Movie Mondays: If Beale Street Could Talk

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It’s Monday again! So of course I’m back with another #MovieMondays post. For those of you new to Blu Moon Fiction, Movie Mondays is a series I started to pay special homage to my two loves, Books and Film. Each week we discuss a new movie that was adapted from or inspired by a work of literature first. In previous weeks, we’ve discussed Lionsgate’s upcoming horror/thriller, Antebellum. This week’s post is brought to you all courtesy of Mama Bleu.

My mother has a bit of a shopping problem. She buys DVDs and now Blu Rays just because they are sitting in the New Release section. Yesterday, she calls me to tell me that I can borrow her copy of If Beale Street Could Talk. She says she didn’t care for it much and later, having 1e4f33c40ad4450cb7d6aa0e30d228b17490071535662542664.jpgrealized it was based on the James Baldwin novel, decided to let me borrow it.  

I won’t pretend to be well-versed in Baldwin. The titles i’m looking at while writing this post are being added to my TBR s we speak.  I can only recall reading a handful of essays for high school and maybe college, but, I do recall hearing a lot of buzz about Beale Street around awards season. 

Originally published in 1974, If Beale Street Could Talk, was Baldwin’s fifth published novel.  It’s the love-story of Tish, a nineteen -year- old girl and Fonny, an aspiring artist and father to her child. Set in Harlem in the early 70’s, Tish and Fonny’s plans to be married are put on hold when Fonny is falsely If Beale Street Could Talk Castaccused and unjustly incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit. The two must endure uncertainty over their futures while fighting to clear his name. 

The film adaptation of Baldwin’s book was released in 2018, has won awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, The 2019 Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Adaptation and the NAACP  Image Award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture. The cast featured; Regina King, KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Michael Beach and  Teyonah Parris. 

Check Out the Trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk below!

 

 

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Movie Mondays: A Fall From Grace (My Netflix Addiction)

I am a big fan of Tyler Perry’s work. The Madea franchise was the backdrop for my teenage years. The Haves and The Have Nots back when I had cable was one of my favorite shows. So when I saw that Netflix was trending, A Fall From Grace, I was super excited. When I saw the cast, (all of the stars from Tyler Perry’s TV shows) I was thrilled to see what was happening. 

My love affair with Tyler Perry films has been on the downswing lately. The Madea franchise for me has fizzled out and there are only but so many Christian themed films I can watch, where the matriarch is dying thus bringing the family together, before I lose my mind.  I even allowed his recent video discussing how he is the only person who writes his scripts to lure me into a false sense of security regarding  this movie. 

I.WAS. WRONG.

Despite the social media buzz this movie generated I was not a fan at all.  I even let my homie from Florida suggest when we watched it since she saw the ending and wanted to watch 102c82ff6629ac42eb394b7ab72f364e2460398002016005849.jpgfrom the beginning.

This movie had me looking at her sideways and vowing to never let her choose another title again. There were so many plot holes.  The acting was subpar, and I found myself wondering, How Long Is This Movie Again?

Why hadn’t she sought legal assistance or counsel after finding herself victim to the wiles of a con-man especially for the felony?

Why would she not just divorce him? How was his behavior not considered a form of psychological or emotional abuse?

How were there no resources available to her? How does a woman that age even allow herself to put up with that especially after a divorce. 

The more questions I asked the more I got irritated by the movie, it’s many plummeting plot holes. The weak storyline held together with chewing gum. The piss poor acting job done by all of the cast, despite several of them being so talented. The movie failed on so many levels for me it’s hard to pickf0a07d38acba3a1894977a555f69d8345284428940055181309.jpg something I did like. 

The character of Grace was just unrealistic, I don’t care how old or lonely you are no one is going to sit there and put up with that especially after they’ve already been divorced once. 

Regarding the lawyer…

WORST.LAWYER.EVER. not even from a novice standpoint. The character of Jessica was a disgrace to her title and should’ve been disbarred. I don’t know a lawyer in the land who doesn’t understand you should cross – examine your witness, but to then get yourself thrown in jail for contempt when you’re supposed to be defending me? 

FIRED! and then I’m suing the law office from my cell. 

The best part about this movie was Phylicia Rashad and Cicely Tyson. Not their characters or their performances, just the fact that Mr. Perry has been able to cultivate and nurture such great working relationships with these women, that they’ll happily join his projects no matter what. 

I’m over it, the credits have rolled and I’m on to the next. I hate to say it but after that movie, I’m looking forward to seeing the second season of YOU. The internet has been going crazy about that too but i’m not sure if I still trust ya’ll.

 

 

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Octavia’s Butler’s Kindred Lays The Foundation for Lionsgate Films’ Antebellum

If this is not your first time reading the blog then you know a year or so ago, I reviewed a book called Kindred for What We’re Reading. A few weeks ago someone commented on an old post I did promoting the book as well as the blog post and I have been floored. After a little bit of fact – checking I am proud to announce that.

KINDRED IS BEING MADE INTO A MOVIE!

OK, not technically….but, a movie heavily inspired by the plot and events from Kindred is currently in production from Lionsgate films.

Antebellum, as they have decided to name it, tells the story of successful author, Veronica Henley, who finds herself trapped in a nightmarish

reality (of the past) and must find a way to break free of the horrors at hand, before it’s too late.

The story closely mirrors, Butler’s novel in that the main character, Dana is forced to travel from her time in 1976 to the antebellum south repeatedly at the call of a young boy named Rufus.

The book expertly drags the reader along for the ride as Dana spends the story trying to uncover how she and Rufus are connected while also trying not to succumb to the hopelessness of slavery.

The movie itself is being billed as horror/thriller somewhere in the neighborhood of “Get Out” and “Us” despite Jordan Peele having no parts of this movie.

The directorial and production team are the same minds who worked on those other movies

Written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, both of whom worked on “Get Out” and “Us”. Antebellum is their directorial debut for Lionsgate films. The cast for Antebellum includes Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures), Gabourey Sidibe (Empire), Eric Lange (Narcos), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Kiersey Clemons (Sweetheart), and Marque Richardson (Dear White People).

Kindred depicts Dana as being in a bi-racial relationship and details how both she and her partner Kevin Franklin endure the mysterious goings on between Dana and the past.

Though few details have been revealed I’m curious to see if Antebellum will be keeping that part of the story.

Antebellum is already in post-production and is slated to be released April 24, 2020.

 

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