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I saw hustle and flow on tuesday-i had a couple of tickets to an advanced screening of it. It was pretty good, but definetely for the younger crowd (early 30's and under). I don't want to give the movie away in case anyone wanted to see it, but somehow i doubt very much that many of you want to see that.

I can say this, i was kind of disappointed in that the movie was really less about hip hop than i thought. i thought the movie in general would be about hip hop and it's evolution over the years, but it was mainly about the hip hop aspirations of one man not hip hop in general.
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I just heard a review of the movie on NPR.

A line by Anthony has convinced my to see it.

Anthony says,

"Let me tell you what I've learned on my job. There are two kinds of people - those that talk the talk and those that walk the walk. Those walking the walk usually don't say nothing; they're too busy walking. But those that talking the talk, well, when it comes down to it, come to people like me to talk me into waliking for them."

I love that line tfro
IMO, the movie looks and sounds like more of the usual junk. Yet another pimp/drug dealer/hustler/degenerate who *gasp!* also wants to sign up for the Rap Minstrel Show and tap dance for Massa. Aren't we tired of seeing this crap yet? Aren't we tired of financially supporting these buffoonish messages? Aren't Ice-T, 50 Cent, and the rest of them already doing this in real life and supplying us with all the gory details in documentaries and songs? Don't we want our children to see a more accurate and dignified representation of us on screen? Man, Malcolm and Martin are tired from all the spinning in their graves. Even Terrence Howard is embarassed by this filth. I posted an interview he did with Africana about the movie and the brotha couldn't even bring himself to admit he played a pimp. He was ashamed. And rightfully so.

We talk all this talk about how Massa is putting out these harmful messages about Black people and only putting money behind the most backward/buffonish entertainment, and at the very same time we can't run down to the Cineplex fast enough to catch the latest piece of steaming hot garbage he's promoting. If it wasn't so sad, it would be funny. The only way to stop the proliferation of this junk is to stop supporting it with our hard-earned cash.
I thought it was pretty good. I think they copped out creatively by giving us the ending they gave us, but overall it was good. Neo-Kem is right, Frenchy. It isn't whatyou think. It won a lot of awards, and that's what made me give it a try. I wasn't disappointed. It actually contains flashes of cinematic brilliance. Terrence Howard, the star, has really stepped up his game, too.
Well, Frenchy, the movie wasn't exactly on my list of must-sees either, until "one of my artsy friends" (as Erykah Badu once sang) said she wanted to see it. After noticing that it won so many awards from so many unlikely areas, I decided that it probably wasn't a typical "one of those type" movies. So we went to see it.

And yes, it was really impressive. While it may indeed be a story about a pimp who wants to be a rapper, it comes across as the story of a guy who understands he's made some major mistakes in his life, that he feels has him trapped in a certain lifestyle that he's not even really very good at. He reaches a point in his life when he feels it's time to reach out toward some dreams. There are bumps along the way, and it's the story of how he navigates them.

This may not mean much to you, but not only did I long ago get sick of "hood" movies, I also really have never been able to tolerate Anthony Andrews. But not only was this a hood movie, it also co-starred Anthony Andrews. So if I'm still praising this movie over all of that, then trust me: it must be a really good movie.

(And hey, who knew Anthony Andrews could do such a great job in a serious role????)
Okay so I finally got the resolve to see the movie...(on bootleg mind you, and spending not so much as a cent of my own money).

The previews aren't an accurate portrayal of the film. I thought the white girl would have a different role...maybe that's why I didn't want to see it in the first place...but by the end of the movie I was like, oh hell yeah go 'head white girl!

I wouldn't be in a rush to see it again. In my criticism of films I'd place this one under the 'cute' category...you know, it does tell a story, it's sweet, good guy wins in the end...average stuff. I liked it but I didn't love it.

Some parts were waaaay too corny. The woman who played Anthony's wife; why was she casted? If the producers tried to get the audience to feel pity for her, it didn't work for me. She was more annoying than anything. And at the end, that "You know what they say, everybody gotta have a dream" line...GIMME A BREAK. What is this, Mr. Roger's neighborhood??

Terrance Howard never played the tough guy well enough for me. He killed it in Big Momma's House. He's just too damn pretty to be hard. He should try being a money laundering villian in a suit and tie...pimpin' obviously ain't easy for him.

But I would recommend it. I think depending on where you're coming from, different people will take different lessons or ideas from it.

Maybe next time Hollywood will find some originality.
Vox-what is it about anthony "andrews"-(it's actually anthony anderson) that you have never been able to tolerate, besides the obvious kangaroo jack? just wondering.

Frenchy, I think maybe Terrence is sending double messages because i saw him on a talk show last night promoting the movie and he was talking about how proud of the movie he was and how he really stands behind it-not a lick of shame.
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Originally posted by msprettygirl:
Vox-what is it about anthony "andrews"-(it's actually anthony anderson)


Well, this makes a world of difference. I loathe Anthony Anderson (what a terrible actor)! Vox, you're back on the Guest List. tongue Phew! I was wondering what my dear, sweet, talented (and white and British) Anthony Andrews would be doing in this dreck.

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Frenchy, I think maybe Terrence is sending double messages because i saw him on a talk show last night promoting the movie and he was talking about how proud of the movie he was and how he really stands behind it-not a lick of shame.


Sounds like a case of "Cash Mouth." Money (or the promise of more of it in the future) can make some folks suddenly change their minds about the merits of their decisions.
Sorry for the confusion on the names there. Yes, I did mean Anthony Anderson. No way he's from England! He annoys me because he always plays the exact same character: the clownish, idiotic sidekick doing foolish things. It's like it's the same exact character, evey time I've seen him. This (Hustle & Flow) was the first role I've seen him in where he didn't play "that guy," and I was happily surprised to see him do a great job. And to think, I probably wouldn't have gone to see it if I had known he'd be in it...
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Originally posted by Vox:
Sorry for the confusion on the names there. Yes, I did mean Anthony Anderson. No way he's from England! He annoys me because he always plays the exact same character: the clownish, idiotic sidekick doing foolish things. It's like it's the same exact character, evey time I've seen him. This (Hustle & Flow) was the first role I've seen him in where he didn't play "that guy," and I was happily surprised to see him do a great job. And to think, I probably wouldn't have gone to see it if I had known he'd be in it...


now that u mention it he does seem a little typecasted in the roles he plays, but i did think his little sitcom show was funny-i think it was called The Anderson's.
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Bam! Check it... There it is.


See Frenchy, you don't even realize you've been the victim of a lyrical assassination. This thread is your grassy knoll! I knew it was Anthony Anderson the whole time! When I said "Anthony Andrews," I was saying that he's an actor I regret seeing, so I RUE seeing him. So since I experience rues when I see him, I called him Anthony And Rues. And I changed the UE to an EW to represent the fact that he brings the Excess Wackness.

And when I said, "Sorry for the confusion," I meant YOUR confusion. I was sorry YOU were confused by my chk-chk-blam! Lyrical assassination! So now! Your face is tight!!

(When are they gonna come out with IronHorse: the Movie?)
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See Frenchy, you don't even realize you've been the victim of a lyrical assassination. This thread is your grassy knoll! I knew it was Anthony Anderson the whole time! When I said "Anthony Andrews," I was saying that he's an actor I regret seeing, so I RUE seeing him. So since I experience rues when I see him, I called him Anthony And Rues. And I changed the UE to an EW to represent the fact that he brings the Excess Wackness.

And when I said, "Sorry for the confusion," I meant YOUR confusion. I was sorry YOU were confused by my chk-chk-blam! Lyrical assassination! So now! Your face is tight!!


That's what's wrong with everybody on this site. You old-heads like to teach everybody a lesson and show them how you do things around here. I braught you some knowledge and I'm accused of arrogance. All you had to do was ask me for clarification. No wonder only 4 people post. I should get my crew from BlackPlanet and set it off up in here!! lol

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(When are they gonna come out with IronHorse: the Movie?)


Now, that's just crab-hearted. laugh

(Vox, we are going straight to Hell for this, you know that?)

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