There's not a lot about Tyler Perry's "Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor" that I can say that hasn't been said by everyone else who was either amused or horrified by it. Other than the whole thing had a familiar ring to it. A late Sunday night, St. Louis cable access channel ring to it.
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I was (and I'm still) going to go see Tyler Perry's new film "Temptation" but it happened to come out the same weekend as a planned vacation. So I though, no big. I'll see it on Thursday, I thought. But then it started on Facebook with enraged friends giving away the ending, screaming to anyone who would listen how infuriating the film was.
Why is that a headline? Because I famously avoided Tyler Perry's last big release "For Colored Girls." The closest review I gave was quoting other people's reviews, then live-tweeting my friend and logo designer Jada Prather's accidental review of it on Twitter. I've since seen Alex Cross, a film so generic it should come in a DVD with a white label and black lettering, but I didn't fault Perry as a bad actor in that. (Although the physical moments where he had to jump or fight or wield a gun always illicited giggles in me.) Alex Cross was just in that it's script was of made-for-TV quality.
This weekend for theGrio, The Snob tackles the cautious excitement (and pre-emptive annoyance) over Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and that most rare of revenge flicks -- the slave revenge film. Why is it so rare? I'm sure it has to do with the difference of the fantasy violence of revenge films like "Taken" versus the reality of slave revolts, like the one in Haiti that liberated the colony in a round of vicious bloodshed. Revenge is fun if you don't think it's going to be directed at you. And by "you," I mean your average white American movie-lover. Maybe Tarantino will pull it off by virtue of being Tarantino, but I doubt Spike Lee could have got this film greenlit.
The Snob was on NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin Tuesday, participating in the Beauty Shop roundtable segment. Joined by Jezebel.com Editor-in-Chief, Jessica Coen, blogger Viviana Hutardo of The Wise Latina Club, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and now University of Georgia journalism visiting professor Cynthia Tucker, we talked about the charges being dismissed in the sexual assault case involving former IMF chairman Dominique Strauss-Kahn; the over-the-top tackiness of reality TV star Kim Kardashian's wedding to that NBA guy no one's ever heard of until now, Kris Humphries; and black Latina actress Zoe Saldana's turn to go all Angelina Jolie and get herself some lady-tinged revenge in her new film, "Colombiana."
Recently academic and author Melissa Harris Perry took one for the team and watched Hollywood's latest offering in mainstream cinema about nice white people saving unfortunate black people (it's their favorite kind), aka, the new Viola Davis film "The Help."
Prof. Harris Perry was able to stave off a head-explosion of irony and focus on everything she absolutely hated about the film -- from the "feel-good" premise of black maids being given their voice by some perky young white woman to how the film took an ounce of history and turned it into a "cat fight" about the "Real Housewives of Jackson, Mississippi."
Directed by Bill Duke, a 9-minute teaser for his new documentary "Dark Girls" takes a look at how colorism both within and without the African American community affects dark skinned black women. The womens' stories in this release are all quite painful in the rejection they felt or still feel from people, even loved ones, due to their skin color.
Maybe you heard? Tyler Perry (of the Madea Perrys) replaced your girlfriends' new favorite piece of black actor chocolate Idris Elba for a part that was once portrayed on the big screen by Meemaw's No. 1 man-crush, Morgan Freeman. Now before you start rendering your garments and suicide dropping to the floor let's remember this important fact -- Tyler Perry is rich now and can do whatever he wants.