Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Do Black Folks Need The Drama A Film Like Obsessed is Going To Raise?

The trailer is selling the hell out of Beyonce's latest flick, but the can of worms this film is going to open up is absolutely wild. If this film is a major hit, can you imagine the media breaking down black folks lives and relationships based on this over-the-top thriller? Black men and white women, black women and black men, and black women and white women. Lawd!
This film could be like a Tyler Perry movie on crack and 3-buck chuck wine from Trader Joes. Remember Jungle Fever? Black folks weren't ready for the fallout from that movie either.

26 comments:

RainaHavock February 18, 2009 at 2:35 AM  

Why on earth was Beyonce even casted she can't act!

Divalocity February 18, 2009 at 8:15 AM  

This appears to be the new, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle 2.0.

I don't think people would be that ignorant to base this as the reality for the majority of our people or as our relationships with other's.

The only people who would do this would be those who are racist on both sides of the human spectrum.

ch555x February 18, 2009 at 8:28 AM  

I remember seeing the teaser trailer a while back. I'm not into drama, inside or outside of the theater so no comment.

Kimist5 February 18, 2009 at 8:42 AM  

Professor Tracey-

I am not ready for this film.

The end.

roslynholcomb February 18, 2009 at 9:06 AM  

This, we definitely DO NOT NEED. Of course, I hate Jungle Fever. I really wish Mr. Lee would work out his problems with his father in another medium, and wish Mr. Perry wouldn't work at all.

Looks like they wasted some perfectly good man-candy on a bunch of crap.

shazzasharona February 18, 2009 at 10:04 AM  

Raina, I believe Beyonce & her daddy produced it- THAT'S why she's in it.
Remember she swears to get an Oscar one of these days which is why the Dreamgirls role was hyped up. Then her Etta James was too but alas, no nom. I know she doesn't expect one for this-is it going straight-to-dvd?

D.J. February 18, 2009 at 10:09 AM  

I know a lot of people have issues with Tyler Perry, I however do not. Now that is not to say I am a fan, far from it. But much like you can't blame a dog for barking, you cant blame a man for writing crap on a stick that sells to the masses. Sadly I think that other writers (black writers0 have taken this as the only well my story will sell is in a hyper reality where only the most extreme outcome seems plausible. Likewise Roslyn I just wish Spike would just make a good movie and stop trying to prove himself.

bbgcmac February 18, 2009 at 10:42 AM  

when i saw the trailer it looked sooooooo typical and tired!

tyler perry movie on crack? your probably right. unless someone legitimate tells me otherwise professor i'll pass...

Kim February 18, 2009 at 1:12 PM  

Sigh Beyonce and her school play acting skills and Idris must have needed to pay a quick bill. Straight to DVD wack.

Kim February 18, 2009 at 1:37 PM  

I enjoy perry's work. On his sight message board he gets lot of positive message from people who have gotten a great deal from his film and plays so for someone who says they wish he wouldn't work at all his very harsh because they seem to be helping somebody so that's always cool. I think he needs to invest in some new writers but overall he's enjoyable.

Naima February 18, 2009 at 2:17 PM  

Don't worry Professor Tracey. That whole ww/bm thing is so overplayed. And I don't know how many folk are willing to plop down 12 bucks to see Beyonce mumble through another movie. Maybe Pookie and Ray Ray will make a lot selling the bootleg on the corner. I will be completely shocked if this low budget future BET blackbuster film is a hit in theatres.

TD1016 February 18, 2009 at 4:21 PM  

@ Kim, I agree with you.

Why do I have the feeling that this ig going to be kind of a movie career killer for Beyonce. I don't know, but something about the trailor just says disaster waiting. Idris, must either have too much time on his hand or he needed a bill to paid quick as someone else mentioned. Ali Larter, you kind of expect movies like this, but Idris and even Jerry O'Connell?? Y'all lost me on this one. Maybe trying to do something new as far as films go???

lincolnperry February 18, 2009 at 6:10 PM  

Funny, you folks Professor need to stop hating on Spike and Tyler, they have dome more in 23 yrs to advance the careers of black folks in film. Behind and in the front of the camera!

The problem is the movies that most of you want to see, the black mainstream doesnt want to see, and dont have enough cross over appeal for the indie market, how many people saw Daughters of the Dust, an I have a show of hands...and what happen to Euzhan Palcy of Sugar Cane Alley fame!

Obsessed is the straight to video crap Vivica Fox makes her living producing!

Professor Tracey February 18, 2009 at 7:59 PM  

@Lincoln -

Are you related to Tyler Perry or getting a check from Spike Lee? Nobody is "hating" it's called criticism. And please be careful, I worked in the movie business and also hold a certificate in film studies, so I do know a thing or two about film.

I know Julie Dash and actually attended a debut showing of Daughters of the Dust, not mention seeing all of her early short film work and I worked with Ms. Palcy on her first American film, A Dry White Season. She hated the Hollywood system and continues to work outside of it. So, if you want to get at me about film, you're going to have to come better than that.

Tyler Perry's work follows the same old tired formula and has not lead to other black filmmakers getting gigs at all, other than Mr. Perry. Spike Lee helped some black folks in the early days and then fell out with nearly every single one of them when they began to achieve success. Their work is flawed and that is perfectly okay to say and discuss, it's got nothing to do with "hating"
She Hate Me was a piece of crap and I could live without seeing another Madea movie ever again.

There is a lot of damn money being spent on Obsessed in terms of marketing and actors. This ain't going direct to video and it's going to get a wide release. And that is worth discussion.

Miriam February 18, 2009 at 11:15 PM  

I'm embarrassed to say that this sounds really interesting!

It would be one thing if they made the white girl some sweet valley high that just comes and takes the guy away. But she's twisted and demented (shocker a bad ww?!)

I hope in the end the BW wife takes care of business lol!

Man, they are probably not going to play this in Israel are they? **seething**

Miriam February 18, 2009 at 11:18 PM  

Oh and I don't go for Tyler Perry or any of those big mamas fat (insert socially negative adjective) BW movies.

lincolnperry February 19, 2009 at 2:07 AM  

Obsessed won't last longer than six weeks at the box office, if that long!
First of all Spike open the door for Gina Prince-Blythewood, Sanaa Hamri's, and I find it amusing that you don't have issue with the straight video crud that Dwayne Martin and Vicia Fox produce and direct.
I’ll give Tyler a pass, especially when he uses his money to purchase the MLK papers, and donated it to Kings Ala mater, you get credit for that. The problem is Black Folks will go to see Transformers twice before going to see The Express once!

I just hate to hear a bunch of frustrated creative folks, who can't get there projects or work, written, directed or produced. Complain about those trying to make a difference, I'm at odds with the bulls**t Hollywood puts out everyday!

Professor Tracey February 19, 2009 at 2:37 AM  

@Lincoln -

I never saw Transformers and this post was NEVER about Ms. Fox or her movies, so I'm not sure the point you are trying to make here. I really prefer on my blog that people stick to the subject of the original post. Your comments have really have nothing to do with what I posted.

And you really don't know what you are talking about. Even a bad film can rake in a lot of cash in 6 weeks as Tyler Perry has proven. And why does he get a pass for major release half-assed movies that repeat the same themes over and over, but you wanna whine about D-list black actors making direct to DVD fare. I rarely if ever watch those kinds of films, so it's not an issue to me.

And are you saying that Tyler Perry and Spike Lee films are above criticism because they are black filmmakers? That complete baloney. When they make movies that are good, I will celebrate it and if they make movies that are crappy, I will say so.

And Spike Lee didn't open the door for Gina Prince-Bythewood. She was an established writer in Hollywood for quite a while before she started directing. And her husband is very well known as well. Further she went YEARS without getting to direct another film after Love And Basketball. Where was Spike all those years?

And lots of black folks contributed money to the purchase of the King Papers, Perry did not do that by himself. He didn't contribute the entire 32 million that the papers cost. And that fact of his contribution is nice, but has absolutely nothing to do with his movies being good or not.

ActsofFaithBlog February 19, 2009 at 3:10 AM  

I wasn't planning on wasting my money on this drivel so whatever. Black men will continue to chase after white women and ww want to stay on the pedestal so whatever. It's going to be interesting to continue watching Beyonce buy her way into more films but those Academy voters still won't bestow an Oscar on her.

wisdomteachesme February 19, 2009 at 4:24 PM  

well okay! lol
i read this,
"career killer for Beyonce"

with love and peace, honestly i know what you are saying, but let me remind you all that first you have to BE a gifted actress in order to have a career to start with.
What is called a 'real' Artist-is a person that is Born with the gift, they nurture the talent and then proceed to grow in their God-Given Gift.

She is not an actress just because she Wants to be one. Pretending doesn't make it so. my 11 & 10 yr old daughters talk about what they want to be everyday! And we remind them that they can be anything they desire to be-but first let us see what you are good at and what you desire to be--may not be the same things.

And she is trying everything that she can think of to be one-AND it's not working because it can't work that way.

as i said in the the other post- you can't make a silk purse out of a sows ear!

Now, as for mr lee, lololol--see i really do wish i could say what i Do know! but i won't--let me just say this, yeah he opened doors alright-but not to the rooms you may be thinking of.
And when he closed the doors that was already the end of that person for him.
I like his films pretty good--but i know how he has treated a LOT of people and that is the part that pushes me away from his visions for using his gift.

Every black artist--no matter what medium used--does not always Have to make 'black art' because they are a black person. and if they do--that is a good thing also.

i know, and thats a side point/conversation--ending it there.

she can't hurt herself anymore than she did when she started trying to do more than pretend.
she and So many others like her live to get what they see others have. Not weighing and thinking through the fact that, what others have may not really be for them. They disappoint themselves before life does.

They need to search themselves to see what gifts they have been Born With-We all have them-but they are not the same.

wisdomteachesme February 19, 2009 at 4:24 PM  

well okay! lol
i read this,
"career killer for Beyonce"

with love and peace, honestly i know what you are saying, but let me remind you all that first you have to BE a gifted actress in order to have a career to start with.
What is called a 'real' Artist-is a person that is Born with the gift, they nurture the talent and then proceed to grow in their God-Given Gift.

She is not an actress just because she Wants to be one. Pretending doesn't make it so. my 11 & 10 yr old daughters talk about what they want to be everyday! And we remind them that they can be anything they desire to be-but first let us see what you are good at and what you desire to be--may not be the same things.

And she is trying everything that she can think of to be one-AND it's not working because it can't work that way.

as i said in the the other post- you can't make a silk purse out of a sows ear!

Now, as for mr lee, lololol--see i really do wish i could say what i Do know! but i won't--let me just say this, yeah he opened doors alright-but not to the rooms you may be thinking of.
And when he closed the doors that was already the end of that person for him.
I like his films pretty good--but i know how he has treated a LOT of people and that is the part that pushes me away from his visions for using his gift.

Every black artist--no matter what medium used--does not always Have to make 'black art' because they are a black person. and if they do--that is a good thing also.

i know, and thats a side point/conversation--ending it there.

she can't hurt herself anymore than she did when she started trying to do more than pretend.
she and So many others like her live to get what they see others have. Not weighing and thinking through the fact that, what others have may not really be for them. They disappoint themselves before life does.

They need to search themselves to see what gifts they have been Born With-We all have them-but they are not the same.

sky February 19, 2009 at 10:44 PM  

this movie is meant to get a rise out of people especially black women.yeah i'll pass.

Miriam February 20, 2009 at 3:09 AM  

Did I miss something? From looking at the picture, I wanted to roll my eyes. Oh no, a BM lusting after some WW and the poor BW gets the bad end of the stick.

But after looking at the trailer, it seemed more like the WW lusting after BM or attention, the BM hving to deal with pure lust vs love (for his wife) And the end is like holy godesss vs the proverbial babylonian whore kind of scenario.

finallyko February 21, 2009 at 10:52 PM  

It's the 2009 version of Fatal Attraction - I guess. I haven't seen that and I probably won't see this one. It's meant to get a rise out of Beyonce and Idris fans. Nothing more or less. Like most movies nowasdays, it will not be a major hit.

Kjen February 24, 2009 at 7:29 AM  

I would be more excited if this movie starred Sasha Fierce. Hold on, let me finish.
If Sasha Fierce was in the movie she'd be cast as the BW able to make the BM stray from his WW and that would be a welcome change in this never ending discussion of "White women stealing Black Men."
N.E. Way, Beyonce the actor has improved! Remember back when she was just the lead singer (HAH!) of Destiny's Child and would make guest appearances on television shows? She's gotten more natural and at ease in front of the camera. If she keeps at it, she might make a truly competent actor yet. All she really needs is the right role for her talents, preferably in a really good movie. Sadly, it looks like she'll be waiting for someone else to write and produce that movie.

just another opinion February 26, 2009 at 4:13 PM  

Well, I really can't speak for what all black folks need, but this laid-off black person needs some mindless escapism, and this looks perfect to fit that bill! Beyonce trying to show raw emotion, Ali Larter chewing scenery, and Idris Elba just looking beautiful? Hell yeah that's worth my (matinee) money! My life's work is dealing with issues surrounding the representation of black women; once in a while even us multi-degreed feminists/womanists cultural bloggers want to sit in plusher seats than our sofa, eat overpriced but delicious snacks, and escape with strangers into something that isn't meant to be anything more than what it is--ridiculous, pandering, prettied-up entertainment! Sometimes you just don't wanna think, you know?

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