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|Posted by Elaine Carter aka Simpy EL on February 24, 2012 at 11:40 PM||comments (0)|
Tyler Perry Succeeds with Good Deeds
By Elaine Carter
After the gears of the Lionsgate insignia rotate and the TPS logo is shown, Good Deeds starts off with a treat for all the ladies! Via a steamed mirror, the silhouette of a naked Tyler Perry is seen drying off and dressing after a shower. Hopefully, it wasn’t a body double.
Good Deeds is a million miles away from Madea-land. The scenes aren’t set in the traditional southern homes and Atlanta hangouts that we see in the slick-talking grandma’s movies. San Francisco serves as the chic urban backdrop for Good Deeds. Sophisticated sets befitting the lifestyle of a corporate CEO are elegantly appointed. The whole vibe of the movie is a 360 about-face from the TP norm. This is his first lead role as a man. We even see him throwing a few serious punches, kissing and engaging in some ravenous lovemaking. It’s refreshing to see Perry in a traditional dramatic roll that is a biopic reflection of his life.
The movie takes it’s time in the opening scenes to develop the characters of Wesley Deeds, played by Perry and Lindsey (Thandie Newton). Deeds is peg-holed into a mundane routine of a CEO taking charge of the family business. He gets caught up in sibling rivalry issues with his brother, Walter (Brian White) who is a belligerent, back stabbing hothead. Gabrielle Union plays, Natalie, Deed’s trophy wife-to-be, who is the whole enchilada. But, is their relationship clicking on all cylinders?
Lindsey, is a single parent who can’t catch a break. She’s feisty, brash and speaks her mind. She has a six year old daughter, Ariel (Jorden Thompson) who she must care for despite their ever escalating challenging circumstances to battle. This very young actress was able to portray a great range of emotional heights and depths in this film. The element of a child in this drama really added a heart tugging dimension to the story. Carry some tissue with you for there are several tear jerking moments.
Phylicia Rashad plays a supporting roll as the elegant, opinionated socialite, Mama Deeds (Wilimena)who adds dramatic tension to the storyline. The theatrical talents of; Eddie Cibrian, Beverly Johnson, Rebecca Romijn, Jamie Kennedy, and many others, round out the supporting cast.
The main focus of Good Deeds is on the relationship between Wesley and Lindsey. They have a yin and yang relationship as their opposing dilemmas in life attempt to balance each other out on the road to wholeness. It’s a symbiotic journey towards restoration and liberation. Deeds is empathetic, compassionate and goes the extra mile.
Perry has the heart and guts to give moviegoers a glimpse into the intricate reality of homelessness shining a light on the plight of often overlooked and forgotten people. This is very much tied into Tyler’s humble beginnings during the days when he lived in his car. He pays homage to his past, to his roots.
Tyler Perry movies are his platforms to break away from commercially formulated scripts. His work is written from his heart and experiences which are very reflective of what is real in the average person’s life. Some critics may not understand his prospective because they may have never lived it. But, his storytelling is effective and very relatable to millions who see themselves in the plots. It’s like a movie dialect. The evidence is in Perry’s loyal following who desire to see the lives of average people (themselves) played out on the big screen. There is a level of appreciation for being acknowledged and validated by seeing their struggles being worked out on film.
Good Deeds is proof that you don’t always need massive explosions, gratuitous violence and special effects to bring entertainment value to a movie. Good, old fashion character development and a good storyline with a moral at the end will do. Good Deeds is a film that is entertaining for everyone.
The intent and signature message in all of Tyler Perry’s movies is to encourage, inspire and uplift. However you cut it, there’s nothing wrong with that. After seeing Good Deeds, the moviegoer will walk out of the theater satisfied with some internal questions to contemplate after viewing this movie. What will make me happy in this life and how can I be a benevolent presence to others? One life always touches another.
|Posted by Elaine Carter aka Simpy EL on January 24, 2012 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
A young man was very upset about not being loved back in a relationship. We can all use some encouraging words from time to time. This is what I wrote to him and I'm sharing it so that we can all can learn to mend from our broken hearts.
Every person on this planet has gone through what you are challenged with...uneven love. I know how you feel when you have feelings for someone and they don't match what you feel you should receive in return. You have to value the good person that you are, keep shining your Light. If people don't see your value or appreciate what you're trying to offer them, then maybe it's time to open yourself to your right mate who will appreciate all that you are without your struggling to convince someone to love you.
Sometimes people will take advantage of a kind heart when you are a giver. Then you have to evaluate if this person is just after you for what they can get from you. You are more valuable than that. If a person's intentions slight you, then re-evaluate their worth to you. The truth is, you deserve the best treatment. Sometimes you have to let go in order to receive something better.
You look young and are probably in a phase of growing and maturing into what relationships are all about. I'm older, and I'm still learning. We never stop learning and gaining wisdom for life and relationships. You have to learn to love yourself first. It's not being selfish, It's about keeping your power and taking care of your heart. You'll get to a point when you will realize that everyone is not for your highest good, especially if they bring you down and disrespect you.
One thing you have to learn is that you can't depend on other people for your happiness...meaning people should not complete you, they should complement you. There is a big difference. You keep your power and have more control over your own feelings when you don't look to other people to make you whole (complete). To complement means you're sharing more equally, and the relationship is more mutual with less struggle to be together.
Sometimes people come into our lives for a season to teach us something, and they can give no more after that. You then take from that experience what lessons learned and mistakes or growth experienced, and this will make you more prepared for the next person. Yes, there will be a next person where you don't have to struggle or beg. Rise above that situation and think about moving on.
You seem like a nice person, and a person with a more intact intentions will appreciate you. There is a saying... "if people knew better they will do better."
There are 7 billion people on this planet. The person your fixed on is not the only person on the earth. Open your heart and seek your rightful mate where the Energy will flow much better between you. Remember always, whatever the challenge we face in life, there's always a lesson and a blessing to be had, even in this situation. So, don't feel weak, be strong in the Spirit, for God has made you whole perfect and complete. You have to know this, live it and manifest it.
Peace and blessing everyone!
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A Million Trees for M.J.
By Elaine Carter
(Originally posted on 9/2/2010 On Globalgrind.com)
Michael Jackson’s birthday was a few day ago. September 5th will be the first year anniversary of his burial. MJ was very aware of the declining environmental conditions of our planet. He wrote Earth Song which brings awareness to our destructive habits to nature. The video is awesome. You can view it on Youtube.
In Michael’s movie, “This is It!” he said “we have four years or less to turn around the declining environment.” To honor MJ’s passion for the planetary healing, an organization called “A Million Trees for Michael” is striving to plant one million trees.
For a nominal fee, you can have trees planted in honor of his memory. The trees will stand for decades as living memorials to the King of Pop. One million trees will have a big positive impact on supplying oxygen and helping to eliminate CO2. Please consider celebrating Michael’s memory by helping to green the earth.
We love you and miss you, Michael. Your music will live forever.
“Take care of the planet and love each other because we are all one.”
|Posted by Elaine Carter aka Simpy EL on March 10, 2011 at 12:24 PM||comments (0)|