|Title:||Black Snake Moan|
|12.09.06||Alamo Downtown||This Screening is part of event: Butt-Numb-A-Thon 8|
OK... last year my BNAT write-up was absurdly long. Like every review that comes into AICN combined. This year I've been putting it off for almost a week because there's lots of movies and I feel compelled to talk about each one. So this may end up being really short because now I just want to get it over with and back to normal. Plus round 2 of air guitar is next tuesday and I have to save my note-taking energy for that. so here we go.
Happy to be in the line that's sure to get in. Poor Micah. I got cheated on my gift bag (no transformer!) oh well. Good seat except for that guy's hat right in front of me. starts with:
Chirpy. animated short about a little bird who eats mushrooms and has sex with a horse until he finishes and drowns her.
Trailers: Stunt Rock, Raw Force, Teenage Trampe, The Telephone Book (The World's greatest obscene phone caller ("I can seduce the president")).
Normally the first movie of the day would be vintage but this year Harry's mixing it up. In hindsight, I think this was a pretty big mistake. For me at least. It ended up hurting my enjoyment of all the vintage films. more on that later though, for now I was excited to see Black Snake Moan as soon as possible.
I think both of Craig Brewer's movies hinge on your ability to buy the main actor performing music. If you don't feel Terence Howard rapping or Sam Jackson playing blues, I bet the movie falls apart for you. Since I'm not particularly knowledgeable in the blues and am a pretty big Sam Jackson fan, i had no trouble buying it or the kinda loony premise or how it kind of baits and switches you (much like Hustle & Flow).
Thinking on it now, I think Brewer is like an anti-M. Night Shyamalan. Instead of setting up normal genre movies like alien invasion or ghosts to lure people into the theater then subjecting them to egomaniacal treatises on faith or storytelling or whatever, Brewer kind of dares people to see movies that sound really offbeat or cliche then rewards those who show up with an actual drama. I guess depending on how you feel about his movies he can be closer or further apart to Shyamalan but I think there's an element of surprise or bait and switch to both their work.
So I really liked this movie. I've never found Christina Ricci sexy but this is as close as I've gotten to being turned on by her, and I love Sam Jackson's hair and completely buy it when he plays the blues. I'm not sure I'd go on and on about how great an actor Justin TImberlake is, but whatever.
Craig Brewer was there for a Q&A and said he'd be styaing till 6am. that's cool.