September 29, 2016 at 9:30 pm #1201929519
I try hard to separate art from the personal lives of the creators and stars. However, with a week to go before “The Birth of a Nation” hits theaters I’m having a harder time justifying going to see this movie.
What’s everyone else thinking?September 29, 2016 at 10:22 pm #1201929529
Today, it was announced that Johnny Depp is cast in the 2017 remake of Murder on the Orient Express, with no talk of his very current accusations. The constant stream of scandals and accusations that plague Hollywood actors has no effect on their income or jobs. Compared to most controversial actors, Parker’s case is positively ancient, and if I were to skip his movie because of it, I couldn’t in good faith see most of the movies I watch. I have to be able to separate art from artist.
I’ll probably wait for it to come out on DVD. But treating Parker differently than I’d treat any actor or director with scandals wouldn’t sit right with me.September 29, 2016 at 11:34 pm #1201929535
I will wait for my Screener and watch it yes.
I don’t care for their personal lives. I care for the art of cinema.September 29, 2016 at 11:35 pm #1201929536
I am going to watch The Birth of A Nation.
Not because I sympathise with or condone Nate Parker’s actions and his inability to acknowledge his wrong doing, but because I love the art of film making. I love movies. I love watching them, I love talking about them, and more over, I love that they are being made.
As disconsolate as this whole situation is, I understand why people don’t want to support something that was made by someone so tainted. Someone so oblivious. It would feel you are supporting/condoning his actions. And you are giving him a pat on the back.
I feel bad for everyone else who was involved in this film. In the end, this film is bigger than Nate Parker. The story of Nat Turner is bigger than Nate Parker. The other people (actors, film crew) involved with this film are bigger than Nate Parker.
It just has to be.September 30, 2016 at 12:02 am #1201929540
I will, as I watch most movies that come out, but the reviews from the people that I care about and trust don’t get me excited all.September 30, 2016 at 7:01 am #1201929610
I’m unmotivated to see his movie based on what the movie is. An earnest attempt telling a slave narrative. Because slavery in America is rooted in racism and race has never left the building in this country I need the art created on the subject to be something other than earnest. It doesn’t need to be treated like a joke the way Tarantino’s movie went about it. But I need some unusual elements similar to the radical tone approach McQueen used for 12 Years or the supernatural content of Beloved (1998).
Parker’s personal history only shades who he is as a man not an artist.September 30, 2016 at 8:06 am #1201929623
Yes. Yes I am. Absolutely.
Bring your pitchforks with ya’.September 30, 2016 at 8:44 am #1201929632
I will probably go see The Girl on the Train and after it is over duck into a showing of Birth of a Nation. I am interested but have a hard time giving any money to them.September 30, 2016 at 9:28 am #1201929645
I’m not usually one of those who take personality into account when watching films but Parker has been so despicable with his holier then thou attitude, I can’t. Also them trying to make the movie about more then just the story. Trying to tie to actual real life themes where people are hurting feels exploitative. Maybe I’ll watch it down the road, but at this moment, nope.September 30, 2016 at 11:37 am #1201929674
I was able to attend a free screening at my university last week, which is good because I really didn’t want to pay for it and I’m glad I didn’t because as many forum posters have predicted: it’s overrated. It’s a decent film, but I’ll be surprised if gets any traction with most awards bodies, especially the Oscars.September 30, 2016 at 11:54 am #1201929678
Yes at some point. I doubt I’ll see it opening weekend. I do think it’ll be some kind of Oscar player, so in that vein, I’ll have to watch it.September 30, 2016 at 1:11 pm #1201929712
Yes, but I am not sure how/when. Not exactly excited to see it.
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