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  •  At least many of the Blaxploitation films... (7+ / 0-)

    ...were made by black writers and directors.

    If they don't want the film to be judged by the trailer, then they should ditch the trailer.  It is offensive.

    As far as Krystal is concerned, I think she's wrong.  From what I have seen, this film will harm our community.

    •  "From What you've seen" (1+ / 0-)
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      Krystal read the script (obviously liked it enough to take the roll), was in the movie, and I'm guessing has seen multiple cuts in various states of post.

      You've ... seen a trailer.

      Hmmm. I got to go with Krystal on this one.

      "You Don't Do More With Less. You Do Less with Less. That's Why it's called Less." David Simon

      by Larry Madill on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 05:03:00 PM PDT

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      •  I've also read her commentary... (4+ / 0-)
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        triciawyse, kyril, vcthree, pantherq

        ...at the facebook page.

        Someone posted this elsewhere:

        I once read a book called Society of the Spectacle....
        it was a conversation about our cultures drive to turn everything into a consumption event wihtout regard to the life impacted.....

        exploitation films r an example of the service of appetite that is troubling

      •  You don't have to agree with her, (5+ / 0-)
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        but it'd be nice if you processed the information and gave a thoughtful instead of dismissive response.

        Blaxploitation was controversial during its height as well, for a host of reasons both similar and different.  Not the least of which was the lack of positive representation of black characters in mainstream cinema: though rserven has a point that - because so many of the people producing, writing, directing, and starring in these films were themselves black - this debate was largely internal to the black community.   What's made blaxploitation more palatable over the years is the benefit of time and distance, not to mention the wider media representation that's occurred in the meantime.  It's very different to appreciate a blaxpoitation film as a 21st century viewer than as 1970s audience member.

        Consider this: blaxploitation film was made and marketed toward black audiences.  This trailer, at least, does not have the same relationship with its target audience, and that deserves consideration, too.

        I have nothing against exploitation films per se (I loves 'em, in fact).  And this movie might turn out to be fun after all.  But I do think transgendered men and women have to deal with a greater open hostility for the subject than either blaxploitation or rape-and-revenge audiences showed theirs - and if the trailer is setting off red flags, it's worth listening to why instead of being so dismissive about it outright.  

        Also, Luna's commentary manages to make him sound like a callous idiot.  Nobody knows these victims, so it's okay to exploit them, just like Tarantino?  Wow.

        Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

        by pico on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 05:17:50 PM PDT

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    •  But Here's The Thing..... (3+ / 0-)
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      I haven't seen the movie, and you may be as right as rain about it being harmful. I don't know. But there is another side to the "exploitation film" argument.

      For example, many Blaxpoitation were indeed made by black writers & directors, and there is an argument they were some of the first films to show strong, intelligent African-American characters who weren't the sidekick or helper.

      The same thing goes for the "sexploitation films" centered around female characters too. Sure the films had gratuitous amounts of T&A, but they were also some of the first films to have a strong lead female character.

      From the L.A. Times:

      "Even in the mid-'70s, the kind of proto-feminist element was being written about," said Kathleen McHugh, director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women. "Feminist film scholars were writing about Roger Corman and Stephanie Rothman, locating a feminist impulse in the standard plot, where you have these powerful, self-assertive, one might even use the term 'extremely aggressive' women who are wreaking vengeance against forces, people, men who are trying to keep them down."

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