for even breaking is opening and I am broken, I am open. Broken into the new life without pushing in, open to the possibilities within, pushing out. See the love shine in through my cracks? See the light shine out through me? I am broken, I am open, I am broken open. See the love light shining through me, shining through my cracks, through the gaps. My spirit takes journey, my spirit takes flight, could not have risen otherwise and I am not running, I am choosing. Running is not a choice from the breaking. Breaking is freeing, broken is freedom. I am not broken, I am free.
For the record, I hate relationship advice books. Let me be more specific. I hate men that give relationship advice to women. I have ranted on this topic to many family members, friends and co-workers. My basic premise is that men aren’t that complex. There seems to be the perception that men are some deep mystery that women must seek a secret code to unlock the inner workings of the male mind. I felt as if some men (looking at you Steve Harvey) chose to capitalize on this. I felt that these so-called “men experts” put all the onus on women to make a relationship work. You just don’t see many books geared toward offering men secrets to the female psyche. At least there aren’t any that end up on the NY Times Bestseller List.
Then I went to see the movie, “Think Like A Man” based on the book of the same name by Steve Harvey. It was date night and the Hubby and I did the dinner and movie thing. The movie had been #1 for a few weeks and had generally good reviews. I enjoy romantic comedies so I went into the viewing with an open mind. The movie was great. I thought it was funny and endearing. I thought the premise was well executed and incorporated chapters from the book into a realistic story line.
Here is my main take away from the movie. Women have the power. We give it away thinking that will help us get or keep a man but the opposite is true. A good man will step up his game to be with you. You just have to require it. Yes, it’s not easy and it may hurt. You have to take the chance that he may walk away. But even if he does, what have you lost? It’s a common sense saying that people treat you exactly the way you allow them to.
To my fellow ladies I say, “Stop giving away your power.” When Steve says, “Think like a man” I hear take control of your relationship. And that’s something I think we can all agree on.
Movies are a wonderful tool to teach story and character development. In my opinion, the good movies are the ones that make you feel. I Will Follow is that type of film.
I Will Follow is the story of Maye, played brilliantly by Sallie Richardson-Whitfield, as she deals with the death of her beloved aunt. The story is a glimpse into 24 hours of her life and the twelve people who help her heal and move on. See the trailer below:
This movie makes you feel something. Everyone has felt sadness, anger, regret, confusion, hope, acceptance and love. The characters are fully realized and by the end of the film I felt spent. These independent films are sometimes overlooked by the majority of moviegoers. The type of movie that stays with you long after the credits have rolled. If you love dramas, rent this movie.
This is what I strive for in my own work. Complete and developed characters. When the story ends, I want you to imagine them as real people and wonder if they will be okay.
Have you seen this film? Any other movie recommendations?