FILM-CAP; NETFLIX RACISM, HELLBOY, WORST COMIC BOOK MOVIE

This week there isn’t much news on the local film scene which I imagine will happen a lot. I saw Pieces of Me this week which was alright, solid stuff for Fiifi Coleman in his debut feature and you can check out my review. We can however start with some good old racism. Kelly Osborne  Beyond the Lights director Gina Prince-Blythewood did some griping about Netflix. This week on Twitter, the filmmaker called out the streaming service for lumping her well received romantic drama, starring two central black actors, with other movies and TV shows featuring mainly black casts and oh, there’s the small matter of Beyond the Lights having little in common with the quasi Blaxploitation content. BeyondtheLightsNetflix

1/3 the “more like this” on @netflix speaks directly to the issues we face in hollywood. #beyondthelights is a love story and a music film.

— Gina PrinceBythewood (@GPBmadeit)

2/3 where is the notebook, notting hill, walk the line, dreamgirls? what algorithm do they use? the same that is used by studios —

— Gina PrinceBythewood (@GPBmadeit)

3/3 if there are black actors in it, only black folks will want to watch it. got to stop.

— Gina PrinceBythewood (@GPBmadeit)

.@1Life_DreamBIG filmmakers have to fight marketing and publicity until we are heard. market by genre not by race.

— Gina PrinceBythewood (@GPBmadeit)

There are actually more pages in line with this low key racism line so there is some substance to Prince-Bythewood’s point. For some reason Netflix doesn’t think African-Americans watch movies outside their demographic and when it comes to black people, genre preferences go out the window. You’re black so you better be fixing to watch yourself some Dead Presidents or How Stella Got Her Groove Back. 500 Days of Summer is not for you. Maybe the light skin folk can watch Michael Pena movies, maybe. It’s thinking like this that means we never get to see more diverse films and this is what happens when minorities aren’t really part of the oversight and decision making end of things. Even a black intern could have smelt the stink here but we probably had a load of white boys indexing stuff so this is what we get.

Is heaven for real? Can white men jump? Was the moon landing faked? Will we be getting OUR Hellboy 3? All important questions but I’ll be focusing on the latter. Guillermo del Toro’s comic book film adaptations Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army were unique executions of vision for the genre in question and a solid following along with solid box office numbers followed. The influence of Del Toro and the moderate commercial successes have given fans reason to believe a third entry in this series will see the light of day. hellboy-3-ron-perlman2

The film’s star, Ron Perlman, has frequently been asked about a prospective third Hellboy movie and he feels the film is something he should do for the series’ fans and not because he feels invested in it. Do I care about his personal investment and feelings as long as Del Toro helms a third film? NO! During a promotion tour for Hand of God, Perlman elaborated on his sentiments: “Let me make the record clear. I don’t want to do Hellboy 3. It’s a pain in the ass to put that makeup on and take it off. But I feel we’re obligated to finish the story. That’s it. End of conversation.”

Perlman generally feels he, along with Del Toro, owe the fans and again I don’t care as long as the film is made but the biggest obstacle to a new film is probably money. People don’t pay top dollar for originality and vision anymore. Why would they in a world that Jurassic World and Avengers 2 exist. The one ray of sunlight as far as this sequel coming to fruition is concerned is Del Toro’s pull with Legendary Pictures. Crimson Peak and Pacific Rim 2 are on that studios ticket so maybe they may consider a concrete injection of cash to fund his film. I heare people talk about this but there is the small matter of the clock ticking for Ron Pearlman seeing as the man is 65. Oh, Schwarzenegger in Genisys you say – touche.

This next story kinda breaks my heart. The Fantastic Four reboot apparently sucks. Josh Trank did good with Chronicle but failed me here. There have been poisonous amounts of negativity accompanying this film since the casting and the negativity has continued with the reviews. The first wave of official reviews for the film have made their way online people have not been nice. I struggle to believe the film will be as bad as critics have made it out to be so I really have to see it for myself before accepting this as the worst reviewed comic book film of all time in a world where Ghost Rider and Batman and Robin, among others, exist.

The overall impression of Fantastic Four reviews appears to be that the Marvel comic book adaptation is infuriatingly banal and uninventive but no one really goes out of their way to call it a cinematic abortion. The film has a capable cast with Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, and Toby Kebbell and some circles even praise for their work but the folk doing the “telemo-ing” of crap here are Trank and screenwriter Simon Kinberg. A number of critics also point out a sequel could justify the existence of this film but we all know the box office will be doing the talking.

The Fantastic Four director has since come out claiming he is not to blame. He took Twitter basically saying time was spent making a different movie than the one he envisioned. The Tweet has since been deleted – deleted *scoffs*. Is Trank saving face? Maybe. Is he to blame? Again maybe but I quite enjoy blaming the studios for botched vision and maybe Fox did wreck a promising a story that was refreshingly going to be more science-fiction and horror than superpower-filled CGI action. Fantastic-Four1

I don’t know when Fantastic Four will be hitting GH cinemas but I’m guessing when it does come I will be seeing it with a mix of curiosity and pity. On the point of cinema releases GH cinephiles will have noticed Silverbird cinemas have been running somewhat dry on film releases but fret no more people. Mission Impossible; Rouge Nation, Ant Man, Magic Mike XXL among others hit screens this week so let’s enjoy ourselves this weekend people!

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