Tell us what you thought of ‘The Help’

Posted by · 3:52 pm · August 13th, 2011

I haven’t yet had a chance to see the bestseller-based civil rights drama “The Help,” but I gather a lot of you have. The film — and more specifically, its first-class female ensemble — clearly hit the right note for Kris, though other reports I’m hearing suggest there’s far more to like about the film’s performances than its honey-dipped politics. (Are you, like some, bothered by a narrative in which a white character’s actions propel social change for the black ones? Or do you agree with the more sanguine view of one of my Twitter friends: in film, liberal guilt is preferable to liberal non-guilt?)

Interested to hear views on the film that dig a little deeper, or at least a little more personal, than the blogosphere’s current fascination over what Oscar category Viola Davis should campaign in. Meanwhile, was Davis the film’s MVP for you, or did another cast member — perhaps Kris’s favorite, Jessica Chastain — steal your affections? Go.

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  • 1 8-13-2011 at 4:04 pm

    JJ1 said...

    In all honesty, I was most moved by Allison Janney’s performance. I think she stole every scene she was in (and that’s saying a lot, because several minor characters stole scenes).

    And if I were to pick a second favorite, it would be Jessica Chastain’s – for giving dimension to the stereotypical blonde bimbo role. She just created a character to love.

    3rd for me would be Viola Davis for giving heft to the sometimes saccharine film. But she did not knock me out as I expected.

    4th would be Octavia Spencer, who is a REAL hoot. I would not be against a double Supp. Actress scenario for Davis & Spencer. But she still sits 4th for me.

    Emma Stone was solid as a rock. Sissy Spacek made me (and the audience) roar. Cicely Tyson made quite an impression in 2 small, but pivotal scenes. And Bryce Dallas Howard succeeded in making me loathe her character.

    The cast is great. The movie does lack a little bite. But on the whole, I found it a very positive experience.

    And on the politics thing: I spoke to my 56 yr. old black female co-worker about the book/film, and she did not have a problem with the narrative.

    She believes that most younger black people will have issue with the film (what they see). But she (and her older family) have experienced a bit of what the film’s about, and didn’t have negative, personal experiences.

    She’s not every black woman, but I take her perspective seriously, for sure.

  • 2 8-13-2011 at 4:53 pm

    Andrea said...

    One of the best female ensemble films I’ve seen. The movie has its faults but man did I enjoy the performances. I laughed and cried and that’s what I want when I’m spending a lot of money to go to the movies.

    Each woman is perfect. I hate that this thread will probably end up pitting the performances against each other because each woman did her job very well.

    But to me the clear standouts and ones worthy of nominations are Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. What a team they made. Spencer was a delight and Davis final scene has my theater clapping.

    Next would be Jessica Chastain who really is coming on strong as a future A lister. She was great.

    Emma Stone was rock solid. Bryce Dallas Howard was also strong as the bitchy Hilly. Allison Janney has some strong moments. And Sissy Spacek and Cicely Tyson nearly stole the show in their small roles.

    I have no idea how they will campaign them as the 4 main character were Stone, Davis, Spencer, and Howard. I’d campaign everyone but Stone in supporting because there are big stretches and many stretches of the film when an actress isn;t on screen. I think Davis and Spencer are the most likely for nominations and I’d think they’d be big threats there. I enjoyed both of them far more than any of last years nominees there.

    Also loved Mary J. Blige’s ballad at the end.

    So yeah I can care less about the criticisms of the film. I sorta loved it. I love actresses and I for one am glad to see so many diverse actresses get so many strong roles in one film.

  • 3 8-13-2011 at 4:56 pm

    Andrea said...

    Even a tiny role like Leslie Jordan’s was memorable!

  • 4 8-13-2011 at 5:20 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I know it’s purely accidental, but I couldn’t help chuckling at the continuity of these sentences:

    I love actresses and I for one am glad to see so many diverse actresses get so many strong roles in one film.

    Even a tiny role like Leslie Jordan’s was memorable!

  • 5 8-13-2011 at 6:38 pm

    m1 said...

    Thank goodness. I thought I was going to see a lot of people panning Bryce Dallas Howard.

  • 6 8-13-2011 at 6:52 pm

    Mr. F said...

    I loved it. It’s your typical civil rights era saccharine drama, but the performances elevate the whole thing a lot. My favorite performance was from Davis, who I think should be pushed for lead. With the right marketing form Disney, and if she plays the game, I think she could withstand the storm that Streep Vs. Close is going to create.

    My other favorites were Spencer, Chastain, Stone, and Howard, in that order, but then entire cast was terrific. Spencer should be a strong contender for Supporting Actress. Chastain’s work will only help her cause to get a nomination for Take Shelter (or even could be nominated for this). Stone will sadly be forgotten since she is the co-lead and is outdone by Davis. And I could also see Howard getting nominated, especially if Chastain doesn’t get in or is nominated for something else.

  • 7 8-13-2011 at 7:17 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    To sum up the film: it’s Tyler Perry. The version of Tyler Perry that looks and feels like Josh Brolin playing Dubuya.

    The cast is uniformly sharp. Jessica Chastain is nomination worthy alongside Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis.

  • 8 8-13-2011 at 7:34 pm

    Afrika said...

    “She believes that most younger black people will have issue with the film (what they see). But she (and her older family) have experienced a bit of what the film’s about, and didn’t have negative, personal experiences. ”

    Your co-worker is certainly not every black woman because if you actually did your research, you know to gain insight into the lives of the real maids (notice the plural “s”), then you would know that most of them did not leave the experience unscathed.

    Why is no one talking about the lawsuit? shouldn’t it be making headlines by now? surely it says something substantial this race “politics” everyone seems to be talking about.

    Another year, another white savior movie. This should renamed The Blind Side 2 : black maids, crusty blonde wigs and the civil rights.

    This discussion really has nothing to do with liberal this or liberal that. Bottom line is, Hollywood has a habit of churning out white savior films which put the focus of the issue on the backseat in favor of the transcendent journey of a magnanimous white person. Why can’t they make a civil rights movie about, you know, the main players of the civil rights at center stage? oh wait, the audience won’t watch it. Of course, one can argue that Hollywood only responds to demand and supply; they will supply only what America demands and America demands trivializing history in favor of feel-good-white-people-are-not-all-bad movies. Gimme a break. Typical Hollywood horseshit.

    I love Davis, with all my heart, I really do but I’ll be damned if a single penny from my pocket supports this foolishness.


  • 9 8-13-2011 at 8:39 pm

    SC said...

    Best female ensemble of the year, by far. Davis and Chastain take top honours.

    As to the controversy, I think it does a pretty good job of giving the two black leads independent arcs that don’t revolve around Emma Stone.

    Overall I’d call it a decent film. Tonally uneven in places.

  • 10 8-13-2011 at 10:10 pm

    Ligaya said...

    For people not acquainted with the lawsuit, a couple of links:

    My description: Author’s brother’s maid filed lawsuit – besides similar names, racial insults like her dark skin being compared to a cockroach was something Ms. Cooper said she found “embarrassing.” The character had a gold tooth & despite the spellings, the 2 names are pronounced the same.

    Aibileen’s grown son died 5 months.before employers’ 1st child was born – closely mirrors death of one of Ms. Cooper’s grown sons from cancer, several months. before the birth of the Stocketts’ 1st child.

    jezebel is a feminist/political/pop culture blog. Easy to join by Facebook or their method. Access all conversations by clicking on “top stories” or “blog view” to the left of “share;” scroll all the way down & click “all discussions.”

    Black Maid Sues Over Best Selling Novel The Help

  • 11 8-13-2011 at 10:21 pm

    Ligaya said...

    Saw it with my husband Wednesday afternoon. I won’t lie, I shed a few tears; my husband 3. We were at the 1st show, sparsely attended, all white except 2, no men except for my husband – but many sounds of crying & sniffs. My impression was many were relieved by the moments of comic relief.

    I’m going to see it again to gut-check/reality-check my emotional/intellectual response to the movie, and report again – but I have a feeling it’ll be much the same. Effective, manipulative heartugger with outstanding performances which removed the most egregious, repulsive, revolting parts of the book.

    #1 on my UGH list: “but it’s *only* a book/movie!” – at a time when kids, and increasingly adults get their mis-education from movies, to play fast and loose with and portray such a revisionist version about one of the most important periods of our American history is to continue that assault. Fortunately, the film is much better than the book in this regard, but overall the ‘white savior’ myth still prevails.

  • 12 8-13-2011 at 10:31 pm

    Ligaya said...

    Never heard of The Help until I heard Viola Davis was making a movie of it; then read it in one night. The Help has good things going for it: a well-written, fast-paced story, humor,: good characterization, women’s relationships and changing alliances, ways to be subversive. But it’s not literature, just another bestseller I’ll forget unless the movie is entirely memorable and corrects the seriously flawed book, or as an example of how crude racist tropes live on in publishing and Hollywood. I was most interested in what happened with Aibileen and Minny, scanning Skeeter’s chapters as a bridge. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer should be nominated for Best Actress, and Emma Stone for Best Supporting Actress.

    The first thing I thought when I finished the book was that the movie better not be about the white girl being put to the forefront and the two black women pushed to the back in supporting roles – which came true of course.

    I know plenty of people who are tired of movies that become about the white person than the real protagonist (see Blind Side, Biko, Mississippi Burning – white FBI agents as heroes!). I know plenty of people who love being able to tell our own story (see Bridesmaids, Something New).

    I’ll watch it twice on different days to see if I react emotionally and intellectually in the same way. I I know many of the actors on the ensemble and admire them greatly, and greatly support an all-woman ensemble. Notwithstanding their probable great performances, especially on Kris’ advance notice on the incontention site, the message that the movie puts across is problematic at best .

    Not to start a “some of my best friends are black thread,” I was hoping to go to a 2nd viewing with a friend and looking forward to getting her feedback. She flat out refused, just like she did the Blind Side – answering “NO” to Dr. Boyce’s question of “Should We See a Film That Promotes Black Stereotypes?”

    She belongs to many national and regional black womens’ and inter-sex organizations where The Help has been a hot topic. She and her friends expressed deep disappointment with the sector of the black commutiny who are supporting this film. But then, they may be in the minority. But then, being in the minority doesn’t mean they are wrong,

  • 13 8-13-2011 at 11:08 pm

    Brady said...

    Davis is acting her pants off. Jessica Chastain, my new future wife, is also giving a great pants-off acting job. In my opinion, the movie is just a lot of really great and buzz-worthy performances tied around a plot-based narrative. Besides Davis’ character, I don’t think anyone has a change of opinion or any kind of emotional growth at all. It starts the same way as it ends. So if you like the story, great, but no one ever really did anything. The script (or possibly the plot lifted from the book) is just a series of events where every character acts as predicted.

    I will say that it is my new favorite example of a movie where the town is a character. Jackson, MI kind of becomes bigger than any white snob or maid and is possibly the “character” with the biggest story arc.

    P.S. Lead Actress for sure.

  • 14 8-14-2011 at 6:17 am

    JJ1 said...

    Hey, as I said, my co-worker was the only person I’ve spoken to, yet. I respect her opinion. And she knows that she would be in the minority on it, as well.

    She knows there’s controversy circling around the film. She read, and didn’t love the book. And she knows the atrocities of the civil rights era, well and good.

    She was just talking about her own family experience to me; in direct relation to the plot of the book/film.

  • 15 8-14-2011 at 8:34 am

    Ligaya said...

    Guy and Kris, Dave Karger posted this early this morning: the ladies of ‘The Help’ score Oscar nods?

    Can the ladies of ‘The Help’ score Oscar nods?

  • 16 8-14-2011 at 9:07 am

    Ligaya said...

    @jji: It’s all good. None of my posts were directed at you personally. :D

    @Guy: My deeper personal, intellectual, political, and decidedly anti-sanguine feelings about The Help fall in line with Martha Southgate’s op-ed in Entertainment Weekly, the msnbc piece by Melissa Harris Perry and the statement by the Association of Black Women Historians (posted in awardsdaily’s “The Help Kicks Up a Firestorm”). I can expand on them later and give examples of what I found odious. I can also point out the differences – aka changes and improvements – between the film and the book to make it more palatable to a broader (black) audience.

  • 17 8-14-2011 at 9:18 am

    Ligaya said...

    Melissa Harris Perry Breaks Down The Help: ‘Ahistorical And Deeply Troubling’

    (Harris Perry is a Tulane Univ. professor and film critic for Larry O’Donnell show, she was asked to do a live twitter review of The Help, then review it on the show),,20516492,00.html

    Author Martha Southgate’s Op-Ed in Entertainment Weekly online:

    The Truth about the Civil Rights Era

    [long excerpt]

    The Help is only a symptom, not the disease.
    There have been thousands of words written about Stockett’s skills, her portrayal of the black women versus the white women, her right to tell this story at all. I won’t rehash those arguments, except to say that I found the novel fast-paced but highly problematic.

    The architects, visionaries, prime movers, and most of the on-the-ground laborers of the civil rights movement were African-American. Many white Americans stood beside them, and some even died beside them, but it was not their fight — and more important, it was not their idea.

    Implicit in The Help and a number of other popular works that deal with the civil rights era is the notion that a white character is somehow crucial or even necessary to tell this particular tale of black liberation. What’s more, to imply that what the maids Aibileen and Minny are working against is simply a refusal on everyone’s part to believe that ”we’re all the same underneath” is to simplify the horrors of Jim Crow to a truly damaging degree.

    This isn’t the first time the civil rights movement has been framed this way fictionally, especially on film. Most Hollywood civil rights movies feature white characters in central, sometimes nearly solo, roles. My favorite (not!) is Alan Parker’s Mississippi Burning, which gives us two white FBI agents as heroes of the movement. FBI agents! Given that J. Edgar Hoover did everything short of shoot Martin Luther King Jr. himself in order to damage or discredit the movement, that goes from troubling to appalling.

    Why is it ever thus? Suffice it to say that these stories are more likely to get the green light and to have more popular appeal (and often acclaim) if they have white characters up front. That’s a shame. The continued impulse to reduce the black women and men of the civil rights movement to BIT PLAYERS [emphasis] in the most extraordinary step toward justice that this nation has ever known is infuriating, to say the least. Minny and Aibileen are heroines, but they didn’t need Skeeter to guide them to the light. They fought their way out of the darkness on their own — and they brought the nation with them.

  • 18 8-14-2011 at 9:29 am

    JJ1 said...

    No prob, Ligaya. I was responding to a post by Afrika, above. :)

  • 19 8-14-2011 at 2:31 pm

    Bryan said...

    Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain, together. Best parts of the movie.

    Also: why this civil rights white-savior stuff doesn’t matter for this film:

    And the only reason people think Stone is the lead in this film is because that’s the way it was marketed. She’s not.

  • 20 8-14-2011 at 7:06 pm

    JJ1 said...

    And you know what, this film really is Aibileen’s (for the most part). Skeeter is the vessel, trying to be an up & coming white writer in that time & place.

    But to me, there is no big championing of the ‘white savior’ in this story. There is no ‘oh, wow, look at how wonderful Skeeter is!’.

    She’s no Sandra Bullock picking up a football player in the rain. Skeeter is a 23 yr. old writer who’s sick of watching her vacuous pals act like assholes. End of story.

    The film celebrates the maids. And though they’re appreciative of Skeeter using them anonymously to get the book out; and though Skeeter is happy knowing that she has a job in NYC … this did not have the feel, at all, of another Blind Side. At least not to me.

  • 21 8-15-2011 at 6:02 am

    Joe7827 said...

    I agree with Kris. Everyone is good (so few movies have zero bad performances, but this is one of them), but Jessica Chastain brought boundless life and energy to her character and the movie. There were many more important characters, but once she showed up, the movie was hers.

    That being said, I think that Viola Davis and Emma Stone should definitely be nominated as leads.

  • 22 8-15-2011 at 6:26 am

    JJ1 said...

    If they play their cards right, the studio could push Viola Davis for Lead and Octavia Spencer/Jessica Chastain for Supporting (especially since such a strong aspect of the movie WAS the relationship btwn. the characters played by Spencer & Chastain).

    If Viola goes Supporting, she could win. And if she goes Lead, than she’d compete against Streep/Close/Swinton/Olsen/Theron/Weisz, et al. But I could see her making it, and turning heads for a far-outside win.

    I think it would be prophetic, given Meryl’s “somebody give her a movie!” :)

  • 23 8-15-2011 at 7:03 am

    Joey said...

    I disagree that Emma Stone’s character was the lead. Violas Davis was. The story begins and ends with her, and she is clearly the emotional center of the film. I don’t think that it was “the white girl becoming the lead in a black story.” Without Skeeter, the story wouldn’t have anywhere to go.

    Jessica Chastain was amazing. Very much the standout for me. Her 180 from The Tree of Life to The Help was enough for me to start screaming “OSCAR! OSCAR! OSCAR!”

  • 24 8-15-2011 at 4:35 pm

    daron said...

    Fun article about the production sound of The Help.

  • 25 8-16-2011 at 11:27 am

    Afrika said...

    “I don’t think that it was “the white girl becoming the lead in a black story.”

    No! but it’s a “white girl saves the blacks” story, like all other white savior narratives.

  • 26 8-16-2011 at 12:00 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Well, to each his/her own. I didn’t really care about Skeeter’s accomplishment (getting the book out there, landing the job in NYC).

    I mean, good for her. But I was more invested in the maids, their joys, their horrors, their making some $$ from the book (their stories), respecting them, learning about and from them.

    I think it’s a very generalized statement, ‘white girl saves the blacks’. She didn’t. She cared about them. But the story in this film was not hers, it was the maids.

  • 27 8-16-2011 at 3:26 pm

    mychedduh said...

    I liked the book but loved the film as it corrects or perhaps makes some things more clear.

    Viola Davis deserves a best actress nod. I’ve yet to see any lead actress do what she did in that role.–grounded gut wrenching performance! Then, I would say Octavia Spencer was just as incredible in her role. Funny, but poignant.
    You were in it emotionally with them from beginning to end!

    In a perfect world, Allison Janney, Bryce D. Howard, Sissy Spacek , Jessica Chastain and Cicely Tyson could all be nominated, too.

    White Saviour:
    The white girl isn’t the saviour of the black people. Read the book, Skeeter got the idea to write the book based on Aibileen’s son’s book that he was researching before he died. She was grasping at straws when she told the book editor in NY about this idea. Then, she had to see it through when it piqued the editor’s interest.

    Lawsuit: For those of you who haven’t heard, it seems that the judge threw out the case against the author of the book. Seems fishy on the “real maid’s” part. If someone gave you a copy of their book in 2009 BEFORE it was published and you didn’t get around to reading it until 2010, but somehow you were sure that it was based on your likeness… so decide to sue in 2011??? UHm sounds like someone wanted a pay day, and the judge said no way.

  • 28 8-16-2011 at 4:39 pm

    Brian D said...

    I saw the film and loved it. I think those predictions on the side of the page need to be updated to include Viola Davis at the very least. She owned every square inch of the screen when she was on it.

  • 29 8-16-2011 at 11:09 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    I think Davis would be guaranteed a nod if she campaigned in supporting. In lead, I’m a bit skeptical, but it would still be nice nevertheless. Still, she could win in supporting. And I think Spencer is a well-respected vet among the acting community (at the very least, a SAG nod seems highly plausible), so I could see them both sneak in. As for Chastain, with her big breakout year, I think this amazing performance will assist her greatly, but I can see it being for a different film. Vote-splitting and all that.

    Stone did a great job (in this and CSL), and she’ll get an Oscar nod someday soon I think. For now, this should net her a Globe nod at least.

    I completely agree with those who cite this as the finest ensemble work of the year. It was truly terrific collaboration amongst these women and a few good men. Ideally, I’d nominate Davis as a lead and Spencer/Chastain as supporting. But keeping in mind the barren Supporting Actress category, and the love actors have for Davis, if they want her to win, they’d be wise to nominate her in supporting. She’d walk away with it, I think. It’s still an early call, but not a farfetched one….

  • 30 8-16-2011 at 11:15 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    P.S. I completely get why Kris was enamored with Chastain, too. She took what other actresses may have turned into a goofy caricature and made her feel genuinely human. She’s an outsider herself, ostracized by the other white women and thus doesn’t see prejudice, winning over the skeptical Spencer and forming a true bond with her. Like others have said, their relationship is truly special. Here’s hoping both get recognized this season, regardless of which film Chastain is honored for.

    Oh, and I forgot to give due props to Janney, the most underrated. That women deserves stronger roles–she just steals the crap out of nearly everything. She was barely in Hairspray, and yet my favorite part was: “DEVIL CHILD! DEVIL CHILD!” And then in Juno, she was wonderful as well. I hope she manages to score an Oscar nod someday.

  • 31 8-17-2011 at 5:47 am

    JJ1 said...

    ^ Janney won’t get a nom for this. Too peripheral in the central stories.

    But I always say (after a movie with her in it is over), “Gosh, that Allison Janney is so damn good”. Just an extremely solid dramatic/comedic actress.

    Love her. And she was my personal fave in this cast – though Davis, Spencer, & Chastain were superb. And I’d be happy with any combination of noms for them.

  • 32 8-17-2011 at 6:02 am

    The Other James D. said...

    I never said Janney would. You don’t have to state that like it’s a fact for the clueless. :P I meant in the future for a slightly larger role. But anyway, glad you felt similarly moved by her. She’s so versatile.

  • 33 8-17-2011 at 7:50 am

    JJ1 said...

    Oh, wow. OK, The Other James D. … this is where the internet clouds “tone” when typing something.

    I was not responding to you in any way regarding Janney. My “^” towards your comment was my way of saying, “oh, glad Other James D. mentioned that!” etc.

    You mentioned her, and that made me think of her and comment on her separately.

    You think my “Janney won’t get a nom for this” was aimed at your comment. But my tone was just stating my own opinion.

    I hate when tone gets misrepresented online. Hope you see now that my comment was not meant as a ‘direct’ response to you. Perhaps I should word my comments more thoroughly. :)

  • 34 8-18-2011 at 5:39 am

    Sebastian said...

    I really enjoyed the movie. When the trailer came out I was expecting quite an Oscar-baity film, but it was actually a pleasant surprise. It never once felt heavy handed, but felt incredibly moving and striking. It was subtle yet obvious, and it all worked out.

    Viola Davis did good, but that was expected. She performed Aibileen exactly how she should have and delivered the emotional scenes on cue. However, I just felt like there was nothing special, she did what I expected her to do and didn’t really surprise me.

    Same thing goes for Emma Stone, she did a wonderful job but did exactly what was expected.

    Octavia Spencer and Sissy Spacek were just flat out fun for the movie, they uplifted it with their scenes and made it not to heavy. (Especially Spencer)

    Bryce Dallas Howard and Cicely Tyson were both really unexpected for me. Howard made an excellent villain, yet came across as very damaged. Tyson had 2 scenes, both with very little speaking, but (in the last scene especially) transcended language and delivered an incredibly heart breaking performance that was completely believable.

    However Jessica Chastain stole the show for me. I didn’t expect anything from her or her character but she truly made me fall in love with her. She was one of the few white characters to be “doing the right thing” but it was apart of her nature, I don’t think she has civil rights as a motive at all which was really refreshing. She was bright, funny, and just an amazing addition to the film.

  • 35 8-18-2011 at 8:50 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Brian: We have a schedule of updating predictions in the off-season. We’ll get to them when we get to them.

  • 36 8-19-2011 at 8:10 am

    Ligaya said...

    Coming in from the cold – have a minute before I go in to a meeting. Still interested in The Help discussion but have been working 12 hour days including some on weekends preparing for 2 week business trip.

    Haven’t read incontention discuscussion since my last post and haven’t been able to do a 2nd viewing. I have a date with a black woman friend Monday who’ll give me her feedback. Surprised she saw movie since was adamant she wouldn’t see it.

    To decompress I’ve seen my favorite HGTV and Hoarders episodes on dvr. The Help is pushing tv spots like crazy – I guess since the audience demographics show women are the overshelming vewers of those shows.


  • 37 8-19-2011 at 8:12 am

    Ligaya said...

    “overwhelming, overshelming”

  • 38 8-24-2011 at 12:56 pm

    James The Greatest said...

    Once again… I’m late to the party on this post, but I loved the movie and contemplated dishing out my first ever A+ on my own blog. (I feel like a movie needs to linger a bit longer to warrant that kind of recommendation, though.)

    I just read up on all the In Contention buzz and agree with Kris on Jessica Chastain. LOVED her. (The scene where she’s standing outside the house with the pie? KILLED me with the look on her face. More so that even a couple other more obvious scenes.)

    Davis and Spencer are the obvious faves for Oscar love, though. (I even enjoyed Stone a lot more than I anticipated I would in what I expected to just be the “young white woman” role.) I was just excited to see a movie with so many well-written and -acted female stories. So good.

  • 39 8-24-2011 at 1:13 pm

    Ligaya said...

    I suppose this discussion will move to Jefferey Wright’s “No Black Cinema” post (which I haven’t seen yet, or the other Help-related posts, but I would like to be included in the loop – even if I can’t keep up.