MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ EXPLAINS HOW TO GET AN OSCAR.

I won’t go off on Michelle because I don’t think the poor child knows any better. But her ignorant comments about Oscar nods are just ridiculous.

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For whatever reason Michelle was doing interviews at the recent Cannes amfAR event and she mentioned the controversial movie The Paperboy. It’s a crazy ass movie that stars Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman, and there’s one scene where Efron’s character gets stung by a jellyfish and Kidman’s trashy character pees on the sting marks.

After Michelle claimed that she ‘fucking loved’ the movie, she mentioned that one of her friends would like to see an Oscar nod for Kidman. Then Michelle pulls out this gem:

“‘I was like, ‘Nah, man. She’s not black!’ I laugh, but it’s also very sad. It makes me want to cry. But I really believe. You have to be trashy and black to get nominated. You can’t just be trashy.”

I know it’s wrong to assume…BUT! I’m going to assume Michelle is thinking back to the film Precious, which stormed the 2009 Oscars and secured nominations for Gabourey Sidibe (Best Actress), Lee Daniels (Best Director), and Mo’nique, who won Best Supporting Actress.

Just a sidenote, Daniels also directed The Paperboy.

Michelle’s comment is just stupid because black actors are still rarely nominated for an Oscar, and it’s even more rare for them to win. I’d be surprised if she’s actually getting invited to the Oscars each year so that’s probably why she doesn’t know.

Michelle, have a seat and be quiet until it’s time to start filming those Fast and Furious movies.

Her comment is here at Vulture.


MOVIE REVIEW: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (2011)

Running time: 1 hour, 52 minutes
Cast: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller
Director: Lynne Ramsey

We Need to Talk About Kevin poster

Thanks to Redbox, I had the pleasure to see this intense and powerful film. Tilda Swinton gives a strong performance as Eva, the distraught mother of the title character Kevin. Her son is sitting in jail after he commits a series of murders, and Eva looks back on her relationship with Kevin to see where things went wrong. Most of the movie is shown as Eva’s flashbacks, and it’s mixed with scenes showing Eva visiting Kevin a few times while he’s in jail.

The audience immediately sees a haunting portrayal of Kevin as a toddler and into his early childhood. He is very angry and confrontational and shows signs of physical aggression towards his toys. Eva seems to be hurt and confused by his actions until it’s revealed that she’s probably the inspiration and the main example for his behavior.

One scene that really stuck with me was Kevin’s injury as a child. The way Kevin explained the injury to his father, and the truth behind what really happened serves as a catalyst for Kevin’s continued aggression. Sadly, it also confirms to Eva that her son has a problem.

If this movie seems depressing and harrowing….well, it is! But I hope this doesn’t stop people from watching it. We Need to Talk About Kevin didn’t perform well at the box office, and I suspect the subject matter (along with the somewhat creepy title) pushed people away. And within the movie itself, every piece of dialogue, every scene, and every movement is carefully executed to create a sense of dread and anxiety.

The director, Lynn Ramsey, did a wonderful job of keeping the audience painfully tuned into Kevin’s emotions. There’s a lot of scenes that show Kevin glaring at his mother or getting caught in various acts of childhood rebellion. There’s tense moments when the father (lovingly played by John C. Reilly) introduces Kevin to a recreational pasttime that helps Kevin commit the massacre that sends him to jail. Overall, Ramsey knows that silence can be golden when used correctly.

My one gripe with the movie occurs with the character of Eva. She was abusive towards Kevin, and I find it odd that the father turned a blind eye to Eva’s behavior and didn’t recognize that his son was affected by it. This movie gives the impression that it’s unknown why Kevin was such a terror from his young childhood years and into his teenage years, but I think it’s clear that Eva was the terror in his life. She spends most of the movie struggling with her guilt, and I think she is given sympathy that she did not earn.

Have you seen We Need to Talk About Kevin? Let me know what you think!


TV REVIEW: SCANDAL (2012)

FYI: no spoilers!

Cast: Kerry Washington, Columbus Short, Tony Goldwyn, Guillermo Diaz, Katie Lowes, Henry Ian Cusick, Darby Stanchfield
Writer and Producer: Shonda Rhimes

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

Credit: ABC Richard Cartwright

I read good reviews about Scandal throughout its first season run, but I never watched an episode because I was afraid it would get canceled. New series have to be successful immediately, and I didn’t want to get attached to a show that wasn’t going to make it. Let’s also remember that good reviews doesn’t mean a show will avoid the ax. Arrested Development, anyone?

Once ABC confirmed it was picking up Scandal for a second season, I decided to dive into the 7 episodes of the first season. I’m glad I finally watched them, because this show is amazing!

The show revolves around Olivia Pope and her crisis management firm, Pope & Associates. When a prominent public figure is embroiled in a scandal, Olivia is hired to squash the issue before it reaches the public and destroys their reputation.

Each episode features a different scandal that Olivia and her team solves by the end of the episode. However, there’s a much more interesting scandal that plays out throughout the course of the season, and it involves Olivia and her past ties to the White House, when she worked as the White House Communications Director for President Fitzgerald Grant.

(L to R: Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, and Kerry Washington in Scandal) Credit: Danny Feld/ABC

The cast gives great performances- especially when each character’s past is revealed. We see how troubled each team member is, and how Olivia gave them a chance to join her firm and turn their lives around. I think Columbus Short and Guillermo Diaz give the strongest performances, but overall everyone is a joy to watch.

If I had to reveal one flaw with the show, it’s mini-tangents that Olivia would deliver to her clients when they were hesitant to do things her way. She gets a bit long winded, and I wonder how many sentences she can blurt out before she has to take a breath of air. I know she has to move fast to keep her clients’ secrets from coming out, but it still gets a bit annoying. This is a nitpicky thing, though, because the show is very fast paced and I enjoyed watching it.

The full episodes are available on-line at ABC and Hulu.com. Go watch them!