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.
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.
Pushing back against charges by some that the film is derogatory towards black men, actor Michael Ealy, who has a role in Tyler Perry's film version "For Colored Girls," came out in defense of Perry's work. In an interview with Essence.com, Ealy defends the film, explains his character (an abusive war veteran) and tells critics of the movie and Perry to look at the "bigger picture." He thinks people should keep the film and the original stage play its based on in context.
Haven't had a chance to see Tyler Perry's version of "For Colored Girls" yet, but I've heard both the good and the bad. One of my favorite film bloggers Invisible Woman did see the film and offered what I thought was a very well-written, measured opinion on the merits and demerits of Perry's work. For her, it boils down to being well-done, but too dreary as a celebration of black femininity turns into lurid tales of being a beast of burden and abuse.
Since Jada didn't have Twitter at the time (he now does), I feared he would be mad that I'd tweeted his impromptu review of "For Colored Girls," but instead he was proud and it made him join Twitter (finally).
The review fell in the both unintentional and intentionally funny zone. It is still a source of happy pride for him to this day.
And now, here it is, preserved for all to read ...
The Snob is spending her first Fourth of July in the Nation's Capitol. Oh goody! I'll probably do something very not glamorous and eat more food than I should. Might write a few letters to Elin Woods to see if she feels like joining in a few business ventures with me since it looks like she might have a little extra cash floating around soon. (Or not!) Or I just might get drunk and watch no-sexy-times vampires versus werewolves fighting over that one girl who thinks one day her fans are going to murder her movie. What are you going to do? The one thing I'm not going to do is update this puppy until something strikes my fancy. And I predict that something will strike my fancy around Monday. Until then, enjoy yourselves. Don't get too drunkity-drunk and blow up anything with yer sparklers n' such!
Here's a round-up of stories I'll be occasionally checking on:
Filmmaker and "King of the Chitlun Circuit" playwrite Tyler Perry was on 60 Minutes last night. You all know how I feel about the works of Tyler Perry. I have no problem will people enjoying crap, but it could at least be competently shot and blocked crap. But that's me. I can't get past the corniness of it all, but the market speaks for itself. Watch and tell me what you think.