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Friday, March 03, 2006

Before I cease posting for spring break...

Honestly I haven't been able to watch any Tyler Perry films especially his first one released last year. They're not heavily promoted. I'm not exactly a fan of Tyler Perry I've yet to see any of the gospel plays that he's put out over the years. In fact there have only been passing references to him over the years and he's coming out to the forefront. So recently he's made his way into the movie business. Not bad for a man who was struggling not too long ago.

So I look in my email and NewsMax of all places talk about Tyler Perry and why the Hollywood establishment is trying to ignore him. Even if they do ignore him a Tyler Perry film still can make money. Of course most of the people who watch his movies are black churchgoers, still his films aren't doing too bad for themselves. I have to see this new movie he has out.

I have no link to the article but it was from an email Hollywood Confidential...

Tyler Perry Scores Big

Tyler Perry appears to be becoming the rarest of success stories: An indie filmmaker with a red state sensibility and a penchant for walloping studio films at the box office. His new "Madea's Family Reunion" took top prize at the box office this past weekend, following on the heels of his earlier breakout success "Diary of a Mad Black Woman."

Clearly this is the guy Hollywood does not want you to hear about. We basically read nothing about this guy in the Hollywood press - he gets no buzz whatsoever (we read more about "Lords of Dogtown" than about "Madea's Family Reunion") - but just rolls his little indie films out and trounces the competition. Beautiful.

And the critics don't like his films, which immediately tells us he must be doing something worthwhile. We read this, from WENN:

"In an interview with Bloomberg News, Walt Borchers of MovieTickets.com credited Tyler Perry's strong appeal among black churchgoers with the success of 'Madea's Family Reunion.' 'Everything that's being rolled out now that's targeted to the
religious sector is doing well,' Borchers said.

"Daily Variety observed that African-American women 35 and over comprised 52 percent of the film's audience. The film was not screened for critics, who had few complimentary things to say about Perry's earlier 'Diary of a Mad Black Woman' and even fewer nice things to say about the current one. Typical is Geoff Pevere's comment in the Toronto Star, who describes the movie as 'an exercise in Christian inspirational healing' and 'an entertainment engineered for a pretty specific audience.'

"Pevere suggests that he, as a 'middle-aged Canadian white guy,' is certainly not a part of that target audience. But Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe, one of the country's few black critics, says that 'Family' marks a significant improvement over 'Diary,' writing: 'Rather than push for sitcom nonsense, Perry spins a mean, satisfying soap opera.'"

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