Armond White Movie Review of the Ruby L. Oliver’s film “Love Your Mama” Leslie Harris’s film “Just Another Girl On The I.R.T.” and Robert Rodriguez’s “El Mariachi” film (QUOTE from the Armond White book “The Resistance: Ten Years of Pop Culture That Shook The World”)

 

 

83)  Armond White Movie Review of Ruby L. Oliver’s Love Your Mama film, Leslie Harris’ Just Another Girl on The IRT film, and Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi film     -1993-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Put movies in the hands of people with a story to tell rather than those

 

 

 

 

who simply want to make money and you’re likely to get something infinitely interesting, that’s the most you can say for Ruby L. Oliver’s Love Your Mama, but it’s a lot more than can be said for Chris Rock’s CB4

 

 

 

Ruby L. Oliver -- Director of the film "Love Your Mama"

Ruby L. Oliver -- Director of the film "Love Your Mama"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Your Mama is Ruby L. Oliver’s attempt at making relevant cinema, and that, today, is a radical concept…Love Your Mama offers the pleasure of recognizable human (Black) life.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Leslie Harris -- Director of the film "Just Another Girl On The I.R.T."

Leslie Harris -- Director of the film "Just Another Girl On The I.R.T."

 

“the point in Leslie Harris’s debut film Just Another Girl On The IRT is to emphasize the effrontery of a student, Chantel (Ariyan Johnson),

 

 

who won’t take a principal’s threat. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chantel’s response is to curse.  The word “fuck” comes out of her mouth like CO2, and this impudence–although it gets her nowhere–is the most the movie has going for it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pleasure that Chantel takes in speaking puts Just Another Girl On The IRT on a different level from most movies about troubled teens.  Leslie Harris concentrates on the espirit of…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Rodriguez -- Director of the film  \"El Mariachi\"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Rodriguez, director of the film "El Mariachi"

Robert Rodriguez, director of the film "El Mariachi"

 

 

 

El Mariachi is personal in a different way, reflecting director-writer Robert Rodriguez’s sensibility rather than his personal experience…

 

 

El Mariachi is the work of a deft film student, an amateur only in the sense of having a limited budget…

 

 

 

Robert Rodriguez’s story of a traveling musician (Carlos Gallardo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mistaken for an escaped convict

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and hunted down by the convict’s rival — a gringo — 

 

 

 

 

 

combines cultural naivete with a nearly overwhelming sophistication…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To read more of Armond White’s take on Ruby L. Oliver’s Love Your Mama film, Leslie Harris’s Just Another Girl On The IRT film and Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi film, purchase a new or used copy of The Resistance: Ten Years of Pop Culture That Shook The World.

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