Lorraine Anna, Justin, Andrea discussed on 1A

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Film critic and host of the time Well spent podcast. We're talking about the film, bad hair. Do you think he pulled off? What he was what he was aiming for. Be Andrea there, you know, Trying to present the present thie struggle. Black women have to go through during their hair journey, but without really making commentary on whether we've is is good or bad. You know, I do think the least successful part of the movie was definitely the mosque Earl element to it specifically the end of the movie where it's It's revealed that a character we've seen before who is white is leading the charge for hair kind of ring. It's very convoluted. As you've said, as many of you said And it's a little bit confusing. And I kind of I had wished the movie had ended just with No, that last scene where the main character is talking to her sister, because that to me, you know, leave it up to the viewer to decide. You know what they think that that ending that is there kind of Sort of goes halfway there and then doesn't go all the way. So I do agree that it doesn't really It definitely doesn't tell us what to think about it. But I do think that Maybe Justin underestimated the sense which pushed Black women's button because, you know, it's sort of we're sort of like, okay, our hair people always talking about her hair. There's laws against our hair girls getting suspended because of their hair. And you know, not to mention the unfair Eurocentric standards. So it's like, can we just live, you know, and I do think it's kind of funny that both of the movies that people can name about black woman's hair were both made by black men. Do you think this movie is much more nuanced and good hair, Chris rock community which I didn't like it all. But I I do think that there's good intention here. You know, Justin all the main characters in the movie are named after his mother is named after Anna. And his name. Dr. His mother and his aunt are the energy and Edna and another woman in the movies. So I think he had definitely had black woman in mind. But I don't know what it is with black gay men in wigs, something happened. Yeah, I'm not. Have you seen that? I don't know if you've seen this episode of Queer Eye were Karam. Oh, puts on a wig when they're helping one of their clans this season, and he just goes absolutely insane. Like he turns into a different person. I I have not. I have not seen that. I mean, what I will say about this film is that it was funny. Like there were moments when I was definitely laughing out. Loud Run. What did you think about the balance between? Horror, which was very campy was very over the top but also comedy Do you think, he said he did a good job of balancing the two I think he nailed. I think you've nailed the comedy a lot. I think I'm a scared cat. So I don't want scary movies on watch for movies I've seen Get out. I see us dancing this and I think you could sense the theme and the types of horror movies that I will watch the things that I feel like I do have to show up for as opposed to this, But this was there were definitely some laugh out of moments in this and I thought he struck that balance. Very well. I wasn't ever really scared. And there were. I think the only part that I really got creeped out was during the body or parts, and it means like when when the soul in was actually happening. I cringed a lot in the beginning when she was first getting the cock in her hair. I like cringed a lot. I mean, so and I think those portions really got to me in terms of the horror elements. But the parts that were funny were very funny. J. Farrell's character just being like a perpetual like garbage man with this's very, very, very funny to me. But if I could just take the one thing, the entrance set, which I want free with us, I think the perspective matters because I think this would've been a different movie if we were made by women instead of black women instead of made by black men, because there's only so much Empathy a perspective I can have talking about my mother and sister versus my mother and sisters telling you a story from their perspective. Yeah, I agree with you that I had visceral reactions, too. The both the relaxer seeing when, when the lead character Anna, played by El Lorraine when she gets that chemical burn, and also the sow in because Those air based in rial experiences, and there was something just deeply horrifying about about both of those, both of those scenes and very realistic. I'm curious low, John Iran is as the guys on our panel. Did you learn anything from the movie? Did you take anything away from it? John? Yeah, definitely. I mean, and I'm gonna come back to this idea of like invisibility because I think that's really what this movie is about. And if you think about the first time we meet kind of a lead character Played by Oh, Lorraine Anna. She's walking through a crowded lobby. She's invisible. No one sees her because of the way her hair looks. And then you think back to you know, even in the autobiography of Malcolm X, he writes about conking his hair and so for me, the bigger takeaway is like what part Of yourself. If you're a black woman, do you have to give up to fit in? The way you're expected to look and that for me was the takeaway. Listen on the straight white guy. I can never understand that experience, but I'm gonna learn piece by piece to try to Have empathy and understand it better. And I think that's what this movie succeeds. That this woman is invisible because of the way her hair looks and that is criminal. Ron, I want to get your take after the break. We're discussing the new Who, Lou original movie Bad here with our one A movie club KPCC is John Horn and film critics. D'Andrea July and Ronald Young Junior. We're also talking to you Tweet us at one a comment on her Facebook page or drop US an email at one A. W A m u dot org's male and female Love. The movie beautifully captured the sacrifice black women experience based on our physical appearance, four stars like the pace of the movie buildup to the climax. My mother in law was a hairdresser loved the handling.

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