Discussion in 'Black Entertainment' started by jamesfrmphilly, Feb 9, 2011.
wow lol, you can thank Tyler Perry for that Pepsi max commercial. all though he is a good writer.
I don't dislike him. We care about the same folks.. I enjoyed some of his theator work..
And in the context of theater, the Madea character is alright with me.. but when it
moves to Cinema it becomes something else.. and I think
Mr. Perry is too deep in his creation to really recognize the differences between
theater and film; not just the technical differences but also the way they are
used in and the way they impact our society. But you never really know.. he
may just be playing possum. What one does to get power is not as important
as what one does once that power is attained. Overall, I think his work is
positive.. aside from his obvious sexuality issues that so blatantly bleed over
into his work. But I think once he deals with those issues and either comes
out and accepts his homosexuality or finds some way to mitigate his daddy
issues--at least to the degree that they don't bleed all over his work-- that
he'll be ok.. and he may finally make the jump from buffoonery and melodramatic
sentimentality to making something important. We'll see.
I'm a little disappointed that Spike Lee allowed himself to be used in the
divide and conquer game played against him and Tyler Perry. I would really
have liked to see these two Artists get together. Both of them need the
other. Spike is a real Filmmaker. His films are artistically and technically
magnificent. His weakness is his own perspective.. it's limited. Particularly
when it comes to his portrayals of women. And Tyler is just the opposite.
He's a story teller in the Oral tradition and his portrayals of men are particularly
lacking. If those two guys were to put their differences aside and
come together, there's not telling what they could achieve.
But you know how it goes with black folks. On east 14th street in Oakland,
right at 89th, there are 3 baptist churches in a row.. each one doing his own
thing instead of coming together.. Everyone has to be the boss. I guess that's
the result of being powerless for so long.
In the Spirit of Sankofa and Update!
funny I always thought that Spike Lee's films were more theater style. Especially his early work,he uses monologues fequently. However his latest work seems to be more film oriented,Miricale at Saint Ana was excellent. Theater is about over the top performance,"Going Big" where film is more sublte facial expressions,eye movement,and inner motivation. I do appreciate Tyle Perry's postive messages,although he has some issues as you said.
yeah, Spike's love for theater is all over his work.. but whatever he does is always
also cinematic.. he makes full use of the camera.. Spike is as much a cinematographer
as he is a director. His signature shots pushed the envelope of modern american
film. Crooklyn for example was a masterpiece.. it was filled with masterful
shots.. spike has mastered the art of visual story telling.. and the alignment
of his camera technique, music and story content make him a great filmmaker.
Tyler is all story. I wondered how he would make transition to film since his
plays were all musicals.. but he has done pretty well.. all things considered.
I don't know why he doesn't just breakout with a black gospel themed
musical. I still hope these two guys find a way to get together and do
something important. Each of their strengths line up perfectly with the other's
weaknesses.. they could really do something great.
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