Just getting in from seeing this. Thoughts to come soon.
I was on my local independent movie theater’s website looking at showtimes for Snowpiercer, when I saw a film called Obvious Child was also showing. The poster for the movie prominently features a woman; I’m intrigued by female driven movies so I watched the trailer (posted above), and I knew that would be the movie I saw instead.
As you can see from the trailer, this film is about an up and coming comedienne, whose life is turned upside down overnight, due to a series of back to back unfortunate events. In a misguided attempt at coping with her unraveling life, she gets plastered and goes home with a stranger. In their drunken haze they have unprotected sex and her life becomes even more hectic as she discovers she’s pregnant.
This movie is raw, it’s gritty and it’s unapologetic in it’s convictions. I kept thinking there would be someone: her mother, the baby’s father, a friend; to shame her or try to persuade her to keep the baby, but they all, including her audience at the comedy club, respected her decision, empathized with her and supported her on this journey. A woman whose work I respect and admire, bell hooks, recently stated: film does not exist for the purpose of giving us reality. If my life is shit, I don’t want to go pay $10 or $12 to see it displayed. I guess what I want for us all the time, is a pushing of the imagination, a broadening of how we think about things and not this sort of narrowing down of how we think about things. This is what appeals to me most about Obvious Child, it does that! It tackles abortion in a way no film ever has. Incredible performances from the cast, particularly Jenny Slate, who succeeded in being funny about something so serious.
I recommend seeing it.
Deborah Cox will lend her voice to the Whitney Houston biopic.
The name Whitney Houston is what it is because of THE VOICE; very weird we won’t hear her voice in a biopic on her life.
Official version of my sister’s 1st original song! Give it a listen and feel free to provide feedback.
Here’s another film I’ve recently rented from Redbox that I liked: Lovelace.
It was a lesson in pop culture history for me; as well as just a well done biopic. Much like Behind the Candelabra (another biopic of a pop culture icon).
And just an interesting tidbit, I never recognized Sharon Stone in this film, I don’t know who could lol.
Literally was finishing my last sentence on my review of this movie when my computer crashed.
I’ve spent at least two hours writing and rewriting that review. I don’t know whether to laugh or be mad, but I do know I’m not rewriting it.
So here you go:
Rent Repentance from Redbox.
Soul legend Bobby Womack has passed away at age 70.
Across 110th Street is one of my fav songs; rest in peace Mr. Womack.
Yolonda Ross has been cast to play Whitney Houston’s longtime friend and alleged lesbian lover: Robyn Crawford in Lifetime’s new biopic WHITNEY HOUSTON set to air in 2015. Below is a good write-up for those interested:
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about Yaya DaCosta being cast as Whitney Houston in the new, made for tv movie WHITNEY HOUSTON, directed by Angela Basset.
Recently, the actor to play Bobby Brown in Whitney’s biopic has been announced … Arlen Escarpeta (pictured above).
I don’t have much to say about this casting mainly because this is my first time hearing of Escarpeta. Although he’s not a newcomer (google him) I’m not familiar with his work or able to recall a standout role like how I distinctly remember Dacosta from The Butler. However I don’t hold that against him. I’m always rooting for someone’s big break. I’m enthusiastic for his performance as the “1st bad boy of R&B,” or as Whitney would say lol, “the original king of R&B” Mr. Bobby Brown.
Not related to the biopic, but an interesting tidbit: Escarpeta was born in Belize, Central America in April of ‘81. At 3, after his father’s death, he and his mother moved to the US settling in L.A.
& for what it’s worth, I like his look. Hence this photo in particular :) but I like his look with his clothes on too (ha ha). Again, google him ;)