Winter Movie Guide: December – Week 4

IN LIMITED RELEASE

WEDNESDAY

Pariah

Written & Directed by Dee Rees
Starring Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans & Aasha Davis

“A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.”

Spike Lee put his name out there for this movie, centered on a conflicted Brooklyn teen lesbian, which was one of the bigger hits at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it lost out on the Grand Jury prize, but did win for best cinematography.  Drawing comparisons to Precious because it’s a film about a tortured female black teen, a new revelation to white society who spent so long pondering the role of the black man in American society that they nearly forgot there is a just as conflicted female side to the race debate.  Add in the exploration of homosexuality in such a judged society, and the whole thing adds up to an emotional firecracker.

While it might not be the type of movie to rush out and track down (as with Precious, the heavy nature of the film is sure to be emotionally draining and lacking in entertainment) but I imagine the praise that has been heaped upon it is well deserved.  This one released Wednesday in NY and  LA from Focus Features.

FRIDAY

The Iron Lady

Written by Abi Morgan
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd
Starring Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, & Richard E. Grant

“A look at the life of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power.”

Once again, Meryl Streep is back for awards season to attempt to snatch another award.  Not to say that it wouldn’t be well deserved, but it’s obviously well planned.  Meanwhile, across the pond, the critics don’t seem happy that an American, never mind the American considered to be the greatest living actress, but an American no less, is playing Margaret Thatcher.

Which is funny, given that Thatcherism, like Reganism, is really only beloved by those that voted for it and benefited from it.

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