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Movie Blog Post: GIRLS TRIP

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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GIRLS TRIP

By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

I first saw the trailer for Girls Trip back in like February or March and thought it looked pretty good and in addition to the known cast of Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Queen Latifah, I saw it had the team of super producer Will Packer (THINK LIKE A MAN, Ride Along, ALMOST CHRISTMAS, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON and many more) and the talents of director Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man and THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY) but still I worried that the movie would fall flat, that it wouldn't have cross over appeal both to other races and to men, that it wouldn't be funny.  Then last month I saw its white predecessor ROUGH NIGHT, (which I enjoyed) take a big tumble and never find its audience. So again, I thought does this mean bad ratings for "Girls Trip" too?

But I am so happy to report Girls Trip according to opening weekend box office totals as of Sunday (7/23) 9pm is in second place (behind Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk) with a strong estimated $30.4 million total and a 89% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes by both critics and audiences!
After watching "Girls Trip", it’s a battle for second place for the funniest comedy of 2017. Nothing else is going to come close. But for as many laughs as it packs — and it’s a ton — this is a charming, winning film about love, self-worth and friendship. This is a truly complete comedy that has room to show some emotional depth in addition to nabbing most hilarious honors for the year... READ MORE Jeffrey Lyles Lyles Movie Files
The writing team, headed by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, stays refreshingly alert to racial and class issues that raise the bar on the usual silliness, though there's still plenty of that. And Lee actually treats the ladies as real people instead of props. Let's hope it's a trend. The plot may be standard issue, but this quartet of stars is off-the-chain irresistible... READ MORE -- Peter Travers Rolling Stone Magazine

Tiffany Haddish, Tiffany Haddish, Tiffany Haddish, what a break out star, like most people, wasn't familiar with her as a stand up comedian, saw her in the movie KEANU, but didn't pay her much attention but now...

Short Synopsis: Ryan Pierce (Regina Hall) is a bestselling author, Sasha Franklin (Queen Latifah) runs her own TMZ-style website, Lisa Cooper (Jada Pinkett Smith) is a divorcee with two kids, and Dina (Tiffany Haddish) — well, Dina defies description. The four reunite in New Orleans during the Essence Festival, where they hobnob with celebrities, hook up with an old college pal (Larenz Tate), and learn that Ryan’s husband (Mike Colter) is having an affair. Friendships are tested, romances are ignited, copious alcohol is consumed, and grapefruits are employed in an interesting way...READ MORE Matt Bronson Creative Loafing Charlotte

T&T ran a preview movie screening contest to see GIRLS TRIP 
in Philly and we got a great response:
Here's some pictures of me with a few of the winners:
Girls Trip pictures of movie-goers

LeVonne Lindsay, Diane Roka, Diane Tillman, Desarrie McDuffie, Karen Gill w/ guest and Alacia Maxton... WE ALL LOVED THE MOVIE!

Tiffany Haddish slayed in Girls Trip Movie

The other thing I love is watching both Tiffany Haddish & Jada Pinkett Smith, one on Jimmy Kimmel the other on Jimmy Fallon tell the Groupon New Orleans Swamp Tour story with Will Smith and a bunch of regular tourists. It's crazy that Jada's been rich so long she had no idea what a Groupon even was!



Bottom Line: Girls Trip is raunchy, real, crazy fun, with enough laugh out loud parts you miss some the following dialogue, and it's relatable, cause who doesn't have that group of friends that you now mainly see on Facebook and Instagram, but you'd love to hang out with again, despite any past issues or old scores.

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T & T's LAMB (movie bloggers association) Score: 4.5 outta 5
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Movie Blog Post: THE BEGUILED

Saturday, July 15, 2017

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THE BEGUILED

By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

So for anyone not familiar, in 2004 Sofia Coppola (daughter of famed “Godfather” director & California Winery owner, Francis Ford Coppola) became the first American woman ever nominated for a best director Oscar for “Lost in Translation” (There haven’t been a whole lot since, congrats to Kathryn Bigelow who won for "The Hurt Locker" & Ava DuVernay's nominated for SELMA). I remember being taken with "Lost in Translation" at the time, although, I haven’t seen it since 2004, so it’s a very hazy memory.  I thought her little Indie film SOMEWHERE (Stephen Dorff & Elle Fanning) had some good moments, depicting a seedier side of Hollywood and the life of a self-involved B actor trying to raise his daughter in a hotel. THE BLING RING was technically well done, and I understood why Coppola wanted to make a movie about a generation so raised on Reality TV that their moral compass is non-existent; but I didn’t really enjoy the movie. I never got around to seeing “Marie Antoinette”, which was the second time she worked with actress Kirsten Dunst - the first time being Coppola’s debut film “Virgin Suicide” which I also have yet to see, which is also about a group of young white women coming into their sexuality, so many are comparing it to her current film ”The Beguiled” - which garnered Sofia Coppola the honor of Best Direction at the Cannes Film Festival.

Did Sofia Coppola WhiteWash The Beguiled?

The Beguiled takes place during the Civil War at a girls Southern boarding school where five young ladies of varying ages and two teachers remain, they are somewhat cut off from everyone; the slaves have all left and the women are managing on their own. This, of course, is where the controversy comes in, as Sofia is being accused of “whitewashing” the movie by removing the slave woman character. And I understand in the book (written by Thomas P. Cullinan 1966), there’s also another bi-racial character, who passes for a white teacher, that character is eliminated from the 1971 version of “The Beguiled” starring Clint Eastwood, and in Coppola’s version, she’s just white, played by Kirsten Dunst.

Coppola says she didn’t want to deal with issues of race, that she didn’t feel qualified, which I understand; and I feel even though the movie takes place during the Civil War, there can still be stories told about people affected by the war, but it not be directly about the issue of slavery. The trouble is, when she said she wanted to focus on the "gender dynamics” rather than “the racial ones.” that made some black pundits upset because it implies to her way of thinking, gender dynamics can only be explored between white males and white females.

Personally, as far as this screenplay is concerned, I can see what she means, that when you add characters of color you add layers that don’t happen when everyone is of the same background. I can’t imagine adding a slave woman’s point of view into the story the way it’s told. It would change the narrative of the movie quite a bit, as the main plot involves one of the students finding a wounded Yankee soldier (Colin Farrell) out in the woods and brings him back to the school to be nursed back to health, as “the good Christian thing to do”; only as the soldier starts to recover, all the women begin to exhibit varying degrees of crushes and downright horny lusting for their handsome patient. And he plays along and manipulates them.

Sofia Coppola and Beguiled white cast at Cannes
The Civil War in many ways is just a backdrop - the overarching aspect is all pretty pastel dresses and luscious cinematography, at least in the first half of the film. Coppola explained “I wanted it to be this feminine, gauzy world that doesn’t look threatening at all, so that it’s a real surprise when the story shifts”.


Bottom Line:   In terms of the controversy, I feel Coppola should have been more aware of how touchy and hot button topics of race are in this current climate; especially if it seems to eliminate or appropriate in any way. She probably should have chosen different source material for the story she wanted to tell. In terms of the movie itself, visually it's perfect, it really depicts that old-time, lovely melancholy of the south. I was drawn into the story & characters, yet, I can't say I whole-hardheartedly recommend the film.

T & T's LAMB (movie bloggers association) Score: 3 outta 5
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Movie Blog Post: BABY DRIVER

Saturday, July 1, 2017

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BABY DRIVER

By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

This action/heist movie set to music is written and directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and THE WORLD'S END), so anyone who’s seen any of those movies, knows this guy's got an off-kilter sense of humor and a knack for keeping tight to his vision.

Baby Driver follows a young man who goes by Baby (Ansel Elgort) [THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and DIVERGENT Franchise] he’s paying off a debt to a crime boss played by Kevin Spacey, who uses Baby’s skills as an ace getaway driver. Other members of the crime enterprise are Buddy (Jon Hamm), Darling (Eiza Gonzalez) and Bats (Jamie Foxx) all of which play off-kilter criminals to excellent effect. The trick to this movie is the music, it’s really a sound track with a movie instead of a movie with a soundtrack, but I say that admiring the creative concept. Baby always listens to music on his headphones, especially while driving, as a way to both soundtrack his life and drown out the ringing tinnitus in his ears.

The stakes get high when Baby meets a waitress named Debora (Lily James). He wants out of the criminal life anyway, but falling for Debora makes it more dire. Particularly in trying to keep her safely out of the gang's reach.

Not only does Elgort walk, cook, drive & live to music, but the car chase scenes, which give Fast & Furious movies a run for their money, are all very timed to the rhythm of the songs - done the old fashioned way, no green screen.

I read an interview where Wright explained the importance that during filming all the cast and crew had to listen to each song in the scene through ear buds, so that the entire movie is choreographed and syncopated in their movements, right down to the gun fire.  Wright also likes shooting on film rather than digital, only conceding the need for a few scenes shot digitally.

The movie has been a long time percolating in Wright's brain, compiling songs for the film for over 10 years. In fact, he wouldn’t write a scene without knowing the song first.


And, long before Baby Driver came into existence, Edgar Wright test drove the film’s central concept with a music video for the band Mint Royale… READ MORE slashfilm.com

Baby Driver’ in a way is a lot of different passions colliding in one movie — to do a full-on action movie, but it’s also about music at the same time. So to kind of tackle my twin passions in one movie, it’s a dream come true.' - Edgar Wright

The soundtrack includes an eclectic mix of everything from the obscure Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s “Bellbottoms”, "Egyptian Reggae" by Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, to popular songs like Sam & Dave's "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby", "Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up" by Barry White and so many more…   What a smart idea to make a summer movie with a killer soundtrack for everyone to crank up and ride around to, sunroof open, windows down.


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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?
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