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New On DVD/VOD - 'Oversimplification Of her Beauty,' 'Gimme The Loot,' 'Bless Me Ultima'

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 17, 2013 1:22 PM
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Bless me Ultima

And finally, audiences interested in seeing Carl Franklin's latest feature film, which saw a limited theatrical release earlier this year, will now be able to do so (assuming you missed its theatrical run).

It's a project we've been following since we first discovered it in late 2010, called Bless Me, Ultima, based on Rudolfo Anaya’s award-winning novel of the same name, which chronicles the turbulent coming-of-age story of Antonio, a young boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II, and his relationship with Ultima, an elderly medicine woman who helps Antonio navigate the dangerous battle raging in his village, and ultimately helps him discover his own spiritual identity.

Miriam Colon stars as Ultima, while Luke Ganalon plays Antonio.

The film was received mostly well by those critics who saw it. "Magical realism" was one description of it.

The book the film is based on was reportedly banned and burned by several groups, and it ranks highly on the American Library Association's list of banned/challenged books from 2000 to 2009; apparently, many opposed "the profanity and the alternative religious content."

Although the novel is said to be a reading requirement in high schools across the USA.

The independently-released drama is now available on DVD and iTunes, so check it out!

Here's a trailer as a refresher:

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  • Rel | September 17, 2013 3:53 PMReply

    I'll have to check out Bless Me Ultima. I loved Gimme The Loot and An Oversimplification of Her Beauty was outstanding I'll be buying that for my collection

  • CareyCarey | September 17, 2013 3:17 PMReply

    I am on it!

    Some have complained about S&A's Netflix "suggestions" and other films they've "highlighted", but not me. In fact, based on many of their suggestions I've gone on to see -- probably -- 95 percent of them.

    Just the other day Somebody's Child atarring Lynn Whitfield and Michael Jai White was a suggestion. I had never heard of the movie, but again, since they suggested it, I watched it last night. It was a cut above a Lifetime movie affair (if you know what I mean by that) but it was enjoyable nevertheless. Well, after watching a movie that was suggested by a "neighbor", The Children Under The Stairs featuring Ving Rhames, Somebody's Child was a masterpiece.

    Any way, ooh la la, Carl Franklin and Terence Nance have walked in the door. I've heard nothing but good things about Oversimplification Of Her Beauty and Carl Franklin has always moved me. In fact, his new film is already in my home (Redbox notified me with the news that my copy was waiting for pickup). But I don't know if Gimme The Loot will find it's way in my home? I mean, haven't we seen that premise a thousand times? You know, that gritty urban world of hustle and flow, selling dope, getting paid, laid and slain - for all the loot. But wait, as the saying goes... don't judge a book by it's cover. After digging a little deeper I found out Gimme The Loot has nothing to do with drugs, drug dealers, pimps, nor urban violence. I think it's about 2 adorable black youths with paint spray cans who are on a voyage to win a competition. So, for me, without having seen one scene (just read the synopsis) it has the feel of "Drumline" and those cheerleader competition movies. Consequently, I think I'll check out Brad Pitt's World War Z (it came out today) before I watch Gimme That Loot: One More Time.

  • CareyCarey | September 20, 2013 9:02 PM

    ...and Gimme That Loot know...ahh... be honest... it was...ahh... well... I wouldn't recommend it to serious film buffs. I mean, in simple term it-wasn't-my-cup of tea.

    And, I fell asleep on Carl Franklin's Bless Me Ultima. The pace and subject matter never grabbed me. And, I also checked-out World War Z. Geeezzz, Zombies taking over the world is not what I expected.

  • CareyCarey | September 17, 2013 4:39 PM

    Aaron, you got me. If Shadow and Act ever gives a course in film wisdom, I'd graduate magna cum loud-mouth.

    So tell me, what did you think of the film? Was it the same ol' same 'ol, you know, that gritty urban world of hustle and flow, selling dope, getting paid, laid and slain - for all the loot? Is it's acting, script and story-telling on par with Charles Stone III's Paid In Full?

  • aaron hatfield | September 17, 2013 3:32 PM

    Gimme the Loot is definitely nothing like Drumline and is not about a competition. And one of the main characters is actually a drug dealer. it's a gritty low budget, shot-on-the streets of NYC indie.

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