Justin Simeon, John Horn, Netflix discussed on 1A
The director Justin Simeon is probably most well known for directing the movie and Netflix series Dear White people, and it follows a group of black students at a predominantly white Ivy League college. You know, John stylistically. Do you see similarities between bad hair and dear white people in both the themes and the artistic style? Yeah. I mean, he is a satirist, and he worked through comedy sometimes dark comedy, but I think he has really sharp insides, and I think one of the things that he is really good about Listen, I have no understanding or experience about what black women suffer to make their hair look unnatural. But I understand what this story is about. I think where Justin is really strong as he takes audiences into a perspective that you might not recognize or appreciate. I think that's why you're white people, especially it's too serious. I think the movie was good, but I thought the Netflix series was better. I think he takes you into a story through some strange devices. I mean, in this movie, it's horror in his Siri's. It's comedy, but I think he really kind of illuminates a perspective that you don't Wouldn't normally access. It was straight drama, and I think that's what his gift is. And I think that's why he thinks horror. Much like Jordan Peele, Khun B. Highly political of You Use it, right, Ron. What about you? I mean, I'm I'm sure you have been. Herr adjacent to some of these conversations with black wimp it well, which your take, so I grew up with the mother and sister and I always think about their her journey's When I think about how passionate I am about natural haired about a black women being allowed to do whatever they want with their hair. I always think about specific stories. My mother, it's just hurt me. From growing up, you know, and I can't say that I feel to pay for his hand. But I watched what they went through with their hand. Watch them cry tears about and even as a kid like as a 7 to 12 year old kid on this thing. I don't understand why they're crying, but I don't want them to be upset, And I think that's what my biggest problem with the movie is. They really they talk about patting the hair of the use of paint lotion, which resonated with being like, Oh, my God, That's what Piccolo ship is like a president. But this is where I feel the move we fall short. They did not make the connection between why black women have to go through these things. They kind of alluded to it. They talked about hair politics and then policing each other saying, Girl You've got to get that right here and all that, but they didn't connect it backto white supremacy and white is the reason why black people have to do this. They made it very mystical about the monster of a woman. And I'm like myself would be a white woman. Right? Like these. Are these witches away right? Like you don't know. I felt like they never made that connection. And instead they made this beautiful movie that tall and the imagery What beautiful man these great images, even about putting in a solo and what a bad So it looks like all that and the bloody hair and all that to all the beautiful things, but they don't connect it back to the roof for me up like, go back to the beginning and say, Why? Why do you have to have good here? Yes, bad here and I'm like that's where I feel like I feel like there was an attempt to do that. But it it It ended up being sort of. Ah, a bit of a tortured attempt to do it. It ended up being to my mind, at least Maura about About capitalism in this weird sort of way than it was about. I guess that there was there was an opportunity there to do something that was really powerful and mystical. But instead it became this sort of convoluted commentary on on capitalism to my mind, but that's That's me. We were hearing from other folks, Heather emailed. I watched the movie this weekend a bit uneven inconsistency of pace. Lots of fun, though. Reminded me of Chris Rocks. Commentary on Good Here. The tumbling tumbleweed. Vanessa Williams was fab. She rise on Twitter says it reminded me of death by temptation from the 19 nineties loved the African tales. Six out of 10 stars John, You spoke to Justin Simeon at Sundance this year, and you asked him about his approach. To the subject of black women and their hair. Let's take a listen. You know, it's funny. Someone asked me one of the first communities like, um I supposed to feel good or bad about the weave. And the truth is, is that the uncomfortable answer is both. You know, there are black women who get weaves because Is helping to protect their natural hair. There are black women who get weeds because that's just the aesthetic that they're going for. And I didn't want so much to moralize the choice of doing this or that to your hair, but just sort of point out that like it's one of the many aspects of our bodies that we are having to Consider or lop off, just in order to be seen as equal, not even better, but just be seen at all. I'm Jen white. You're listening to one, eh? We're talking to film critic and podcaster Be Andrea July, John Horn of KPCC in Los Angeles and Ronald Young, junior film critic and host of the time Well spent podcast..