Sunday, April 23, 2006

'Hustle and Flow' ...

Ohhhhhh, *now* I understand why "It's Hard Out There For A Pimp" won the Oscar for best song.

Damn, that's a good movie.

I don't like rap, or hip-hop, or crunk, or whatever the kids are calling it these days (and maybe they're all different, but I wouldn't know), but this movie is really powerful. My brain tends to automatically tune out that music because all I hear is profanity and some pretty otherwise hateful language being spewed, but watching this movie, listening to Terrence Howard's performances, talking about not letting his father die in vain? Damn.

It's a really impressive study of the lives of the characters, a grittiness that a lot of us never glimpse.

Ebert gave it three and a half stars. His review has a mistake in it (Starbucks-esque drink carriers, not egg cartons, are used for sound-proofing the makeshift studio) but he captures the heart of the film: This isn't an inner-city cliche, it's a study in the transformative power of art, of what can happen when someone believes in your dream, especially when that someone is yourself.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Seth Russell said...

i agree, it was one of the best movies of the year. What's sad is that poeple like Coulter (its hard out there for a winp) will fash that this is all about "overseers of human sex slaves, an occupation known as 'pimping' ", and will miss what the movie was really about: ego, voice, dreams, and even tenderness. There was some discussion of this here.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pimp Ann Coulter!

8:30 PM  
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