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An Oversimplification of Her Beauty: The Cinema of the Black Weirdo

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty: The Cinema of the Black Weirdo

AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY Seriously, go see it.

The dazzling universe of the local rappers THEESatisfaction is connected to the equally dazzling universe of the NYC filmmaker Terence Nance by way of the hiphop/culture critic dream hampton. In the case of THEESatisfaction, hampton directed the video for "QueenS" (easily the best rap video of 2012); in the case of Terence Nance, hampton was one of the producers for his debut feature, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (another producer was none other than Beyoncé's husband). Hampton's link is important because the universes have so many similarities, the main of which finds its meaning in THEESatisfaction's defining expression "black weirdo" (which is a man or woman in the R&D department of black American culture).

Oversimplification is about a black weirdo, the director, Nance, who is in love with a stunningly beautiful woman named Namik Minter—real names are used in this film because it maintains no line whatsoever between documentary and fiction, or even animation and reality. Nance is young, a failed carpenter, an urban animal with crazy hair, and a romantic who is committed to a life that has no moment or emotion that's not processed by his art (making films). If Nance were a bad artist, it's easy to see how Oversimplification would be unwatchable. But despite his almost megalomaniacal focus on himself, his love for Minter, and Minter's ultimate rejection of this love, the film does not have one boring moment, has many moments that reach the sublime, and has a couple of moments that cross over into the realm of genius. You will be enchanted (in the original sense of that word) by this film's surreal animation sequences, its soundtrack (which is part jazz, part funk, part French impressionism, part hiphop), its loops and repetitions, and its poetry. Keep it real; keep it weird. recommended

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lolorhone 2
@1: Because I just read it.
Posted by lolorhone on June 20, 2013 at 6:16 PM · Report this
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lolorhone 4
"IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR FUCKIN' Barack Hussein Obama's AWFUL SKIN COLOR, I MAY NOT HAVE TAKEN AN EXTREME STANCE AGAINST, blacks - I WOULD HAVE JUST IGNORED THEM."

"THERE WILL ALWAYS BE Uncle Toms - "Shitting On Black and Brown People," IS WHAT WE DO."

""lolorhone," I AM NOT AN EVIL PERSON; I MERELY WANT TO FORGET ANY ASPECT OF MY PAST WHICH WAS, "black-i-fied," AND MOVE-ON TO A LIFE OF SEPARATION FROM A GROUP OF PEOPLE I NO LONGER CARE ABOUT."

Christopher Allen Horton, May 9, 2013

Your own words are why I think you're a traitor, not your lack of Afrocentrism.
Posted by lolorhone on June 21, 2013 at 12:38 AM · Report this
Larry Mizell, Jr. 5
WHAT THEE HELL
Posted by Larry Mizell, Jr. on June 21, 2013 at 1:50 AM · Report this
lolorhone 6
@5: I know, man.
Posted by lolorhone on June 21, 2013 at 2:34 AM · Report this
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@7: No, re-posting your commentary was my way of answering your assertion that I thought you were a traitor (your term, not mine, but it will do) because you are not Afrocentric. This is not the case at all- neither I am for that matter. I think you're a traitor because you have proudly and unabashedly stated that you are a traitor. I hadn't commented on Mudede's article because not only had I just finished reading it, I hadn't seen the film. Even if I had, my commenting or not commenting on one piece from one black author is hardly indicative of support (or a lack thereof) from all black Stranger participants. I believe I am allowed to have interests in reading that fall outside of black culture and still support it (the same goes for gay culture).

P.S.

If you feel a verbatim reprint of your own words is an attack, perhaps it's time to reconsider your position.
Posted by lolorhone on June 23, 2013 at 6:51 AM · Report this
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lolorhone 11
@10:

1. YOU said I attacked you @7.
2. I don't anything about the film either. That's why I read the article (it seemed interesting) and also why, had you not called me out, I wouldn't have commented.
3. It is not dependency to join a conversation. It's a conversation, which I have always thought healthier than separatism.
Posted by lolorhone on June 24, 2013 at 2:17 AM · Report this
Canadian Nurse 12
@10: You do know that Time Keck is straight, right?
Posted by Canadian Nurse on June 24, 2013 at 2:57 PM · Report this
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If you hadn't written this, I doubt I would've been aware of this movie. Saw it last night, and was touched by it more deeply than any movie in the last several years. Thank you.
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@14: Tim (not Time) Keck is the founder of the Stranger.
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Sea Otter 16
So I just saw this movie.

I thought it was a great experiment in style and structure, with quite a few transcendent moments. Unfortunately, I don't think riffing on an ultra-thin storyline about a dude falling in love with a woman, and getting (by his own admission) friendzoned, was enough to sustain a feature length film.

There were some great visuals, and I kind of wish Nance had given his animation and original footage some space to breathe and let them tell the story instead of drowning them in overwrought narration.

I get the feeling Nance has a great film in him somewhere, but this isn't it.
Posted by Sea Otter on June 26, 2013 at 2:30 AM · Report this

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