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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

"Mr. Untouchable" Part 2

Earlier in the week, I posted about a film called "Mr. Untouchable". I was alerted to the screening by Mrs. Grapevine. I feel a rapport with MGV--one, cause we started blogging around the same time (June) and two, we think a lot alike on some things, this being one.

I am gonna post some of our email conversation on this film, cause it pretty much sums it up. I changed a couple things in this exchange to protect the innocent (haha), but it is 98% intact:

IW:
What did you think of that movie?

MGV:
1)I liked the film, but of course I have problems with it. I love documentaries, and I have watched everything from Eyes On the Prize to Pimps Up Ho's Down. I am really tired of them glorifying this lifestyle instead of focusing on the fall. With so many celebrity men going down for such foolishness, I think the message should be clear, this man fell from grace and he fell hard.

2)This is what our generation inherited, and they wonder why gansta rap is what it is. This man is from the same generation as Al Sharpton, so this problem has existed for 40 or so years, and now they want to blame this generation for mistakes passed on to them. These are the role models in the hood, and now more films to glorify them.

3)What's up with all the white men thinking they are black and it's okay to say "nigga" on film. They don't have a black pass with me, so I was highly offended.

4)It also promotes rivalry, and now I know why it's released so close to American Ganster the movie. It also glorifies violence, Mr. Barnes doesn't even seem to be remorseful about killing other black men.Having been close to this lifestyle and having friends to make dumb choices in it, I just really want the message to be clear, nothing lasts forever and it's a long fall. Overall I give it a C+ or B-. There isn't anything special about it or unique. No cool angle or take on the movie.The one cool thing I learned while researching him, is that part of NewJack City, the movie, was based on him. So looking for those links was pretty cool

IW:
Girl, you are soooo on point. And that nigga/white boy thing got me too...in the audience all the whites laughed at the "honorary nigga" thing (which that dude was clearly enamored with) while all of the blacks were stonefaced. It was a small amount of folks at the screening, only about maybe 10 or 12.

To be quite honest, I left before it was over. I found it repetitive, glorifying and highlighting the life instead of the fall, and like you said, absolutely nothing new. The coolest thing was the old footage they showed....it reminded me of some scenes I used to see when I was a little girl visiting New York and Jersey (where my parents are from).

I think this Mark Levin dude had a lot more to do with this than Damon Dash....when I worked in rap I repeatedly saw how these young European A&R guys would be completely entranced by any parts of streetlife and anyone "hardcore". It was embarrassing to watch....the director is probably from that ilk--and a cool 70's soundtrack does not make a movie.

I'll probably post your review, if it's ok with you, cause I don't really have anything reflective or positive to say.....

MGV:
And another thing, all this corruption went down because of a woman, and he turned on his wife, the mother of his children. One word: trifling!


So that's that. Anyhoo, one reader commented that Damon Dash gets a lot of publicity when he teams with Lee Daniels. I say with good reason.....Damon should consistently be a backer for Lee, and leave the solo projects alone for a bit. The reader also wanted to know how Dash gets the cash for these films, since we all know most of it was funneled to Jay-Z. My thought is he is just the face on a silent investment group. If you'd like to read Mrs. Grapevine's review of the film, click here.

4 comments:

MrsGrapevine said...

"European"...LOL!

Invisible Woman said...

I know :-(

Anonymous said...

I totally disagree with everything you said. I think that the film's strength is that it doesn't take an overt position. I am so board with hearing people say rap music or movies glorify something. Do you think that about fiction films or just documentaries? Why hold them to a different standard?

It is lazy commentry. What do you mean? Do you mean that just by talking about a black drug dealer you are glorigying him? Do you really believe anyone who sees this film will want to go out and become a drug dealer - get over yourself.

Or perhaps you think that films should only be made about 'positive' black historical figures and if we ignore the rest somehow the ugly past will magically be wiped clean. That is so short sighted.

Nicky is a legitimate historical figure (just like Idi Armin in the Last King of Scotland) and you should embrace him and understand him and then maybe you would understand yourself a bit better. That is what I think the film is all about. It's about a man that can't bear to look at it's own reflection and nor it seems can you....

Invisible Woman said...

It's OK if you disagree, I welcome all opinions. If you have read my blog at all, you would know that I have loved plenty of films where a drug dealer, killer, pimp, or addict was the protagonist/anti-hero. You would also know that I find most "positive message" films formulaic and ultimately, quite boring.

In my world, for me to enjoy a film, it should be well written, thought provoking, or bring something new to the table, even if it's something small. Mr. Untouchable was none of these things in my opinion, which if you don't agree with, I don't know what to tell you. That's why I didn't feel like it warrented a full on review.

Btw, I always find it interesting that commenters who say these types of thing are usually "anonymous". How do I know you aren't associated with this film?