Archive for the ‘2009’ Category

Good Hair – **(*)

Posted: February 1, 2017 in 2009, Comedy, Documentary, USA, XX1/2

The hair industry for black women (and some men) in the United States is a multi million business. Black women spend thousands of dollars on their hair. All because they assume their natural hair is bad hair.

It’s a weird concept for a documentary. Especially when you’ve never before gave it any thought. Unless of course, you are black and live in the US.

The movie really talks only about this obsession of black people to have good hair and the money they spent on getting good hair. It doesn’t really talk about its social of psychological impact. It just talks about the craziness of the business.

The documentary is hilariously intriguing. It’s a non topic, really. But it’s brought in such a way that you can easily digest all that relatively useless information. It helps that Chris Rock is chosen to be the investigator. He’s excellent. If he’d host a documentary series, you would watch all the episodes. He’s like Louis Theroux. He just lets people talk and only responds by looking puzzled. His remarks are inoffensively sarcastic.

Now get this:

  • some black women spend 20.000 dollars a year on their hair. even those who cannot afford it.
  • there’s a dangerous chemical ingredient called sodium hydroxide that a large majority of black people put in their hair to ‘straighten’ it as if it’s the most normal thing to do, even when it burns their skull
  • some Indians ritually offer their long hair to a temple out of faith and for free. but that hair later is sold an resold for thousands of dollars so women in the US can wear weaves… !
  • some Indian hair collectors just cut it from women in movie theaters while they are being concentrated on the love scene on screen !!! its only a ‘little crime’ as explained in the documentary
  • men who date black women can tell a lot about their hair on the first date. If it’s not natural than it means she won’t go swimming with you, she’ll need a LOT of money to maintain it, she won’t let you touch it during sex, …. one of the funnier scenes is when Chris Rock asks the guys in the barber shop whether sex with white women is better just because they are less concerned about their hair…

Again, the focus of the documentary is on the business. And it’s entertaining. Throughout the movie Chris Rock follows contestants of a silly hair show in Atlanta. It’s okay, but it’s not taken seriously (which it shouldn’t). It would be a much more serious documentary if they would focus more on already mentioned social and psychological issues like black women honestly believing that an afro hairdo will lower their chances on the job market. (very confronting scene which isn’t really examined up closer). Or why some women spend more money on their hair than on healthy food or education for their children…

But a serious documentary wouldn’t be as much fun.

Luckily it’s 2017 and natural hair is back!!!!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1213585

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Best Worst Movie – (*)

Posted: March 12, 2016 in 1/2, 2009, Documentary, USA

This is weird. It’s a documentary about the cult success of one of the worst movies ever: Troll 2. Maybe, just maybe, if you’ve actually seen that perfectly bad horror comedy, you might be excited about seeing this. But if you haven’t, don’t even bother. The director is the actor who ‘starred’ as a kid in the straight to vhs movie from 1990. Needless to write that he hasn’t acted since. The ‘star’ of this documentary is douche called George Hardy, who plays the dad in the above mentioned movie. He’s a dentist, somewhere in a southern small town, where everyone is shocked to learn that their favorite citizen starred in a (bad) movie. There’s a scene in the beginning of the documentary where someone says ‘I cannot think of anyone who doesn’t like George’. Well, guess what: I DON’T. What a silly, obnoxious, stupid twat. And he’s in almost every scene!

Sure it’s interesting to see that a bad movie becomes a cult classic (in the USA) twenty years later. But to fill 90 minutes with interviews of die hard fans organizing screenings and anyone involved in making the movie: nooooooo !

Let it go, Michael Stephenson, let it go!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1144539

Goodbye Solo – *

Posted: November 20, 2015 in 2009, Drama, USA, X

 

This movie scores 89 on metacritic with nothing but positive reviews. Either there is something terribly wrong with my feelings of empathy or the movie critics have never thought of suicide or hung out with a Senegalese pall before.

Here you have a story of an old and grumpy guy who’s fed up with life and has planned to commit suicide on a specific day in a specific location. All he needs is a taxi driver to bring him to the spot and that’s it. He plans the end of his life perfectly. Pays his debts, sells his house, closes his bank account and books a taxi driver to bring him to a mountain spot in the Appalachians. Great! Hooray for the freedom to choose how you end your life!

But then he encounters an obnoxious, over-cheerful, African immigrant taxi driver who feels the need to help this man change his mind. This is where I don’t get the movie critics. This is where I don’t get the promotion team behind the movie selling it as a ‘feel good movie’. From the very first scene this taxi driver interferes with his client’s wishes. He stalks him, forces his friendship on him, gets noisy, calls him Big Dog and Man to the point that you can’t wait for the client to get fed up and sling a fist into his face. (which happens an hour into the movie).

The Senegalese character is so incredibly annoying. He kills the movie from the very start. Yet, apparently, I’m the only person in the world who feels this way since everyone just loves this character. Like, really? Really? REALLY?

Luckily it ends well. In fact, it’s the end that saves the whole movie. Not the look I have no budget but I can make a film look great cinematography. Not the I‘ve never acted in my life and try to be as natural as possible by not acting at all skills of the main performers. But the fact that in the end, the taxi driver does what he was supposed to do and even helps him make that end journey more pleasant.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1095442

Ten years already!

Christmas 2004 is a date a lot of people will remember.

This is a great documentary made for the UK tv based on interviews of survivors and using a lot of video material from the survivors themselves and others who filmed the horrific events with their cellphone or video cameras.

It’s not easy to make a coherent documentary with amateur footage, but the makers pull it off. You can discuss why some of the images weren’t edited out (the dead bodies, the references to God, … ), but in the end it’s a real captivating document, which a documentary should be all about.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1638939/

It’s all on youtube:

 

E.R. Season 15 – *(*)

Posted: December 12, 2014 in 2009, Disease of the week, Drama, USA, X1/2

Last season.

Really not the best.

Not even the cameo’s of former cast members are good.

Badly scripted and acted as if they all wanted it to end.

😦

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108757/episodes?season=15&ref_=tt_eps_sn_15

The Princess and The Frog lacks the humor and excitement of an average Pixar production, but has all the charm of a classic Disney movie: a strong heroin, funny side characters (a trumpet playing alligator and a heavily accented cajun firefly), a fascinating voice cast and an entertaining jazzy soundtrack. It all feels like it could have been made in the sixties as well with pretty old-fashioned and blank animation. The main characters are very unappealing looking frogs, but it’s set in New Orleans and has a positive message. It’s about a waitress who encounters a poor prince that has been turned into a frog by a voodoo man. He hopes to become a human again by kissing her, but instead she turns into a frog herself. It’s a great movie for kids. A good movie for adults.

www.imdb.com/title/tt0780521

Lucky Luke – 1/2

Posted: April 1, 2014 in 1/2, 2009, Action, Comedy, France, Western

This is crap.

The comic book series isn’t funny. This movie isn’t either. It’s silly.

But the cinematography is amazing. And the editing at times as well.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1235536