Thursday, October 23, 2008

Auteur Watch - Gina Prince-Bythewood

I don't know. From the looks of her IMDb mini-biography, I'm detecting some kind of self-righteous vibe. I mean, where's the normal human flaws that your average director exhibits? Where's the overeating of a Kevin Smith? Or the extreme dieting of a Peter Jackson? The Friedkin starter pistol? Spike Lee knows what I'm talking about. Oh, sure, there were her Dave Chappelle go-go 90s, but clearly she sold her soul after that. No more of that comedy kids' stuff, it's time to grow up, do feature films and be a man... woman. Besides, she doesn't need this crap. She coulda been the next Mary Decker!
So it's hard to say which decade Gina prefers: the lean-and-hungry 90s, or the flush-with-success 2000s. Probably the 2000s. She hit #1 with Love & Basketball. And the critics seemed to like it too. Clearly, Sanaa Lathan is supposed to be Gina, am I right? Gina hasn't been able to remake it since with the proper leading lady, but she is back on the radar with The Secret Life of Bees, no question. It's a period piece set in 1964, but clearly it has much resonance for today's economic crunch. Soon enough we'll all be heading to our local apiary with a heart for our honey fix. But Gina's not afraid to do the occasional TV job, with guest directing shots for the likes of Bernie Mac and Chris Rock. Here's hoping the silver screen beckons full time, huh? That's where the big bucks are.

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