Now we continue our 'the films of 2012' lists with another favorite, the underrated! And as always, this list won't just be good films that were labeled as "bad," but also mediocre films that got unfairly pounded, or genuinely bad films that nonetheless deserved credit for one element or another.
Tyler Perry has built a remarkable career and media empire. I think he'll survive one small blip on the radar screen of his success. He has survived a lot worse in his life.
As Americans prepare to go to the polls, the airwaves are littered with paid advertising of the crassest and most manipulative kind. Political issues ...
Ben Affleck is clearly one of the top directors working today in the realm of 'the kind of film they don't make anymore' and he may end up with an Oscar or two in a few months.
As you're reading this, a very bad movie that goes by the title of Alex Cross is playing in a theater somewhere near you. Alex Cross stars Tyler Perry (Star Trek) as the man who has his name in the title of this very bad movie. Is there any fathomable reason that you should spend the money that you earn working a job that you don't particularly care for just for chance to have some semblance of enjoyment in your free time (and food)?
Alex Cross, which opens this week, represents an early breakthrough in Kerry Williamson's bustling career. I asked Williamson about the process of adapting and relaunching James Patterson's massive series for the big screen.
This week's episode of America's Next Top Model ran the gamut in terms of genre, throwing us everything from mean girls to Tyler Perry to zombies. There's something for everyone!
Comedies in which women talk dirty and act stupid and horny -- is this such a hard to genre to get right?
How can Zoe Saldana possibly bring the pain in an afro-wig and, God-forbid, dark makeup? The producers may as well cast Madea because if it's going to be all about make-up, wigs and fat-suits, ain't nobody bringing it like Mr. Perry.
For over the past two years, I have been an outspoken advocate in the fight against domestic violence. Only now, am I publicly sharing my truths of being sexually abused, by a much older relative, when I was a child.
While Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection brought in $25 million for its opening weekend and resurrected Perry's legion of loyal fans, it also drew what have quickly become the typical Perry critiques--he's an amateur, he lacks cinematic skill and is reinforcing racial stereotypes.
From June 20th to the 23rd, my goal was to learn as much about the film industry as possible; to see it through the eyes of the artists, hear it in their voices, see their visions on the big screen, and to gauge the audiences reaction.
This is a massive win for all involved, bringing Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane serious film-making clout, further confirming that Mark Wahlberg is an actual 'put butts in the seats' movie star and giving Universal something to laugh about.
They say no good deed goes unpunished, so it was fitting that in my desire to support Tyler Perry and his new film Good Deeds, I was rewarded with a reminder of how a turn of charity can turn into two-hours of movie watching grief.
While Tyler Perry's new movie, Good Deeds, may be just another film for movie-goers, for Phylicia Rashad, it provides an opportunity for her to encourage others to stop and examine what is happening in their lives and the world today.
"One of the things that I learned from Paul Simon's class is that all the stories have been told, it's the way you tell that story that's your thumbprint. That's really the job of the writer."