For Colored Skyline Girls

I watched Skyline (2010) on Saturday and For the Colored Girls (2010) on Sunday.  Mismatched? Yes.  Divergent cinematic experiences? Absolutely.
LeCiel Selfilles

The former was terrible…not of cult appreciation stature but arguably so-bad-it’s-ridiculously-funny.  Sigh.  The latter, adapted and directed by Tyler Perry, was engaging.  The source material is a play called for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf: a choreopoem by Ntozake Shange.  Fan or no fan of Mr. Perry’s directorial efforts, he somehow pulled this one off–the incorporating of lyrical “spectacle” and narrative development.  Were this film not based on a previously published work, one might say Tyler Perry is now punishing everyone for their indiscretions, for their self-loathing, and for their low self-respect.

Check back for more thoughts…which will hopefully be posted later today.

See more Skyline photos here and For Colored Girls photos here.

Read more about Ntosake Shange here.

13 thoughts on “For Colored Skyline Girls

  1. jammer5

    Skyline seems to be a mish-mash of every alien invasion made, with the exception of Killer Clowns from Outer Space, and it may have inadvertently cloned that one as well.

    Haven’t seen For Colored Girls , and probably won’t. Kinda sounds like a chick-flick, and they just ain’t my thing.

    Did see Unstoppable. Entertaining, but typical of that genre.

    1. sittingpugs Post author

      You are right-on with Skyline.

      For the Colored Girls is not a chick-flick. It’s comical at times, even romantic, but a romantic-comedy it is not. Gender politics and ramifications of auteur theory are at play. If one removed the dialogue that is taken verbatim from the source material, the rest of the movie would fit right into Tyler Perry’s oeuvre.

  2. jammer5

    I’ll think about it. I had an ogf that made me watch Forrest Gump. I basically hated it, not that I’m comparing the two, film wise. Just saying my taste in movies run a bit different. I’ve never seen Driving Miss Daisy for the same reason. I did see Letters to Juliet, for some unknown reason, and enjoyed it. No accounting for tastes.

  3. Kavitha

    How was Janet Jackson’s performance in For Colored Girls?

    …Tyler Perry is now punishing everyone for their indiscretions, for their self-loathing, and for their low self-respect.

    Interesting conditional note. A New Yorker article I read from several months ago posited exactly the same insight.


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