Sunday, July 26, 2015

Auteur Watch - Vondie Curtis-Hall

Two in a row!  Dayamn, I'm on a hot streak, and I didn't even know it... nope, guess I still can't think of anything nice to say.  And apparently, probably none of the critics of his 2001 feature, Glitter, starring Mariah Carey and... some others.  Of course, hangin' with the IMDb Bottom 100 is a competition in and of itself.  You gotta grapple with everything from old masters like Manos: The Hands of Fate to flashes in the pan like Saving Christmas, which seems to be what The Shawshank Redemption is to the IMDb Top 250.  But Kirk's just happy to be starring in something... anything... other than another damn Kendrick production.  And then, of course, there's the threat of the rest of the world horning in on the action, what with entries like Himmatwala and Turks in Space.
Oh, but enough about that because, like the rest of you, I remember this guy from his memorable appearance in Falling Down as that black dude who's not economically viable.  He's lightly ranting in the streets about the sorry state of the nation, and that he can't get a break.  Those were the days when the police would come and pick up a black dude without tasing him to death... mostly because tasers weren't in wide circulation then.  "Remember me!" he says before driving off.  And somehow I did.
And besides, the silver screen's overrated anyway.  There's Gridlock'd and Waist Deep, but the rest seems to be TV movies and TV episodes of all your favourite shows.  Yes, Vondie will always make a beautiful dollar in this business, because he works fast and has given up trying to be an egotistical superstar... as far as I know.  Anyway, his marriage to slightly-better director Kasi Lemmons seems to be going strong.  You and I of course remember her as Jodie Foster's black cadet friend from The Silence of the Lambs.  Never go to bed angry, guys!

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