Daily Archives: March 5, 2012

Day 94: Dev. D

Dev. D w/ Abhay Deol & Mahi Gill

A classic love story told in contemporary times. It’s a story about Paro and the man of her dreams, Dev, who fall into the hopelessness of lost love. Their story starts in a good place, Paro was the daughter of Dev’s servant. Both came from different worlds but fell in love. As all good things must end, suspicious and lies seep into their relationships which inevitably destroys them. Paro marries someone else and Dev becomes diluted with his vices.

The concepts and stories of love never seem to change within the context of culture and film. Even in our darkest hours, the concept of love seems to be a saving grace for some. This movie was dark but humorous, and made light into situations that were less than desirable. Losing love is never easy, but losing yourself is even a harder pill to swallow.

I’m actually wanting to watch the original version tomorrow. That good.

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Day 93: She’s Gotta Have It

She's Gotta Have It w/ Tracy Camilla Johns

Seriously one of the most sensual movies I’ve ever seen. It’s shot in black and white, and yet delivers a vivid and colorful storyline that only Spike Lee can bring. In essence, it was a story about sexuality and sensuality. In the perspective of African-Americans in Brooklyn, Nola, the protagonist, embodies what could be the transition of sexual freedom into the 90’s. It’s raw and makes no apologies. It’s a film with contrasting ideologies coming from both men and woman – the idea of multiple sexual partners, being an assertive and independent person, all through Nola’s life.

I think every woman who considers them as a “bad bitch” is Nola. Indefinitely. She’s doing her own thing on her own terms. What’s enticing about Nola is her sheer outright personality about her sex life. Although this movie is made during the late 80’s, Nola’s personality aligns with most women I know. Frankly, the mentality of the single 20-something year old has not changed, if anything it’s been encouraged. Assertiveness and freedom has culminated into this badass. But it is a double-edged sword regardless. Being free technically leads to others calling you a slut. It’s a shame in deed. We can go and on about the double standards that occur, but let’s be real. Shit is not going to change in a day. I’ll stick to my guns, thank you.

Nola Darling: It’s really about control, my body, my mind. Who was going to own it? Them? Or me? I’m not a one-man woman. Bottom line.

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