All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Life is hard. Life is short. Life is painful. Life is rich. Life is....Precious.
Set in Harlem in 1987, claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, an angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is chaotic and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and a secret..she can't read.
"i wish you were more like precious, ava."-my mom
I'm not quite sure what to make of this film. On the one hand the one-dimensional characters and escapist fantasy sections can be explained by the film's fairytale-like structure but it doesn't make it a satisfying experience. Because all the characters are either good or (very) bad with no grey areas in-between it makes what happens to Precious, which should be incredibly harrowing, strangely distancing. The use of fantasy sections also feels clumsy and poorly implemented. It is not the first time a distressing story has used similarly escapist elements (Dancer in the Dark instantly springs to mind) but these sections never actually progress the story, instead they seem to be there solely to make the grim bits more palatable.…
Imagine if you had a friend who doesn’t listen to anyone telling him/her watch yourself (i.e. they have a “do whatever I want” mentality); imagine that person who have been meaning to lose weight and refuse to do so in a proper manner (say exercise 3 times a week). Instead he decides to cut back from fast food, but he decides to order a tick-approved salad from McDonalds served with high amounts of salt and somehow he lost weight. When he tells you about his salad diet, you’re thinking “but you’re still eating fast food.” This is how I feel when audiences and critics applauded Precious, which is directed by Lee Daniels and endorsed by Oprah Winfrey, one of the…
This is just an awful movie, made by somebody with contempt for cinema, apparently. Poverty porn for people who like hand-wringing in the comfort of their sitting room instead of actual change in the lives of others...
Precious is a girl who is the embodiment of bad luck. Born into an abusive and incest-involved family, living in a dump, aged 16 and has already (ALREADY) given birth to 2 children, she has been dealt the wrong hand to say the least. Precious seems to glide through her life, harboring anger that she never acts on and knowledge that she never explores. Lee Daniels' has crafted a raw and emotional yet rather muddled film, but nonetheless it is a very important watch.
Precious (no, I'm not calling it Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire because that's...no, why try and call it that producers? Just, no.) is all about an overweight, unfortunate teen -- Precious (Gabourey Sidibe),…
I've been aware of the writings of Sapphire for a long time. She was doing poetry slams in the 1980s and was a vibrant performer.
Inspired by the sexual abuse by her father when she was a child, Sapphire's novel 'Push' is an angry but unfocused piece of work, in problematic dialect and with very wide and broad themes centring around the character of Claireece Precious Jones (played by Gabourey Sidibe in the film), an overweight but fiercely intelligent girl, who has given birth to two children by her father, and who is abused physically and mentally by her mother (who is played by Mo'Nique here, and she's fantastic).
The film, renamed 'Precious', gathered six Oscar nominations and one win…
Me revienta mucho la gordofobia y las putas obesas de mierda.
too much self-pity here...
a solid drama with great performances all round. the day dreams sequence stops the narrative but i understand why there was day dreaming. it's not easy watch.
Well, that was something. This may be top-5 for most harrowing movies and most raw and brutal performances, all-time for me. I'm honestly floored.
I won't even summarize the plot except to say it's about a young girl who can't catch a break in life (the severest of understatements) and who tries, nevertheless, to both imagine a better life and to create that better life. It sounds trite. It's anything but.
That is entirely thanks to the two lead actresses. Gabourey Sidibe turned in a fantastic performance which honestly should have won Best Actress that year over Bullock in the Blind Side. I haven't seen two of the other four nominees, but I'm not sure they could have topped this.…
Wow, this was a hard one to sit through. They tried to lighten it up here and there in order to make this bearable, but still a hard movie to watch. I had to go through it in small doses.
I liked the cameo roles by Lenny Kravtz as the male nurse and Mariah Carey as the homely social worker. I also liked the line where she talks about how watching Opera is for smart people. Good to see the big O can promote her own show like a boss. (She was the exec on this little ditty)
Anyway, great movie that shows how tough it can be for some people in supposedly the richest and most developed country in the world. I did think they overdid it a little with all the stuff they laid on this character, but a well-made story none the less.
It's well-acted, but messy, and not in the interesting kind of way. Also, the fantasy sequences didn't work for me. They came out of nowhere, and at weird moments that didn't suit the tone.
One of the toughest stories I've ever witnessed on screen.
Triste, emotiva, pero muy inspiradora.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A true surprise. This had all the benchmarks of a same old, same old "conquering insurmountable odds" story. But it's so much more. It's gritty enough, and whimsical enough, and both showy and reserved enough to be something else: enthralling and poignant, creative and sad, beautiful and honest.
The problem with these "same old" Oscar/Oprah picks is that they're usually touching in all the right, obvious ways, pulling at your heartstrings with music that swells when emotions run high. You know when it's coming, but cliches are cliches for a reason, and it still does something to you. Predictably.
But here, the music dies, goes silent and still during monologues and climaxes. The writing is only very seldom guides us…
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…