Mariah Carey in Precious
Hey out there!
Can you believe its 2010?! I for one am glad to give the peace sign to ’09. Man, the last couple of months have been nuts. But, you have to deal with bad stuff and bad people in order to appreciate your life’s good stuff and good people, right?
Speaking of good stuff, as much as I hate winter it is good for a few things. One, I write more because I hate going out in the cold. And two, movie theatres are the only thing open on holidays, so I always catch a lot of flicks. I still get so excited to go to the theatre - you’d think I lived in the 30’s during the Great Depression.
Anyway, here’s some quick reviews of a few of the movies I’ve recently seen. Disclaimer: I have the sense of humor of a 12 year old boy, and the nerves of a Grandma with high blood pressure.
Oprah promoted this movie like crazy and after seeing it, I wanted to march down to Harpo Studios and demand an apology.. (and a meeting with her boy David Foster) Although Mariah Carey and Mo’nique gave Oscar-worthy performances, as a brown woman I left the theatre feeling belittled and embarrassed. It tells the story of a 16 year girl from Harlem who faces extreme sexual, physical and emotional abuse from both of her parents. All you need to know further is that every racial and social stereotype is exploited in the most obvious and insulting way. It was like porn for Rush Limbaugh. Gross.
I had zero desire to see this movie, but alas the things you do for love… ;)
So, it’s about a man and his young son trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic earth. Yeah, it’s about as horrible as it sounds. I didn’t read the book, so I don’t know if the movie missed a beat or not. All I know is that a movie has never made me feel as hopeless and literally cold. The Father and son are journeying toward the sea (I missed why) while encountering one horrible event after another. The boy, who was born after the apocalypse, maintains his innocence and belief that there has to be some good in the world. I think the point of the story is that if there’s a tiny smidge of hope, mankind can survive. Probably true because the only thing that got me through that mess was the hope that it’d be over in 2 hours. Oh, and Viggo Mortensen gets buck naked – twice. It’s pretty bad when even that looks depressing.
On a side note, my movie partner is banned from making any more of our cinema selections – for life.
Alvin & the Chipmunks – The Squeakquel
Now here’s a movie I can get behind! Action, romance, laughs, music – The Squeakquel has it all! And I’m being completely serious, sadly. But really, what’s not to love. Adorable chipmunks? Singing Top 40 hits? That’s as cute as it gets! I did notice though that most of the laughter in the theatre came from me and a couple of 4 year olds.
Oh well. Happy movie-going and happy 2010!