By Julie Denice Griffin
“When your heart is at peace and your head is clear. Begin. Take that step. It will help you along.”
As she dreams of white lace and promises, awakening to her spa bath drenching her with sweet love and gentle amore’ – prancing gently through the lavish penthouse to a ladies in waiting luxury on a rose covered trail, our heroine begins a journey of education she, forced to learn did not plan for. And is now a victim of. “He hits me,” she tells her mother. “When?” Asks her mother astounded. On second thought, her mother cruelly replies, “Well, you must stop doing whatever you’re doing to make him angry!” “Now just be a good wife – and just do what the man says” of her daughter’s fiance’ and abusive investment broker partner.
Meanwhile…at the Atlanta, Georgia Courthouse Madea prepares to give birth to a teenage foster child. Her husband guarantees her as she leaves home for the hearing that she’ll win the case – after all, he considers her outward physical fashion appearance to that of the, “Sandinsas, you ugly old lady.” Quoting love poetry comparable to, “Roses are red, violets are blue; If you go out before me, you’re welcome too.” The female judge decides the best way for Madea to fulfill probation qualifications and get out of the trouble she’s accidentally made for herself requires the matron to take home a juvenile delinquent as her daughter and teach and reform her. The girl wastes no time challenging her authority on the way home. Madea tries her hand at discipline as her lawyer and a friend of the family drives her home with the new adoptee sitting in the backseat.
Homework and school registration hardly get underway before Madea meets with her first challenge as a new mother. The school bus academia crowd. Madea advises her new young charge to get assertive. “It aint what people call you, it’s what you answer to. The only way to deal with a bully is to confront them face-to-face!” “I’ll be waiting for you at 3:00 o’clock!” Madea smartly advises the bus bully after giving him a lecture as to how to properly treat and respect her foster daughter. Madea stands up to the snug little gangster better than a man.
In the meantime, Vanessa, the sister of our heroine who rides a bus everywhere she goes finds herself confronted with a very humble, kind, loving and yet extremely handsome man who assures her, “I like my job. I love to paint. I am Christian.” “Lady, please say yes so he can shud up,” beg the other passengers making the past circumstances obvious. He’s been waiting on her all of this time. And refusing to give up on a date yet. She tells him even while just leaving a wedding planner’s office to help out with what she consider’s her sister’s economic funeral wake, she’ll pray about it.
Victoria protests her fiance’s mistreatment of her at the dinner theater while they dance. Their friends, the other couple sit at the table and through a distorted view lens view the hidden picture claim what a beautiful couple Victoria and her man make. But she dances because he grabbed her leg under the table and caused her pain and the trained response to the look of control. She knows that even one single disobedience through the misunderstanding of his covert communication means a severe beating at home later. So she jumps up quickly and sachets through the hoop to his trained socialistic demand of her response. Smiling as they dance he pretends to speak sweet nothings while actually making whispers of threats on her life and the violence to elicit upon the return home. “I can’t take you anywhere,” he lies insulting her. While the real villain who society must look for true restraint of remains as the mast of this man and his campaign of twisted sexist innuendo. The script unfolds as the agenda clearly reveals the motive to control and avoid all realm of simple love.
The courage to love. And an easel, a coffee and a beatnik beat poem and a date later, Frankie and Vanessa enjoy a lovely date of the time of their lives. “It takes courage to love again when you’ve been hurt. Somebody has to have the courage to be okay. He gives me courage. The courage to be okay. He gives me courage to love.” While she speaks forth the beautiful poem of love, he paints her portrait next to her, the colors of the warm emotions of gentle, real, true and authentic love and rest at the level of eachother’s eyes. Just breathe.
At home, Victoria dresses, putting on her jogging suit as he sleeps. Just as she turns to go his eyes flip open. “I’m gonna go get counseling,” ensues the classic moral lie. “Just don’t leave me!” Of course Victoria won’t leave. Not like this. Not now. Carlos, not near a ballpark of the bat intends no homerun. Heading for the balcony with Victoria screaming his arms wrapped around her like an octypus she screams. He screams louder. She’s advised that he’s not willing to let go. He owns her as his property. And the only way she’s ever leaving him he claims, through death. Fearing the drop down to many floors as he truly means what he says, and he’ll commit the act with no regret or conscience guilt – she asserts the classic apology of every abused female everywhere, “I’m sorry! I was wrong!”…”It was all my fault” Forced to tell him she loves him where no love’s involved, he moves methodically as confused she stays.
As sweet as any family photo, Madea and her new foster daughter pull and wash cabbage leaves for dinner together while working on algebra problems. Standing next to her sister later the kitchen as psychiatrist’s office, Vanessa tells Madea regarding Victoria that a friend’s boyfriend who beats up on her all of the time won’t stop. “Does she wanna get out?” Asks Madea. “Yes, but he won’t let her,” explains Vanessa. Madea assures Victoria once the truth comes out, “When you get tired of a man hitting on you honey, aint nothing you can do but cook breakfast for him. In short, Madea coaches her to play “Gridball.”
At Carlos office, some truth comes out as the sheet pulled off of the hidden family secret comes out. Carlos with power over Victoria’s trust fund doles the money to her own mother so that he may own Victoria. Victoria, innocent does not know how other relations used, held onto and spent her own money. She does not even know her financial value and worth enables her to live independently on her own. When Victoria and Vanessa;s mother come to the house to take Victoria back to her overbearing fiance’ they confront her with how she holds and keeps all of the family money for herself. “If she found out that I had access to her trust fund through you,” she tells Carlos earlier. Instead of leaving her husband when she found out about his incest with her daughter, she does not take a stand. She stays in the marriage all along and does not try to get any help for her daughter.
Later at the family reunion, Victoria’s cruel relative forces her to return to the arms of the tyrant who shows up at the reunion dressed white and driving a sharp white luxury auto. The older women sitting around the kitchen table try to give Victoria some much needed advice about love and open her eyes to Carlos’ evil tendencies. Taking the argument straight to the center of the truth, the women discuss love. And stating that the younger women don’t even begin to know the good equality of the good old-fashioned love of the grandmother’s and grandfathers of the last few generations.
“Are you really ready to marry this man.”? “We had a love so strong it just seemed like we was one.” “And then there were these moments that…”His heartbeat matched mine. God has blessed me to share time and space with a man that he designed just for me.” Maya Angelou, May states, “Love is many things and it’s varied – One thing it can never be is unsure.”
Grandma asserts that if she’s really sure she loves the man to put herself in Jesus’ hands. Through the kitchen window he strolls through the family reunion outside certain he owns it all. And grandma who they call the old aunt wants to sit at the over hundred-years old family cabin and , “Pray on just a little while longer.” She now 96 prays for the holy spirit to move on everyone and her daughter stands on the porch chiding everyone that since it’s the first family reunion in five years, “Family reunions are about uniting the family – singing and dancing and giving God the glory – Thanking him for getting us over.” “Do you see this shack?” The older ones remind all of the younger ones. All come around now. The owners, once slaves worked hard to buy the farm and worked the ground to make a better life for all those gathered around them now.
They bought the farm from the widow of the slave owner – that’s the kind of blood that runs through the veins of the family. She asks them to give dignity and respect to eachother. “How do we get it back?” “You were sold off and had no choice – now it’s time to take your place.” Young black women. Take your place, you’re more than, “Hips and thighs.” She along with Maya Angelou asks them to stand and tell eachother about the love they have for eachother. She orders them to do what the bible says, to clothe and feed eachother. “When you leave the reunion today, take that with you.”
An enduring image of Vanessa sitting in her bedroom reading her ‘Holy bible’ and enjoying talking on the telephone with her soulmate Frankie continues. Victoria learns to play the game of ‘gridball’ with Carlos and Madea’s kitchen gets a smear of hot cream-of-wheat. Carlos cruel visage tastes the discipline of a hot metal frying pan when he begins to beat Victoria to a pulp. Carlos wedding day, stopped by Madea’s pulp fiction ‘Gridball’ lessons, Victoria learns to stand up for herself as a woman and everyone relieved to see a cruel man bite the dust, celebrates a wedding yet! Vanessa finds out suddenly that she really does love Frankie ‘that way’ and finds her Cinderella dream come true as she who did not own much materially steps into a lovely wedding ball gown and walks down the aisle to marry the man she loves – just because she loves him and just because she really does want to spend the rest of her life with him.
Paris in the springtime. And “We are family.”
The final scene. Granting vows to eachother abidingly that come straight from the heart, that no one had a chance to write down or memorize, not one eye in the house remains dry. Maya Angelou gives ‘the talk’ and the two kiss the kiss of eternity’s love and light. “
“I was always yours to have. You were always mine. We loved eachother in and out of time. You are a breathtaking perfection of God’s heart for me.”
Tyler Perry who does a beautiful job with this film also played the parts of Madea, Brian and Joe. Blair Underwood played Carlos and Lynn Whitfield, Victoria. Boris Kodjoe is Frankie and Lisa Arrindell Anderson, Vanessa. Lisa is Rochelle Aytes, Milay Jenay Lori, Jenifer Lewis, Donna (Tangi Miller), Nikki (KeKe Palmer), Issac (Henry Simmons), Myrtle (Cicely Tyson), Nima (China Anderson), Jonathon (Akhil Jackson), Tre (Alonzo Millsap). Comedy. Drama. Romance. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, domestic violence, sex and drug references. _____________________________________________________________
Monday’s Thru Thursday (January 24 -27, 2011)
Movie Schedule:Goodrich Capital 8
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Including ‘Mojo’s’ Boxoffice Movie Update from Brandon Gray’s Weekend Report
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No Strings Attached (R) – 1 hr 50 mins
“No Strings Attached attracted an estimated $20.3 million on approximately 3,500 screens at 3,018 locations. That was in the same range as Ashton Kutcher’s What Happens in Vegas ($20.2 million) and higher than Just Married ($17.5 million), though both of those pictures had greater attendance. Top-billed Natalie Portman doesn’t have directly comparable titles in her credits, though No Strings delivered her second-highest grossing opening in an above-the-title lead role, following V for Vendetta. Distributor Paramount Pictures’ exit polling indicated that 70 percent of the audience was female and 60 percent was age 25 years and older.”
1/24 – 1/27: (11:35), (2:00), (4:30), 7:05, 9:30 No Passes | Comedy
The Dilemma (PG-13) – 1 hr 58 mins
“The Dilemma continued its mediocre run, dipping 45 percent to an estimated $9.7 million for a $33.4 million tally in ten days, but it had a smaller percentage drop than Couples Retreat. The King’s Speech, on the other hand, had the best hold among nationwide releases. It was on par with last weekend, earning an estimated $9.2 million, and its sum grew to $58.6 million in 59 days, surpassing the final gross of The Queen.”
Passes | Comedy 1/24 – 1/27: (11:25), (1:55), (4:25), 7:00, 9:35
The Green Hornet
“The Green Hornet pulled in an estimated $18.1 million, off a relatively solid 46 percent from last weekend. The Seth Rogen vehicle held better than Kick-Ass and, with a $63.4 million sum in ten days, surpassed Kick-Ass’s final tally to become the top-grossing live-action superhero comedy on record. It also had a smaller decline and higher gross than Pineapple Express at the same point.”
(PG-13) – 1 hr 48 mins Action / Adventure
1/24 – 1/27: (11:00), (11:30), (1:35), (2:05), (4:10), (4:40), 6:45, 7:15, 9:20, 9:55
Season of the Witch (PG-13) – 1 hr 38 mins
1/24 – 1/27: (12:35), (2:55), (5:10), 7:25, 9:40
Little Fockers (PG-13) – 1 hr 38 mins Comedy
1/24 – 1/27: (12:05), (2:20), (4:35), 6:50, 9:05
True Grit (PG-13) – 1 hr 50 mins Western
1/24 – 1/27: (11:20), (1:45), (4:20), 6:55, 9:25
Tron Legacy (PG) – 2 hrs 5 mins
“Disney tackled the challenging sell of Tron Legacy by bombarding the public with a massive marketing campaign, hoping to hook viewers with its father-son storyline and the razzle dazzle of its visual effects, even if it didn’t make a lick of sense to the uninitiated. Predictably, Legacy’s audience skewed heavily male (66 percent), according to Disney’s exit polling, and 75 percent was aged 18 years and older. The 3D illusion was a big part of Tron Legacy’s advertising, and 2,424 locations presented the picture in the format, accounting for 82 percent of the gross. That included 234 IMAX 3D venues, which made up 24 percent of the gross. Last year, Avatar had a 71 percent 3D share at a smaller 3D location count (2,038).”
1/24 – 1/27: 7:10, 9:50
Yogi Bear (PG) – 1 hr 22 mins
“AnimationYogi Bear wasn’t better than your average talking-animal movie, snaring $16.4 million on close to 4,900 screens at 3,515 locations. That was a fraction of what the first Alvin and the Chipmunks earned on the same weekend in 2007, but it was bigger than Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore’s $12.3 million. Yogi Bear’s advertising lacked the storyline and jokes to draw people beyond fans of the original cartoon, young children and the most devoted talking-animal lovers, and bears aren’t as cute and accessible as chipmunks (in general, the smaller the talking animal, the greater the box office). Yogi Bear’s release included 2,011 3D venues, which accounted for 57 percent of the gross. Distributor Warner Bros.’ research showed that 52 percent of the audience was under 25 years old and 53 percent was male.”
1/24 – 1/27: (11:00), (1:00), (3:00), (5:00)
Movie Reviews by Our Viewing Audience. MovieFilmReview.com
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
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DVD Review – “Closer” (Columbia Pictures)
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I Love You Phillip Morris
“2010-12-02 12:50: 10-05: Jim Carrey is best known for the outlandish characters, i.e. Ace Ventura, Dumb & Dumber, The Cable Guy, etc. he played early in his career. In his new movie, I love You Philip Morris, Carrey shows that his acting ability goes beyond that type of crazy role. This very entertaining movie is based on the 2003 book”[…]
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
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Pulgasari – North Korea’s Very Own Monster Movie
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The Happening – Penultimate nail in the Shylamalan coffin?
“2010-12-04 20:49:59-05: Anyone who has seen M. Night’s earlier films, particularly the Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, knows that the man was a master of the twist ending. But using it in every film has led to people going in and expecting the twist, which results in having to think of ever more ingenious surprises to shock your audience.”[…]
Black Hawk Down (2001)
“2010-12-05 16:19:56-05: I was actually expecting something completely different going into Black Hawk Down. I expected it to be a character drama, one where there was a war going around, but we focused on the character involved in it, with action sequences dispersed just to give the audience the same sense of fear that the characters are” […]
The Infidel – The Funny Side of Religious Identity Crises
“2010-12-05 16:47:14:05: If Dogma manages to masterfully toe the line between the parody and mockery of religion, and Chris Morris’ Four Lions dispenses with any kind of subtlety to offer both outrage and hilarity, then The Infidel lives in the middle ground – a treasure trove of both religious and racial steretypes (in both self-deprecating and bigoted varieties)” […]
The Breakfast Club (1985)
“2010-12-06 09:52:30-05: Directed by : John Hughes. Starring: Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael hall, Ally Sheedy, John Kapelos and Paul Gleason. Before I even start explaining, I have to say, this is one of the best movies I’ve seen all year. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to watch it, but I’m glad” […]
The Princess Bride (1987)
“2010-12-06 20:26:51-05: The majority of The Princess Bride does not actually happen. At least, it isn’t “real” in the literal use of the word. The story is told by a grandfather (Peter Falk) who is reading to his sick grandson (Fred Savage). This is what is taking place “in real life” and the majority of the events” […]
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Movie Review of ‘The Reef’ (2010)
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