quote:Originally posted by Huey:quote:Originally posted by zodo:quote:Originally posted by Huey:quote:Originally posted by zodo:quote:Originally posted by Yemaya:
Tyler Perry racked in $21.5 million this weekend with his movie "Why Did I Get Married". Tyler Perry has had a pretty successful run so far in the movie business. But why don't you hear terms like 'oscar buzz' associated with him? And where is his NAACP awards? I could be wrong on the NAACP thing, but really Tyler
with the help of the black community, especially sisters is kicking some serious butt!
Yup the buzz is it's a good movie and as for the Oscar thingy Blacks only win the Academy Award for playing thugs, hoodlums, ne'er-do-wells, hookers and whores. Denzel has an impressive resume of distinguished roles but yet and still he won the award for playing a murderous crooked cop.
P.S. I'm looking forward to seeing Jill Scott in this movie and the upcoming "#1 Women Detective Agency" where she'll play the role of a female South African (I think)detective. Jill is my cutie----I like a sistah with a little heftiness on dem bones. To this day I don't know what the NAACP's criteria is for giving awards for family-oriented and/or Black relationship movies!
Maybe Tyler Perry's future movies will have "Oscar buzzes," if they become a little more dramatic.
I agree with you zodo to an extent with the Oscars. Not every black Oscar winner played a thuggish role. Sidney Poitier didn't play a thug in "Lillies of the Field." Jamie Foxx won as Ray Charles in "Ray." I know that Ray Charles wasn't a thug nor a ne'er do-well. He was shrewd businessman and gifted legendary singer/musician, and his role was positive.
Denzel wasn't the first guy to win an Oscar for a playing a villain, and he won't be the last. As many corrupt cops are in the LAPD, NYPD, and nationwide, it's way too late and too long to get upset about Denzel winning Best Oscar playing a crooked cop in "Training Day." Even after the stuff that happened with Sean Bell, Louima and Diallo, we can no longer pretend that there's NO corrupt cops in America...white, black or otherwise.
Forest Whitaker won earlier this year playing Idi Amin for "The Last King of Scotland." Idi Amin was a real person. And he was a villain, a dictator. There are as many villains in this world, fictional and real, as there are heroes in this world. And nobody will never appreciate a hero, unless there's a villain around to test him or her.
How can any of us honestly get upset about the roles that we win or get nominated in the Academy Awards, when the number one show watched in black households last year was "Flavor of Love?" If we don't support movies or TV shows that are positive, why should we be surprised that there aren't enough of them on the TV or movie screens, when we barely watch them at all, if ever?
It's just like voting, you can't complain if you don't support/participate.
Huey, there are numerous slices of Black life in the USA we encompass multiple life-styles and multi-anythings. My contention is that the negatives within our community are replayed on screen like a scratched record. Tyler Perry's films are a breath of fresh air. I like most his films like "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" and "Daddie's Little Girls" which are pure family fare. I wish more Black film makers( and Hollywood too) could produce movies like "Finding Forrester", "Drumline" and "Antwone Fisher" .
Zodo, I'm not disagreeing with you. Granted, the Tyler Perry movies are a breath of fresh air. They're good, but they're not great, not yet. If he can make a movie where there's not a hint of Madea, they can have the potential to have Oscar buzz.
And I'm glad that you added "Antwone Fisher," because that was such a moving film. I dare anyone to see that film and not get a lump in your throat.
I know some black folks that aren't fans of Tyler Perry's films or plays. I'm not a hardcore fan myself, but I'll pick his films over a "Big Momma's House" any day.