All posts tagged: Push

DVD Review: “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

If you were like me, reluctant to watch Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire (we’ll dispense with the full title from here on out) because of it’s hard core subject matter, I say to you, “watch this movie anyway.” Yes, it’s movie about a teenage girl who has been raped by her father repeatedly and birthed two children by him. Yes, that girl’s mother is one of the worst monsters you will witness in film. And yes, this poor girl seems to have the world coming down on her. But there is another side to Precious. There is the side of the film that is hopeful, full of life, love and dreams. Moreover, you should see this movie because Lee Daniels has directed one damn fine movie and it features a deservedly award winning performance by Monique, and a masterful performance by newcomer Gabourey Sidibe. The film takes place in 1987. Precious (Sidibe) is a 16 year old girl growing up on welfare under the abusive thumb of her mother, Mary (Monique).  Through …

DVD Review: “Push”

Push (2009, Summit Entertainment) purchase from Amazon: DVD | Blu-ray It’s obvious that the makers of the film Push thought they had a winner on their hands because, with an ending that left several loose ends, they set up everything for a sequel. Alas, writer David Bourla and director Paul McGuigan got ahead of themselves and failed to make sure their film was good enough to merit a follow-up. Moreover, by blatantly catering to a younger crowd, they actually dumbed down what could have been a fun thrill ride of a movie. Push has a cool premise, some gnarly effects, memorable images of screaming Chinese mutants, and some pretty actors to look at — but it’s lacking in many aspects: its dialogue, the direction of the actors, and a little discretion in how Dakota Fanning was filmed, to name a few. When all is said and done, despite the merits of the film, Push just isn’t a great movie. Chris Evans (the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies) is a part of new breed …