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Movie Review: “Pariah”

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm.

(Photo: Courtesy MBK Entertainment)

Summary: A coming-of-age story about a Black lesbian teen in Brooklyn struggling with identity.

Review: The tragic LGBT teen in films is starting to become a Hollywood cliché. However, the debut feature-length film from Dee Rees, takes what you might assume of a Black lesbian teenager in Brooklyn, cracks it in half, mixes it up and pours out a story that we have yet to see properly told on the big screen. Just when you think every story has been told, here comes Pariah.

With Rees as director, Pariah introduces a flock of undiscovered talent. Adepero Oduye as the lead, Alike, transformed herself into an insecure but hungry-for-life teen. Her performance was so authentic that it had the Gabourey Sidibe in Precious effect—you assume Alike was plucked from a lesbian club in Brooklyn, but this character couldn’t be further removed from her life (Oduye is neither a lesbian nor a teen—she is 33!).

Pernell Walker as Laura, Alike’s BFF, throws some soul on the stereotypical “butch” lesbian we’ve seen in the media. For those who rant, “Why would a woman want to be with a woman who acts like a man?,” please watch Pariah and you will understand that mannerisms do not equate sexuality. If someone is attracted to the same gender, it is their energy that pulls them in—not a fitted cap. Fortunately, Dee Rees, who is openly gay and a native of Tennesse, bucks stereotypes without trying to shove agenda-pushing messages in the viewers’ face.

Kim Wayans is phenomenal as Alike’s homophobic mother who is struggling with her own issues of love. Because we know Wayans as comedic actress, the natural reaction to her performance is: “I didn’t know she could do that!” But if you’ve seen Wayans in one of her live stage shows, you would know she is a beast with any genre. In Pariah, she takes a chunk out of a character that could have easily been the angry Black woman. But with a nuanced script from Rees, we realize she is just as affected by homophobia as her daughter.

It takes a village to get a film like Pariah on the big screen. But the village came together for the best movie-going experience of the year. From the exquisite cinematography to the on-location shots in Brooklyn to an unpredictable story line—Pariah doesn’t end with a Hollywood bow-tie—Dee Rees carved out a gem that rises above gender, sexuality and race. The Focus Features film, which started as a short, is an inspiration for anyone who has a story to tell. Furthermore, any movie that opens with Khia’s “My Neck, My Back” is my kind of flick!

Pariah opens in select cities Dec. 28.

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Twitter Tried To Off Keenen Ivory Wayans

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, January 7, 2011 at 12:00 am.

I’m not sure what satisfaction people get out of spreading rumors that someone has died.  But over the past couple months Twitter rumors have spread that Aretha Franklin, Bill Cosby and Flavor Flav passed away — they are all alive and well.

A few hours ago Keenen Ivory Wayans was trending on Twitter with a fake CNN re-Tweet saying he died “in his Los Angels Home.”  Does anyone think CNN would spell Los Angeles wrong?  The 52-year-old Wayans is still kicking, probably working on the White Chicks sequel, and I doubt he is going anywhere anytime soon.

That said, after hearing this fake Wayans news I had to look up Keenan parodying Arsenio Hall on In Living Color — this was hilarious!

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This Day In Film: Scary Movie

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 12:00 am.

Can you believe it has been ten years since Keenen Ivory WayansScary Movie was released? Exactly ten years ago today the parody on horror and suspense movies opened in theaters nationwide and was an instant success. The morbid comedy parodied Halloween, The Blair Witch Project and of course Scream. The cast included Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans and Carmen Electra.

Scary Movie was met with a majority of positive reviews and would gross over 278 million worldwide.

Check out the vintage trailer below!

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Marlon Wayans Lands The Role of Richard Pryor

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 12:00 am.

Marlon-Wayans-Richard-PryorOne man’s trash is another man’s gold. Last year, Eddie Murphy bailed on the Richard Pryor biopic. Allegedly, his reason for dropping the project was due to conflicts with Paramount Pictures. While it has been well known that comedian Marlon Wayans was in the running for the role, word was just released yesterday that Wayans will officially play the greatest comedian to have ever lived — Richard Pryor. However, from the start, 37 year-old Marlon has got some criticism from fans of Pryor — can a man who starred in movies like White Chicks and Scary Movie really be effective as a complex person like Pryor? Wayans told the LA Times:

“Look, I want to be able to make the stupidest movies ever, because they make people laugh and they make money,” Wayans recently said with a smirk. “But that’s not all I want to do. And I think I’ve proven to some people — the ones paying attention — that I can do more. Everybody else, well, they can wait and see and make up their mind.”

Bill Condon, who was the director of Dreamgirls, wrote the script and is the director. For the director and actor, Pryor is a huge project. He had four wives, a severe drug addiction, set himself on fire when freebasing crack cocaine, but, most importantly, reinvented the title of comedian. In 2005, Pryor died at 65 after a heart attack and a battle with multiple sclerosis.

Pryor was revolutionary, groundbreaking and found a way to make race funny to Black and White audiences. In 1986, Pryor released the film loosely based on his life, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling.  The film was a box office and critical disaster. Condon’s biopic, titled Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?, is said to be a more realistic take on the comedian’s life. The film is set to start shooting in the fall.

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‘White Chicks’ Sequel

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 12:00 am.

white_chicks0Back in May, Shawn and Marlon Wayans told us there is a “great chance” we would see a White Chicks sequel.  Now, The Hollywood Reporter is confirming the two are set for a remake of FBI agents who posed as over-the-top valley girls to solve a case.  The 2004 comedy was an official hit, grossing 70 million dollars.  According to The Hollywood reporter:

The Wayans Brothers and Sony are developing a sequel to the 2004 comedy “White Chicks,” which will see Marlon and Shawn Wayans reprise their roles as sibling FBI agents posing as a pair of white ladies.

Keenen Ivory Wayans is on board to direct the sequel, which all three Wayans are writing and producing. The logline for the new entry is being kept under wraps.

Rick Alvarez, the Wayans’ long-time producing partner, is producing along with Joe Roth, under his Roth Films banner. Roth’s Revolution Studios made the first movie, which Sony distributed.

I hope Terry Crews reprises his role as the self-hating Latrell Spencer, who loves everything lilly White.

Would you want to see a White Chicks sequel?

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Movie Review: ‘G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra’

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 10:46 am.

gijoeSummary: A film loosely based on the comic book and cartoon version of G.I. Joe. Rip Cord (Marlon Wayans) and Duke (Channing Tatum) are ambushed by the evil forces of Cobra after attempting to capture four warheads that could destroy the world. Team G.I. Joe saves Rip Cord and Duke, recruit the two, and make plans to destroy Cobra.

Review: Sometimes you have to learn when not to believe the hype, good or bad.  Considering the buzz on G.I. Joe you would think the movie was Catwoman II. Actually, G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, ranks higher on this summer’s action movie scale than Terminator, Wolverine and Transformers. It’s no Star Trek, but this is a solid action movie that stands alone from the comic and cartoon.

With a lot of action and a touch of sci-fi, G.I. Joe is extravagant, dazzling and packed with scene-to-scene drama to engage teens, kids and adults. Furthermore, G.I. Joe is the only action film this year that returns to one-on-one fight scenes (ninjas!). Filmmakers get so lazy with CGI that they forget audiences love kicks and punches that require awesome choreography and stunt doubles. If we want to see computer graphics fight, we will play a video game.

Set with a strong cast, G.I. Joe is no longer obsessed with the “all-American hero” cliché. The cast is extremely diverse; Marlon Wayans’ character, Rip Cord, was not originally a person of color and there is an interracial romance (something you would’ve never seen in the original G.I. Joe comic that dates back to 1941). G.I. Joe now represents a more global world, which translates better to kids in 2009.

There have been some gripes that there isn’t enough character building, but I was satisfied getting to know the background of Snake Eyes (my personal favorite!), Duke, The Baroness, Storm Shadow and others. This is not an episode of Lost, where everything can be recapped for two epic hours.

Another praise: the movie flies by in a cool 107 minutes. Finally — a good editor! These action flicks that are well over two hours are a waste of time and take themselves too seriously — leave the two-hour epics for Oscar-worthy films, not popcorn fluff. G.I. Joe gives you just enough junk food before you start to get sick.

That said, Joe is no perfect film. Some of the CGI looks like it was plucked right from the ’80s cartoon. Sienna Miller was laughable in her “Supermodel of the World” delivery of The Baroness and the female characters were sucked into more push-up bras than drag queens in a Beyonce video. Still, the film does what it should do quickly, smoothly and with enough zeal that it will more than likely perform surprisingly well at the box office and end up as the last big hit of the summer.

G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra is in theaters tomorrow.

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Marlon Wayans on ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, August 3, 2009 at 12:00 am.

marlon-wayansBack in May, we interviewed Marlon Wayans for the parody film Dance Flick.  In the interview he also talked G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which is in theaters this Friday.  Wayans plays Ripcord in the action film that is over 10 years in the making.  The film is based on the comic book and cartoon of the same name.

Here is what Marlon told BET.com:

You are in “G.I. Joe,” which a lot of people are looking forward to. What can you tell us about the film?
Marlon: The brother don’t die in the first minute! He actually helps save the day, he doesn’t get slapped around by the White bad guy and he gets the girl at the end of the day—now, she a White girl! But, he gets the girl. Honestly, at this point it’s not about White, Black—it’s about love is colorless to me. In today’s world, I think America is mature enough for that. We got a Black President; it’s kind of like the maturity of the world. What’s great about this romance is it’s just cute. It’s not sexual, it’s a cute romance. I feel very good really about the movie. I saw it, there was a point I was looking at it and I was going, “I’m in that!” It’s crazy—it has humor, explosions, romance, adrenaline and it got ninjas! That’s all the ingredients for a huge summer blockbuster.

Click here for the full interview and click here for all things G.I. Joe — trailer, quiz  and scenes.

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Exclusive: ‘Dance Flick’ clip

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, May 18, 2009 at 3:15 pm.

dance-flick-20081112053351335_640wCheck out BET.com’s exclusive clip for the new movie Dance Flick, which is in theatres this Friday, May 22nd.  The movie is a parody of dance films like Flashdance, Hairspray and Save the Last Dance. Damon Wayans, Jr. stars in the film and there are appearances from Kim, Marlon, Shawn and Keenan Ivory Wayans. Let us know what you think of the clip!

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Movie Posters: Madea, Beyonce and Wayans

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 9:52 am.

moviepostermadea2Here is the official movie poster for Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail, which is in theatres February 20th.  Watch an exclusive BET clip here!

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obsessed1Beyonce Knowles, Idris Elba and Ali Larter star in Obsessed, which is in theatres in April.  Here is the official movie poster.

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moviepostergijoe1GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra looks like it might be a summer blockbuster on the level of an Iron Man or maybe even The Dark Knight.  Here are one of many movie posters for the film due out this summer, this one features Marlon Wayans as Ripcord.

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‘Dance Flick’ Pushed Back to the Summer

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 12:31 am.

The latest film by the Wayans Brothers was due in theaters February 6th.  However, unexpectedly the film, which parodies dance movies like Save the Last Dance and Hairspray, is now set to be released in August.

No word on why the release has been delayed.

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