This is it! The last day of our pre-Oscar fever. Let’s take a moment to thank Prytania Theatre, as we couldn’t have done it without them. We’d also like to thank our Mom and Dad, watching at home (we love you guys!), and our agents, and our genius director, oh wait…sorry….got carried away there. Starting at 2:30, Prytania is showing all of the best live action shorts, which are:
Instead of Abracadabra
The New Tenants
& Miracle Fish
(which is next to impossible to find a trailer for).
When the program is over, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (the last feature film nominated for Best Picture that we have yet to see) is playing at 5:00 (also at 7:30 and 10:00). Oh dear, where to begin with this one.
Honestly, Precious is a highly imperfect movie. I had problems with suspension of disbelief. The pacing and direction are uneven, at best. But, this is the kind of story that is never told in American film. For instance, in The Blind Side (another story about an abused and neglected, obese, black teenager), the horrors of Michael’s home life are barely alluded to, while there is much screen time of the white children mugging in the interiors of their McMansion. In Precious, however, the camera dwells on all the things we’d like to look away from. One bright spot is Mo’Nique, who gives an incredibly powerful performance that is absolutely worthy of the Best Supporting Actress nomination she received. Ultimately, Precious shows the average, white, middle-class American viewer some things s/he may not be ready for. And it’s about high time someone did; so I’ll give it that.