Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Not An Argo

I spent several hours trying to remember when I heard this storyline before. Not so much what happened, but who it was. But timing and connections are everything. I thought the story was as intriguing then as it is now. A book called "Step by Step" an autobiography by Bertie Bowman didn't get much attention. It didn't make the bestseller list. and it wasn't Oprah Winfrey's book club's book of the month. There was even a watch party here in Memphis for the movie. Blacks wanted to ignore this part of our history in the past. That was before we had a Black President and Oprah gave it her stamp of approval. Rumor of a sex scene between her and Terrence Howard is a blockbuster in itself.

I haven't seen this movie yet. But based on what I've heard so far it appears to be worth the price of a ticket.  But I have heard some not so favorable critiques as well.  For starters this movie is fiction. It's loosely based on the life of Eugene Allen. A real life Maitre d' ho^tel. Why can't we be proud of that by itself? Every time we as a people get excited about something. It isn't based on facts.  The last movie  we got this excited about was "Django".Before that it was "Precious". There has to be a murder, rape, theft or infidelity.to get any attention. I left out the comedy with a man wearing a dress. Forest Whitaker was more excited about his involvement with the documentary "Rising From The Ashes" or his role in "Fruitvale Station". Both more socially relevant than his latest work. But still not an Argo.
 

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