Charlene Yi’s “Paper Hearts”: OK, but I had some problems with it. Mainly, I don’t like women or Asians. It was hard to get past that.
Archive for January 18th, 2009
Lady sitting near me in lobby, interviewing someone, has the most annoying baby-doll voice. Keep looking up expecting to see Jean Kasem.
Sundance diary day 3: http://tinyurl.com/a27ykw
Day 3 (Saturday, Jan. 17)
It was a little past 3 a.m. when I crawled into my very comfortable bed last night, and only 9:00 when I had to expel myself from it this morning. I had to get up because I really wanted to see the movie about the obese illiterate teenager who’s impregnated for the second time by her father.
The movie is called “Push: Based on a Novel by Sapphire,” and yes, that’s actually the onscreen title, perhaps to distinguish it from “Push It: Based on a Song by Salt ‘n’ Pepa.” It screened at 10 a.m., which is far too early to see a film about an obese illiterate teenager who’s impregnated for the second time by her father, and whose mother fostered the abuse and sees the girl as a rival for her man’s affections. And the abusive mother being played by Mo’Nique? What time of day WOULD be right for that??!
Lo and behold, it’s a fantastic movie, harrowing in its details but consistently tactful and un-gratuitous in its depiction of them, and ultimately hopeful and redeeming. The 16-year-old Harlem girl in question is played by a new actress named Gabourey Sidibe, and man alive, what a performance. There’s no question about it: She really is very fat. No, also, she’s fantastic — heartbreaking, funny, and unforgettable.
There’s a “dreamcatcher” in the bedroom where I’m staying. I don’t like the idea of some stranger sifting through my dreams after I leave.
“The Greatest,” starring Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon as grieving parents: COMPLETE TRAINWRECK.