I am pissed off about the Oscars.
First of all, what am I missing about the Social Network that everyone else is raving about? That long ass dry as burnt toast movie about spoiled genius privileged nerds fighting over who made facebook first? Aww boo hoo hoo, someone made more money than you ::snifffle stomp stomp sniffle:: on a website.
Boring. I couldn’t even finish The Social Network because it was so painfully slow moving and obnoxious.
So Jesse Eisenberg (who I like) gets an Oscar nom for playing a socially awkward nerd douche bag?
But no love for ANY of the women in For Colored Girls?
Nicole Kidman’s boring ass acting gets nominated like EVERY DAMN YEAR for an Oscar! Is there a clause in her contract that says “no matter what role I play” I must get nominated for an Oscar”? Must be nice to make the same faces in EVERY movie and get awarded for that shit.
ahahahahahaha – ok had to get that out
NO LOVE FOR COLORED GIRLS?????
(which fyi is a movie directed by Tyler Perry based on the 1975 experimental play “For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf” by Ntozake Shange.)
Like ok the movie DEFINITELY has its shortcomings.
1) The writing. Ok so I’m a writer and I don’t wanna shit too hard on anyone else’s writing…so im going to try to be fair. The words from the play are spellbinding and utterly beautiful. The words from Perry’s screenplay are a bit more cringe worthy.
Just because Janet Jackson plays a fashion editor does not mean she should ever throw a tantrum and tell her team to : GET BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD!
umm yeah no.
2) I do not EVER enjoy rape scenes. they are usually unnecessary. i felt that cutting such a brutal rape scene with an opera performance was distracting. rape is violent. I feel like sometimes filmmakers try to make them even more graphic and violent for a movie’s sake and they never need to be because rape is just fucking violent on its own.
For Colored Girls held itself together beautifully on the strength of its actors.
Anika Noni Rose – brilliant. i want to date her in this movie. Her character speaks Spanish and dances and cooks. She is delicate and poised and broken. effortless. she is the one that gets raped…and somehow ends the movie filled with strength.
Thandie Newton – fucking rocked my world! she plays a brassy badass non-whore whore. in her characters own words “I’m not a prostitute. I just like to fuck.” ahahahahaha! see but even with Showgirls-esque lines like that her performance is gut wrenching.
Kimberly Elise – her man throws her kids out of the fucking window. shouldn’t that get a chick an OSCAR NOM???? her acting killed me. she played the role of an abused girlfriend/babymoms with such nuance and honesty. i wanted to die with her.
Loretta Divine – now if u have followed Miz Divine’s career, you will know that she’s been in EVERYTHING. she has her own “Loretta Divine” way of acting kinda like BET meets Lifetime. BUT in For Colored Girls she is on her grizzzzz with the acting. She outdoes herself in believability and connectedness.
MIKE EALY – is fiiiinnneee BUT he also puts his acting chops to the test playing an emotionally destroyed war veteran with a drinking problem that resorts to homicide in a drunken rage. oh it goes there. He finds the line between over doing it and creating a believably distraught individual. and did i mention how fine he is??
Perry mixes monologues from the play with the “real life” elements of the movie. He even intercuts two monologues with each other during a pivotal scene between Thandie Newton and Whoopi Goldberg and it works.
Perry takes risks with his music choices and edits. For Colored Girls dabbles in the avant garde which might also be difficult for mainstream audiences to connect too.
I think hollywood gets mad uncomfortable when African American cinema steps outside of the comfort zone it’s been placed in.
this movie aint Soul Plane but it also aint Precious.
The women in this film are in all different types of relationships and come from diverse economic backgrounds. Perry makes sure to show them at work in offices, in dance studios, hitting the streets like a social worker, bartending, housekeeping, being a damn personal assistant. these women are everywhere.
But DAMN, do not sleep on this film. Matter fact watch it again and tell me if it doesn’t make you want to hit the floor screaming and crying out loud over the brutalities that life throws our way.
The Academy either doesn’t know shit or somehow completely missed out on a movie that could have filled all their best actress categories with at least one nominee.
Oh and Mike Healy, if I ran the Oscars, you’d get a nod too, boo. hahaha
But enough of me ranting, I really don’t wanna be the angry minority blogger, well not all the time anyway.
Watch For Colored Girls and tell me if The Social Network or Nicole “I play myself in every role but I’m skinny and pretty” Kidman, can make you feel that gutted.