Saturday, August 26, 2006

Ode to Macy Gray


Cuba Gooding Jr. thought Shadow Boxer would be his art-house redemption song. No such luck. He showed his admittedly amazing ass a lot, wielded a gun, dressed in drag and emoted like his life depended on it. Providing back-up were Stephen Dorf, his six-pack and his surprisingly impressive dick (clad in a jimmy-hat), and 103-year-old Brit acting legend Helen Mirren, who backed dat thang up to a rap song. If she had dropped it like it was hot, the movie would have made my Top 10 of the year, despite being pure garbage – a pretentious, meandering, logic-challenged mess. Still, Macy Gray, with her atonal, off-the-beat, where-are-these-rhythms-going line readings was fantastic as an ill-fated ‘hood rat. She’s also good playing a sorta dykey madam/house singer in Idlewild. True, in both films she’s playing the same part she did in Training Day, Lackawanna Blues and every interview she’s ever given. But that blowsy, drowsy, vaguely menacing (as all crackheads are) signature part that she’s carved into her own little niche just works. They should make a movie in which Macy just scrambles an egg or goes to the DMV or…

2 comments:

soulbrotha said...

You sho' is funny!!!!

Joshua said...

This was the worst movie I've seen in some time. I actually walked out of it, then went to the box office and demanded a refund. I think it was the first time I've actually walked out of a movie ,though I was damn close when I saw "She Hate Me."